At the close of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Dr. James McHenry, a Maryland delegate, followed Benjamin Franklin from Independence Hall. He recorded a question asked by a lady, directed at Dr. Franklin.

The lady asked, "Well Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?"

"A republic," replied Dr. Franklin, "if you can keep it."


"The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities." - Ayn Rand

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Is the FBI in Benghazi?

The short answer is that no, the FBI isn't there.

Two senior U.S. officials said the Obama administration internally labeled the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi as "terrorism" from the first day in order to unlock and mobilize certain resources to respond, and that officials were looking for one specific suspect. 

However that didn't play well with the Obama bid to retain the presidency, so he sent his minions out to lie to the American people because...It is not a matter of what is true that counts, but a matter of what is perceived to be true.

MSNBC will not delve on this because they have a vested corporate interest in an Obama victory in November. The administration has been dishonest with the American people (again) and the credentialed media (except for Fox News) is not calling on them on it. That is because...It is not a matter of what is true that counts, but a matter of what is perceived to be true.

US Ambassador Stevens, sodomized and then murdered.
A few Republican lawmakers have gone so far as to suggest the administration withheld key facts about the assault for political reasons but the Democrats don't care because...It is not a matter of what is true that counts, but a matter of what is perceived to be true.

Curiously, Obama referred to "acts of terror" in his first public remarks about the attack. But from there, administration officials went on to blame the anti-Islam film. Ambassador Rice was the most explicit in that explanation, insisting on a slew of Sunday shows that the attack was not pre-planned and was tied to the film because...It is not a matter of what is true that counts, but a matter of what is perceived to be true.

There is no compelling need to send the FBI because it wasn't a criminal attack with an unknown suspect. The suspects were known from the time that the terrorist attack took place. Thus the FBI isn't there because nobody wants to have them report that it was a terror attack and reveal the lie that the Obama Administration wants to foist on the American people.

What is that lie?

Obama wants to win what promises to be a close election. To do that he feels as if he must come off as a foreign policy wizard where the Islamic World and the Middle East is concerned. He's trying to make an omelet and isn't concerned about breaking a few eggs to do so. He knows that the mainstream media will support him  because he's their guy and... It is not a matter of what is true that counts, but a matter of what is perceived to be true. And that's the media's stock in trade.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

America's Love Affair with Obama

President Obama declined to meet any world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly this week, but found time to guest star on "The View." Lost in the celebrity-in-chief's choice: American interests.

For a president who lectured about the primacy of diplomacy in his hour-long address to the U.N., he sure didn't make time to practice any.

Instead of taking the annual opportunity to hold bilateral sideline meetings with allies and partners about urgent issues, as all presidents do, an Obama aide told an obviously aghast New York Times reporter:
eye candy?

"Look, if he met with one leader, he would have to meet with 10," and "in this election year, campaigning trumped meetings with world leaders."

Which is about the size of it. The president's priority in New York was to go on the televised hen party known as "The View" and any meeting with the leader of mortally threatened Israel, or of China-menaced Japan, or of troubled states such as Egypt, Pakistan, Mexico or Libya would have to wait. Obama has nobody to meet and nothing to say that is more important to him than the gossipy kaffee-klatsch on "The View?" That's where, by the way, he reminded its audience he was "eye candy."

Redistributing Wealth

Tocqueville is credited with the observations that a democracy will last only until politicians discover that they can bribe the public with the public's money, or a majority of voters discover that they can vote themselves the treasury. Looking at recent statistics, we've almost reached that tipping point. And we all know what can fill the vacuum when a democracy fails.

"Mitt Romney and I are not running to redistribute the wealth," Paul Ryan recently said on the campaign trail in Virginia. "Mitt Romney and I are running to help Americans create wealth." Romney declared: "We believe in free people and free enterprise, not redistribution." 

Obama struggles to fulfill his dreams of transforming America into some sort of socialist state. Romney's struggle is to convince voters that the Romney/Ryan vision will restore America's economic prosperity and preserve the liberty and freedom of its citizens. America's very survival may depend on whose vision wins the election struggle of 2012.

Pick your future

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Romney on Foreign Aid

The Romney Plan for Foreign Aid
Mitt Romney called Tuesday (today) for an overhaul of America's expensive foreign aid, suggesting the unrest in the Middle East and elsewhere could be tempered if the U.S. would stop handing out billions of dollars with few strings attached -- and start linking aid to free enterprise programs with the help of the private sector.

