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.

Semi-Random Thoughts

There’s been a lot going on this past week that has caught my attention.  Here’s just a few:

A couple of posts ago, I outlined my reasons to distrust the Government.  Townhall’s  John Hawkins has listed 20 reasons why he detests the government.  The link is here, and it’s a good read.

I’ve written about most if not all of his points, but this is the first time they have all been lumped together.

The costs and consequences of ObamaCare are starting to show that this isn’t going to be the affordable vehicle for health insurance.  For instance:

  • Why are members of Congress and their staffs looking to bail out of the mandated coverage?  Government-subsidized premiums will disappear at the end of the year under a provision in the health care law that forces aides and lawmakers onto ObamaCare exchanges, which could make their benefits exorbitantly expensive.  Welcome to the hell that you forced onto the rest of us.
  • ObamaCare requires businesses with 50 or more employees to offer “affordable” insurance to anyone working 30 or more hours per week—which must cost no more than 9.5 percent of the worker’s household income.  Note that the 9.5 percent threshold applies only to the price of the individual worker’s insurance. Insuring children or other dependents could raise the cost far beyond 9.5 percent.  So much for “affordable”.
  • To qualify for coverage by the employer under ObamaCare, a person must work 30 or more hours a week.  Companies are reducing employee hours to under 30, thus depriving the employees of both income and employee-sponsored coverage. Coverage now falls to the employee, whose funds are even more limited.
  • Many groups, including Unions, which supported ObamaCare, are now applying for exceptions to exclude themselves from ObamaCare.  Why?  Because their members will pay more money for less coverage.  Welcome to reality.
  • The bureaucrats becoming involved in medical decisions showed up with the case of 10-year old Sarah Murnaghan needing a lung transplant.  While Sarah received the transplant, the entire episode shows that the politicization of the medical process will increase, and things will get worse.  I can see where “death panels” won’t be far behind.

There’s more, but you get the idea that this legislation is garbage.

The George Zimmerman trial is beginning this week after several weeks of pre-trial hearings and manipulations.  The unethical trial by the media has already happened, finding Zimmerman guilty of protecting his neighborhood and himself.  We’ll see if the criminal trial system does the same and ends this insanity by letting this person get back to what is left of his shattered life.

The next chapter in the NSA eavesdropping scandal has taken a nasty turn.  Edward Snowden has left Hong Kong, and is reportedly  flying to Russia.  Here’s my take on this, and it’s probably not a popular one.

Snowden, should he land in US custody, should be charged with treason for revealing details of his work with the NSA to a foreign government or governments.  This represents a breach of national security, and a violation of the confidentiality contract that he signed.  This goes far beyond the “whistleblowing” of the NSA’s PRISM program, and even that should have been carried out in a different manner.

By the way, I think that while there is legal justification for the NSA’s actions, it’s still un-Constitutional.

I shocked to read this article from Townhall.com where Madonna (yes, THAT Madonna!) made statements that seem to support gun rights and gun ownership:

It’s rare to hear someone in the Hollywood scene speak the truth about guns, but that’s exactly what Madonna did in a recent interview with ABC News’ Elizabeth Vargas.

When asked about the choice of choreography in her current tour, which drew criticism because of the first act’s heavy use of guns, the pop icon said she would have never left that part out.

“That would be like asking people to not have guns in action movies,” she said. “I mean the thing is, guns don’t kill people, people kill people. That whole first section of the show is like an action movie, and I was playing a super vixen who wanted revenge.”

Madonna even gave a statement that she does not condone violence, and that her work is art and nothing more.

“But I know there was several movies that delayed release because of the shootings, for example, at Sandy Hook Elementary school,” Vargas said.

“Well that’s not going to change the situation,” Madonna replied. “This all comes from fear and ignorance, and people not really raising their children, or not paying attention to what’s going on.”

And this is an Obama supporter!!

