For your pre-State of the Union pleasure.
Meanwhile, Obama’s IRS is cracking down on Hollywood conservatives. Dissent from the Regime will not be tolerated.
There is a certain crowd in Washington who, for the last few decades, have said, let’s respond to this economic challenge with the same old tune. “The market will take care of everything,” they tell us. If we just cut more regulations and cut more taxes–especially for the wealthy–our economy will grow stronger. Sure, they say, there will be winners and losers. But if the winners do really well, then jobs and prosperity will eventually trickle down to everybody else. And, they argue, even if prosperity doesn’t trickle down, well, that’s the price of liberty.
Now, it’s a simple theory. And we have to admit, it’s one that speaks to our rugged individualism and our healthy skepticism of too much government. That’s in America’s DNA. And that theory fits well on a bumper sticker. (Laughter.) But here’s the problem: It doesn’t work. It has never worked. (Applause.) It didn’t work when it was tried in the decade before the Great Depression. It’s not what led to the incredible postwar booms of the ’50s and ’60s. And it didn’t work when we tried it during the last decade. (Applause.) I mean, understand, it’s not as if we haven’t tried this theory.
It’s the usual Obama campaign speech (the only kind he gives, the man doesn’t do thoughtful), unnamed enemies (“a certain crowd”), strawman arguments (“the market will take care of everything”), mixed in with blatant falsehoods, (“we tried cutting taxes and reducing regulation, and it didn’t work”). It’s a candyfloss of lies, class warfare, and demagoguery but this is what Obamacrats actually believe. In fact, his crowd of mindless drones lapped it up like an MSDNC panel of Melissa Harris-Perry clones.
And all of it has no more truth or substance than their rumor that Mitt Romney would outlaw tampons. But the low-information voters that have turned the USA into a statist Idiocracy lap it up.
Obama really believes this inanity too, and it drives his policies of massively increased regulation, tax increases, and welfare expansion.
Dr. Ben Carson is hated on the left. Trayvon Martin is adored. Says a lot, doesn’t it?
As I thought about Obama and all of his organizations disseminating their Thanksgiving Talking Points to their clique of devout followers, I was put to wonder: Has there ever been a president so narcissistic, so megalomaniacal, that he insisted that Thanksgiving should be about him?
One of the things cults do is indoctrinate their followers that they are special, that they have some inner wisdom that non-cultists lack. And they promise them that within the cult is security and purpose. It’s all very familiar.
Wouldn’t it be great if the USA had a competent President instead of a Cult Leader?
By the way, Kevin Williamson of NRO pwned a list of progressive talking points on a left-wing blog. All the lefties could do in response was sputter “teabagger.” Personally, I find most any progressive assertion can be countered by a simple question: “How are you going to pay for it? Show me the math.”
Hat Tip: Ace.
Obama encourages his followers to inject contentious political debate into the Thanksgiving dinner, and helpfully provides talking points to spew.
Because, y’know… nothing makes for a more festive Thanksgiving than a fantical liberal shrieking talking points around the dinner table.
First off, you should wait until everyone’s seated at the table before you try to get things started. That way you have a captive audience that has to watch the fireworks, and everyone is settled in for a nice long time. Getting the topic of conversation to politics shouldn’t be too hard. Stick to short, sarcastic, tendentious remarks to get things going. “I’m thankful for all that free stuff Obama gave me.” Once you’ve engaged the enemy, it won’t take much effort to pivot to whatever particular subject you feel most comfortable with. A good Thanksgiving skirmish will scamper from topic to topic wildly and without warning, but it’s best to begin by digging into one particularly contentious subject to get tempers flared.
In short, be a jerk to your family because your leader commands it. (Maybe Slate was being ironic; it’s so hard to tell between over-the-top caricatures of leftism and actual leftism any more.)
This would seem to be an ideal way to make sure families stop having Thanksgiving together. But, since leftists tend to regard the family as a hateful, oppressive, and atavistic institution, it’s not too surprising that they want to tear them apart.
The media like to talk about delicate topics by reporting on official-sounding reports, as news.
For today, at least, they have a chance to talk about their own degraded servility to the Obama administration. Current Yahoo! /AP headline, Report: Obama brings chilling effect on journalism:
The U.S. government’s aggressive prosecution of leaks and efforts to control information are having a chilling effect on journalists and government whistle-blowers, according to a report released Thursday on U.S. press freedoms under the Obama administration.
The Committee to Protect Journalists conducted its first examination of U.S. press freedoms amid the Obama administration’s unprecedented number of prosecutions of government sources and seizures of journalists’ records. Usually the group focuses on advocating for press freedoms abroad.
Leonard Downie Jr., a former executive editor of The Washington Post, wrote the 30-page analysis entitled “The Obama Administration and the Press.” The report notes President Barack Obama came into office pledging an open, transparent government after criticizing the Bush administration’s secrecy, “but he has fallen short of his promise.”
