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.
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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
Another Big Reason why College Tuition has been Soaring is because of Public Sector Unions
College tuition is rising. With increases greater than the rate of inflation. With some tuition costs growing greater than costs in health care. There are many reasons for this. Unlike private sector business colleges cannot produce more with less. That is, they cannot use productivity gains to educate more students with fewer professors. Auto manufacturers can use robots to replace people on the assembly line. Reducing wage, pension and health care costs. The biggest costs that go into a car.
Universities are big campuses with lots of buildings that basically do one thing. Sit students down in front of a professor. This hasn’t change since the first days of higher education. The only things that have changed are the buildings are a lot nicer. And university employees all have better pay, pensions and health care than they used to have. Which is why tuition costs keep rising. For universities, unlike auto manufacturers, can’t speed up their assembly lines by using robots instead of people. But it’s not only the auto manufacturers and the universities that have high labor, pension and health care costs.
Another big reason why university tuition has been soaring is because of public sector unions. Who have negotiated some extremely generous union contracts. Cities and states everywhere are drowning under the costs of their labor, pension and health care costs. Forcing them to cut back spending elsewhere to pay for those generous public sector union contracts. So they’re cutting back on their subsidies for higher education. And what the state cuts the universities just tack on to the student’s tuition bill.
Universities lure High School Kids into College with Promises of a Big Paycheck for an Easy Degree
Today’s tuition costs will saddle a student with the kind of debt that can pay for a house. A very big house. One of those McMansions. Depending on where you go to college. Which is all well and fine if a student gets a high-paying job after graduating. Sadly, though, a lot aren’t. A lot are taking jobs that they could have gotten out of high school. Without that massive student loan debt. Debt they will be paying for a long, long time. Making it very difficult for them to buy a house and start a family. And the reason for this is too many students are taking degrees with no market value in a high-tech economy.
Today’s businesses are looking for people with a strong science and math background. For this is what businesses in a high-tech economy need. Not people with degrees in anthropology. Philosophy. Women’s studies. Art history. Comparative literature. Communication. Or a myriad of other degrees that a business just can’t use. Yet our universities are selling these degrees. Telling their prospective students who don’t want the heavy math load a science and engineering degree requires that these other degrees are just as good. And that they, too, can have that big paycheck. Just like engineers and chemists and doctors and physicists. All they need is a student loan. And the world can be their oyster.
So these kids starting their adult lives start that life by making one of the worst decisions of their lives. Because they really want to go to college. For the fun. Universities lure these high school kids into higher education. Appealing to them as adults. Who can live away from home out from under the judgmental eyes of their parents. For on a college campus there is a lot of fun to be had. Sex. Drugs. Alcohol. And health services. Such as birth control and access to abortion services. For all the consequence-free fun a high school graduate could ever ask for. This is the bait. And all they have to do to have all of that grownup fun is to borrow enormous sums of money that they will probably never be able to pay back.
Liberals say You should Never Rush to Judgment, Especially if we can’t Blame Conservatives
For the universities, though, it’s not just the money. For their curriculum is the product of those Sixties’ radicals. Who tried to overthrow capitalism. And replace it with communism. As they were never able to incite the workers’ revolt in the United States they changed tack. And continued their revolution from the inside. By becoming college professors. Who eventually got tenure. And went on to write the curriculum. Basically an anti-capitalist, America is responsible for all the world’s problems and an anti-religious/anti-tradition curriculum. Hence the socially liberal campus where anything goes. And those college degrees that have no market value. That advanced a relentless attack on capitalism and business. And made their students eschew American greatness.
This curriculum has helped President Obama win reelection despite a horrific economic record. And a brutal attack on the American mission in Benghazi. The result of a failed foreign policy that tried to make nice with America’s enemies. Who have been trying—and at times succeeding—to kill Americans. The Fort Hood shooting by a radical Islamist. The underwear bomber (failed Islamist plot). The Times Square bomber (failed Islamist plot). As well as other smaller and lesser known incidents. Both successful and failed Islamist plots. Then Benghazi. And the death of 4 Americans. Despite earlier witnessing an increase of anti-Western violence in the city. A resurgent al Qaeda. And an anniversary date holy to radical Islam. 9/11. The U.S. mission in Benghazi requested additional security. The Obama administration denied it as it would not fit the 2012 campaign meme. ‘Osama bin Laden is dead. And General Motors is alive.’ President Obama had won the War on Terror with the killing of bin Laden. Therefore, they couldn’t have a terrorist attack in Benghazi before the 2012 election. So the Obama administration made up the story about an anti-Islamic YouTube video that led to a spontaneous protest in front of the U.S. mission. A protest that naturally got out of hand when the people pulled RPGs and mortars out of their pockets and started a military assault on the American compound.
