Hat Tip: Brian B.
Hat Tip: Brian B.
Hat Tip: Brian B.
Hat Tip: Brian B.
Andrew Breitbart and Townhall.com’s Guy Benson appeared on the Hugh Hewitt Show to react to the politicization of the Bin Laden story orchestrated by the organized left.
Hat Tip: Brian B.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) finds it curious that the most wanted man in the world was living in a custom-built million dollar compound in a military neighborhood just outside of Islamabad.
By: Nancy Morgan
Color me happy. For the first time in over 10 years, crowds of Americans are waving flags and singing the Star Spangled Banner, celebrating an American victory – the death of bin Laden. Who’d a thunk? Just when I felt progressives had succeeded in turning America into a self-loathing, guilt ridden, multicultural sycophant to world opinion, I see hope that maybe our nation will be able to retain the pride in our accomplishments that has been under assault for so long. How about those Navy Seals?!!
I’m happy because it appears our military and intelligence agencies haven’t yet succumbed to political correctness and bureaucratic meddling. Instead of agonizing about Muslim sensitivities, they decided to take the kill shot and finally meted out justice to the man responsible for the deaths of thousands on 9/11. I’m smiling.
I’m so happy that I don’t even mind Obama taking credit for the operation that resulted in bin Laden’s death. I’m glad that I was wrong in my opinion that Obama would never willingly appear to offend any portion of the Muslim population. Obama’s statement, “Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan,” isn’t even offensive. Finally, he took a stand. Granted, it was a no brainer, but at least he appeared, for a moment, to be presidential. Finally.
I don’t even mind Obama’s patent fabrication when he told the nation late Sunday night that he had made the capture or killing of Osama Bin Laden a “top priority.” We all know of his propensity to revise reality, but at least this latest revision doesn’t harm America. Today, I’ll even give Obama a break.
Today, America is united. A common enemy is a very potent and unifying factor. For the moment, at least, the enemy has been identified and vanquished. All you rich guys out there can rest easy, at least for awhile.
Just in the nick of time, America has received a reprieve from the extreme idiocy and rampant manipulation that has come to characterize our government. Thank you, Navy Seals. Thank you for restoring a portion of my faith in America’s greatness.
I’m happy because, for at least a week, it will be possible to talk about how great America is without risking being called a right-wing nut. For the next week, Americans have carte blanche to point out America’s strengths and revel in, gasp, pride. We can even wave American flags without being sneered at.
I’m happy because when the usual suspects start with their inane questions about the justness of America’s actions, they will rightly be regarded as pantywaists.
It will be interesting to see how long it takes before the national spin machine starts to object to the outbreak of pride that so many Americans are feeling. CNN already started – in their coverage of bin Laden’s death, they referred to him as a victim. And the Washington Post’s Petula Dvorak described the sight of American college kids celebrating the death of Osama Bin Laden outside of the White House gates on Sunday night as “almost vulgar.” Yawn.
Good luck to the media in trying to spin this victory. I expect that even the professional victims so beloved by the political and media elites are experiencing the first twinge of patriotism they have ever felt.
Today is a good day. America, at least for the moment, has retained its position as world leader. For awhile, at least, pundits and American apologists will take a back seat to the huge wave of popular sentiment and pride in America that is erupting across the nation.
I’m also happy that Americans have gotten a temporary reprieve from talking about Trump’s hair and who said what to whom. For now, I am experiencing a tingle up my leg when I think about our courageous Navy Seals. Real men finally taking center stage? I’m smiling!
God bless our great country and all our military men and women.
NIA is very pleased that Osama Bin Laden has been neutralized and is no longer a threat to American citizens. During a White House press event yesterday, counterterrorism adviser John Brennan was answering reporters questions and made the comment that al Qaeda “is becoming increasingly bankrupt”. Unfortunately, Mr. Brennan got this backwards. The United States is becoming increasingly bankrupt as a result of al Qaeda.
Although America has been safe since 9/11, we need to look at what the cost has been. The U.S. military is currently spending just as much as all other militaries around the world combined. If the U.S. experiences hyperinflation as a result of our military spending, we will no longer be able to protect ourselves from terrorism in the future. The U.S. is currently spending about $1 trillion annually on maintaining a military empire around the world. This is unsustainable, as we are relying on borrowing and printing money to fund this, and Americans are now paying the price with massive inflation in food and energy prices.
The U.S. military captured Bin Laden in Pakistan using a special team comprised of about two dozen navy seals. In other words, the trillions we have spent fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were all for nothing. We could have captured Bin Laden without our operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and have much smaller annual budget deficits and a much lower national debt today, with a much stronger U.S. dollar.
