Week in Review
The Syrian civil war began in March of 2011. And is still ongoing. Some two and a half years later. And over 100,000 killed. While displacing close to 3 million refugees. It is a devastating conflict. But President Obama made no attempt to help the opposition topple the Assad government. Despite it being a close ally of Iran. No, President Obama did nothing to intervene just as he chose to sit out Iran’s Green Revolution. Another regime that can be pretty cruel to its people. Yet President Obama told Hosni Mubarak that he had to leave Egypt. And he used U.S. airpower to help topple Colonel Gaddafi from power in Libya. Both men were U.S. allies at the time when President Obama helped unseat them from power. Yet two countries that can’t be considered friends of the United States in any way (Iran and Syria) he does nothing. Odd.
The Syrian civil war has been going on for so long that al Qaeda joined in. Looking to fill that power vacuum should the Assad regime fall. As the civil war intensified and the opposition begged for foreign aid President Obama stood firm. Not wishing to get involved. Unless the Syrians crossed the red line. And used chemical weapons. Well, someone used chemical weapons. We’re not sure who did. It may well have been the opposition to get the U.S. to bomb a stubborn Assad government out of power. But people died from the use of chemical weapons. Perhaps as many as 1,500. Of which about 500 have been children. A tragedy too great to even contemplate. And one that made President Obama go to Congress to get permission to wage war on those responsible. With many on the left supporting his call for a military response. Which is highly unusual to say the least.
Now chemical weapons are horrible and frightening. But an additional 1,500 dead after 100,000 already lost their lives? Those chemical deaths are only about 1.5% of the total dead. When Saddam Hussein killed 3,200-5,000 Kurds and Iranians in a Chemical attack on the town of Halabja there wasn’t quite the same response from the left. In fact, when Saddam Hussein failed to document the destruction of his chemical stock piles per the treaty that ended the Gulf War they still showed little concern. Though they did vote to give George W. Bush permission to wage war against Iraq as the polls showed they were on the wrong side of the issue when they at first opposed the measure. Even calling for a second vote to get their vote on the record. But when no weapons of mass destruction were found they were both embarrassed and elated. Saying that Bush lied to get the country into war. Due to flawed intelligence reports. And a strong desire to go to war. To finish what his dad started in the Gulf War. They have attacked Bush mercilessly ever since. But now the shoe is on the other foot. And here they are wanting to go to war because of weapons of mass destruction. Many of which could be from Iraq. Delivered on trucks seen leaving Iraqi weapons dumps on the eve of war. Or flown to Syria (see Syria’s Chemical Weapons Came From Saddam’s Iraq posted 7/19/2013 on IBD).
But none of that matters now. What does is that someone in Syria crossed the red line. And because innocent men, women and children died from poison gas we have to do something. Even though we haven’t done a damn thing to help people suffering under worse tyrants for about half a century in North Korea (see Up to 20,000 North Korean prison camp inmates have ‘disappeared’ says human rights group by Julian Ryall posted 9/5/2013 on The Telegraph).
There are fears that up to 20,000 may have been allowed to die of disease or starvation in the run-up to the closure of the camp at the end of last year…
The report, North Korea’s Hidden Gulag: Interpreting Reports of Changes in the Prison Camps, reveals that two camps have been shut down in the last year but that 130,000 individuals are still being held in penal labour colonies across the country.
“Through this vast system of unlawful imprisonment, the North Korean regime isolates, banishes, punishes and executes those suspected of being disloyal to the regime,” the report states.
“They are deemed ‘wrong-thinkers’, ‘wrong-doers’, or those who have acquired ‘wrong-knowledge’ or have engaged in ‘wrong-associations’…”
Reports suggest that a severe food shortage meant that little was passed on to inmates and that numbers dwindled rapidly from 30,000 to 3,000…
“North Korea’s 2009 currency devaluation (whereby camp authorities were reportedly unable to purchase food in markets to supplement the crops grown in the camps), combined with bad harvests, resulted in the death of large numbers of prisoners after 2010,” the report states…
Inmates – who can be imprisoned for life, along with three generations of their families, for anything deemed to be critical of the regime – are forced to survive by eating frogs, rats and picking corn kernels out of animal waste.
Activists say that as many as 40 percent of inmates die of malnutrition, while others succumb to disease, sexual violence, torture, abuse by the guards or are worked to death. Men, women and children are required to work for up to 16 hours a day in dangerous conditions, often in mines or logging camps.
Things are bad in Syria. But North Korea has just about the poorest record on humans rights in the world. And this has been going on for decades. You almost have to go back to Nazi Germany to see oppression on this scale. But do we attack North Korea? More women and children have suffered and died in North Korea than they have in Syria. So why Syria and not North Korea?
North Korea does have nuclear weapons. And a border with China. Are these the things that eliminate principles? Killing women and children is wrong in Syria but it’s okay in North Korea? Is this all it takes to devalue the lives of women and children? If so God help the women and children of the Middle East when Iran gets their nuclear weapons.
A lot of liberals hate the military. And jocks. As these people bullied a lot of liberals back in high school. Which is why a lot of them go into government. To have power over other people that they never had before. But they’re still that kid in high school. They’ll push around Egypt and Libya when it seems everyone in the area is against them. Nations they feel they can bully without any repercussions. But an Iran or a North Korea? That’s like walking up to and punching the big bully in high school. Something they were too frightened to do in High School. And are still too frightened to do now.
Except in Syria. Which is now more of a religious conflict along the great Sunni-Shia divide of Islam. With the extreme elements of both sides fighting it out in Syria. Perhaps this is why the president and the left are willing to intervene now. Because whoever wins now in Syria will likely be anti-American. Just like Libya turned out with four dead Americans in Benghazi. And just like Egypt fell to the Muslim Brotherhood after President Obama told Hosni Mubarak he had to go. Perhaps they’ll feel safer because they helped our enemies a little. And because of that our enemies will now like us. And they will stop giving us wedgies and noogies. Figuratively, of course.
Tags: Al Qaeda, Assad, Bush, chemical weapons, Egypt, George W. Bush, Gulf War, Hosni Mubarak, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, President Obama, red line, Saddam Hussein, Syria, Syrian civil war, weapons of mass destruction
Wherever the Soviets pushed the Americans pushed back to Contain the Expansion of Communism
Once upon a time Democrats were practically warmongers. Woodrow Wilson got us into World War I. FDR got us into World War II. Harry Truman got us into the Korean War. And LBJ got us into the Vietnam War. While Republicans were nearly pacifists. Dwight Eisenhower got us out of the Korean War. And Richard Nixon got us out of the Vietnam War.
Eisenhower was the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during World War II. Saw the carnage of war up close. And was glad when it was over. Unlike General Patton. Who wanted to invade the Soviet Union. Because he knew we would have to fight them sooner or later. And rather do it then when they had the most awesome military force in the world still in Europe. General Patton lost command of Third Army because of talk like that. And later would die from injuries he got in a freak car accident.
It didn’t take long following the end of World War II for the Soviets to become the new big bad in town. Just like General Patton foresaw. Truman stood up to them in Berlin. Greece. Turkey. Iran. And Korea. Wherever they pushed the Americans tried to hold the line. To contain the expansion of communism. It was the Cold War. And it first got hot in Korea. But the UN forces held the line in Korea. After three years of war. About as long as America spent fighting in Europe during World War II.
