January 9, 2012
Obama’s Fascist America in 10 Easy Steps
Leftist writer Naomi Wolfe
Writing back in 2007, Naomi Wolfe catalogued the steps to creating a dictatorship (which she sought to apply to George W. Bush). Interestingly enough, they apply far more to the man who replaced him.
Wolfe’s steps include:
1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy
Isn’t that precisely what Occupy Wall Street has done with the banks and businesses? OWS has ties to Obama’s friends in ACORN, as well as to SEIU. Isn’t that what was done with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his attempts to save that state from bankruptcy? Isn’t that what the EPA is doing with its endangerment finding — claiming that carbon dioxide emitted by industry is going to cause catastrophic climate change? For that matter, isn’t that precisely what was done by the Department of Homeland Security, whereby pro-life citizens, returning military, gun-owners, Ron Paul supporters, Christians, and just about everybody in “Red State America” falls under the category of domestic terrorist?
2. Create a gulag
FEMA is doing something that bears a disquieting resemblance to concentration camps.
And Madam Wolf worried about Guantánamo Bay, yet Mr. Obama has not closed it.
3. Develop a thug caste
At a town hall meeting in St. Louis held by Democrat Congressman Russ Carnahan, members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), representative of government employees, beat a black man who was there selling flag pins. A woman was beaten up by an Obama supporter in Minnesota. A man had his finger bitten off in an assault by an Obama supporter at an anti-health care rally.
And let’s not forget the entire Occupy movement of the 99-centers; they have been camps full of lawlessness, full of rapes and assaults. OWS was produced and organized by people close to the Obama administration.
4. Set up an internal surveillance system
Obama has set up and is setting up a heavy internet surveillance.
DHS has special spy technology capable of seeing through walls and has vans cruising city streets, spying on Americans indiscriminately.
And don’t forget Obama’s “Truth Squad” in Missouri, where elected Democrats were cruising the internet looking for examples of “misrepresentations” and threatening to use legal means to suppress opponent’s “Lies.”
5. Harass citizens’ groups
What is the DHS domestic terrorist report but a tool to harass citizen’s groups? What is OWS but a way to harass businesses and citizens groups? What was the beating of Kenneth Gladney but harassment of the Tea Party?
6. Engage in arbitrary detention and release
Obama just signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law, a bill granting him the power to detain for an unlimited time anyone he deems engaged in terrorism. Given the DHS definition of terrorism, that could be anybody. American citizens are not exempt, although Obama promises not to use these new powers against them. (Step right up, folks! Great new bridge for sale!)
7. Target key individuals
Shutting off the water to California’s largely Republican Imperial Valley, ruining his opponents. Refusing to send federal aid to fight the Texas wildfires because Texas is a lost state for Obama politically. Drowning some largely Republican Missouri farmland to save a staunchly Democratic town in Illinois during the 2011 floods. Ordering the DOJ to go after Wall Street execs for receiving bonuses. Firing the head of General Motors. Oh, and let’s not forget the letter sent out by the DOJ to three climate bloggers where the Climategate II e-mails were linked; the DOJ threatened them, and then British police seized the computers of one blogger.
8. Control the press
Obama is the press.
9. Dissent equals treason
Just look at the “Missouri Truth Squad.” How about the accusations made against the Tea Party , claiming they were inciting violence? How about the claim that Gabrielle Giffords was shot because conservative criticisms of Obama have incited violence?
10. Suspend the rule of law
What did Obama do when he made recess appointments while Congress was still in session? What did he do with Fast and Furious? What did he do when he refused to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act in court, or when Eric Holder refused to prosecute the New Black Panther Party for voter intimidation because they are black, or when he sent money to Kenya to promote the new, pro-abortion constitution in violation of U.S. law that does not allow American aid to be spent for that?
He also has stopped automatic deportation of illegal aliens, in violation of U.S. law.
What did he do when he violated the War Powers Act, involving America in a war in Libya without getting congressional approval? What did he do with ObamaCare?
By Naomi Wolfe”s own standards, Obama is busily turning America into a totalitarian state.
And what dictatorship is complete without a youth squad? Germany had the Hitler Youth, Stalin the Young Pioneers, and what of Barack? Remember the song sung by schoolchildren “Barack Hussein Obama, mmm, mmm, mmm”? What of Obama’s recruitment of children to get their parents to vote for him?
Frankly, in a saner world, if the GOP hadn’t just impeached the last Democrat president, and if the matter of Obama’s race were not an issue, this president would be facing forcible removal from office, and several of his cabinet would be facing jail time.
