Entitled Canada's Top Ten Stupidity List for America, on December 20th the Give Us Liberty blog published the following Canadian observations about us, their American neighbors to the south.
As the article explains, sometimes an outsider can see us more clearly than we can see ourselves. And so it is.
Anyway, the need to share these sobering, enlightening and objective observations on my blog was simply too irresistible.
• 10 • Only in America could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000 a plate campaign fundraising event. • 09 • Only in America could people claim that people discriminate against black Americans when they have a black president, black Attorney General and roughly 35% of the federal workforce is black (while only 14% of the population is is black. And, 40%+ of all federal entitlements go to black Americans—three times the rate that goes to Whites and five times the rate that goes to Hispanics. • 08 • Only in America could they have the two people most responsible for our tax code, Timothy Geithner (the head of the Treasury Dept.) and Charlie Rangel (who once ran the Ways and Means Committee) both turn out to be tax cheats who favor higher taxes. • 07 • Only in America can they have terrorists kill people in the name of Allah and have the media react by fretting that Muslims might be harmed by the backlash. • 06 • Only in America would they make people who want to legally come American citizens wait for years in their home countries, and pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege, while they discuss letting anyone who sneaks into the country illegally just "magically" become citizens. • 05 • Only in Americacould people who believe in balancing the budget and sticking by the country's Constitution be thought of as "extremists." • 04 • Only in America could you need to present a driver's license to cash a check or buy alcohol, but not to vote. • 03 • Only in America could people demand the government investigate whether oil companies are gouging the public because the price of gas went up when the return on equity invested in a major US oil company (Marathon Oil) is less than half of that in a company making tennis shoes (Nike). • 02 • Only in Americacould the government collect more tax dollars from the people than any nation in recorded history, still spend a trillion dollars more than it takes in per year—for total spending of $7,000,000 per minute (with absolutely nothing to show for the spending) and complain that it doesn't have nearly enough money. • 01 • Only in America could the rich (who make up less than 2% of the population)—who pay 86% of all income taxes—be accused of not paying their "fair share" by the people who don't pay any income taxes at all.
Pretty much puts it in perspective, doesn't it. So, in reply to this posting's title, the painfully obvious answer is "very stupid!" And who's to blame? We are! By our inaction and disengagement we permit it.
In 2014, let's pledge ourselves to pull all the stops to rid ourselves of the insidious Progressive plague which grips these once proud united States of America. The threatening abyss of mediocrity, the ineffectively challenged propaganda and pervading ignorance which Progressivism has perpetrated on America must be resisted at all costs.
As a greater patriot than I once said, "Let's Roll!"
(Editorial published 11/13) Let me unceremoniously come to the point.
Objective research clearly demonstrates that Common Core is
a terribly misguided and destructive program intended to standardize political
correctness, advance ideological agendas, eliminate parental and local control
of education, and to robotize our children. In short, Common Core is nothing more than an uninspired political and corporate scheme, not an educational solution.
What Common Core so irresponsibly promotes is a dangerous lowering
of achievement standards by “re-norming” (lowering) those standards, thus further dumbing-down
our children and imperiling creative thinking, individual innovativeness and intellectual
competitiveness, the indispensable building blocks of a dynamic and prosperous
If real education of our children is the goal, then I urge
everyone--both opponents and proponents alike--to compare 8th grade testing standards and outcomes in 1895
with those of 2013. In truth, not even today’s university seniors could
successfully compete with American 8th graders in 1895, thus
illustrating how far we’ve strayed from common sense and academic excellence. (In this regard, I urge readers to check out David Barton's critical and instructive analysis of Common Core on the internet.)
So, what's the answer to our education woes? Well, it certainly isn't more fanciful experimentation.
The obvious solution to our education shortcomings is to promptly embrace those common sense educational standards which have worked so
spectacularly well in the past! Let’s permit teachers to teach, to encourage critical thinking, inculcate pride in learning, and to promote academic competitiveness! Let’s stop
indoctrinating, experimenting with and dumbing-down our kids. Going forward,
let educational excellence and academic achievement--not ruinous experimentation and the crass promise
of more corporate and government funding--be our guide. Why? Because our kids and our future as a viable and prosperous nation are at stake.
It's well past time to see things as they really are, and not the way we'd like to see them.
It's well past time to vigorously confront the mendacity and treason of Progressive propagandists and political hacks at all levels and on both sides of the aisle.
For us to continue to tolerate, appease and compromise with these shameless alien ideologues and soulless demagogues must now be regarded by patriots everywhere as dishonorable, suicidal and, thus, without any redeeming value whatsoever.
Without rehashing the litany of lies and obscurantism so unabashedly exhibited by Progressives, for the informed and clear-eyed among us it should now be painfully obvious that owing to the relentless Progressive assault on our political, cultural and economic foundations, our liberties and way of life are imperiled as never before. If we are to thwart the "fundamental transformation of the USA", the Progressive threat to our very survival must be boldly confronted head on and resisted at every turn.
