Thursday, February 26, 2015

Will Any Freedoms Remain After Obama's Tenure?

He's taken over healthcare, the Internet and granted amnesty to 5 million illegals and now gun control via banning ammo. What's next?...Fred Zeppelin Tweet

  • In earlier years, we heard the refrain that Americans will never allow the government to take over healthcare. After all, Hillary Clinton's attempt in the early 1990's was a complete and total failure. Two decades later, ObamaCare became a reality. The freedom Americans had to choose their own provider, their own physician and to make decisions regarding their own healthcare fell by the wayside and was replaced by a government bureaucracy. 
  • In late 2014, the Legatum Institute published their annual report on "personal freedom" throughout the world. The U.S. ranked 21st, lower than Portugal, France, Germany, Ireland, Costa Rica and Malta.
  • Just this week, Pres. Obama vetoed the Keystone Pipeline stabbing yet another fork into energy freedom. After all, the administration's failures in other energy initiatives has been well established as Solyndra became the poster child for those repeated fiasco's.
  • The IRS targeting of conservative groups was one of the most egregious uses of government overreach. 
  • Failed economic policies resulting in record high poverty rates and the shrinking of the middle class and incomes have resulted in the theft of many freedoms especially the pursuit of happiness. Millions of young Americans have been unable to purchase new homes, new cars and have put off many life decisions such as marriage and raising a family. In other words, many of Obama administration's policies have resulted in the loss of important independent decision making.
  • The repeated failures and appeasement in foreign policy have left America weak. One obvious outcome is more threats to our freedoms and liberties.
  • We've watched how government over-regulation has had a negative impact on many Americans making personal and business decisions. Again, ObamaCare comes immediately to mind as well as overbearing fees and taxes. Of course, this insanity has been going on for decades.
  • And today, the government (FCC) approved sweeping regulations governing the Internet. Regulations I might add that have yet to be posted. We do know the regulations would be the Internet on the same footing as any utility. Ajit Pai, a republican commissioner on the panel, said this decision will put the government in control of the Internet. As I wrote yesterday, it will be inevitable that rates will rise and taxes will be imposed. 
  • So say good-bye to yet another freedom---the freedom of speech, the freedom to communicate openly, the freedom guaranteed to every American under the Constitution.
Note: Today, The Washington Examiner is reporting the Obama administration is planning on banning bullets for AR-15 style semi-autos. Developing.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Net Neutrality: A Trojan Horse Penetrating Internet Freedom?

The president would now like to regulate the entire Internet. That's got to be easier than running a website with a billion dollar budget...WH Press Secretary Tweet (Satire)

  • Let me be frank. I'm not a "techie." I don't have the knowledge base of the inter-working guts of the Internet (although I've read more about it recently). As a result, I'm going to tack politically in this debate. I certainly know this is a highly complex issue.
  • My understanding is this: In its most elementary form the government intends to regulate the Internet. Their intention is to reclassify the Internet as a "utility." In short, this will give the government (FCC, FEC) more control over Internet Service Providers or ISP's, the companies that provide us access to the Internet, usually for a fee. Make no mistake, I'm also no big fan of the large providers. Most Americans know all too well how expensive cable has become in recent years.
  • But this is where the rub comes in for many critics of net neutrality like myself. The issue here should not be net neutrality. Nothing is neutral in the competitive marketplace. The issue should be the government imposing more regulations upon our freedoms, especially our freedom of speech and our freedom to communicate openly. When the government gets involved with more regulations in anything, red flags should not popping up all over the place. For example, ObamaCare comes immediately to mind. After all, the bureaucrats decided to name it the Affordable Care Act. We now know it's far from affordable for millions of Americans. 
  • We also know government involvement leads to several outcomes: 1-More government control in almost anything is generally not a good thing. Not only have we've seen that with ObamaCare, but we've seen the results of government control and overreach in the VA and the IRS to name just a few. 2-It will inevitably lead to more taxes.  3-You can be sure costs will rise. Costs always rise anytime the government gets involved in almost anything. And finally, it will lead to abuse and corruption. 
  • Once again, don't be diverted by a nice-sounding, non-threatening designation as net neutrality. Be more concerned about the further erosion of our liberties. That's where the threat lies.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Mr.Obama, If You Do Love America---You Have A Strange Way Of Expressing It