And speaking of President Obama, here is a list of some of the unconstitutional action that he has taken (from artist Jon McNaughton, whose pictures are absolutely fantastic!):

You signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. But now we can see that the administration’s trillion-dollar stimulus plan clearly is not working. Both the Constitution and history are witnesses that testify that the Stimulus Plan is both a federal usurpation of power and economically misguided. It may very well cause another “catastrophe.” You promised that this plan would create jobs immediately and keep the unemployment rate below eight percent. We are now at about 9.5% without including those who are no longer counted due to the length of their unemployment. Americans are asking, “Where are the jobs?” With 14.6 million people officially jobless, 5.9 million who have stopped looking but say they want a job, and 8.5 million who are working part time but would like to work full time, you end up with nearly 30 million Americans who cannot find the work they want and desperately need. The ARRA is primarily designed not to stimulate the economy, but to build the size and scope of government. Government spending plans do not stimulate the economy. They are based on the idea that feeding “new” money into the economy will create economic growth. But the money isn’t new—it’s either taxed or borrowed. It’s essentially redistributed from one group of people to another, and no new money is created. And also, State governors, looking down the gun barrel of long-term spending forced on them by your “stimulus” plan, are saying they will refuse to take the money. This is a Constitutional confrontation between the federal government and the states unlike any in our time.

You signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. The federal government is now forcing Americans to buy health insurance. Even with the disapproval of the American majority you pushed through what we call “ObamaCare.” Over 20 states are now suing the federal government over your health care reform law. This law began the process to socialize America’s health care system. It forces Americans to buy health insurance from a private company against our will.

You appointed over thirty Czars without any Congressional oversight to control every aspect of the country.

You intervened in the troubled automotive industry, renewing loans for General Motors and Chrysler Corporation to continue operations while reorganizing. Over the following months the White House set terms for both firms’ bankruptcies, including reorganization of GM giving the U.S. government a temporary 60% equity stake in the company. Where in the Constitution does it say the government can do that?

You signed into law the popular Car Allowance Rebate System, known popularly as “Cash for Clunkers.” In the middle of our country’s worst financial crisis you give out freebees with taxpayer dollars?

You used your executive powers to shakedown British Petroleum after the oil leak catastrophe in the Gulf to create the $20-billion escrow (slush!) fund without any law, legal controls, or binding rules to guide it on how and how much those injured materially by the oil spill (and whom among them) will be paid.

You believe that the Constitution is a living, breathing document. I thought that the only way to change the Constitution was to amend it? It’s not all your fault, Mr. President. If Congress and the Supreme Court did their job properly you would have been checked and balanced.

Last, I found this video from YouViewed.com on that explains the insanity of our governmental system, and what we, the Citizens of this country, have let it become.

Safety and Security

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

For the past week, I’ve heard debates, reasoning, and posturing on the NSA’s “Prism” program, and quite frankly, I’m tired of the bloviating.  The bottom line is that the Government has been collecting data on the American People with the justification of the Patriot Act in order to stop terrorist attacks.

In my humble opinion, that hasn’t worked out so well.  The Fort Hood shootings and the Boston Bombing are but  two examples of where this “preventative” program failed despite multiple phone calls and emails that showed destructive intent.  And yet, the Administration mouthpieces state that “dozens of attacks” have been prevented.  While this may be very true, I still have a hard time believing that our Government is  telling the truth and really keeping the American People safe (think of Benghazi & what was done to keep our Ambassador safe, and perhaps you’ll understand).

From a historical perspective, governments have always tried to find out secrets from other governments, and even it’s own people.  Knowledge is power.  If secrets are found out and communicated to the right people, disasters can be avoided.  This is true in peace and war.  However, this is the United States of America, and as such, the citizens are protected from unnecessary intrusion into our lives.

“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.” – Fourth Amendment to The United States Constitution

What are our “effects”?  I personally think that this is any personal information that you or I have about our personal affairs, whether it is phone call records, Internet usage, books checked out from the local library, bank statements, credit card statements, etc., etc., ad nauseam…  In other words, EVERYTHING!

