I recently watched FarenHYPE 911, which although dated was very good. My first time watching it. I didn’t feel the need to watch a movie to tell me Michael Moore is an idiot and a liar, but it was on Netflix so I watched it. It’s sad to reflect back on how we have changed, how facts have little to do with anything anymore. Much like the O.J. Simpson trial, the gap between us is wide and impossible to cross. Since that trial, that division has come to define where we are at today.
The left, which included Obama, attacked Bush on every angle. I’m not looking to say that the attacks were correct or not, but I do find it interesting that the same people who were concerned about wars and Constitutional rights are strangely silent about Obama. In fact, the only scrutiny he seems to get is outside of the mainstream media, and any scrutiny, any statement of concern, is attacked as racism or extremism. If you were concerned then, how could you not be now? Be it war, Constitutional rights and safeguards, the budget or the economy, Obama has dwarfed George W. Bush in a very short time.
Also, someone has to say it, Bush is gone people. Obama had the House and the Senate, and while the House was lost, he still retains the Senate. He had the power few presidents ever get, and yet all he has is blame, attacks, and excuses. Would W have been able to get away with that? In fact would any president at any point in our nation’s history? Strange days indeed.
I’m going to forgo the links on the following, as I’m lazy tonight, but if so inclined, please look for yourself.
We have had the NDAA, and numerous executive orders that can suspend the Constitution, signed by Obama. We are one event away from the death of the Republic. The left would be screaming if Bush or Romney held such powers, especially if they showed Obama’s level of disdain for the rule of law and Constitutional protections. The media would be watching like a hawk, reporting on every detail. They’d even make up lies to rile the people, and justify it as a legitimate concern.
It is a legitimate concern, but no one is watching. The most dangerous politicians are the ones no one watches and/or the ones who are blindly trusted. In Obama’s case we have both. The mainstream media has become an extension of the DNC, and they are neither watching or concerned. You know, Tom and Katy are far more interesting.
9/11 ushered in a change in our rule of law and our liberties. That has been expanded under Obama. Given the current situation, imagine a major attack against something like the London Olympics, one which made 9/11 look small. A worse case scenario could be closer than we think.
Bush actively engaged Islamic terrorists, with our forces fighting them in the Middle East, our people torturing for information and acting on the information they gathered. This led to the death of Bin Ladin. In contrast, Obama has largely disengaged from that pursuit. To look at the Department of Justice, you’d think the Tea Party brought down the World Trade Center. He has empowered the radical muslims in the Middle East while dropping protections on the border. He has suspended deportations.
Exactly how far off do we think a major terrorist event is? Our enemies remain determined to hit us, and we have done everything to aid them. You would think they wanted another 9/11. Our efforts to betray our allies and aid our enemies have not changed the latter’s feelings toward us. It was Clinton’s eight years of ignoring the obvious threat that led to 9/11; how much greater the treat with Obama? Carter left us a terrorist state in Iran, Obama has given Iran allies in Egypt and Libya.
One event, and the Republic is dead.
The brutality of unchecked government is far too well noted historically and in the world around us to ever allow our government to be untethered from the Constitution. To do so is not only a betrayal to those who have gone before us and gave so much to secure this Republic, but also to those who come after us, our children, grandchildren and beyond. Even limited, power is as prone to abuse as flies are to an outhouse. It marvels me that so many who are aware of government abuses are so willing to hand over their liberties to this same government, to entrust them on every level with our lives and our children.
It has become very fashionable to tarnish the character of our American heroes by pointing out that they were flawed. Personally I have never subscribed to the concept of perfect people, and as such do not hold perfection as my standard for greatness. It saddens me deeply that we have such a disconnect from our history in the U.S. today. The standard has been set and we should remember that standard while striving for the ideal of what America means. Our heroes should be remembered and their examples emulated and improved upon. America means far more to those who understand who we are and where we came from. We are a people of principles and convictions, who learned hard lessons from the places we fled. We are a people who understood the uniqueness of this nation and our role within it. We are the people of the Revolution, whose ideals were framed within a Constitution that remains relevant and meaningful because of the conditions that birthed it and our nation. To lose our cultural identity is to lose not only our uniqueness but our nation itself. To toss out that ideal because people are flawed is the action of fools. It is because people are flawed that the ideal must be held close and acted upon.
The men who fought and died at the Alamo have since had their reputations unfairly attacked. They rose against injustice and tyranny, and even when they knew that they would die for standing against evil, not one saw fit to leave. It is better to stand strong against tyranny than to live under the same. They are heroes, and they show how deeply conviction should run.
If our convictions were that deep, if we were willing to do everything to defend what is right, our government would not be unchecked, and our Constitution would not be threatened. Our challenge is not to overthrow or to break away, but rather to sustain and restore what is rightfully ours. If more Americans knew who Nathan Hale was than Kim Kardashian, and saw which of the two was one to be emulated, tyranny would have no chance.