Barack Obama is proposing eliminating half a million U.S. military jobs, while at the same time calling for a salary raise for SEIU members of the bureaucracy. Interesting, that; the military tends to vote GOP, and the government workers are staunchly Democratic. Giving money to the SEIU guarantees that said money ends in the pockets of the Obama re-election campaign, and taking bread from the mouths of the military means less for Republicans. It also means a half-million more people on unemployment. But there’s more.
Early in the Obama tenure, Marxist Manuel Zelaya, President of Honduras, was ousted from power by the Honduran military. Zelaya was attempting to subvert the Honduran Constitution, overturning the term-limit restrictions and making himself president for life. The Honduran Congress ordered him out, and the Honduran Supreme Court ruled that he had to step down. When he refused to do so, the military intervened and removed him from office, kicking him out of the country.
The Obama administration was furious, demanding Zelaya’s return to power. They eventually got a deal that allowed Zelaya to come back into the country (although he was not restored to power).
“We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” -Barack Obama, July 2, 2008
The U.S. military swears an oath not to its commander-in-chief, but to the U.S. Constitution. Should the president attempt to blatantly violate that Constitution, the military would be the ones to ultimately act against him — on orders from the other branches of government. Could that be a reason why Mr. Obama wanted a personal, internal police that would be as well-armed and as large as the U.S. military? If George Bush had done such a thing, what would Naomi Wolfe say?
One wonders why President Obama is so eager to make such major cuts in the U.S. armed forces at a time when war appears imminent and the economy cannot sustain a large influx of newly unemployed — and right before an election he appears destined to lose, too!
(Thanks to Jack Kemp and Jeff Bruzzo for valuable inspiration.)
Timothy Birdnow is a St. Louis-based writer. His website is www.tbirdnow.mee.nu.
Only a few days ago (see Last Days News January 4, 2012 edition titled “Witness what Unfolds”) I provided a link from the Federal Register of the National Archives documenting in TRUTH about the tyrant and dictator now commanding the Oval Office of the White House. Anyone still thinking this is America and that the people matter or that our foundations are being observed is walking in complete blindness and as naive and clueless as they come.
Barack (Barry) Hussein Obama has nothing but contempt for America, its people, and its founding principals and documents. He has nothing but contempt and disdain for the U.S. Constitution and has become a domineering tyrant ruling through dictate rather than debate and the system of checks and balances our Founding Fathers put in place being the wise men they were, and acutely aware of every government that had existed in the world – and the hearts of men.
The man in the White House presently has a dark heart controlled by ego, lust, and evil. That is no exaggeration. Just the truth. And the facts support these words.
Over the weekend Tsar (Czar), monarch, ruler, dictator – call it whatever you will they are all the same as is he one of them – Barry Hussein Obama by executive order once again made the Dream Act into law.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
Hosea 4: 6
And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times, and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
Daniel 7: 25
All true believers should receive discernment and be able to tell the truth through complete faith and trust in the Holy Spirit. I do not believe Barry Hussein Obama is the Antichrist, but I am convinced through Scripture, through the guiding hand of the Lord, through observation, wisdom, understanding, context, knowledge, and discernment provided by the Holy Spirit that Barry Hussein Obama is a setup man for the Antichrist. Preparing and setting the table for the entrance of the antichrist and false prophet to appear. He certainly is a minion of Satan and not a righteous man of God.
And once America falls? And is America in name only? The end will surely and swiftly come for this world and the Lord will return. All we must do is study to be approved, study to be shown the truth, and believe completely; trust completely in the Lord and the Holy Spirit – and a blind believer can see the “writing on the wall” as if it were written in neon rising 500 stories into a black sky.
Gunwalker, Military Secrets, Dream Act
Final Implementation of Obama Dictatorship in Progress on all levels
Sher Zieve Sunday, January 8, 2012
Canada Free Press
I have warned and written about this particular subject for over three years—since before Obama was elected—aka “coronated.“ It is only now that many others finally seem to be getting the message. However, this is not something to be criticized. It is to be applauded, as it means they are finally and inexorably awakening to the truth. They are to be applauded and not insulted. I noticed this morning that—after a few of the latest Obama assaults on the US Constitution and liberties of We-the-People—some in the media (not the Obama media of course) appear to at last to have come to the realization that Obama is and has been a dictator.