The Obama administration then started to disseminate the lie. They sent Secretary Rice to the Sunday morning television shows with severely edited talking points to downplay any role of radical Islam. Then President Obama and Secretary Clinton made numerous public statements denouncing that YouTube video. Even made a video to air in Pakistan. And the mainstream media, the product of that anti-capitalist, America is responsible for all the world’s problems and anti-religious/anti-tradition curriculum never questioned anything. They just dutifully carried the administration’s water. And now that signs of a cover-up are coming out the administration is saying the only reason why they made any edits to those talking points was to prevent anyone from rushing to judgment. Something they say we should never do. Especially if we can’t blame conservatives. Or Christians. Like they did with the YouTube video that proved to be a red herring. And as they—and their friends in the mainstream media—have rushed to judgment in the past. By quickly blaming radical conservatives for every other massacre. Only to see it turn out to be someone who wasn’t a conservative. But a radical Islamist(s) instead. Or someone suffering from mental illness.
Of course this wouldn’t be possible without higher education. Where college is more about making Democrat voters than giving students marketable skills. One could even blame those deaths in Benghazi on that anti-capitalist, America is responsible for all the world’s problems and anti-religious/anti-tradition curriculum. (As well as being the reason why these kids can’t find any high-paying jobs; the vote for anti-business Democrat candidates whose policies discourage economic growth.) Because protecting Americans in Benghazi would have been bad for the Democrats in 2012. So perhaps we should be addressing the high cost of higher education. And follow the example of the automotive industry. By producing more graduates with fewer professors. And put an end to the liberal Shangri la of the college campus. By replacing the bulk of higher education with online studies. For if a 15-year old girl can make medical decisions about the morning after pill by reading the contents of the packaging without consulting a doctor or parent then she can get her higher education online. Without all the fun. Or student loan debt.
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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.
Tags: Al Qaeda, American Revolutionary War, Benghazi, Boston marathon, conservative, dirty laundry, federal government, free press, George W. Bush, government in a distance land, Islamists, journalist, mainstream media, Osama bin Laden, partisan, President Obama, propaganda, radical conservative, radical Islam, radical Islamists, speaking truth to power, tabloid journalism, unscrupulous politician, War on Terror, YouTube video
Week in Review
After the Boston marathon bombing all we’re hearing from those on the left and in the mainstream media is that it was a terrorist attack. And probably not related to the bombers’ religion. Islam. Even though the bombers were ethnic Chechens. Who lived for a time in Dagestan. Where Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older brother, lived for 6 months last year. But what does that mean? It’s not like Dagestan is a hotbed of Islamist extremism (see Two militants shot dead in Russia’s Dagestan by Alexei Anishchuk posted 4/24/2013 on Reuters).
Security officers shot dead two suspected militants in Russia’s volatile North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, the epicenter of an Islamist insurgency, the National Anti-Terrorist Committee said on Wednesday.
Moscow is struggling to quell the persistent attacks by Islamist militants more than a decade after it fought two separatist wars in the adjacent republic of Chechnya.
Well, I guess that’s exactly what Dagestan is. A hotbed of Islamist extremism. Nay, the epicenter of an Islamist insurgency. Where Tamerlan lived for 6 months. And from some accounts wanted to stay in Dagestan. The epicenter of an Islamist insurgency. Just so he could spend time with his mom and dad. Apparently.
At least this was what those on the left and in the mainstream media would have you believe. Because they can’t say things like ‘Islamist extremism’. ‘Muslim terrorist’. ‘Islamist militants’. Or ‘radical Islam’. For one it doesn’t fit the narrative. President Obama killed Osama bin Laden. Winning the War on Terror. And when you won that war you can’t refer to your vanquished enemy as if they still exist. So that’s one reason. Another reason is that the American left just hates Christianity so much that they want to show nothing but tolerance to Islam. Because Islam hates Christianity, too.
And then there’s that other reason. President Obama was going to kill them with kindness. Sort of like FDR with Joseph Stalin. Who was going to make Stalin like him. And once he did FDR was going to turn on that FDR charm to get whatever he wanted from him. (Ironically, it was Stalin who got everything he wanted from FDR). Which was what President Obama was going to do. For he was sure the only reason why radical Islam was attacking America was because of George W. Bush. Bush made the Islamists hate America by acting so tough and mean to them. So President Obama was going to show them the softer side America. (The side that didn’t have drones raining down death on the occasional innocent bystander). A George W. Bush-free side of America. And turn on the Obama charm. It just couldn’t fail. And it would have worked, too, if only it hadn’t failed.
Islamists hate us. And want to kill us. Case in point the Boston Marathon bombing. This despite Osama bin Laden being dead. And President Obama’s charm. In fact, they don’t respect President Obama. They respect George W. Bush. But not president Obama. Because tough and mean they respect. But displays of weakness? They look at that with contempt. Which is why terrorist activity increased during the Obama presidency. Because they just don’t respect a man dripping with weakness. And you just can’t drip more weakness than when you go out of your way so as not to offend the people trying to kill you.