The cacophony of odious scandals and the Progressives' ruthless advancement of secularism and egalitarianism now influences every facet of our society--the military, the government at all levels, our schools and churches, our moral precepts, and now the healthcare system itself. Why? Because dedicated Progressives understand that for Communism to triumph, the State must successfully undermine the family and religious faith, eliminate the people's ability to defend themselves and to control both their healthcare and the education of their children. And toward that end, the success of Progressive treachery--with the compliance of self-serving elitist enablers on the right as well--has been nothing short of spectacular.
Long ago hijacked by Socialists and outright Marxists, we must be fully mindful that the modern Democratic Party's march toward utopian tyranny is frighteningly on pace to completely wreck the most exceptional experiment in self-government the world has ever known. Sadly, however, far too many Americans have opted to sit idly by as this bone-chilling carnage is perpetrated.
But, we who are still able to see and think and to differentiate between good and evil--and now even a few malcontents on the left--understand that Socialism/Communism violates Natural Law and is, therefore, unworkable and self-destructive. The bountiful historical evidence to substantiate this historical contenton is simply too overwhelming for any rational being to seriously discount. As XM Radio's Andrew Wilkow of "Wilkow Majority" so succinctly stated recently, "the dumbest capitalist can make capitalism work, but the smartest socialist can't make socialism work." For the hardcore leftist, however, this fundamental and unassailable historical truth is nothing more than vile racism wrapped in apostasy.
As today's telltale polls so clearly and disturbingly indicate, among us there are those who believe that all will work out for the best (the Pollyannas, disengaged and uninformed), those who have lost the ability to rationally think at all (the Nitwits), and, of course, the either willfully ignorant or dedicated Marxist Progressives who, bereft of a moral compass, remain hell-bent on blindly steering the ship of state toward certain political collapse and economic oblivion.
Though the malignant cancer of Progressivism/Marxism continues to metastasize throughout our social, economic and political fabric, and despite the growing and unsettling prospect of tyranny's triumph, it's still not too late for determined patriots to prevent this Progressive-induced catastrophe.
Yes, the old republic is in tatters, hanging precariously by a thread, and we have many more years of corrosive Progressive subversion with which to contend. In truth, Uncle Sam is near exhaustion and can't take much more before he expires and his "indivisible union" completely falls apart. Thus, only determined, principled, fearless and unified patriotic pushback can restore our exceptionalism and our way of life.
Given the chasmic ideological divide which exists in this nation today, bipartisanship and political compromise have become virtually unachievable. In this zero-sum ideological struggle, it's become crystal-clear that political compromise with Progressives will not ensure prosperity, rule of law, constitutional order or the inviolability of the American Way, but, rather, surrender and tyranny. For many patriots, therefore, compromising with Progressives is no longer viewed as a reasonable or moral course of action. Understandably, and for many chastened patriots today, compromising with or accommodating Progressives has become synonymous with appeasement and a green light for national suicide. And, for the most part, that's precisely what appeasement has wrought.
Drawing on our Founders' wisdom, I believe we should each carefully and honestly weigh the domestic ideological challenges besetting us, and be fully prepared for what may likely be the Republic's political disintegration and economic ruin. To ameliorate the effects of a nationwide political and economic collapse, I urge all patriots to keep all constitutional and God-given remedies on the table--civil disobedience, state nullification, secession and rebellion.
And always remember that We the People are the ultimate arbiters of what is and what is not constitutional. As guardians of the Constitution and of our Natural Rights, We the People must determine our national destiny, but also the extent of our individual liberties and of our political connections with the whole. This duty cannot be delegated to authoritarian apparatchiks whose single-minded and sinister goal is to dominate every facet of our lives--NOT to judiciously and responsibly represent our legitimate rights as citizens of a once great republic.
"Tolerance and Apathy are the last virtues of a dying society." Aristotle
"When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty." Thomas Jefferson
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself...a murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague." Cicero
"If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify." Alexander Hamilton
Earlier today on the Senate floor, Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) assailed those attempting to defund Obamacare with these lofty and inspirational words: "It's dangerous. It's very dangerous. I believe, Mr. President, we are at one of the most dangerous points in our history right now. Every bit as dangerous as the break-up of the Union before the Civil War."
Aside from exposing his woeful ignorance of history--it wasn't a "civil war" by any academic stretch--he may have unwittingly probed the truth. In fact, we ARE, since Obama's election, at "one of the most dangerous points in our history". But, it certainly isn't because the Conservatives or the Tea Partiers are irrationally pressing to repeal, defund or delay the Obamacare horror. It is precisely because the Progressives are hellbent to "fundamentally transform the United States of America" into another failed utopian state.
Like it or not, Harkin and his verminous Progressive co-conspirators are totally responsible for the historic spike in State nullification actions around the country, to say nothing of the burgeoning secessionist sentiment now sweeping this once venerable union of States. Were we a Republic ideologically at peace with ourselves, this turmoil wouldn't be happening. Sadly, however, we are in the throes of a sinister and probably irremediable ideological struggle whose outcome, while still uncertain, is probably pre-ordained.
What Comrade Harkin and his Progressive apparatchiks are disinclined to appreciate is that not all Americans--especially those who are still alive, breathing and thinking--have any intention of going down with a sinking ship. Only suicidal and feckless ideologues of the neo-Marxist genre are willing to blindly follow that self-destructive path.
