Nothing to add to this video. H/T Sarah Palin:
The following is a list of United States Senators who today voted for cloture on a bill in the Senate they have not yet seen. The bill purports to impose new background check requirements that will act to infringe on your right to keep and bear arms. I consider these people to be traitors to the US Constitution, each and every one of them. These people decided that your rights are open to periodic diminution at their whim, irrespective of the guarantees of the US Constitution. I don’t care what other issues these turncoats are said to be “right on,” or “good on.” From this day forward, this list of tyrannically-minded dim-wits will be known collectively as the “anti-republicans” on this site. These people have lined up with the likes of Charles Schumer(D-NY) even though at least one of them explicitly didn’t want to be seen with the vicious NY schmuck. Why won’t they seek to amend the constitution, the legitimate process? They know you wouldn’t let them. Instead, these snakes are slithering around to attack you from behind:
Lamar Alexander (Tenn.)
Kelly Ayotte (N.H.)
Richard Burr (N.C.)
Saxby Chambliss (Ga.)
Tom Coburn (Okla.)
Susan Collins (Maine)
Bob Corker (Tenn.)
Jeff Flake (Ariz.)
Lindsey Graham (S.C.)
Dean Heller (Nev.
John Hoeven (N.D.)
Johnny Isakson (Ga.)
Mark Kirk (Ill.)
John McCain (Ariz.)
Patrick Toomey (Pa.)
Roger Wicker (Miss.)
The cowards listed above voted to open up Harry Reid’s gun control bill for debate even though most will walk away from the legislation in the end. This is a procedural trick. Understand: Allowing this bill to come up for a vote means it will pass because the Democrats hold a majority. The only way this bill could be stopped is to prevent it from coming to the floor, but these worthless Senators made sure this bill would pass the Senate, but as of this moment, they don’t know what’s in it. There could be ANYTHING in it.
On that future day when your Second Amendment rights are cast aside by a tyrannical Federal government, you can thank the people on this list for screwing you, your children, and all posterity. I don’t want to hear excuses. I don’t want to hear “the NRA rates me 95%” (because the NRA won’t count this cloture vote against them.)
Ladies and gentlemen, don’t be swayed by the apologists: These people hate you. They hold you in contempt. They fear you, so they seek to disarm you as they work together with Democrats to bring about the kind of world in which they would have every reason to fear you if you’re armed. They are collapsing the country together with the Democrats. In 2014, most of these people are not up for re-election, and that should be your key indicator. There are plenty of other cowards who would have joined with them if they weren’t up for re-election in 2014. These people will either retire, or will not come up for re-election again for 3-5 years, meaning they have time for you to forget their betrayals. I’m not forgetting.
Neither should you.
There is still some chance to defeat this bill in the House. That said, Boehner will do as he always does: He will bring it to the floor for a vote, and some weasel anti-Republicans along with the whole body of Democrats will vote for it. You’d better burn up your phone lines as these rotten bastards attempt to burn your constitution.
Andrew Breitbart’s sudden passing leaves conservatives with a gaping hole to fill. I am certain that Joel Pollak, and all the others over at the “Bigs” in the Breitbart.com universe will work like fiends to hold things up, as to my knowledge, they are all committed to excellence. Still, the in-your-face nature of Breitbart himself, combined with his friendly and funny outlook are irreplaceable, indispensable parts of what he had been to conservatism. One of the problems we conservatives suffer is that we are almost always too nice, too kind, too forgiving and too desirous of peace to carry on in battles of this sort. I understand, because nobody wants to exist in a perpetual state of warfare, whether real or cultural, but I am going to ask my readers to do the unthinkable: It’s time to stand up, speak out, and pursue truth without fear.
Many of you have always done so anyway, but there has been an element wishing to avoid conflicts. This same element just wants the primary season over, because they don’t like the spectacle of Republicans attacking one another publicly. I believe this is a faulty idea, and I don’t think it helps us to rush this along just to wind up with a candidate who will suddenly be beset by attacks we hadn’t known were coming. That aside, however, we conservatives are much too careful, and much too timid at times. I’m sure this arises from faith, and from upbringing, but also much more importantly because we have been carefully propagandized to view ourselves as the minority.
We’re no such thing. The truth of the matter is that those who say they are conservative comprises roughly 42% of the country, while those who will admit they are liberal are something well under 25%. You would think with a clear ideological lead in the country at large, conservatives would have a different view of their ability to sway the argument in their direction, but after decades, generations in fact, of a media dominated by leftist thought, most conservatives do not realize their general sentiments comprise a plurality of the electorate and the country at large. This is part of the confidence we gain from people like Breitbart, or Bruce, Hannity, Levin, Limbaugh and a host of others.
When I learned of Andrew Breitbart’s death, like so many others, I was shocked. I heard Hannity describe sitting in his office frozen in place by the thought of it, and I reflected on the fact that I had a similar numbness when I heard the news. I couldn’t quite fathom it. Here had been this glorious warrior for our cause, snuffed out in what should have been the absolute prime of a long life. Astonishing. Saddening. Maddening. The question for all we who survive him is now: What’s next?
I believe our answer must be unambiguous, and it must be that we will pick up and carry on and since Mr. Breitbart did heavy lifting for any number of us, we will need to step up. All of us. In truth, that’s what this blog is really all about. I started it because some people though I wrote too well to be hidden from sight, and because I have a fire in my belly too, to restore this nation, and carry its flame forward to another generation that has not yet known the embrace of liberty. That’s what this blog is about, and it’s what Andrew Breitbart was about, and the willingness to do combat with all who threaten our country, and the liberty it had enjoyed must be defeated, and we must take up that fight.
One of the things you learn from the death of a good man like Andrew Breitbart is that we are a nation built upon the strength of a myriad of individuals, each pursuing his or her own ends, but in honest pursuit, redounding to the benefit of all. That too is part of the meaning of Breitbart, and from him, we can all stand to learn a lesson in how an every-day American can rise and do extraordinary things. This moment, one of you reading may be moved by a similar fire within, or in the next moment resolve to step up and take his place on the line. It will take courage, and it will take a willingness to risk all.
Each day, through various portions of my busy day, I grab moments of various talk-shows that are important, and move me, and make me commit to the fight more than the day before. Sometimes, the host will tell a story that evokes rage over the doings of some politician, and sometimes it will be a monologue by Tammy Bruce imploring conservatives to get off their back-sides and stand up. Sometimes, it will be an inspiring interview, but others, it will be a fit of laughter as Mark Levin dismisses a drone caller in just the way the caller had deserved. Any way you get there is fine with me. Perhaps you will read an inspiring author. It doesn’t matter how you came to be moved, but once you have, what excuse can you possibly offer to remain still?
