Are Obama And Democrats Now Targeting Lawful Businesses?

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Is the Obama Administration now targeting lawful businesses?

Mike Hawkins, owner of Hawkins Guns, LLC, received a notice from his bank on November 13, telling him his business account was going to be closed because he was a gun dealer. Upon visiting the bank, he was able to record a conversation with the bank official who said: “We don’t do firearms, ammunition, Uhm, (unintelligible), (unintelligible), auctioneers and check cashing companies.”

Hawkins also owns a private investigative business and, as a result, was able to look deeper into the matter and was shocked by what he found. He said:

There are many Americans across the country that have been affected by this. They may not have come forward yet, but the US Consumer Federation is getting numerous calls since my story broke and hopefully more people will come to the table with what has happened to them.

The Department of Justice released the following statement: “We do not target businesses operating within the bounds of the law and we have no interest in pursuing/discouraging lawful conduct.”

The Wall Street Journal published an article saying:

When you become a banker, no one issues you a badge, nor are you fitted for a judicial robe. So why is the Justice Department telling bankers to behave like policemen and judges? Justice’s new probe, known as “Operation Choke Point,” is asking banks to identify customers who may be breaking the law or simply doing something government officials don’t like. Banks must then “choke off” those customers’ access to financial services, shutting down their accounts.

The industries that seem to be targeted include 22 categories of business including, but not limited to: firework sales, tobacco sales, coin dealers, pawn brokers, pharmaceutical sales, and home-based charities and even “As Seen on TV” businesses.

It is true that some businesses within these categories can have questionable ethics and practices, which is true in any business. However, should banks be the judge in determining whether a business is operating within the law? Can the Obama Administration and the Department of Justice force the closing of businesses with which they disagree by shutting off their access to credit and banking services, without giving them their day in court?

Also, says the Wall Street Journal:

Unfortunately, the strategy is legally dubious. Justice is pressuring banks to shut down accounts without pressing charges against a merchant or even establishing that the merchant broke the law. It’s clear enough that there’s fraud to shut down the account, Justice asserts, but apparently not clear enough for the highest law-enforcement agency in the land to prosecute.

Alden Abbott of the Heritage Foundation describes Operation Choke Point:

Banks receive notifications from federal regulators, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the agency responsible for insuring bank deposits), that the government considers certain types of businesses “high risk.” Banks then are pressured, though the implied threat of government investigations, to sever ties with customers engaged in those enterprises.

In the past, banks have always worked hand in hand with law enforcement by reporting suspicious banking behavior to combat identity fraud, counterfeit debt and credit cards, and tax evasion and wire transfer fraud. However, law enforcement agencies are responsible for deciding whether suspicious activity represents actual criminal violations, not the banks. When these suspicions are realized, those accused have their day in court, as mandated by our Constitution. Now, the Justice department is punishing banks that refuse to shut down unpopular but legal industries–by threatening penalties.

Despite your political leanings, or your opinions about the businesses allegedly targeted by the Administration, we should all be concerned that a President or one political party can make decisions that affect the constitutional rights of all Americans without our input or the input of our elected officials. One day, you or your business could be targeted as well, regardless of which political party you support. Is this the United State of America, or Obama’s Nation?

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Can Obama Serve Another Term?

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I have heard from time to time that there are people in America who believe Obama is going to try to run for another term as President. I could see the theory flames being stoked this weekend as Obama invoked the “cut it out” gesture, slicing his hand in front of his neck while a small crowd at a Princeton basketball game cheered, “Four more years! Four more years!”

The last president to embark on a third term was the philanderer Franklin D. Roosevelt. I can understand why, when “free” unconstitutional programs of the federal government created during his presidency were helping out so many people.

In his 1944 annual address to Congress, Roosevelt created a second Bill of Rights under which “a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all…Among these are:

“We have accepted, the right to a useful and remunerative job…

“The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation…

“The right of every family to a decent home…

“The right to adequate medical care…

“The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment…

“The right to a good education.

“All these rights spell security.”

For this generation of college goers – most of whom have been taught revisionist history and who have not faced the “real world” where college loans are paid by the government, and federally-funded unconstitutional mandates have to be paid back by them and their children’s children – a great basketball game and “free college” is enough to buy their vote.