But our President states:

“I think it’s important to recognize that you can’t have 100 percent security, and also then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience. We’re going to have to make some choices as a society,” – President Barack Obama

Really?  Do you, the average citizen, really want to have the Government be your nanny or Big Brother looking over your shoulder, making sure that you are a good boy (or girl)?  I sure don’t, and it’s bad enough the federal government spies on us. Must it insult our intelligence too?

”He that’s secure is not safe.” – Benjamin Franklin

I’m not going to debate whether or not Edward Snowden’s exposure of the NSA program was right or not, nor if he performed a traitorous act.  What he did do is remind us is that Government is there, watching.

But who is watching the watchers? 

Warning – Potential Tin-Hat Society content:

Government does not have our rights at the forefront of it’s agenda.  It’s priority is to grow and to prove to it’s supporters (the taxpayers) that it is essential to everyone’s well being and safety.  Otherwise, why are there constant attacks on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?  To violate the Constitution and the Bill of Rights successfully is to gain more power for Government.  After all,

The purpose of the Constitution is to limit what the Government can do to the People, not what the People can do to the Government. – Tom

If the Government’s power is unchecked by the People, then absolute power is not far behind.  Then the Government rules the People, not the other way around.

So how does the Government gain power?  Knowledge. Information. Coercion and intimidation of political opponents.  Legal abrogation of Rights & Responsibilities.  Threats to Safety & Security.  Legal control over healthcare and financial assets.

The political elites have a vested interest in keeping power over the People in order to conduct business as usual.  We are seeing the beginnings of an out of control Government with the recent exposures of political targeting by the IRS and other agencies.  All one has to do is look at the legislation passed in the past 10 or more years, and one can see a pattern of increasing government control and less control of the People.  From Reason.com.

Americans have learned nothing from the last 40 years if they have not learned that the executive branch — regardless of party — will interpret any power as broadly as it wishes. Congressional oversight is worse than useless; it’s a myth, especially when one chamber is controlled by the president’s party and the other chamber’s majority embraces big government as long as it carries a “national security” label.

Obama says, “If people can’t trust not only the executive branch but also don’t trust Congress and don’t trust federal judges to make sure that we’re abiding by the Constitution, due process and rule of law, then we’re going to have some problems here.”

That’s wrong. If the politicians’ only response to revelations that they’re violating our privacy is to ask for trust, then we already have problems.

When Government says, “Trust me,” I already have my reasons not to.


For me, my trust is a precious thing.  I trust God.  I trust my wife.  I trust my parents.  I trust my closest friends.  I trust most of my family (every family has bad apples).  And I trust people (for the most part) to be civil in their dealings with me.  However…

I do not trust the Government…

“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.” – Fourth Amendment to The United States Constitution

The latest revelation that the National Security Agency (NSA) was essentially gathering data (records, in plain English) from phone companies and Internet providers without specific warrants or probable cause is just another chapter in the Book of the Government’s Dark Side.  We have yet another example of a governmental agency apparently violating the Rights of the People without regard to the Constitution.  And, oh by the way, the NSA is acting out of their mandated jurisdiction: The NSA is a cryptologic intelligence agency of the United States Department of Defense responsible for the collection and analysis of foreign communications and foreign signals intelligence, as well as protecting U.S. government communications and information systems.  They have no legal authority to gather ANY information on United States citizens.

So let’s move on to everyone’s favorite governmental agency – the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Did you ever notice that when you add “The” and “IRS” you get “Theirs”?

Even before the revelations of the past couple of months, mention the IRS and the word “audit” in the same sentence and chills would run down a person’s spine.  This is an agency that has unprecedented powers that violate the the Fourth Amendment because they can freeze your bank accounts without a warrant, and you, the accused must prove yourself innocent of any wrongdoing outside of a court of law.  The presumption of innocence is not within the mindset of the IRS.

