Views on the News – 6/22/2013
By: David Coughlin
I don’t trust my government as far as I can spit, and you shouldn’t either. I love my country, but I don’t love our politicians or government bureaucrats. History proves that people in government the world over are liars, cheats, frauds, incompetents, common criminals, tyrants, and even murderers. Why should I trust them with my phone records, emails, tax records, and healthcare? Let’s just look at recent history – SEO (Since Electing Obama):
· Obama’s IRS persecuted honest people for the crime of being conservative critics of Obama, yet nominated proven tax cheats like Tom Daschle, Nancy Killefer, Hilda Solis, and Ron Kirk to major positions in his administration.
· He also criticized Mitt Romney for keeping his money in the Cayman Islands, but then named Jack Lew to become Treasury Secretary, even though Lew keeps his money in the Cayman Islands.
· Obama and Hillary lied about Benghazi, ordered Susan Rice to lie to the media for two weeks, then Obama even lied about the terrorist attack multiple times in front of the UN.
· It now appears Hillary Clinton ordered a cover up of a prostitution scandal in her own State Department.
· General James Clapper lied in front of Congress about the NSA surveillance program.
· The head of the IRS lied in front of Congress about the scandal involving the targeting of conservatives.
· Obama claims he knew nothing about IRS persecution, even though he visited with the head of the IRS 157 times in his first term. He also met with the head of the IRS employees union the day before the targeting began.
· Attorney General Eric Holder appears to have lied under oath about spying on journalists. Holder said he knew nothing about it, while he signed the request for surveillance.
· And let’s not forget the Kathleen Sebelius ObamaCare extortion scandal.
These scandals all tie together. They represent “Government Gone Wild.” Our government is out of control. It is run by meglo-maniacs and control freaks who lie with impunity. Everything is always “top secret” and “on a need to know basis.” They will take care of us and protect us- whether we like it or not, want it or not, ask for it or not, need it or not. Personally, I think the group we need protecting from is government.
(“Trust My Government? Are You Kidding?” by Wayne Allyn Root dated June 14, 2013 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/wayneallynroot/2013/06/14/trust-my-government-are-you-kidding-n1620250 )
Truth is the lifeblood of democracy, but without honesty, the foundations of consensual government crumble. Almost everything that IRS officials have reported about the agency’s unlawful targeting of conservative groups has proven false. IRS malfeasance was not limited only to the Cincinnati office, as alleged, but followed directives sent from higher-ups in Washington. There is legitimate dispute over both the number and purpose of former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman’s visits to the White House and nearby executive office buildings, but he did his credibility no good by snidely remarking to Congress that he might also have visited for an Easter egg roll with his kids. Attorney General Eric Holder – who’s already been held in contempt by the House for declining to turn over internal Justice Department documents for the “Fast and Furious” scandal — swore to Congress that he had no knowledge of any effort to go after individual reporters, but Holder had earlier done just that, signing off on a search warrant to monitor the communications of Fox reporter James Rosen. In other words, the attorney general of the United States under oath misled, or lied to, Congress. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was recently asked by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) whether the National Security Agency collected the phone and email records of millions of ordinary Americans. Clapper said that it did not, but that, too, was an untruth. Clapper did not demur or request a closed session, instead finding it easier to deceive, later dubbing his response as the “least untruthful” answer possible. Washington reporters and spin doctors argue whether newly appointed National Security Advisor Susan Rice knowingly lied when she held a single video-maker responsible for spontaneous riots that led to the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi. No one disputes that her televised fables were untrue, and demonstrably so, at the time, yet Rice was promoted, not censured, following her performance. When White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked point-blank whether the administration had altered CIA-produced intelligence memos to fit the administration narrative of a spontaneous riot in Benghazi, Carney answered unequivocally that the administration had made only one stylistic change, but that, too, was not accurate. In fact, there were at least 12 different drafts that reflected substantial ongoing changes by the administration of the original CIA talking points. Deception is now institutionalized in the Obama administration. It infects almost every part of the government, eroding the trust necessary for the IRS, the Department of Justice, our security agencies, and the President’s official press communiqués, sabotaging the public trust required for democracy itself. There is utopian arrogance in Washington that justifies any means necessary to achieve exalted ends of supposed fairness and egalitarianism, and if one has to lie to stop the Tea Party or Fox News, then it is not quite seen by this administration as a lie.
