By: Jeffrey Klein
Political Buzz Examiner
President Barack Obama’s narcissism, desperation and disastrous presidential record, continues to propel his insane attack on Gov. Mitt Romney’s record as co-founder and eventually CEO of one of the most successful businesses in American history, Bain Capital–whose specialty is acquiring businesses that were already on their “death bed,” in the hopes of eventually turning its fortunes around.
Additionally, since its founding by Romney in 1984, Bain Capital has also venture-funded and nurtured dozens of now famous, international American companies, all of which eventually created thousands of jobs and enormous tax revenues, as we reported on recently.
Earlier in the week, speaking at the G8 Conference in Chicago, President Barack Obama took on the persona of Fidel Castro channeling Karl Marx while speaking to the proletariat, characterizing Gov. Romney and Bain Capital as the “filthy capitalist bourgeoisie.”
Below are excerpts from actual White House transcript of President Obama’s remarks:
“Hans Nichols. Where is Hans?” (Mr. Nichols is a reporter for Bloomberg–and this was obviously an Obama reelection campaign “planted” question.)
Q. … “Cory Booker said that an ad that you released, that your campaign released, was nauseating. And it alleged that Romney at Bain Capital was “responsible for job losses at a Kansas City steel mill.
[a] Is that your view that Romney is personally responsible for those job losses?
[b] Will comments from Booker and your former auto czar Steve Rattner, that have criticized some of these advertisements, call on you to pull back a little bit?
[c] Could you give us your sense of just what private equity’s role is in stemming job losses as they seek a return on investment for their investors?
“This is part of the debate that we’re going to be having in this election campaign … how do we create an economy where everybody from top to bottom, folks on Wall Street and folks on Main Street, have a shot at success … able to live out the American Dream.
I think my view of private equity is …a healthy part of the free market … the role of a lot of business people.
I think there are folks who do good work in that area.
And there are times where they identify the capacity … to create new jobs or new industries.
… but understand that their priority is to maximize profits.
And that’s not always going to be good for communities or businesses or workers.
… when you’re President … your job is not simply to maximize profits.
Your job is to figure out how everybody in the country has a fair shot … where everybody can succeed.
… set up a equitable tax system so everybody is paying their fair share.
This is what this campaign is going to be about.”
Contrary to a few well chosen words, President Barack Obama is totally illiterate when it comes to anything having to do with “capitalism” or a “free market economy,” because he doesn’t understand the risk/return economic model or the nature of man.
The idea of “[absolute] equality,” with “everybody in the country [having] a fair shot,” and “everybody [having equal] success,” is an impossible condition to create and sustain–because people may be equal in terms of DNA and having a soul, but that is where the equality ends.
The free will and individualism of people, most of whom are not motivated or willing to invest, sacrifice and then usually lose, stand in the way of them taking the “shot” at “[big monetary] success.”
For example, Henry Ford, who didn’t invest his first “vehicle” until age 36, suffered a bankruptcy at 39, before getting it right the third time at the age of 40; however the Motel T wasn’t developed until he was 45, then at age 50 had his first assembly plant for Ford Motor Company, which ushered in the manufacturing era in America. In 2008 dollars, his net worth at death was $188 billion dollars, greater than the top four members of the Forbes 400 today.
Add to that–life is not fair, and can never be absolutely “fair,” otherwise everyone would be a Lady Gaga, Michael Jordan or Jeff Zuckerman.
Fortunately for most people their definition of “success” is a personal decision, and they understand it is largely related to their abilities and application of effort.
However, unfortunately for America, the Liberal educators in our school systems have been nurturing a grotesque, new entitlement segment of the society, which feels that just by their being “human,” or “present,” that the country “owes” them a “middle-class” living.
These people who are readily identified as lacking character, honor and integrity, are those to whom President Obama trying hard to sell his grand “hoax” of fair shot, fair share and equal success.
But even though Barack Obama is admittedly a great orator, trying to sell the same “equal success utopia” that Fidel Castro sold to the “working class” of Cuba 50 years ago–the majority of Americans today are not buying it.
RNC Co-Chairman Sharon Day Statement on South Carolina Union Boss Piñata of Gov. Haley
WASHINGTON – Republican National Committee (RNC) Co-Chairman Sharon Day released the following statement regarding the video of South Carolina AFL-CIO leader Donna Dewitt bashing a piñata effigy of Gov. Nikki Haley:
“Democrats and their Big Labor allies in South Carolina have sunk to a new low, with the president of the state AFL-CIO bashing a piñata effigy of Gov. Nikki Haley with a baseball bat,” said RNC Co-Chairman Sharon Day.