My point to you is simple: We have suffered a painful and tragic loss that nobody can repair, but there is no a breach in our lines, and we must rush forward to fill it. None of us can today or any day soon hope to replace Andrew Breitbart, but we must advance to fill the gap nevertheless. We must shed the tears in order to remember him in the reverence his many contributions to our lives demand, but then we must pick up and carry on. We can best honor him, and all those like him by remaining true to ourselves and to one another, while carrying this fight forward. The left is enjoying this moment, depraved as they are, because in their view there can be no reverence for one they see as an enemy. Let me make this clear to you, since so few will do it: They hold the same view of you.
I’m not asking you to rage senselessly, but I am asking you to carry on the fight, and when you find yourself or fellow conservatives under withering attacks, rush in to defend. Breitbart did this almost reflexively, because he knew that he would inevitably find that the facts would support the conservative party to an argument in most every case, so his default position was to defend conservatism and conservatives. It’s why he immediately recognized the false narrative the media tried to paint about the Tea Party and racism, sexism, and so on. He knew how the left plays its game, but by now, so do you. Armed with this knowledge, you have everything you need to combat the left.
Timidity will not win the day, and as Breitbart liked to tell us, “everything has changed.” He’s right. The medium that is the Internet has spoiled the main-stream media’s stranglehold on information. It’s destroyed their ability to control the message if enough of us stand up to fill the breaches. They can no longer conceal the truth unless we permit it. We’re coming to an election in which the country’s very existence may well be at stake, and this will be the time for our war paint. We have two important advantages:
With these, the only remaining element is that we must begin to behave accordingly.
There’s nothing else to say about this except that we’re in trouble. We shouldn’t be, as Barack Obama’s war of diminution against our economy, defenses, and culture should have doomed him, particularly in the hands of able leadership. Due to Republican ineptitude, he is turning what should have been an election more like 1980 into one much more like 1996. That shouldn’t be possible, but it looks almost certain to be the outcome, and worst of all, as I reported on Friday evening, he may manage successfully to make enough hay over the debt ceiling to do serious damage to the GOP House majority. We might well ask how it is that we arrived in this predicament, but looking at the onrushing elections, it’s time to think about how we can turn this around despite our ineffective Congressional leadership. There is a way, but until we make them grasp it, we will not win this argument. If they will not lead, we must, because our nation’s future now rests in our hands.
The first thing the House of Representatives must do is to begin passing a long string of bills, all legislation that would pass muster with the American people at large, and each confined to a narrow scope of issues. Many or even most of them can be repeal bills, striking down previously enacted bad law. In fact, apart from such things as money already spent, they should repeal virtually everything enacted since roughly 2007. They should begin to beat the drum about an intransigent, puppet Senate, and they should keep this up from now until the election. They should build a pile of legislation that reaches skyward, and pile it on the steps of the Capitol, showing the world what Harry Reid will not even consider. Every day in session should be concluded with hours of special orders speeches, decrying the President’s unwillingness to lead, and Harry Reid’s unwillingness to act on legislation. We shouldn’t be able to turn on the television without some Republican Congressman or Senator appearing on screen to criticize in indignant terms how it is that Harry Reid, and Barack Obama are harming whichever group is effected by the legislation at hand.
In short, we need the House Republicans to go to war with the left. We need people like Allen West, Paul Ryan, Michele Bachmann, and others of that frame out there making a holy fuss. We need Rand Paul and Marco Rubio from the Senate out there calling attention to the miserable conduct of the Senate, and Harry Reid’s disgusting parroting of the Obama line. In other words, the whole of the Republican party should go to war, minus the useless RINOs, who live in cringing fear of the next poll, that due to their cowardice, becomes a sort of self-fulfilled prophecy of failure.
The other important thing they can do is to stay well clear of the Republican nomination fight. Leave the primary battles for the nomination to the people. Among their number, we do not need controversies or divisions, as they should be seen as a solid line opposing the forces of Obama. A little indignant anger is good, and they shouldn’t hesitate. They should band together in small groups on particular bills, raising hell over the failure of the bills to move through Harry Reid’s Senate. They should never fail to mention that this is part of the Obama-Reid strategy to deny the American people their will through legislation. In short, this must become a Tea Party.
From now until the general election, it should be an unbroken string of repudiations of Barack Obama and Harry Reid. If Barack Obama is holding a rally in their district, they must co-opt it if they can. They need to organize groups as large as possible to show up and jeer President Obama often and loudly. They must do this, and you must help them. And if they won’t do this, you must do it independently, taking the lead in your own districts. The consequences of this election are too dire to permit the current administration to continue. We must take the Senate, and we must take the presidency, so our options are few if we want any chance of staving off the national disaster for which Barack Obama and the Democrats have set the stage.
In the summer of 2009, Tea Parties formed, and at various town-hall meetings, the purveyors of the President’s agenda were swamped by an avalanche of public defeats. The YouTube recordings of their ridiculous advocates went viral and they learned that they would have to push their agenda out of reach of the public eye, and control the circumstances of their public appearances. They brought in thugs, and when that didn’t do so well, they stopped holding town-hall meetings. Then they sent their thugs to the town-hall meetings of Republicans, but that mostly fizzled. Bear in mind that they are keenly aware of the effect on their agenda of such events.
This is not going to be an election that can be won on any level but by the most active side. They have an advantage, because they have mobs of people who have nothing better to do with their time, but to you goes the advantage of defending your principles and your values, and indeed your country, but also the understanding of why you fight. Their mobs really don’t know what it is for which they are fighting, but you do. You can see the future of your children and grandchildren in the country they’re building, and you know where it leads.
It’s time we throw off this fretting over the Republican nominee, whomever it turns out to be, and while you and I may have different preferences, we both know this fight must become more focused. We all know what is likely to happen if we fail. It’s not a future we can accept. Like most of you, I have substantial doubts about most of these GOP Presidential candidates, and like so many of you, I wish we could broom the lot and start from scratch, but we’re not going to be able to do so. We are the people who know how to turn a few lemons into lemonade, and in the coming election, that is what we will be compelled to do if we want any hope of victory.
