“Unless we each conform, unless we obey orders, unless we follow our leaders blindly, there is no possible way we can remain free.”
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June 30th, 2014 by KevinC
When Republicans, led by Arizona’s own Barry Goldwater, told President Nixon that the GOP was ready to join the Democrats and begin impeachment proceedings, Nixon knew the gig was up.
Are we seeing that same sense of self-preservation kick in with the Democrats and the IRS scandal? Maybe.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says “the investigation needs to continue” into possible wrongdoing at the IRS — a position that puts her at odds with many fellow Democrats.
In an interview Tuesday night, Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren noted that President Obama has called allegations the IRS targeted conservative groups a “phony scandal.” Van Susteren added a simple question: “Is it a phony scandal?”
“Well, I think that any time the IRS is involved, for many people, it’s a real scandal,” Clinton began. “And I think, though, that there are some challenges that rightly need to be made to what is being said, and I assume that the inquiry will continue.”
Maybe this is just Hillary putting distance between herself and the SS Obamic, and if it is, I expect to see many more Democrats in purple-ish districts wake up to the fact that it’s their necks on the line, not Obama’s and call for more investigation and a Special Prosecutor.
Or maybe they’ll ask for an investigation because it’s the right thing to do. One can always hope.
“Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline.”
“The Bergdahl case reveals a disturbing gap between the White House and military culture. After Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers corrected the administration’s false narrative, anonymous White House aides accused them of engaging in ‘Swift-boating.’ Consider that a moment. While the White House (still) claims that Bergdahl served with ‘honor,’ aides now impugn the motives of those who served beside him — and who stayed at their posts. Particularly in a time of war, why are these attacks not a firing offense?”
To answer Mr. Gerson, in the minds of Susan Rice, John Kerry and Barack Hussein Obama, those attacks are NOT a “fireable offense” because a) they are not attacks and b) they represent something that is more honourable than service to one’s country, they represent “being true to yourself”, a goal far more noble than mere sacrifice for a cause.
As many others have pointed out, our current Commander-In-Chief lives, breathes and eats narcissism. Every historical event that happens on his watch is about him. He believes he’s a better at everyone around him at, well, everything, and is qualified (if not OVER-qualified) to do any job in his administration (except make a jumpshot, that is…). When a young man in the Army decides that his own personal beliefs are more important than keeping his team members alive and healthy, it is only natural that Obama doesn’t see that as an act of betrayal, but as an act of courage. I mean, it’s not like his Secretary of State walked away from HIS unit at a time of war, or something.
For years, if not decades, we’ve been told by liberals that it’s not the soldier who sacrifices his life for his teammates who acts heroic, but rather it’s the soldier who stands up and says that his fellow soldiers are “baby killers” who are the REAL heroes. Personal convictions trump duty to country every single time, unless said duty is to become a “community organizer” or something not in the military, then it’s Our Civic Duty to pitch in and forego that high-paying job on Wall Street, for the good of the
It’s not that Obama and company don’t understand the military, it’s that they don’t understand sacrifice to something larger than themselves, because in their world, there is NOTHING larger than themselves.
The Obama administration’s new attempt to spin away their decision to free five Taliban generals in return for one American
soldier deserter may seem as stupid as the decision to make the trade, but it makes sense.
White House aides were aware Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had been tagged a deserter, and that they would be grilled over not keeping Congress in the loop. But they figured people would be most outraged over the national security implications.
The White House has been surprised by how much attention has remained on the questions about Bergdahl, from the circumstances of his disappearance to the wild beard his father grew while he was being held that’s even led to Bergdahl’s hometown canceling a celebration. All this, Obama aides say, is in their minds a proxy for the hatred toward the president.
The new approach: Frame the criticism as another example of Republicans complaining about something just because Obama was the one to do it.
The key thing to remember is that this approach is not for public consumption. The reason for this new spin is the same reason that everything else that happens in modern progressivism, it’s to make the people who back the President feel good about themselves, and to hell with the rest of us and/or the country itself. As long as the people who grew up winning medals for participation and played score-less soccer feel good about what they’re doing, those actions are good. It’s not that Obama is a feckless narcissist who is willing to let Americans die in order to cover up his mistakes, it’s that Republicans don’t like it, therefore, it must be good, and his (few) supporters can support that.
And if people die making those good feelings happen, that’s of no importance. It’s all about ME.
Welcome. This is the political side of Exurban League, and as you can tell, I’m pretty bored with politics right now.
The post Cam mentioned on-air is over on my gun blog, Misfires and Light Strikes. I post every day over there, because guns are a lot more fun that politics.
Less noisy, too.
A California state senator who authored gun control legislation asked for campaign donations in exchange for introducing an undercover FBI agent to an arms trafficker, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday.
The allegations against State Sen. Leland Yee were outlined in an FBI affidavit in support of a criminal complaint. The affidavit accuses Yee of conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and to illegally import firearms.
ee discussed helping the agent get weapons worth $500,000 to $2.5 million, including shoulder fired automatic weapons and missiles, and took him through the entire process of getting them from a Muslim separatist group in the Philippines to the United States, according to the affidavit by FBI Special Agent Emmanuel V. Pascua.
Muslim terrorists, illegal gun running and a California legislator pivotal in creating California’s some of draconian anti-gun legislation. Honestly, who needs drugs when reality is this messed up?
“‘How did you go bankrupt?’ Bill asked. ‘Two ways,’ Mike said. ‘Gradually and then suddenly.’”
- Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
The years of the Obama presidency have been challenging for America, but they’ve placed an even greater strain on American progressives. From the utter failure of Obama’s economic stimulus package to the own-goal of Obamacare and the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine, everything that progressives “know” and hold dear to the hearts is being shown to be false at best, and destructive to themselves and their country at worst.