Arizona strikes back: State investigates feds over gun-running They absolutely should! As should Texas and Mexico. The Fast and Furious case added fuel to a fire that has resulted in thousands of deaths and subverted the security of the border and a neighboring nation.
And in related news, one Mexican state bordering the US was deadlier than all of Afghanistan last year. It doesn’t take much to see that this is not good for the United States or Mexico.
Speaking of Fast and Furious, Uncle Ted Nugent had a thing or two to say about the subject.
It is already spreading here. 1.4 million gang members and more pour into the United States. That is roughly the size of our joint active duty military, that is before Obama’s military cuts reduce that number by one third.
It is argued that Gay Marriage would not interfere with our First Amendment rights. Guess again! It will be really interesting to see where all of this leads.
I blogged about this, but it bears repeating. As we are in dire need of jobs and oil, our politicians deny us both. Obama’s Keystone Denial Prompts Canada to Look to China Sales. We also dropped the ball on Brazil, as China gets jump on U.S. for Brazil’s oil. It really makes me wonder what they are thinking. The economy, our need for oil, and the instability in the Gulf all make Keystone the right thing for us to do. If the Strait of Hormuz is closed down how high will fuel prices go? Remember, it isn’t just fueling up that Prius, it is every item in your mall and local 7-11 that will cost far more.
They now know who all those body parts at the Hollywood sign belong to. Just another day in paradise!
The battle over our freedoms continues, specifically with regard to the internet. as SOPA and PIPA votes are to be delayed. I hope it isn’t like Obama signing the NDAA. Wait until everyone is hung over and busy with football to sneak the bill into law. After all, no one is looking.
Well, that’s not exactly true, we are looking!
On a lighter note…
Canada Pledges to Sell Oil to Asia After Obama Rejects Keystone Pipeline! Once again our politicians are playing games with a much-needed resource and American jobs, and in a move that borders on criminal, both are pushed aside to China‘s benefit. How does this benefit America on any level? Is Republican Democrat posturing more important than the welfare of our nation?
We are in a recession still, although that term makes me wonder at what point do you call it a depression. We have the worst economy since the Great Depression. Rather than create American jobs and reduce our dependence on Arab oil, we are going to increase government spending by another trillion and increase government tyranny through NDAA, SOPA, and PIPA. Who knows what other Orwellian measures they can dream up. Meanwhile the American media is more concerned with which celebrity is in rehab or jail, and who is having sex with who. It is disgraceful!!!
This is not a left or right issue, it is an issue of preserving the Constitution and ensuring that Americans retain their rights. Please take a moment to go to this link and fill out the letter for your representatives to overturn the illegal and unconstitutional measures in the NDAA recently signed into law. We were given a free Republic bought and paid for by those who stood up to ensure it for us. Is their sacrifice not worthy of our diligence? Please take a moment to do this for your nation. That link again is HERE.
Here is a sample letter you can copy and sign…
I demand you repeal the detainee provisions of the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act. I am appalled that any member of Congress would support provisions such as…
* REQUIRED military detention of foreigners that are suspected of being terrorists
* Military detention as the preferred OPTION for American terror suspects
* No charges need to be filed, and no trials must be held
* Prisoners to be held “until the end of hostilities”
These provisions can be more accurately described as “kidnapping” — which is a crime whether it’s done by individuals, gangs, or bigger gangs called States.
And what does “the end of hostilities” mean? Indefinitely, probably for life. After all, when does “terrorism” end?
Terrorism is indeed a serious crime. But just as with any other crime, many persons “suspected” of it are not guilty. The American, Constitutional presumption is innocent until proven otherwise via due process of law. Terrorism is an especially tricky judicial matter, because mere acquaintances of real terrorists, or people caught in the “wrong place at the wrong time” could be rounded up.
These kidnapping provisions violate the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment. They also disregard my Fourth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendment rights. They even contravene Article III, Section 3, which deals with treason.
Not only is kidnapping unconstitutional, but these kidnapping powers attack the foundation of who we are as a people. The British ancestors of the Founding Fathers enjoyed protection against arbitrary executive power since the Magna Carta of 1215.
How can ANY of our rights and freedoms be secure if the President can, by whim, call me a “terrorist” and order troops to kidnap YOU because you are associated with me?
How can we enjoy the rights inherent in our humanity — life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — if you or I can be “disappeared” in a federal gulag?
Two bills have been proposed that would restore SOME due process guarantees…
* HR 3676 would restore Constitutional protections for American citizens but denies them to foreigners — even legal residents. (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h3676/text)
* S.2003 restores due process to American citens and lawful alien residents, but seems to deny even citizens due process rights if apprehended on foreign soil. (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s2003/text)
Human rights belong to all of us, not just Americans or people living in the United States. Our rights are “pre-constitutional.” They are not derived from the whim of any government, but naturally endowed to individuals since creation. Moreover, our Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights protect “persons,” not just American citizens.
Please propose a bill to restore Pre-Constitutional rights and Constitutional due process guarantees to ALL terrorism SUSPECTS.