Tags: bombers, Boston marathon, Chechens, Dagestan, George W. Bush, Islam, Islamist extremism, Islamist insurgency, Islamist militants, Islamists, Osama bin Laden, radical Islam, terrorist attack
Osama bin Laden may be Dead but Islamic Extremism is on the Rise
It didn’t take long to blame America for the Boston Marathon bombings. Before we knew who the bombers were those on the left were hoping and praying that the bombers were radical conservatives. A rightwing militia nut. Or a member of the Tea party. Anyone but a Muslim. And when we learned that the bombers were Muslim the Left found new ways to blame America. For the left hates conservatives. And for some reason has a soft spot for radical Islamists. Radical Islam is not to blame for the bombings. The War in Afghanistan is. The Iraq War. And all of those drone strikes. In general it’s this imperial aggression of America that is to blame. Not this poor 19-year old kid and his brother. And until we learn this we are going to keep radicalizing innocent 19-year old kids. Making them place bombs next to 8-year old boys.
The Americans helped liberate Libya from Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Who had become an American ally in the War on Terror after the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Despite this we helped the rebels based in Benghazi overthrow Gaddafi. Who they eventually caught. And killed without a trial. Since then Benghazi grew into a hotbed of anti-Western Islamic radicalism. Despite the West having helped them overthrow Gaddafi. It got so bad that after an attempt on the life of the British ambassador the British pulled out of Benghazi. While the American ambassador asked his superiors for additional security. Which his superiors denied. Because President Obama had won the War on Terror. Osama bin Laden is dead. And General Motors is alive. This was their campaign slogan. We should reelect the president because he won the War on Terror. By killing bin Laden. It was just like President George W. Bush on that aircraft carrier. This was President Obama’s ‘mission accomplished’ banner. And he just couldn’t jeopardize his reelection chances by increasing security to protect the American diplomatic mission against a vanquished enemy.
So this is one reason why the left has a soft spot for radical Islamists. To say we have a problem with radical Islamism would bring this horrible policy record to light. Which they really didn’t want to do for it finally made the left look tough on national security. For they have appeared weak on national defense since LBJ. And they didn’t like LBJ being tough on national defense. Which is why they emasculated the Defense Department afterwards. Which was all well and fine with those on the left until our enemies started attacking us. Giving the Republicans the advantage in elections during times when there were threats to national security. But killing Osama bin Laden changed that. Finally it was the left that demonstrated strength in national security. For they won the War on Terror by killing Osama bin Laden. Or so they believed. Thus negating one of the Republican’s campaign advantages. Which not only helped George W. Bush win reelection. But it helped President Obama win reelection. Despite one of the worst economic recoveries in U.S. history. And a pretty poor foreign policy record. He may have killed America’s number one enemy, Osama bin Laden, but he did nothing to help the Iranians overthrow their oppressive dictatorship. America’s new number one enemy. But he did help overthrow longtime American ally Hosni Mubarak. And now Egypt is under control of the Muslim Brotherhood. Who is closely allied with Iran. And our thanks for helping the Libyans overthrow their oppressor? We’re seeing al Qaeda gaining strength in Libya. Who killed our ambassador. And three other Americans. So the president’s foreign policy is making the Middle East a less safe place. And more anti-American. But Osama bin Laden is dead. And General Motors is alive.
The American Left fears American Conservatism more than Islamic Extremism
With the capture of 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev President Obama was anxious to downplay the bombers’ religion. That we shouldn’t rush to judgment just because the bombers were Muslim. He didn’t even use words like ‘Islamist’ or ‘Islamist terrorist’. For he has worked hard to convince the American people that there is no militant Islamist element still trying to kill Americans because of their religion. And when two radical Islamists killed and maimed Americans because of their religion he lectured Americans sternly not to make anything of this fact.
“In this age of instant reporting, tweets, and blogs, there’s a temptation to latch on to any bit of information sometimes to jump to conclusions. When a tragedy like this happens, with public safety at risk and the stakes so high, it’s important that we do this right. That’s why we have investigations. That’s why we relentlessly gather the facts, that’s why we have courts. That’s why we take care not to rush to judgment, not about the motivations of these individuals and certainly not about entire groups of people,” he said.
And this despite Islamic extremism in the United States increasing during his presidency. According to Wikipedia during the 8 years of George W. bush there were 5 Islamist terrorist attacks and 10 failed plots.
While during about 4 years of the Obama presidency things got worse.
*Not included on original source cited. See Benghazi attack.
During the approximate 4 years of the Obama administration there have been 4 Islamist terrorist attacks and 18 failed plots. So clearly Islamist extremism is getting worse. Not better. And yet all we hear from this administration and their allies in the mainstream media is that Islam is a religion of peace. While the real enemy to fear is American conservatism. Despite the record clearly showing that the thing to fear is Islamic extremism. For it is Muslim terrorists killing Americans every chance they get. Not American conservatives. So why is it that the American left has such a soft spot for radical Islamists?