(“When Untruth Undermines Democracy” by Victor Davis Hanson dated June 20, 2013 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/victordavishanson/2013/06/20/when-untruth-undermines-democracy-n1622774 )
The Obama administration’s handling of its multiple scandals paints a picture of those who believe they are above the law. There’s a pattern of arrogance, dismissiveness, denial, scapegoating, stonewalling, lying, false professions of ignorance, assurances of accountability and punishing whistle-blowers. The numerous parallels in the administration’s handling of the Fast and Furious and Internal Revenue Service scandals alone are too striking to be coincidental. The recurring theme is that the buck never stops at the Obama White House. With Fast and Furious, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives adopted an ill-conceived, indefensible plan to deliberately walk guns into Mexico with the hope that they would end up at scenes of crimes perpetrated by Mexican drug lords and thus lead to their arrests. Under the plan, ATF agents were instructed to reject their training and not follow the weapons but wait until after crimes had been committed and people had been injured or killed with the weapons and then try to link them to the drug lords. When the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry led to the outing of this operation, everyone in the administration denied knowledge and approval of it. Fast-forward to the Internal Revenue Service scandal and compare the administration’s reaction – in both cases:
· Holder lied and then lied about his lying.
· The administration investigated itself and stonewalled Congressional investigators.
· The administration denied culpability and knowledge and blamed the wrongdoing on rogue employees — in Phoenix and Cincinnati, respectively.
· The administration blamed Bush. With Fast and Furious, Wide Receiver was the culprit. With the IRS scandal, it was the fault of a Bush appointee.
· Obama expressed shock and varying levels of outrage, promised to bring to account those responsible and then proceeded to do the opposite.
· Congressional Democrats obstructed and ran interference for the administration.
· Obama did his best to shield those accountable, rewarding the wrongdoers and, in some cases, punishing the whistle-blowers.
Congress must not be deterred by the administration’s evasions since it must turn up the heat and be just as persistent in demanding accountability as the administration is in dodging it.
(“The Buck Never Reaches Obama” by David Limbaugh dated June 14, 2013 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/davidlimbaugh/2013/06/14/the-buck-never-reaches-obama-n1619702 )
In the first flush of stories about how the National Security Agency is surveilling American citizens, one stomach-turning revelation hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves: we get the surveillance state we deserve because rank political partisanship trumps bedrock principle every time on just about every issue. Nothing that comes out can be more dispiriting than the simple truth that Democrats and Republicans are both happy to love Big Brother as long as he’s got the right party affiliation. The partisan breakdown was vastly different, with 75% of Republicans finding it acceptable and just 23% dissenting. When it came to the Democrats, only 37% of Democrats signed off on NSA snooping, with a whopping 61% saying screw off. Fast-forward to June 2013, when a Democrat occupies the Oval Office after an easy reelection and his party controls the Senate. This time around, it’s Democrats who overwhelmingly support collecting collecting yottabytes and exabytes of metadata on us all, with 64% saying they are totally fine with NSA surveillance programs and a measly 34% disagreeing. Among Republicans, enthusiasm for eye-in-the-sky surveillance has taken a major hit, with only 52% agreeing and 47% saying no. The same predictable, partisan-fueled march of the lemmings shows up in questions about monitoring email. The virtually unyielding preference for partisanship over principle explains why regardless of which party controls the government, the surveillance state continues to grow. That same dynamic also helps to explain what is arguably the single-most important political trend over the past 40, 50, or even 70 years: the rise in the percentage of voters who flatly refuse to identify with either the Republican or Democrat Party. In 2012, more voters (38%) called themselves independent than admitted to being Democrat (32%) or Republican (24%). Political partisanship is the bane of our society and has only gotten worse as both major political parties have become more radical in their leadership and approach.
(“NSA Confidential: We Love Big Brother If He’s Got the Right Party Affiliation” by Nick Gillespie dated June 14, 2013 published by Reason at http://reason.com/archives/2013/06/14/nsa-confidential-we-love-big-brother-if )
While the nation tries to come to grips with the cascade of scandals involving the Obama administration, a significant phenomenon has been occurring, and that is the demise of the global warming / climate change hoax that has driven national and international policies since the 1980s. Directed from within the bowels of the most corrupt international organization on planet Earth, the United Nations, the hoax originally generated the Kyoto Protocols in December 1997 to set limits on the generation of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The UN’s climate charlatans claimed that CO2 was causing the Earth to dramatically warm, but it was a lie. Fast-forward to the recent UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany, and news that Russia, joined by Ukraine and Belarus, blocked the adoption of the agenda of the “Subsidiary Body for Implementation,” part of the standard fast-tracking toward a 2015 Climate Treaty scheduled to be adopted and signed in Paris. Part of the treaty is a scheme to redistribute the wealth of developed nations to those less developed. All UN treaties require nations to surrender some aspect of their national sovereignty. There is clearly a backlash against the global warming hoax, particularly from nations that have discovered the costs to their economies that idiotic “renewable” energy schemes and emissions reductions incur. Despite President Obama’s incessant claims that the Earth is heating, scientists in both Russia and China have been publishing data from scientific studies disputing the Big Lie of global warming / climate change. According to Marc Morano “The scientific reality is that on virtually every claim, from A to Z, the claims of the promoters of man-made climate fears are failing, and in many instances the claims are moving in the opposite direction. The global warming movement is suffering the scientific death of a thousand cuts.” Literally thousands of scientists around the world have disputed the IPCC “science” and many former “warmists” have reversed their former beliefs. The threat facing Americans is posed by the Environmental Protection Agency that clings to the Big Lie about CO2 and uses it as the basis for a flood of regulations that are doing great harm to economic recovery and development. The same holds true for the Departments of Energy and the Interior that deny access to the nation’s huge reserves of energy resources and, in the case of coal, act to destroy its mining industry and plants using it for the generation of electricity. The global warming/climate change hoax continues to be widely taught in the nation’s schools and that should end – Now. Despite the lies surrounding global warming / climate change, the hoax is in its final death throes and has been for many years.