“In the Obama administration’s Washington, government officials are increasingly afraid to talk to the press,” wrote Downie, now a journalism professor at Arizona State University. “The administration’s war on leaks and other efforts to control information are the most aggressive I’ve seen since the Nixon administration, when I was one of the editors involved in The Washington Post’s investigation of Watergate.”
Speaking to students at Ohio State University on May 5, President Obama said:
Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave and creative and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham, with which we can’t be trusted.
Obama said, in effect: Disregard people who worry about tyranny. We can have government do the things that they warn against, without it being tyranny, because we are such wonderful people – so well-intentioned – that it isn’t tyranny, when we do it.
Get it? So, when Obama has his administration lie to Americans so he can win re-election, or when he takes an increasing share of people’s incomes, or requires people to engage in private commerce that he happens to want (Obamacare mandate), or eliminates their rightful choices in the free market, or uses the IRS to obstruct his opponents and violate their privacy, or uses the Justice Department to snoop on reporters, or uses the EPA to extort fees from opponents (that progressive groups don’t have to pay – hat tip V the K), it’s not tyranny. Because it’s Obama doing it, and by his account, he can be trusted.
But the Framers of the constitution thought otherwise. They believed in checks and balances. They *were* those people who “warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner.” They founded America, by “gumming up the works.”
Perhaps Obama doesn’t know that the Framers set up the United States as a republic under a limited government, precisely because they knew that all governments tend to degenerate into tyranny. Or perhaps Obama is unaware of his own party’s President Andrew Jackson, who said that “eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty.”
Obama implies that people who warn us of tyranny are distrustful nihilists. Our only choice, Obama implies, is between continuing the crony-social-fascist gargoyle of a government that he now leads – and harmful anarchy. A typical Obama false choice (flowing from a typical Obama straw man), I’m pretty sure it has the Framers rolling in their graves.
Liberals feel free to psychoanalyze conservatives. Turnabout is fair play. Especially when liberals advocate something which is plainly irrational, like disarming law-abiding citizens because of the crimes of criminals.
…that “the autonomy of others did [Obama] no favors as a kid, when he was abandoned again and again by people who were — quote, unquote — ‘responsible’ and supposed to do the right thing like parents. So his belief is: ‘You know what? What good is individual autonomy in decision making? What good did it do me? The collective is what needs to be empowered, and all the better if I am the center of that collective and the most powerful person in it.’”
“His solution runs psychologically in the direction of disempowering the individual every single time,” Ablow said…
Do you find Ablow’s theory plausible, or an overreach? (Or perhaps incomplete?)
UPDATE: Piers Morgan is apparently insecure enough that he can’t let two pro-gun ladies complete their sentences after he has invited them on his show.
Or maybe it’s just (the appearance of) government by photo-op.
The president’s inviting Mitt Romney for lunch is a small thing but a brilliant move. It makes Mr. Obama look big, gracious. It implies the weakened, battered former GOP nominee is the leader of the Republican Party—and if the other party has to have a leader, the weakened, battered one is the one you want.
Mr. Romney is not the leader of the party; he left no footprints in the sand. . . . .
To the extent the GOP has an elected face, it is that of Speaker John Boehner. And he is precisely the man with whom Mr. Obama should be having friendly lunches. In fact, the meal with Mitt just may be a clever attempt to obscure the fact that the president isn’t really meeting with those with whom he’s supposed to be thrashing out the fiscal cliff.
It’s Peggy. Read the whole thing.
I agree with Glenn Reynolds: Obama should resign.
How very Soviet-like…. (via Politico)
National Democrats have repeatedly touted their stand against taking corporate money for their convention in September, and so it was striking to see two emails from the DNC host committee referring to the Charlotte venue where President Obama will speak as “Panthers Stadium.”
It’s the place where the Panthers play, but it’s actually called Bank of America stadium.
A recent email from the host committee signed by former Al Gore campaign manager Donna Brazile urged people to win a trip to Charlotte for the event, which will wrap “Thursday night at Panthers Stadium with President Obama.”
Another email in June made the same pitch about the stadium.
A host committee spokeswoman didn’t respond to an email. But it’s not like the stadium was ever called Panthers Stadium – first opened in 1996, it was Carolinas Stadium, and later Ericsson Stadium. Then the current corporate iteration.
As a Charlotte area resident, I can tell you that there are two Panther statues out front…. and about 500 Bank of America logos all over the rest of the Stadium. They will have to do a big whitewashing job to get rid of BofA signage.
Oooops! Whitewash…. sorry, that’s racist.
Just eight days before the default deadline, the president has finally endorsed a plan to raise the debt limit, signing on to “debt-ceiling proposal by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that would cut federal deficits by $2.7 trillion and increase the federal borrowing limit through 2012.”
