Executing America


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Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary

“The president has no authority to do this. It’s against the law.” — Senator Jeff Sessions

“The definition of a ‘sociopath’ is a person with an antisocial personality disorder. They are often well liked because of their charm and high charisma, but they do not usually care about other people. They think mainly of themselves and often blame others for the things that they do. They have a complete disregard for rules and lie constantly. They seldom feel guilt or learn from punishments.” Wayne Root

The Obama “mandate,” if such a thing ever existed, is, to coin a phrase, gone with the wind. Or, more precisely, gone with the electoral tsunami that swept the socialistsDemocrats out to sea by the boatload. Catastrophe at the ballot box made little difference, of course, to the unrepentant dictator who remained on dry land.  His response was to load his executive pen with poison ink sufficient enough to order a metaphorical plague of locusts on the ingrates who voted.  From global warming (which doesn’t exist) to illegal immigration (which does), Barack Obama plans to break the laws of the land to a degree unprecedented in American history:

  • On the other side of the world, Obama determined as ever to bypass Congress (CNN)
  • Obama to announce 10-point immigration plan via exec action as early as next week (Fox News)
  • Obama is prepared to spend the remainder of his term unleashing sweeping executive actions to combat global warming. (Politico)
  • This week, Obama came out in support of net neutrality, as he believes Internet services should be reclassified as a utility and something Americans have a right to. (ZDNet)

All of Obama’s illegal actions have one thing in common:  the majority of Americans oppose them.

What Americans want, however, and what Barack Obama plans to give them have always been two different things.  Take his legacy law, for example, that infamous piece of legislative legerdemain known as Obamacare:

One of the architects of the health care law was caught on camera saying the bill was written specifically so as not to be viewed as a tax. He then goes on to call American voters stupid…

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“Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage, and basically, you know, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass,”Jonathan Gruber said at the Annual Health Economics Conference.

Gruber was a key player in developing the law, and those remarks weren’t the only time an Obama adviser suggested the administration had pulled a fast one with the law.

“They proposed it and that passed because the American voters are too stupid to understand the difference,” he said.

Yes They Are

Folks who thought they’d be getting lower insurance premiums and better service ended up with neither:

As distasteful as they may find it, if Obama insists on continuing to violate the law by executive decree, come January, Washington’s new legislators must vote to impeach, convict, and remove him from office.  Anything less will render them and any future American Congress as vestigial an organ of governance as Caligula’s Senate.





Common Core: Right Wing Groups to be Described as ‘Fascist’


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I haven’t covered it as much as I should, but Common Core is the latest indoctrination program for use in the public schools.  And, since it’s a leftist creation, it’s full of lies, indoctrination, and blind obedience.  And, since the socialist state can tolerate no dissent, all opposition has to be smeared and discredited.   In that vein, it appears that Common Core dictates that all “right wing group” be portrayed as fascists, even though fascism and Conservatism are at opposite ends of the political spectrum.  The Federalist Papers has more…

Via The Daily Caller:

Hillsdale professor Terrence Moore, author of  “Story Killers: A Common Sense Case Against Common Core,”  exposed some of the more distressing aspects of the controversial Common Core education standards program, saying that all teachers must tell young students that all right-wing groups are fascist.

Moore highlights how it is not just the reading lists and course materials — which have already attracted a large amount of criticism — that need to be examined by parents. It’s also the teaching notes and standard curriculum; the notes and standards come as part of a comprehensive package. Moore noted through his research that a distinctly political slant is introduced, one which dictates not only what children are taught, but also how they should be taught.

Next thing you know, they’ll be encouraging kids to turn their parents in for being “fascists.”    In the end, it is clear that Common Core is far more like fascism than any freedom loving American.


Another French Revolution? Gerard Depardieu Goes Galt


What if there were another French Revolution.  And this time, it was led by creators refusing to be robbed by the nanny state?  Well, one is beginning.  Earlier this year, the French foolishly elected socialists, and their PM decided that a really great way to raise revenue for do-goodery was to tax the evil rich at very high levels.  And, creators, like famous actor Gerard Depardieu have decided to vote with their feet, and leave France.  The Socialist PM fired off that the refusal to be robbed was “pathetic.” 

Depardieu shot back and, in an open letter to Monsieur Ayrault, wrote, “I’m leaving because you think success, creation, talent and anything different should be punished. I am sending you back my passport and social security, which I have never used.” The French actor claims to have “paid 85 percent taxes on his revenues this year [2012] and estimated that he had paid €145m ($189m) in total since he started work as a printer at the age of 14.”

