Celebrating Corruption And Rule By Bayonet

a katz / Shutterstock.com  a katz / Shutterstock.com

“People all over the nation are starved for honesty and common sense.” –Dr. Benjamin Carson

We once taught our children to admire Washington and Lincoln because they were honest men, men of integrity. A few years ago, people were surprised to learn that presidents Roosevelt and Kennedy cheated on their wives.

Anyone who went to Sunday school learned about King David cheating on his wife, then committing murder in the attempt to cover it up.  Cheating and lying and being dishonest have been around since Adam and Eve took the first bite. We used to feel guilty about it. Fewer and fewer people appear capable of feeling guilt over wrongdoing.

As a society, we have so seared the collective conscience; we’ve turned the corner from being numb to guilt to actually celebrating and promoting the cheating heart. Asked why he sexually exploited an intern in the White House, Bill Clinton famously replied: “Because I could.” Ironically, he was at least being honest about his dishonesty. Even so, he was impeached, and disbarred, for lying to a grand jury.  There is a certain callousness and selfishness that accompanies dishonesty.  The transformation of Hannah Montana to Miley Cyrus is a suitable metaphor.

It is accurate to say this culture turned from casually accepting dishonesty in high places to actually celebrating it, during the Clinton administration, and that shift was assisted by Hillary Clinton in no small measure.  She not only worked hard to cover up her husband’s rank immorality; in so doing, she attacked and destroyed women who blew the whistle–and she went further.  She engaged in a number of illegal and unethical activities, as revealed in this documentary.

The fact polls show a majority are ready to vote for Hillary in 2016 proves we celebrate and reward corruption and the cheating heart. Her crass and despicable role in the Benghazi affair should be her undoing, but it remains to be seen if the rule of law even applies anymore.

President Nixon revealed the cold, hard-hearted ruthlessness of full contact politics at a time when there remained a sense of devotion to duty and integrity; and so he paid the price, forced to resign in the face of certain impeachment. Bill and Hillary took that ruthlessness to a whole new level, making it something too many people excused and even admired. Pop culture believes it’s ‘cool’ and ‘hip’ to get away with something.

In our individual lives, as with the life of society, we will receive what we endorse and exalt. And so now, since we endorse and celebrate base behavior driven by rank dishonesty, we reap the downward spiral toward utter chaos, and widespread criminality, as seen in Ferguson and D.C. and the New York state house and elsewhere. As John Adams and the Founders warned, without a public sense of virtue encouraging all to protect the liberty of all, this republic will fail because the only alternative to voluntary cooperation is the bayonet.

Logically speaking then, all those people who celebrate dishonesty and immorality are actually directly responsible for the destruction of liberty and the very successful society formed around the basic building block of individual integrity. When leaders engage in despicable behavior, they sow the very seeds of disaster. And once a society descends to a certain level, when we actually laugh about the evil we promote, it is then perhaps too late.  At that point, we are staring at dictatorship, martial law, and the militarization of law enforcement.

This is the Clinton-Obama legacy: gross demoralization driven by moral bankruptcy and the cheating heart. When lies proliferate in the halls of power, and truth-tellers are hounded and jailed, the signs of the times are clear.

This president has lied so many times, it is almost a full-time job keeping track.  And now, Hillary says if she is elected president, she’ll seriously consider nominating Obama to serve on the Supreme Court.  That makes sense in view of the fact he has broken the law at least 25 times, while breaking 121 promises. And we are told a majority still celebrate this colossal corruption. It was beyond bizarre recently listening to him hail our ‘values’–as if he could even name them, much less assist in their nurturance.

Honesty is motivated by love and regard for one’s fellow man. It is the foundation of trust, the framework of civilized society. No love, no honesty, no trust, no society; those links are insoluble if we intend the preservation of civilization. If chaos and anarchy and violence and destruction are the goals, then by all means, stay the course.