Over the years, we've been spoon-fed a lot of crap and drivel about secession and nullification--what it is and what it isn't; whether or not it is treasonous or legal. The short of it is that when all else fails to check tyranny both remedies are constitutional--no less so than rebellion and civil disobedience.
History and the wisdom of our Founders clearly demonstrate that neither nullification nor secession is treasonous--unless, of course, you are one of the country's ruling elites today who disdainfully view the Constitution as a pesky document to be circumvented and violated if such actions advance one's self-serving ideological agenda and unquenchable thirst for power.
As I substantively explained in my book, "A Patriot's Call to Action", secession is absolutely, irrefutably, incontrovertibly constitutional and, therefore, lawful. Successful force of arms alone doesn't extinguish the unalienable rights of the People subjugated or the reserved powers of the States. (Note: there's a good reason why Confederate leaders weren't hauled into court for treason following the North's costly victory over the South. The North didn't want to lose in court what it thought it had won on the battlefield.)
Always remember that the union is based upon a contract between the sovereign States and the federal government, the former which created the latter. As in all contracts, if either party to that contract violates the terms of that contract (think Constitution), then the contract is null and void. Simple contract law. More precisely, those powers, stated or unstated, not specifically granted by the States to the federal government are, by virtue of the 9th and 10th Amendments, solely vested in the States and/or the People. And nowhere in the Constitution or in our founding documents are secession and nullification prohibited or subject to federal review or sanction. (It is important to note that three States--look it up--conditioned their ratification of the Constitution upon their reserved right to secede if the federal government usurped undelegated powers, or if the contract no longer adequately served the sovereign interests of the States.)
Though over the years the States have been lulled into a condition of servility by obscenely huge unconstitutional federal giveaways, the Constitution can be ignored, but it can't be bought off. As is, it remains the Supreme Law of the land, and only the People, the final arbiters, through their duly elected representatives can amend it.
So, again, Harkin was unwittingly more right than he was wrong. Where he erred was in conveying the dimwitted notion that the union's dissolution is the fault of Republicans, Conservatives and Tea Partiers who oppose Obamacare.
Going forward, we need to expunge the dangerous revisionism and misinformation which stigmatize or otherwise delegitimize secession and nullification. In these precarious times, let the Founders be our guide. We negate or otherwise ignore sacred constitutional remedies at our own peril.
In recent interviews and statements, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has made it clear that armed patrons are not welcome.
Unlike Peet's Coffee & Tea and Whole Foods, Schultz isn't refusing service to armed patrons, but in deference to those brainwashed unarmed patrons who might be intimidated by the appearance of firearms in their midst, Schultz asserts that he "prefers" that armed patrons not seek service at Starbucks establishments.
Ok. On the surface, this seems harmless enough. Right?
Well, not really.
No matter how one cuts, dices or spins it, what this gratuitous and discriminatory policy really means is that at Starbucks establishments law-abiding folks with licensed firearms are, in effect, persona non grata. Oh, they'll serve you okay. But, you're really not welcome. You're a gun-toter. Ouch.
Obviously, this policy exposes Starbuck's opinion regarding the sanctity of our 2nd Amendment constitutional rights. To all but the mentally impaired, Schultz's message is abundantly clear: while Starbucks won't refuse service to you, armed persons are a no-no, a threat, fearsome, and something to be stigmatized.
For me, the nub of the issue is this: abetted by a cynical and seductive Progressive policy to eliminate Americans' right to keep and bear arms, an odious anti-gun mindset is now gripping our country. And by its action, Starbucks is effectively buying into this insidious one-step-at-a-time Progressive goal of disarming Americans. Thus, in good conscience I cannot--will not--patronize Starbucks, for by doing so I too would be endorsing and encouraging this destructive anti-gun mindset.
First Nancy Pelosi at
a press conference yesterday, andnow Obama at a press conference with the
Swedish Prime Minister today have shamelessly denied Obama’s setting a red line on Syrian
use of chemical weapons. Stunning in its lack of veracity, but
entirely in character, clearly this guy and his Progressive minions cannot be trusted.
Today, the party's talking point is that the red line wasn’t Obama’s
red line, it was “humanity’s” redline and the “world’s” red line respectively. Well, at least he didn’t blame Bush
or the Republicans—yet. If it weren’t so mendacious and embarrassing, it would
be laughable. Like a spoiled, narcissistic child, this guy can’t take responsibility
for anything he does wrong. So much for
principle and integrity. He possesses neither.
Terribly botched by our amateurishCommander-in-Chief from the beginning,
theincompetence, mixed signalsand woeful lack of White House leadership
nothwithstanding, on balance I still tend to support a better-late-then-never punitive and clearly
defined military intervention in Syria designed to significantly degrade and
deter Assad’s military assets, the underlying objective being to discourage like-minded violations by North Korea and Iran. Is it too late? I guess that remains to be seen.
the Administration's having stupidly telegraphed our intended plan of attack,
Syria is now rapidly shifting target locations and protecting them with human
shields, an action which will surely result in otherwise avoidable collateral
damage while minimizing our attack’s effectiveness.
What a terrible and entirely avoidable mess this feckless, unprincipled so-called President
has perpetrated on the United States and a Free World still stunned by his embarrassing ineptitude and dishonesty.