Even some members of our feckless and Obama-accommodating Congress are at last saying that Obama is acting in an “extra-Constitutional” (aka “illegal”; “unconstitutional”) and “dictatorial” manner.
Even though it seems to have taken an inordinate amount of time for even these to ultimately admit that we are in a police-state crisis, I applaud them for having the insight—albeit VERY delayed—to admit the destructive force that is working daily to eliminate the United States of America. We need all of the help we can muster.
Obama’s latest shredding of the US Constitution and replacing the USA’s 3-Branch Equal-Powers Federal Government system with his own dictatorship include, but are hardly limited to, the following:
- Removing local police presence from communities and replacing them with a federally-paid (that’s US taxpayer-paid) Obama-controlled National Police force. It is starting—in earnest—in Detroit
- Obama is stepping up his issuance of illegal Executive Orders, INCLUDING the Dream Act that was voted down by Congress and opposed by a majority of the American people. Nevertheless, in June 2011, Obama issued an Executive fiat to ‘create’ it. Congress did nothing and still does nothing today
- Obama is now making “recess appointments” of unacceptable candidates when there is no Congressional recess. The applicable paragraph in Article I, Section 5 of the now-badly hemorrhaging US Constitution reads:
“Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall, without the Consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other Place than that in which the two Houses shall be sitting.”
Neither the House nor the Senate had adjourned. In order to get what he wanted (and now everything he wants toward his explicit mission of the total destruction of the United States of America) Obama continues to patently and illegally further shreds what was left of our US Constitution—now obviously not his.
- The Obama/Holder “Operation Gunwalker: Fast & Furious” was and is directly attributable to Dictator-in-Chief Obama. Since shortly after the C-span2 video was published in 2009, in my columns I have referred to Deputy Attorney General Ogden’s statement on said video that he was “directed” by “the president” to “take action” against the drug cartels. This action began as “Operation Gunrunner” and its name was changed to the infamous one we know today. However, the operation was never planned to fight against the drug cartels. Instead, it was developed as a means to fight WITH the cartels against the US citizenry. The operation was affected (and don’t forget “directed“) by Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder to do one thing: Remove legally-owned guns from US citizen under the Obama-manipulated premise that guns were being illegally sold to the drug cartels by Americans.
Note: The only problem with this was/is that the Seller was the Obama government and the Buyer was/is the Sinaloa drug cartel leadership. The Obama syndicate openly chose the “winner” in the Mexican drug wars (which have spread to and are now being fought in the USA) to be the Sinaloa Drug Cartel over the Los Zetas cartel. Therefore, thousands of guns have been supplied by Obama, Holder, the ATF etc. to the Sinaloa gang. All of the murders and mayhem created by Obama and his syndicate have been enacted as a false excuse/reason to remove guns from US citizens so that they would be enslaved more easily or exterminated without being able to fight back against their oppressors. This is what ALL totalitarian plots have affected in world history and this is the reason Stalin and Mao were able to murder tens of millions of humans. This—and the lies believed when the truth was too ‘scary’ and painful for the German people to accept—was the reason Hitler was able to round up Jews, place them in train cattle cars and take them to their executions…with little more than whimpers.
- Obama announces plan to share military secrets with Russia. This is another item that used to be called and prosecuted as Treason. I wonder whatever happened to that concept
Today, too many still refuse to believe what’s happening in our country. Instead, they choose to believe the lies that are being perpetrated by a now wholly antagonistic-to-the-people government—even though its actions belie its words. Too many people still choose to believe the lofty although-proven-to-be-lies rhetoric that drips steadily and daily from the mouth of Dictator Obama and they ignore what he’s actually doing to destroy them.
The plain truth—no matter how uncomfortable or painful it may be—is that we have already lost our country to a band of thugs who have looted our treasury (that which all taxpayers used to own), burned our US Constitution and is in the process of decimating the rest of the USA at and on every level. And the biggest problem is that some of us have allowed—even welcomed—it to happen. The country that my ancestors fought and died to build has been annihilated. The only question remaining is: Are there real humans left who crave liberty, freedom and God enough who want to fight for and rebuild it? Are there?
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”—2 Chronicles 7:14
The 2012 election may come down to retiring Mr. Obama — or the Constitution.
