Religion Of Ignorance!

“A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the RIGHTS which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.”– Benjamin Franklin

Goodness gracious, America – what is it going to take for the American people to bring forth justice against an administration that is willfully and purposely tearing down the Constitution of the United States? Of course, we know that this is nothing but an attempt by the current administration to recreate our country in the image that looks just like themselves … lawless!

What sort of men and woman are behind these unconstitutional and unlawful schemes being perpetrated against the American people on a daily basis?

And let me ask you, what kind of a message is it when those who have been entrusted to represent “we the people” can no longer be trusted? Thirteen percent (Gallup) of the American people say that they have confidence in Congress as an institution.

Capitol Hill Blue did some research on Congress, and here is what they found:

  • 111 members of the House and Senate have run at least two businesses that went bankrupt, often-leaving business partners and creditors holding the bag.
  • 79 of them have credit reports so bad that they can’t get an American Express card on their own (but as members of Congress, they get a government-issued American Express card without a credit check).
  • 64 have personal and financial problems so serious that they would be denied security clearances by the Department of Defense or the Department of Energy if they had to apply through normal channels (but, again, as members of Congress, they get such clearances simply because they fooled enough people to get elected).
  • 31 members of Congress have been accused of spousal abuse in either criminal or civil proceedings.
  • 33 have driving-while-intoxicated arrests on their driving records (34 if you include President George W. Bush, but he never served in Congress).
  • 24 are or have been defendants in various lawsuits, ranging from bad debts, disputes with business partners, or other civil matters.
  • Nine members of Congress have been accused of writing bad checks, even after the scandal several years ago, which resulted in closure of the informal House bank that routinely allowed members to overdraw their accounts without penalty.
  • 17 have drug-related arrests in their backgrounds, six for shoplifting, five for fraud, four for assault, and one for criminal trespass.

These are the ones that were caught, and this was in 2005.

Because they were not held accountable for their crimes back then, they have today become more emboldened to continue down the same lawless road.

People in this country need to understand that criminals mock society’s laws. America’s compassion is a weakness that its enemies do not and will not share. Criminals thrive on the indulgences of society’s understandings. The corrupt depend upon your ignorance of the Constitution and its enumerated laws. Until America calls those who break the laws “criminals,” nothing is going to change (Isaiah 51:4).

The days are getting darker, you might say; but remember, when you live in darkness, the only light that you have is truth. So turn the lights up and expose the darkness. It would do us all well, America, to stick to the light that not only exposes but also refuses the darkness (Ephesians 5:11).

Daniel Webster rightly said, “I apprehend no danger to our country from a foreign foe. … Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence. I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants, and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men, and become the instruments of their own undoing. Make them intelligent, and they will be vigilant; give them the means of detecting the wrong, and they will apply the remedy.”

“Study The Past/ History Tends to Repeat Itself”

“Mask Off! The Mind of The Enemy Within”

King Barack: “I Can Act On My Own Without Congress”

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As many Americans predicted, Barack Obama’s second term is taking an even more authoritarian turn than his first. No longer restricted by a need to be re-elected, he has made it abundantly clear that he intends to treat America as his monarchy for the remainder of his time in the White House.

In recent days, both Obama and White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer alluded to the president’s “pen” and “phone,” indicating his desire to bypass Congress in imposing his leftist policies onto an unsuspecting public.

Obama’s disdain for the legislative branch was on full display during a speech in North Carolina this week. After calling for yet another extension of unemployment benefits, he indicated that he won’t let lawmakers stand in the way of his radical agenda.

“Long-term, the challenge of making sure everybody who works hard can get ahead in today’s economy is so important that we can’t wait for Congress to solve it,” he told the crowd.

Of course, millions of Americans realize that the working class would advance naturally if Obama’s intrusive federal government would allow the free market to operate, well, freely. His stated goal, however, differs from his true mission of fundamentally transforming this once-great nation.