Always the self-serving cynical politician with a penchant
for blaming others, Obama is now asking Congress for authorization to
act. But, adding to the endless muddle, in the same breath he asserts that if
Congress votes against action, he will unilaterally take action anyway. Huh?
Anyone who trusts this guy's stability, maturity or integrity must be
Wouldn’t it be
wonderful to have a clear-headed grown-up--a statesman--in the White House
again? Perhaps it would be much better for us all were he to remain on the golf course.
POSTSCRIPT: Looks like I spoke too soon. During a recent O'Reilly Factor interview, liberal operative James Carville blamed "Bush's mismanagement of the Iraq invasion" for Americans' anxiety over Syria. Yup. It's Bush's fault. Ya' just can't make this stuff up, folks. The shameless, unprincipled liberal blame game is relentless.
As some of you may know, I finally published "A Patriot's Call to Action". It is now available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. (However, it can be more cheaply purchased by calling my publisher, Xlibris, at 888-795-4274 ext. 7879.)
Highlighting key constitutional concepts in brief and readable form, it is a compendium of some of my blog posts which, I hope, will help readers to more easily square what our political leaders say, promise and do with what our Constitution actually permits. It exposes Progressive mendacity and outlines a plan of action to restore constitutional order.
Currently, the following book-signings have been scheduled:
Saturday, August 17th (9AM - 1PM), Public Market, off E. Main St. near N. Goodman St.
Sunday, August 18th (9:30AM - 12:30PM), First Bible Baptist Church, 990 Manitou Rd
Sunday, August 25th (11:30 - tbd ), Four Point Rod & Gun Club, Scottsville
Saturday, September 7th (2PM - 4PM), Alpha & Omega Book Store, 1540 Ridge Rd W
Sunday, September 15th (9:30AM - 12:30PM), First Bible Baptist Church, 990 Manitou Rd
Monday, September 16th (10AM - 1PM), Elmgrove YMCA, Gates NY
Saturday, September 28th (10AM - tbd), Finger Lakes Freedom Festival, Trumansburg
Saturday, November 16th (Noon - 2PM), Alpha & Omega Book Store, Penfield Rd November TBA (11/22-26?), Sam's Club, W. Ridge Rd. Greece, NY
Oneonta, NY (my other hometown)
Saturday, August 24th (2PM - 5PM), American Legion, 279 Chestnut Street
If the Egyptians can do it, why can't we? Well, we can. We need but the unwavering determination and the commitment to do so.
Because Morsi was democratically elected in no way permits him to dismantle the Egyptian Constitution and to impose Sharia law. One's being democratically elected does not confer special privileges or exempt one from the foundational laws of the land. Morsi lied to the electorate and the Egyptians quickly caught on and appropriately pushed back--spectacularly!
Sure, in the run-up to the election, many promises were made to ensure constitutional governance and a return to economic and political stability, but when it became apparent to the Egyptians they were lied to and did not get what they bargained for, they had every right--indeed, the duty--to remove Morsi. And with the help of a sympathetic military and, initially, with but a minimum of bloodshed and turmoil, that's precisely what the Egyptian electorate did. They are to be heartily congratulated!
In this regard, it occurs to me that there is a disturbing, if not unsurprising, similarity between Morsi and Obama. Lots of lofty rhetorical assurances of adherence to democratic and constitutional principles, but, once in power, their respective countries were allowed to descend into lawlessness, ideological transformation, corruption, incompetence, and mendacity.
So, why not an American Spring? Certainly makes more sense than a bloody revolution during which many innocents could be injured and killed. Like the Egyptian people, and intent upon reinstating representative and limited government, why don't millions of American patriots take to the streets throughout the country, at every Town Hall, every State Capitol, and, of course, DC? (See postscript below.)
Imagine MILLIONS demonstrating on the Mall in DC with specific fundamental demands to IMMEDIATELY return to constitutional order, smaller government, vastly diminished bureaucracies (including the dismantling and defunding of any and all bureaucratic agencies not specifically authorized in the Constitution), a balanced budget within 3 years, and a return to economic stability and fiscal responsibility--and, of immediate import, the resignation of Obama and Holder. And until credible and verifiable action IS taken by the politicians in DC to timely facilitate these demands, the demonstrations would remain in place.
Let's do it, folks. Let's restore the Republic, reduce the size of government in one fell swoop, restore the vitality of our free enterprise system, restore law and order and the sanctity of our Bill of Rights! Let's be proud "republican" Americans once again. Let's re-ignite that once shining light on the hill. Let's compel Congress, "the People's House", to take immediate action to restore the foundational principles of our founding fathers.
Only WE stand between constitutional governance and self-destruction. To turn the meaning of a now familiar phrase, WE THE PEOPLE are what we've been waiting for! Why wait any longer!?!?!?!?!?
Postscript: initially spearheaded by Gilberton PA Police Chief Kessler, what is hoped to be a massive march on DC is now being planned for September 9th. Law enforcement officers from around the country are planning to participate. Let's hope it puts Tahir Square to shame.
For me, the whole Snowden saga is intensely interesting and fraught with many burning questions and monumentally serious concerns. So, please indulge me again. In truth, like a good book, this subject is well-nigh impossible to shelve.