Will We Retire Obama—- or the Constitution?
|Arnold Ahlert Friday, January 6, 2012Canada Free Press|
“When Congress refuses to act and as a result hurts our economy and puts people at risk, I have an obligation as president to do what I can without them.” — President Barack Obama
While I always identify the speaker of a quote, it is especially necessary this time. Why? Because if you remove the president’s name from the statement, it becomes really easy to imagine any number of other people making it. For example, plug in Chinese president Hu Jintao, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, or Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Is there any doubt that any of these men would we more than willing to act, if they saw an “obligation” to do so, without the messy necessity of dealing with their respective legislative bodies?
Remember when, right after the 2010 election, a lot of the media were wondering if Barack Obama was going to “move to the center” or practice the politics of “triangulation” that got Bill Clinton re-elected? Such musings are a testament to the self-inflicted blindness that affects far too many people who get paid to see through such nonsense.
When this man was running in 2008, I implored Americans to understand that this country was divided by many issues, but first and foremost among those issues was a simple reality: there are those Americans who add up the plusses and minuses of the American experience and come to the conclusion that this country, warts and all, is still the best nation of earth — and the last, best hope of mankind. Then there are those Americans who engage in the same calculations and conclude that we are at best, just another country, and at worst, the nexus of all that is wrong in the world.
Bewitched by the monumental load known as hope and change, Americans put the latter group in charge of running the nation.
They were so bewitched that even when the president, five days before the election, proclaimed he was only that far away from “fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” a majority of voters elected a man with the deadliest combination of inexperience, radical ideology and unbridled hubris this nation has ever endured. And just for good measure, they gave him an unassailable majority in Congress including, for a brief time, a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.
After gigantic healthcare and stimulus packages were enacted, and trillions of dollars of additional debt were accrued, the electorate had had enough. In 2010, Democrats lost the House, and their majority in the Senate was considerably trimmed. Which brings us to the second half of Mr. Obama’s quote.
“I will not stand by while a minority in the Senate puts party ideology ahead of the people they were elected to serve.”
Apparently this president believes that Republicans, who gained 63 seats in the House and 6 seats in the Senate, should have nothing “ideological” to say if it interferes with his agenda. Thus he intends to do “what he can” without them.
What a man less in love with himself might wonder is how those Republicans got there in the first place. They got there because a majority of the American people put them there, after getting a two-year look at what a radical Marxist/Socialist agenda looks like, up close and personal. They may have even figured out that the “fundamental transformation” touted by the faux-Messiah included throwing the Constitutional baby out with the ideologically-impaired Republican bath water.
If they didn’t then, they should now. Making “recess” appointments of a consumer “watchdog” and three appointees to the National Labor Relations Board while the Senate is still in session probably isn’t the most Constitutionally dubious thing this president has ever done. It’s merely the latest. In fact it’s not even the most egregious thing he did this week. On Monday, the president signed a defense bill authorizing the detainment of American citizens without due process. And unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that both the Department of Justice and the EPA have become little more than extensions of executive power, also absent input from Congress — two years after our biggest banks and auto manufacturers were nationalized.
All for the “good of the nation” as it were.
Once again, I feel compelled to offer my fellow Americans a warning. It is three words: context is everything. Mr. Obama has divided us by race and class, alienated our allies while enabling our enemies, reduced American influence in the world to a historic low, and given us the highest level of debt in the history of the world, courtesy of economic policies that have done virtually nothing to alleviate the suffering of millions of Americans. So what’s the context?
All of the above has occurred while this president has been RESTRAINED by the necessity of getting re-elected.
One more year of this man thumbing his nose at the Constitution whenever it suits him will be damaging enough. Five more years? The 2012 election may come down to retiring Mr. Obama — or the Constitution.
Obama is engaged in an attack on the U.S. Constitution
|- Alan Caruba Sunday, January 8, 2012Canada Free Press|
The Founding Fathers, authors of the Constitution, were obsessed with any form of government that could become too powerful, too willing to use force to oppress citizens. They had cause. They had fought a long war against the greatest power of their age, ruled by a king with nearly absolute power. They fashioned an instrument designed to ensure that the President could not rule by edict and defused power among three branches of government.
We have a President currently running for reelection against Congress, Wall Street, Republicans, and the right of citizens to be free of an overly intrusive government.
Article I, Section 1 of the Constitution says: All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in the Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.
All appointments of the President must be approved by the Senate while it is in session and the Senate, even over the Christmas and New Year’s vacation has remained in session, if only in a pro forma, technical manner. Every three days it has been convened to assert its powers.
Even so, President Obama has announced several “recess” appointments, all clearly a challenge to the Senate and all clearly a tyrannical power grab. He appointed Richard Cordray as the first director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a new function that puts government between the lender and the citizen. In theory, all loans in the future will be subject to government approval. This is Communism, not Capitalism.
