Views on the News
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December 26, 2015
Believe it or not, there once was a time when liberalism was a philosophy based upon certain time-tested principles and traditions, some of which were even shared by conservatives. But that was before the scourge of political correctness destroyed an ideology that once sought justice for the victims of tyranny everywhere. Instead, North Americans now have to watch what they say or write for fear of being labelled insensitive, racist, homophobic or even, the worst slur of all, Islamophobic. Political correctness is cultural Marxism, that is, Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms. Original, economic Marxism says that all of history is determined by the ownership of the means of production. However, cultural Marxism, currently rechanneled into political correctness, says that all of history is determined by power; in this analysis, oppressive elites (identified in terms of their race, gender and occupations) have power over more sympathetic societal groups. In original, economic Marxist theory, certain demographic groupings, such as the workers and peasant classes, were a priori good, and others (the bourgeoisie and capitalist ruling class) were evil. The current “good groups,” as defined by Marxist-derived political correctness, are female feminists, gays, blacks, Hispanics and even the cross-dressing “transgendered." Similarly, Caucasian males are a priori evil, the equivalent of the bourgeoisie in economic Marxism. The similarities between the classical Marxism of the old Soviet Union, and the cultural Marxism which has evolved into today’s political correctness, should be apparent. The tyranny of the authoritarian Stalinist state has now transmuted into the politically-correct tyranny practiced by the privileged elite who run the Obama White House. The declared intent of this new tyranny is to prevent favored groups from being offended, to compel all Americans to avoid using words or behavior that might upset gays, women, blacks, the obese and even the deranged. This new “tyranny” is used to help these politically tone-deaf members of America’s new ruling class (Obamaites) squelch political opposition through the long arm of the “law” of political correctness. Punishment is meted out by the new vigilante justice of shaming via sympathetic media lackeys or social media stalwarts who publicize the offenders’ horrid violations of political correctness. When liberal democracies’ obituary is written, it will be penned by the Ayatollah of the world’s new 21st-century, global caliphate.
(“’Ivy-covered North Koreas’: Political correctness and the assassination of the liberal mind” by Murray Soupcoff dated December 16, 2015 published by The Rebel at http://www.therebel.media/political_correctness_assassination_of_the_liberal_mind )
President Obama seems to aspire to join Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan as one of the three most transformative Presidents of the past hundred years, and by all outward signs he has achieved that goal. While Roosevelt and Reagan sold their programs to the American people and enacted them with bipartisan support, Obama jammed his partisan agenda down the public’s throat. The Obama legacy is built on executive orders, agency actions , and regulations that can be overturned using the same authority Obama employed to put them in place. An array of President Obama’s policies: changing immigration law, blocking the Keystone XL pipeline, the Iranian nuclear agreement and the normalization of relations with Cuba, among others, were implemented exclusively through executive action. Any President is free “to revoke, modify or supersede his own orders or those issued by a predecessor,” as the Congressional Research Service puts it, a Republican President could overturn every Obama executive action the moment after taking the oath of office. Then there are regulations used largely to push through policies that could have never passed Congress. For example: when President Obama in 2010 couldn’t ram through his climate-change legislation in a Democrat Senate, he used decades-old regulatory authority to inflict the green agenda on power plants and the auto industry; when the Labor Department issued rules on fiduciary standards; the National Labor Relations Board’s issued rulings that franchisees are joint employers; the Environmental Protection Agency’s expanded control over water ways; and the Federal Communications Commission regulated the Internet as a 1930s telephone monopoly. All are illustrations of how President Obama has used rule-making not to carry out Congressional intent but to circumvent it. If the new President proves as committed to overturning these regulations as Obama was to implementing them, these rules could be amended or overturned. To accelerate this process, the new President should name cabinet and agency appointees before the 115th Congress begins. On the first day in the office the President could order federal agencies to halt consideration of all pending regulations, precisely as President Obama did. As Congress debates repealing Dodd-Frank, the new President’s appointees could ensure that no financial institution is too big to fail, that Federal Reserve bureaucrats are removed from corporate boardrooms and that penalties for misconduct fall on individual offenders, not on innocent pensioners and other stockholders. The new President’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director will have the unilateral power to overturn each and every barrier erected against mortgage, auto and personal lending. By relentlessly pursuing an agenda that was outside the political mainstream, Obama became the most polarizing President of the past century. Obama built an imposing sand castle that is now imperiled by the changing tides of voter sentiment, and all the American electorate must do now is choose a President totally committed to overturning the Obama program, and Obama’s sand castle will be washed away.
(“Cheer Up, Obama’s Legacy Can Be Erased” by Phil Gramm and Michael Solon dated December 20, 2015 published by The Wall Street Journal at http://www.wsj.com/articles/cheer-up-obamas-legacy-can-be-erased-1450645609 )
If there was any question about the relevance of the Republican Party, this week’s budget deal removes all doubt, because the Republican Party might as well close up shop and merge with the Democrats. Not as a merger of equals, but more of a capitulation, a surrender, a sellout. There is no need for two parties in Washington DC as only one party is relevant in terms of advancing an agenda. The irony is that the agenda driving party is in the minority and despite losing badly in two midterm elections, the Democrats are still running Congress. The Omnibus Budget deal is another 2000-plus page bill passed by Congress with little transparency or discussion, which suspends the debt limit until 2017, well after the presidential election, and effectively taking unsustainable debt off the table as a campaign issue. Remember the 2010 GOP “Pledge to America” (Paul Ryan hopes you don’t):
An arrogant and out-of-touch government of self-appointed elites makes decisions, issues mandates, and enacts laws without accepting or requesting the input of the many.