JFK’s refusal to commit American Military Power during the Bay of Pigs Invasion led to the Cuban Missile Crisis
Communism was a thorn in the side of democracy. The democratic West believed in peace through strength. With the occasional war breaking the peace. While the communist East believed in a perpetual state of war with the occasional peace breaking that war. The communists sought to expand through violent revolution. If you contained it early (like in the Berlin Airlift) you could avoid a shooting war. And keep it cold. But if they got a foothold you could find yourself mired in a hot and prolonged war. Like in Korea.
When Fidel Castro turned Cuba communist it was not a good thing for the United States. For all their efforts to contain communism throughout the world here they were. On Cuba. Within missile range of the United States. And Castro was cozying up to the Soviets. Which is why President Eisenhower gave the green light for the CIA to remove Castro from power. To remove a threat so close to the United States. The plan was the Bay of Pigs Invasion. Which proceeded under the following administration. JFK’s.
The invasion, though, did not go well. And unlike in the Guatemalan coup d’état, JFK did not commit American military power to help the invaders (unlike Eisenhower did in the Guatemalan coup). Who were soon pushed back. And defeated. Which breathed new life in Cuba’s communist revolution. Brought them more into the Soviet sphere. And encouraged the Soviets to test this young president. Which they did. By sending nuclear missiles to Cuba. Leading to the Cuban Missile Crisis. And near nuclear war (Castro’s right hand man, Che Guevara, was angry with the Soviets because they refused to nuke the United States during the crisis). While the Cuban people suffered under their communist oppressors. And still do.
Today Iran—and Radical Islam—is the Thorn in the Side of Democracy that Communism once Was
Truman was the last Democrat warrior president. LBJ got us into Vietnam. But he also gave us the Great Society. Turning the nation towards a welfare state. A very costly welfare state. Which the great costs of the Vietnam War threatened. The government, much like they did during the Revolutionary War, began printing money to pay for all of this spending. Devaluing a dollar pegged to gold. With nations concerned with this devaluation they traded their dollars for gold. Which is what is supposed to happen under a gold standard. So nations don’t devalue their currencies. But printing money is easier than cutting spending. So President Nixon decoupled the dollar from gold. So they could really print it. Giving us the inflationary Seventies.
Since then Democrat presidents have done two things. Expanded the welfare state. And demonized their political opponents. Which extended to their foreign policy. President Carter cut back on defense spending. And tried to make friends with our archenemy. The Soviet Union. A president the Soviets had little respect for. Even considering a nuclear first-strike policy as they didn’t think Carter would ever launch his nuclear weapons. And then President Carter criticized American ally, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran, for his human rights violation. There was revolutionary fervor in the air. The Shah implored for help from their long-time friend and ally. The United States. Who assured the Shah that the Americans would intervene militarily on his behalf. But didn’t. The Iranian Revolution followed. And Iran became America’s new archenemy.
Iranian oil won World War II. It fed the Red Army. Iran served as a portal into the Soviet Union. War material as well as oil flowed through Iran and into the Soviet Union. After the war the Soviets didn’t want to leave Iran. Give up that oil. Or a warm-weather port on the Indian Ocean. But the British and the Americans helped the Iranians keep the Soviets at bay. Their actions included a coup. And some human rights violations. To keep what happened in Eastern Europe following World War II from happening in Iran. Iran prospered. And Westernized. It was becoming everything the American left loved. Secular. It was becoming more like America. Where men and women enjoyed doing things they could enjoy in New York City. Which angered the Islamists.
Today Iran—and radical Islam—is the thorn in the side of democracy that communism once was. And unlike their Cold War warrior forefathers, today’s Democrats choose party over country. Basing their foreign policy on expanding the welfare state. Or demonizing their political opponents. President Clinton treated al Qaeda’s increasing acts of hostility against Western/American interests as a legal issue. Which grew bolder until they culminated in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Clinton did this so he wouldn’t waste money on defense by risking war to protect America. Or anger his liberal base. After 9/11, George W. Bush fought back.
The Democrats have demonized George W. Bush as a rich oil man who traded blood for oil. While at the same time they said he was purposely causing oil shortages to raise the price of oil. When an opportunity came to overthrow America’s new archenemy, Iran, President Obama did nothing to support the Green Revolution in Iran following questionable election results that kept Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in power. An intervention that would have been in the best interests of both America and the Iranian people. But when the Arab Spring blew through Egypt he was quick to tell our friend and ally, Hosni Mubarak, that he had to go. Turning Egypt over to the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood. But when civil war came to Syria he chose to do nothing. Until now (to save face from his ‘red line’ comment about chemical weapons?). When the opposition has most probably been infiltrated by al Qaeda.
What is the constant in these Democrat foreign policy decisions? They are the opposite of what the Republicans would have done. So they couldn’t have done them. For it would have vindicated George W. Bush. Angered their liberal base. And made the world a safer place.
Tags: Al Qaeda, Bay of Pigs, Bay of Pigs Invasion, Berlin, Carter, Castro, Clinton, Cold War, Communism, Communist, Cuba, Cuban Missile Crisis, democracy, Democrats, Egypt, Eisenhower, foreign policy, George W. Bush, Guatemalan coup, human rights violations, Iran, Islamist, JFK, Korea, Korean War, LBJ, Nixon, Obama, Patton, printing money, radical Islam, Republicans, revolution, Soviet Union, Soviets, Truman, Vietnam War, welfare state, World War II
Week in Review
You ladies thought it was bad enough going through airport security? Think again (see Fears Over Al Qaeda ‘Breast Implant Bomb’ Causing Long Lines At London’s Heathrow Airport by Pamela Engel posted 8/16/2013 on Business Insider).
Lines at London’s Heathrow Airport are “much longer than usual at this time of the year” because of fears that Al Qaeda terrorists have developed explosives that can be implanted in people, The Mirror reports.
Body scanners can detect items that people are carrying with them, but they aren’t able to catch devices that are inside of the body.
Heathrow Airport is reportedly concerned about women suicide bombers who conceal explosive materials inside breast implants…
U.K. officials reportedly have “credible intelligence” that terrorists are plotting attacks on airplanes flying out of London, and security staff have been told to “pay particular attention to females who may have concealed hidden explosives in their breasts,” an airport staff member told The Mirror.
This cannot go well.
“Hello, ladies. Those are some nice breasts you have there. Let me study them a moment. Yes. Nice. Large. Shapely. Firm. Supple. Hmm. Could they be hiding a bomb? This will require a closer look, yes? Perhaps a look beneath your brassier. To look for any telltale signs of a recent surgery. Or a gentle hand massage. A kneading of the breast tissue. To make sure there’s nothing but breast tissue there. But there’s nothing to worry about, ma’am. For I am a trained airport security screening professional. Rest assured I don’t enjoy playing with women’s breasts all day long.”
Yeah, right. The first time some college coeds come through the screening line it’ll be like a Russ Meyer film. Of course, imagine the fallout should they single out a woman in Muslim garb for closer scrutiny. The firestorm would be so great that you can just imagine that Muslims will not be searched as much as some other women. Such as the ladies that could have had a starring role in a Russ Meyer film.