In addition, he appointed three members to the National Labor Relations Board, intended to arbitrate disputes between unions and corporations. None of them have appeared before a Senate committee for vetting. It was this board that demanded Boeing shut down its new factory in South Carolina, one of many “right to work” states that empower workers with the right to determine whether they want to join a union or not.
Neither Obama, nor any president who preceded him can make appointments without the “advice and consent” of the Senate. (Article II, Section 2). As recently as the first week of the year, referring to the Senate, Obama asserted that “I have an obligation as President to do what I can without them.” He has no such obligation. Those are the words of an incipient tyrant.
These actions put me in mind of Niccolo Machiavelli, famed as the author of “The Prince”, a book of advice to Lorenzo de Medici who was the ruler of the former republic of Florence, one of many city states in Italy. Born in 1469 and died in 1527, Machiavelli living during the early years of the Renaissance, a period that saw the flowering of literature, science, art, religion and politics. Historians consider it a bridge between the Middle Ages and the modern era.
The renaissance was a period of social and political upheaval, one in which the various princes ruled so long as they could protect their principalities against wars by others seeking to expand their powers. “The Prince” is largely seen as advice on how a prince may have to resort to the methodical use of brute force and deceit to hold onto power, but it was more than that. It was a guide to ruling people with a minimum of oppression.
“It should be borne in mind,” Machiavelli wrote, “that there is nothing more difficult to handle, more doubtful of success, and more dangerous to carry through than initiating changes in a state’s constitution.” Obama is engaged in an attack on the U.S. Constitution.
Of princely power, Machiavelli wrote, “The people are everywhere anxious not be dominated or oppressed by the nobles, and the nobles are out to dominate and oppress the people. These opposed ambitions bring about one of three results; a principality, a free city, or anarchy.” The Constitution ensures a free nation with limited federal powers and is a guard against anarchy.
Evidence of Obama’s narcissism and drive for complete power is ample. He is on record as saying the Constitution is composed of “negative” limits on power. Others regard the Constitution as the ultimate protection against the unlawful use of power. This is particularly evident in the Bill of Rights which was appended to the Constitution because several of the first States would not ratify without it.
In his advice to Lorenzo de Medici, Machiavelli raised the question of “whether it is better to be loved than feared, or the reverse. Within the context of the time, he said, “it is far better to be feared than loved if you cannot be both.” In the run up to Christmas, Americans bought guns in record numbers, which suggests there is considerable fear of Obama and the results of his policies over the past three years.
We have witnessed and been victimized by a Democrat-controlled Congress that forced Obamacare on an unwilling public. We have seen the rise of Islamic fanaticism as the result of his failed policies toward Iran and the Middle East. We have had record breaking debt imposed on us by his failed “stimulus” policies. We have seen continued efforts to reduce our military power and to thwart access to our ample energy resources of oil, natural gas, and coal.
It is a long list of usurpations of power that endanger the nation domestically and internationally. Whether it was done out of stupidity or a deliberate effort to harm the nation can be debated, but the most outstanding attribute of Obama has been his continual lying and Machiavelli notes that “the deceiver will always find someone ready to be deceived.”
In this effort, Obama has been greatly aided by the mainstream media with a few notable exceptions. The trust that once reposed in the nation’s print and broadcast media has been eroded and will be hard to regain. The trust given Obama is long gone by all but a few ignorant and lazy citizens content to have their lives ruled by an over-reaching executive branch of government.
The election process will rid us of Obama and likely many of those Democrat legislators who have supported his policies. The House is controlled by the Republicans and the Senate is likely to follow.
Meanwhile, we must guard against the present occupant of the White House. Americans waged a war against oppression in the past and will, if necessary, do so again.
Evil will be done as good men sit and do nothing.
|Sarge Monday, January 9, 2012Canada Free Press
So, everybody knows Obama appointed four people to posts normally requiring approval by the Senate. This is in violation of the Constitution because the President is only allowed to make appointments like this when the Senate is NOT in session. Technically the Senate is in session with a token force of Senators on scene in Washington to man the gavel, sit in a seat and speak about worthless matters of no interest before a bunch of empty seats. The Republicans are screaming “NO FAIR” and fretting about a Constitutional crisis coming about because Obama slid this bullcrap through based on an interpretation of a technicality.