An unchecked executive, a compliant legislature, and an overreaching judiciary have combined to thwart the will of the people and overturn their votes and their values, striking down long- standing laws and institutions and scorning the deepest beliefs of the American people.
What have Republican voters gotten for believing the 2010 “Pledge” after voting in solid majorities in both the House and Senate? It is as if nothing has changed:
· Obama’s executive amnesty program is funded.
· Sanctuary cities are funded.
· Refugee resettlement programs are funded, allowing thousands of “refugees” into the country, with access to federal benefits.
· The student and fiancée visa programs are funded, along with green card and other refugee programs.
· There is even funding for the release of criminal aliens.
· H-2B visas for unskilled guest workers are quadrupled.
· Illegals even have their tax credits funded.
· Planned Parenthood is fully funded, despite their baby butchery.
· No funding cuts to ObamaCare either, kicking down the road some of the onerous ObamaCare taxes.
· Even Obama’s climate change bill receives funding without any restriction.
Instead of opposition to the Obama agenda, Republicans have not only surrendered, but are also advancing this agenda. Republican’s “power of the purse” is off the table because leadership has ruled out any government shutdown. Obama can do what he wants and spend money freely on his pet programs because the necessary checks on the executive branch have been willingly abandoned by the Republican leadership. Republican establishment types wonder why Donald Trump is leading in the polls. “We the people” see the GOP morphing into the DNC, despite promises to the contrary over the past four years. If the establishment manages to destroy Trump and Cruz, then its lights out for the Republican party; the base will stay home; and the Founding Fathers will roll over in their graves.
(“RIP Republican Party” by Brian Joondeph dated December 19, 2015 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/12/rip_republican_party_.html )
President Obama's reckless neglect of America's national security is a rapidly growing malignancy on this nation, and there are no signs it will get better. He simply refuses to inhabit the reality that Islamists are at war with us. Obama is not only in a hermetically sealed bubble on the Islamist threat but also entirely oblivious to the degree to which the majority of Americans disagree with him, or he outright disrespects their view. The word on the street is that he relishes these terrorist attacks, and every other mass shooting, as opportunities to rail against evil guns, their evil owners and their even more evil big-money enablers, such as the National Rifle Association. He is obviously just as adamant to deflect blame from Islamists as he is to blame American gun owners and the gun lobby. His first instinct is to blame, shame and scold Americans, Christians, gun owners and Republicans and then defend Islam while warning us against Islamophobia. He never reassures Americans he recognizes the threat and is taking the important steps needed to combat it. He audaciously claimed that his strategy to combat the Islamic State is working and that the only problems are that saturated media coverage after the Paris attacks is fueling terror fears in the United States and that he hasn't done enough to communicate his strategy to the people. Remember his reaction to his 2010 congressional defeats, largely over the public's angst about Obamacare? He never conceded problems with ObamaCare, only that he hadn't done enough to get the message out about its gloriousness, despite his 50 speeches hammering us over the head with it. Translation: The American people are too stupid and self-centered to understand his benevolence and wisdom, so he must spend more time spoon-feeding them instead of concentrating on his wonderful policies." The problem is that we are creating boogeymen out of guys with masks and flags. There are endless stories of Islamic horror around the world, persecuting and massacring Christians and Jews and militantly refusing to assimilate in Europe and instead Islamofying the receiving nations, including Britain. By now, a strong majority of Americans fully recognize just how dangerous Obama's approach is to their (and America's) safety and security. Just let him keep talking, because before it's all said and done, he'll give us 50 "Twilight Zone"-ish speeches on Islamophobia as he did on ObamaCare doing more to elect the next Republican president than any Republican candidate could do for himself.