Tags: Al Qaeda, breast implants, breasts, Russ Meyer film, suicide bombers, terrorists
Week in Review
“Osama bin Laden is dead. And General Motors is alive.” That was why we were to reelect President Obama. Because he won the War on Terror. Al Qaeda was in retreat. And the Islamist world loved America. Except in Benghazi. Where an al Qaeda affiliated group killed our ambassador and three other Americans. But apart from that the Islamist world loves America. Because they love President Obama (see Iraq says Qaeda poison gas cell busted in Baghdad by AFB posted 6/1/2013 on Al Arabiya News).
Iraq’s defense ministry said on Saturday that it has broken up an Al-Qaeda cell that was working to produce poison gas at two locations in the capital for future attacks at home and abroad.
The group of five people built two facilities to produce sarin and mustard gas, using instructions from another Al-Qaeda group, spokesman Mohammed al-Askari told a news conference.
The members of the cell were prepared to launch attacks domestically, and also had a network to smuggle the toxins to neighboring countries, and also to Europe and North America, Askari said.
I guess these Islamists didn’t get the memo. Silly them. They don’t even know that they love America now.
Guess al Qaeda reversed their retreat. And took it up a notch. No longer inspiring ‘lone wolfs’ to bomb innocents at things like marathons. Now they’re working on true weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Imagine that. Chemical WMDs in Iraq. Who’d a thunk it? Interesting that they didn’t have them when George W. Bush was president. But they have them now during the Obama presidency. Did President Obama make Iraq a more dangerous place than President Bush? Perhaps.
Benghazi, IRS scandal, trying to muzzle the free press and now chemical WMDs in Iraq. And it’s only year one in the President’s second term. This is probably making one more person disappointed that Mitt Romney didn’t win the last presidential election. President Obama.
Tags: Al Qaeda, Benghazi, Chemical WMDs, George W. Bush, Iraq, Islamist, President Obama, WMDs
The Democrats lost Big in the 2010 Midterm Elections because of Tea Party Conservatives and Citizens United
“Trust us. We’re the federal government.” Two sentences that really don’t go together these days. Something more appropriate would be, “Do as we say. And think like we think. If you don’t, trust us, we will make your life unpleasant. Such as targeting excessive IRS scrutiny on your sorry ass.” Yes, that sounds more appropriate. At least, based on the actions of the federal government.
The 2010 midterm elections really shocked and dismayed the liberal Democrats. In 2010 approximately 21% of the population identified themselves as liberals. About 35% identified themselves as moderates. And about 40% identified themselves as conservative (see Conservatives Remain the Largest Ideological Group in U.S. posted on Gallup). Which is why after passing Obamacare on pure party lines the Democrats loss was so big in the 2010 midterm elections. And it became clear to liberal Democrats that they cannot win the debate in the arena of ideas. No. If they were to maintain their power and transform the country against the will of the people they had to rig the game in their favor.
The Democrats lost big in the 2010 midterms because of Tea Party conservatives. Those people who admired the Founding Fathers. The Constitution. Limited government. Laissez-faire capitalism. And the rule of law. The things that made the United States of America great. And things the current administration is NOT a big fan of. For they want to expand the federal government into European socialism. With a great and mighty federal government. So those in the ruling class can shape the nation into their image. Not the Founding Fathers’ image. And to do this they have to eliminate public enemy number one. No, not al Qaeda. But the Tea Party. And denying their right to free speech using the power of the IRS was one way to achieve that.
The Obama Administration ordered Military Forces in Tripoli to Stand Down because it Wouldn’t Fit the Narrative
Ever since the Supreme Court decision Citizens United (2010) ruled that corporations were people the liberal Democrats had a bug up their backside. Because they enjoyed collecting huge sums from unions who were, apparently, people, too. And the liberals’ favorite tool for attacking business interests. As unions supported them in their anti-business agenda with lots of cash. To help the liberals regulate and transfer more wealth from private sector to the public sector. While forcing union-friendly policies on businesses. To protect their friends in the unions. To keep a large portion of those unions dues flowing to Democrat coffers.
Liberals blame Citizens United for the rise of the Tea Party which led to their defeat in the 2010 midterms. After 2010 it was payback time. When liberal nonprofits filed for their tax-exempt status the IRS granted them within months. Whereas the IRS delayed the application process for conservative groups. Especially any with ‘Tea Party’ in their name. Demanding a list of their political donors. What books they read. Who they associated with. Whether they would attack Planned Parenthood. Etc. Inappropriate. And illegal. This harassment went on for months. Preventing these organizations from collecting donations and exercising their First Amendment right of free speech. And when the IRS collected any information on donors they gave it to liberal websites to publicize and attack. Discouraging further contributions. And limiting opposing political ads in the run-up to the 2012 election. Helping President Obama and Democrats. While hurting Mitt Romney and Republicans.
The Democrats have a perception that they are strong on domestic issues but weak on national defense. Which is why President Obama made the decision to kill Osama bin Laden when the opportunity came. To show he was strong on national defense. In fact, with the killing of bin Laden President Obama said al Qaeda was in retreat. Because he fought the War on Terror better and smarter than George W. Bush did. The 2012 campaign narrative was ‘Osama bin Laden is dead. And General Motors is alive’. Which is why the Obama administration told Ambassador Stevens he could not have more security in Benghazi. Because it wouldn’t fit the narrative. It’s why the Obama administration ordered military forces in Tripoli to stand down and not assist those under attack in Benghazi. Who probably could have saved the two Americans killed some 7 hours after the White House Situation Room received word of an attack in Benghazi. Because it wouldn’t fit the narrative.
Like-Minded People don’t Need Orders when they Share the same Burning Passion to Defeat Conservatism
Benghazi is a political nightmare for the administration. First of all they ignored the deteriorating conditions in Benghazi (it was so unsafe that the British pulled their people out just before the attack on the American mission). Then four Americans died. Because this administration was weak on national defense. There was the stand-down order. President Obama disappeared during the attack. And, of course, there was the YouTube video the Obama administration blamed. Not a terrorist attack. Because, again, that wouldn’t fit the narrative. We should reelect president Obama because al Qaeda was in retreat. So they weren’t assaulting Americans in Benghazi. It was just people protesting that YouTube video that got out of hand. And pulled rocket propelled grenades and mortars from their pockets and started killing Americans with them.
At press conferences reporters ask questions on Benghazi and the IRS harassment of conservatives. Which the Obama administration doesn’t answer. Because there is an ongoing investigation. Or they simply state they don’t know. But they insist that they will get to the bottom of it. Figure out what happened. And make sure it doesn’t happen again. As well as insisting that there is no political bias in any of these scandals. Just a rogue employee or two. Which is hard to believe. Because whenever there is a scandal there is a common element to them. They hurt conservatives. Making it more difficult for them to win elections. While helping liberal Democrats. Making it easier for them to win elections. Without fail. So it’s hard to believe that there is no political motive behind them. Especially considering the 2010 midterm elections. The rise of the Tea Party. And liberals’ inability to win in the arena of ideas. Requiring them to cheat wherever they can to win elections. To maintain their power and transform the country against the will of the people.