The Republican presidential nominee, in a speech relatively free of campaign-trail talking points, addressed the Clinton Global Initiative conference in New York a few hours before President Obama was set to take the stage.

Romney said he and others have been "troubled" by Middle East events ranging from the bloodshed in Syria to the assassination of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, but argued the U.S. can help change course in the region.

"We somehow feel that we're at the mercy of events, rather than shaping events," Romney said.

Romney said the U.S. needs to help empower people economically, in a region desperate for work. Noting that decades of foreign aid have not extinguished "the suffering and hardship," Romney called for big changes in the approach to foreign assistance.

"Work -- that has to be at the heart of our effort to help people build economies that can create jobs (for) young and old alike," Romney said.

His plan, which he called "Prosperity Pacts," calls for tying development money to requirements that countries allow U.S. investment and remove trade barriers. (Fox News)
I'm waiting for MSNBC to punch out a story on how Governor Mitt Romney will want to starve little children because of his racisim - by not providing the potentates that run their home nations with foreign aid that goes into the pockets of those same leaders. 

Imagine a situation where the US doesn't give billions of dollars each year to nations who want to see us destroyed. I know, it dazzles the imagination.

Where is the Democratic Party, which controls the US Senate in all of this?
By a vote of 81 to 10, the Senate on Saturday defeated legislation that would have suspended foreign aid to Pakistan, Egypt and Libya in the wake of the violent anti-American demonstrations in those countries. All 10 supporters of the bill were Republicans. 
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul had threatened to hold up all Senate business until the bill was considered. He succeeded in forcing a vote, but couldn’t come close to passage. ... 
The proposal would have ended aid to the governments of Egypt and Libya until their police forces arrested all the perpetrators of the recent embassy attacks and handed them over to U.S. authorities. Pakistan would have been ineligible to receive aid until its government released an imprisoned doctor who cooperated with Americans in locating Osama bin Laden. (Times)

 Some people care. Some people don't. Some people have short memories. Other people don't.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Barack Obama - My Hero!

h/t "With Both Hands"

How would President Obama have handled the
 Custer Massacre?

June 25, 1876 - Reuters Dakota Territory

Native Americans are believed to have been provoked following a spontaneous demonstration against the incessant playing of "Garryowen" by colonialist forces of occupation and some level of physical violence took place near the Little Bighorn River. (developing)

Department of the Interior and Indian Affairs Secretary Hillary R. Clinton - " The playing of an offensive and in fact racist cavalry tune has no place for the sympathies of this Administration."

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney - "Recent events in the Dakota Territory have absolutely nothing to do with . . . nothing to do with U.S. policy.”

June 26, 1876 Obama White House Press Room

Jay Carney - "It seems that Gen. Custer and a few of his troopers, perished while in complete violation of U.S. Policy. Custer, a glory hungry opponent of the enlightened and inclusive policies of President Ulysses S. Obama provoked an otherwise peaceful celebration of diversity by the combined communities of Sioux, Cheyenne, Blackfoot, and Arapaho people, called in response to unfair housing and mortgage practices in Black Hills by private business interests."

June 27, 1876 Obama White House Rose Garden

President Ulysses S. "Sam" Obama - "It is with deep regret that a musical number adopted by renegade members of our armed forces as a provocative and racist psychological warfare tool, caused the deaths of those troops. Make no mistake and let me be perfectly clear. I have made this a priority and I will focus on this matter with gas lamp clarity that no stone will go unturned or unnoticed until more is made of this matter. Thank you and God Bless America."

July 4, 1876 Obama White House Press Room

Jay Carney - "While we regret the deaths of Gen. Custer and a handful of others, let's not forget that ..."

Jake Tapper - "Jay, the tribes were armed with repeating Henry and brand-new Winchester rifles, while defense cuts made by this Administration afforded only Spencer breech-loading..."

Jay Carney - "Jake, is there a question in there?"

(press pool laughter)

Jake Tapper - "Was this a planned attack by the tribes."

Jay Carney - "That is absurd, Jake. You know better than that. The President and Secretary Clinton have told the nation and the world that the repeated playing of Garryowen - an Irish tune adopted by colonialist Britain to provoke the communities of occupied Imperial India by the way - sparked spontaneous demonstrations and Ghost Dances only to be interrupted by the massive and intrusive presence of a few score members of the renegade batallion of the 7th Cavalry."

Jake Tapper - "So this was a massacre?"