NIA believes that with the capture of Bin Laden, now is the time to bring our troops home from Afghanistan. There is also no reason for the U.S. to be supporting the war in Libya, when Libya presents no threat to the U.S. In recent U.S. led NATO strikes in Libya, we killed Muammar Gadhafi’s son and several of his grandchildren who were under the age of 12. There was absolutely no reason for us to take the lives of Gadhafi’s innocent young grandchildren. Yes, Libya did kill some of their own citizens who were protesting the government, but it is possible that U.S. led NATO forces have now killed more innocent civilians in Libya than the Libyan government. Syria has been killing a lot more anti-government protesters than Libya. If our military is currently occupying Libya, it only makes sense for the U.S. military to invade Syria as well, but NIA believes there is no reason for us to attack either. We can’t police the entire world when we simply don’t collect enough tax revenues to fund it.
We hate to say it, but if the U.S. experiences hyperinflation within the next few years, it will be what Bin Laden wanted. If the incomes and savings of Americans no longer have enough purchasing power to put food on the table and heat homes, many more Americans will die from hyperinflation than were killed on 9/11. Yes, we finally got him, but we had to borrow and print trillions of dollars over nearly a decade and there are no signs of our military spending slowing down. The success of killing Bin Laden could potentially be used as an excuse to increase military spending to all new record highs. The purchasing power of the U.S. dollar is crashing to new all time lows on a daily basis. This is not an “orderly” collapse. The dollar is falling off of a cliff and a worldwide rush out of the dollar could be imminent. A weak U.S. dollar as a result of our massive budget deficits, largely from military spending, is the worst possible thing for the homeland security of our country.
It is important to spread the word about NIA to as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, if you want America to survive hyperinflation. Please tell everybody you know to become members of NIA for free immediately at: http://inflation.us
By: Fern Sidman
There is no doubt that the infamous attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 constituted the most definitive moment in modern history. On that frenetic day the world stood still; frozen in time as gruesome memories were etched in our collective psyches for eternity. It was on that day that an elusive, shadowy figure named Osama bin Laden, (who hitherto was considered a parenthetical nemesis) was suddenly and unceremoniously plucked from historical obscurity and catapulted head first into the global amphitheater.
In the days and weeks to follow, we learned of such organizations as al-Qaeda and the Taliban; predicated on a doctrine of religious fanaticism and unadulterated hatred for all things Western; namely the United States. The names and motives seemed more enigmatic to us than the countries in which they originated in, but there was one thing we knew: The man at the helm of this agglomeration of barbaric zealots was responsible for the murder of close to 3000 Americans and it was he that represented an existential peril to the freedoms and liberties that we hold so dear.
So now, it is close to 10 years later, and the wretched life of Osama bin Laden has finally been snuffed out through the legendary doughtiness of US Navy SEALS in a far away compound in Pakistan. Six days after the 9/11 attacks, a reporter queried then President George W. Bush if he wanted bin Laden dead. “I want him — I want justice,” the president answered. “And there’s an old poster out West, as I recall, that said, ‘Wanted: Dead or Alive.’” We can take some comfort in knowing that the last face that bin Laden saw before his long awaited demise was that of an American serviceman. Over the last 10 years, we have witnessed bin Laden displaying an unabashed insouciance towards the righteous indignation of the US and the free world in a series of grotesque videos that he’s released. While endlessly taunting his American adversary; he has also launched acrimonious salvos that are replete with clear indications of future attacks of this magnitude.
While President Obama can use this as a feather in his cap for his re-election bid and bolster his flagging ratings in the foreign policy department, we know that timing is a strange thing and only through a fortuitous confluence of events did US intelligence ultimately pinpoint bin Laden’s location and exact long awaited justice. On that note, Pakistan has a lot of explaining to do as it has been revealed that they knew of bin Laden’s whereabouts for years while remaining criminally mum on the subject and playing a sinister double game with the United States.
Despite the jubilant news that this foreboding paradigm of evil incarnate has been eradicated, it would be foolhardy to believe that bin Laden’s brainchild, namely al-Qaeda, was buried along next to him the North Arabian sea. Al-Qaeda is alive and well, as we’ve so painfully learned during our military involvement in Iraq. We need only turn our heads to the deadly civil strife plaguing Libya to comprehend that al-Qaeda cells have created an unholy partnership with the NATO backed rebel forces. Only the politically myopic would promulgate the erroneous and dangerous notion that the killing of bin Laden is tantamount to the final chapter of al-Qaeda history and those that emulate their pernicious ethos.
We must remain cognizant of the fact that al-Qaeda will maintain its status as a multinational purveyor of terrorism unless the US remains vigilant in their quest to do real battle with this seemingly intractable foe. At this juncture, we’re riding a superlative wave of national pride and inspiration. Let’s capitalize on this euphoria, lest we backslide into complacency by listening to the inexhaustably loquacious liberal rantings of certain political pundits and other opinionistas with a skewed perspective on justice.