Governor Palin spoke at CPAC on Saturday, delivering the Keynote address to an overflow crowd, and her address was enthusiastically received, but I noticed something else. Not everybody in the room was there merely to hear her speak, as a segment of the audience serenaded her with their rendition of “Happy Birthday,” as Saturday was indeed her birthday. There was a brief incident a few minutes into her address when some “Occupiers” who had made it into the room made a ruckus. Never satisfied to let anything go by without negative drama, “Occupiers” created some sort of disturbance, and were immediately overpowered by the crowd, and then Sarah Palin, with “USA USA USA.” The Occu-pests were escorted quickly from the room and Governor Palin pointed out to the crowd how easy it had been to win.
There were many highlights in this speech, far too numerous to catalog here, but I’d like to bring your attention to a few. She discussed the fact that our country is in trouble, and that we must be united to restore it. She warned:
“We are not red Americans, we are not blue Americans; We are red white and blue, and President Obama, We are through with you!”
The crowd roared their approval, leaping up to yet another standing ovation. When it came to the theme of her speech, it was clearly to rev up the crowd for the election season ahead, and citing the lack of a federal budget for more than one-thousand days(actually over 1100 now,) she said of his spending priorities, simply:
“He mucked it up!”
Again the crowd applauded on its feet in collective approval. She went on to talk about the decline of the nation at the hands of Barack Obama’s government, and of the looming disaster hanging over all our heads, for generations to come, she vowed:
“So help me, God, it is not a future we will ever accept!”
In one instance, she likened the corrupting tendencies of the permanent political class in Washington DC not to a “swamp,” but instead to a “hot tub with jacuzzi.”
Governor Palin is an astonishingly effective public speaker and politician precisely because she believes in America, and in constitutional conservatism, but more importantly, because she communicates with the raw force of simple ideas that have withstood the tests of time and crisis.
She said that once the nomination battle had concluded, she would support any of these because Obama must go. That united the crowd that clearly suffered a divide along the lines of the various contenders, because all then stood in a rousing standing ovation.
This has been my only discomfort with the speech, because here was one politician who clearly motivated and inspired the over-sized crowd(minus the aforementioned handful of Occu-pests, who were inspired in another way.) None of the Presidential contenders who made speeches at CPAC this week had attracted this kind of crowd, nor this kind of enthusiastic support. This leads me to a conclusion and some of my readers may again chastise me for it, but the question is aimed squarely at the GOP establishment, and to a certain degree, at us: I believe we are running the wrong candidate, because among all those still in the race, none of them have roused quite this level of overwhelming support.
Governor Palin is able to inspire people because they perceive her as real, genuine, and sincere, and she connects with them in a way I haven’t seen in a politician in a long time, if ever. To see her sidelined in 2012 is disheartening to many, and having talked to a few who were in the room, the end of her speech was a sort of let-down, because, as one asked me directly: “What are we doing? Why isn’t she our candidate?”
Having replayed the speech two full times, and having now examined closely the reactions of the crowd, I can’t help but agree with my friend. The establishment may not like her, but the grass-roots conservatives love her, and the GOP establishment’s attempts to diminish her is a strategy they undertake at their own peril. Governor Palin is able to rouse audiences from their seats, and conservatives in general from complacency, and even the Occu-pests cannot resist her, the last of these drawn like moths to a flame singing their wings. It’s not possible to ignore that while some in the media, and in the party establishments have claimed she is “irrelevant,” today’s keynote address and the response of the crowd clearly demonstrates the fallacy of that meme.
Well done indeed, Governor Palin, and Happy Birthday!
Here is the complete video, in three segments(Courtesy the Barracuda Brigade):
It’s beginning. Florida’s grass-roots Republicans and Tea Party folk have begun to figure out what is going on with the GOP establishment, and as the fact-checking and refutations of the Romney machine begin in earnest, the question is now: Do they have enough remaining time to turn the corner? With just four days until the Florida primary, there’s a new sense of outrage among conservatives who believe they’re being snookered by Romney, and all his various and sundry surrogates in the establishment and in media. There’s no doubt but that Gingrich has been set up again this week, and the base of the party is sensing it too, and reacting vociferously against it.
Nobody likes to lose, but to be sabotaged by one’s alleged allies is something else again, and to be undercut by one’s own party is simply no longer acceptable. The base of the party is getting the word out via Twitter and Facebook and email, and almost any form of social media. You can observe the disgust that characterizes their messages, as they explain how they will refuse to be manipulated in this way. Here’s a sample from Twitter:
Pointing out the obnoxious hypocrisy of Romney in castigating Gingrich over retail politics Thursday night:
@byronyork: Romney tells FL space coast crowd he’ll consult really smart people and come up with a mission for the space program.
Then a word on the change of support by the Latino community:
Over the attempt to manipulate the party:
Over Romney’s bullying of a reporter:
On the hypocrites in media who once called Romney unelectable as they now kiss his backside:
On Newt being the heir to Reagan contrary to the Romney surrogates’ claims:
On the servile behavior of Ann Coulter:
More on the NRO trashing of Newt:
Another revelation on ANOTHER issue on which Newt Gingrich was trashed by Connie Mack(on behalf of Mitt):
On Romney’s Romney-care lies:
On the GOP establishment:
Of course, this is just a small sample, and if you use Twitter, you’ll quickly discover that there’s a revolt against the GOP establishment brewing. This is the only hope we have, and I’d urge all of those of you who use twitter to do the same. If you have contacts in Florida, they need to know the truth, and it’s up to you to deliver it, because we already know the media will not.
Barack Obama’s tyrannical actions must be challenged. This is going to be in the form of what Donald Rumsfeld once explained when he said to cat-calls: “You go to war with the army you have – not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time.” We are now in that sort of fix. John Boehner is a weak leader, at least in terms of his willingness to make waves or engage in battle, but this is no time for whimpering. President Obama has openly declared by his actions of Wednesday that the Constitution is fungible, and that he has no need to obey it due only to a technicality otherwise known as the law. This cannot be permitted to go without challenge, and whether the United States Senate will take it up or not, the Speaker of the House must move to begin impeachment proceedings on the basis of Barack Obama’s willful disobedience of the US Constitution. Members of Congress must assemble to denounce him, and this must be brought to the light of day. What Barack Obama has hereby argued is that the constitution only matters when he permits it to be the controlling legal authority, but that in all other cases, it is secondary to the whims of his willingness to enforce or abide by the law.