In a recent interview with CNN, former CIA officer, Robert Baer, for whom I have great respect, opined that Edward Snowden was likely a spy for the People's Republic of China.
Well, like Mr. Baer, we're all entitled to our opinions. And, of course, the diligent among us must always consider all possibilities until the full, unadulterated truth is fully disclosed--if it ever is.
That said, having thrice listened to the Guardian's interview of Snowden and carefully observing his facial patterns & manner of expression, I could not detect the slightest telltale sign of pretention or concealment. What I saw was a genuinely bright, very well-spoken, remarkably poised and, yes, lonely and beseiged American who thought he was doing the right thing for America, and was willing to take the hits for doing so. And until there is solid, incontrovertible proof to the contrary, I am compelled to adhere to that view. Not exactly scientific. But no less scientific than Mr. Baer's position.
Though I suspect both detractors/dissemblers and supporters alike are working on it, missing so far is a more comprehensive background analysis and objective psychological profile of Snowden, both of which would be helpful to those of us who have more than a passing interest in his motivations and in any proof of NSA's lawlessness. In any event, to date nothing in his background has suggested the makings of either a hero OR a spy. And had there been hints of either, one could logically deduce that the security clearance check he was subjected to by the US Government would have disclosed such dispositions. One would hope so anyway.
Curious to me is Mr. Baer's opining that Snowden is likely a spy for the PRC because, I gather, Snowden opted to flee to Hong Kong. To me, that is a rather foundationally flimsy deduction on Mr. Baer's part. Reportedly, albeit unsuccessfully, on more than one occasion Mr Snowden brought the issue of NSA's highly questionable and likely unconstitutional actions to the attention of his superiors. And there's the nub of my disagreement with Mr. Baer's preliminary assessment: why would Snowden run the risk of exposing himself to his superiors as a "troublemaker" IF he were a spy? Makes little sense to me.
My bet is that Snowden fled to Hong Kong because 1) it was geographically closer to Hawaii than Iceland, and 2) the chances of PRC's extraditing him to the US was minimal to nil. On balance, and assuming he gave the matter of asylum at least a modicum of consideration before fleeing, HK is where I would have gone had I been in his shoes.
Mysterious and worrisome is the fact that as of this writing, Snowden's current whereabouts is unknown. He has simply dropped out of sight. Did he defect, or was he swept up by the PRC or other hostile entity? We just don't know. Being so high-profile, I can't imagine how Snowden could easily remain concealed for long, unless, of course, his concealment was forced on him. We can only speculate as to his whereabouts at this time. We'll just have to wait and see.
Finally, let's not rush to final judgement about Mr. Snowden. The NSA apologists, and there are many, will attempt to discredit him. Those who fear the worst about "our" government, which are also numerous, will applaud his nobility and courage. However, those seeking the unvarnished truth about Snowden and the NSA will give him the benefit of the doubt and await developments.
This is the stuff of spellbinding novels, for sure. But, for me, the big concern is NOT whether Snowden was a spy, which, at this juncture strikes me as fanciful at best, but whether or not "our" government was/is spying on us. Which of the two scenarios should be more concerning to an American? Hands down, I'd say the latter--in spades!
Postscript, 6/13/13: If Mr. Snowden's sole purpose is to alert Americans that they are being spied upon by their own government, I am sincerely sympathetic and supportive. However, I am troubled and somewhat surprised by reports circulating on the internet today that he is determined to disclose more documents than is absolutely needed to accomplish that lofty goal. I hope my guarded sympathy for Snowden hasn't been misplaced. If these reports are true, then it appears Snowden is fast approaching the status of "Betrayer" versus a "Paul Revere". We can only hope his judgement and sense of patriotism doesn't fail him or the American people now.
Some brief opinions and observations regarding Edward Snowden:
Is there anything more sinister to Ed Snowden's disclosure than meets the eye? And just what did Snowden disclose that was so injurious to US national security--but, more importantly, to the individual security of Americans themselves?
In my opinion, there was nothing nefarious or inexcusable about Snowden's disclosure. In fact, the disclosure--whatever that disclosure actually entailed--was most likely a valuable and timely wake-up call to those of us who are not yet brain-dead and who still value what little remains of our liberty.
Now the "poster child", if you will, for the 1st and 4th Amendments, Snowden is "hiding" in plain sight--no unexplained "accidents" that way, they say. Understanding that he's broken the "law", he's justifiably worried about his safety, his future, his family. Said he, "I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions, but I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant." Not exactly the articulation of a double-agent for China, but a young man hoping to somehow survive his lonely Davidian battle against Goliath.
And for the detractors and conspiracists, yes, he disclosed what appears to have been evidence of the NSA's unbridled and unconstitutional attack on the privacy of millions of Americans; but, the fact that he did so while China's Pres. Xi was visiting with Obama in California strikes me as purely coincidental, not a diabolical Snowden-PRC plan to embarrass the US. Enough said about that, I think.
