A Rant, Perhaps?

Hello, Friends.  Long time, no post…

I’ve been in somewhat of a funk the past few weeks.  I look at the political shenanigans that our elected officials have been up to, and it just doesn’t seem like it’s going to stop anytime soon.  I know that these clowns aren’t going to stop themselves, and I really have doubts that the American people can or have the willpower to put the brakes on our government’s constant intrusion into our lives.

First on the list is the rapid desertion of the political elite from ObamaCare because it would be a financial burden upon their staffs and themselves.  Really!?!?  So the rest of us are stuck paying for what YOU have enacted into law and then exempted yourselves from?

What is so reprehensible besides our politicians hanging the common person out to dry is that the well connected political supporters are being exempted as well.  Do you remember the outrage of the various Unions when they found out that ObamaCare will replace their health-care insurance coverage with something less comprehensive and more expensive?  The more and more exemptions that are granted means more and more of the costs will be borne by you and I.  But that doesn’t appear to be sinking in to various groups – all they see is this:

What we’re getting is this:

Furthermore, the politicians muck up almost everything they touch.  The delays implementing ObamaCare indicate that this is not legislation that was well-thought out.  But then again, what else could be expected from legislation that was over 1,000 pages long, had not been read before the vote, was passed by one political party without a vote from the other political party, and in the words of the then Speaker of the House, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”

Let’s be realistic:  The Federal Government is not charged with providing services like healthcare or phones to the People.  Quite frankly, it’s not even supposed to provide welfare or Social Security.  If you do not believe me, then kindly point it out in the Constitution or in the Amendments. 

Next on the list is this – Do any of you remember this statement?

“I’m sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and disagree with this administration, somehow you’re not patriotic.  We need to stand up and say we’re Americans, and we have the right to debate and disagree with any administration.” – Hillary Clinton

Of course, Mrs. Clinton was speaking about President Bush’s administration, but isn’t it ironic that we now have an African-American in the highest office of the land, and any criticism of the President’s actions or comments are met with charges of racism?  I will state that politics is a dirty, dirty profession, but this tops the list of stupidity – there are only so many times the race card can be played before it loses it’s effectiveness. 

But let us also consider the following (from the post Race Card Politics):

The Liberals and supporters of President Obama do understand that people, the ordinary citizens that elected them, are concerned about the issues, and no longer trust the politicians.  ….  We are seeing them for the political hacks that they are, and that their sycophants in the media are no better.  The change that was promised is coming from the citizens, and not from the empty promises made by the politicians.  And you know something – that scares the piss out of them because they are losing control!

Their response is to increase the number and frequency of racist accusations.  And we are getting pissed at them for doing it.  Playing the race card multiple times distracts and misdirects everyone away from the issues.  But it is losing its effect – the voters are catching on to this overuse of playing the race card directed at people with legitimate concerns.

We The People are angry at President Obama not for the color of his skin, but for the direction of the path that his policies and proposals are leading this country.  He knows it, his supporters know it, and yet they continue to play the race card indiscriminately.

While President Obama and his supporters are accusing their opponents of being racists, they are racist themselves.  Their words during the Professor Gates & Martin-Zimmerman incidents, and the lack of comments for the killings of an Australian student and a World War II veteran by African American teens is telling that they are not as color-blind as they would have us believe.  Indeed, they rush to one side of the story, and not the other.  That, my friends, is reprehensible as well as racist.

Last on my rant list for this post is the constant breaking of laws by our own government, particularly by the Administration.  Let’s take the following examples into consideration:

“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” – Amendment V, United States Constitution

However, four American citizens have been killed in drone strikes since 2009 without said due process of law.  One man, the President, has taken it upon himself to be judge, jury, and executioner.  Yes, these people were involved in terrorist activities.  However, it sets a dangerous precedent that a political official can order the death of any American citizen.  Yes, the Attorney General has stated that drone strikes would not be used domestically, but that’s now.  What about the future, and a so-called “emergency situation”?

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” – Amendment IV, United States Constitution

The recent scandals over IRS and NSA intrusions into American’s privacy is cause enough for people to be wary of their government even before ObamaCare demands that our health-care information is to be released into government hands.  The questions asked of our personal lives and health to be placed into databases alongside our financial data is too much for me to be comfortable with.  We Americans have an expectation of privacy from our government.  However, the recent scandals of various personnel having access and using it for political persecution should concern every American enough to demand that such actions decease & desist with all collected information to be destroyed.

The Obama Administration has been picking and choosing which laws to enforce, and which to ignore.  I an email from the White House in response to an email sent over eight weeks ago concerning immigration reform.  Read this excerpt and tell me that this isn’t representative of this Administration enforcing only the laws that promote their political agenda:

On June 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security announced it would allow eligible young people who do not present a risk to our national security or public safety to apply for temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization.  This is not a path to citizenship, and it is not a permanent fix—only Congress can provide that.  It is a temporary measure to allow us to focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, and patriotic young people who are American in every way but on paper.

