Look what I found Friday. After almost two years of conversation, machination, and aggravation . . . . . Thanx Town of Inglis.
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Don’t leave the blog today without reading the letter below from Ashley Rivers. This impassioned, reasonable observation of current events is written by a 25 year old paralegal who lives in Inglis, Florida. She could be the poster person for grounded, intelligent, non-self-absorbed, new generation members. With the ever present media hype to the contrary, it is certainly reassuring to know that freethinking objectivity is alive and well regardless of your politics. It’s my honor to bring her thoughts to you. You will hear from her in a larger audience. Take note of the Ben Carson references. More on him next time.
More Scary News
Last week I brought you a glimpse of the President’s insidious plan to “We Will Change America. We Will Change the World” . . . . 2008 campaign promises
The Emperor wants control of the internet, the largest free communications network the Earth has ever known. Can you imagine the catastrophic consequences of a government takeover of the internet? Hello ! ! Were you paying attention when Obama took Bill and Hilary’s healthcare baby (Rosemary’s) out of the incubator and named it Obamacare? And do you wonder what might be afoot, after all? Here’s the big picture. It’s a long read but worth every word. Click here
Obama vs. Us
From Wednesday’s post on the website Human Events http://humanevents.com
By Walter Williams 11/19/2014
Suppose you saw a person driving his car on the wrong side of a highway, against the traffic. Would you call him a stupid and/or incompetent driver? You say, “Williams, what kind of question is that? Of course he’s one or the other!” I’d say, “Hold your horses. What are his intentions?” If the driver’s intentions are to cause highway calamity, one can hardly call his actions stupid or incompetent. Given his intentions, he is wisely acting in a manner to achieve his objectives.
This observation lies at the heart of my colleague Dr. Thomas Sowell’s column last week, in which he says, “Pundits who depict Obama as a weak, lame duck president may be greatly misjudging him, as they have so often in the past.” After suffering an elective trouncing at the polls, President Barack Obama issued Congress an ultimatum, saying that if it doesn’t enact the kind of immigration law that he would like, he will unilaterally issue an executive order to change the nation’s immigration laws. This threat, along with other abuses of his office, is not a sign of presidential stupidity or incompetence.
Obama is doing precisely what he promised during his 2008 presidential campaign, to cheering and mesmerized crowds: “We are going to fundamentally change America” and “We will change America. We will change the world.” Obama is living up to those pledges by subverting our Constitution and adopting the political style of a banana republic dictator. He showed his willingness to ignore the Constitution when he eliminated the work requirement in welfare reform laws enacted during the Clinton administration. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, was enacted by Congress and hence is the law of the land. Obama has used executive orders to change the law on several occasions. Ask yourself whether our Constitution permits the president to unilaterally change a law enacted by Congress. For a president to do so is for him to behave like a banana republic dictator. As Sowell says, “people who are increasingly questioning Barack Obama’s competence are continuing to ignore the alternative possibility that his fundamental values and imperatives are different from theirs.”
The recent elections, which gave Republicans control of both houses of Congress, clearly indicate a repudiation of much of Obama’s agenda. But the question is whether the Republican majority has the courage to act on that repudiation and stop the president from running roughshod over the Constitution. Because Article 1 of the Constitution grants Congress the power of the purse, there is not much a president can do without a budget appropriation. The question is whether Congress has the guts to exercise its power.
We can rightfully condemn the president for picking and choosing which laws of the land he will obey and which he won’t, in violation of the Constitution’s Article 2, but is his administration’s executive branch that much of an exception to the other branches of the federal government — the legislative and judicial branches?
The legislative branch is bound by Article 1 of the Constitution. Section 8 of Article 1 delineates the scope of congressional power to tax and spend. Nowhere within Article 1, Section 8 is Congress granted the authority to tax for at least two-thirds of the federal budget.
The courts are bound by the Constitution’s Article 3. Part of the courts’ responsibility is to ensure that the executive and legislative branches of government uphold the Constitution. In that respect, the courts have been grossly derelict, particularly during and after the New Deal era.