And let's keep in mind the HUGE distinction between Snowden and PFC Bradley Manning. The latter arbitrarily DUMPED classifed documents with no regard for the harm such a callous action might cause to both national security AND individual lives. Their motivations were completely different. Asserted Snowden, "I carefully evaluated every single document I disclosed [to the Guardian] to ensure that each was legitimately in the public interest. There are all sorts of documents that would have made a big impact that I didn't turn over, because harming people isn't my goal. Transparency is." Thus, Manning was thoughtless and brash. Snowden was sensitive to individuals' safety & the republic's security, and was clearly driven by his desire to protect individual rights.
Though his choice of Hong Kong was, at first, a tad mystifying to me, on balance I think I would have done the same. First, it is geographically closer to Hawaii than Iceland. Second, if I feared for my life and wanted to reduce the risk of capture and imprisonment by US authorities, I too would have opted for Hong Kong, the best of both worlds for a whistleblower. After all is said and done, Iceland may have initially proven to be more susceptible to US pressure to extradite, while the PRC can't be so easily bullied. (That said, Iceland is now carefully mulling over the idea of granting Snowden political asylum. And if that works out, then Snowden is "home" free--not, of course, in his USA homeland, but in a western-oriented country that proudly values individual liberty, and where he might again be able to reunite with his family and friends.)
Having thrice viewed the Guardian's interview of Mr. Snowden, there's something remarkably inspiring about this young man's sincerity, composure, acuity, and audacity--qualities and character strengths American patriots must draw upon if we are to successfully restore constitutional order in America and to prevent a police state taking hold. A GED graduate, and, obviously, a well-spoken and highly intelligent young man, I think we all need to give him the benefit of the doubt until such time that it is proven that self-serving and treasonous motives alone may have motivated him.
Let's understand what Mr. Snowden apparently did. He courageously sounded the alarm in a singularly unpretentious manner which characterized a man refreshingly at ease with having made a monumentally difficult, lonely and yet highly principled life-changing choice. No small feat for the best of us. For me, his unaffected and forthright manner confer much credibility to both him and to his story.
And isn't it ironic--indeed sickening--how upset Obama is over this and other leaks--unless, of course, he is the one doing the leaking for personal political gain. Selective indignation and shameless hypocrisy yet again. For Obama, par for the course.
And to our "representatives" who defend NSA's overreach and what is likely their expansive and faulty interpretation of the Patriot Act, they have much to answer for. In the name of all that's holy, I urge them to uphold their oath of office, and, at long last, to provide intensive OVERSIGHT not only of the NSA, but of the entire runaway bureaucratic Leviathan in DC. Oh, yes. And I urge them to read the Constitution they have sworn to uphold!
My friends, we are truly at a tipping point. Our 1st, 2nd, 4th, 9th and 10th Amendments are under assault as never before in our nation's history. Trite though it might sound, I don't think it's hyperbole to suggest that our very liberties genuinely hang in the balance. Like never before, I sense that we as a nation are perilously close to dissolution and/or upheavel, and that only We the People, most of whom remain effectively disengaged, are able to stop it. So, I thank you, Mr. Snowden, for showing us all how very close to disaster we Americans really are. We've been forewarned yet again. This time, let's hope enough of us in Congress and at the grassroots level take heed.
"Those who sacrifice Liberty for security deserve neither. He who would trade Liberty for some temporary security deserves neither Liberty nor security." Benjamin Franklin, 1755
I have been repeatedly reminded that the prolificity of my Opinerlog posts has mysteriously diminished over the past several months.
No, as yet, I haven't been threatened with an IRS audit. Being a small fish to fry, such an effort would simply be a terrible waste of IRS resources. Not to say "waste" isn't a cold reality in the federal leviathan, but I suspect IRS locusts would much rather continue their ravenous assaults on more well-heeled patriotic organizations, individuals and businesses where more painful political and economic damages can be inflicted. (And, let's face it. At 71, jail time is of no real consequence to me anyway. Prison certainly wouldn't shut me up, and maybe they know that.)
So, why the paucity of posts of late on my part?
Well, after recently publishing A Patriot's Call to Action which profiles the economic and constitutional threats posed by a ruthless Progressive contagion which, for years, has brazenly flouted American values/traditions and dangerously weakened the very fabric of our republic, there is really little else TO say at this juncture. My needlessly spouting steam at this time makes little sense. Armed with information, it's now really up to the body politic to challenge the Progressive menace.
At long last, disinfecting sunlight has finally penetrated the septicity of the Progressive contagion and its metastasis now stands a better of chance than ever of being reversed. In short, many folks have finally been shaken out of their stupors--no small feat. But, the question is, have enough people been awakened? And are enough folks sufficiently scared and incensed to push back? We shall see...
All that really remains in the coming weeks and months is for the details and breadth of this tentacular anti-American Progressive conspiracy to be fully disclosed and arrested. And from all indications, it appears that the Congressional investigations are finally shedding light on this cancerous infestation and causing Progressive cockroaches to scurry for cover. And that, of course, has always been my fervent hope and my blog's raison d'etre from the very beginning.
In short, many erstwhile somnabulant patriots--and, now, even some myopic useful idiots on the left--have finally been awakened to the Progressive threat to their personal freedoms and way of life. Nothing like the sting of personal vulnerability to stir even the most radical ideologues and sycophants among us.