Jay Carney - "Absolutely not! This was a spontaneous reaction to the repeated and offensive playing for Garryowen - that's all for today."

July 14, 1876 Obama White House Press Room

Jake Tapper - "Reports from Generals Crook and Terry in the Dakota Territory confirm that General Custer . . ."

Jay Carney - "Jake, he was Lt. Col. and the title General is an honorific."

Jake Tapper - "Custer was breveted . . ."

Jay Carney - "That was Lincoln's Administration, Jake. Remember him? He's the president who got us into that last war and ran up the national debt. As to Custer, President Obama gave him the rank of Lt. Col. and not General."

Jake Tapper - "I stand corrected. The reports indicate that repeating rifles used by the Native American Coalitions overwhelmed the troopers under Custer . . .because they were armed only with obsolete breech-loading Spencers resulting in their deaths. Moreso, Generals Terry and Crook report that every soldier was mutilated. Was this a massacre?"

Jay Carney - "That is a gross over-statement, Jake, and I find that accusation misleading and frankly offensive. Custer was not mutilated. In fact, what is the real definition of mutilation? As to your question, brief as it was, Yes. It is self-evident that a massacre took place, as the President has said all along. No more Questions."

President Obama awards the Nobel Peace Prize to Sitting Bull.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Obama's Self Delusion

Psychological denial is a defense mechanism that is used by everyone at different times in their life to cope with an unacceptable reality. It becomes pathological when it persists for more than a brief time. Denial can either allows the user to come to grips with the pain by temporarily modulating it; or it can usher the user into fantasyland.
(h/t Dr. Sanity)

Here are some recent examples of the fantasyland variety:

Nancy Pelosi: Catholic Bishops/Cardinals "don't speak for the Catholic Church." 

Jon Stewart mocks some of those in denial and in need of grief therapyater the Wisconsin Recall election results:

Sometimes, the only way that the denial of reality can be maintained, and the fantasy upheld, is through self-delusion....

Engaging in "self-delusion" is the act of deceiving one's self about some aspect of reality; i.e., it is a form of psychological denial.

- by using projection some very violent and angry people are able to convince themselves that they are working for peace and harmony.

- by using delusional projection some religious fanatics who behead innocent people are able to convince themselves that they are pure and holy, while" infidels" like Jews are monsters who "eat babies" and decend from "pigs and monkeys"

- by using displacement, some people are able to convince themselves that there is a devious plan to imminently replace our secular government with a Christian theocracy; while they are singularly unconcerned about religious fanatics actively waging war on the U.S. and the rest of the world trying to institute an Islamic theocracy.

- by using fantasy some people are able to convince themselves that these particular religious fanatics are reasonable and sensible people, amenable to negotiation and moderation.

- by using denial some people are able to convince themselves that Obama's economic policies are creating jobs and improving the economy.

- by using repression some people would like to eliminate all personal feelings about 9/11 and wipe it from the American collective consciousness; thus supporting the building of a mosque at Ground Zero while we are still in a protracted war with Islamic fundamentalists.

When dealing with well-defended people like this, one of the refrains commonly heard when you point out their defense to them, is that it is not they who are in denial about reality--it is you! It is not they who are projecting, it is you! It is not they who fail to see the danger, it is you!

For them it is simply a matter of opinion whether or not a person is out of touch with reality; and their opinion is just as good as yours, thank you very much.

But let's examine that interesting perspective (usually they convey it with a sneer, as in: "That's just your opinion.")

Probably the first prerequisite for accusing someone of engaging in self-delusion is that one must accept that there is an objective reality, external and independent to one's self; one's beliefs or one's emotions/feelings. Without such a fundamental epistomological foundation, it is completely meaningless to accuse anyone of self-delusion, althought postmodern intellectuals do it all the time.

For the record, self-delusion is an equal opportunity political defense. Both sides of the political spectrum are able to delude themselves fairly easily when the occasion demands it. But I am always impressed at the pervasive self-delusion that is the hallmark of modern leftist thought. No amount of reality is able to touch it.

As they wallow in their preferred form of social subjectivism, it is perfectly "reasonable" (if that is the word) from their perspective to impute delusion to others--even if every time they do so, they effectively demonstrate the invalidity of their own philosophy. That is why it is so amusing to observe their appropriation of the term "reality-based community" -- when they don't believe in any reality except for their own emotions!