Finally, if it is true the Church once acted as the nation’s conscience, and if it is true the national conscience has been beaten unconscious, then isn’t the ultimate responsibility for moral collapse rightly assigned to dereliction of duty in the pews and the pulpit?

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

STUNNING VIDEO: Look How John Kerry Just Tried To Make Nice With France After Paris No-Show

WCJ images Kerry Taylor

By almost any standard, in virtually any context, this will no doubt rank in the minds of many as one of the more bizarre moments in U.S. diplomacy — not only bizarre but also eye-shielding awkward, even surreal.

A no-show at the recent Paris solidarity march to protect freedom of expression and to protest Islamic terrorism, Secretary of State John Kerry was in the French capital today to give our allies what had been billed as a “big hug“.

It was a kind of make-up gesture after the Obama administration came under heavy, sustained fire for not sending a high-level official to join some 40 other world leaders at the Paris rally.

In addition to Kerry’s words of support and solidarity for the French, America’s chief diplomat also brought live entertainment to the Paris stage. Singer James Taylor performed his 1970’s classic “You’ve Got A Friend” as Kerry stood by rather uncomfortably.

When you watch the stunning video, you’ll see that not only was the Secretary of State uncomfortable, but so was the music legend as he had to hunch over to sing into the microphone intended to pick up his guitar. Technicians scrambled to provide a vocal mic for Taylor.

The whole scene was reminiscent of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s ill-conceived reset-button experience with the Russians.

Watching the poorly conceived, embarrassingly executed pop-song style of U.S. relations with a key European ally, one can reasonably ask if this memorable moment in terror-rattled Paris will come to represent the level of maturity and sophistication of Barack Obama’s foreign policy.

You can watch James Taylor try his best to deliver a worthy rendition of his hit song, “You’ve Got A Friend,” by clicking on the video above. You can also imagine how feverishly the comedy writers of “Saturday Night Live” are scrambling to rewrite this weekend’s show; or the satirical cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo rethinking their next cover.

 

H/T: The Daily Caller    Image Credit: youtube

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

You May Have Seen Trey Gowdy’s Benghazi Probe Go Off The Rails If This Didn’t Just Happen

gowdybenghazi

On May 8, 2014, the House of Representatives voted to establish the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi, Libya. South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy was chosen as its chairman.

Since then, the bi-partisan panel has conducted numerous private interviews and held two public hearings into the attack that left four Americans dead at the U.S. compound.

In a move that attracted little media attention, the GOP-controlled House on Tuesday took action that ensures the work of the Select Committee will continue, possibly well into the 2016 election cycle.

As reported on Stars and Stripes, House members voted to continue the panel’s investigation. In one of their first orders of business after being sworn in, they reauthorized the Select Committee.

The move to reauthorize the politically charged panel was included in a rules package for the new Congress that passed 234 to 172, mostly along party lines.

Five Democrats on the select committee lamented the reauthorization, which set no limit on the committee’s budget or time frame, which means it could last well into the presidential election year.

Following the panel’s second public hearing, in December of last year, Chairman Gowdy said he wanted to hear from Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state when the Benghazi attack occurred.

Via The Hill:

Clinton, who is widely expected to run for president in 2016, was the nation’s top diplomat at the time of the attack and has been repeatedly chastised by the GOP over her handling of the episode that left four Americans dead.

A second appearance on Capitol Hill about Benghazi would be catnip for political operatives, Republican politicians and cable television producers.

If by some electoral miracle Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats had regained control of the House of Representatives, it’s a virtual certainty the Select Committee on Benghazi would have been disbanded, and Hillary Clinton would have been off Trey Gowdy’s hook.

The South Carolina Republican congressman has vowed to produce a complete account of the deadly Benghazi assault by terrorists, regardless of previous investigations or earlier reports on the attack.

