I’ve Been Hearing This Since…

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…that fifth grade essay I had to write for a State Standards exam. You know the type – Write a five hundred word essay on the importance of voting. It is therefore easy to imagine just one of the reasons why I cringe every time I hear something like this:

Mrs. Obama also told her audience that turnout was a large part of her husband’s victories, especially “women and minorities and young people.” Republicans, she explained, counted on “folks like us” to stay away from the polls.

And I don’t know if you remember, but people were shocked when Barack won — they’re still shocked — (laughter and applause) — because they were counting on folks like us to stay home.  See, but then we proved them wrong.  Barack won because OF record numbers of women and minorities and young people who showed up and voted.

But the Fifth Grade was way back in the past. And Adulthood is left with the basic premise that your husband, Mrs. Obama, was initially elected based not on the content of his character; Isn’t that what the vetting process used to do? No, Barack was elected because a majority of the sleepy electorate were like, dude, he’s black and that’s enough for my vote.

In grown up terms, Michelle, he was elected based on the color of his skin. And the irony is that you and the Black Caucus are spitting on MLK Jr and all the good the old Civil Rights Movement represented and accomplished.

But then again I’m white. So what do I know about any of this.

The Case For A Justifiable Impeachment

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[One must assume that Obama took this long to address the public regarding military action in Libya so as to first test his speech with sample groups.]

Not once did we hear of a Constiutional justification for the use of the military. Instead, we were bombarded with “international coalition”, “the U.N.”, “Arab League”, and the cry for help from the Libyan people.

Not once did we hear him explain what American vital interests were at stake, as he claimed were part of the reason for military action. No, the closest we came to American interests was the threat of thousands of refugees pouring into a fragile Democratic Egypt and the fact that  “Libya sits between Tunisia and Egypt”.

Instead, what we heard earlier tonight was the clearest and most concise summation to date of his ideology. Yes, we already knew he was a Globalist and Internationalist by default. But his speech tonight, which should be dubbed The Obama Doctrine, is really an easy initial justification for an eventual impeachment trial.

Obama is in flagrant dereliction of Constitutional authority – that is, he is not allowed to use the military at his own personal whim, even if the International Ummah gives its approval. He has openly defied Congress of their power to declare war and thus further driven the American citizenry into oppression through military campaigning and Imperialism. If Clinton came under fire for his use of a cigar, how much more so should Obama for his Emperor-esque rule?

 

Unjust Allied Intervention and U.S. Policy

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I read this article a few days ago and it has been bugging me ever since. It is no secret here that I strongly dislike anything Palin has to do with politically – she’s been nothing more than a disaster for the Republican cause since McCain picked her as his VP running mate.

On the Libya crisis, she proposed a no-fly-zone to protect the armed and un-armed opposition to the Qaddafi regime. Mrs. Palin’s formulation had been blogged about for nearly a week

The issue is not whether there is a crisis in Libya. No one can doubt there is and it is nothing more than a continuation of the popular uprising throughout the Middle East. The issue is that no “Allied Force” has the right, justification, or morality to interfere. These are civil issues to be solved between the people and their respective governments – and when it comes to Libya, it appears to have escalated into civil war. Do Libyans have the right to revolt? Yes. Does Ghaddafi have the right to vow no mercy? Yes. Either way, it is Libya’s problem to solve and no other nation need involve themselves unless Ghaddafi channels Milosevic-esque mass murder. In fact, I would go so far as to say intervening in a political civil war, as seems to be the case in Libya, is unjust in that it deters resolution, continuing atrocities and hatred simply by preventing them outright.

In a critique of Mr. Obama’s energy policies published yesterday at about the same time the Arab League was adopting her prescription for a Libya no-fly-zone, Mrs. Palin laid out how the president’s “war on domestic oil and gas exploration and production has caused us pain at the pump, endangered our already sluggish economic recovery, and threatened our national security.”

True, but misleading. There are greater threats. One being the percentage of the U.S. budget consumed by accumulated and continued debt and, what no one seems to be talking about, the increasing chance of the U.S. dollar losing its status as the international reserve currency. The other being U.S. foreign policy in exporting democracy and freedom world round. Such exportation is hollow and empty, serving only to whitewash our imperialism. Our way of life is so addicted to the ease of access to cheap oil that our foreign policy must automatically defer to “exporting freedom”. This means no more than propping up autocracies or deposing them at will, always in the Middle East, in order to assure continued access to cheap oil. It also means fat government contracts to private industry to make weapons – planes, bombs, guns, etc. Neo-cons might trump how we have an all-volunteer army, but it is a continued “standing army”, deployed all over the world, again to assure our access to cheap oil.

So what does this type of foreign policy buy us – peace with all nations as Washington advised over two centuries ago? On the contrary, it develops enmity amongst nations we choose to oppress, higher taxes to support our volunteer standing army which Jefferson and Madison so warned against, and ultimately less freedom and security domestically.

Whether or not Obama comments on international crises is a moot point – there is no need for any President to do so. However, his decision to become involved within the Libyan civil war has done nothing but extend our military into a third war front, raise gasoline prices at home, and eventually raise taxes to cover military expenses.

Obama Advising On Gaza Blockade

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Our dear Emperor may be purposely deaf and blind, but he certainly isn’t dumb.