The truth that threatens their fantasyland is that there is a world that exists outside their heads and outside their emotions; and that the entire purpose of reason --which they reject in favor of feelings --is about understanding that world.

Social subjectivism posits that our minds are disconnected from reality to begin with. How then is it possible for them to accuse anyone of "self-delusion"? One simply has a differing POV that is by their definition as real and true as anyone else's.

After all, that is the basis of the multiculturalism and the "politically correct" relativism that is persistantly foisted on the public.

You see, progressives feel that they can get away with their interpretations simply because they don't have to deal with external reality --if they feel it, it must be true! QED. The actual worsening of the economy under their watch despite driving the country into unbelievable amounts of debt is not something they care to think about. Instead, Nobel Prize winning economic morons like Paul Krugman explain the failures away by saying that the stimulous wasn't big enough! 

When you live in a world where objective reality is unacknowledged, is it any wonder that from your perspective no one can every prove that what you feel is true, isn't really true? That is why the same distortions and creative fabrications resurface time after time in political discussions these days. The entire "the economy is all Bush's fault" for example. No matter how many times this is debunked, (or, I suspect, no matter how many years into Obamanomics we are) it will be recycled by the reality-based, or rather, the reality-deprived community.

To them, Obama may be fading as a leftist messianic superstar, but only because he is not going far enough in shoving their policies down America's throat. Certainly not because those polices don't work and never have worked! Let's see what happens when America thoroughly rejects their ideology in November.... I predict that the left will not be abashed; nor will they even consider re-examining their political --let alone their philosophical premises. No, they will whine loudly; scream hysterically; become agressive and probably violent, and insist that their policies were sabotoged by the likes of you and me (i.e., racist bigots who are homophobic, Islamophobic, and sexist to boot); that we are the ones who will not face reality, and so on and so forth ad infinitum.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Obama's Family Values

What are Obama's key values?

Monday, September 17, 2012

Susan Rice and Barack Obama LIED!

No, it's not their first lie. No, I'm not surprised.

President Obama and his aids asserted that the attacks across the Muslim World were based on 'spontaneous demonstrations' in protest of a YouTube preview that nobody had seen that made Mohammad look bad. They knew that wasn't the case BUT STILL THEY LIED to AMERICA.

Why lie (again)?

The Obama Administration's policy toward the Muslim World has failed. And they don't want to admit it.

  • Egypt - We embrace them as an ally and gave them $1.5 billion, but they're a Muslim Brotherhood nation, essentially an enemy to the US.
  • Israel - We've never had worse relations with Israel and Obama chose to do a David Letterman appearance rather than meet with the Prime Minister on the eve of a potential pre-emptive strike against Iran.
  • Syria - In flames in a civil war with over 20,000 dead to date.
  • Iraq - We fought a war to 'free them' and now it's an Iranian puppet due to ham-handed bungling by both Bush and Obama Administrations.
  • Iran - Completing its refinement of fissible material for a nuclear weapon (to be used on Israel).
  • Afghanistan - A complete mess where our troops are more likely to be shot by our allies than by the enemy, which begs the question of who the enemy is.
  • Pakistan - Twenty-three billion dollars later ($23,000,000,000.00) America is viewed as an enemy.
  • Libya - The government seems to be helpful at the moment, but it was the site of slaughter of an American Ambassador and three other State Department employees last week.
  • Tunisia - Anti-US Riots.

An intelligence source on the ground in Libya told Fox News that there was no demonstration outside the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi prior to last week's attack -- challenging the Obama administration's claims that the assault grew out of a "spontaneous" protest against an anti-Islam film.

The intelligence source said no protests were happening before the attackers struck at about 9:35 p.m. local time last Tuesday. The account backs up claims by a purported Libyan security guard who told McClatchy Newspapers late last week that the area was quiet before the attack.

"There wasn't a single ant outside," the unnamed guard, who was being treated in a hospital, said in the interview.

These details appear to conflict with accounts from the Obama administration that the attack spawned from an out-of-control protest. The Libyan president also said Sunday that the strike was planned in advance.

As we've come to expect, the Obama Administration's response has been to lie and deflect to cover up their failures.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Obama Promoting War with Iran

Last month, an Israeli "decision maker" — widely reported to be Defense Minister Ehud Barak — gave a revealing interview to the newspaper Haaretz in which he implied that Israel could not wait for America to act and might not be able to wait until next spring before taking matters into its own hands.