He has already presided over a marked decline in U.S. economic liberty. A recent report shows that America has, for the first time, dropped from the list of the world’s ten freest nations.

Obama wants to create a citizenry dependent on him, not themselves. Such coercion is the only assurance the leftists can continue to win elections. Though he has been frustratingly successful in implementing his plan thus far, his agenda is on track to gain even more speed with his absolute dismissal of lawmakers elected to keep him in check.

“Where I can act on my own without Congress,” he told the North Carolina crowd, “I’m going to do so.”

Outrageously, he has already signed multiple executive orders with little significant criticism of his fiat rule. This has apparently only emboldened him to declare outright his intention to carry out the remainder of his term as a monarch.

–B. Christopher Agee

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Conservatives Speak Out Against Budget Deal

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In their apparent effort to avoid another government shutdown, a $1.1 trillion budget bill sailed through the U.S. House of Representatives this week with bipartisan support.

Fiscal and social conservatives, naturally, received the short end of the stick. Funding for leftist policies is included in the stopgap measure, while provisions for stricter abortion regulations and restrictions on the Environmental Protection Agency are conspicuously missing.

Perhaps the most contentious aspect of the nearly 1,600 page bill is its inclusion of pension cuts for veterans. While a litany of entitlement programs continue to receive taxpayer money, those brave men and women tasked with protecting our nation are left wanting.

The outrageous appropriations bill now awaits passage by members of the Democrat-controlled Senate. In the meantime, prominent conservative groups are bashing the deal as wasteful and unsustainable.

Among the organizations that vehemently oppose the bill is Club for Growth, which indicated a bipartisan, bicameral compromise late last year served as the impetus for this current deal.

“It funds ObamaCare, plusses up other wasteful programs, and contains dozens of policy riders that can only be described as earmarks,” the organization said in a statement about the bill.

FreedomWorks also mentioned the compromise between Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democrat Sen. Patty Murray in criticizing the current proposal.

“The spending levels in this bill reflect the Ryan/Murray budget deal that was reached in December,” the group stated, “spending $45 billion above the budget caps established back in 2011.”

From that organization’s perspective, the bill’s creation is more alarming than what is included therein.

“The appropriators who crafted this bill did so in absolute secrecy,” the statement continued, “preventing any meddlesome outsiders from nagging them about the spending tweaks and program changes they tucked into a 1,500 page bill.”

A statement by Heritage Action for America pointed out that “the omnibus increases spending, in some cases dramatically, beyond most of the House-passed allocations for [Fiscal Year 2014] appropriations cycle.”

Echoing the sentiments of fellow conservative advocates, Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips lambasted Congress’ “unwillingness to restrain spending.”

He further criticized the unwillingness of legislators to present a proper budget proposal, indicating “this short-sighted, indulgent legislation is the unfortunate result.”

–B. Christopher Agee

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Our Clueless President

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Let me get this straight.

For five years, Barack Obama has been president.

For five years, he’s demonstrated — with amazing consistency — that he has no clue what we need to get out of the ditch and back on the road to real economic recovery.

He’s repeatedly demonstrated that he can’t work with a divided Congress; and he can’t, or just plain won’t, lean on Harry Reid to allow the Senate to vote on the stack of jobs bills that has been sent over by the House.

The president clearly has learned nothing on the job. And now, our multi-clueless commander in chief is so frustrated that he’s not getting his way with Congress, he’s starting to issue decrees like some tin-pot socialist South American dictator.

That’s what Obama did this week when he called on Congress to pass his latest list of tried-and-not-true ideas for resurrecting the economy.

If Congress didn’t enact his pet policies — a federal minimum wage hike, another unemployment insurance extension, funding for universal preschool, etc. — the president decreed, he was going to wield his executive super-powers.

“I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone,” he bragged, “I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive action and administrative actions that move the ball forward.”

Trouble is, the president is one of the few guys on the field who doesn’t realize that the ball he wants to move forward has been out of air for almost a century.

