Hat Tip: BB
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Checkmate. We should have taken Iran out decades ago. Instead, we have let them fester and grow in strength and murderous arrogance. America stood a fighting chance of taking off the head of the Islamic snake before Obama was elected. Now with our economy in shambles and our military gutted, we are as lambs to the Jihadist slaughter I fear.
Israel is our closest ally. I believe we should defend her, whatever it takes. But to take Iran head on with Russia propping them up and China holding their skirts, is suicide. Netanyahu is coming very close to a decision to launch an attack (I can’t blame Israel — they face annihilation and have to fight to survive):
(Washington, D.C.) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is nearing a decision on an Iran strike. As he does so, he will soon come to the United States. The Israeli leader and his top national security team will meet with President Obama at the White House on September 30th. The premier will then address the U.N. General Assembly on October 1st.
Netanyahu’s expressed mission: To persuade the U.S. and Western powers to intensify — not ease up on – pressure on Iran to give up its pursuit of nuclear weapons and the fuel to build them.
It is said that Netanyahu now is calling for Assad’s fall. I am sure that is because Assad will fight for and with Iran when the war comes. But both Assad and/or the Rebels will turn on Israel and try and wipe her out. Israel needs to quit listening to the lies coming out of DC, whispering that the Rebels are preferable to Assad. Neither is preferable – both are deadly. You can include the Muslim Brotherhood-loving Obama Administration in that equation as well.
What I fear though is that all of this Middle Eastern theater is a trap and planned strategy. It is meant for economic reset and gain, the garnishing of power and the realignment of global geographic forces. Iranian war is upon us and no matter what is done, Israel will be blamed in the end. Obama will pretend to take us headlong into conflict with Iran and as it slides out of control, he (along with the Progressives) will blame tiny Israel for the death and destruction and turn on them with a vengeance. It’s planned. They will blame Israel for the total collapse of America, when in reality, Israel had nothing to do with it and her only crime was wanting to live in peace and be left alone to worship as she chooses. America will be used against her — not by Americans — but by her so-called leaders.
Obama is posturing that he will discipline Syria, but his response to them is no real response at all. Meanwhile, he draws closer and cuddles more and more with the true enemies of America, al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. Obama will help usher in a new Caliphate and the final demise of America and he knows it and means to carry it out. None of this is due to incompetence or ineptitude. People are deluding themselves when they attribute his actions to those character flaws. Think intentional evil – think Progressively on both sides of the political aisle.
Our closest friend feels and in reality, is alone. Obama has ensured that even if we wanted to help Israel, we cannot. He has set a trap for her with the help of the Russians and the Islamic militants and high dining is expected at this apocalyptic party and war with Iran is definitely on the menu.
Investigative journalist Kenneth Timmerman explains how the Obama Administration manufactured “intelligence” about the August 21, 2013, chemical weapons attack in Syria.
Diane Feinstein and a few other well meaning Senators are in the process of defining who qualifies for 1st Amendment rights, or privileges as she put it, as the Senate Judiciary Committee attempts to iron out a “shield law for reporters or journalists” from having to divulge their sources.
This rush for an immediate fix regarding the press has nothing to do with a recent scandal in which the NSA ran rough shod over individual rights or private records and which the Justice Department claimed to have no knowledge; no there’s no connection, move along. My Jedi mind tricks used to be more convincing.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
So, Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech or of the press; hummmm, Congress shall make no law abridging a God given or natural right which includes an individual’s freedom of speech or of the press.
Re-defining who or who does not qualify as a member of the press would be an abridgement of that right, an attempt to limit God given rights by claiming rights are, in actuality, government privileges or entitlements.
Red warning flags should be waving in the breeze as America is transformed from a constitutional republic into a totalitarian socialist state. If ever we permit government to establish the premise that rights are dispensed, no different than entitlements, at that moment we have lost and the state has all power over us; we will have become subjects rather than citizens.
The 1st Amendment doesn’t say individual’s have to be paid employees, full time or part time nor does it place limits on who can claim to be a member of the press; limitations are placed on government, not individuals.