Even though it's under threat by this administration, I will always believe in American exceptionalism. It's just how I roll...My Tweet 

Rudy Giuliani has come under some fire for questioning whether Pres. Obama loves America. My regular readers know well I have no great admiration for this president or his administration. However, I have to be honest. I admit I don't know what's in his heart regarding whether or not he loves America. I do know this. He has a very strange and aberrant way of expressing it. Let's review just a few examples:

  • During the 2008 presidential campaign, Michelle Obama stated: "For the first time in my adult life, I'm really proud of my country..." And while those words did not flow from Mr. Obama's mouth, they were certainly filled with some disturbing implications.
  • Not long after Mr. Obama took office, he went on an apology tour not in defense of American exceptionalism but in spite of it. His attempts at moral equivalence has certainly been disturbing.
  • Mr. Obama is a progressive who---like most progressives---regularly uses identity politics, lies and intolerance to shape political thought and actions when it comes to race, gender, sexual orientation, and class. In fact, one of the criticism of his governance is that he appears to bully Americans (e.g. Republicans, conservatives, Fox News, etc.) rather than our enemies. 
  • "There have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive." He made that statement in France as pointed out by Kyle Smith, an essayist and contributor to the NY Times, WSJ and NY Post. Smith also reminded us of Obama's trip to Prague where he said "America has a moral responsibility" to act on arms control---after all, it was the U.S. who "used a nuclear weapon." According to Smith, it was as though "winning a war that Japan started was shameful."
  • It was the Obama administration who considered returning veterans as potential domestic terrorists. It was this administration that targeted Tea Party and other conservative groups by sicking the IRS on those groups. It was this administration that targeted people of faith.
  • While addressing the 2014 graduating class at West Point, Mr. Obama appeared to speak more about what our country should not be rather than what it is. Many of the cadets in the audience had WTF expressions on their faces. Even audience applause was conspicuous by its absence. 
  • And last year, his own Secretary of State, J.F.Kerry, actually said to the graduating class at Yale: "I get a little uptight when I hear politicians say how exceptional we are."
  • And it was Mr. Obama himself who said George W. Bush was unpatriotic (referring to the rise in the national debt at the time). 
  • Obama has also had many opportunities to "inspire" the nation especially when it comes to fighting and defeating our enemies. Instead, he's been AWOL on too many occasions as was evidenced by his absence in Paris last month. In addition, why would any president appease our enemies?
It was Mr. Obama who promised the nation "hope and change."  Perhaps he does love America---the America he wants to "transform" into an America most Americans no longer recognize. So if many Americans remain suspicious about his love for this great nation--can we blame them?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Pres. Obama: The Great Pretender Continues To Wear Blinders

Say what you want about ISIS, but they've never lied to you about ISIS...David Burge Tweet