Years ago I heard there was a legislator who made the statement somewhat similar to “you can work with the letter of the law but I’ll write procedures and beat you every time” or some such poorly phrased truth. Having checked with a legislative watch-dog I was assured there was more than a grain of truth to the statement. So, in retrospect we have to ask: “how will Obama get away with it”?
Probably, he’ll get away with it for the same reason he figured when managed to try it in the first place.
The Republican Party has all of the fortitude of a Texas steer after a long trail drive.
It has become the modern history of the Republican Party, under the leadership (?) of John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. These two traditionally raised members of the legislative society of Frick and Frack has managed to shuffle, shuck and jive in the face of a president exhibiting no respect for the Constitution, the Bill of Rights or any other conventional concept of the system of checks and balances.
Obama feels the only interpretation of the Constitution to be followed is the one he preached in the hallowed halls of academia. In other words, it’s his way or the highway. And the Republicans are too much the cowards to force the issue into the Supreme Court to reestablish the rights of the people to control their government. This is because the Republicans are as crooked in their thinking as the Democrats.
They all are a part of the problem they can’t see they’re creating. And, they can’t and won’t see it because they, as the constituent elements of the program, are most likely to benefit from it personally, financially and socially. They don’t want to step in the garbage they expect us to accept as due process. It seems they never really get their due (disenfranchising losses at the polls) but they expect us to process it all and accept it out of hand.
Edmund Burke, the great Irish Statesman and Philosopher was credited as saying: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” In this sense we are witnessing the alleged triumph of an already questionable element seeking to control and rule, more than represent and govern. Obama is extending the length of his reach beyond merely extolling socialist banter to grasp regency. He sees himself as an emperor demanding compliance more through usurping the powers of the other branches of the government than through the constitutional limitations placed on the presidency.
And all of this seems to be coming about because supposedly “good men” are doing nothing to stop it. It means less than nothing to understand an election must produce new, complementary legislators in sufficient numbers to defeat Obama’s game plan. But, what if those complementary numbers aren’t elected? Mere numbers may mean nothing.
It’s proven by this power grab that procedure can overpower legislation. Reid, Pelosi and Obama are experts in slamming procedural votes in the direction they want. That’s what’s placed them in a position to accomplish more and more and progressively more to disallow the people their representation under the Constitution.
Where the Republicans have folded more than a new set of napkins at a church picnic, the Democrats and Obama are unraveling the very fabric the American flag. They’re trampling the Constitution. And, evil will be done as good men sit and do nothing. What say you, my good men and women?
Thanks for listening.
KNIGHT: Obama’s inoperative Constitution
By Robert Knight
The Washington Times
Friday, January 6, 2012
Back in 1973, when the Nixon administration was under fire for Watergate, Press Secretary Ron Ziegler uttered an unforgettable response when caught in a lie during a news conference: “This is the operative statement. The others are inoperative.”
Well, the Obama administration just topped that by essentially declaring the U.S. Constitution “inoperative.” President Obama did not use that term when making an illegal recess appointment of Richard Cordray to the new post of consumer czar on Wednesday, but he might as well have.
Mr. Cordray now heads the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which will do its best to strangle any thought that business owners might have of getting out from under oppressive bureaucracy long enough to create any new jobs that aren’t in the government.
Remember, these are the same folks who thought it was a great idea to let Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat, bring the magic of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to the financial sector with the awful Dodd-Frank law. But merit aside, the Cordray appointment was made outside constitutional bounds.
Here’s what the official White House blog says about why the administration staged the Cordray coup:
“The Constitution gives the president the authority to make temporary recess appointments to fill vacant positions when the Senate is in recess. … In an overt attempt to prevent the president from exercising his authority during this period, Republican senators insisted on using a gimmick called ‘pro forma’ sessions, which are sessions during which no Senate business is conducted and instead one or two senators simply gavel in and out of session in a matter of seconds.”
What the White House regards as “gimmicks” are the letter of the law of the Constitution. Article I, Section 5, says “Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall without the Consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other Place than that in which the two Houses shall be sitting.”
Under Speaker John A. Boehner, the House has not granted the Senate adjournment. So, like it or not, Majority Leader Harry Reid’s do-nothing Senate, which has not passed a budget in three years, is still in session. In 2007, Mr. Reid refused to adjourn the Senate in order to block President George W. Bush’s recess appointments. Unlike Mr. Obama, Mr. Bush abided by the Constitution and backed off.
Mr. Obama also loaded up the National Labor Relations Board with three recess appointees who won’t threaten the conviviality of the current labor-union-packed board, whose hobby appears to be sticking needles into a voodoo doll shaped like South Carolina.