The Adage ‘the Enemy of my Enemy is my Friend’ has brought Radical Islamists and the American Left Together
During the 2012 presidential election the most important things to women were free birth control and abortion. According to the Democrats. Who advanced the idea about a Republican war on women. When George Stephanopoulos asked Mitt Romney if he wanted to take birth control away from women. The next thing you knew birth control and abortion were women’s health issues. And if women didn’t vote Democrat they would die from an epidemic of cancer and never have sex again unless they were in some loveless marriage making babies instead of enjoying a career. The ultimate goal of this strategy? If the left can turn people away from Christianity they can turn people away from the Republican party. For while a lot of people identify themselves as fiscally conservative a lot of these same people still identify themselves as socially liberal. And the more they can drive a wedge between these two groups within the Republican Party the more socially liberal Republicans they can push into the Democrat Party. Hence the relentless assault on Christianity. Who they identify as controlling the Republican Party. This Religious Right. Who they paint as wanting to return women back to a time when they were obedient wives serving their masters. Like they were in the Fifties. This is what piety and morality was all about. Controlling women. And the only way to prevent this from happening was to allow women to have sex outside of marriage. For if they can do that and have a career they would have no need for a husband. This was real freedom. And this was what the Republican Party and the Religious Right were against. All the left had to do was to get these socially liberals to see this simple fact. And they found a very simple way of doing that. Sex.
The Left likes having their sex. It’s what defined them in the Sixties when they kicked off the sexual revolution. These baby boomers were so into personal gratification that they earned the moniker the Me generation. During the Seventies they enjoyed their swinging life style. Drugs. And casual sex. A lot of it. With a lot of different partners. Even married couples were getting into the action with open marriages and wife swapping. It was a time of anything goes. Whatever felt good they did. No matter how much Christianity disapproved of it. And were vocal about it. Which fueled the left’s hatred of Christianity. Who are always trying to judge them. Telling them how they should live their lives. Which just frosts their shorts on the left. So they flaunted their lifestyles in front of Christians. Mocked Christians. Belittled them in television and the movies. Insulting them with blasphemous images they call art. Attacked their traditions. And tried to remove any signs of Christianity from public life. They removed it from our schools. And banned Christ from Christmas displays. When they weren’t trying to attack Christianity they were trying to change it. By making Catholics hand out free birth control in their institutions. Including the abortion pill. And demanding that they changed church doctrine to recognize same-sex marriage.
So the left is no friend of Christianity. Which brings us to why they have such a soft spot for radical Islamists. For they hate Christianity as much as they do. And you know what they say. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. So they relish radical Islam’s hatred of Christianity. Despite radical Islam hating the lifestyle of the Godless left more than Christians. And having a real war on women. A brutal one at that. Even condoning the honor killing of women. But the left overlooks all of this and tells us we mustn’t rush to judgment whenever radical Islam kills Americans. But we should be scared of conservative Republicans. Because they may make us pay for own birth control. Or may actually put the abortion issue up to a vote of the people. Instead of leaving it to the whims of liberal Supreme Court justices. A fate too horrible even to consider on the left. So they attack Republicans. And Christianity. As well as make Faustian bargains with radical Islam. But in radical Islam’s seething hatred of America it is the left’s lifestyle they hate most. And while the radical Islamists are enjoying the free pass they’re getting from the American left it doesn’t mean they like them. They may tolerate them. Because the enemy of my enemy is my friend. But that tolerance will be short-lived. For radical Islam is about as tolerant as the American left.
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Week in Review
Osama bin Laden is dead and GM is alive. This was the constant refrain during the 2012 presidential election. The Obama team spiked the Osama bin Laden football to no end. And stated victory in the war with al Qaeda. Saying al Qaeda was on the ropes. On the path to destruction. It was President Obama’s George W. Bush (W) ‘Mission Accomplished’ moment. The war was over. And President Obama won it. The enemy, al Qaeda, is no more. At least that’s what President Obama says. But then you read things like this (see US doesn’t feel stakes in Mali ‘as intensely’ as France by Jon FROSCH posted 1/19/2013 on France24).
In the days following the start of France’s offensive against al Qaeda-inspired groups in Mali on January 11, top US officials offered strong statements of support.
“We have a responsibility to go after al Qaeda wherever they are,” US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters during a trip to Europe, while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acknowledged that “instability in Mali has created the opportunity for a staging base and safe haven for terrorists”.
The US has offered logistical support (airlift assistance, reinforced intelligence and supplies to French and African forces) to French operations in the country’s former colony. But it has made no decision yet as to whether it will provide surveillance drones or aerial refuelling for French jets, as requested by France. Furthermore, the authorities have said there are no plans to send in American troops.