The most powerful leader on the planet still doesn’t get it when it comes to economic policy — and obviously never will.

He still thinks like a naive 20-something community organizer from South Chicago who has never had to meet a payroll or raise a dime of capital.

He still believes in the 1930s New Deal myth that it’s the government that creates prosperity and growth, not free-market capitalism.

And he still doesn’t understand that it is lower tax rates, federal spending cuts, and less government regulation that encourage businesses to expand, create jobs, and hire people.

In Obama-Think, passing a law to jack up the minimum wage, extending unemployment insurance for six months, and throwing billions in subsidies at shaky solar companies are considered magical ways to stimulate a sluggish economy and create jobs.

In the real world, as we’ve seen for the last five years, it works the opposite way.

When one political party passes laws making it more costly for businesses to hire humans, companies learn to streamline and get by with fewer humans, or hire humans in foreign lands. Can you spell Obamacare?

When jobs become too costly, they get destroyed; and they never come back — by the millions. Can you count a record 92 million people not participating in the workforce?

The only way our slow boat to permanent economic stagnation is going to be turned around is if we return to the economic policies of the 1980s and 1990s.

That’s when a pair of economically savvy presidents named Reagan and Clinton made sure tax and regulatory policies did not cripple the ability of capitalism to create economic growth, prosperity, and jobs.

It doesn’t matter how many lightly taxed and lightly regulated “Promise Zones” President Obama sets up in North Carolina or Texas with a wave of his mighty pen.

The whole country needs to be turned into a permanent “Promise Zone.” But that’s never going to happen as long as we have someone in the White House who doesn’t appreciate or like the free market and doesn’t know the difference between capitalism and cronyism.

Report: Majority Of Congress Now Millionaires

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In today’s political climate, the only approval rating consistently lower than Barack Obama’s is that of America’s legislators. Often seen as ineffectual at best, voters of both parties agree Congress is in need of a shakeup.

While the upcoming midterm elections will allow citizens to directly send a message to current lawmakers, a recent report might give those engaged in the class war more ammunition to use against them. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, a majority of legislators currently have a net worth in excess of $1 million. The organization’s report, which used data from 2012, indicates this is the first time in American history that threshold has been met.

In the span of one year, 11 additional Congress members joined the millionaire club, the report stated, with 268 of 534 current lawmakers now qualifying.

Of course, financial success is a large part of the American Dream; however, that dream also includes the hard work necessary to earn that prosperity. In the eyes of millions of voters, too many congressmen and women have profited off of their position without offering any real service in exchange.

In reality, most of these elected officials were rich before taking office.

According to CRP Executive Director Sheila Krumholtz, Americans generally support wealthy candidates because those are the only individuals who can effectively establish their candidacy.

“Despite the fact that polls show how dissatisfied Americans are with Congress overall,” she said, “there’s been no change in our appetite to elect affluent politicians to represent our concerns in Washington. Of course, it’s undeniable that in our electoral system, candidates need access to wealth to run financially viable campaigns, and the most successful fundraisers are politicians who swim in those circles to begin with.”

Overall, the median net worth for legislators broke $1 million last year. Senators are much more likely to be wealthy, boasting a median net worth of $2.7 million – a $200,000 increase over 2011. Senate Democrats are worth less than their GOP counterparts, largely due to the absence of John Kerry and the deceased Frank Lautenberg. The two men boasted a combined net worth of more than $335 million.

In the House, the median was about $929,000 for Democrats and $884,000 for Republicans, for an average of $896,000.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), was the wealthiest legislator, according to the report, with a net worth of about $464 million. On the other end of the spectrum is another Republican representative, David Valadao of California, who is more than $12 million in the red.

While this report shines some light on the disparity between our elected leaders and many of their constituents, far fewer Americans begrudge success than leftists seem to believe. In reality, most voters are far more concerned with a politician’s voting record than his or her bank statement.

–B. Christopher Agee

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