Adding to his ever expanding list of words and speeches is his latest advice to Israel. Can anyone point out the irony? This is the same man who doesn’t care about enforcing border security or shutting down illegal immigration. Which is another reason we shouldn’t be surprised that he can’t even give the command to the Army Core of Engineers to shut down the BP oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

By now, our dear Emperor’s policy on anything concerning U.S. sovereignty or security should be painfully obvious: Be like Swiss cheese.

The Verdict Is In

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If ever an object lesson in the futility of government meddling in micro- and macro-economics, the Cash-For-Clunkers Program was IT.

This is a lesson for the ages. When trying to reignite any economy through stimulus, rather than allowing the market to correct itself, the effort will fail. And not only will it fail, the effort will often make people worse off in the end.

From Boston.com:

But once the federal money dried up, so did the sales rally. Now, customers at dealerships like Silko Honda in Raynham are few and far between, and inventory is once again accumulating.

Manager Adam Silverleib said business was “pretty intense’’ as a result of the federal stimulus program, with the dealership hustling to accommodate customers and handle the piles of paperwork required for them to receive reimbursement on vouchers. “Now we’re kind of back to where we were in the spring,’’ he said.

In an attempt to draw customers back to showrooms, some dealers are offering new incentives, albeit none as enticing as a $4,500 for a rusting junker. Silko, for example, is promoting 2.9 percent financing on new Accords, along with other deals on its website.

Nationwide, customers snatched up 700,000 new cars, most of them foreign-made, and the government ended up paying out nearly $3 billion toward the purchases. But from the start, analysts predicted that Cash for Clunkers would not boost sales for the year. September’s sales swoon seems to be making their case. Car sales are usually slow after Labor Day, but because of the recession consumers this year are especially reluctant to say yes to major purchases. To make matters worse for dealers, most are still waiting for voucher reimbursements.

“It was probably, in the end, a complete waste of taxpayer money,’’ said John Wolkonowicz, a senior auto analyst at IHS Global Insight, Lexington forecasting firm. “The dealers, who were supposed to be the primary beneficiaries, many were forced into cash flow problems because the government didn’t pay them in a timely fashion.’’

Attempting to repair the car market through C-F-C was like trying to fix a leaking dam with one’s index finger – pointless – unless the dam itself is repaired. Therefore, within the American economy as a whole, how could the near-$800 billion stimulus bill passed just months ago work? The reason for the housing bubble – government intervention in bank lending standards – remains the problem at large, yet is not even on the table for discussion. What is on the table is talk about increasing government regulation on banks. How does that make any sense?

Reagan never touched the bank crisis in the late ’80’s and Bush-41 bailed them out. A fat lot of good that did except to delay and complicate the matter for more than decade.

On the grand scale, we have an incompetent imbecile acting as Emperor-Dictator, a man who prostrates himself before America and the world, yet does not realize he is wearing no clothes. He wishes to rebuild the American economy. And he is succeeding, I’ll give him that, in transforming the economy from one of fading self-initiated ingenuity to early Marxism. The vehicle? Racial and Factional politics mired in historically till now unfathomable pork spending. Our economy, and the American people are being turned into Foie Gras, fattened up for the liberal cuisine, a needy people throwing themselves at the mercy of their government [please name me one government that was ever merciful] for cheap goods and free handouts at the hands of international business [not to mention lost borders, language, and culture].

One thing is for sure on Giggles’ economic retooling, the further he is allowed to take us – the more debt we accumulate, the more jobs lost to foreign shores, the more China buys Treasury bills – the less chance the economy will recover; the less chance America will recognize itself from even ten years ago.

To those who wished to give a first-term junior senator a shot at the White House, I offer this quote from Gladiator:

Graccus: He enters Rome like a conquering hero. But what has he conquered?
Falco: Give him time, Gracchus. He’s young, he may do very well.
Graccus: For Rome? Or for you?

To those who misunderstand the cries of the Conservative political spectrum, I offer this quote:

Graccus: Fear and wonder, a powerful combination.
Falco: You really think people are going to be seduced by that?
Graccus: I think he knows what Rome is. Rome is the mob. Conjure magic for them and they’ll be distracted. Take away their freedom and still they’ll roar. The beating heart of Rome is not the marble of the senate, it’s the sand of the coliseum. He’ll bring them death – and they will love him for it.

$8000 tax credits for buying a home is magic. $4500 to buy a new car is magic. Bailing out the banking system is magic. Bailing out newspapers is magic. (Mandatory) Universal health care is magic. Bailing out the domestic car manufacturers is magic.

Still entranced?

Whatchya Gonna Do…

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…wit all that junk inside that trunk?

Socialists seize any and all assets they can. Sarkozy must be along for the ride.

Move Over, Elizabeth

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Anyone with an inkling of rationality knew Elizabeth Alexander’s poetic contribution to BHO’s inauguration was going to be a grandiose piece of academic crap. She admitted as much herself:

Alexander has dropped a few hints about the likely style of her [i]naugural verse, saying that the public poems that appeal to her “have a sense of focus and a kind of gravitas, an ability to appeal to larger issues without getting corny”.

Way to describe every element your poem didn’t have, Elizabeth…save the corny bit. If I ran political affairs, this one would have been read, you know, because [Inaugural] poems that appeal to me give Washington, D.C. a good ol’ American slap in the face.

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