Remember this, the “solution” to the (alleged) harm that George W. Bush did to the economy of the U.S.? Remember this graph? This is what Obama and the Democrats told us back in 2009 what unemployment would look like in the U.S. once their $152 billion dollar boondoogle was passed.
Here’s the harsh reality.
Good thing we spent all that money, or else we’d really be in trouble!
The (un)employment record of the Obama administration continues to be gloomy: The latest figures for February show that the jobs market is rotten to the core, with little hope of change in sight. The government-first, people-second policies of Obama and his cronies have not only failed to produce the jobs as they predicted, they’re trying to halt the progress of job markets that are actually growing, and stop other jobs before they even start.
The narrative for decades was simple: Republicans are rich plutocrats who only care about money and power, and the people who run the GOP got their money and power by sending middle-class Americans to the poor house so they could buy another summer mansion.
And that was the sympathetic view: People who hated Republicans called them Nazis and left it at that.
ObamaCare is showing that the truth is a lie. Democrats, who are supposed to care about the downtrodden, passed ObamaCare, not Republicans, and ObamaCare is ruining the lives of millions of Americans. Obama told us if you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan (you can’t), if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor (you can’t) and that with his new law, health insurance would cost less than your cell phone bill. Now he’s telling us that we should stop paying our cell phone bill and our cable bill and sign up for one of his law’s lousy, expensive health care insurance plans.
The devastating failure of Obamacare will ripple down through American politics for generations to come, because it breaks apart the foundation that the house of cards of modern liberalism is built on, namely that liberals care for people more than conservatives do. Canceling health insurance and kicking millions of people off of health plans just to make sure their cronies are well-paid is something that Republicans are supposed to do, not Democrats. Now that the pathetic sympathy of the Democrat’s “love of the common man” has been shown to be nothing but a power grab (and a poor one at that), the ongoing narrative of Democratic excellence at social issues is coming to a screeching halt.
Speaking of collapsing narratives, as a child of the 80′s, we knew, knew growing up that Ronald Reagan would kill us all with his cowboy “My side good, your side bad” attitude towards Soviet aggression. The medias made sure to tell us that the Soviets were more than willing to make peace, if only we took the courageous first step and laid down our nuclear weapons first, the the Kremlin would do the same. It wasn’t the Soviet Union’s 1800+ missiles pointed at Bonn, Belgium and Birmingham that were the problem, it was the 500+ missiles that our cowboy President and his buddies in the military-industrial complex wanted to put in Europe as a counterweight to those commies that was the problem.
Reagan was going to get us all killed. Liberals knew that, and weren’t afraid to tell us that by any means necessary.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the apocalypse: The apocalypse wasn’t there when we arrived. Faced with an enemy that was willing and able to call it’s bluff, the Soviet Union (much like liberalism now…) collapsed under decades of mismanagement and failed policies. Faced with the harsh realities of an economic meltdown and an opposing leader who could lead, Grobachev and glasnost ended communism, and the Cold War ended.
But that’s not how liberals see it. Somehow, communism was doomed all along, and it just happened to collapse while Reagan was President (much like Richard Petty just happened to be in the lead on all those Daytona 500′s he won… I digress.), and Reagan’s words and deeds had nothing to do with Communism’s fall, it was going to happen anyways despite what Reagan (or Thatcher, or Pope John Paul II) did. To a progressive, communism ended in the Soviet Union because of any reason besides a show of strength from the West.
Flash-forward 20 years, and the President of the United States is on-record saying that after he’s re-elected, he’ll have “more flexibility” to lower the defenses of the United States to the President of a resurgent Russia. Less than two years later, Russian tanks are rolling through the independent country of the Ukraine, and the U.S. does nothing. A man like Russian President Putin respects strength, not flexibility, and to people like him, being flexible only means it’ll be easier to tie you in knots when the time comes. There is no doubt in my mind that in his classes at Columbia and Harvard in the 80′s, Obama bought into the “conventional wisdom” of the 80′s that Reagan’s strength is what made the world dangerous, not the Soviet’s aggression. The U.S and the world is now paying the price for our President’s failure to grasp the true history of the Cold War and live the lie of a progressive worldview where America is always the one at fault.
In just six short years, liberals and progressives have failed spectacularly in economic policy, in social policy and in foreign policy. Not only have the failed, but those policies have done serious damage to the United States at home and abroad. It’s time to end the nanny state before she smothers the baby in the crib.
Obama has increasingly sounded like the nerdy kid in a bad horror movie constantly warning his friends to stay out of danger as he’s called on the Democratic base to not be complacent in 2014.
“You’ve got to pay attention to the states,” he begged at a recent fundraiser for the Democratic Governors Association. Obama lamented that Democrats don’t think state-level races in the 2014 midterms are “sexy enough.”
Raising cash for Senate Democrats in Virginia, Obama said Democrats tend to get “a little sleepy” and “distracted.”
And so how does Obama himself avoid getting distracted from the urgent needs of running the country?
“The president is looking forward to spending some time with his wife and daughters, who are traveling down to Florida as well,” he continued. “There are some recreational amenities on the property, including workout facilities, tennis courts, a couple of golf courses.
“If there is an opportunity for the president to enjoy some of those amenities, then he’ll do that. What he will do, and what he is looking forward to doing, is getting a little downtime in the warm weather with his wife and daughters.”
The poor dear. Imagine the stress he he must have dealing with a ruthless dictator hell-bent on the brutal repression of an innocent nation.
I was talking about dealing Eric Holder, of course, not Vladimir Putin.