The lessons from Monsieur Hollande’s debacle should be obvious. The rich are a mobile lot and there are plenty of countries that will welcome them with open arms. The British Prime Minister David Cameron, for example, has promised to “roll out a red carpet” for the French tax refuges. Moreover, as my colleague Alan Reynolds reminds us, high tax rates on income may discourage many wealthy people from remaining in the labor force, since, to use economic jargon, their elasticity of taxable income is much higher than that of low and middle income earners. Translated into English, people like me have to work even if our tax rates go up, because we have to come up with money to pay our mortgages, student loans, etc. The rich people don’t.

Keep it up socialists!  Because, as we know, 75% of nothing is nothing, and guys like Depardieu, and all the jobs they create, and all the taxes they formerly paid, are all gone now.    Great job!

But, Marian L. Tupy, writing at CATO, nails it perfectly (emphasis added)

The French government was warned of the negative consequences of tax increases. It chose to ignore those warnings. Instead, the French socialists assumed that they could go on plucking the golden goose indefinitely. (Then again, the socialist grasp on reality has never been very good.) Of course, when idiotic policies backfire, politicians feign surprise and then shift the blame onto others. Thus, French Labor Minister Michel Sapin asked in a radio interview “What is more normal than those who earn enormous amounts of money paying lots of tax?” The French Culture and Communication Minister Aurelie Filippetti bemoaned Depardieu’s action by stating that “We shouldn’t be receiving moral lessons from people who abandon the battlefield when we need everyone to be mobilized.”

This is so incredibly true.  This has happened before, and because high taxes make rich people go away (and take their money with them), you would think they would learn.  But, they don’t, because they are too busy blaming everything else under the sun except for the actual cause, which is their own policies.


Clueless Leftists Finally Discover the Super Secret HQ of the MacIver Institute


While the unions and other leftists were gooning up Madison, Wisconsin for much of 2011, one of their chief adversaries was the MacIver Institute.  A local Conservative organization, the Institute provided extensive coverage of the shenanigans occurring in Madison.  The CH 2.0 used  their content on several occasions, and they seemed a thorn in the side of the protesters.

Well, it seems that they lefties finally sniffed out the super secret HQ of the MacIver Institute…right across the street from the State Capitol Building that was the epicenter of their protests! And, it took them over a year to find it!  Big Government has more…

As soon as we heard a trombone playing outside our window we knew something was up. Drums are a matter of course. So are plastic vuvuzelas. But a brass section?  Whoa, this was different. This was big.

Eh. Not so much.

This motley crew didn’t know diddly about the MacIver Institute, and were completely clueless about ALEC. But they absolutely knew we were both bad ‘for the people’ because someone told them so.

What they lack in brainpower, they makeup for in persistence.  And, if that is an inverse relationship, they are going to persist for a very long time.


They’ve Won


The other day I was listening to Mike Church on my way to work and and he was reading through the platform ticket of the 1928 socialist party.  The more I listened the more disturbed I became by what I was hearing.  One after another Mr. Church worked his way down the list and I realized that we had unknowingly became what many in America claim to abhor…socialists.  If you think I’m stretching the truth or off the mark take a look at their list for yourself.

  1. “Nationalization of our natural resources, beginning with the coal mines and water sites, particularly at Boulder Dam an Muscle Shoals.” (Boulder Dam, renamed Hoover Damn, and Muscle Shoals are now both federal government projects.)
  2. “A publicly owned giant power system under which the federal government shall cooperate with the states and municipalities in the distribution of electrical energy to the people at cost.” (This is a generally accepted process across the country.)
  3. “National ownership and democratic management of railroads and other means of transportation and communication.” (Railroad passenger service is completely nationalized through Amtrak. Some freight service is nationalized through Conrail. Private railroads are strictly regulated by the Federal Government. The FCC controls communications by telephone, telegraph, radio, and television.)
  4. “An adequate national program for flood control, flood relief, reforestation, irrigation, and reclamation.”(Government expenditures for these purposes are currently in the many billions of dollars.)
  5. “Immediate governmental relief of the unemployed by the extension of all public works and a program of long range planning of public works . . .” (In the 1930s, WPA and PWA were a direct counterpart; now, a wide variety of other programs are.) “All persons thus employed to be engaged at hours and wages fixed by bona-fide labor unions.” (The Davis-Bacon and Walsh-Healey Acts require contractors with government contracts to pay “prevailing wages,” generally interpreted as highest union wages – also the national minimum wage.)
  6. “Loans to states and municipalities without interest for the purpose of carrying on public works and the taking of such other measures as will lessen widespread misery.” (Federal grants in aid to states and local municipalities currently total tens of billions of dollars a year.)
  7. “A system of unemployment insurance.” (Part of Social Security system.)
  8. “The nation-wide extension of public employment agencies in cooperation with city federations of labor.”(U.S. Employment Service and affiliated state employment services administer a network of about 2,500 local employment offices.)
  9. “A system of health and accident insurance and of old age pensions as well as unemployment insurance.” (Part of Social Security. Full global health insurance proposed widely.)
  10. “Shortening the workday” and “Securing every worker a rest period of no less than two days in each week.” (Legislated by wages and hours laws that require overtime for more than forty hours of work per week.)
  11. “Enacting of an adequate federal anti-child labor amendment.” (Not achieved as amendment, but essence incorporated into various legislative acts.)
  12. “Abolition of the brutal exploitation of convicts under the contract system and substitution of a cooperative organization of industries in penitentiaries and workshops for the benefit of convicts and their dependents.” (Partly achieved, partly not.)
  13. “Increase taxation on high income levels, of corporation taxes and inheritance taxes, the proceeds to be used for old age pensions and other forms of social insurance.” (In 1928, highest personal income tax rate, 25 percent; in 2008, 35 percent, above 40 percent proposed by Obama; in 1928, corporate tax rate, 12 percent; in 2008, 35-39% percent with proposed increases by Obama; in 1928, top federal estate tax rate, 20 percent; in 2008, 48% with proposed increases by Obama.)
  14. “Appropriation by taxation of the annual rental value of all land held for speculation.” (Not achieved in this form, but property taxes have risen drastically.)