Nor am I going to presume that this will change even with the pressure that the IRS is now undergoing in light of the apparent targeting of political groups which are opposed to the current Administration.  Bureaucracies are like that – huge, and slow to change direction.

But what is truly frightening is that the IRS will have increased power under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka, ObamaCare.  Under this law, the IRS has increased powers to evaluate, exempt, and confiscate collect fees taxes from those people who either have insurance that does not meet government “standards” or those who do not participate in the program.  Yes, Virginia, Uncle Sam exists, and will come to take your presents instead of leaving them under the tree…

Next on the list is the Department of Human and Health Services (HHS), the administrators of ObamaCare.

Besides the IRS, the HHS now has increased power over the health care insurance provided to the American people.  While I do not trust the insurance companies very much, at least they put into writing what your contract with them will provide.  With the HHS, those regulations are changing daily.  The bureaucrats within the HHS are writing and changing policies daily – 25,000+ pages and counting from what I understand.  Since this is a governmental, bureaucratic agency, good luck on finding out exactly what is covered or not, and if you need to appeal a decision, it won’t happen quickly.

Because of this, there are two issues that I have with the HHS and ObamaCare:

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” – Tenth Amendment to The United States Constitution

1)  No matter what the Supreme Court has ruled, I believe that ObamaCare violates the principle of  Tenth Amendment as the Government of the United States does not have the authority to mandate a citizen to carry insurance, which is essentially a contract with elements of risk & benefit.   This is not a governmental function.

2)  Like the IRS, the HHS has the power to grant or deny exemptions to the “tax” that is to be used for ObamaCare.  Another governmental agency now has a taxing authority upon the People, and also has the potential power to grant or deny treatment of an illness for an individual.

What the past several months have shown the American people (at least those that have been paying attention) is that our government is a large, bureaucratic, insatiable beast that has incredible power which has become increasingly politicized.  We have seen that opposition of an administration’s policies or goals will bring the full force of various governmental agencies down upon groups and/or individual predicated upon their beliefs or political views.

Stop and think for a second:  The Government has your financial data including bank accounts, investments & donations, knows what your Internet habits are, who you call, where you work, and has (or will have) your health information.  All in various databases.  In a matter of hours, the government (or some malicious bureaucratic political drone) can access this information, and use it to totally shut your life down for any reason.  All without a warrant.  All without recourse.  All without any of the protections of the Constitution or of the Bill of Rights.

Ergo, I have no reason to trust the Government.   So who should we trust?

I do not trust the Media, nor the Political Correctness that it promotes… 

Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.

For far too long, the Media has been in the tank for the Liberal  / Political Correctness agenda, and yes, for the Democratic Party.  Yes, they appear to be waking up to the insanity of their positions in light of the recent AP phone records scandal, but I wonder how long that will last before they kiss and make up with the Administration.

I do not trust Congress…

Politicians are part of the problem.  Their focus has been getting (re)elected and gathering power for themselves, not defending the citizen’s rights as American citizens.  When the rights of citizens to bear arms under the Second Amendment are questioned, discussions of whether bloggers are covered under the free speech provision of the First Amendment are being debated, and making the illegal aliens undocumented workers legal without securing the borders of this country are being hotly considered, that point is driven forcefully home.  In Spades.

I do not trust my fellow man…yet…

Until the realization that our government does not have the best interests of the American People as their focus, and people are continuing to hold their hands out for the free cheese without understanding where it comes from, I will expect the voting majority to continue voting the way they are – Democratic, Liberal, and self-destructive.  It will only be when the personal pain becomes excruciating with enough of the providers and the freeloaders will the voting habits change.

This past week saw the 69th Anniversary of the D-Day landings.  The principles that American’s fought for in World War II were to bring freedom to the people of Europe from Nazi Germany, and to secure our freedoms at home.  I believe that those principles are not with us today, but are mere words instead of actions & beliefs.  A pity that the spirit of “The Greatest Generation” is not with us today.

“Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.” – Dwight Eisenhower, pre-invasion speech, June 6, 1944