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Are We A Nation of Laws?

Posted by courage On June - 9 - 2010


Bob Basso as Thomas Paine discussing illegal immigration, asking the question whether we are a nation of laws?

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During the recent Jewish Heritage Celebration at the White House…

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One has to wonder IF during a celebration of Black History month at the White House Thomas made a statement about returning all Black citizens to Africa, how that would be interpreted by the liberal/progressive/Left ?  In all likelihood we will never know, since overt racism like that would be quickly condemned by the Left and rightfully so.

From ABC News:

Former Clinton special counsel and spokesman Lanny J. Davis issued a statement Sunday calling on the White House to suspend Thomas’ privileges in the White House press room, and for Hearst to consider a similar suspension of her position as a nationally syndicated columnist.

“Of course Helen has the right as a private citizen under the First Amendment to speak her mind, even as an anti-Jewish bigot — but not as a member, much less privileged member with a reserved seat, in the WH press corps,” Davis wrote.

Indeed as an American citizen Thomas does have the right to speak any misinformed opinion she may hold, yet when the line of private citizen crosses over and affords her the platform of a “privileged” news correspondence with access to spew her ill-informed opinions something has to give.

Being a part of the White House press corps allows Thomas a position of power in the media.  Her skewed beliefs can be presented as fact and questions can be slanted toward increased anti-semantic intolerance, with little to no moderation.  I have teetered between having her White House press pass revoked, in essence disallowing her a platform to speak, to removing her from the esteemed “Dean” of the corps and relegating her to a backroom seat.  On one hand moments like this allow for discussion of the insidious nature of racism, yet how often do we as society do we allow those who have power to continually perpetuate ignorance?

So will the left call Helen Thomas out for her comments?  Or will them remain mute, condoning the ignorance through their silence?

In adding some depth to this question, take a look at Helen Thomas during a White House press conference as she questions Gibbs immediately after the Israeli incident with the Flotilla.  Prior to knowing   facts surrounding the incident Thomas castigates  the administration for not condemning Israel.

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Senator Harry Reid is a Buffoon

Posted by courage On June - 3 - 2010

From the Washington Times:

During a press conference last Friday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, told reporters about a bipartisan amicus brief to the Supreme Court supporting the right of military families to bury the remains of their loved ones without being protested. I asked Mr. Reid if the same right to privacy should extend to private citizens whose homes are protested by public unions. Mr. Reid dodged the issue saying, “I don’t know anything about lawns and Bank of America executives.”

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Of course, why would Reid know anything about the SEIU workers who stormed the home of a Bank of America lawyer and protested on his front lawn?  This act of terrorism by SEIU thugs was widely reported on by the media when it happened.

Are these congresscritters that disconnected from what is happening in this country or is his feigned ignorance because SEUI is intimately tied to the Democratic party and could be considered the enforcement arm of the party?

In any case.. Senator Reid, you are a buffoon!

The Perpetual Candidate Syndrome: Mark Leyva

Posted by courage On April - 29 - 2010

Political operatives are always on the look-out for methods to increase their exposure.  The perpetual is a candidate disconnected with voters. They present themselves as the one thing they are not… electable.  Since one particular candidate has chosen to “go public” with his self-appointed leadership position of the Lake County Tea Party, the time has come to examine and shake out what is the driving factor behind the missteps, inconsistencies and character behind Mark Leyva.  After turning Mark Leyva upside-down, it is interesting to see what shakes out.

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Visualizing the Obama Cuts in the Budget

Posted by courage On April - 28 - 2010

Until recently the concept of trillions of dollars was more apt to be spoken about while paying a board game or in the context of a joke.  As common people, who work for a daily salary, even numbers in the millions are challenging to grasp.  For most of us earning a million dollars will require decades of toil for an employer, even then for some that number may never be achieved.

h/t to Gene for sending this video

Congressman Boehner: Dem’s face a Creditability Gap

Posted by courage On April - 27 - 2010

Congressman Boehner ticks off earlier credibility issues with passed legislation by the manic “look there’s a fire”  Democrats which reportedly would do one thing yet fails to meet even a minimum standard of achieving acceptability.

~ The Stimulus package hyped as creating jobs and keeping unemployment below 8%.. failed on both accounts.

~  The war of the deficit, while passing pay-go, they exempt every piece of legislation from fiscal solvency and  continue to increase the debt.

~ The trillion dollar take-over of the health care system with promises it would lower costs and reduce the country’s debt, lies, written about here.

And now the financial reform bill, the Congressman doesn’t go far enough in spelling out how this bill will further insert the federal government in to the corporate structure of private companies.  Who gets to make the decisions about the feds stepping in?  Two people.. the pResident and little Timmy from the Treasury.  Is there any recourse to prevent the hostile takeover by the feds.. nope,  the corporation cannot even appeal the government’s decision in a court of law.

Let’s hear from Congressman Boehner:

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Constitutional Governance

Posted by courage On April - 26 - 2010

Dr. Kate who we met in Washington D.C. during the 9-12 rally and who was a state representative during the Constitutional Congress 2009 in St Charles, Illinois has a recent post which covers the constitutionality  of the Arizona’s action against illegal immigration.

Read her article here.

From the NY Times:

President Obama denied “categorically” on Wednesday any political involvement or advance knowledge of the federal case against Goldman Sachs, saying he learned about the civil fraud suit from television.

The accusations lodged against the Wall Street giant came right as the White House was pressing forward in its drive to pass new regulations on financial firms. The timing, and the party-line 3 to 2 vote by the Securities and Exchange Commission approving the lawsuit, have stoked suspicions of political manipulation.

Yet Obama’s political machine, Organizing for America (OFA), just before the S.E.C. announcement bought the Google keywords of SEC and Goldman Sachs.  In making this purchase whenever someone searches Google for either of these words a paid ad link for OFA appears on the top of the page.  It appears beyond coincidence that of all the words, companies and government agencies available for purchase they would make the purchase of these two words.  Okay, it’s a long shot that Obama didn’t know about the SEC investigation, but apparently someone in his political organization was aware of pending charges.

Financial expert, Terry Savage, from the Chicago Sun-Times on Monday wrote an interesting article on the SEC and Goldman Sachs, breaking down the charges, the entire article can be read here.

Near the end of the article Ms. Savage states:

In the meantime, they have given fuel to the fire that demands increasing regulation over Wall Street activities. Never mind that government regulators had the laws, and the power, yet still completely failed to uncover scams ranging from Madoff to the current Goldman conflict of interest.

So the laws are already in place to prevent the alleged misdeeds of Goldman Sachs, but like in the Madoff case, they failed in performing their due diligence and uncovering potential wrong doings.  Instead of investigating where the current law and system failed, Congress wants to jump on the bandwagon of convoluted populace thought that “those big, bad, mean companies need to be shot down.”

But the real loss is to the future of America, which needs the free enterprise system to provide growth and opportunity, as well as pay down our existing debts. Every over-regulated economy in history has failed — from the U.S.S.R. to Cuba — to provide for its citizens, despite the good intentions of government planners.

And for what it is worth..  NO Obama is NOT going to give back the almost one million dollars Goldman Sachs gave his campaign.