If you haven’t kept up with this issue, or like so many, haven’t heard a peep about it, let’s make it simple to understand: What’s at stake is our constitutional form of government, and the checks and balances about which you may have been taught when you were a child in school. Those checks and balances provide that presidents do not possess unlimited authority to act without reference to the other co-equal branches of government. What the President has done in this case is to make a “recess appointment” without the Senate actually being in recess. In so doing, he is violating the law, and he has more than one motive with this plot. Obama intends not only to give a new hand-out by virtue of mortgage write-downs for qualified persons, but also to set the precedent for undermining all law.
This is extraordinary, and for the President to undertake this action is a treason against the United States Constitution. What he is attempting to do is to pull the rug out from beneath his opponents by buying off enough of the electorate to swing the vote in his direction, and he’s willing to violate the law to carry it out. This sort of reckless indifference to the rule of law is unprecedented in American history, and it cannot be stated loudly enough or often enough that it must be opposed by every American, but particularly our political leadership. This demonic assault on the separation of powers embodied by our Constitutional Republic must not be permitted.
Congress must act. We haven’t the luxury of waiting for an election. Every member of Congress must stand and in one voice denounce this violation of law. Every American should be upset by this, because what it means is that one man, Barack Obama, has arrogated to himself the power of law. Ladies and gentlemen, let none persuade you that this had been a trivial matter. Presidents swear an oath to uphold the Constitution, and here, Barack Obama has taken it upon himself to simply ignore the law. At the American Center for Law and Justice has an excellent piece on the specifics here.
Let none be mistaken: Your lives are under attack by this action as surely as by the act of a foreign aggressor. If you’re not writing and calling and raising a ruckus, what you’re doing is to participate in the surrender of our nation. This isn’t just another act by Obama in defiance of some statute, or some judge’s ruling, all of which are bad enough to impeach him, but instead a direct head-on assault upon your US Constitution. Why do so many shrink from this? I realize the media is downplaying it for the most part, so it’s not really caught on with most people who aren’t even aware of the situation, much less its details. This, I submit to you, is when you can be most effective if you’re inclined to fight for your country. Pick up the phone, call your Representatives and Senators, call your friends and family, and call anybody you know who will give you a few minutes of their time.
Explain to them the simple facts, direct them to the ACLJ link above, and make it known that this is a serious issue with which we must contend. I read many oaths in the comments section, some of which do not get published because they’re too profane, but a constant theme is how you will fight for the country. This is one of those times. It’s Friday, and the press is putting the week to bed, but if you wanted to, by Monday morning the country could be a sea of uproar over this issue, with or without the media’s reporting.
I have long feared that for too long, this nation has suffered a surplus of sports fans and a dearth of active citizens. I would hate that my surmise had been proven correct over an issue of such glaring national effect. Will we have the rule of law, or the rule of one man? It’s time for you to decide. It’s time for you to place those calls. It’s time to make the start of a resistance to a growing, grasping dictatorship. Unopposed, he will grow to love his newly discovered power, and he will make ever greater use of it.
Ann Barnhardt has run her grain and livestock brokerage for years, but now, she’s “Going Galt.” This reminds me very much of the character “Midas Mulligan” from Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, and it’s no coincidence that she has chosen this moment to shut down her company. After years of watching the Obama administration and its cronies looting the capital markets, Barnhardt has made the moral decision to shut down operation since in the current environment, she can no longer safeguard her clients’ capital against the predatory tendencies of this administration, and its henchmen in the markets. As I have told you before, this is being done intentionally: Our country is being destroyed by design.
Apparently, Ms. Barnhardt is the first courageous broker to say this flatly, and to make plain that she no longer has confidence in the rule of law since the federal government now makes it up as it goes along. In such an environment, nobody can do business, because every transaction is subject to the whimsical prerogatives of government bureaucrats, and nothing is certain. If contracts have no meaning, because they will not be enforced, and if government can reach back in time to retroactively steal funds, there is no safe market anywhere any longer.
Rather than tell you what Ms. Barnhardt said, I’m going to provide her notice completely:
BCM Has Ceased Operations (source)Posted by Ann Barnhardt – November 17, AD 2011 10:27 AM MST
Dear Clients, Industry Colleagues and Friends of Barnhardt Capital Management,
It is with regret and unflinching moral certainty that I announce that Barnhardt Capital Management has ceased operations. After six years of operating as an independent introducing brokerage, and eight years of employment as a broker before that, I found myself, this morning, for the first time since I was 20 years old, watching the futures and options markets open not as a participant, but as a mere spectator.
The reason for my decision to pull the plug was excruciatingly simple: I could no longer tell my clients that their monies and positions were safe in the futures and options markets – because they are not. And this goes not just for my clients, but for every futures and options account in the United States. The entire system has been utterly destroyed by the MF Global collapse. Given this sad reality, I could not in good conscience take one more step as a commodity broker, soliciting trades that I knew were unsafe or holding funds that I knew to be in jeopardy.
The futures markets are very highly-leveraged and thus require an exceptionally firm base upon which to function. That base was the sacrosanct segregation of customer funds from clearing firm capital, with additional emergency financial backing provided by the exchanges themselves. Up until a few weeks ago, that base existed, and had worked flawlessly. Firms came and went, with some imploding in spectacular fashion. Whenever a firm failure happened, the customer funds were intact and the exchanges would step in to backstop everything and keep customers 100% liquid – even as their clearing firm collapsed and was quickly replaced by another firm within the system.
Everything changed just a few short weeks ago. A firm, led by a crony of the Obama regime, stole all of the non-margined cash held by customers of his firm. Let’s not sugar-coat this or make this crime seem “complex” and “abstract” by drowning ourselves in six-dollar words and uber-technical jargon. Jon Corzine STOLE the customer cash at MF Global. Knowing Jon Corzine, and knowing the abject lawlessness and contempt for humanity of the Marxist Obama regime and its cronies, this is not really a surprise. What was a surprise was the reaction of the exchanges and regulators. Their reaction has been to take a bad situation and make it orders of magnitude worse. Specifically, they froze customers out of their accounts WHILE THE MARKETS CONTINUED TO TRADE, refusing to even allow them to liquidate. This is unfathomable. The risk exposure precedent that has been set is completely intolerable and has destroyed the entire industry paradigm. No informed person can continue to engage these markets, and no moral person can continue to broker or facilitate customer engagement in what is now a massive game of Russian Roulette.