Seeing as all branches of federal government ignore most of the provisions of the Constitution, I think we can safely say that we’ve reached the post-Constitution stage of our history. Washington politicians are not to blame. It’s the American people who’ve lost their love and respect for our Constitution. Washington’s politicians are simply the agents for that contempt.
Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University.
A quick note re immigration: Obamalama's exectutive order announced last night: 5 million illegal aliens to be granted unconditional citizenship. "Take That Congress!"
Rednak’s e:mail to Speaker of the House John Boehner. 11/19/2014
Now that the pendulum has swung in your party’s direction don’t you honestly think that it is of the utmost importance to stop this dictatorial edict binge the Congress has allowed the office of the Presidency to go on, since President Bush initiated the Iraq intervention and Congress ran behind the curtains. What Obama is doing is dangerous. Or are you Congressional Representatives of the U.S. population not paying attention? Or worse, are you afraid to take action?
The debacle of the 1200+ pages for Obamacare. Aside from the Litany of ineptness, the consequences hidden in the bowels of that tome are little gems of socialist pearls, such as the suggestion that elderly citizen’s medical validity be judged by a committee. Hitler must be dancing in Hell.
Immigrants and their children are 17% of the nation’s population today, but they have accounted for 42% of Medicaid growth since 2011. This list goes on. The import? Immigration impact by a new minority is outpacing dependence of all other segments of our population (natives). There is more, and I’m sure you are aware of the statistics.
Here’s the scary part. This picture is for legal immigrants! What are the effects of the daily hordes who sneak into the country by the thousands? ? ?
Come on, people. You can stop this. Man up.
Some Insightful Advice from Ashley Rivers
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” (Benjamin Franklin). What Benjamin Franklin and many founders emphasized throughout history was the gravity of taking a personal proactive approach toward being self-informed. Like many things in life, it is not the nature of knowledge to be at our immediate disposal. We must pursue it. It becomes our duty, therefore, to explore, discern, and resolve information ourselves, instead of gambling with the information of others.
Several months ago, Doctor Ben Carson appeared on a conservative radio program, encouraging Americans to read a book that is largely entrusted by many “leftist” groups. Why? To become informed on other political positions, because one cannot adequately debate a position without first acquiring knowledge of the opposition. Doctor Carson explained that “we are at the pinnacle of power, but in order to exercise that power properly, we must be informed...And we must exercise that power by being responsible voters.” (1).
Recently, a certain petition was produced in Inglis. The fabricated document catered to peoples’ emotions by representing that the town intended to seize their homes. In actuality, the petition’s agenda was to recall votes for a particular commissioner. Some who signed, though, were either not told this or did not read it themselves. In fact, information vital to the citizen’s choice was left un-divulged altogether. Inglis is not seizing any homes, for such an act of tyranny would contradict our world of democracy - something that is very precious to our nation.
The objective of the petition was to accumulate the signatures of misguided citizens to unseat a commissioner with whom few citizens disagree. That’s all. The message here, however, isn’t to condemn the petition’s creators; rather to remind people of the power of knowledge. Given the petition and the motive behind its supporters, citizens must strenuously exercise the responsibility of analyzing facts themselves.
During the interview, Doctor Carson also noted that “one of [the book’s tactics]...is the ‘rabid attempt to divide Americans…’” Do we really want to allow the same in our own
community? Instead, as Doctor Carson noted, “we must not allow ourselves to be manipulated.
We must go out. We must talk, even to people with whom we disagree….” This, we cannot afford to ignore: to flirt with ignorance is to become easy prey to lies and propaganda. By devoting time and efforts into investigating the information and opinions with which we are furnished, only then can we fully reap the benefits of knowledge and wisdom. Then, we can make a lasting impact for the good of the people.
Works Cited: 1. Ritz, Erica. “Why Is Dr. Ben Carson Urging Americans to Read Saul Alinsky’s ‘Rules for Radicals’?” TheBlaze.com; Nov. 14, 2014.
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