Indeed, the US response to unrest in Mali has been measured, even as American citizens are being held hostage by Islamist militants in neighbouring Algeria.
Apparently al Qaeda is not on the ropes after all. They’re toppling governments. Taking hostages. Storming consulate buildings in Benghazi. And killing U.S. ambassadors. Of course, the last was explained away by the Obama administration as being a spontaneous reaction to a YouTube video. Which it wasn’t. No, al Qaeda is not on the ropes. One could even say they are growing stronger under President Obama’s watch. For no American ambassadors were killed on W’s watch. And no hostages were taken.
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Workers Enthusiastically Supported the Nazi Party because it had the Word ‘Workers’ in It
Adolf Hitler joined the German Workers’ Party (DAP) in 1919. The party platform included nationalist, anti-capitalist and anti-Marxist policy positions. As well as being anti-Semitic. A socialist party where everyone was equal. Unless you were a Jew. Something Hitler could wrap his arms around. As he would blame the Jews for Germany’s loss in World War I. A war in which Hitler served as a messenger. Even got awarded for bravery. And he would later blame the bad German economy on the Jews as well. Having a scapegoat is very important if you want dictatorial powers. For you have to attack someone as you really can’t run on a platform of wanting dictatorial power so you can oppress your people. The DAP became the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP). And Hitler designed the party banner. Creating the swastika. And the Nazi Party.
Now there isn’t a whole lot of difference between socialism and Marxism. They are both about sharing the wealth and both are anti-capitalist. The real reason Hitler hated Marxism is that they were a strong contender for power in Germany. Power that Hitler wanted for his National Socialists. And for him. Which he consolidated by scapegoating, lying and using his personal charisma. Another important quality for one aspiring to be a dictator. To create a cult of personality. Hero worship. You have to be able to charm the masses so they don’t look that close at your policies. Or your record. Germans voted Hitler into office. He didn’t seize power. They fell in love with him. But they had no idea what they were voting for. World War. Genocide. He just moved them so much that they were willing to trust him fully. Even when some began to learn about what was happening at the death camps or what the Einsatzgruppen (mobile killing squads) were doing on the Eastern Front they told themselves that the Führer was doing what he had to do to protect the German people. Or, at the least, they blamed these atrocities on excesses of the SS and not their beloved Fuehrer. Or simply chose not to believe these reports.
The Nazis created an employment boom coming off of the Great Depression. With massive public works projects. And an aggressive rearmament program to prepare for World War II. The war economy made industry hum. Paid for with funds confiscated from enemies of the state. And through massive monetary expansion. That is, they printed a lot of money. Causing a lot of price inflation which raised the cost of living for the working German. Businesses were buried in red tape. The Nazi state controlled everything. Including the private sector. Complying with Nazi regulations took up about half of all communications for those in business. As one task could require up to 40 forms. Probably in triplicate. The Nazis shut down small businesses and small corporations. Wanting to deal only with big industry. So they could better control the businesses. And the workers. Business people once warmly supported Hitler during the ascent of his power only to discover later that Hitler was ruining German industry. Making them to regret their previous support. As did the workers. Who enthusiastically supported a party that had the word ‘workers’ in it. Only to see higher prices. Lower wages. Longer hours. No collective bargaining. No right to strike. High income taxes. Compulsory contributions for sickness, unemployment and disability insurance. Union dues (for a union that represented the state, not the worker). As time passed they even lost the ability to quit their job. Or change jobs. Being forever chained to the job the state chose for them. Which worked well to maximize industrial output. And to prepare for war.
After 9/11 George W. Bush kept America Safe from another al Qaeda Attack while he was in Office
America’s problem with radical Islam probably dates back to the Iranian Hostage Crisis (1979). Then came the United States Embassy Bombing (1983) in Beirut. And then the Beirut Barracks Bombing (1983) that killed 241 Americans. Who were there in a peace-keeping mission during the Lebanese Civil War. To be neutral referees between the warring Muslim and Christian sides. Where the Muslims felt that although the Americans claimed neutrality in the conflict they leaned Christian. Hence the bombing of the Barracks. There was no real American retaliation for the attack. As they weren’t certain who was responsible. With other threats to American forces President Reagan eventually abandoned the mission and pulled out US forces. One person took great interest in this American response to terror. Osama bin Laden. Who learned the following lesson. When Americans suffer casualties they quit.
Islamist attacks (and plans for attacks) against American targets increased during the Nineties. Perhaps the most shocking being the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing. An attempt to topple the Twin Towers that failed. Then came the New York City Landmark Bomb Plot (1993). The Khobar Towers Bombing (1996). The United States Embassy Bombings (1998). The Millennium Attack Plots (2000). The USS Cole Bombing (2000). Then 9/11. An attempt to topple the Twin Towers that succeeded. Until 9/11 we treated all of these events as criminal offences. Not acts of war. We talked about bringing these people to justice. In a court of law. Despite bin Laden having declared war against the United States back in 1996. Well, after 9/11 George W. Bush declared war against Osama bin Laden. And his terrorist organization. Al Qaeda.