(“Inspector-in-Chief Barack Clouseau” by David Limbaugh dated December 22, 2015 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/davidlimbaugh/2015/12/22/inspector-in-chief-barack-clouseau-n2096056 )
Not content with creating havoc in the U.S. economy, setting Americans against each other, and forcing through a health reform act which has nothing to do with health but everything to do with the redistribution of wealth and a huge increase in governmental interference, our President has now opened a Pandora's Box in the Middle East. From his notorious Cairo speech to the present, President Obama speaks, and disaster follows. Some commentators believe that President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton are so utterly naïve as to make themselves unable to understand what will happen in Egypt as a result of their undermining of the Mubarak regime. My fear is that Obama is not naïve at all, but he knows only too well what he is doing, for he is eagerly promoting Islamic power in the world while diminishing the West and Israel, however much innocent blood will flow as a result. Inevitably, sooner or later, the Muslim Brotherhood will take power, usher in a barbaric Islamist power in Egypt that will control the Suez Canal, and show no mercy to its own people or its perceived foes. So now we see what the present incumbent in the White House has wrought, and so can our few remaining allies. They must now wonder what confidence they can ever have in any future alliance with the United States. The Suez Canal is a major lifeline for the economies of Europe and the United States, and the source of political disruption in the past, as it may well be in the near future. The Muslim Brotherhood may soon control it. As always, the past is our guidepost to the future. In 1952, Gamal Abdul Nasser seized control of the Egyptian state and forged an alliance with the Soviet Union, which provided enormous arms shipments to Egypt. Feeling greatly empowered, Nasser broke both the 1949 Armistice Agreement with Israel and international law by blocking the Suez Canal to Israeli ships and other vessels bringing cargoes to and from the Jewish state. At the same time, Nasser blockaded the narrow Straits of Tiran at the foot of the Sinai peninsula, thus preventing Israeli maritime trade with the Far East and Africa. Nasser eventually nationalized the Suez Canal on July 27, 1956. This illegal act threatened the oil supplies to Britain and France from the Middle East. The economic stranglehold on Israel became intolerable, and Arab terrorism against the Jewish state led to many Israeli civilian deaths. In October 1956, war by Britain, France, and Israel against Egypt broke out. Israeli forces, in what became known as the One Hundred Hours War, defeated the Egyptians in Sinai and Gaza and broke the naval blockade. Britain and France invaded the Canal Zone to end Nasser's blockade of the Suez Canal. The Egyptian dictator's political and pan-Arab ambitions again climaxed in 1967. Nasser again blockaded the Suez Canal to Israeli shipping and reinstituted the naval blockade at the mouth of the Tiran Straits. This in turn led, in 1967, to the hasty withdrawal of the U.N. buffer force that had been in place to prevent further Egyptian aggression against Israel. The Arab and Muslim world called then, just as now, for Israel's extermination, and huge mobs in Arab capitals uttered lurid threats for Israel's defeat and the slaughter of her people. The world prepared for Israel's destruction, but everyone was astonished when in June 1967, Israel, forced to fight a defensive war of survival, destroyed the combined Egyptian, Syrian, and Jordanian armies and air forces within six days. The Suez Canal and the Straits of Tiran were again open for the free passage of Israeli ships. Nasser fell from power and was replaced by Anwar Sadat. However, in 1973, the Syrian and Egyptian armies attacked Israel on the holiest day in the Jewish religious calendar, Yom Kippur, which gave its name to the war. Israel was hard put to survive initially, but she gradually beat back the Arab threat. Sadat eventually decided that war was not an option for the time being and chose to make peace with Israel. Israel vacated the entire Sinai desert (95% of the territories Israel conquered) and gave up the oil-producing facilities it had developed at Abu Rodeis, in return for a signed peace agreement with Egypt. Jordan eventually followed Egypt's decision, but both Arab nations maintained a frigid peace with the Jewish state. Anwar Sadat was then assassinated by members of the Muslim Brotherhood. His successor was Hosni Mubarak, who, for the last thirty years, has kept control over the seething Egyptian masses and the volatile Arab street. Now his thirty-year rule has been fatally undermined by U.S. President, Barack Hussein Obama, in a betrayal that is as astonishing as it is deplorable. Thanks to President Obama, we are back to square one with an Islamic Egyptian regime poised to send Egypt's massively armed army back into Sinai and towards the Israeli border with the aim of exterminating the Jewish state. It is estimated that slightly more than two million barrels of crude oil and refined petroleum products flow both north and south through the Suez Canal every day. Since the violence erupted in Egypt, European oil prices have risen far more than they have in the United States. If the Muslim Brotherhood, which was founded in 1928, takes over Egypt, it is more than likely that both the Canal and the pipeline would be shut again, causing oil tankers to travel around the Cape of Good Hope, adding six thousand miles to the journey to Europe alone. Not what an economically strapped Europe wants. At the same time, the Brotherhood, now governing over 80 million Egyptians and possessing a huge military, would join with a radicalized Yemen in blockading the Bab al Mandeb straits at the foot of the Red Sea. Add to the noxious mix the Islamic Republic of Iran, and we may well see the closure of the Gulf of Oman, with additional disruptions of oil shipments to the West. The economic reality for America will be catastrophic. Under Obama's watch, the true democratic revolution against the mullahs in Iran was snuffed out because the American President refused to support the demonstrators in the streets of Tehran. In contrast, the same Obama ordered Hosni Mubarak to leave office and let the rioters in Cairo have "free" elections. The grotesque policies of Obama have caused Lebanon to fall under Islamic occupation, with the Iranian puppet, Hezb'allah, now controlling the Lebanese government. Jordan's kinglet, Abdullah, sits on a powder keg whereby his throne is under increasing pressure from violent members of the same Muslim Brotherhood. So there you have it. Islam increasingly holds Europe, America, and what is left of the free world in its clutches...and the left cheers it on.
(“Obama Well Knows What Chaos He Has Unleashed” by Victor Sharpe dated December 19, 2015 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2011/02/obama_well_knows_what_chaos_he.html )
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