H/T Rise of Reason

It took only 83 years to accomplish this checklist and now we have another progressive President in office who wants to finish the job.  They’ve won.  The proof is in the list.  But the real victory didn’t come by them accomplishing their socialistic goals; the real victory was them being able to accomplish these goals under our very noses without us even realizing it.  And this is truly the saddest thing of all.  For awhile now Mr. Church has been saying we’re all good little socialists…I now understand why.  Liberty lost is a tough thing to reclaim.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!

Original Post:  Sentry Journal


The Socialist Elites Have Lost Control of the Leviathan They Created


The unintended consequences of the influence of Karl Marx could soon throw  the whole world into chaos. The very goal of the Western elite (socialist) of concentrating power in the hands of a few and exercise control over a dependent populace will be their undoing. Unfortunately, their undoing will take everyone else down with them.

Paraphrasing Winston Churchill, socialism is fine until you run out of other people’s money. Well, my friends, Europe and the United States have run out of other people’s money. The Western elite, dominated by what I call the Banksters, are very smart people. They had to know this day was coming. So, what was their end game? Did they think that the people of Europe and the United States would, like the people of the old Soviet Union, accept that 90% percent of the people would be marginalized so the other 10% could live high off of the State run economy? If that is what they thought, they were sadly mistaken. The people of Europe and the United States are not the peasants of Russia and Eastern Europe that never had anything in the first place so they didn’t lose anything by becoming serfs to the socialist elites. No, the Leviathan created by the Western elite are not going to give up their entitlements without a fight.

What we are seeing in Greece and Portugal and Spain and what appears to be spilling into France is only the tip of the iceberg. The people will not accept that their government’s austerity programs. And the same will be true here in the US. It will get violent. There will be chaos.

How did we get in this mess? We are in this mess because the Elites, the Banksters, did what they always have done when there is a financial  crisis.  They save the banks first. This is what they did in 2008 in Europe and in the United States. They argued that if the banks weren’t saved the world would be thrown into another Great Depression. I believe they were right. But I also believe that the Great Depression should have been allowed to happen. The free market system would have taken a few years to readjust but we would have come out of it much the stronger. Instead the Elite and the Banksters led us to what we experiencing today.

But the world of the Elites and the Banksters is coming unraveled. What will they do? They will do what they always do as a last resort. They will look to war as a means to reorganize the world so they can continue their plunder. I think they’ll get their war. Maybe much sooner than they planned. We can see this war in the making right now in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

So let’s assume they get their war. Wars eventually end, Then what? They get their new world order but probably not the one world order they would prefer. The new socialist state will be huge blocks of what were once smaller states. Will this new socialist order work? Of course not. It will fail for the same reasons it always fails. But they can probably keep up the illusion for a few more decades.

Can the Elites and the Banksters be stopped? Yes it is possible; but the probability is not great. IMHO, I believe that the United States has the last chance to save the world as we know it. Everything depends on the outcome of the 2012 elections We non-socialists must not just win these elections. We must win in a way that will allow us to make sweeping changes in the direction of this country. We must show the way to Europe because if Europe collapses, they will drag us down with them. In my view, that is what these next elections are all about.  Our chances of pulling off this kind of change are small. But we have to try. We have wake-up our own troops before we can hope to wake-up enogh of the others to win in the manner necessary. We have woken-up a lot of people already. We must wake-up a lot more.

Original Post: Conservatives on Fire



Classic Conservative Hideout: Are Conservatives Anti-intellectual?