  • I'd never thought I'd live to see that day when an American administration appropriates the narrative of our enemies. Not only does this administration refuse to identify the enemy {as he did at that "extremism" summit yesterday}, but they also believe all those young Islamist lunatics need is a jobs program. In case you missed it, Marie Harf, spokeswoman for the State Department, said just that this week. And then she followed that absurd statement with another absurd statement the following day. She accused her critics of being too stupid to understand what she was suggesting {"It might be too nuanced an argument for some," according to this nitwit}. Of course, it's a difficult argument to understand considering jobs is not the issue for these maniacs. In addition, it's this administration's domestic economic policies that have led to the highest poverty rates in decades as well as over 90M people who have dropped out of the work force. We have millions of Americans who need jobs. For God's sake,  little perspective and common sense would go a long way here.
  • And this reverts back to a piece I wrote several days ago. In short, I made the case unless America leads, no one will. And we have an administration whose leadership failures know no bounds. And within this dangerous environment, even after Islamist beheaded almost two dozen Christians (according to Obama---just Egyptian citizens), even after ISIS cooks a Jordanian pilot, even after Boko Haram continues to kidnap and murder Christians, even after genocide continues to be committed almost on a daily basis, Obama said: "No religion is responsible for terrorism---people are responsible for violence and terrorism." Yet, just two weeks ago at the National Prayer Breakfast, Obama took a step back into ancient history to try to make an argument for moral equivalence when he said: "...Remember that during the Crusades and Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ."
  • This begs the question: Why does this president continue to defend Islamist more than coming to the defense of Christians and Jews? Keep in mind, it was Mr. Obama who said of the recent attack on the Jewish deli in Paris: "...when you've got a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris." And the worst kept secret in the beltway is Obama's animus toward Israel.
  • Michael Goodwin of the NY Post described this administration's rhetoric and behavior well: "The rot of denial runs deep, and starts at the top." 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"Never Again" Transformed Into "Over And Over Again."

Difference between Nazis and ISIS? The Nazis tried to hide their atrocities...David Burge Tweet

  • After the Holocaust, the world's intention was to unite behind the simple two-word phrase: "Never Again." In 1948, the UN held a convention on the prevention of the crime of genocide. And while Western societies upheld the tenets of the convention, mass killings and genocide continued to take place throughout other parts the globe. Unfortunately, in a number of those cases, many nations stood by and did nothing to prevent the mass killing of innocents. During the post WWII period, we've witnessed genocide in Uganda, Rwanda, Cambodia, the Balkans, Darfur, Yemen and Syria just to name a few.
  • And today we're watching as genocide continues to be committed by the likes of ISIS, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and their affiliates. This week's slaughter of almost two dozen Egyptian Christians by ISIS is just the most recent example.
  • Yet, immediately after the murder of those Christians by ISIS, our government refused to identify the victims as Christians in their own statement regarding the murders. Instead the victims were identified as "citizens." It's disturbing enough that the Obama administration and the State Department have downplayed the role of Islamist as the main source of this on-going genocide but to refuse to identify the victims as Christians is distressing and sinfully inadequate. Canada's PM David Cameron had no hesitancy in defining the crime for what it was when he stated, "I'm appalled by the murder of Christians in Libya, a simply barbaric and inhumane act..." Pope Francis followed with his own statement: "They were killed simply for the fact that they were Christians." It should be frightening to every American that not only does our government refuse to identify the enemy, it also refuses to identify the victims.
  • Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of NY, warned us today that the actions and attacks by these barbaric lunatics "threaten civilization itself." And he's absolutely correct. And if our own government must come to the understanding that choosing appeasement over courage will only continue to embolden our enemies. There is no middle ground in this fight. The goal must be to win---no matter what it takes and no matter what the cost. If fighting this evil is not worth the sacrifice, then, my friends, nothing is.
  • With this upcoming Lenten season, Cardinal Dolan offers this observation: "This massacre leaves us not only with ashes on our foreheads, but with tears in our eyes, a lump in our throat, and a burning in our heart." 
  • The good Cardinal might not approve of my language, but it's also time to hunt---hunt down the savages and kill every single one of them.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Unless America Leads, No One Else Will Lead

Since the Obama admin. started its absurd "strategic patience" strategy, ISIS and their warped thugs are now in about 18 Tweet yesterday