In other words, students who have outstayed their visas, or those who are otherwise in this country illegally, can stay in this country.  Just like the Boston Bombers, they can probably also end up on Welfare too…

Our freedoms are under assault by the power-hungry political elite.  Until more Americans wake up and understand that the politicians as a whole do not have the American’s peoples best interests first and foremost in their agendas, it will get much, much worse.

The Terrorists are Winning

“If you are unwilling to defend even your own lives, then you are like mice trying to ‘negotiate’ with owls.  You regard their ways as ‘wrong’, they regard you as dinner. – John Farnam

This weekend, embassies across the Middle East are closed due to a terrorist threat from al Qaeda.  Wait a minute…didn’t our illustrious President state that these terrorists were no longer relevant since he (via the military) eliminated Osama bin Laden and announced that al Qaeda is “diminished”?

I guess not…

Let’s just take a trip down both memory lane and have a reality check, shall we?

September 11, 2001 – Terrorism came to the United States in a most horrific way.  Four planes loaded with passengers were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania.  Thousands lost their lives, and millions were affected across this nation and the world. 

Please note that the following statement does not minimize the losses that were suffered that day.

Statistically, 9/11 and the subsequent attacks upon United States citizens are insignificant as far as the loss of life versus the population of this country.  However, the impacts upon the lives of the citizenry as a result of these attacks are many.

The obvious things that happened after this attack were passage of the Patriot Act, carry-on item restrictions to air travel, the creation of two more governmental agencies (the TSA and DHS), and a world-wide manhunt for Osama bin Laden & al Qaeda.

The consequences suffered by the people of this country as a result of this terrorist attack can be summed up in the following:  We, the Citizens of the United States, became afraid of a band of thugs after they committed a crime of horrendous magnitude, turned to our government to keep us safe.  They obliged, resulting in a loss of freedoms that the Citizens would not ordinarily tolerate.  We have become a nation of whiners, dependent upon a government only too willing to obtain even more control and authority over the population.

The Patriot Act basically took away our presumption of innocence before proving guilt by stating that if you have nothing to hide then you have nothing to fear (which is in itself a presumption of guilt) – the NSA internal interception of phone calls, emails, and text messages is an offshoot of this legislation.  The TSA, while prohibited from profiling, can instead pat down grandmothers & children, and inflict all manner of nonsensical regulations and outrages upon travelers without cause or warrant.  The DHS is essentially another Federal police agency backed by the Congressional authority for conducting warrantless arrests if even a suspicion of terrorism is presumed.  Drone strikes (aka assassinations) are now deemed legal against US citizens if in foreign countries if that person is suspected of terrorist activities and would be too difficult to arrest.

All in the name of keeping us safe from the “bad people” of the world…  But who is keeping us safe from our own government?  I’ll give you a hint – it isn’t our elected officials.  But let’s get back to that later…

So let’s recap what we have so far:  Nineteen terrorists took control of four planes, and killed over 3,000 people in a spectacular display of horror.  The result is that they influenced the 300-million citizens of that country to give up their freedoms in fear that they might be next.

That’s pretty effective, in anyone’s book.  But there’s more…

Our government is not about to give up any of the power that they have legislated away from the citizens.  No, if anything, certain factions want more power.  Power over your health care, your retirement, your pay scale, your taxes, your rights to defend yourself.  In short, everything about you so that your control over the government is diminished to the point of nothingness.  Stop and think of the legislation that our elected officials, the clowns that make up Congress, have passed through that affects every aspect of your lives over the past decade – All in the name of making the citizenry safe and healthy.

“In order to ensure our security and continuing stability, the Republic will be reorganized into the first Galactic Empire, for a safe and secure society, which I assure you will last for ten thousand years.” – Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, Star Wars Episode III

“So this is how liberty dies… with thunderous applause.”  – Senator Padme Amidala, Star Wars Episode III

I couldn’t resist putting the above quotes in this post, but doesn’t it ring true?  Our government is promising everything to us if only we would give them a little more control over our lives.  And given the age of the whining with the hand-stuck-out-what’s-in-it-for-me-from-government voter, it happening now.

To close out this post, I leave you with these two thoughts:

Thought 1:  The real terrorist these days is not some fanatical overseas religions-driven thugs.  It’s our own government.

Thought 2:  The person that must take the responsibility from keeping us safe from government is you, the Citizen of the United States.  You have a duty to be informed, to work hard for yourself without your hand out for others to fill, and to vote for the people who are not career politicians with agendas to line their pockets, but to vote for people that will advance this country for every person & not for the few.

Stay well, and stay informed, my friends.