Afterburner with Bill Whittle: Clutter
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By: T F Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings
The title could easily have read, Progressives Don’t Believe in American Individual’s God-Given Rights as Protected by the Bill of Rights; but that would be too long and wouldn’t fit on one line. Our left leaning elitists in Congress believe the average citizen isn’t trustworthy, has a penchant for violating the rights of his/her fellow citizens and certainly can’t be trusted with a gun. Kurt Nimmo in his article, Congressional Democrats Introduce Amendment to Outlaw Self Defense, explained how they plan to deny states funding unless citizens are put in their place.
“The Congressional Progressive Caucus has announced it will introduce legislation designed to strip Americans of the right to defend themselves. Called “Stop Shoot First Laws,” the amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill under consideration in the House would deny states federal funding allocated under section 505 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 if they continue to allow citizens to defend themselves.”
Progressives, Socialists, Communists or Totalitarians; call them whatever you want, have similar goals; to deny individuals their God-given inalienable or Natural Rights. The unwashed masses should be ruled over as opposed to self-governed. In other words, progressives don’t believe in America.
“Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficient… The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.” Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis
Hollywood pushes the leftist progressive agenda in much of their so called entertainment; sometimes done in such subtlety as to be almost invisible. The American President, a Rob Reiner film (1995), was one of their best examples; a dyed in the wool conservative tea party movement guy like me bought the DVD so it could be enjoyed over and over.
The movie is about gun control along with environmental issues up for vote in a divided Congress, one of the best examples of modern day progressive propaganda ever recorded on film, the President struggles to get his crime bill passed. In the end he changed the bill and says that, and I quote; “You cannot address crime-prevention without getting rid of assault-weapons and handguns. I consider them a threat to national society (security?) (..) and I’m gonna’ get the guns!” (Read the linked article; but be prepared for an assault on reasoned thought, not to mention grammar and spelling.)
Progressives fail to recognize they live in America, not some back water third world dictatorship. America is a land where its people recognize man’s relationship with our Creator, God, Lord and Savior. His hand touched the minds, the very souls of our Founding Fathers as they were inspired to write the most articulate and nearly perfect documents in the history of the world. Our Declaration of Independence and Constitution are the foundations upon which the Great American Experiment springs from.
His hand guides us in our daily successes and are often times referred to as Providence; that power which made it possible for a handful of farmers and a rag-tag army to defeat the most powerful military force in all the world. This is a people who are defined by their moral and religious integrity and yet progressives deny the existence of God by their thoughts and actions. The Constitution should have been scrapped a long time ago; nothing but a burdensome hodge-podge of gobbledygook that keeps government from being able to properly rule the people; isn’t that how progressives view things?
Thomas Jefferson stated, “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
When you hear folks like The Congressional Progressive Caucus, the Institute for Policy Studies, MoveOn.org, the NAACP, National Council of La Raza, Hip Hop Caucus and other liberal and so-called “progressive” organizations clamoring to abolish 2nd Amendment rights, red flags should alert you to stand up and do battle with them. The red flags you see are your God-given inalienable rights being threatened and once lost these rights are only retrieved through the shedding of much blood.
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.”
Hat Tip: Dave Perkins
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As you know, the Watcher’s Council represents the cutting edge of political thought in the blogosphere. You already read their weekly offerings on the issues and if you’re really on the ball, read their incisive and stimulating sites.
With that in mind, as a regular item, we’re going to feature Council members (and some very interesting non-Council guests) presenting short takes on the day’s important issues as they come up.
Today, the Watcher’s Council weighs in on what advice they’d give to GOP nominee Mitt Romney if he wants to win in November.
Bookworm Room: “It’s easier to say what Romney should not do. He should not try to out-cool Obama. Trying to be ‘hip’ will not work, both because it’s not part of his natural persona and because the media will savage him. Romney should cultivate a pater familias demeanor. We already know Obama is Eddie Haskell, the cool hustler who invariably gets you into trouble. Romney needs to project himself as Ward Cleaver, the wise parent who comes to the rescue after Eddie has done his dirty work. It’s a role that Romney is well suited to play, as long as he avoids condescension.
The Noisy Room:
My suggestions to Mitt Romney in order to win:
1. Come out with a solid, decisive economic plan that entails immediate massive cuts concerning government agencies (eliminate the EPA, FDA, Dept. of Energy, Dept. of Education, etc.) and get rid of the IRS. Our debt must be reduced. He should propose and give an analysis of going to a flat tax system here in the US. He should also severely reduce the corporate tax rate and give a budget proposal.