As can be seen, a sufficient number of our "representatives" are finally understanding that the systemic corruption of this tyrannical Administration can no longer be benignly ignored nor tolerated; that it is, in fact, a "clear and present danger" to us all. With each passing day and disclosure, Congress and its teams of seasoned investigators are faithfully and rigorously taking on the conspirators. They instinctively know that this contagion must be fully exposed and destroyed.
Lingering questions: Will the trails clearly lead all the way up to the proverbial fish-head? And will Congress be undeterred no matter where the paths may lead them? My view is that the trails ALL lead to the fish-head and his Progressive apparatchiks in the White House. To believe otherwise is willfully delusional. Obama is either a disengaged incompetent boob and witless puppet or an accomplished self-serving ideologue. Clearly, he's not a stupid man--mendacious, smooth-talking, calculating, reckless, and driven by failed ideological theories, yes. But not IN CONTROL? Please.....
So, while Congress and a small cadre of responsible journalists soberly and fearlessly develop the details of the predictable IRS, AP, EPA, DHHS, NLRB, Homeland Security, Benghazi, et. al. scandals and tyranny, I've opted to cool my heels. Afterall, with so many aggressive and well-oiled investigations underway, all I could reasonably hope to do is to repeat what is already known or in the process of being disclosed. And that's just not my game or interest, nor do I think it would be educational or a useful expenditure of my time. Others can more enthusiastically serve the purpose of monitoring and reporting on developments than I.
That said, I still plan more posts specifically profiling constitutional issues, and continue to work toward that end. I believe that's the most constructive contribution my Opinerlog blog can provide. I will also follow-up on reports and concerns which, in my opinion, may have escaped adequate public scrutiny, like the Democratic Senators who formally requested the IRS to go after patriotic organizations in the first place!Will these Progressive hacks be asked to testify, or will the political ruling class protectively circle the wagons yet again? How Congress handles this nettlesome matter will be the true test of its mettle, integrity and seriousness. So, please stay tuned. I'm not out to pasture yet.
In any event, now is NOT the time for patriots to retire from the field of battle. Being validated is one thing, but complacently throwing in the towel before the job is done would be the heigth of stupidity and short-sightedness. Much serious work remains undone. If we are to fully restore constitutional order and revitalize American values and traditions throughout this nation, we must remain vigilant and both fearlessly and actively engaged.
And while civil disobedience, state nullification, secession and rebellion remain time-honored and thoroughly legitimate constitutional remedies to the tyranny which currently grips our "republic", I am now at least cautiously optimistic that, for the moment anyway, these God-given natural rights of resistance may be unnecessary; that given the tenacity and vigor of these investigations there may truly be light at the end of the tunnel.
That isn't to say that disunion can be altogether avoided. Drawing upon our founders' wisdom, and from a purely historical standpoint, I still believe that disunion--or a more sensible re-ordering of the union within a more classical federal framework--is, most likely, unavoidable and, in the final analysis, is, in the longer term, in the best political and economic interests of all Americans.
"Whenever the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience." John Locke, 1690
"A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government." Edward Abbey
"People who fight may lose. People who do not fight have already lost." Bertold Brecht
"What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance." Thomas Jefferson
Tom Bauerle of Western New York's WBEN reported on Friday, April 12th, that at the behest of Homeland Security, earlier this week Governor Cuomo convened the NYS Police and one representative from the NYS Criminal Justice Department for the purpose of forming a "clandestine task force" whose nefarious goal is to circumvent NY citizens' 4th Amendment rights as well as HIPAA privacy rules in an aggressive effort to confiscate the guns and to pull the pistol permits of any NYS citizen who, over the past 10 years, has visited a mental health provider or been prescribed anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medication during that period.
Make no mistake, folks. IF TRUE, Cuomo, the NYS Police Superintendent and the CJD participant, among other Cuomo accomplices yet unidentified, have clearly violated our civil rights and, by law, should be 1) removed from office, and 2) tried for their criminal behavior.
And to make matters worse--if that's even possible--through a friend of Mr. Bauerle, one Doug Hagman, a Homeland Security informant reported that this lawlessness was sanctioned and encouraged by VP Biden and the White House! In short, and according to the Homeland Security informant, the Obama Adminstration intended that this "task force" test the efficacy of Obama's systematic gun confiscation policies in NYS.
Unfortunately for these statist thugs, it looks like they may have blown it big time.
Their first target, one David Lewis, a librarian in Erie County whose guns had been reportedly taken from him, didn't fold. He retained counsel and is fighting back, a level of resistance the "secret task force" had not at all anticipated. The State Police response? "We got the wrong man." What? So, who was the right man and how did they obtain the "right man's" mental health records? Prevaricating, ruthless dunderheads! This time, our shameless Progressive overseers may have gone a tad too far--even for them.
My guess is that Cuomo, New York State's resident Progressive-in-Chief, can kiss his presidential bid good-bye. We can only hope that he and his thuggish co-conspirators end up in jail as well. They don't belong on the streets much less in public office.
I urge all New Yorkers to contact their State representatives and to insist upon a swift and thorough investigation. Absolutely nothing less should be tolerated. And let the chips fall where they may.