The NLRB not only issued orders halting South Carolina’s voter-approved measure to preserve secret ballots in union elections, but tried to close a brand-new Boeing factory and move it to union-shackled Washington state. Just the other day, the Justice Department ordered South Carolina to halt enforcement of its photo-ID law, which discourages voter fraud.
You can almost see officials sitting around in the White House, exclaiming, “What will it take to provoke South Carolina into bombarding Fort Sumter again? Should we outlaw barbecue, golf, Krispy Kreme doughnuts and mint juleps?”
The Obama administration’s lawlessness is becoming so obvious that nearly everyone outside the liberal mainstream media has caught on. Many Americans are appalled, but hard-core leftists are delighted. They regard the Constitution as a sham document that enables an oppressive, racist, sexist, homophobic society of the rich to oppress college students.
They give a pass to Hollywood moguls, of course, and they think it’s great fun to misquote the Constitution’s guarantee of religious freedom while going about scrubbing the public square clean of America’s Christian heritage.
You almost have to admire Mr. Obama’s audacity, which he warned us about in his autobiographies. He openly trashed the U.S. Supreme Court last January during his State of the Union address, knowing the justices who were present could not respond to his bald-faced mischaracterization of their ruling striking down the odious McCain-Feingold muzzling of political speech.
He told us he wanted the United States to get along better with other nations and then sent Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton abroad to lecture them on their stubborn resistance to abortion, homosexuality and global-warming extremism.
He said he wanted to be a healer, bringing the races together. But he appointed an attorney general whose hobby, when not sharpening needles for South Carolina, seems to be stirring up racial animosity and trying to frame Texas gun dealers.
Mr. Obama’s piece de resistance, though, was ramming the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, down America’s throat while assuring us that we could keep our current health insurance. The lies, evasions, backroom deals and front-room bribes could fill a dozen books.
When Obamacare was being debated, the administration insisted that the individual mandate was not a tax. After more than half the states sued to halt this unconstitutional mess, Mr. Obama’s lawyers told courts it was a tax after all. Apparently, the previous claim became “inoperable.”
If the constitutional order is not restored and Obamacare is not struck down or repealed, enemies of the state, such as older people who refuse to go gently into the night, might routinely start hearing scarier things than lies, such as: “That patient is now inoperative.”
Robert Knight is senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times.
EDITORIAL: Justice Department’s political action
Civil rights laws are exploited to finance liberal groups
The Washington Times
Friday, January 6, 2012
The Justice Department has been empowered to use millions of dollars intended to go to victims of racial discrimination to enrich pressure groups with close White House ties. It’s another revelation of the means the Obama administration is using to divert funds to political cronies.
Information obtained by the public interest group Judicial Watch has exposed the details of this latest shady deal. On Dec. 28, the United States District Court for the Central District of California issued a consent order in the case of the United States v. Countrywide Financial Corporation et al. Under the terms of the settlement, Countrywide will pay $335 million to 200,000 blacks and Hispanics who took out home loans between 2004 and 2008. The Justice Department claims they were charged higher interest rates than white borrowers not because of poor credit scores but solely because of their race. The payment is intended to “compensate allegedly aggrieved persons for monetary and other damages they may have suffered.”
The aggrieved parties may not be the only beneficiaries of this substantial payout. According to the terms of the consent order, any money not distributed within two years will be given to “qualified organizations that provide services including credit and housing counseling, financial literacy and other related programs targeted at African-Americans and Hispanics.” This could include “non-profit community organizations that provide education, counseling and other assistance to low-income and minority borrowers … .”
The trick of course is defining what organizations are “qualified.” This matter is left to the Justice Department, which admits there are no particular guidelines governing who gets the handouts, and no follow-up as to how the money is actually being spent. This is a shocking lack of accountability, and the practice of giving awards to interest groups that weren’t parties to the original complaint is an affront to the American sense of justice.
Organizations beholden to the Democratic Party and to President Obama in particular stand to gain millions of dollars, which could then be shifted into use for political purposes. It’s another manifestation of the intentional, institutional corruption of American politics. The public has been forced to fund corporate handouts and sweetheart deals to political donors such as occurred in the Solyndra loan debacle. All these efforts are aimed at propping up those in power and seeking maximum benefits for their friends. It comes at the expense of working Americans, the economy and the legitimacy of the political system.