Image Credit: Gowdy.house.gov

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

Obama May Have Destroyed The Democratic Party For A Generation

2228158870_2f09f32711_b

Although our Dear Leader is strutting around like a peacock, enjoying his last two years of lawlessness and his destruction of American foreign policy and security, there may be a silver-lining in his flurry of executive actions and coddling of dictators and rogue regimes around the world. I believe President Obama is destroying the future of the Democratic Party for the foreseeable future.

America, at it’s core, is a right-of-center country. The people are basically conservative and want sound government policy and decisions. This is why you hear so much in the mainstream media about “broken government” and the “do-nothing-Congress.” They know the people want to have adults in charge of the country. The Democratic Party has been devastatingly effective in manipulating the low-information-voters with their demonization of conservative politics and politicians. They have blamed the Republicans and “wing-nut” Tea Partiers for all of the country’s problems. If the country could just have progressive leadership, they say, then we would have a utopia.

Well, America has now experienced this leftist nirvana for six years now. The problem for the Democrats is that they can no longer blame Bush.

We have an incompetent (I prefer intentional) destruction of American security interest around the world. We have squandered the blood and treasure spent in the Middle East. Dictators and rogue regimes are rising that no one could foresee during the latter years of the Bush administration. The economy is finally starting to show some life six years into the recovery. However, this can be attributed to a drop in oil prices, not Obama’s policies. A drop in energy costs that Obama and his minions tried very hard to prevent (think Keystone Pipeline and no hydraulic fracturing on federal lands).

We have bureaucratic incompetence at every level. The IRS, FEC, Secret Service, VA, etc. been riddled with scandal and criminality, the level of which we may not know for years until a Republican administration can investigate thoroughly. The Obamacare disaster is another example. I don’t need to go on here. You know what I’m talking about.

The American public has seen all of this. They have seen how nothing works under Obama. They have seen the gangster behavior–and they don’t like any of it. They have seen cops shot in New York. They have seen the race baiting from senior officials and the president himself. In short, America has seen the socialist nirvana first hand. They see it will not end well.

That is why the Republican party is now more popular than the Democrats. That is why Republicans control Congress and most state governments. That is why people are moving from blue states to red.

I believe the Democratic Party has destroyed itself for a generation. I believe you will see a new, competent, adult leadership rise within the Republican Party. The country can no longer afford to allow a small group of communist extremists to dictate the future of our country. Soon, with Hillary’s defeat, they will be banished from power for a long time. I predict a new American century.

 

Photo Credit: Anthony Baker (Flickr)

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

Rush Limbaugh: Hillary And Jeb ‘Perfect Ticket’ For Establishment

Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush

On his syndicated radio program Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh argued that the “perfect ticket” for the establishment of both the Republican and Democratic Parties would consist of former Governor Jeb Bush and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, asserting that “both parties agree the Tea Party has got to be dealt with somehow, some way.”

Limbaugh said Wednesday that Clinton had “a little problem.” The former Secretary of State “has to run for the presidency away from Obama, because Obama is death politically to Democrats seeking office.

“I give you the 2014 elections. Every Democrat senator [who] voted for Obamacare [is] toast. They’re gone, one way or the other; defeated, quit, retired, or dead. Hillary Clinton, Benghazi, all kinds of controversies and scandals, Hillary Clinton was tied. She’s got to distance herself.

The syndicated radio host argued that Clinton needs to win in another fashion because the Democratic base belongs to Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who Limbaugh claimed is playing coy about running for President. Limbaugh gave his perfect solution for 2016 for those in the establishment:

“The ideal perfect ticket for the 2016 election: Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush. Now they can figure out who’s on top of the ticket on their own. But when you compare their positions, Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, on the key important issues, they are two peas in the same pod.”

Limbaugh buttressed his argument by noting that both Bush and Clinton are pro-amnesty candidates. “Jeb Bush wants it; Hillary wants it. Both parties want to win the nomination, Hillary by running away from the Democrat base, Jeb by running away from the Republican base.”

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom