This past week I, along with a group of fellow Christians, embarked on a new venture. In partnership with Liberty Alliance, LLC – the No. 1 ranked conservative media conglomerate, according to Inc. Magazine – launched BarbWire.com.
Literally within minutes of the wire going live, the sin-obsessed left swooped in like a swarm of hate-filled locusts (more on that below).
I will, of course, continue my regular weekly exclusive column at WND, but I’m pretty excited about this new endeavor as well.
BarbWire’s “about” page explains our mission:
BarbWire.com is a motley mix of breaking news, intelligent cultural analysis, political pontification and cutting-edge opinion – all fueled by the Word of Life.
If you’re comfortable under deception, prepare to be made uncomfortable. We’re cutting free the totalitarian left’s barbwire.
Ever since the story broke about the Richie Incognito – Jonathan Martin incident, the problem of bullying among the delicate, sensitive National Football League players has been analyzed ad nauseum. It is amazing and sad to think that oversized athletes who knock each other about on the gridiron can’t take handle “insensitive” locker room chatter.
On one hand, no matter how big and tough these guys are still human with feelings like the rest of us. On the other hand, we all have had people difficult to deal with and some jocks can be major jerks. One might add bosses and politicians to that group as well. One would think that big bucks these, and other, athletes receive would make it a little easier to put up with disagreeable behavior. The fact that it has taken so long for the situation to come to light shows that most of the guys with this combative warrior nature have learned to suck it up, play their game and collect their checks.
But things are different today. Where people of my generation usually dealt with bullies the best we could, today the people in charge think they can handle everything from above. Where in days past, most of us would have been too humiliated to run to the teacher telling them “Tommy’s being mean to me.” Today that is the only action sanctioned. Where we would sometimes “explain” to the bullies that we would not put up with their attempts to push people around – today, even standing up for those on the receiving end of intimidation will land kids in trouble.
“For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.” That is what Hosea 8:7 tells us. And nowhere do we see evidence of this more grotesquely obvious than in our public school system. There are many fine, dedicated teachers trying to do a good job of educating our children, but they are not the one’s setting policies and promoting the lies of their progressive masters.
Just a few miles up the road from my home two girls, one 12 and one 14 bullied a 12 year old classmate to the point where she took a deadly dive off a tower at an abandoned concrete plant. The reports are that more than a dozen girls took part in the harassment that led Rebecca Sedwick to choose death over life.
Many of us who consider ourselves to be pro-life are concerned with helping women choose life for their unborn baby, but this poor girl could not even choose it for herself. Worse yet, the girls not only goaded her to a hopeless suicide, but gloated about it in the same social media they used to kill her.
Washington, DC – What are your kids studying in school today? Public schools from California to Florida are celebrating LGBT History Month, where they highlight a homosexual or lesbian each day. Today, America’s school children are learning about Edward-turned-Gwen Araujo, who was intimate with men who allegedly beat him when they discovered that he was not a woman.
“If parents think our school children should be focused on science and math, not sex and murder, they need to talk to teachers, principals, and school boards to ensure that this program is stopped,” cautions Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.
“The sexual assault on our children is mind-boggling,” Staver said. Earlier this week, Mat Staver was in federal court in New Jersey challenging the new law that bans minors in the Garden State from receiving counseling to overcome unwanted same-sex sexual attractions, behavior, or identity. Liberty Counsel has already challenged a similar law in California. Washington, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia have introduced like measures that insert the government between the client and the counselor.
Plenty! Watch as David Barton explains to Jenni White of Restore Oklahoma Public Education the problems with the education system the national government is attempting to impose on the children of America.
With all the leftist, progressive, socialist or whatever they choose to call themselves, speaking to graduates at various levels, it appears that it is up to the people themselves to set things right. In spite of having to gain approval for his efforts, this young man spoke what was on his heart… to the approval of the assembled crowd.
This is a great example to all of us who believe Romans 13 tells us to just do what those in charge tell us to do, no matter how wrong it may be. For those who have difficulty with even minor rebellion, I would suggest the consideration of Daniel who, despite royal decrees against prayer to anyone but the king, continued his practice of thrice daily time with the living God.
Of course, there was a price to be paid, but the fact that he was spared the fate of being lunch and dinner for a pack of hungry lions, did not make the choice to rebel any less principled and courageous. With conditions in our land get worse every day… we need to realize the government is not going to make things right… it’s up to us.
It is good to see young people willing to take a stand for the things they believe in… even though there may be a price to pay for exhibiting this courage. This video came about when a teacher gave them a assignment where they were to write about something they believed, and it could not involve God. Quite correctly they knew this was not right and looked at what they could do. They are to be commended for their dedication to their faith.
As inspiring as their efforts are, they are a sign of our failure to be the salt and light in our communities. When my generation was in school, we said the pledge to the flag, read the Bible and said the Lord’s prayer every morning. One by one, these links to our past and reality have been taken away. Coincidentally, every measure of societal decay have increased exponentially in that same time period.
Christians talked among themselves about how wrong some of these changes were. Some pastors even preached a sermon or two about moral decay, but that was about it. Nobody did anything.
There have been all sorts of theories about why Barack Obama survived his re-election campaign. But there may be more to it than the talking heads understand. Yes, the Republicans failed to be the voice of freedom, Yes, there was widespread voter fraud. Yes, the formerly main stream media gave one sided coverage that would have made Pravda proud. But our country seems to have an even greater problem than simple lies and corruption.
Howard Stern has been exposing the foolishness of the man in the street for years. However, most recently, it was comedian Jimmy Kimmel that showed the world why we are plagued with another four years of the imposter in the White House. Ron White says, “You can’t fix stupid.” Unfortunately, he appears to be right.
There is an old rule in politics that when dealing with limited dollars, you fund the lowest priorities first, then come to the people for more money to pay for the things that are truly essential. People will rollover for unscrupulous politicians to preserve schools, fire departments and police departments. They won’t be too concerned about funding hair brained academic research about the reproductive practices of extinct mammals… especially if the money is going overseas.
Using this principle, the Obama regime has no problem sending boat loads of borrowed money to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt while they are hawking the disastrous impacts of sequestration and the Republican reluctance to facilitate the continued economic rape of the American taxpayers. The fact that the sequestration amounts to a miniscule reduction in the increase in spending gives lie to the Armageddon-like tales coming from the White House and it’s minions.
Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, has been spreading really scary tales of extended waits as we see cutbacks in the number of TSA molesters that make sure no three year olds get on our planes with assault teddy bears. Unfortunately for the administration, reporters could find no evidence that her dire predictions were even close to materializing. Lines were no longer than usual, neither were wait times. One of the unexpected consequences may just be that the peasants may just realize we don’t need all the “protection” we are paying through the nose for.
Mass murder via abortion and lone-wolf mass killings with guns are both products of liberal-progressive hedonism.
Bill Ayers wrote in A Strategy To Win, appearing in New Left Notes of September 12, 1969: …we’re also going to make it clear that when a pig gets iced that’s a good thing, and that everyone who considers himself a revolutionary should be armed, should own a gun, should have a gun in his house.
Self-centered mass slaughter of students in Newtown, Connecticut, as well as in movie theaters, shopping malls, and the work place, is a phenomenon unknown before the advent of student radicalism in the 1960s and 1970s. It is an outgrowth of the moral corruption inherent in liberal-progressivism and its vision of social justice.
The overriding characteristic of liberal-progressivism’s conception of social justice is that individuals should not be required to take responsibility for their actions; the socialized political state exists to tell citizens, in every detail, how they should live their lives. Comrades in such a society as it unfolds are not held responsible for anti-social or self-destructive actions. Indeed, in order to destroy Judeo-Christian morality and clear the way for implementation of full socialism, people are encouraged by government, Hollywood, TV, and the mainstream media to reject as oppressive earlier standards of morality and to indulge in unlimited degrees of hedonism.
The recent murders of twenty innocent children in Newtown, CT has brought to light something that was just thought to be a coincidence just a few months ago. I tend to be skeptical of some conspiracy theories as so few people have enough information and sufficient understanding to put together all the pieces of a complex story. Beyond which, most people only see what they want to see. However, sometimes events come together that defy any conclusion but that something just smells bad and things are not as they seem.
Some eyebrows were raised, but little more was thought of it when it was revealed that Aurora shooter James Holmes’ father was preparing to testify about the corruption in the LIBOR scandal. This information was considered to be just another interesting facet of the case. Now, it appears that the father of Adam Lanza was also in line to testify about the corruption of the banks in the LIBOR scandal. I could not begin to calculate the odds of these two men going against the damage done by currency manipulators having sons doing the same terrible things.
For those not familiar with the LIBOR situation, a brief, incomplete, explanation goes something like this: LIBOR is the London Interbank Offered Rate. It is supposed to be the average rate that banks charge when they lend each other money. Unlike many financial benchmarks which are based on observed transactions, LIBOR is based on self reporting by the banks involved. Herein lies the rub… and the scandal.
It’s hard to comprehend the evil that took place in Newtown, CT. The tragedy is a nightmare that no parent and no community should have to live through. It is also difficult to comprehend that a young man held so much hatred for the woman who gave him birth that he would not only take her life but the lives of so many young children who have harmed no one and school personnel as well.
It is at times such as this that people who have little concept of a living God begin to criticize Him, wondering how a loving Creator could permit such a thing to happen. Questions such as this indicate a complete misunderstanding of the nature of good and evil. It is also asked by those who ignore their Creator throughout their lives, but need an explanation for the evil they cannot comprehend. This is also why many wish to blame the weapon rather than the man who pulled the trigger on that weapon. Blaming the shooter opens up a whole can of worms that shows the depths to which humanity can sink… themselves included.
Many people blame the Creator rather than the actual perpetrator because they cannot believe such evil would be in the heart of man, whom they believe to be basically good. The fact is that the Bible tells us that none of us is good – which is why we all needed the redeeming work of Jesus on the cross.
There have been all kinds of explanations offered for the most recent Republican electoral failure. Most involve a declaration something like “don’t blame me… it’s those other guys.” For some, there is an element of truth… but only an element. For all their supposed intellectual prowess, those who have risen to the peak of the party are completely missing the boat. This failure is even more devastating to their fortunes than some of the uninspiring, moderate positions and candidates endorsed by the Republican elites.
Even the Russians have noticed that Obama’s base is composed of economic and cultural illiterates. If this is so, what drives them and how are they reached? It is instructive to consider the thoughts of a single mother who was interviewed prior to the election. She was voting for Obama because he “cared about her”. She didn’t know too much about politics, but she liked that he was getting her free health care. His class warfare message found a home in her mind. He was against the rich and for the poor.
Of course she didn’t know much about what was really going on, but somehow Barack Obama reached her on an emotional level. Then there was the woman celebrating the 2008 election because she was going to get help with her mortgage and other bills with the president’s stash of Obama money. Of course there was no reality to her fantasy, yet, it controlled her actions. For her, it was reality. The people who vote for Democrats generally do so on an emotional level based on their hopes and desires, rather than basing their decisions on what they see.
In his 2004 campaign President Obama expressed the belief that income redistribution is a desirable policy for the Federal government. As I have many times reminded readers, redistribution of income and wealth, an essential goal of liberal-progressive-socialism, implicitly means making everyone equally poorer (see The Man Who Would Be God for a recent example).
Bruce Bawer in his report on the Front Page website, Socialism’s Cult of Mediocrity in Action, points out that the liberal-progressive-socialist focus on government-mandated equality of income and wealth also necessarily entails generalized mediocrity in academic and economic performance.
Sweden’s cradle-to-grave socialistic welfare state, for example, has produced some of the highest percentages in the world of workers who just don’t show up for work every week. It has the highest percentage of people on permanent “disability” at full pay, people who candidly admits that they simply prefer that lifestyle to working for a living. Swedes’ work output per capita is far behind the numbers in the United States, and the gap is widening each year.
Malcolm X, leader of the Nation of Islam many years ago said, “Only a fool would let his enemy teach his children!” While he was wrong about so much, this is something he got right. While it may sound harsh to consider our educational system our enemy, it certainly is appropriate for some segments of it.
Even if our offspring survive the public school system, which, incidentally, has some really fine, dedicated teachers – my daughter in law included, in spite of the best efforts of the NEA and its state affiliates, we send them off them off to over priced institutions dedicated to turning out model secular progressives, dedicated working for a larger, more comprehensive (and intrusive) government at all levels. Not only are they working to destroy our social structure, through ridicule and misinformation, they guide their young prey in the directions away from the Christian faith many had been taught through out their childhood.
It is a sad situation we find ourselves in today. Academics, and those who have been indoctrinated by their system, have managed to convince the rest of us that we need to put our children in their care for several formative years as they indoctrinate in the ways of secular progressivism.
Twentieth century Christian author G.K. Chesterton wrote in his short classic,Orthodoxy, of what he considers “the ultimate evil.” In a chapter titled “The Suicide of Thought,” he writes:
There is a thought that stops thought. That is the only thought that ought to be stopped. That is the ultimate evil against which all religious authority was aimed.
Chesterton writes this as a response to the skepticism and rationalism that he saw the world around him falling into, and thinkers beginning to reject the “one central authority, more undemonstrable, more supernatural than all—the authority of a man to think.”
When I read this, I thought it sounded remarkably like something that Ayn Rand would say. In Atlas Shrugged, she wrote, “If I were to speak your language, I would say that man’s only moral commandment is: Thou Shalt Think.” Elsewhere in the same book, she writes, “If devotion to truth is the hallmark of morality, then there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking.”
I was perusing through the Federalists Papers today doing some research and I was struck by how often the writers (Hamilton, Madison, and Jay) made reference to ancient history. They talked in specifics as they compared our new Constitution to the governments of ancient Rome, Greece, Carthage, and Europe. To any reader, it is obvious that these three men had an in-depth, detailed understanding of not only the governments of these ancient civilizations but of their long history.
But this was not something unusual. Back in their time, one of the requirements to be accepted into college was that a candidate had to not only speak and write fluently in Greek and Latin, but they had to submit what we would call term papers, written in both languages. That means, they had gained this knowledge during their public education.
This fact is borne out in the way ancient history is discussed in the Federalist Papers. To understand why we first have to understand what the Federal Papers are.
Within hours of the Supreme Court verifying the propriety of Arizona police officers checking on the immigration status of people they stop for other causes, the Obama administration issued orders cutting off cooperation and information from the state. When we consider the implications of this move that put a halt to joint efforts of the state and federal governments to solve a common problem – that being the flow in people coming into the country illegally, one can only conclude that this is a problem that the current administration does not have a strong desire to solve. It may even be that they do not consider it to be a problem.
In actuality, for many of the inside the beltway elites (of both parties, sadly) illegal immigration is not much of a problem, other than figuring out how to convert those sneaking in to the country into voters who will help maintain their power. They live in gated communities or high security apartment or condominium complexes and the national government spends millions keeping them secure while they are at “work”. Considering that many have dispensed with town hall meetings with the riff raff we call voters, they have the kind of isolation that would make Louis XIV proud.
This is what happens when we no longer have the concept of citizen legislators who identify more with their constituents than party leadership and corporate contributors. While the order came from the executive branch, there is precious little coming from the legislators who should be making these decisions, just as few in congress actually wanted to take on the President when he took it upon himself to, essentially, declare amnesty just the week before, to students who will eventually join an already over crowded workforce.
While I was taking down some Christmas decorations I played one of my favorite CDs. It was a digitally remastered copy of some of Glenn Miller’s finest music. It got me to thinking, this music was recorded at least seventy years ago, and it still sounds as good as anything we hear today. The legacy of Glenn Miller is a permanent place in the galaxy of musical super stars.
Yet this was not the highest achievement of his life. Considered too old for military service, he still joined the army during the dark days of World War II. He and his band traveled around boosting moral and bringing a bit of home to soldiers fighting Hitler’s fascist monster. He lost his life a few days before Christmas of 1944 on a flight across the English Channel on his way to arrange a concert for GIs in France.
He had a lucrative career turning out some of the greatest swing music of his time. He did not have to leave the comfort and safety of his homeland. Unlike many of the moral midgets we see adored by today’s teeny boppers who spend their time bellyaching, whining and complaining, he stepped up to make the soldiers lives in the field a little more tolerable.
A week or two ago, I came across a picture of a Wall Street occupier carrying a sign that said, in effect, “I have a degree in Latino, lesbian womens studies and a $96,000 student loan”. I’m not sure it the image was photoshopped or if this young woman was really foolish enough to borrow that much money on a useless degree. She would have been better off learning to be a welder – there is a need for welders. She could have gotten a CDL for a lot less. About the only employers far enough removed from economic realities to hire such a person would be governments, academic institutions and a few non-profits. Certainly any business that would add her would soon fall into the non-profit category.
Young people have burdened themselves with debts that they cannot repay in a declining economy. But can they bear total responsibility? Parents, looking for “only the best” for the little darlings, and living in an instant gratification society, see nothing wrong with borrowing to get the things they want. And they want the “best” education for their kids, even if it buries these same beloved kids in economic servitude for most of their lives.
It seems that young people, and their parents in many cases, think little or nothing of spending outrageous sums of money for and “education” that will “guarantee” their well being in life. The inflated price is of minor consequence as no one has to pay it now. The supposed benefits are immediate and the payments are just a shadow off in some distant future.
Our children and grand children face dangers far different from those that we faced as kids. This does not mean the old fashioned, traditional dangers have gone away… they are still there too. Traditional methods will help with traditional dangers, but new tactics are needed for new threats.
Enough Is Enough understands that Internet safety is the responsibility of the public, the internet industry, and the legal community. However, parents remain the first line of defense in protecting their children against internet dangers. Unfortunately today’s younger generation is far ahead of their parents, educators and other caring adults when it comes to digital technology and social media. Those who care for them are generally uninformed, ill-uipped and overwhelmed when it comes to internet safety issues, and they need knowledgable outside help. As the nation’s leading internet safety organization, EIE has been responding to this call for action since 1994, by creating Internet Safety 101, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice.
This video of Professor Abdullah Al-Nafisi reveals several problems we are currently facing. He is talking about the ease of using biological weapons against any populated area. It gives us a chilling reminder of how ineffective our defenses are along the border where such weapons would likely be smuggled in. The diminutive size of the weapon means in would fit in an automobile glove box or a business man’s briefcase.
It also means that it would not be difficult to smuggle into the United States in the backpack of a Mexican or Iranian slipping across the Rio Grande or in a fishing boat across one of the Great Lakes. Unfortunately the regime in Washington is more interested in keeping tabs on tea party members than keeping out potential Democrat voters.
Even with the threat of mass devastation, our government is more concerned with the devastation of their re-election prospects. Then we have the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that would rather pursue the supposed health hazards of civilian possession of guns than the prevention of death on such a massive scale.
Fort Worth, TX — On Tuesday, high school freshman Dakota Ary was given in-school suspension for stating in class that he believes homosexuality is wrong because of his Christian faith. Liberty Counsel is representing Dakota in this case, demanding full vindication and a full retraction of the suspension. If the school board does not comply, a lawsuit will be filed for violation of Dakota’s First Amendment rights.
Dakota was in a German language class at Western Hills High School on Tuesday when the topic of homosexuality arose. “I’m a Christian and, to me, being homosexual is wrong,” Dakota said to one of his classmates. His teacher overheard the comment, wrote Dakota an infraction, and sent him to the principal’s office. The class topic was religious beliefs in Germany. During the discussion, one student asked what Germans thought about homosexuality in relation to religion. Another student then asked to hear some translated terms such as “lesbian.” These questions provoked the conversation about Christianity and Dakota’s expression of his opinion to one classmate.