The president doesn’t govern. He only campaigns. Always fighting those who are against his policies. And everything bad that ever happens is because of this opposition he is fighting against. As if he hasn’t been president for the past 4+ years. But these scandals are bad. Especially the IRS scandal. Where people on the Left are even comparing it to the Nixon administration. So his defenders say it’s not him. It’s some people in the vast federal government. That is just too big for the president to know everything that’s going on. No one could. This is the defense of the president that wants to make the federal government even bigger. The government is too big.
The president hates the Citizens United ruling. And the Tea Party. Blaming both for the Democrats losing the House in the 2010 midterms. These are his feelings. And he hires people who think and feel like he does. So even if he didn’t direct his administration to do these things he might as well have. For these are universal feelings among liberal Democrats. Where no orders are necessary. Because like-minded people will take initiative. Either eager to please. Or because they share the same burning passion to defeat conservatism and enlarge the federal government. So more smart bureaucrats can manage every aspect of our lives. Even breaking the law to help their cause. Because they feel the administration will approve of their actions. Even protect them if they get caught. So these scandals are not so much a reflection of an administration out of control. But of a political party out of control. Who have grown the federal government so large that no one person can know what it is doing. So the defenders of President Obama are right. The government is too large. And we need to reduce the size of it. Just as the Tea Party would have said. Had the IRS not hindered their ability to exercise their First Amendment right during the 2012 election. Which may be the only reason why the Democrats retained control of the Senate. Or why President Obama won reelection. Because they cheated. Which may be the only way they can win elections when only 21% of the people think like they do.
Tags: 2010 midterm elections, 2012 election, Al Qaeda, Benghazi, bin Laden, burning passion to defeat conservatism, Citizens United, conservatism, conservative, Democrat, federal government, First Amendment, Founding Fathers, free speech, IRS, Liberal Democrats, liberals, like-minded people, national defense, Obama administration, Osama bin Laden, President Obama, scandal, Tea Party, wouldn't fit the narrative
Week in Review
President Obama’s Treasury Department’s IRS is caught harassing perceived enemies of the Obama administration. To help stifle their free speech during the 2012 election. But they deny it was political. And apologize (see IRS apologizes for targeting conservative groups by STEPHEN OHLEMACHER posted 5/10/2013 on the AP).
The Internal Revenue Service apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was “inappropriate” targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.
IRS agents singled out dozens of organizations for additional reviews because they included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their exemption applications, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups. In some cases, groups were asked for lists of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases, she said…
About 75 groups were inappropriately targeted. None had their tax-exempt status revoked, Lerner said.
The IRS is an independent agency within the Treasury Department that enforces the nation’s tax laws. Revelations that the agency was targeting political groups because they were affiliated with a movement that is critical of President Barack Obama could become a new headache for the White House…
IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman told Congress in March 2012 that the IRS was not targeting groups based on politics.
How can this be anything but politics? And a gross misuse of power?
The Obama administration would identify organizations with ‘Tea Party’ and ‘patriot’ in their name as enemies of the Obama administration. For with every shooting or bombing on American soil the go-to people are the ‘anti-government’ Tea Party and patriot people. Radical conservatives as they call them. Of course it hasn’t yet turned out that a mass murderer was a radical conservative. They have been either radical Islamists. Or people with mental health problems.
After what we’ve learned about the Benghazi cover-up this past week is it really hard to believe that the Obama administration used the power of the IRS against political opponents? President Nixon did that. So why not President Obama?
Both President Obama and President Nixon lied to the American people to improve their reelection chances. Who would have thought that the guy who wanted to be compared to FDR would actually be more like President Nixon? Of course, with President Nixon there was a crime. A break-in. But no one died. As they did in Benghazi. Because the Obama administration just couldn’t grant the requests of Ambassador Stevens for more security after President Obama declared the War on Terror was over. For the 2012 campaign message was that ‘Osama bin Laden was dead. And General Motors is alive’. With bin Laden gone al Qaeda was defeated. At least that was what the Obama administration was saying. After bin Laden’s death there were no more radical Islamists trying to kill Americans. This was why we needed to vote for President Obama. For he made the world a safer place. And beefing up security in Benghazi wouldn’t help that message before the election. So they denied Ambassador Steven’s request. For what could possible happen?
A full-scale military assault. That’s what. Which was even worse to the Obama campaign than beefing up security. The Obama administration couldn’t have this. So they concocted the story about the anti-Islamic YouTube video and a spontaneous uprising. And when the intelligence reports came in identifying an al Qaeda affiliated terrorist group they took their talking points and edited them down. Pulling anything ‘militant Islamist’ out of them. This despite the president of Libya confirming the al Qaeda connection. This kept the Benghazi mess quiet through the election. And what’s to say they might have set the IRS on their political opponents to help keep the Benghazi mess quiet through the election?
They lied about Benghazi. So they’re probably lying about the IRS. The very same people they’re putting in charge of the funding of Obamacare. Who will be looking ever more closely at our employers. And our personal lives. But there’s nothing to worry about. For the IRS would never use their power for political purposes. Not with the most transparent presidency since the Nixon administration. Well, perhaps not quite as transparent as the Nixon administration. Then again, it’s probably one of the least transparent administrations in U.S. history. In fact, the Nixon administration was probably more transparent and honest than the current administration. Nixon may have lied. But he didn’t leave his embassy staff unprotected. So enemies of the United States could kill them. And then lie to cover it up.
Tags: 2012 election, Al Qaeda, Ambassador Steven, Benghazi, bin Laden, enemies of the Obama administration, IRS, Nixon, Osama bin Laden, Patriot, President Obama, radical conservative, radical Islamists, Tea Party
Whenever an Unscrupulous Politician would look over His or Her Shoulder a Journalist would be There
It took 8 years to formally end the American Revolutionary War. America was finally free from the arbitrary rule of a foreign government in a distant land. The states could now govern themselves. Without that distant government trying to tax them. Regulate them. Or oppress them. Which is why there was fierce opposition to the new federal government. Only 4 years had passed since the end of the war. Memories were fresh. They did not want to trade one distant oppressor for another. It took a Bill of Rights to finally ratify the new Constitution. And the very first amendment to the U.S. Constitution stated:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
In the First Amendment is the right of a free press. Allowing our news media to report everything that happens without fear of governmental retribution. Even if it pisses off those in government. Especially if it pisses off those in government. Just to let them know someone is watching them. To keep them honest. Transparent. To let the people know the second they try to exceed the bounds of their constitutional authority.
It’s a noble profession. Being the guardian of the people. To speak truth to power. To dare say that the king isn’t wearing any clothes. Standing up to the powerful to protect the people. Just like the Founding Fathers did. When they stood up to the world’s greatest superpower. The British Empire. And so would the free press. Who would not be intimidated by any government. No. They would get into their face. And be on them like ugly on a pig. For whenever an unscrupulous politician would look over his or her shoulder a journalist would be there. Ready to report to the people all of their unscrupulous deeds.
The Mainstream Media wrongly blamed Radical Conservatism for Boston, Newtown, Aurora and Tucson
And how is that brave and noble profession doing today? Don Henley wrote a song about it in 1982. Dirty Laundry. The title says a lot about how Henley felt about television journalism.