Iran announced over and over that they are developing a nuclear weapon to strike and obliterate Israel. They've also said that they need 'peaceful nuclear energy' even though the nation is sitting on oceans of oil - and energy is their only meaningful export.

How do we explain why given this level of threat, the Israeli prime minister can't get an audience with the American president because President Barack Obama is booked on the David Letterman show? The Obama White House invited Muslim Brotherhood President Morsi of Egypt to meet this coming week.

The only thing that I can take away from this is that President Obama is tacitly encouraging Israel to drag him (and us) into a shooting war which would possibly result in the use of Israeli nuclear weapons. The timid utopian socialist American president may not be doing this knowingly, but his tender treatment of Iran and Iranian ambitions, his hand holding with the Muslim Brotherhood and his continual pandering to America's other enemies has only emboldened them.

The media has gone out of their way not to cover the significant US and European military forces operating in the Persian Gulf region. The US Navy is now forward operating between 50-66% of all deployed aircraft carriers in the Gulf region. The US Navy is currently operating 66% of all US Navy minesweepers in the Persian Gulf. The US Air Force is now continuously rotating several of the most advanced aircraft squadrons in their inventory, including the F-22, to the Persian Gulf region. Nearly the entire training, workup, and deployment routine of every single East Coast Aircraft Carrier, Cruiser, Destroyer, Submarine, and Amphibious Ship is specifically tailored towards operating around the Middle East.
"This will be the Mother of all Wars..."
The US would appear to be ready. Israel appears to be ready. Obama dithers and the Israelis are serious as a heart attack. Iran tells Israel and the US that it will be the mother of all wars -- but we've heard that before.

Monday, September 10, 2012

It's the Economy, Barack!

Barack Obama does not do well as Richard Nixon. Four years ago, he ran on a new civility, an end to name-calling and an abhorrence of partisan bickering. And an unknown Obama without a record was largely able to abide by his professed ethos in 2008. 
But now, all the new negative advertising just cloaks Obama in hypocrisy. (IBD)
What ultimately doomed incumbents Jerry Ford in 1976, Jimmy Carter in 1980 and George H.W. Bush in 1992 was that they did not wish to talk about the economy under their respective watches, but instead alleged that their opponents would be far worse to the point of being unfit. Such tactics usually don't work.

In Obama's case, 42 months of 8%-plus unemployment, laggard GDP growth, $4-a-gallon gas, a precipitous drop in average family income, record numbers on food stamps, serial $1 trillion budget deficits and $5 trillion in new national debt can no longer be packaged as either a "summer of recovery" or George Bush's legacy — and so are left unmentioned.

The public is not happy with the Obama administration's record on the economy. And it does not believe that Romney is the villain that the Obama campaign has portrayed.

As we trudge toward the national election the Obama polling numbers aren't as bad as they should be because the country is also not quite ready to confess that it went a little crazy in 2008 and voted for the embarrassing banalities of "hope and change" offered by a little-known senator with a thin resume and little national experience. Again, no voter likes to admit that he was led to the polls in a trance by the mellifluous music of a pied piper.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Obama 2008 - Obama 2012

The rhetoric that energized a nation in 2008 sounds very hollow in 2012 (h/t TCL for the video) Nothing new - just the same tired old platitudes and "empty chair" style leadership.

There is an alternative:

Sunday, September 2, 2012

$222 trillion in promises

The US Deficit has just exceeded $16 trillion. It's grown more in the past three and a half years than it did during the first two hundred and eleven years of the Republic! The reason for the explosive growth is our entitlement programs, pure and simple. They alone consume the entire income from taxation of the US government, every year, leaving nothing over for defense or other important expenditures. In the 2011 financial year, no less than 43% of federal government expenditure was committed to just three entitlement programs: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

(Image courtesy of Wikipedia)

Add to this other entitlement programs such as food stamps, unemployment assistance, etc., and it becomes clear that over half the federal budget is currently spent on entitlement programs - before so much as a cent is committed to defense, education or other needs. Indeed, the amount currently promised by our politicians to our citizens through entitlement programs exceeds $222 trillion. This is, obviously, complete and utter nonsense. That money will never be paid out. It can't be, because there isn't that much money in existence! (The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the entire world was estimated to be no more than $62 trillion in 2010.) Those entitlement programs are nothing more than a bare-faced lie - yet millions of our citizens depend on those false promises for their future existence.

They are buying your votes to keep themselves in power so that they can personally amass fortunes at your expense while promising the world. Think about it.
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