  • Before I begin, I need to alert you to two stores that highlight how truly disturbed the left really is. Joe Gibbons, a college professor, filmed himself stealing a grand from a bank on New Years Eve. This nitwit proclaimed his actions as a "work of art." He was busted. But here's the rest of the story: A museum in Queens, NY, wants to show his felonious film project. A fundraiser for the museum declared: "Joe submerges himself in the chaos and entropy of life calling it research." The other story has to do with a rap video that showed one of the rappers pointing a gun to the head of a cop. Two attorneys from the Bronx defenders office took part in this video. A Robin Steinberg, head of the defenders office, lied about her organization's role in the video. She was suspended for 60 days. But here's the rest of the story: Harvard Law School plans on honoring Steinberg  among 50 other female attorneys who will be lauded as an "inspiration." Folks, even if you tried, you couldn't make this up. And this kind of nonsense goes on every day. Source: NY Post
  • It's becoming apparent to more and more Americans that America lacks leadership from the top especially when it comes to foreign policy. Because of this conspicuous and disturbing lack of leadership, ISIS has now spread across over a dozen countries. Just yesterday, these same vile homicidal maniacs released a video showing them beheading over a dozen Egyptian Christians along the shores of Tripoli in Libya. 
  • Last week, I wrote a piece claiming that the global community needs "American on that wall." I also made it clear that we shouldn't spearhead the war against our enemies alone but rather we should lead a coalition to destroy ISIS. Instead, all we get from the administration is some ludicrous rhetoric about the use of "strategic patience." The only outcome of this foolish strategy is watching more innocents getting slaughtered every day by likes of ISIS, Boko Haram and other Islamist lunatics.
  • It also reminds me that during WWII, America and its allies destroyed two of the world's best military's AT THE SAME TIME in 4 years. Yet, it appears we can't even destroy and eradicate approximately 20,000 terrorists. And it's not like we don't know where they are. We do. And it's not like we don't have the capability. We do.
  • The U.S. Navy, until recently, had an ad proclaiming them as a Global Force For Good. As I wrote not long ago, we need instead to be a BAD ASS global force for good. That means we need to hunt down and kill every one of these Islamist thugs.
  • But that will be increasingly more difficult to do when we have an administration that continues to focus on what it will NOT do rather than unleashing hell upon our enemies.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

How Philadelphia Can Make The Democrats Feel At Home During Their 2016 National Convention

Glad the Pope is coming to Philadelphia ahead of the Democrats. I'd hate for him to sit through their heckling God like the '12 convention...Chris Stigall Tweet (morning host of WPHT in Philadelphia)

Of and on, I've lived in the Philadelphia region and the Delaware Valley for over 40 years. I know the city well. I'm also thoroughly familiar with its historic sites having lived in the Independence Hall area for almost a year. Therefore it's with great pleasure to hear that Philadelphia has been chosen to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. 

So what better way than to have many of the historic sites in Philadelphia make Democrats feel right at home than targeting those sites specifically to their progressive ideology? Some suggestions:

  • Philadelphia should change the name of Independence Hall to Dependence Hall. After all, under this administration and most of the years Democrats have been in power, poverty and food stamp rolls have exploded. In addition, they want to make community college free and give illegal immigrants many of the same benefits now given to legal immigrants.  Let's not forget all those free Obama phones too. 
  • What better time than to close the Constitution Center? After all, the Obama administration just shoves the Constitution aside to meet its political purposes anyway. 
  • With regard to all those stores that cater to tourists and now carry patriotic and historical items about America, many of those items can be replaced. For example, posters, T-shirts and books about/of  Che, Castro, the late Hugo Chavez and other tyrants can be sold  (most at discount prices). The bobble heads of patriots can be replaced with bobble heads of Obama, Pelosi, Harry Reid,  and throw in Stalin for good measure. All of those replicas of The Constitution and the Bill of Rights can be stored away until the Democrats leave Philadelphia. 
  • Events could include an early May Day celebration as well as parades of Russian tanks and missiles streaming down Market Street.
  • One can even foresee a parade of anti-war demonstrators if you can find any.
  • Another event could include a visit to the Betsy Ross House. Instead of showing her sewing an American flag, flags from the old Soviet Union, Cuba,  Communist China and even a Sandinista flag (that should make NYC Mayor de Blasio feel right at home).
  • The Liberty Bell can be renamed The Repudiation Bell considering many progressives repudiate the principles and values of this great nation. Or it can be renamed The Tyranny Bell.
And  keep in mind---any reference to God or the Creator should be stricken from the record during the course of the Convention. That should put more smiles of the faces of the convention delegates.

America!!! What a country!!!