“The Obama campaign, the South Carolina Democratic Party, and the DNC should immediately denounce this crude and unwarranted behavior. It’s no secret that Democrats’ campaigns have long been bankrolled by the AFL-CIO. But now that we see how Big Labor truly feels about leaders who stand up for the right to work, the Obama campaign’s ongoing assault on free enterprise is less surprising.
“Republicans will continue to make this election about substantive issues and putting unemployed Americans back to work, even if Democrats’ allies want to resort to ugly, juvenile public displays of hatred.”
Hat Tip: BB
By: T F Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings
Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society never seems to go away; it keeps on destroying America a little at a time. Take for example the 1968 Gun Control Act (GCA), a knee jerk reaction intended to limit the general citizenry from obtaining “assault rifles” like the kind used to assassinate John F. Kennedy; recently the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms wants to limit ownership to “sportsman” shotguns as opposed to assault type shotguns. Supposedly the ATF is looking for public input prior to rendering a final decision; yeah and they listen to the public all the time.
“The 1968 Gun Control Act added a “sporting purpose” test which barred imports of military surplus rifles (a goal of many domestic gun makers) and a “points system” for imported handguns which barred from importation handguns based on penalizing features (short barrels, small caliber, short overall length or height, non-adjustable sights, etc.) believed to define the Saturday night special class of handgun.”
The progressive minded in positions of power have been working to write the 2nd Amendment out of existence, or at least relegate it to a meaningless scrawl at each turn of the screw. They see individuals with the ability to own and bear weapons as a threat to the safety of the collective. Often you hear these very same folks bemoaning conservatives as clinging to God and guns as if there was a diminished mindset, even a form of instability worthy of concern for anyone who actually believes the Constitution was intended for our day.
“[I]f circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to them in discipline and the use of arms, who stand ready to defend their rights and those of their fellow citizens.” — The Federalist, No. 29 – Alexander Hamilton
If you think about what Alexander Hamilton proposed, it is exactly the opposite of the intent of 1968 Gun Control Act. Citizens should have at their disposal weapons equal to those of a standing army which would be used against them. In Hamilton’s day that would have been the long gun or musket; but today that would mean average everyday citizens having access to fully automatic assault weapons, weapons just as deadly as those carried by the military.
“Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth” George Washington
It boils down to the 2nd Amendment; does it really mean what it says or has it evaporated down the rabbit hole of history?
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
It has taken nearly two hundred years for our Supreme Court to validate the 2nd Amendment and clarify our founder’s intentions; that Individuals have the right to own and bear arms; that this right was not singularly for those serving as militia members. That ruling did not specify ownership depended on whether or not the weapon was to be used for “sporting purposes.”
“Prior to the Supreme Court’s 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, the courts had yet to definitively state what right the Second Amendment protected. The opposing theories, perhaps oversimplified, were (1) an “individual rights” approach, whereby the Amendment protected individuals’ rights to firearm ownership, possession and transportation; and (2) a “states’ rights” approach, under which the Amendment only protected the right to keep and bear arms in connection with organized state militia units. Moreover, it was generally believed that the Amendment was only a bar to federal action, not to state or municipal restraints.
However, the Supreme Court has now definitively held that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia and to use that weapon for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. Moreover, this right applies not just to the federal government, but to states and municipalities as well.”
It’s time to tell the ATF where to stick their interpretation of the 2nd Amendment and the types of weapons the general citizenry may own. Shucks, the next thing you know the ATF will begin restricting how much enhanced uranium we can put in our homemade nuclear devices.
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.”
By SARA AKRAMI AND SAEED GHASSEMINEJAD
In recent years, especially under the government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the IRGC has taken over many aspect of Iranian society.
The establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 was the beginning of horror not only for Iranian citizens, but also for the process of peacemaking in the Middle East and the world.
After Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, took power and put in place Islamic laws throughout the country, he formed an opprobrious organization called the “Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.”
Aside from its primary goal, namely the protection of the Islamic system of Iran, the IRGC’s duty is to prevent uprisings or internal dissident. The IRGC consists of four distinct parts: Paramilitary Brigades; The Basij Militia, a paramilitary police force of 90,000; The Quds Force, a terrorist element; and the Ansar al Mahdi Force, a bodyguard for the senior members of the government and for the nuclear program.
In addition, the IRGC is linked to terrorist activities around the world and supports terrorist organizations.
Like the Russian KGB or the SS of Nazi Germany, the IRGC are both the agents of order for a harsh ideological regime and its agents of oppression.
In recent years, especially under the government of the inhumane and Holocaust-denying President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the IRGC has taken over many aspects of Iranian society; it has influence in the political, social, military and especially economic systems. The organization has turned into a business empire in Iran and is known as one of the wealthiest organizations after the National Iranian Oil Company.