The discipline referral form says the comment was out of context, even though the lesson for the day was on religious beliefs. The teacher charged Dakota with “possible bullying” and indicated, “It is wrong to make such a statement in public school.” Last week, the teacher displayed a picture of two men kissing on a “World Wall” and told the students that homosexuality is becoming more prevalent in the world and that they should just accept it. Many of the students were offended by the teacher’s actions and his continually bringing up the topic of homosexuality in a German language class. Read more of this article »
I recently saw an advertisement for a seminar on the US Constitution where the presenters took great pains to emphasize the fact that it was a non-partisan look at the document. This got me to thinking, most every such session does the same thing. Years ago, no one would have thought otherwise. What happened?
Despite what some judges would have us believe, the constitution is the same as it was a hundred years ago, or for that matter, two hundred years ago. Of course there have been amendments, but for the most part, they have clarifications. Yet there were some that changed the philosophy of parts of the document. Allowing senators to be elected by the people rather than keeping them tethered to state governments was one instance. Permitting a graduated income tax was another. Not all change is for the better.
But why, recently, do people feel the need to emphasize that a study of the constitution is a non-partisan endeavor? Could it be that one political party takes offense at the idea of people – the common folks who made this country great – want to know the rules by which the governmental games are to be played? If the people know what the limits of governmental power are, then they are in a position to holler “FOUL” when those limits have been exceeded. This would put such a crimp in the unauthorized expansion of power both parties have pursued.
It’s that time of year that the younger generation is returning to the semi-hallowed halls of learning. The question uppermost in many minds is, What is it they are learning? The damage done by the government indoctrination centers we call the public schools has been well documented. However, this is the start of a new academic year and we can rejoin the battle with renewed enthusiasm as we look into the eyes of the youngsters depending on us to look out for them.
For those with children in school, now is as good a time as ever, to become involved in the PTA. We cannot leave this public facing organization to be a “yes, sir, how high shall I jump sir” lap dog of the teachers union. There are many good, dedicated teachers and they need and deserve our help and support. Then, there are others who also need help and support in guiding them toward the values of the people of this land.
For those not forced by the economy to live in a two wage earner household, or who have individual careers by choice, you may want to look into becoming a class room volunteer. Now, if you are like me, there is a problem with me donating my time to help ease the burden on someone who is being paid to do their job. However, it is a golden opportunity to observe classroom activity first hand. You will be privy to much information, many school districts studiously hide from parents and the public in general.
The Wisconsin capitol has been besieged by hundreds of teachers and other public union members protesting proposed legislation that would limit the ability of such unions to loot the public treasury. To hear union members tell their tale of woe, one would think they would be turned out of their homes and their children would die of starvation if they were to loose their “negotiated” advantages. This tax payer supported mob is angry that they may no longer be able to disrupt essential public services if the taxpayers don’t cater to their demands. Unlike the rioting in the middle east, this is not an uprising of the working class against a corrupt government. This is an uprising of the privileged class with the support of a corrupt national government.
This is a strike that has closed public schools in the liberal bastion of Madison and several other counties around the state. The events show that these teachers have infected their students with their socialistic propaganda to the point where the young skulls full of mush have joined them on the picket line. They have apparently convinced their idealist charges that they are standing up to “the man”. The idea that tax payers who are already hard pressed by the economic downturn should be hit up once again for more money to keep these unionized government employees in the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed is just plain wrong. Read more of this article »
In February of this year, Hannah Workman, a fifth grader and straight-A student in Florida’s Clay County School District, was denied entrance to her elementary school’s gifted program because she did not score high enough on the entrance exam. While that is unremarkable in and of itself, her mother later learned that Hannah would have scored high enough to enter the gifted program if her family earned less. The standards on the entrance exam, she discovered, were based on income level and English proficiency. Students who qualified for free or reduced lunch or who spoke limited English only had to score in the 90s to qualify, while other children needed to score at least 130.
Though seemingly a minor footnote in the story of America’s public schools, the testing policy of this Florida school district cuts to the core of the philosophical debate over the role of education raging among educators and policy makers. It reveals much about the changing definition of “fairness” and the problem with using publically-funded education to redress social inequality.
