A retired Army general, Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely, is demanding that Congress and all branches of our government do their “Constitutional duties” and demand the “forced resignations” of Obama and other administration officials.
Speaking to a crowd in support of Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe Monday, Joe Biden once again disparaged a conservative movement about which he knows precious little.
In his effort to demonize McAuliffe’s Republican opponent in Tuesday’s gubernatorial race, Biden trashed the traditional values embodied by the Tea Party movement, implicitly describing those involved as uneducated rubes.
The statewide race “has captured the attention of the entire nation,” he said, claiming the reason is a widespread disapproval of “the new Republican tea party.”
He went on to describe the patriotic movement as one in which “social recidivism is only outgunned by its hostility to science and technology and innovation and scholarship.”
Further criticizing McAuliffe’s Tea Party-backed opponent Ken Cuccinelli, Biden said the Republican is out of touch with modern leftist ideals, claiming his “views on women” are “literally from another era.” In light of relentless attacks on America’s heritage, however, a rising number of Americans are becoming fondly nostalgic for the sensibilities of bygone generations.
Heavy on ad hominem attacks and conspicuously light on substance, Biden continued building on his hyperbolic rant.
“Everything they talk about,” he said, “without exaggeration, is about turning back what the rest of the country and the world thinks is progress.”
His speech, meant to rally the troops in what has become a close contest, included a warning that Cuccinelli could actually win the race.
The conservative candidate can only win, he said, if he can “turn out those who share those views out of the ’30s and ’40s and ’50s,” somehow suggesting a win for Cuccinelli would mean fewer businesses coming to the state.
Naturally, he offered few facts to support his claim, merely indicating Virginia would be forced to provide business owners with “stipends to come to this state.”
It is often easy to identify groups and individuals whom leftists consider threats based on the level of vitriol aimed at them. Biden’s blatant attempt to incite partisan passions by continuously invoking the Tea Party movement in his speech proves the power this group truly possesses.
Now is not the time, as establishment Republicans might suggest, to coalesce and capitulate to the progressive desires of this administration.
Tea Party-aligned organizations are among the only voices of dissent with an active, engaged audience. As such, it is imperative these patriots continue to weather personal attacks in the greater effort of holding this disastrous president accountable.
–B. Christopher Agee
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Remember, on the occasion of the signing of Obamacare (I mean, the ACA), the ever-classy Joe Biden telling Obama it was a BFD (big ^%&%&* deal)? Well, now it’s DOA.
Several years ago, common sense Americans challenged their representatives in Congress, objecting to healthcare reform proposed by the president. Their objections were straightforward, expressed by a substantial majority, a majority that continues to this day:
- Nationalizing healthcare gives too much power to the central government: it’s un-American.
- We are already broke and cannot afford this in the first place: it will bankrupt the country.
- The federal government has bankrupted Medicare and Social Security, and it will bankrupt this as well.
- The proposal is far too complicated.
- More useful reforms are available: interstate competition, expanding private options, tamping down frivolous lawsuits, other cost control measures, certain expansions of the Medicare program to cover pre-existing conditions, etc.
- We don’t want a bureaucrat limiting what our doctor can order in terms of testing to diagnose, or in terms of treatment options.
- Federal intervention will increase costs, limit access, damage quality of care, and essentially destroy the best system in the world.
So-called representatives ignored the people. Conspiring with the criminal class in D.C., they helped this president railroad the bill, using every corrupt trick in the book. Insiders got favors, special conditions, and exemptions. Politicians were bought off. The corruption even extended to the Supreme Court. The court eventually ruled that the government has a right to force citizens to buy things they don’t want, don’t need, and can’t use. In most circles, all this is referred to as tyranny.
The $900 Billion cost estimate in the first 10 years became $2 Trillion, then $3 Trillion.
Broken promises stacked up: you can keep your insurance, you can keep your doctor, nothing will change, costs will go down, access will improve—we’re from the government, and we are here to help you.
Then cracks in the smiley face appeared. More than 1,000 waivers. Special interests favored. Delays. Unlawful changes after the bill was passed and signed into law. The king simply waving his scepter, commanding compliance, violating the Constitution.