I make my living off the evening news
Just give me something-something I can use
People love it when you lose,
They love dirty laundry
Well, I coulda been an actor, but I wound up here
I just have to look good, I don’t have to be clear
Come and whisper in my ear
Give us dirty laundry
And little has changed since 1982. Television news loves it when people lose. And for these people reading the teleprompters on air nothing is better than when bad things happen to good people.
We got the bubble-headed-bleach-blonde who
Comes on at five
She can tell you ’bout the plane crash with a gleam
In her eye
It’s interesting when people die-
Give us dirty laundry
Unless those dead people are in Benghazi. Or their deaths can be traced to radical Islam. When they die for some reason it’s not interesting. When those bombs went off at the Boston Marathon the news media was all over the place. If you turned on a television there was someone standing somewhere in Boston telling us a lot of nothing. Because no one learned anything yet to tell. But they were offering up possible motives. It was in Boston. It was Patriots’ Day. Close to the anniversary of the fiery end of the siege at Waco. Close to the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. And it was tax day. April 15. It could mean only one thing. The bomber had to be a radical conservative. Just like they blamed the Newtown, Aurora and Tucson shootings on before they knew any of the facts. But radical conservatives committed none of these crimes.
When they found out the bombers were a couple of radical Islamists, though, things changed. Especially when we learned one of them had traveled to Dagestan, a hotbed of radical Islam. Stayed there for 6 months. The Russians had even warned us about this guy becoming radicalized. Yet the FBI let him back into the country. Didn’t pursue him. And didn’t even tell the Boston police about him. So they might take a closer look at him or his Islamist anti-American YouTube playlist before a big public event like the Boston Marathon. Now the news hardly mentions these new developments. For once they ruled out radical conservatives as the culprits they lost that gleam in their eye.
Today the Mainstream Media is nothing more than the Propaganda Arm of a Distant Powerful Government
Not only has television news degenerated into cheap tabloid journalism it also has become partisan. Instead of speaking truth to power they have become an arm of the powerful. President Obama blamed our troubles with radical Islam on George W. Bush. Because he was mean. So President Obama was going to be nice. He changed the language to be kinder to Islam. So as not to offend our Muslim friends. When Nidal Hasan shouted “Allahu Akbar” like other radical Islamists do before they start killing innocent people President Obama called Hasan’s killing of 13 and wounding of 30 workplace violence. For the president refused to blame anything on radical Islam. In fact, after he killed Osama bin Laden he said the War on Terror was over. Al Qaeda was on ropes. And there were no more radical Islamists trying to kill Americans. This was the campaign message of the 2012 election. Osama bin Laden is dead. And General Motors is alive. Which the dutiful media reported without hesitation. Even though radical Islam had just killed 4 in Benghazi.
So in the president’s eyes there is no radical Islam. This is why the attack in Benghazi was a spontaneous uprising. By people who walk around with RPGs in their back pockets. Who were incited by a YouTube video. Not an al Qaeda attack. For the president won the War on Terror. So it couldn’t be al Qaeda. No. The Muslim world now loves us. Because George W. Bush is no longer president. But since President Obama has been in office radical Islamists have been trying to kill us. There was the underwear bomber. The Times Square bomber. And the Christmas tree lighting bomber. All plots that failed. Then there was Benghazi. And, of course, the Boston Marathon bombings. Proving that radical Islam is alive. And that they still hate Americans. No matter how much nicer President Obama is than President Bush. And now three whistleblowers are testifying before Congress about Benghazi. People who were there. And they contradict what the Obama administration has said. But other than Fox News no one is reporting this. Instead, they report more sensational tabloid news. While attacking and dismissing as partisan anyone that pursues the Benghazi story.
Dirty little secrets
Dirty little lies
We got our dirty little fingers in everybody’s pie
We love to cut you down to size
We love dirty laundry
We can do “The Innuendo”
We can dance and sing
When it’s said and done we haven’t told you a thing
We all know that crap is king
Give us dirty laundry!
Journalism was once an honored profession. But journalists today have sold out and gone over to the dark side. Instead of standing up to power they protect those in power. Case in point Benghazi. President Obama, Secretary Clinton and Secretary Rice blamed Benghazi on a spontaneous uprising in response to a YouTube video. That according to the people there had nothing to do with the terrorist assault on the American mission. So the Obama administration lied. Few believed the lie back in September. No one believes it now. Yet the media doesn’t investigate why the administration lied. Instead, they attack those who do and call them partisan. Protecting the government. Unwilling to report to the people a single unscrupulous deed government does. Unless the unscrupulous one is a Republican.
The mainstream media stopped being objective journalists long ago. And today is nothing more than the propaganda arm of a powerful government in a distant land. That stifles the free press. By cutting anyone down to size who dares to criticize the federal government. Entertaining us instead of informing us. And here we are, 8 months after Benghazi and they still haven’t told us a thing about that terrorist attack that killed 4 Americans.
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Government Helps the Poor by Keeping them Poor so they Remain Dependent on Government
Politicians lie. Everyone knows this. It’s a running joke in comedy movies and television programs. And a common plotline in dramas. Because politicians will say and promise anything to get elected. Which is their primary and only objective. Winning an election. And the needs and wants of the people are secondary. Things they can easily brush aside once ascending to elected office. Because they don’t really care about the people. At least, they don’t care for them as much as they care for themselves.
And once they’re in office the promises keep coming. To help them win the next election. And to keep the size of government growing. As well as the amount of taxes they collect. Which gives them wealth. And power. The ultimate goal in running for elected office. That’s why they sneer at the concept of limited government. And tax cuts. Because the less government we have the less wealth and power they enjoy. For if we really are the self-reliant people of the Founding what need do we have for an expanding government?
Of course the answer to that question is we would have little need for an expanding government. For we can earn our pay and take care of ourselves. And our families. The way Americans did before Woodrow Wilson, FDR, LBJ and Barack Obama. Men who do not like that independent spirit. And will use a host of arguments to condemn it. It’s not fair being their favorite. Because who can argue against being fair? So everything they do is about leveling the playing field. To make sure the rich pay their fair share. And to help the little guy. By making him dependent on government. And perpetually poor. So they will remain dependent on government. So they can keep taking care of these poor.
Government rarely chooses Tax-Cutting for Stimulus as Cutting Taxes doesn’t Increase the Size of Government
LBJ declared a War on Poverty. Justifying a huge increase in federal spending starting the Sixties. And after spending untold billions to eradicate poverty what did we get? Not much. We still have poverty. And the government spends more with each passing year to alleviate the suffering of the impoverished. But it never goes away. Poverty. And the government nurtures it. Protects it. By making it more attractive to stay on a meager government assistance instead of going to work. And building a career. Doing something you love. While leaving your mark on the world. Instead we get ever increasing federal spending. And a permanent underclass the government can be savior to. You see they don’t want to win the War on Poverty. Because if they win it then we won’t need them anymore.