(“The Continuing Collapse of the Global Warming Hoax” by Alan Caruba dated June 16, 2013 published by Canada Free Press at http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/55939 )
Congress keeps making the same assurances on border security, and will probably deliver the same disappointing results. The Gang of Eight is offering this basic deal: “We will pretend to enforce the law, if you pretend to believe us.” This bill purports to create an exit-entry visa system that Congress has been mandated since 1996, which has still not been implemented. Seventeen years later, Congress is now seeking a new amnesty for roughly 11 million illegal aliens partly in exchange for the very same entry-exit system. In 2006, Congress passed a law calling for about 700 miles of double-layer fencing on the border, and five years later we’ve built only 36 miles. The rest of the mileage is various forms of inferior fencing, in keeping with a loophole Congress passed the very next year. The CBO predicts that the new bill will only cut future illegal immigration by 25%. Senator Marco Rubio is now refusing to say whether he will vote “yes” on his own Gang of Eight bill after spending months drafting, defending, and helping shepherd it to the floor. He has supposedly discovered that the enforcement provisions are inadequate, although he has done countless interviews insisting the bill contains the “toughest immigration-enforcement measures in the history of the United States.” Another basic problem is that the amnesty comes before anything else, giving the Obama administration, ethnic interest groups, and the business lobby every incentive to resist any enforcement measures after passage. Rubio admitted: “First comes legalization. Then comes the measures to secure the border. And then comes the process of permanent residence.” He is careful to blur the difference between the initial amnesty and the process of getting a green card to give the mis-impression that enforcement has to happen before anything else does. Not that he’ll use the word “amnesty.” They readily call the 1986 immigration reform “amnesty,” even though the essential features of the Gang of Eight bill, legalization with a few symbolic hoops for the newly legal immigrants, are exactly the same. The Gang of Eight bill is powered by pretense and word games. Based on history, in about a decade or so, we will need yet another comprehensive immigration reform bill based once again on promises to enforce the previous bill.
(“The Enforcement Game” by Rich Lowry dated June 18, 2013 published by National Review Online at http://www.nationalreview.com/article/351314/enforcement-game-rich-lowry )
On April 23, 2007, then-Senator and future Presidential candidate Barack Obama said in one of his speeches: “Now it’s our moment to lead – our generation’s time to tell another great American story. So someday we can tell our children that this was the time when we helped forge peace in the Middle East,” but It hasn’t quite turned out that way. It would be just as silly to pretend that Obama isn’t responsible for much, and in some cases most, of the multiplying failures we’re seeing sweep the world. The President’s policies have, by almost every objective measure, failed, and they have failed by his own standards, his own words, and his own promises. What he said would happen has not; and the things he complained about have gotten worse. His incompetence in international affairs is staggering; and in some of these circumstances it will take years, in some cases decades, and in some cases generations to undo the damage, if we ever do. What Barack Obama must know is that conducting foreign policy turned out to be a lot harder than critiquing someone else’s foreign policy. He also found out words don’t substitutes for actions. His preening arrogance and empty threats don’t actually shape events on the ground. There is a high human cost to ineptitude. After eight years the damage of the Obama legacy will be extraordinary, but the damage may be most acute in foreign policy, where events are continuing to spin out of control and our commander-in-chief doesn’t have a clue how to stop it.
(“Obama’s Multiplying Foreign Policy Failures” by Peter Wehner dated June 14, 2013 published by Commentary Magazine at http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2013/06/14/obamas-multiplying-foreign-policy-failures/ )
David Coughlin is a political pundit, editor of the policy action planning web site “Return to Common Sense,” and an active member of the White Plains Tea Party. He retired from IBM after a short career in the U.S. Army. He currently resides with his wife of 40 years in Hawthorne, NY. He was educated at West Point (Bachelor of Science, 1971) and the University of Alabama in Huntsville (Masters, Administrative Science, 1976).