2. A proposal for ending illegal immigration and guarding our borders.
3. An energy plan to include coal, oil drilling and fracking, nuclear power and natural gas. A total revamping of the power grid as well.
4. A strong military buildup as well as a very strong stance against Iran. Israel needs to be protected at all costs period. If this means war, so be it. Surgical strike teams definitely.
5. A return to Constitutional principles and a mandate for smaller government.
6. Repeal and get rid of Obamacare.
7. Address the issue of radical Islam head on. Full background checks on everyone in government – all those with extremist ties of any sort are removed from positions of power.
8. Restore and modernize the House Committee On Un-American Activities. This committee should not only investigate citizens and organizations such as unions for their Communist ties, but elected officials as well. This committee should also investigate radical Islamic activities and subversion.
9. Present a plan for ramping up manufacturing here in the US in every sector.
Joshuapundit: I’m going to keep my advice very general. Aside from hiring me to write speeches for him, first of all, Mitt Romney needs to excite and motivate the base, something he’s already shown he’s capable of doing. They’re already motivated by the prospect of an Obama second term, now he needs to motivate them for a Romney presidency. A good start would be scheduling an interview on Rush Limbaugh’s show and courting Sarah Palin’s support, even if it’s covert. Second, he needs to devote a great deal of thought as to his running mate. With the right choice, there are some significant goodies obtainable in the electoral market. Third, he needs to keep asking Reagan’s question, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” And finally, use ridicule and humor to attack President Obama’s abysmal tenure… not only will it play well, but this president is perhaps the most thin-skinned in living memory, won’t handle it well and will remind the American people about everything they dislike about him.
The Political Commentator: The job for Romney is really quite simple as I see it. It is to try and force Obama to do what he wants to avoid at all costs. Make him face his actual record for the years in the White House and not allow Obama to make the election a referendum on the haves versus the have-nots in the country or any other topic that pits one group against the other. To get into that type of debate is a losing strategy as this would help to mobilize the constituencies that helped Obama win in 2008 and who have become disenchanted with this President over time. This needs to be an election based on hard facts and actual ideas for how we take the country to where it needs to be. If it turns into a campaign of slogans, class warfare and the blame game, Romney will most likely lose. At all costs he must not let the Obama campaign dictate the conversation, but he needs to steer the conversation to where it needs to be. The quantifiable failure of the Obama presidency and how a Romney presidency will lead the country forward!
Rhymes With Right: There’s a really simple answer to the question — keep your eye on the ball. Mitt Romney needs to remember that this is an election about the economy. When Obama and his surrogates try to make the issue about something else, he needs to bring it back to the economy. When the attacks begin on his religion, he needs to swat them down as a distraction and ask why the president and his supporters don’t want to talk about the economy. When they point to the cost of Ann Romney’s clothes or the size/number of his homes, he needs to point out that he earned his money creating jobs for Americans — and point out that Obama hasn’t worked in the private sector since he was a high school kid scooping ice cream at Baskin Robbins. Indeed, mitt Romney must conduct a campaign that revolves around a single theme that he hit in his victory speech a couple weeks back — “It’s still about the economy… and we’re not stupid.” That should be on every bumper sticker and campaign button — and in every ad.
The Independent Sentinel: I think Romney has to stay in the middle with the independents – the right will vote for him. He needs to tell us the specific policies and ideas that would turn around the Obama economy and get us jobs. Obama’s phony unemployment numbers might go below 8% so the economy won’t be enough. He should brag about how he made things happen, not the firings, but the mechanics. He is very generous and sent his entire company to save a missing colleague’s daughter’s life and succeeded – he should get those things out there. I’d like to see the Dept. of Energy and the EPA greatly downsized, the dept of Ed eliminated, all czars fired and have him actually listen to his dept. secretaries and a small number of advisers, so he has his hand on the pulse. I want him to sound very confident, strong, unwavering and funny.
The Razor: Leave social issues out of it. Romney needs to imagine what Rick Santorum would do or say on a particular social issue, then forget that and focus on the economy. Any social conservative who sits out this election because Romney doesn’t promise to make the kids pray in school or bring back the ban on gays in the military, isn’t a conservative at all. He or she is simply a moron.