The greatest killer of poverty is a job. People gainfully employed can provide themselves food, shelter, etc. They can have clean drinking water. And heat in the winter. It’s only the unemployed who look at food, shelter and heat as sought after luxuries. For people with jobs are those self-reliant people. Who provide tax dollars instead of consuming them. This is no secret. So it would follow that the best thing to do during a recession is to make it as easy as possible to create jobs. You do that by lowering taxes. And cutting regulations. Not by raising taxes. Or adding regulatory costs. And you sure don’t pass a quasi national health care plan like Obamacare.
Also, history has shown that Keynesian stimulus spending does not pull economies out of recession. If it did Ronald Reagan would not have won in a landslide against Jimmy Carter. And Europe would not be in a sovereign debt crisis. Keynesians know this. But they can’t pass up the opportunity to increase federal spending. So they promise lower unemployment rates and higher GDP numbers if only Congress does the right thing and “pass this stimulus bill.” And when it doesn’t work they have two predictable explanations. They didn’t spend enough. And that even they didn’t realize how bad their predecessor destroyed the economy. Calling the recession du jour the worst since the Great Depression. Covering their lies about ending the recession with statements like “things would have been worse if we didn’t act.” And though they didn’t reduce unemployment they’ll make incredulous claims like “we saved 800,000 jobs with this bold action.” Predictable. For their primary objective isn’t to end any recession. It is to exploit the crisis to advance their agenda. Basically, increasing the size of government. And we know this because there are two ways to put more money into people’s pockets to stimulate the economy. You can cut taxes so they have more money to spend. Or you can tax, borrow and print money so the government can spend more. Very rarely do they ever choose the tax-cutting route. Because the tax-cutting way works against their agenda of increasing the size of government.
Politicians Promise and Lie to the Young and Naïve to Advance a Political Agenda
And speaking of Obamacare President Obama promised the American people that if you liked your private health insurance plan you could keep it. And the cost of that health care plan would go down. Because they had a massive convoluted health care plan that was going to give health care to everyone. Increase the quality of health care from what it is now. And it was going to be less expensive. Which was a lie. Because you can’t have more of anything for less money. Life just doesn’t work that way. As they implement Obamacare its taxes and regulations are forcing business owners to push people from full-time to part-time. So they aren’t forced into providing mandated health insurance plans. Some even have no choice but to drop their health care coverage for all of their employees. Because their health care costs went up. Not down. And they’re predicting doctor shortages. Because the only cost savings they can get is by forcing people to work for less in the health care industry. So they’re leaving. Under Obamacare there will be higher costs, longer wait times, rationing, denial of services and lower quality. Everything they promised wouldn’t happen. And everything critics said would happen. So are the proponents of Obamacare just so utterly ignorant? Or were they lying through their teeth because they just wanted to take over one-sixth of the U.S. economy? With an agenda to increase the size of government one has to go with lying through their teeth.
President Obama blamed George W. Bush for the world hating America. When he became president he no longer projected American power. Instead he wanted to talk to our enemies. To negotiate with them. He even dropped words from official usage. Like the War on Terror. To make our enemies like us. Because people like people who aren’t bullies. And that was what George W. Bush was. A bully. So President Obama warmed up to the Islamic world. So the Islamic world would warm up to us. Even announcing withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan early in his administration. Ending the war on you-know-what. So he could use that money for Obamacare. Promising the American people the world would be a safer place. Even passing on an opportunity to help overthrow the government in Iran. America’s greatest enemy. Instead, he helped people overthrow a couple of our allies. Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. And Muammar Gaddafi in Libya. Who since the Iraq war had been an ally in the War on Terror. And the thanks for this new Islam-friendly American policy? They killed our ambassador in Benghazi along with three other Americans. Al Qaeda is now in Libya. And the Muslim Brotherhood is in Egypt. And it looks like al Qaeda is now in Syria. Another enemy of the United States the people were trying to overthrow that President Obama chose not to help. The Middle East may burn now. Making the world a more dangerous place. But the president got what he wanted. All that money we were spending overseas they can now spend at home. Rewarding friends and campaign contributors. As well as buying votes.
And now they are calling for tighter gun control measures. Greater background checks. And a national gun register. To protect the kids they say. So another Newtown massacre doesn’t happen. Even though they themselves will admit that every measure they proposed thus far would not have stopped the shooter at Newton. Aurora. Tucson. Virginia Tech. Or any other shooting where some mentally unsound person killed random strangers. These people didn’t kill because guns made them kill. They killed because they were sick. And we didn’t protect society by institutionalizing these people. The only thing we could have done to stop them once they started shooting we didn’t do. Having someone armed in these ‘gun-free’ zones. For these sick people shoot unarmed innocents until someone with a gun arrives on the scene to shoot back. So arming teachers may save children from another Newtown. While everything they proposed thus far will do absolutely nothing to prevent a future Newton. Yet they press for further restrictions on gun ownership. And if it won’t make children safer one wonders why they want to exploit these shootings to advance their anti-gun-ownership agenda. As they are interested in acquiring greater wealth and power one would have to assume it’s the power. Perhaps making them feel more all-powerful if they can actually nullify the Second Amendment.
So politicians promise and lie to advance an agenda. Which is why the young typically vote for those who promise and lie so much. The liberal Democrats. As the young are naïve and easy to lie to. While older people tend to vote Republican. For they are older. They have heard all of the promises and lies before. And they’re wiser. Which comes with age. Which is why the liberal Democrats get them while they’re young. For it’s hard to keep them once they gain knowledge and experience.
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Sound Bites and Photo Opportunities define our Politicians Today
Perception is in the eye of the beholder. Are you familiar with the story about a real estate broker? He works in a small town with a main road through it connecting two larger cities. A lot of traffic travels this road. This broker has two properties listed for sale. One on the road into town. And one on the road out of town. All of these cars driving through this town see those two signs and think, “Wow, this guy must be the biggest broker in town. I see his signs everywhere.”
But he is not the biggest broker in town. But because his two signs are on the busiest road in town the perception is that he is. Because people can’t enter the town or leave the town without seeing one of what seem to be many of his signs. If they drove on the other streets of this town they would not see any of his signs. While they would see a great many of his competitors’ signs. With a detailed analysis people would conclude that this real estate broker is the smallest and least successful in town. But with only a cursory glance he is the biggest broker in town. This is perception.
Politicians understand perception. So they work hard to shape what people see and hear. And less on substance. That’s why sound bites and photo opportunities define our politicians. Politicians get their picture taken with babies and the down trodden to show how much they care. Their speeches will be nothing but a series of sound bites suitable for quoting by the talking heads on television and in political ads. And they will always answer a question with a prepared talking point. Instead of answering the question. And when it comes to campaigning they will take everything their opponents say out of context to change everyone’s perception about them.
Our Schools teach our Kids that a Just Society uses Government to Redistribute Wealth to make Society Fairer
Democrats are masters at creating perception. Which is easy to do when you have the mainstream media in your pocket. As well as college professors and high school teachers. The entertainment industry. The music industry. Etc. This small sliver of people has a profound impact on the masses. For they dominate what people hear and learn. And with them having a far left ideology their message is far left. So when this small sliver of people fills our airwaves, cable television, movies and our classrooms their minority viewpoint creates the perception of being the majority viewpoint. Like that real estate broker. Because it’s everywhere. While the majority of people who don’t share their ideology aren’t on television or in the movies. On the radio or teaching our kids in the classroom.