MICHAELS: A sustainable depression
Governments find inefficient renewable energy is unaffordable
By Patrick J. Michaels
The Washington Times
Friday, January 6, 2012
If the Dow fell 85 percent, most folks would call that a depression. So why doesn’t that apply to the “sustainable” energy business – mainly solar and wind power – where shares have fallen an average of 85 percent to 90 percent, even excluding the bankrupt Solyndras, Evergreens and Solons? This depression is global, hitting Chinese Suntech, the world’s largest producer of solar panels, as well. Suntech has seen its shares plunge 88 percent.
As in other depressions, scads of real money has been lost, sustained by the snake oil that global warming is such a threat to us all that we should not just encourage, but legally compel,people to install the most economically inefficient form of electrical generation on the planet – solar photovoltaic, and its sibling in inconstancy, wind power. In various states and around the world, these are legislated by “renewable portfolio standards.” What we get is a sustainable depression.
The impetus for this originated in Germany with the 1990 Stromeinspeisungsgesetz, which sort of translates as “Law on Feeding Electricity Into the Grid.” This law initially required utilities to purchase “renewable” (i.e. solar and wind) energy at the market price.
It didn’t exactly shock the electricity world that this would not work. Solar and wind were too expensive, so in 2000, the law was changed to become a welfare program for anyone who put a solar panel on a roof. Now called the Act Granting Priority to Renewable Energy Sources, it guaranteed an ultimate profit, sort of like buying your own slot machine and inviting the neighbors.
In the beginning, Germans paid a “feed-in tariff” of 65 cents per kilowatt-hour for power from the roof; the total comparable cost for power from a new gas plant in the United States is about 6 cents. Solar panels sprouted everywhere. Q-Cells Corp. became the world’s largest producer. Investors piled on. Q-Cells rose from $30 a share in October 2006 to a peak of $97.60 in 13 months. Today it is trading at 55 cents.
A grand total of 1.9 percent of Germany’s power comes from solar.
Germany gradually reduced the tariff by about 50 percent, which substantially lengthened the time in which a panel will pay for itself. A huge supply of solar panels glutted the market, and the carnage is industrywide. A person who invested $2,500 in the Guggenheim Solar Energy Fund in 2008 (symbol: TAN) would have $267 today, typical for this sector.
Seeing rich Germans sunning in Cadiz gave Spain the idea, so Royal Decree 661 in 2007 provided a feed-in tariff to the owner of a solar panel or a windmill of about 58 cents per kilowatt-hour, guaranteedfor25years. Hey, why work when you can just populate your pasture with cash cows? Massive solar farms sprang up in sunny Spain. Land prices escalated, and the Spanish government realized that many of the facilities simply would never pay for themselves.
Spain’s massive subsidy program soon got out of hand, sending the country further and further into hock, and Spain finally cut it back, which further tanked the solar industry, which never should have expanded so much.
But didn’t all this sprout “green jobs”? After all, someone has to go up on the roof in Germany, and someone has to keep the panels clean in dusty Spain.
Robbing Peter, in fact, did affect Paul, at a cost of about $800,000 per “green,” job, according to King Juan Carlos University economist Gabriel Calzada. Two people got fired for every one who was hired.
Then the sustainable contagion spread to the United Kingdom, which has done for wind what Spain did with the sun. It slapped utilities with a “renewables obligation” of 15 percent of their power in a little more than three years (current contribution: 4 percent). Consumers pay both feed-in tariffs for the windmill down the road and capital costs for transmission and backup power. The political rebellion in the United Kingdom is palpable, and in response, Prime Minister David Cameron, who promised the “greenest government ever,” recently cut the solar feed-in tariff in cloudy Britain by 50 percent.
The bottom line is that wind and solar power are simply uncompetitive. Because of the inconstancy of the wind and the rotation of Earth, backup capacity of more than the average power production from “renewables” must be in place to preserve electrical stability.
This capacity increasingly is in the form of natural-gas generation. The discovery of hundreds of years of natural gas in worldwide shale deposits guarantees that solar and wind will never produce much of the world’s power. Natural-gas-fired electricity now costs about 84 percent less than solar, and it cuts carbon-dioxide emissions compared to conventional coal by 30 percent to 50 percent.
The sustainable depression of “renewable” energy is likely to be permanent.
Patrick J. Michaels is senior fellow in environmental studies at the Cato Institute and author-editor of “Climate Coup: Global Warming’s Invasion of Our Government and Our Lives” (Cato Institute, 2011).