I might also add that Obama is going negative and the best thing Romney can do is to go positive. Remind Americans about what unites us as a people, not what divides us. That doesn’t mean he should ignore the attacks: he personally shouldn’t respond to them but the campaign should have a war room that has a talking head rebutting any particular charge in minutes and firing back. That’s what the GOP party is for. In summary, Romney needs to be like Reagan. He needs to inspire and be above the fray while his campaign and the GOP do his dirty work for him.
The Right Planet: Don’t apologize because you are financially successful – embrace it! Be proud of your accomplishments. Don’t ever back down from it. Of course, the Left will hate it. Pour it on thicker. The Progressive Left is waging a War on Prosperity and the free market itself. Point it out forcefully. Additionally, I hate it when I see a Republican take a strong stance on an issue and then turn around and apologize for it because the MSM came after them tooth, fang and nail. Of course the MSM will come after you tooth, fang and nail! Go after them tooth, fang and nail.
Finally, Obama loves to marginalize and isolate his opponents per Saul Alinsky. Turn the tables on him. Don’t be afraid of attacking Obama. If any president ever needed to be attacked for his disastrous policies that are destroying our economic future and national sovereignty, it’s Barack Hussein Obama.
GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: Advice for Gov. Romney? Hammer 44 w/out modesty or restraint. Hammer 44 for short changing COIN in the Afpak surge. Hammer 44 for his bystander-in-chief mode in Persia’s protest and Syria’s killing fields. Hammer 44 for losing Iraq. Hammer 44 for attacking Arizona’s immigration laws, south cackalackey’s right to work law via Boeing. Hammer 44 for financing the strip in Palestine. Hammer 44 for not blowing the lid off horrific gender apartheid in Egypt. Hammer 44 for Fast and Furious. Hammer, hammer, hammer.
Gay Patriot: To win, he needs to do one thing he started to do during the campaign for the GOP nomination, talk about his business success. And put that in the context of the numerous opportunities available to entrepreneurs — and aspiring entrepreneurs. He needs a quick response team, similar to that of Bill Clinton’s 1992 “War Room,” ready to deflect attacks and fire back when necessary.
He, however, must keep his focus on the policies he wishes to put into place to replace the failed ones of the past 3 1/2 years and avoid getting in a tit-for-tat with Obama on the bright shiny object of the day. In short, he should focus on the issues, never attack Obama personally, maybe even acknowledge some of the Democrat’s good qualities, appreciating his appeal (he’s going to need to win a whole bunch of voters who backed the Democrats in ’08; insulting them won’t win them over). As much as possible, he should leave the attacks to his surrogates and focus himself on promoting an optimistic vision of America’s future and a list of policies that will make that future possible for an increasing number of Americans.
By: Renee Ellmers
Congresswoman Renee Ellmers
Over the past three weeks, my office has been competing in the 2012 House GOP New Media Challenge. After a qualifying round to place contestants into NCAA style brackets, I’ve faced off against a different member of Congress each week in Facebook, Twitter, and now, YouTube rounds.
The competition, now it its third year, promotes the use of new media among members and their constituents. The House Republican Conference sponsors the competition and Vice Chairwoman Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ office oversees it. She says that in the past three years they have hosted the challenge, overall new media use by members of the GOP conference has increased from 30 percent of House Republicans on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to 85 percent.
In addition to the competition promoting the use of social media (specifically Facebook, Twitter and YouTube), the competition encourages and highlights innovative and creative approaches using other forms of new media, such as websites, e-newsletters and blogs.
I’ve made the use of new media a priority since the day I took office. It not only allows me the opportunity to connect with constituents where they are, whether on laptop, tablet or mobile phone, but it allows constituents to share their thoughts and concerns with me.
Thanks to constituents who engage regularly on my social media networks, and to some very generous and helpful friends in the right blogosphere, I have advanced to the “Sweet Sixteen” round of the competition. The goal of this week’s YouTube round is to add as many subscribers as possible to our official YouTube accounts.
Join the fun and support your favorite member of Congress online – whether they are still in the competition or not. But first, please subscribe to my YouTube channel today and be sure to visit me on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, as well.