The perception our kids have of America when graduating from high school is not that good. Our teachers teach them that America stole the land from the Indians. And stole Spanish America from the Spanish who stole it from the Indians. They teach that slavery is America’s original sin. As if America invented the institution of slavery. Despite slavery having been around as long as civilization has been around. They teach that America grew rich because of free slave labor. Despite the South losing the American Civil War because the institution of slavery so impoverished the South that it was no match for what the North’s paid-labor could produce. They teach our kids that capitalism is unfair and that profits are evil. Despite the greatest oppression of people (as well as the lowest standards of living and greatest famines) has always been in anti-capitalistic nations (the Soviet Union, the People’s Republic of China, North Korea, Cuba, the countries of Eastern Europe during the cold war, etc.). While at the same time they teach our kids the goodness of government. And gloss over the oppression and privations of socialist/communist countries everywhere.
So our kids graduate from high school with the perception that if government doesn’t greatly regulate the free market the greed of capitalism will cause great unfairness. And that a just society uses government to redistribute wealth to make society fairer. And that anyone who opposes higher taxes and greater regulation to facilitate this fairer society hates kids. They want to pollute our air and water. They want unsafe food. They want women to die from cancer. They hate the planet. Poor people. Gay people. Etc. They hear this so often and so consistently that they accept it as the majority opinion. And when they go on to college or start watching the news this perception is reinforced. Which is why our young people vote Democrat. Because the perception is that Democrats are for the working man. The party that puts people before profits. While the Republicans put rich people, and their money, before everything else.
Was it the Rand filibuster that made President Obama launch a Charm Offensive?
A big part of forming perceptions is not telling the truth. When President Obama was candidate Obama he didn’t want to nationalize health care. He opposed same-sex marriage. He didn’t support gun control. He talked about transparency. He attacked President Bush for being fiscally irresponsible. And for running massive deficits that added to the debt. He talked about not spending more than the government collected. But the real President Obama was none of this. And the real President Obama has never left campaign mode. For he doesn’t govern. He continues to campaign. Against Republicans. Blaming them for every problem exasperated by his own policies. And, of course, he continues to blame George W. Bush. Always attacking Republicans. Always blaming Republicans. To reinforce a perception of the Republican Party that will benefit him. And his party. So he can win the House back in 2014. And finally govern as he always wanted to govern. As a president with no political opposition to restrain his powers.
The president’s Middle East foreign policy has been a disaster. He refused to support a Democracy movement in Iran. Our enemy. While supporting a democracy movement in Egypt. And in Libya. Our allies in the War on Terror. (But not in Syria. An ally of Iran.) Now the Middle East is becoming Islamist. And closer to Iran. Our enemy. And the enemy of peace and stability. This disastrous policy came to a head in Benghazi. Where four Americans died to advance the perception that President Obama had al Qaeda on the ropes. When in fact they were resurgent in Benghazi. Which our ambassador knew. And tried to tell his boss. Hillary Clinton. Begging for more security. Which never came. When questioned in Congress about who edited the talking points that Secretary Rice used on the Sunday morning talk shows to advance the lie that it was not al Qaeda but a spontaneous uprising in response to a YouTube video that no one had seen she yelled with righteous indignation, “What difference did it make!?!” An answer no one accepted in the Watergate investigation. Which Clinton assisted with as a young attorney. Back then a government cover-up made a big difference. Which led to impeachment hearings. That ended when President Nixon resigned. But the Obama administration would escape that fate. For the perception was that this was a Republican partisan witch hunt. Because they were racists and hated the president. And with all their support in entertainment, education and the news the people accepted this perception. And apparently didn’t care about the cover-up of Benghazi. Unlike they were about the cover-up of Watergate that resulted in no dead Americans.
And this is what made the Rand Paul filibuster so powerful. For he dared to challenge the perception that the Obama administration was sweet and innocent and transparent unlike the ‘criminal’ administration of George W. Bush. President Obama has expanded the use of drones. He has killed more people with them than George W. Bush. And a lot more innocent bystanders. Including a few Americans. Even appearing to want to reserve the right to use a drone strike on Americans on U.S. soil without due process even if they posed no imminent threat. The Obama administration finally stated that they wouldn’t do that. But not before those on the Left took notice of Rand Paul’s filibuster. Including Jon Stewart of the Daily Show. People who expected something like this from the Bush administration. But not from the Obama administration. Giving the Obama administration some rare negative press. Just enough to get some people to ask, “They want to do what?!?” And the fact that it took a 13-hour filibuster to get a simple ‘no’ out of the administration makes it look like, perhaps, it’s the Democrats who are not trying to cooperate with the Republicans. Unlike the perception that it’s the Republicans that are being uncooperative. Perhaps explaining why the president has launched a charm offensive. To improve a tarnished perception that they never had to do before. Thanks to the Rand Paul filibuster.
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The Mainstream Media sacrifice their Journalistic Integrity to help the Obama Administration Advance their Agenda
The president has warned that the $85 billion in spending cuts of the sequester will gut government programs leaving Americans at great peril. This despite baseline budgeting automatically increases spending every year. From 1974 (after Nixon decoupled the dollar from gold and the government adopted baseline budgeting) through 2008 (before the spending orgy of the Obama administration) federal spending increased approximately 7.5% each year. Crunching the numbers for the spending increase from 2012 to 2013 we get $284.7 billion. Applying the cuts of the sequester reduces this increase in spending to $199.7 billion. We will spend more in 2013 than we did in 2012. Even AFTER the sequester cuts. So all the peril the president is warning us about is not real. He’s lying for political gain.
Yet the mainstream media is discussing this issue as if there are real cuts in spending. That we will reduce spending in the numerous government programs the president warns about if we let the sequester happen. Less food inspection. Less airport security. Fewer police officers. Fewer firefighters. Fewer teachers. Fewer flu vaccinations. And less childcare. In their reports they discuss these as a matter of fact. When they are just not true. And it’s no secret. Anyone can do what we did and look at federal outlays and see the automatic spending increases each year. And see that we will still spend more in 2013 after the sequester cuts than we did in 2012. You’d think a journalist would study the facts. The historical record. And then question the president and his administration. Ask them why they are lying. But they don’t. Why?
Because they are partisan. Committed to the leftist agenda the president is trying to pass. So they either help spread the lie. Being complicit in the lie. Or they spread the lie because they are victims of the lie. They are so committed to the leftist agenda that they don’t question anything coming from the liberal left. Because they want to believe. They sacrifice their journalistic integrity to help the administration advance their agenda. More a propaganda arm of the administration than a free press. The kind of journalism they practice in Venezuela. Cuba. China. North Korea. And the kind of journalism they practiced in East Germany. The Soviet Union. And Nazi Germany. Where there was no free press. Only state propaganda. Propaganda in a totalitarian regime is one thing. They already oppress their people and their news is more for the benefit of outsiders. Where they lie about record harvests. And record gains in industrial production. Things their people have long stopped believing as they suffer through the misery of the reality. But it’s different in a free country. For it lends legitimacy for illegitimate actions of government. And allows them to overstep the restraints of their constitutional authority.