House Speaker John Boehner, however, finds that the plan is “full of gimmicks” and “fails to change” the federal “spending structure” nor does it “deal with entitlements.” Now that both sides have plans, will the president blame Republicans for intransigence if they fail to support it? House Republicans have already compromised, with leading members of the GOP caucus denouncing his latest plan.
It seems that for this president compromise means agreeing with him.
Will the president tonight lash out at Republicans for failing to walk in lock-step with him (and call that failure “intransigence”) or will he commend them for putting forward several plans to raise the debt limit while cutting spending? His recent history of public statements on the debt crisis suggests the former. As Peter Wehner wrote about the Democrat’s most recent such statement:
It’s been clear to some of us for a while that Barack Obama is a man of uncommon self-admiration, quite thin-skinned, and increasingly consumed by his grievances. Obama has masked these traits pretty well so far, but on Friday his mask slipped more than it ever has.
Will the president focus on the good will efforts of individuals on both sides of the political aisle to solve the debt crisis or will he make it appear that he is the only adult in the room (and thus show he is anything but)?
This film has not yet been rated, but the story received a solid B+ from the White House. Catch the beginning of the end in theaters November 2010, with the ultimate conclusion to be seen worldwide in November of 2012.
Directed by Ben Howe. Post-Producution by Caleb Howe.
Based on a script written by Karl Marx.
Screenplay conceived by The Sixties.
Edited by History.
Starring Barack Obama as The Socialist.
The Howes kick ass. Follow both of them on Twitter…. or I’ll put a hex on you. I am a warlock, after all.
Another one in the can! Hopefully someday I’ll completely master uploading songs. It was a great two hours and I’m so excited to have had two awesome guests.
Libertarian blogger and Tea Party activist Andrew Ian Dodge was my guest for Hour #1. Check out Andrew’s work HERE.
And GOProud Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia was my guest in Hour #2. Please support Jimmy’s work & GOProud HERE.
Finally, I promised I would post this great video with music from the song “Crying Freedom” written by Andrew. A great way to celebrate the awakening America — Cry Freedom!
Thomas Sowell, one of our time’s great political thinkers, has a chilling piece up today.
When Adolf Hitler was building up the Nazi movement in the 1920s, leading up to his taking power in the 1930s, he deliberately sought to activate people who did not normally pay much attention to politics.
Such people were a valuable addition to his political base, since they were particularly susceptible to Hitler’s rhetoric and had far less basis for questioning his assumptions or his conclusions.
“Useful idiots” was the term supposedly coined by V.I. Lenin to describe similarly unthinking supporters of his dictatorship in the Soviet Union.
Put differently, a democracy needs informed citizens if it is to thrive, or ultimately even survive.
In our times, American democracy is being dismantled, piece by piece, before our very eyes by the current administration in Washington, and few people seem to be concerned about it.
The president’s poll numbers are going down because increasing numbers of people disagree with particular policies of his, but the damage being done to the fundamental structure of this nation goes far beyond particular counterproductive policies.
With vastly expanded powers of government available at the discretion of politicians and bureaucrats, private individuals and organizations can be forced into accepting the imposition of powers that were never granted to the government by the Constitution.
If you believe that the end justifies the means, then you don’t believe in constitutional government.
That last bolded statement is so simple and true.
When it comes to Sowell’s question though, I believe the answer to it is: “We are already there.” I think the next few weeks, especially events toward the end of the year, will show if Americans want to give up 200 years of our Constititutional experiment and drift into a dark age of tyranny.
Last summer I asked readers “Is The US In A Low Grade Civil War?” I stated seven reasons why I thought so:
These factors have gotten worse, not better in the course of the year. You know it when you talk to friends and relatives. I can feel the tension everywhere: airports, supermarkets, office complexes. Those who don’t are Unicornists or aren’t paying attention.
I pray I am wrong and that the resolution to these severe conflicts happens in November at the ballot box. I don’t think it will. This will be a long hot summer for the United States of America and future generations will mark the year 2010 for its historical inflection point. For that, I have no doubt.
The last American investigative journalist, James O’Keefe, didn’t let moss grow under his feet after the Feds’ case against him collapsed last week. O’Keefe went from busting up one criminal enterprise (ACORN) to looking into another (US Census bureaucracy).
On April 27, 2010, I got a job with the United States Census Bureau in New Jersey. With a hidden camera, I caught four Census supervisors encouraging enumerators to falsify information on their time sheets. Over the course of two days of training, I was paid for four hours of work I never did. I was told to take a 70 minute lunch break, was given an hour of travel time to drive 10 minutes, and was told to leave work at 3:30pm. I resigned prior to doing any data collection but confronted Census supervisors who assured me, “no one is going to be auditing that that level,” and “nobody is going to be questioning it except for you.” Another Census supervisor only said he’d adjust my pay after I gave him a letter recanting my hours.