During the early years of the Islamic Republic, the IRGC functioned more like an intelligence service and militia organizer. It was a vital organization for Khomeini, required to suppress his opponents. Later, Khomeini realized that the members of the IRGC were more interested in being involved in Iran’s politics than in defending the Islamic government.
Consequently, he prevented members from participation in politics by sending them to the front lines of the Iran-Iraq War. During the war, the IRGC received great support, including vast sums of money and supplies, from the regime’s clerics. During these years, Rafsanjani (the former president of the regime) who was appointed as the commander-in-chief of the war effort by Khomeini, developed close ties with the IRGC.
It was after Khomeini’s death that the organization became increasingly involved in Iran’s politics and, to an ever-greater degree, economy. When Rafsanjani’s presidency ended and Khatami, a former president of the regime who had promised reforms, came to power, the IRGC became one of the main players in the country’s economy.
One of the most significant actions of the IRGC was to bring an unknown political figure, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to power. Today it plays a key role in important sectors of Iran’s economy, such as oil, gas and other profitable industries. In addition, the IRGC has a great impact on Iran’s foreign relations, and by its presence in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Palestine (West Bank and Gaza) promotes various difficulties and creates obstacles for the process of peacemaking in the Middle East.
When it comes to terrorist activities, the IRGC is training terrorists in Lebanon and Yemen; sending paramilitary forces to shore up Syria, fighting alongside Hezbollah or protecting drug smuggling operations in Latin America. Its Quds Force has worked with many terrorist groups (including liaising with al Qaida), delivered terrorist attacks on its own and has murdered many Iranian dissidents and exiles around the world.
Some of the significant terrorist activities of the IRGC include the 1983 United States Embassy bombing in Beirut, the 1988 Kuwait Airlines hijacking, the 1992 Israel Embassy attack in Buenos Aires and most significantly, the explosion of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association in Buenos Aires on July 18, 1994.
In addition, the IRGC played an important role during the 2006 Lebanon War and was responsible for firing missiles at Israeli naval vessels.
It further assisted Hezbollah to fire rockets into Israel across the Syrian border.
CANADA IS among the countries that have so far not considered the IRGC to be a terrorist organization. However, Canada has many reasons to put the IRGC on its terrorist list.
1. Canada has evidence that Zahra Kazemi, the Iranian-Canadian photojournalist, was raped and tortured before her 2003 beating death in a Tehran prison. Iran has always refused to release her corpse so an autopsy could be conducted. The IRGC runs Iran’s prisons.
2. Iran supplied weapons and explosives to the Taliban in southwestern Afghanistan, apparently since 2003.
Iranian-supplied material, under the auspices of the IRCG has probably killed some Canadian soldiers.
3. Hezbollah has used Canada as a base for fundraising and specialist equipment, and their actions directly contributed to the death of a Canadian soldier with the UN in South Lebanon in 2006.
4. Iran has made enough noise about having nuclear weapons for any sober observer to conclude that once they have a working bomb, they will use it. This is a direct threat to many of our citizens living and working abroad and an indirect threat to us.
5. On November 28, 2011, US District Court Judge John D. Bates handed down a ruling that showed Iran had been responsible for providing material support to al Qaida for the 1998 East African Embassy bombings.
Moreover, Judge Bates’ decision pointed out that Iran had agreed to provide training at Hezbollah camps for al Qaida as early as 1992. Again, Iran would have operated through the IRGC. Al Qaida attacks have killed Canadian citizens and caused massive economic harm to Canada, which is why it is listed as a terrorist entity.
6. Since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, Iran has done its utmost to keep Iraq unstable by pumping in arms and support to different groups.
Again, the Quds force of the IRGC has been implicated in much of this activity.
7. Using the Quds force and IRGC, Iran has stirred up the Shi’ite Houthi tribesmen in Yemen and got them to stage attacks into Saudi Arabia in 2010 and 2011.
8. Members of the IRGC have been used to assassinate many Iranian exiles and dissidents since 1979 in many countries and recently were arrested in the United States for a planned assassination of the Saudi ambassador to the United States.
Finally, although the IRGC plays a key role in the protection of the Islamic Republic of Iran and suppression of Iranian citizens, it also extends the existence of a government that has taken the lives of many innocent individuals through its terrorist activities and brutal actions.
Therefore, we suggest that the IRGC should be named a terrorist organization by the Canadian government and other countries of the world that have so far not done so. In addition, its commanders and, more importantly, all the companies that are owned by the IRGC and their financial managers should be put on the sanction list.