The Mainstream Media helped Downplay the Resurgent al Qaeda in Benghazi to help President Obama win Reelection
In 2010 the greatest cause of accidental deaths for children age 5-15 was motor vehicle accidents. In 2010 there were 806 deaths. Representing 49.1% of all deaths. The number two cause was drowning with 251 deaths. Or 15.3% of the total. Next came fire/burn at 135 deaths. Then death by suffocation at 79 deaths. Then death by other land transportation at 68 deaths. Then poisoning at 54 deaths. Then came firearms at 37 deaths. Yet many in the mainstream media actively support the Obama administration in their push for gun control. Especially a ban on assault weapons. Even if (as they say so often) it saves only one child. But guns aren’t the leading cause of death for children. In fact, as horrific as scenes like the Newtown shooting are they are very rare occurrences. Far more children die in automobile accidents each year. No doubt because we are driving smaller cars to save the planet (lighter cars means greater gas mileage and less pollution). But the journalists don’t report this fact. Because they endorse the leftist agenda of saving the planet. And more gun control. Even if saving the planet means the death of more children from driving in smaller and less safe cars. While more gun control probably won’t save a single child.
The Obama administration’s foreign policy record has been a poor one. The greatest threat to peace and stability in the Mideast and North Africa is Iran. Yet the Obama administration did not support the Green Revolution protesting the 2009 Iranian election results that most felt were unfair. There are few bigger enemies of the United States. The Iranian supported insurgency killed or wounded a lot of U.S. military in Iraq. Our strongest allies in the region (Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia) all feared growing Iranian influence in the region. But given an opportunity to support an uprising that could overthrow a great enemy to peace and stability the Obama administration did nothing. But when the Arab Spring swept through Egypt the president abandoned one of America’s most stalwart allies and the anchor to stability in the region. Hosni Mubarak. Now the Iranian influence in Egypt is stronger than ever. When the Arab Spring spread to Libya the Obama administration supported that movement, too. Despite Colonel Muammar Gaddafi having denounced terrorism and supported the Americans in the war against al Qaeda. When the Arab Spring spread to Syria the president did not support that protest. Despite Syria being Iran’s strongest ally in the region. A sponsor of terrorism. And a nation with a chemical arsenal likely manufactured by Iraq (those weapons of mass destruction that Saddam Hussein had used on his people but had disappeared when the Americans arrived on the scene, likely having skedaddled across the border into Syria). As bad as the ruling regime was in Syria we did nothing to help Syrians overthrow their oppressor.
Now civil war engulfs Syria. Elements of al Qaeda have joined the opposition. Making sure Iran wins however things turn out there. And the Iranian influence is stronger than ever in Libya. When al Qaeda killed the American diplomat in Benghazi the Obama administration made up a story about a YouTube video causing spontaneous protests that led to the ambassador’s death along with three other Americans. To downplay a resurgent al Qaeda during the 2012 election campaign. As they had refused to beef up security in Benghazi as the ambassador requested. Because it would look bad in the 2012 election. Yet the mainstream media did not question these very poor decisions the Obama administration made for political reasons. Instead accepting their position that there was nothing newsworthy in Benghazi. Which they wholeheartedly reported. Refusing to even ask questions. Such as why did they refuse the ambassador’s request for more security? Who edited the talking points for Ambassador Rice used for the Sunday morning shows? Or why is al Qaeda now stronger in the Middle East, North Africa and West Africa after 4 years of the Obama administration that they were during 8 years of the Bush administration? No. They showed no journalistic curiosity. Or integrity. Simply accepting the administration’s statements as fact. While the Middle East and Africa become more dangerous places.
The Mainstream Media is no longer a Free Press for the People but a Propaganda Arm of the Obama Administration
Obamacare is the most sweeping change to the American economy since LBJ’s Great Society. Which was the most sweeping change since FDR’s New Deal. The American Left has always wanted a national health care system. Just like what they have in the United Kingdom. The Left likes to point to their National Health Service (NHS) as the right way to do health care. As does the mainstream media. Yet if you read the British papers their NHS is not all the American Left says it is. Britain’s aging population has caused health care spending to explode. The UK is in the midst of massive budget cuts to bring down health care spending. While the NHS has long tried to deal with chronic problems of long wait times. Rationing. A shortage of doctors and nurses. Even ambulances. Their emergency rooms are overflowing with people with non-emergencies as the NHS closed their neighborhood clinics to reduce costs. And the quality of care has been falling in their hospitals. The problems in the NHS are no secret. All you have to do is pick up a British paper and read about them. For they are ongoing. Yet the mainstream media never reported these problems during the Obamacare debate. Or what passed for a debate. No. They never asked how Obamacare was going to avoid all the problems they were having in the NHS. Which they should have. As the US has an aging population, too. Worse, they have about five times the population the UK has. Guaranteeing any problems they have will be five times worse in the US. Serious questions a good journalist should have asked. But no. They didn’t. Because they support the liberal agenda more than they believe in journalistic integrity. So they only report what helps the administration. While avoiding anything that is critical of them. Or their agenda.
When it comes to economics the mainstream media are all supporters of Keynesian economics. Despite their record of failure. When Nixon decoupled the dollar from gold in 1971 it allowed the government to go all in with Keynesian economics. And they did. Printing so much money that it led to excessive inflation, high unemployment and economic stagnation. Ronald Reagan reversed those Keynesian policies. His administration stopped printing money. And got the government out of the private sector economy. Cutting regulations. As well as tax rates. And economic activity exploded. There was so much economic activity that tax revenue nearly doubled. Even at those lower tax rates. But the mainstream media doesn’t report this. Instead, they revise history. Always supporting Keynesian economic policies as they allow government to expand. So they can implement their leftist agenda. Which is anti-business. Pushing higher regulations. And higher taxes. And whenever anyone talks about Reaganomics they say those cuts in tax rates only increased the deficit. When the historical record clearly shows tax receipts increased. Which they could easily look up (see Table 2.1—RECEIPTS BY SOURCE: 1934–2017). But they don’t. Or chose not to. Preferring to support the liberal agenda. Instead of having journalistic integrity.
The mainstream media today is no longer a free press for the people. They are an extension of the Democrat Party. At least the liberal wing of the Democrat Party. More of a propaganda arm of the Obama administration. That is more interested in changing the country than keeping our politicians honest. Or reporting the facts. They are fiercely partisan. Or they are just not very smart. Either woefully ignorant of the material they report on. Or so in the bag for the Obama administration that they will report falsehoods as truth. The kind of thing that isn’t a big deal in a totalitarian regime. But a pretty big deal in a free country with a government that continues to try to exceed its constitutional authority. For a free press is the vanguard of a free country. Keeping the politicians honest so they can’t exceed their constitutional authority. And if the journalists aren’t going to do their job by the time we find out what our politicians are doing it will be too late. As we now have Obamacare as law. Which passed on partisan lines. With enough moderates and independents voting for Obamacare as few in America knew of all the problems the British were having with their national health care. Today it’s Obamacare. Tomorrow it may be gun control. Or a war in the Middle East thanks to a resurgent al Qaeda. And a growing Iranian influence. Thanks to such a poor job in foreign policy that if the mainstream media had reported it honestly President Obama may not have won reelection. And four Americans may not have died in Benghazi.
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