Saying the efforts of the Senate Judiciary Committee are well meaning is perhaps giving them far too much credit. This legislation is an offense to liberties guaranteed to all under the 1st Amendment. The elitist mentality on the Hill is exposed time and time again as they claim government as the source of rights, except they call rights privileges or entitlements or anything other than God given individual rights guaranteed to all. What difference does it make? (I know, that’s Hillary Clinton’s line in reference to the Benghazi debacle in which four Americans were murdered; but hey, it seems to fit here just as well.)
“I can’t support it if everyone who has a blog has a special privilege … or if Edward Snowden were to sit down and write this stuff, he would have a privilege. I’m not going to go there,” said Feinstein during the committee meeting.”
Everyone does have the right, that’s the point, Senator Feinstein. It’s not within powers delegated to anyone in government to decide which citizens are to use their God given rights to freedom of the press, no more than it is within powers delegated to the Senate to decide which citizens have the right to own and bear arms. (2nd Amendment rights are under attack too? My goodness, next thing you know our 4th Amendment right to be secure in our person or homes from unreasonable searches will be up for grabs.)
“The bill now on the Senate floor would define a journalist as someone employed by or in contract with a media outlet for at least one year within the last 20 years or three months within the last five years; someone with a substantial track record of freelancing in the last five years; or a student journalist.”
In contrast to the full frontal assault by the Senate Judiciary Committee to define who qualifies as a journalist, Senator John Cornyn of Texas reminded everyone there are already plenty of laws on the books and we’d be better off if those in government would just follow those laws.
“In a broadside against the Obama administration, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said the legislation was merely a diversion by the White House. It was introduced three days after word emerged about the secret subpoenas of the AP records.
“A new law is not what we need,” Cornyn said. “We find ourselves here because of the abuses of the attorney general.”
So the attempt to limit individual God given rights comes on the heels of yet another Obama administration scandal; now it makes sense. Rather than remove Eric Holder from his position as Attorney General for violating the law it’s so much better to put the blame on amateurs who might blog about such usurpation’s of power and later claim they had the right as covered under the 1st Amendment.
Several years ago I had a chance to obtain a Press Corp Hat Logo to put on my blog, a sure fire way to let folks who stumble upon my writings know that I was a serious journalist.
I blew it; never bothered to save that neat looking hat logo complete with a Press Pass stuck in the satin band. I’m told journalists wear Fedoras and spend part of their salary making sure it’s properly blocked so as to stand out in a crowd.
Do you know the difference between a Vase (pronounce Vahhh-zzzz) and a Vase (pronounced Vay-ze)? The answer, about twenty bucks; the same applies when comparing Press Corp hats and Fedoras; rumor has it only pimps wear Fedoras.
I did watch Clark Gable play the part of a hard nosed newspaper city editor in Teacher’s Pet along side of Doris Day; that should count for something. Take that Diane Feinstein; bet you have trouble with Who, What, When, Where, Why and How too.
Folks in Washington have good reason to fear amateur journalists, bloggers or those who have only their love of truth involved when they type messages informing others of what’s going on in this country; modern day pamphleteers if you will.
Pamphleteers were largely responsible for opening the eyes of colonists prior to the Revolutionary War; folks who spent their hard earned money and time exposing the enemies of liberty by printing leaflets which they shared with anyone willing to read, predecessors of our modern day press corp.
Ezra Taft Benson expressed in his talk, The Proper Role of Government, a thought most Americans share.
“Starting at the foundation of the pyramid, let us first consider the origin of those freedoms we have come to know are human rights. There are only two possible sources. Rights are either God-given as part of the Divine Plan, or they are granted by government as part of the political plan. Reason, necessity, tradition and religious convictions all lead me to accept the divine origin of these rights. If we accept the premise that human rights are granted by government, then we must be willing to accept the corollary that they can be denied by government. I, for one, shall never accept that premise. As the French political economist, Frederick Bastiat, phrased it so succinctly, “Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.”’ (The Law, p.6)
America is sliding down yet another slippery slope if we permit elitists in Washington to re-define God given rights as entitlements or privileges. Freedom of the press is not reserved as a government entitlement, a privilege limited to employees working for a political propaganda machine; any limitation regarding the press is an abridgment of a God given right.
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.”