Many Caesars gave people bread for their tummies and games for their lust of entertainment. While they were diverted, their destiny as a nation was forever altered and eventually stolen.

George Washington started the 2-term tradition, as it was not unconstitutional at that time to serve more than two terms. FDR was the first president to break tradition by running for a third term.

Though Obama may enjoy the thought of another four years, I have not mentally owned that this will happen, or that it can be a possibility.

Not considering the amount of unconstitutional things this President has done, can Obama serve another term as President?  The answer is no, not without doing it criminally; and it is evidenced in the definitive language of the Constitution’s 22nd Amendment: “No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice.”

America, there is no second Bill of Rights. And it depends on you and your children to make sure the law of America is not altered.

 

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WATCH The Surprising Thing Ted Cruz Just Said About Being Smeared As A ‘Crazy’ Terrorist

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Liberal reaction to Ted Cruz’s announcement on Monday that he’s running for president has been predictably negative. But criticism of the Texas senator and his entry into the 2016 race has certainly not been limited to Democrats.

New York Republican Congressman Peter King, who has referred to Cruz as a “carnival barker,” yesterday told CNN that Cruz is “just a guy with a big mouth.” Rep. King added that he would jump off a bridge if the conservative lawmaker were to win the GOP nomination.

Responding to his critics on both sides of the aisle, Cruz told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Monday night that the media has depicted Republicans as either stupid or evil. He then went on to say that a third caricature has been invented for him — “crazy.”

Then with a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his lips reminiscent of how Ronald Reagan used to deal with an often hostile press, Cruz told Hannity that he takes that kind of caricature as “a little bit of a backhanded compliment.”

The first person to officially jump into the 2016 presidential contest went on to describe how media outlets “do everything they can” to portray him as a “wild-eyed” terrorist.

By clicking on the video above, you can see what Ted Cruz said about that media depiction of him during the interview on “Hannity.”

h/t: Fox News

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Mark Halperin: Hillary Clinton Is ‘Running Against Herself’ And ‘Losing’

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Mark Halperin, co-managing editor of Bloomberg Politics, joined NBC’s Today show and didn’t mince words discussing Hillary Clinton’s future presidential run.

“Republicans are running in a field of 13 or 14,” Halperin said. “She’s running against herself. And right now, she’s kind of losing.”

“She’s doing well in the polls but all these questions about her emails about whether she should face a nomination fight, means the Democrats are worried,” he added.

Halperin also alluded to the Democrats going all in on Hillary Clinton and now second-guessing whether or not she should run unopposed.

h/t: Daily Caller

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It’s Not Just Hillary’s Evidence On Her Server – Huma Is Being Investigated Also

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How would you like it if you could work for the State Department and a private company at the same time? And even better, how about if this private company specialized in how to procure government contracts through its high-level relationships in government? And now, I’ll take it one step further: how about if you could keep all of your dealings between the government and this outside business “private” on a nongovernmental email server–the same one your boss, Hillary Clinton, uses?

What a deal, right? Would you think the temptation to make a little money on the side, by selling your access to government officials and government information to this private company, might be just a little too great?

Senator Chuck Grassley seems to think so.

I went to this private company’s website. The firm is called Teneo. Here is what is said about their method of doing business:

Teneo is a senior-led advisory firm with deep collective experience working at the highest echelons of the public and private sectors. Our team has a rich knowledge base and global network of relationships that we bring to bear on behalf of our clients every day.

It seems one of those “high level relationships” was a direct line to Secretary of State Clinton herself.

Senator Grassley, who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee, recently sent an inquiry to the State Department to get further information on the situation after learning Huma Abedin used the same private server as Hillary Clinton.

The Washington Post reported recently:

Grassley had sought e-mails and other documents from the State Department.

But he didn’t know until last week that Clinton was exclusively using a private e-mail account that could contain relevant information about her use of the so-called “special government employee” program. Huma Abedin, a Clinton confidante and adviser who was granted the special designation, also used the private e-mail system.

Grassley has in recent days renewed his effort to get answers from the State Department. That opens a second line of inquiry on Capitol Hill into the Democrats’ presumptive presidential front-runner, who was already facing an inquiry from a House committee seeking her e-mails related to the U.S. response to an attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.

We need to stay on this email story; I think it’s going to get good. Stay tuned.

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