I have learned over the last week that MF Global is almost certainly the mere tip of the iceberg. There is massive industry-wide exposure to European sovereign junk debt. While other firms may not be as heavily leveraged as Corzine had MFG leveraged, and it is now thought that MFG’s leverage may have been in excess of 100:1, they are still suicidally leveraged and will likely stand massive, unmeetable collateral calls in the coming days and weeks as Europe inevitably collapses. I now suspect that the reason the Chicago Mercantile Exchange did not immediately step in to backstop the MFG implosion was because they knew and know that if they backstopped MFG, they would then be expected to backstop all of the other firms in the system when the failures began to cascade – and there simply isn’t that much money in the entire system. In short, the problem is a SYSTEMIC problem, not merely isolated to one firm.
Perhaps the most ominous dynamic that I have yet heard of in regards to this mess is that of the risk of potential CLAWBACK actions. For those who do not know, “clawback” is the process by which a bankruptcy trustee is legally permitted to re-seize assets that left a bankrupt entity in the time period immediately preceding the entity’s collapse. So, using the MF Global customers as an example, any funds that were withdrawn from MFG accounts in the run-up to the collapse, either because of suspicions the customer may have had about MFG from, say, watching the company’s bond yields rise sharply, or from purely organic day-to-day withdrawls, the bankruptcy trustee COULD initiate action to “clawback” those funds. As a hedge broker, this makes my blood run cold. Generally, as the markets move in favor of a hedge position and equity builds in a client’s account, that excess equity is sent back to the customer who then uses that equity to offset cash market transactions OR to pay down a revolving line of credit. Even the possibility that a customer could be penalized and additionally raped AGAIN via a clawback action after already having their customer funds stolen is simply villainous. While there has been no open indication of clawback actions being initiated by the MF Global trustee, I have been told that it is a possibility.
And so, to the very unpleasant crux of the matter. The futures and options markets are no longer viable. It is my recommendation that ALL customers withdraw from all of the markets as soon as possible so that they have the best chance of protecting themselves and their equity. The system is no longer functioning with integrity and is suicidally risk-laden. The rule of law is non-existent, instead replaced with godless, criminal political cronyism.
Remember, derivatives contracts are NOT NECESSARY in the commodities markets. The cash commodity itself is the underlying reality and is not dependent on the futures or options markets. Many people seem to have gotten that backwards over the past decades. From Abel the animal husbandman up until the year 1964, there were no cattle futures contracts at all, and no options contracts until 1984, and yet the cash cattle markets got along just fine.
Finally, I will not, under any circumstance, consider reforming and re-opening Barnhardt Capital Management, or any other iteration of a brokerage business, until Barack Obama has been removed from office AND the government of the United States has been sufficiently reformed and repopulated so as to engender my total and complete confidence in the government, its adherence to and enforcement of the rule of law, and in its competent and just regulatory oversight of any commodities markets that may reform. So long as the government remains criminal, it would serve no purpose whatsoever to attempt to rebuild the futures industry or my firm, because in a lawless environment, the same thievery and fraud would simply happen again, and the criminals would go unpunished, sheltered by the criminal oligarchy.
To my clients, who literally TO THE MAN agreed with my assessment of the situation, and were relieved to be exiting the markets, and many whom I now suspect stayed in the markets as long as they did only out of personal loyalty to me, I can only say thank you for the honor and pleasure of serving you over these last years, with some of my clients having been with me for over twelve years. I will continue to blog at Barnhardt.biz, which will be subtly re-skinned soon, and will continue my cattle marketing consultation business. I will still be here in the office, answering my phones, with the same phone numbers. Alas, my retirement came a few years earlier than I had anticipated, but there was no possible way to continue given the inevitability of the collapse of the global financial markets, the overthrow of our government, and the resulting collapse in the rule of law.
As for me, I can only echo the words of David:
“This is the Lord’s doing; and it is wonderful in our eyes.”
With Best Regards-
Ladies and gentlemen, make no mistake about it: This is a sign of the end of our way of life as we have known it. When diligent people assess the state of the country, the government, and the law, arriving at the conclusion that there is no basis for confidence in any of these, and making the moral choice to cease doing business, you are looking at the end of a civilization. We have known for more than a century that the statists would use our own financial markets, our banks, and our commodity markets against us as the trigger for total collapse, but now that day has arrived. Ms. Barnhardt’s courage in stating the truth should be commended, but her most important points must be understood in the context of a woman who has stopped. She has refused to participate in a market dominated by looting, graft, corruption, and lawlessness, where government does nothing to uphold law, and instead merely makes law on any basis it decides, by dictates.
I am proud of Ms. Barnhardt, and for those who think she has quit, I would say to you that she hasn’t quit. She’s made the moral choice that one cannot deal in a market without laws and without fixed, predictable rules that will hold up in all conditions. Put another way, imagine sitting in at a game of Blackjack, where the dealer makes up the rules, or changes them, without any rhyme or reason except to take more of your money. How long would you remain at such a table? What Ms. Barnhardt has done here is to tell the dealer to shove it. I don’t blame her. She’s my new hero, and I can only hope men and women of courage throughout the market will now join her.
One of the more disheartening things I encounter on a day-to-day basis is the increasing number of Americans who have simply given up. They view the political divide in this country as insurmountable, and they see themselves as fighting their way to an inevitable defeat. Demographers might support their conclusion too, as in so many ways, the culture that had built America is slowly being stolen from us. Illegal immigration and the welfare state are two particular aspects of statist America that seem to guarantee that there will be no reversal within our lifetimes, if ever. One entire party, and the elite minority of the other are apparently committed to reducing the United States to just one more failed historical civilization. Some of them, particularly the left, wants the country to fall, as we have known it, and the elites in the GOP seem quite satisfied to let it happen, merely slowing the collapse to prevent a revolutionary uprising. Many ordinary Americans have simply quit on America, and they’ve gone off in search of whatever temporary relief they can find from the mounting failures that now characterize our culture. The simple truth is this: We are slowly submitting to a culture of surrender.
“I can’t do anything about it, anyway,” is the common refrain. “Why pay attention to politics? They’re all crooks, and none of them care for the interests of the people…” This sentiment is now so widely held that it spreads as a contagion, not merely among ordinary citizens, but also among those who have extraordinary talents for leading. With the Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and the New Year approaching, many seek refuge in the momentary pleasures of these traditions, and the family-centered comfort they offer. It’s not an ordinary year, and none should let their attention on our nation’s condition be diminished. This isn’t 1995, or 1983, but as I’ve explained before, it’s 1859. We linger on the brink of a civil war that will cast this nation into chaos for generations, and few seem willing to notice. It’s not that the evidence is unclear, and it’s not that people don’t know it, but that they have made the conscious decision to ignore it.
“Maybe it will go away,” or maybe “it will work itself out,” are common too. “It’s too big and too complex,” is among my favorites, precisely because it is the size and complexity of the machine that leverage in favor of reform. In our point-and-click, plug-and-play world, many have lost the patience and self-discipline to see things through. It isn’t easy maintaining one’s focus against the tide of media outlets, and popular culture, all of which offer that siren’s song of avoidance. It’s a real problem we conservatives face, because too often, we see the most stunning developments in our political world, and look around us to realize that only a relative handful have noticed. Dis-spirited and demoralized, it’s little wonder the American people look for distractions, but the sad truth is that we permit it.
People fall prey to this constantly, good and decent people who share our conservative values, but they’re mostly detached from the world of politics. They’re very much engrossed in their day-to-day lives, and with the current prevailing economic conditions, they’re struggling to make ends meet, raise their kids, and keep a roof over their heads. I was down at the local gun store the other day, buying some shells, and got into a little talk with the owner and two others who were just talking over issues. One complained: “This darn school district is raising taxes again.” The others grumbled in agreement. “Why don’t we just elect somebody else,” I offered. One nodded agreement, but another said something much more telling: “What’s the use? They get into office, and ten minutes later, they all think they’re King George III… No sir, it will collapse eventually.”
I’m guilty of this thinking from time to time myself, if guilt there is, but to tell you the truth, I don’t think we can just wait it out. The way things are going, if this all collapses, it’s likely to come down on our heads. I’m not finished yet, and I know many who aren’t, so while it’s frustrating and maddening, we really must become more involved. In the end, we really may have no recourse, but I think that so long as we do, we must fight for our values, and that we must continue to spread the word on the events of the day. Like so many of you, I don’t miss the opportunity to speak out very often, but the problem is that much of our intended audience has tuned out. It’s as though the nation is waiting for that collapse, but seldom do nations simply fall. Corruption in governments goes on with or without the consent of the governed, and whether or not people are willing to notice. They continue to gather more power, more authority, and more control until there is nothing but government. Our founders warned us against failing in vigilance, because they knew all too well the predatory reflexes of those who would rule over us.
Statists come in various forms, and on the basis of varying excuses, but they all share the same underlying belief: It is theirs to rule, and yours to serve the interests of the state, which always really means them. They claim the interests of the public are met by fulfillment of the interests of the state. This is the reason they can take multi-million dollar vacations, with you picking up the tab. The interests of the public are served, they say, because in carting Michelle Obama all over the globe with her platoon of friends, the interests of the US are advanced in the name of its prestige, and as a matter of good will. I think I’ll try that on my boss next time I want a pay raise: “Boss, it’s in the interests of this organization to pay me better so that I will be a happier and thus more effective ambassador for the organization.” My bet is that if he didn’t fire me on the spot, he’d probably call paramedics, certain that I had flipped my lid.
This is the problem with our government, and it’s not going to vanish by pretending it away. No growing tyranny ever does, because in truth, the kinds of people who seek to rule are also the sort of people who are always looking for “one more postponement,” as Ayn Rand once noted. Isn’t it true? Look at the budget, the debt ceiling, and the intransigence of both parties in tackling this issue. Their answer is to create a super-committee, that will effectively do nothing of consequence except perhaps to increase the misery of every working American. look at the impending meltdown of Europe. It’s born of the same thing: Juggle things as long as possible, and once it collapses, blame somebody else for the problem. In this context, it’s easy to understand why the American people are demoralized.
Consider the case of the Tea Party: Here had been a real grass-roots movement, but from the outset, they were treated as pariahs, their motives were impugned, they were falsely and repeatedly called racists and terrorists, but with millions having attended various Tea Party events, none of the were arrested, there were no acts of violence(except against them,) and they left every venue cleaner than they had found it. They observed local ordinances, filed for and received permits, and observed the rule of law they said they cherished.
Contrast this with the bizarre and chaotic spectacle of the Occupy protests. The media actually sympathized with them, and even that was not enough to conceal the illegal behavior, the unbelievable messes they’ve made, and the crime that has accompanied virtually every one of their major assemblies. Combine this with violence, the expressions of antisemitism, and all of the focused hate they have spewed for two solid months, and what you realize is that the American people ought to be a bit dis-spirited. They have watched the mobs of ne’er-do-wells make a mockery of the notion of peaceful, law-abiding protests, and yet they have only lately begun to garner some negative attention in the mainstream media.
This has been done with precisely this end in mind: Tell the Tea Party “you’re irrelevant,” and with any luck, the Tea Party will believe it. I’m here to tell you that there’s no reason to surrender, and that we cannot yield only because the media tells us to do so. We cannot avert our eyes from the crimes being committed openly by this government, or the criminal intent of those running it. We cannot pretend that these things are not happening, nor should we seek a momentary escape from this battle. It’s our battle precisely because it is our country. It’s our fight because we know what is being lost. It’s our engagement because we know the virtues this nation must practice to prosper and thrive, because after all, by and large, we exercise them in our own lives.
Clear the cobwebs. The season of family and friendship is upon us, and we mustn’t neglect the opportunity that offers. On average, you will see more of friends and family, and more of your congregations than you see throughout the rest of the year. You’ll share their company. Share what you’re feeling. Share what you’ve seen. Tell them that for the next 12 months, it’s okay to focus on damned little else, because that is what you’re going to do, in the name of your country, and all that you love. No retreat. No stalemate. No surrender.
“These are the times that try mens souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” Thomas Paine – The Crisis No. I
Further evidence has begun to mount on Sunday that the “Arab Spring” is merely the prologue to a Sharia Winter. In Tunisia, where all of this really got started earlier this year, Islamists are poised to sweep the elections. It gets better, as in Libya, their new transitional leader says Sharia will rule the country. If that’s not enough, over in Iran, there are now Occupy Wall Street protests. As I told you yesterday, this entire movement has the look and feel of an Obama/Soros operation. Considering the systematic destruction of our national economy, our global influence, military readiness, and the complete breakdown of our society that is unfolding under Obama, we must wonder what we shall do if these people succeed.
To win, they needed to take down America, and they’re well on their way, and at the top of it all, Barack Obama stands with George Soros’ hand up his backside. In what could only be considered a more modern iteration of the book None Dare Call it Treason, this country is being wiped out, and I think it’s time we say so.
What has been the purpose of all of this coordination between the leftists groups from America participating in the Gaza Flotilla, or in the Tahrir Square revolution? What could be the meaning of poking Israel in the eye with the entire September threat of a move by Palestineans for Statehood? I realize that even three years ago, this kind of talk would have gotten somebody branded a conspiracist, but let’s be honest shall we? I believe coincidences exist, and that correlation isn’t necessarily causation, but this is frankly too much to accept on that basis. We have all known for a long time, those who paid any attention, that America was the last best hope for freedom anywhere on Earth. We are now watching it wrecked. It’s not accidental. There’s a reason the Dodd-Frank financial reform act permits certain facts to be kept secret from the American people.
Ordinary people like me are now turning to me and asking “what shall we do?” As one of my loyal readers comments, it’s like from the movie 300: “What can we do?” I have heard a fair number of oaths muttered under the breath of those who have their own solemn answer to the question, but I suppose I have always wondered at what point the American people simply say: “Enough!” What recourse remains? Your President and his party have spit on this country fearlessly for three years. They’re supporting our enemies both at home and abroad. Will you call Congress and demand he be impeached? What will that accomplish? Would the Senate act? Even if it did, what then? Biden? Do you think that useful idiot would do any better or different?
No, I think you’d better prepare to live as slaves. Your masters will be the Occu-Pests, and your children will struggle the length of their stunted lives in support of them and their Marxist agenda. This way, you risk nothing. Let me be brutally honest with you: Some of you haven’t had the intestinal fortitude to face up to friends and family and congregation and neighbor and even state what it is that is transpiring, for fear of ridicule. I know, because I get the e-mails. I have writers telling me: “I don’t even bother with the kids, they are so busy living their lives and watching garbage on TV that they think Jon Stewart is news.” I have grown people who should be the object of respect and reverence in their communities telling me: “Well, you can’t say that in public because somebody will think you’re nuts.” What courage will we have when it comes down to it if now, when we could speak, we instead cower and say nothing?
On the other side of this, I get e-mails from people who tell me how somebody who loved them re-directed them in their thinking as a result of long, heartfelt and frank discussions about what we now face. One young lady wrote to tell me:
“My dad was always pestering me to follow the news. I have a five-month-old baby and a toddler, and I just don’t have the time. My husband works two jobs, and right now, daycare costs more than any job I could get, so I just stay home with my kids. He sent me a link to your story about “Downgraded America” and I read it. I was really bothered by it, but I didn’t know what to think. My dad, you know, he’s always sending me this scary political stuff. Then I went back and read some of your other stories. I talked with my husband about one because he’s interested in some of this stuff, but he doesn’t have time. He looked at me and said “Yea, that’s what’s happening.” The look on his face was like he was letting me in on a secret that I should have known. I am going to learn more about this, and I’m going to talk with some of my friends. None of them are very political. Neither was I, but I have my babies to think about, and I can’t afford not to know what’s going on….”
Ladies and gentlemen, if we’re to stand any chance at all, we can’t have any more secrets, and we can’t fear to state what is. It’s Sunday. It’s a day to repair for the week ahead. It’s a moment of pause before we re-enter the storm. Use it to good purpose. Prepare the ones you love.
In 2012, the Republican Senatorial primary will come down to a fight between former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz and current Lt. Governor David Dewhurst. Dewhurst is the guy who was for the In-State tuition for illegals before he was more recently against it. He supported an income tax for Texas. Meanwhile, Cruz has been a strong advocate of liberty, and has won landmark cases before the US Supreme Court. I support Mr. Cruz unreservedly over David Dewhurst, who is another Austin big-government Republican who likes to hang out with all the liberals at all the cocktail parties among the “liberal smart set.” Mr. Cruz appeared on Mark Levin’s show during the final hour on Wednesday’s show.
It’s time to take Texas back for conservatives. Mr. Dewhurst isn’t a fair representative of Texans or conservatives, but now we have a chance to correct all of this because when Mr. Dewhurst seeks a seat in the US Senate next year, we can send him back to Austin for a couple years longer until we finally ditch him in 2014 in favor of a Tea Party candidate.
Ted Cruz looks like a promising up-and-comer in the conservative movement. Texans should pay particular attention to this primary race. He’s got the endorsement of Jim DeMint, and Rand Paul among others.
I encourage you to learn about Ted Cruz at his website.
To hear the full interview with Ted Cruz, listen below:
To check out Mark Levin’s audio archive, go to his site and click the Audio link on the menu.
Wednesday evening, hat-tip to Drudge linking to a CBS report that the organizers of the Occu-Pest fiasco in New York and around the country are planning a bigger event for next summer in Philadelphia from July to October. It’s being called a “National Assembly” and the aim is clear: They intend to intimidate Americans and US institutions. Mayor Nutter said: “I understand national Occupy would want to be in Philadelphia — this is birthplace of freedom, liberty, and democracy for the United States of America — so I look forward to a conversation.” One would think Mayor Nutter was talking about responsible people. The people of Philadelphia should already be speaking out against bringing these goons to their city.
It’s worse than that, however, as they consider themselves akin to the Committees of Correspondence. That’s right, these nut-jobs actually see themselves as the founding fathers, but the bastard they intend to sire will be birthed not in liberty, but instead born of terror and tyranny. This is a warning, and one you had better heed: These people intend to destroy your constitution and the Republic it had created. They are plotting to supplant your form of government with a full-on Marxist regime, and these people are the useful idiots.
You need to prepare yourselves and your families. It’s time to tell folks you know about the serious nature of this threat. It’s time to begin considering how you will react, and it’s also time to understand that there are going to be a number of conspirators in all of this, and you had better understand that none of them are your friends. These people intend to do for the US what Hugo Chavez has done for Venezuala. If your tendency is to read this sort of article, and subsequently avert your eyes for fear of becoming a tin-foil hat wearing conspiracy theorist, just this once, stick around. I promise: No tin-foil hats are required. This is the time for your thinking caps, and for collaboration with your fellow patriots. You may remember the recent discussion of suspended elections. What do you suppose their “National Assembly” is intended to do?