Bush attacked bin Laden’s safe haven in Afghanistan. Chasing him underground. Bush invaded Iraq. In part to pressure Saudi Arabia to crack down on the Wahhabi in their kingdom financing al Qaeda as the Saudis feared Iran filling any power void in Iraq. Which made American success in Iraq important to the Saudis. (The Wahhabi hated the Saudi Royal family as much as they hated America. While the Saudis had to tread lightly around the Wahhabi lest they provoke a civil war in the kingdom). It worked. Bush captured Islamist terrorists and sent them to a detention center at the US Naval facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Interrogating them for intelligence. As enemy combatants. Not as people with American Constitutional protections. Which helped to thwart future terrorist plots. Causing the Islamist world to hate George W. Bush with a passion. But he kept America safe from another al Qaeda attack while he was in office.
If Adolf Hitler and Osama bin Laden were Alive Today they would likely Endorse Barack Obama and Joe Biden
Things changed under President Obama. Who also hated George W. Bush. Blaming him for the Muslim hatred against America. So he tried to offer a softer, friendly face to the Muslim world. He stopped using the term ‘War on Terror’. He wanted to try some 9/11 terrorists in the civilian court system in New York City. Instead of by military tribunal. He said the US would no longer torture people. And promised to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. When a radical Muslim in the US Army killed fellow soldiers on an Army base because of America’s ‘crimes against Islam’ the president called that workplace violence. Not terrorism. A lot of these things the Islamists liked. But President Obama also killed indiscriminately with unmanned drones. Anyone killed that wasn’t on the kill-list was deemed an enemy combatant. So collateral damage of innocents was greatly reduced. By simply calling everyone killed an enemy combatant. And by killing all terrorist and terrorist-adjacent people there were no prisoners to house. But there was also no intelligence to gather. Which had its drawbacks.
Years of interrogations and intelligence gathering eventually located Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. When advised President Obama gave the ‘go’ order to kill him. So in one day the president killed bin Laden. Defeated al Qaeda. And ended the War on Terror. Something the president likes to say over and over again. A never ending spiking of the football. This relentless bragging and the unmanned drone attacks inflamed the Islamist world. Providing a great recruiting tool for al Qaeda. Possibly being the impetus for the attacks on the American embassy in Benghazi. Which was left poorly protected. Even after the American ambassador requested additional protection. Especially around the anniversary of 9/11. But someone in the Obama administration denied the request because President Obama had killed Osama bin Laden. And defeated al Qaeda. And having to beef up security in Benghazi would have gone against that narrative. So they didn’t.
So if Adolf Hitler and Osama bin Laden were alive today who would they endorse in the 2012 election? Well, Hitler would have liked the Democrat attacks on rich people. Seeing that as good scapegoating. He would be impressed by the cult of personality around President Obama. Though it wasn’t as good as his. He would like the attack on capitalists and the massive government interference into the private sector. And the high income taxes and regulations. As well as those public works projects. Those roads and bridges. No doubt Hitler would have liked a lot of what he saw in the Obama administration. Though, perhaps, he would be confused as the ultimate purpose of this massive power grab. And Osama bin Laden? Well, he hated George W. Bush. President Obama may have killed him but it was all that War on Terror stuff that brought the Americans to him in Pakistan. He would prefer the Obama light touch over the Bush hammer. And he’d probably prefer his people getting killed by drones instead of being captured and pumped for information. Like the guy that gave up a name that eventually led the SEALs to his hiding place. And he would just love the opportunity to speak in a US court. Something that just wouldn’t have happened under Bush. Finally he would have liked the naïveté and arrogance of President Obama. Which would have given him a target-rich environment. Like Benghazi. If Adolf Hitler and Osama bin Laden were alive today they would likely endorse the Democrat candidates Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
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JFK did all the Democrat things to Stimulate the Economy out of Recession but none of it Worked
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK) was a Cold War warrior. Not to mention a World War II combat veteran. He warned Nikita Khrushchev that any Soviet interference with U.S. access to West Berlin (located behind the Iron Curtain in East Germany) would be an act of war. Which meant a nuclear war with the USSR. The Soviets responded by building the Berlin Wall between East and West Berlin. Blocking free passage between East and West. JFK authorized the Bay of Pigs Invasion to topple the Soviet-backed Castro government in Cuba. The invasion failed for the lack of air support. Castro feared another US invasion. Shortly thereafter the Soviets installed intermediate-range ballistic missiles in Cuba. To counter US missiles placed in Turkey. Once discovered JFK ordered a quarantine of Cuba. A US naval blockade. Leading to the Cuban Missile Crisis. And the closest the US and the USSR ever came to all out nuclear war. Khrushchev and JFK finally resolved the crisis. Khrushchev agreed to remove their missiles with a public US guarantee that they would never invade Cuba. And a private promise to remove those US missiles from Turkey.