The fulfillments even caused labor unions to howl. They claimed their members would be devastated. Employers rebelled. Full time workers became part timers as employers cut back to avoid going belly up. Unemployment was aggravated, and a staggering economy began falling into the ditch, again. At least unemployed youth, about 6 million, were allowed to stay on parents’ health plans.
Then came the roll out.
In ObamaSpeak, ‘epic failure’ really means ‘a few glitches.’ The Uncle Sam Whiz Bang Insurance Sales website, three years in the making, was a total failure. It requires millions of lines of code to be rewritten at enormous cost overruns. And more is being revealed:
- Federal legislators, their staffers, and everyone in the executive branch are exempt!
- 45 states report that insurance premiums are increasing substantially across the board.
- Navigators, including unscreened recycled ACORN types, have full access to your personal information.
- There is reasonable fear that identity theft will be rampant.
- Signing up for insurance is a nightmare: online, on the phone, or in person (hello ACORN!)
- 15,000 IRS agents are poised to enforce this monster (why do they need guns?)
- Home healthcare inspectors will visit to make sure you are in compliance (is this why Obama wants our guns?)
- Taxpayers forced to pay for abortion against their will, in complete violation of the 1st Amendment.
- Most everyone in the healthcare industry calls this a disaster; doctors are retiring early, and enrollments in medical schools are down.
- Lawsuits galore: many states in full rebellion, the feds promising retaliation.
- Huge numbers of people are losing their preferred plans.
Unlike the president today in the Rose Garden, some politicians have been honest.
Sen. Max Baucus, who helped write and railroad the bill, calls it a ‘train wreck’ intentionally designed for fail. Fail? Yes. Universal care is the goal (i.e. total government control.) ObamaCare is only a stepping stone. Many Democrat leaders, including Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Barney Frank, have openly said that the real goal is complete socialized medicine. Republican Senator Orrin Hatch agrees: ObamaCare was designed to fail so that complete control can be instituted.
Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Mike Lee have simply heeded the voices of common sense Americans expressing majority sentiment for years. In other words, these senators are doing their jobs and representing their constituents, unlike the elitists whoring for the White House.
And by the way, you must finally conclude that ObamaCare is a total scam and a sham when even Oprah won’t endorse it. Despite Obama’s Newspeak, his tall tales, and maybe 40,000 pre-conditions covered, his signature legislation spells ObamaSnare, DOA.
Either the American people rise up and take their government back, or the government will reach down and choke the life out of this country.
That’s a death panel we won’t avoid if we submit to this madness.
Allan Erickson enjoyed an 11-year career in radio, television and print journalism as a reporter, talk show host, and operations manager. He then turned to sales and marketing for 20 years. He is the author of the book “The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence,” Tate Publishing, 2012. He is available to speak in churches addressing the topics of faith and freedom. To contact him, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last week, Tavis Smiley garnered attention for what he said on Sean Hannity’s television program. Specifically, Hannity asked Smiley if black Americans were better off after five years of the presidency of Barack Obama.
Smiley’s answer- which should have been a shock and surprise to exactly no one — was that blacks aren’t better off and that eventually, the socio-economic data would demonstrate that blacks will have certainly lost ground in all economic categories when the Obama administration culminates.
Again, what he said isn’t a shock. Conservatives- particularly black conservatives- have been saying this for years.
The so-called shock is that Smiley, a black liberal, broke taboo and said it publicly. And he said it on FOX News, no less.
Since January 2009, blacks have suffered economically- be it consistently high unemployment numbers, the statistical drops in income and wealth, and a drop in homeownership- in comparison to their own numbers prior to Obama’s inauguration and in comparison to their white peers.
Look at the unemployment rate that has devastated the economic potential of blacks as the first indicator. Since Obama was elected, black unemployment has been below thirteen percent only twice- January of ’09 and July ’13. Twice. It’s been at or above fourteen percent, forty times; it’s been at or above sixteen percent, eleven times.
Black teens have fared much worse. During this same period, black teen unemployment has never been below thirty percent. Not once. It has been at or above forty percent, thirty times.
That black teen unemployment has maintained such a high level isn’t a bad economic indicator for black America’s current reality; it is disastrous for the future of black America. Diminishing the opportunities for black teens to enter the workforce delays their exposure to- and development of- the necessary skill sets that create prospects of economic ascendancy, which comes as a result of increased wages and/or promotions into employment accompanied by salaries rather than wages.