Exposing corruption requires standing up to power, because power hates sunlight. We should have known they would try and ruin the reputations of those who try and expose them. But in response, we are going to build an army of citizen investigators. There’s hundreds more where I came from. You have awakened a sleeping giant. And you can’t ruin us all. In fact, in the coming months you will see this army expanding into every state, every statehouse, every city council, every school board, and everywhere people are conspiring to keep themselves in power, practice favoritism, or line their pockets with tax dollars.
James O’Keefe is doing the work that Thomas Paine & Edward R. Murrow would be proud of. Meantime, Katie Couric blames the Gores’ marital problems on…. wait for it…. George W. Bush. Priceless.
RELATED STORY: US Employment Numbers To Artificially Spike Due to Census “Hiring” – The Hill.com
Economist Mark Zandi of Moody’s.com projects the economy will add 575,000 jobs in May, while the Economic Policy Institute’s (EPI) rough projection is for 560,000 jobs.
Either figure would represent the largest number of jobs created in any month since the dot-com crash of 2000.
Vice President Joe Biden, speaking at a Democratic fundraiser on Tuesday, touted what he said would be a positive report for Democrats, who are hoping a revitalized economy will help them in this fall’s elections. He said the May report would be “well beyond” the 290,000 jobs created in April, according to Reuters.
The numbers pose a problem for the administration, however, in terms of their reflection of economic growth.
Zandi expects that only 150,000 of the jobs created in May will come from the private sector, while 425,000 new jobs are sparked by the once-a-decade census.
Those jobs are temporary ones that will disappear as the Census completes the process of collecting data from people who did not mail in their forms.
I’m beginning my first road trip for work under the Era of Obamacare this morning. I start in Charlotte, head to Baltimore, then off again to spend the night and most of Wednesday in Pittsburgh. And yes, as Dan mentions below, PatriotPartner and I are headed to Los Angeles on Thursday for a long weekend.
How will this new Era of Socialism Utopia treat me as I travel the TSA-mandated skies of America? Will people be nicer now that they have a new bloated entitlement program that will bankrupt this and successive generations? I haven’t seen it yet. The TSA agents and US Airways ticket agents had the same scowl on their faces as they did last week.
But haven’t they heard that we are in the Era of Sunshine, Unicorns and Lollipops? I mean first Obama raised his hands and single-handedly stopped the 15 foot Chilean Tsunami from ravaging Hawai’i. He did tell us the seas would fall after he was elected!
And now everyone is walking around with the statisfaction that we all have healthcare coverage. Nevermind that our taxes will go up significantly. Nevermind that the cost of healthcare will continue to rise. Nevermind that the premiums that the middle class pays for their health insurance will also go up. And nevermind that those who are covered by Domestic Partner benefits will be the first to be dropped when the Individual Mandate is enforced.
Nah, what is really important is that the Obama Presidency was saved!
Funny, the Americans walking around the Charlotte, NC airport this morning look as worried and stressed and anxious as they did last week.
I guess it really isn’t funny at all.
The question is all the buzz on Twitter today after this article appeared in the British press.
Barack Obama is still struggling to kick smoking, according to his first medical examination since becoming president.
Obama is sensitive about his cigarette habit and tetchy with reporters who raise it. But after his 90-minute medical at the Navy hospital outside Washington yesterday morning, his doctors confirmed he had not yet managed to conquer the habit and suggested he “continue smoking cessation efforts”.
The doctors also recommended “moderation of alcohol intake”.
One would have to assume that Obama’s doctors had some evidence which led to their recommendation. What was it? Did Obama admit he drinks too much? Or did a blood test or other diagnostic provide the doctors a warning of some kind?
Oh yeah, and what kind of moral ground does Obama stand on when he clicks at the health habits of Americans (primarily eating) when he can’t stop smoking?
But more importantly, shouldn’t the American people know if their President has a drinking problem? After all, those on the Left constantly reminded us that President George W. Bush had quit drinking years before his time in office.
UPDATE: The Guardian story might be more sizzle than substance. From the political shop of only person at NBC that I trust, Chuck Todd, comes a link to the actual medical report.
Recommendations: Follow-up colorectal cancer screening is recommended in 5 years for routine colon cancer screening. Continue smoking cessation efforts, a daily exercise program, healthy diet, moderation in alcohol intake, periodic dental care, and remain up-to-date with recommended immunizations. Continue modified exercise regimen, and lower extremity muscle strengthening program, for occasional left patella-femoral pain secondary to chronic tendonitis. Recommend dietary modification to reduce LDL cholesterol below 130.
Judge for yourselves. I still find it odd. The doctors ARE recommending CHANGES to the President’s lifestyle.