One of the most recent statements made of Conservative or the Tea Party members is that they are “anti-intellectual,” or against the “educated class.”   It has been said enough for me to think that it is a leftist talking point, so it therefore bears examining.  While such a statement might be made about populist movements, I cannot say that this is at all true here.

I say that because the founders were intellectuals.  They were leaders in society.  Franklin was a publisher.  Jefferson was an inventor.  The list goes on and on.

  • At the time of the convention, 13 men were merchants: Blount, Broom, Clymer, Dayton, Fitzsimons, Shields, Gilman, Gorham, Langdon, Robert Morris, Pierce, Sherman, and Wilson.
  • Six were major land speculators: Blount, Dayton, Fitzsimons, Gorham, Robert Morris, and Wilson.
  • Eleven speculated in securities on a large scale: Bedford, Blair, Clymer, Dayton, Fitzsimons, Franklin, King, Langdon, Robert Morris, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, and Sherman.
  • Twelve owned or managed slave-operated plantations or large farms: Bassett, Blair, Blount, Butler, Carroll, Jenifer, Jefferson, Mason, Charles Pinckney, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Rutledge, Spaight, and Washington. Madison also owned slaves, as did Franklin, who later freed his slaves and was a key founder of the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society. Alexander Hamilton was opposed to slavery and, with John Jay and other anti-slavery advocates, helped to found the first African free school in New York City. Jay helped to found the New York Manumission Society and, when he was governor of New York in 1798, signed into law the state statute ending slavery as of 1821.
  • Broom and Few were small farmers.
  • Eight of the men received a substantial part of their income from public office: Baldwin, Blair, Brearly, Gilman, Livingston, Madison, and Rutledge.
  • Three had retired from active economic endeavors: Franklin, McHenry, and Mifflin.
  • Franklin and Williamson were scientists, in addition to their other activities.
  • McClurg, McHenry, and Williamson were physicians, and Johnson was a college president.

Many of these men were from the top of American society.  I can see no angry mobs full of ignorant rednecks there.

Most of them participated in the Constitutional Convention, and what these men did was far reaching.    They recognized individual freedoms that government does not grant, but has an obligation to protect.  They intentionally made the government small, with limits on its powers, in order to avoid tyranny.  And, they made the smallest and the largest of us equal in the eyes of the law.  The small illiterate farmer had the same rights as the wealthy merchant or landowner.  (Note that at no time was the illiterate farmer eligible to confiscate part of the merchant’s wealth, but that is another story).  In so doing, the founders created a means by which the illiterate farmer, or perhaps his children, might rise through work or knowledge, to assume another role or place in society.  This equality of opportunity lead to The Unites States becoming the nation with the greatest innovation, wealth, and prosperity in human history.  History is driven by individuals; those who have the right idea at the right time-those that choose to act instead of follow. Our system allows those people to be heard, and removes obstacles to their legal actions.

I will say that we are against is elitism.  The founders created the nation, and while many went into (at times) government service at various levels, many others went back to work, or back to the farm.  They left us to manage our own lives, without the tyrannical interference of government.  On the other hand, our current elites crave power, and seek to wield that power in order to dictate most aspects of our lives.  The elites sneer at the common man, or others that offer a dissenting opinion.  They believe that they have a right to govern based on their education and so-called enlightenment.  They believe that they alone are endowed with the knowledge with which to manage our education, careers, salaries and wages, diets, housing, transportation, energy consumption, childrearing, media consumption, medical care, retirements, and so on.  They believe that our Constitution, based on a small government and individual freedoms, is outmoded and in need of re-interpretation.  They believe that we are far too foolish and short sited to deal with our problem.  In fact, how many times have we read that we are acting against our own self-interests?  When we choose freedom, and the responsibility that comes with it, the elites view us as foolish and petulant children that are in need of ridicule and the “loving” guidance of the all powerful nanny state.

To clarify the overall issue, Conservatives and allied groups respect education, and recognize its importance.  We want the education that prepares the individual for a role in our Constitutional Republic.  We want education that is locally controlled and not subject to political forces in Washington DC and state capitols.  We want education that teaches children how to read, write, and do mathematics. We want education that teaches children how to think independently by taking information and using logic to solve problems.  We want education that teaches our system of government, as well as our history, flaws and mistakes included.  We want education that teaches children how to recognize their own power as individuals.   The elites wants children to know how to put condoms on fruit, to be immersed in social justice and other fallacies of the left.  The elites want an educational product that belongs to the socialist/fascist herd, and looks to the elites for guidance.  They seek a mindless drone, not an individual. The results of elitist intervention in education are seen in high illiteracy, low graduation rates, and an exceedingly poor return for the monies invested.

In the end, Conservatives are not against education or intellectualism.  Intellectuals founded our Republic, and we need educated individuals to help maintain it.  We are against elitism-those who would use intellect, deception, and acquired power to deprive us of our individual liberties.