This situation is compounded because many of these same black teens are subjected to substandard public education (dominated by teachers unions that fund the party blacks vote overwhelmingly for). Coupling that substandard education with the lack of economic opportunity and prosperity and a (permanent?) underclass is intentionally being created that will be forced to seek financial support and economic stability from government provisions. Or worse, the underclass will seek economic prosperity through the black market and other violent and gang-related activities.
But is Obama to blame for this sorry state of affairs? Yes, he’s partially responsible. And as Smiley said, he should be held responsible- he won’t, but he should. He is the president after all.
But more important to note and understand is that it isn’t necessarily Obama who’s the problem; it’s the party and the policies of his party that are ultimately to blame. Whether Obama, Hillary Clinton, or Joe Biden is president, these folks are simply emblematic figureheads and are ultimately interchangeable. It’s the economic policies that are the cause of so much economic destruction concentrated in black America. (That, and the overwhelming need for spiritual redemption.)
This is what Tavis Smiley and his ilk intentionally and continually ignore.
Remember what the Congressional Black Caucus acknowledged- those wayward, black sheep who continue to embarrass themselves, Congress, and black America? They see and give lip service to the oppressive economic difficulty that blacks are subjected to. But for them- and according to their own admission- racial solidarity and party policies are much more important than the economic well-being of their constituents.
According to Census Bureau reports (2010) as reported by CNN Money, whites ($110,729) had twenty-two times more wealth than their black counterparts ($4,995).
Also, according to the same report, of all the homes that report receiving food stamps, 26.4 percent are black; yet blacks are only 13 percent of the total population.
And this year, black homeownership has hit an eighteen-year low.
With these kinds of stats, it’s no surprise that the black poverty rate now stands at twenty-eight percent, compared to just ten percent for whites.
Yet, exit polls from both the 2008 and 2012 election saw blacks give Obama and the Democrat party ninety-five and ninety-three percent of their votes, respectively. In 2008, it was (emotionally) understandable; in 2012, it was neither understandable nor justifiable.
Sadly, blacks will continue to give whatever charlatan who receives the Democrat nomination for president in 2016 the majority of their support, continuing the humiliating pattern of reflexively voting against their own self-interest without a moment’s pause.
So yes, Tavis Smiley is absolutely correct. Blacks have been- and will continue to be- worse off under the first black president; and the president should be held responsible.
But blacks aren’t absolved from their contributions to these problems and should also be held responsible. Blacks actively underwrite their own socio-economic demise, particularly in favor of racial solidarity by continuing to demonstrate political loyalty without demanding anything of substance in return.
It’s far past time for blacks to understand that it’s increasingly difficult to generate sympathy for problems they’ve actively helped create.
Blacks aren’t victims; they’re co-contributors to their fate- in more ways than they care to admit.
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As a contentious government shutdown continues and a disastrous healthcare bill is being rammed down America’s collective throat, it would seem a political news organization would have plenty about which to write. The Hill, however, decided to fill space with a recap of the president’s lunch.
Along with Vice President Joe Biden, Barack Obama traveled to a sandwich shop near the White House recently, which naturally piqued the interest of the intrepid journalists within the mainstream media.
Describing the event — even down to Biden’s aviator-style sunglasses — in excruciating detail, it appeared as though no one could believe either man was capable of ordering a hoagie. Even this administration’s most ardent conservative opponents give the duo more credit than that.
Not only did the article provide a step-by-step account of the lunch, it also revealed what Obama ordered during his last trip to the eatery in 2012.
In the ongoing effort to milk any potential benefit out of the shutdown, the puff piece shared Obama’s possible motive for having a sandwich.
Suggesting he “made the trip because he was getting tired of the menu options at the White House,” the article ended with the devastating news that the First Family is surviving with just a “skeleton staff” and is resigned to dining on a “limited menu during the shutdown.”
When one is accustomed to taking regular vacations on the taxpayers’ dime, the idea of buying a sandwich might be intolerable. Touting the supposed hardships of Obama and Biden does not resonate, however, with the millions of Americans who have suffered mightily during the first five years of their rule.
–Western Journalism staff writer