JFK sent the Special Forces to South Vietnam to stem the spread of communism in Southeast Asia. He also initiated the coup that toppled the government of Ngo Dinh Diem (though he did not call for his assassination). Leading to America’s long involvement in the Vietnam War. And Kennedy’s Secretary of Defense helped make all of this military action possible. Robert McNamara. One of the ‘Whiz Kids’ who helped to rebuild the Ford Motor Company. And he ran the Department of Defense like he ran Ford. By the numbers. He made it more efficient. Saving a lot of money from the existing budget. While JFK added an additional $8 billion (about $58 billion in 2011 dollars) of defense spending. Paying for a lot of the weapons a Cold War warrior needed. However, he was still concerned about the size of the deficit. So JFK also included some domestic spending cuts to help offset the increases in defense spending. But it wasn’t enough. He had a deficit. Worse, he had a recession.
JFK did all the Democrat things to stimulate the economy out of recession. Typical Keynesian economics stuff. Government spending. And keeping interest rates artificially low. But it wasn’t working. One of the problems was that Keynesian stimulus just doesn’t work. But another problem was the baby boom following the war. Who grew up and were looking for jobs in the Sixties. That just weren’t there. He needed some really solid economic growth to create those jobs. And for that he turned to supply-side economics. What we would later call Reaganomics. He created a more business-friendly environment. He offered businesses tax credits for investments in new machinery and equipment. He accelerated depreciation schedules, allowing businesses to expense their assets more quickly. Which encouraged investment into new assets. And he proposed tax cuts on both business AND personal income. It worked. Unleashing an economic boom that lasted until 1966.
When Reagan entered Office he did what JFK did and created a Business-Friendly Environment
Ronald Reagan was a Cold War warrior. While President Carter pursued a policy of detente with the Soviet Union Reagan’s policy was more in keeping with JFK’s policy. He called the Soviet Union the Evil Empire and pursued a goal of destroying it. And like Kennedy he built up a strong military. Reagan invaded Grenada when hard-line communists overthrew a moderate socialist government. While there were Cuban construction workers and military personnel building a 10,000 foot reinforced runway. Which would be handy for the Soviets to use in their Central American activities. Which Reagan also opposed in Nicaragua. As he helped the Mujahideen resist the Soviets in Afghanistan. Reagan revived the Carter-canceled B-1 Lancer bomber program. He introduced the MX intercontinental ballistic missile program. And when the Soviets deployed SS-20 intermediate-range ballistic missiles Reagan deployed Pershing medium-range ballistic missiles in West Germany. Then he took it up a notch and introduced a strategic ballistic missiles defense system. The Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). When Reagan gave a speech at the Berlin Wall’s Brandenburg Gate with Mikhail Gorbachev in attendance he said, “General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
The Soviets couldn’t keep up with the spending as their command economy was a mess. It was a different story in America. In fact, it was Morning in America. Not only did the Americans spend the Soviets to the brink of collapse they did that in what those on the Left call the Decade of Greed. Because economic times were so good there was excessive materialistic consumption. So while the Soviets stood in line for soap and toilet paper the Americans enjoyed Sony Walkmans, CD players, VCRs, new cars, big houses and all the delicious food you could eat. Americans had a weight problem. While the Soviets had a malnutrition problem. The Soviet Union would collapse about 3 years after Reagan left office. George H. W. Bush, Reagan’s vice president, having the honor to be in office at the end of the Soviet Union.
Like JFK Reagan also had a recession. As he entered office following the disaster of the Carter presidency. Carter did all of the Keynesian stuff like JFK. Using inflation to try to end unemployment. Which only gave the nation high inflation and high unemployment. Stagflation. And malaise. But unlike JFK Carter refused to try something different when it didn’t work. When Reagan entered office, though, he did what JFK did. He created a business-friendly environment. That included tax cuts. Tax cuts that stimulated economic activity. So much economic activity that federal tax receipts went up even though tax rates went down. So Reagan’s deficits weren’t a revenue problem. They were a spending problem. Much like they are today. Much like they always are.
If JFK and Ronald Reagan were Alive Today they would likely Endorse the Republican Candidates Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan
The attacks on 9/11 didn’t just happen. It was the last in a chain of events. There was the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing. The New York City Landmark Bomb Plot (1993). The Khobar Towers Bombing (1996). The United States Embassy Bombings (1998). The Millennium Attack Plots (2000). The USS Cole Bombing (2000). Then 9/11. Until 9/11 we treated all of these events as criminal offences. Not acts of war. While Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda acted from the start as if they were fighting a war. Not breaking the law. President Obama is also reluctant to call these radical Islamist attacks war. When a radical Muslim in the US Army killed fellow soldiers on an Army base because of America’s ‘crimes against Islam’ the president called that workplace violence. And when an American ambassador asked for additional security in Benghazi someone in the Obama administration denied the request because President Obama had killed Osama bin Laden. And defeated al Qaeda. Having to beef up security to defend against a growing al Qaeda presence, though, would have gone against that narrative of defeating al Qaeda.
