An Ideology of Dishonesty and Betrayal

By: Patti Bankson

The president’s chief of staff and two senators went to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, last week. You may, or may not, know the prisoners there have been on strike. The prison holds 166 prisoners, 104 of whom are considered to be on a hunger strike, and 41 are being force-fed. I guess the food prepared to specifically meet their religious dietary needs wasn’t good enough for them, and someone, somehow, seems to think that if they were moved to a prison in the US where they’d be served the mostly bad tasting “slop” the rest of the prisoners get, and complain/riot about, they’d start eating. Or, will their current cook go with them? My guess is that would increase the new prison’s budget.

Speaking of budgets… one of President Obama’s reasons for closing Gitmo is supposedly the cost of keeping it open: $150M per year. That’s just over $900,000 per detainee. By contrast, it typically costs us about $25k per year per federal inmate; at the supermax in CO, which holds domestic terrorists Eric Rudolph and Ted Kaczynski, the cost is about $60k. You know, given the choice of spending $150M to keep Gitmo open or spending the same amount to help IRS people learn to line dance and “enjoy” self-produced Star Trek spoofs, I’d go for door #1. Personally? I don’t care whether they choose to eat or starve themselves to death… I thought the left was all about choice.

I found it interesting that ABC News called the trip a “surprise”. Really? A surprise to whom, I wonder? Isn’t it amazing how politicians can’t keep a secret, or pull off a surprise, when it comes to certain things, but can hide facts and keep secrets when it comes to certain other things? Things that we should, and want, to know? Like: Is my government actually spying on me, and millions of other American citizens? Are those my phone records they’re collecting, and planning to stash in that gi-nor-mous facility currently under construction in the Utah desert? Do we know what they’re going to do with that information, besides collecting it? No! But I can give you a possible clue…

Maybe they’ll “share” it with people who share the administration’s ideology, who can then turn around and use it against those who don’t. Can’t call me paranoid, because it’s already been done… remember conservative groups applying for 501c4s who were targeted, and delayed their approval, while liberal groups sailed right on through? Oh, and how about the EPA turning over personal information of livestock and poultry producers to extremist environmental groups… phone numbers, addresses and geographic coordinates. An overwhelming majority of the information released appears to be from farms owned by families who may now face threats to their homes and businesses.

No matter which side of the political aisle you’re on, surely you understand that there is something wrong here… very, very wrong. To those of you who thought Mitt Romney was not the best presidential choice, and voted otherwise, as Obama’s “pastor”, Rev. Wright said, “America’s chickens are coming home to roost.” Yes, they are, sir… yes, they are. But not for the reasons you meant. I believe it’s because some Americans voted against a man representing God and integrity, in favor of having “the first…..”

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