Al-Qaeda, under bin Laden’s leadership, has declared the entire world as fair territory in their holy war against those “recalcitrant” infidels. Let us remember the tourist spots that were bombed in Bali and the passenger trains that were likewise bombed in Spain. Let us never forget the 17 sailors murdered on the USS Cole warship in 2000 and the scores of other US military personnel who were murdered in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Let us remember that prior to 9/11, al-Qaeda was implicated in the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993, an aborted plot to hijack a dozen jets, the bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia and a plan to crash a plane into the CIA headquarters and murder President Bill Clinton. Let us also take heed of the fact that al-Qaeda operatives have successfully insinuated themselves into the fabric of the very Western culture that they ostensibly abhor, utilizing technological advancements to further their objectives of global domination.
Case in point: Reports reveal that bin Laden issued “fatwas” (religious decrees) by fax as he lived a purportedly Muslim ascetic existence while declaring his war on Americans through an e-mail that he had beamed by satellite around the world. His al-Qaeda members routinely communicate through encrypted messages on their computers and use CDs to store their bomb-making manuals. Let’s face the cold, hard facts. We’re not exactly dealing with a rag tag cadre of rogues who are running the revolution from an undisclosed boiler room.
Osama bin Laden is finally dead but the task of extricating his legacy and ridding the world of the evil that he wrought will be a protracted and sometimes grueling battle. Persistence is the key; as we just saw before our very eyes. It took the United States 10 years to “get” bin Laden and it may take many more years to enitrely vanquish his terrorist acolytes, but it is incumbent all of us in the free world to try. Our lives and the lives of our children depend on it.
By: T F Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings
An interesting discussion took place during the last hour at church this past Sunday; a bunch of old geezers talking about the undeniable responsibility to support our government. You’ll be happy to know I remained silent most of the time; groaning only occasionally as the Spirit dictated. Whenever government and religion are put up for discussion at the same time, interesting (a wonderful word) assessments are made. Lifelong friendships are put on hold as battle lines are drawn; respect could easily be turned to contempt depending on social issues held dear.
We read scriptures in Isaiah, 2nd Nephi and Alma setting up the grand finale, Doctrine and Covenants 134. For my non-LDS readers, this particular section is listed as, “A declaration of belief regarding governments and laws in general, adopted by unanimous vote at a general assembly of the Church held at Kirtland, Ohio, 17 August 1835,” rather than “revelation.” The casual observer would recognize slavery was still practiced in parts of the United States at the time and this “declaration” was issued with a certain amount of “political correctness.” (Opinions expressed are mine and may not be the same as official positions taken by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.)
1. We believe that governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man; and that he holds men accountable for their acts in relation to them, both in making laws and administering them, for the good and safety of society.
The statement holds true for the United States of America; for other governments I cannot say. So much for those who claim all governments are inherently evil. Does this offend anyone? God surely will hold men accountable for their acts, both in making laws and administering them as well as individuals who sustain or fail to sustain governments instituted of God; but what of governments which fall short of providing for the good and safety of society?
Ah, therein the seeds of both patriotism and sedition are sewn. What’s the old saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure?” Who determines, on a government level, the mind and will of God as it’s transformed into law; kings, despots, tribal leaders, tyrants, appointed dictators or elected representatives? Would America accept and sustain, for example, Sharia Law; as it’s used in other countries? When is it appropriate, when dealing with government, to disagree and, when there is disagreement, what constitutes sedition?
The crime of seditious conspiracy is committed when two or more persons in any state or U.S. territory conspire to levy war against the U.S. government. A person commits the crime of advocating the violent overthrow of the federal government when she willfully advocates or teaches the overthrow of the government by force, publishes material that advocates the overthrow of the government by force, or organizes persons to overthrow the government by force. A person found guilty of seditious conspiracy or advocating the overthrow of the government may be fined and sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. States also maintain laws that punish similar advocacy and conspiracy against the state government.
The Sedition Act, which expired in 1801, was used by then president John Adams to silence supporters of Thomas Jefferson, who was running against him. It would appear Adams used the Sedition Act inappropriately, perhaps criminally; but you won’t hear that taught in public schools.
Matthew Lyon, a congressman from Vermont, was found guilty of seditious libel for stating, in part, that he would not be the “humble advocate” of the Adams administration when he saw “every consideration of the public welfare swallowed up in a continual grasp for power, in an unbounded thirst for ridiculous pomp, foolish adulation, and selfish avarice.” (emphasis added) Interestingly, Vermont voters reelected Lyon while he was in jail. Jefferson, after winning the election and assuming office, pardoned all persons convicted under the act.