Fairness used to mean that the same standard should be applied to everyone. Today, “fairness” has increasingly come to mean purging inequity by all available means. It doesn’t take someone with a college degree to recognize which of the two is really just, however. 11-year-old Hannah explained it succinctly enough to her local news station, WJXT in Jacksonville. “They should have one set score where it doesn’t matter how much money your family makes or if you have fare-reduced lunch, if you get that score, no matter what, you can get in,” she said. Read more of this article »
I often wonder how foolish the folks in DC think we poor schlubs are. Every time we, the people, fuss about higher taxes and government spending, we are told that if we don’t roll over and let them take more of our hard earned dollars, we will have to accept police, firemen and teacher layoffs as the price for governmental economy. It’s the same song over and over again.
Have you ever wondered why they want to drop such items from the budget first? Do they really think we would believe that is the most logical place to save money on state or federal budgets? Perhaps not, but the ruling class knows that we won’t get upset if their favorite boondoggle projects disappeared from public view. However, they know we don’t want to witness and increase in crime or see our homes burn down because of budgetary shortfalls. They know that even our union controlled, overfunded and underperforming schools would not be the first place economize, yet this is the story we hear.
This is because we all use these services and cutbacks would directly impact our lives. Recall the last time Republicans dug in their heels and refused to go along with the bloated budget during the Clinton administration. Some of the first things to be shut down were popular attractions like the Washington Monument and National Parks. They made their point by taking away the things that gave the most comfort and enjoyment to the American people. In Virginia, Governor Kaine (of DNC fame) closed down rest stops along the highways when he didn’t get the budget he wanted. Read more of this article »
Standing against earmarks, the process of setting aside a portion of allocated funds for a particular (sometimes pet) project has been the basis of many tea party backed campaign strategies. It is an easy shot at Washington establishment practices that smacks of personal power and privilege… two concepts the American people simply will not abide. It has become a bone of contention in the Senate where the brahmin legislators see such as the proper function of the ruling class to which they belong.
But, what is the impact of the congressional tradition? They are correct in telling us that earmarks only comprise two or three percent of the spending of our tax dollars. On one hand, if it were a morally and economically neutral event, we may be inclined to over look it’s hazards. On the other hand, when faced with such massive deficits, it would behoove us to start somewhere – where ever we can, even if it is only one percent.
We are also told that earmarks really don’t increase the amount spent. There are merely specifying where dollars that have already been allocated will be used for. In a way, it makes sense for our elected representatives to have more control over the destination of our dollars than leaving it to a bureaucrat making twice what a private sector employee would be paid for a similar job function. Read more of this article »
It’s kind of hard not to feel like the world is spinning out of control and we have absolutely no input into the major or even minor decisions of our lives. Over seven out of ten Americans supported Arizona’s attempt to put a crimp in the illegal invasion from the south, yet a Clinton appointed judge overruled their efforts. Missouri voters, in about the same proportion, just cast their votes to be exempted from the despised Obamacare. However, no one is holding their breath for the health control abomination to be stopped, just because the people don’t want it.
Now, in the most recent rejection of public sentiment a California judge set aside the results of a referendum where the good people of the state voiced their desire to retain the traditional marriage composition of one man and one woman. Following the usual progressive objection that this thinking was too restrictive and left those with other inclinations unprotected, the judge set herself above the people, where most progressives believe they belong anyway, and nixed the election results. I’m not sure what kind of protection the judge thought they needed. No one is keeping them from performing their acts of depravity… and we already have laws protecting them from having the tar beaten out of them, no matter how annoying some of them may be.
It seems like the only reason this administration cares about what the American people want is to do the opposite. These days, we hear talk of FEMA camps, secession, rebellion and civil unrest. Our country has survived a bloody civil war and, more recently, we survived the assassination of a president. A few years later our country went through the convulsions of the murders of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. Riots tore at the heart of a hundred cities and our finest young men were coming home by the hundreds, then thousands, in body bags from Vietnam. The atmosphere in the country was so poisonous that Lyndon Johnson was forced to drop out of the presidential race rather than run for a second term. Such was the work of new left as they flexed they muscles and worked to bring about a socialistic revolution. Read more of this article »
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