The current so-called economic recovery is about the weakest on record. Despite doing the normal Keynesian things to revive the economy. Including an almost trillion dollar stimulus package. Leading to record deficits. Money the government had to borrow. Borrowing which required an increase in the official debt ceiling. This excessive debt and government spending cause the first downgrade of US sovereign debt. All of this to fix the economy. Only the economy is not fixed. And the people who can’t find a full time job holds steady at 14.7% (U-6 unemployment rate).
So if JFK and Ronald Reagan were alive today who would they support in the 2012 election? Who would a couple of Cold War warriors who risked nuclear war to protect the United States support? These practitioners of supply-side economics who brought their economies out of recession to record economic growth? Probably not the candidates foolishly hanging on to failed Keynesian policies despite a real unemployment rate of 14.7%. Or the ones refusing to accept that we are still being targeted and killed by al Qaeda and other radical Islamist elements in the ongoing War on Terror. No. If JFK and Ronald Reagan were alive today they would likely endorse the Republican candidates Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
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Week in Review
If you’ve been paying attention to the US presidential campaign you probably have heard that President Obama killed Osama bin Laden. And defeated al Qaeda. This was May 2, 2011. Which is why the Benghazi attack took this administration by surprise. And why they were reluctant at one time to call it a terrorist attack. For with the killing of bin Laden the War on Terror was over. Was this just an isolated incident? Or was al Qaeda keeping busy even with the death of Osama bin Laden? As it turns out, yes. In fact, it was business as usual for some in the immediate months following bin Laden’s death (see ‘Terror suspect trio plotted to massacre crowds using a car fitted with knives and detonating eight suicide bombs in attack bigger than July 7′ by Chris Greenwood posted 10/22/2012 on the Daily Mail).
Three British Muslims were accused yesterday of plotting a suicide bomb attack designed to wreak more devastation than the July 7 attacks.
The Al Qaeda-inspired trio masterminded a conspiracy to detonate eight home-made rucksack devices, a court was told.
They bragged how the attacks would have caused ‘mass deaths’ in crowded areas. One of the men was secretly recorded saying the 2005 London attacks had ‘gone a bit wrong’ because the killers forgot to put nails in their bombs.
They also discussed mass poisoning and fixing blades to the wheels of a vehicle before driving it into a crowd of people, and boasted their plot would be ‘another 9/11’.
The trio raised thousands of pounds to fund the plot by posing as street collectors for the humanitarian charity Muslim Aid, the jury was told. Two of the men are alleged to have travelled to Pakistan to attend a terrorist camp and received training with explosives, weapons and poisons. They are said to have recorded ‘martyrdom videos’ explaining their actions which were to be released to the media after their deaths…
Two of the men – unemployed graduate Irfan Naseer, 31, and former security guard Irfan Khalid, 27 – are accused of twice travelling to terrorist camps in Pakistan. They spent 15 months learning how to make bombs, use weapons and create poisons ‘for the sole purpose’ of bringing their knowledge to Britain and using it, the court heard.
When they returned in July 2011, they teamed up with Ashik Ali, 27, whose ground-floor flat was transformed into a safe house to experiment with explosive chemicals. The court heard Naseer was recorded agreeing with another man that July 7 had ‘gone a bit wrong’ because the bombers did not use nails.
Naseer, a heavily-built man known as ‘Chubbs’, used knowledge from his pharmacy degree to mix the chemicals. He bought an instant cold pack, in the mistaken belief it contained ammonium nitrate.
The men were recorded talking about training with AK-47 assault rifles and grenades as well as firing a rocket launcher and the vehicle blade plot, which was in the Al Qaeda magazine, Inspire…
The terrorist cell was allegedly inspired by internet videos and the writings of Osama Bin Laden and US-born Yemeni extremist Anwar Al-Awlaki, who was killed in a drone strike 12 days after the suspects were arrested.
These men were in Pakistan when President Obama killed Osama bin Laden. So they must have known of his death. And the end of the War on Terror. Yet they returned to England and continued their planning and preparations. Lucky for the British that they didn’t let their guard down. For it appears radical British Muslims in Britain didn’t get the memo that the War on Terror was over. Which is why the British pulled their people out of Benghazi as the radical Islamists were increasing their attacks against Western targets.
The world is still not a safe place. Al Qaeda is not defeated. And the War on Terror continues on. Where some of the Islamists are still trying to inflict another 9/11 on the West. And this after the death of bin Laden. Which explains the rise of Islamist violence in Benghazi. And the death of four Americans. Casualties in a war that the Americans had declared victory in that the other side never acknowledged.
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