The United States government has attempted to define “sedition” on numerous occasions, and in general, has thrown away restraints found in our constitution when such laws were implemented. Benjamin Franklin was credited with saying, “Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”
The latest “sedition” act came on the heels of the 9/11 attacks:
Congress enacted the Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act (USA PATRIOT) Act of 2001, Pub. L. No. 107-56, 115 Stat. 272. Among other things, the act increases the president’s authority to seize the property of individuals and organizations that the president determines have planned, authorized, aided, or engaged in hostilities or attacks against the United States.
Are we to sustain our government, through actions of the president, acting outside of the “rule of law” to seize property from any individual without having gone through the courts? “But it’s for the safety of our nation,” doesn’t fit within our pledge to apply the law equally. Are we not guilty of ignoring the freedoms of a few to gain security?
2. We believe that no government can exist in peace, except such laws are framed and held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience, the right and control of property, and the protection of life.
Those simple and concise statements, if applied without regard for race, creed, color or religion; would be precisely as God would have us do. Unfortunately our laws are not framed, at least not in our day, in such a way as to conform to God’s design for equality among all.
Our laws, in fact, are intentionally slanted to give some individuals “more equality” than others to make up for “sins of the past.” The idea of equal opportunity in the pursuit of happiness has been carefully transformed into, “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.” (Karl Marx)
There is no room in our constitutional republic for socialism; it being in direct conflict with our form of government. Those who fail to see this have been blinded by half truths and outright lies. There are many with limited self discipline; they become violent to the point of injuring others or taking lives in the public square; claiming their actions were the result of political discourse fostered by opposing views. Is it sedition to actively seek removal of those in government who defiantly act against the constitution?
Many laws are written in such a way as to create “wealth envy,” to distort the accumulation of property as if those accomplishing greater success did so on the backs of others who were “less fortunate;” forgive the commonly used phrase. Our income tax schedules were issued to make government an “authorized” agent of the “less fortunate,” to redistribute ill gotten gains. Many have supplanted and attempted to justify government taxation and seizure of property for paying tithes and offerings, supposedly as God would have; or am I mistaken?
The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation. (Vladimir Lenin)
It’s one thing to voluntarily give of your substance to take care of the poor, as we have been commanded by our God; yet another to enlist the powers of government to forcibly exact wealth from those who rightfully deserve the fruits of their labors. Individuals have a right to protect what is theirs, “to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” Sound familiar? (emphasis added)
3. We believe that all governments necessarily require civil officers and magistrates to enforce the laws of the same; and that such as will administer the law in equity and justice should be sought for and upheld by the voice of the people if a republic, or the will of the sovereign.
I read an article by Burt Prelutsky he wrote after he’d addressed a local Rotary Club in which he emphasized what has evolved in the mindset of lawmakers, government agents entrusted to administer the law in equity and justice. Here’s what he said:
…justice is justice, whereas ‘social justice’ is code for one set of rules for the rich, another for the poor; one set for whites, another set for minorities; one set for straight men, another for women and gays. In short, I pointed out, it’s the opposite of actual justice. (Burt Prelutsky)
I could go on and on; but to what purpose? The “declaration of belief regarding governments and law” as found in the Doctrine and Covenants is a great read and a wonderful “prayer” for humanity should we actually achieve anything close to the mind and will of our Creator while here in mortality. Let’s not kid ourselves into believing the manure we’re spreading; the current course of America is anything other than what our Creator had in mind when He established this nation at the hands of wise men whom were raised up unto this very purpose.
I count myself a patriot with conservative values, values which are labeled “extreme” for demanding my government only spend money we actually have, to defend our citizens from those who would do us harm and facilitate the promises of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as found in the Declaration of Independence. The government I sustain would refrain from destroying the constitution which protects individual God given rights at every turn.
The government I sustain would honor the God which provided this great land for a people as would obey His laws. Righteous people would do their level best to adhere to and sustain our divinely inspired Constitution which protects individual God-given rights through equal and impartial laws.
The way things are going you might find me jailed; defending against charges of sedition as I shout to anyone listening about our current government, their “every consideration of the public welfare swallowed up in a continual grasp for power, in an unbounded thirst for ridiculous pomp, foolish adulation, and selfish avarice.”
I’ll close with inspiring thought from the Doctrine and Covenants 109:
Have mercy, O Lord, upon all the nations of the earth; have mercy upon the rulers of our land; may those principles, which were so honorably and nobly defended, namely, the Constitution of our land, by our fathers, be established forever.
This article has been cross-posted to The Moral Liberal, a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government & The American Constitution.”