By: Sher Zieve
Campaigning non-stop since 2008, except for his frequent golfing and vacation adventures, he has never ended his ongoing run for POTUS. On Saturday 5 May, Obama continued along this course and gave, yet, another campaign speech on Saturday 5 May. Although repeating one of his oft-used campaign mantras that the upcoming 2012 elections “will be a make or break moment for the middle class,” as Obama has actually been summarily and purposefully destroying jobs and the economy of the middle class, I believe an accurate translation is needed. That translation is: “The 2012 elections will be a make or break moment for Marxism, my forced imposition of totalitarianism, the complete bending and surrender of Americans to my will and the destruction of their God-given freedoms, religion and liberties!”
The reality of ObamaGov is that the US dictator-in-chief has been installing his (or Soros’) own version of a combination Marxist/Maoist/Fascist/Nazi/Islamist/Black Liberation government since he usurped the office of president of the United States. Despite any ‘pesky’ US elections (which we suspect are already heavily and illegally rigged by his syndicate in Obama’s favor), if by some miracle he actually loses reelection I predict that Obama will not leave We-the-People’s White House voluntarily.
Note: Since Obama was selected, he has acted neither honorably nor legally in virtually any of his dealings. So why would anyone think he would begin when and if the upcoming election does not go in his favor?
Since his first days illegally (ineligibly) holding the office of president of the United States, Obama began issuing [illegal] Executive Orders…the first was to hide all of his birth records, school transcripts and anything else that might tell us the truth about who Barack Hussein Obama really is. The latest Executive Orders issued by Obama include both the subjugation of the USA to International regulatory commissions (to be created and named) and place the USA closer to becoming the “North American Union” and eliminating both our sovereignty and the need for US citizenship–which have already been greatly diminished…if not decimated…by Obama. It also appears that due to the sheer number of EOs issued by this man that some appear to not even be numbered anymore while others that greatly work toward removal of our sovereignty may not even be published for public viewing. This is truly the most opaque and obscure presidency in the history of what was once our country. Hiding everything this regime (aka syndicate) does is always the ongoing order of each and every day.
The establishment of a suppressive totalitarian government which rules the serfs (aka “former US citizens”) is the goal of the despotic and tyrannical Obama syndicate. And if we do not accept our serfdom, the so-called FEMA (aka “retraining”) camps beckon us with an uncanny and vicious malevolence. I have written multiple columns on this subject but, for any who are still uncertain I highly recommend Doug Hagmann’s article “The planned re-election of Obama, revolutionary style” in which he chillingly writes:
The Obama administration, including his czars and along with his closest Progressive supporters, are planning a manufactured insurgency against America. He is using the media to his advantage to garner both sympathy and support for his unfinished goals. He is desperately seeking a way to remain in office, even if it means the surreal prospect of an indefinite postponement of elections – if it can be pulled off. So far, he’s got the support of the majority of the DHS “brass” behind him, according to my source.
Wonder why those on-the-ground and black helicopter military drills and heavy equipment shipments (including hundreds of tanks and artillery) have been ongoing nationwide for months now? The answer strongly and, now, corroboratively seems to be that the Obama syndicate is planning to foment all manner of violence and civil disobedience (using his bought and paid for with our money “Occupiers,” New Black Panthers and general mercenary roving mobs) in order to take our country and all of We-the-People down. The ObamaPolice have already begun shutting down meetings that involve supporting the US Constitution. When CAIR complained that a pro-Constitution meeting was being held, the Allegan, Michigan Police Department shut the assembly down. Free speech–unless its agreed to by the ruling Marxist-Islamist class–is now verboten.
We have already lost our country. And are now down to a single question. Do we have the courage and honor to do that which is necessary to take our country back or are we now willing to go quietly to the slaughter the ObamaGov has planned for us?
The End Game is now being played…and it’s solidly against us.
“And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honorable”
“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not”
Middle class ‘make-or-break moment’ for Barack Obama
Obama Signs Order Promoting International Regulatory Cooperation:
New Obama Executive Order Pushes Us Closer To A North American Union
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The planned re-election of Obama, revolutionary style
Police Shut-down Event Promoting U.S. Constitution. CAIR Behind the Shutdown
Sher Zieve is an author and political commentator. Zieve’s op-ed columns are widely carried by multiple internet journals and sites, and she also writes hard news.
Her columns have also appeared in The Oregon Herald, Dallas Times, Sacramento Sun, in international news publications, and on multiple university websites. Sher is also a guest on multiple national radio shows.
Sher can be reached at [email protected].
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