Sobering Postscript: it's important to note that the Assembly's Judiciary Committee is controlled by Progressives (odious apparachik Sheldon Silvers), thus appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate this lawlessness is, at best, doubtful. And, of course, we can't expect any help from the US Justice Department. Both our 2nd and 4th Amendment protections hang in the balance. Only a concerted grassroots effort will nip this tyranny in the bud. PUSH your reps to fully investigate and, if the wealth of reports are incontrovertible, we must all urge Cuomo to resign.
Did our Founders foresee our Republic's demise or
dissolution? In a word, unequivocally.
When in 1787 Dr. Benjamin Franklin stepped outside
Independence Hall in Philadelphia wherein delegates from the various States had
fashioned our Constitution, he was met by a woman who eagerly asked if we had a
monarchy or a Republic, to which Dr. Franklin famously replied, "You have
a Republic, madam, if you can keep it." And as it turns out, keeping our
Republic has been a very tall order-- indeed, an abject failure.
From that point forward, our Republic's unraveling
began for all the reasons our Founders had wisely anticipated.
Today, in what conservative Mark Levin has
insightfully characterized as America's "post-constitutional period",
it should be both sobering and, indeed,
alarming to realize that 3/4 of our federal laws have been promulgated, not by
our elected representatives, but by a faceless, heavy-handed and essentially unaccountable
bureaucracy, effectively supplanting bedrock republican principles of
governance with imperious bureaucratic rule.
Alien ideology, self-serving party politics, cynical
political pandering, a destructive squandering of our national wealth to
provide bread and circuses to nurture dependency, the dumbing down of a
politically correct population, relentless attempts to legitimize immoral
behavior, a calculated effort to destroy ourreligious foundations and the traditional nuclear family, and widespread
ignorance of or hostility toward our foundational constitutional principles,
have conspired to bring this country to a tipping point of economic collapse
and political suicide.
Astute historians and students of human behavior,
the Founders well-understood and apprehended the age-old tendency of human
nature to corrupt the best laid and loftiest plans of man. Below is but a
sampling of some very astute observations and warnings offered up by our
Founders and other historical figures which should give us all pause:
agree to the Constitution...and I believe, further, that this is likely to be
well administered for a course of years, and can only end in despotism,
as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted
as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other."
Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly
inadequate to the government of any other."
government is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will
pass to destruction, to wit, by consolidation first, and then corruption...The
engine of consolidation will be the federal judiciary; the two other branches
the corrupting instruments." Thomas Jefferson
spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments
in one, and thus to create...a real despotism."
Congress can employ money indefinitely, for the general welfare, and are the
sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of
religion into their hands; they may appoint teachers in every State, county,
municipality...and pay them out of the public treasury; they may assume the
provision of the poor...Were the power of Congress to be established in the
latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute
the very nature of the limited government establishment by the people of
America." James Madison
destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a
nation of freeman, we must live through all time or die by suicide."
On the matter of "soft tyranny”, this: "The will of man is not shattered, but
softened, bent, and guided--men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are
constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents
existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes,
and stupefies a people, till the nation is reduced to be nothing better than a
flock of timid and industrious animals, of which government is the
shepherd." Alexis De Tocqueville, "Democracy in America" (1830)
Do we accept the awful reality of our situation and
soberly prepare for peaceful and orderly dissolution, or do we, at our own
peril, accommodate and embrace the Godless Progressive agenda and their
authoritarian reordering of our lives? This is the critical question before us.
And when you hear Progressives proclaim the virtues
of democracy over and over again, remember these sinister quotes:
is the road to Socialism”: Karl Marx
is the road to Communism.” Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
In the throes of wishful thinking, complacency, confusion,
fear, anxiety, anger and uncertainty, with one voice patriots have yet to
define a clear remedial course of action going forward. But, time is running
out, and seizing upon a practicable remedy to our political and economic miasma
cannot be far off.
Whatever form that remedial course of action may
take, when faced with the looming threat of political oppression and economic
self-destruction let us always rely on the wise counsel of our Founders.
Let us never surrender to the utopian assault. In
the end, bullies are bullies, and always back down. Standing up in unity to
these soulless vermin must be our sacred mission.
give in—never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty,
never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to
force, never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
Retired 2003 as Assoc. Dir. Refugee & Immigration Services in Rochester. A Vietnam veteran (Captain, Infantry/Civil Affairs/Psy Ops), spent many years in Southeast Asia, Africa, Subcontinent managing disaster relief and development projects. Am a small businessman and keenly interested in history and the Constitution. Concerned that our country is being inexorably drawn toward Socialism and that Americans are unwittingly abandoning our founding governing principles and, in the process, our liberties, way of life and economic vitality. Disillusioned with the radicalized Democratic Party, became a member of the Greece and Monroe County Republican Committees until July 2012 when I became a registered member of the Conservative Party. Although politically conservative and a constitutional originalist, I welcome all constructive opinions. Only through common-sense dialogue, objective evaluation of opposing patriotic viewpoints, and a studious adherence to the Constitution can we all learn and develop responsible positions which will benefit our Republic. Member of Rochester Conservatives, the Tea Party, American Legion, Vietnam Vets of America, Gun Owners of America, NRA.