We have a serious problem. At least 70 members of the US Congress are members of the DSA. Obama has many long-term close ties to the group, and the Occupy Wall Street crowd is largely managed by them or their cohorts. These people want to wipe out your form of government and your way of life, and they make no apologies for it. They have infiltrated all levels of government, and they are largely responsible for the transformation the Democrat party has undergone since my childhood. Many of them are closely tied, or are in some cases the same people who constituted the SDS back in the 1960′s and 70′s. Many have been tenured professors since then, and what they all share is a hatred for your freedom to choose.
The useful idiots huddling in tents in Zuccotti park and more like them will become the foot soldiers in the war against you. They have been aligning themselves with Islamists as part of the entire “Arab Spring” fraud, and you can bet that they will use Islamo-terrorists against Americans domestically too. If you didn’t catch the story about the emails, I’d strongly suggest you download the file, import it into Outlook, and see what these nuts have been working on all these months. The simple truth is that for all the wishing in the world, the left sees this as their golden opportunity to finally crack the United States. We’re weakened economically to a greater extent than in generations, our armed forces are more spread-out than at any time since World War II, and the radical left finally has nearly all the pieces in place. Our culture has been shredded by three generations of a growing welfare state that by its nature encourages the worst possible outcomes for families, and actually creates poverty under the guise of curing it.
You’re all well aware of the state of our country. I intend to cover the actions of these people as closely as possible. At one point, I made the mistake of wondering if they weren’t impotent, but now I understand their game. The politicians who are using them as foot soldiers are going to use these fools as the excuse for whatever it is they wish to inflict upon us. It’s really coming down to the time in which you’re going to be confronted by some serious choices about your future actions and plans. It’s clear that they have been rigging this operation for a long, long while, perhaps decades, and yes, it is as bad as all of that. I know there are those whose “kook-alarms” are now going off. It’s hard to believe any of this, except for the fact that all the evidence is right in front of you.
It’s time to become more vigilant at the very least. It’s time to become more prepared both as individuals and as families, but alsos in your congregations and communities. Those who wish to inflict their tyrannical vision of government upon you are now working almost entirely in the open. We have a Federal establishment that is largely under their control. The establishment Republican fools still think they can cut deals with these people to save their own necks. Even if they can, for now, you won’t be able to get that kind of deal. They represent Marxist revolution, and they intend to bring it to our shores in full force. I have no intention of going quietly. What about you?
As a follow-up to my post Boiling It Down, This Is What You’ve Said, where we discussed first principles, it’s now time for we conservatives to talk about the particular issues on which we agree. I notice that there is a fairly libertarian streak in most of what you’ve offered, which suits me just fine. Let’s see what sense we can make of all of this. One of the things you’ve told me in various forms is that you want a platform of issues that are positive actions, rather than a bill of all the things against which you stand. It’s true that there are certain things against which we must all align, but the truth is that most of you would rather see issues in which we are for something, rather than merely against something, which seems to be the reactive role into which Conservatives are all too frequently shoe-horned.
You are for a massive overhaul of the tax-code, in part by repeal of the 16th amendment, and by then instituting some other form of tax with some specific limits enshrined in the constitution. I don’t think any person who responded expressed any sort of support for our current tax code or system. Many of you referenced the gargantuan compliance costs for the entire economy that ultimately produce no net wealth.
You are for a balanced budget amendment that will severely curtail the run-away spending of government, with no recourse to additional taxes, but instead to some form of line item veto. A line-item veto amendment was popular.
You are for the national defense, but not wastefully so, in either men or material, and you are for defending our few actual allies around the globe.
You are all some flavor of pro-life, those of you who mentioned the abortion issue, although there were some differences on any exceptions.
You are for a return to strict constitutional adherence.
There is a half-page of agencies and departments of the federal government you would like to see eliminated. Those that showed up most frequently in your comments and emails are: Department of Education, EPA, and Department of Energy. Let’s call them the three E’s of disaster, because nearly all of you wanted these three gone, at a minimum.
Virtually all of you wish to see the repeal of Obamacare, with the only replacement being what I would term a de-regulation of health insurers so that they can compete across state lines, among other things.
You want the borders secured, and most of you have no sympathy with the notion that “we can’t deport 12-20 million people.” Your idea seems to be that while we won’t do so in one day, or even one year, we need to take away the reasons illegals come to the US by instituting a uniform set of rules with respect to benefits and employment. You also want the practice of “sanctuary cities” specifically banned and all federal grants to cities which adopt that policy denied.
You want the government out of medicine except perhaps for veterans, and there is some variation on Medicare. What you seem to want most in the medical care arena is government to take its nose out of it.
You have varying opinions on social security, although there seems to be a sentiment if not universally held, than held by a clear majority of opinion that the program is fatally flawed, probably unconstitutional by a strict yardstick, and certainly in need of overhaul. At least two people suggested that while they believe the program to be unconstitutional, they suggested amending the constitution to include it long enough to phase it out over twenty years. Some of you actually said you’d be willing to do without it in the future if you could stop paying into it now.
There were a number of differing opinions on issues like gay marriage, and assisted suicide and such things, but all in all, the bulk of the comments and suggestions were in relative agreement on most issues.
Of those who spoke of foreign policy, almost all of you wanted a radically reduced American role in any sort of global alliances like the UN. From there, proposals differed radically, but one thing surfaced repeatedly: You want the United States to continue its support of Israel, with only one exception.
There was near unanimous support for term limits, although ideas on how long varied. I saw a suggestion for a maximum of six terms in the House, two terms in the Senate, while leaving the President as is. There was one that suggested nobody needed to serve more than a single term as President. There was one that I found interesting suggesting that we should have a total of twenty years federal service for elected officials, but that the presidential term limit still ought to apply. The idea was to discouraged lengthy federal careers, giving the edge to people from the states to move up. More than one of you suggested that staff be term-limited just like the officials under which they serve. It was a mixed bag of ideas from very sedate and practical to much more radical and creative.
Speaking of ‘radical ideas,’ the number of you who thought it would be a good idea to reform the Federal Reserve system, or abolish it outright was rather high. I always knew that conservatives never really liked the Federal Reserve, but I figured this to be mostly a libertarian position. Apparently, that’s not at all the case. You want a stable currency with a stable store of value providing its backing.
Most of you wanted the bulk of the welfare state eliminated, particularly for able-bodied people. You wanted strict lifetime limits. You wanted to see cash and cash-like subsidies replaced with food allotments to discourage widespread fraud. Three of you expressly called for a requirement to establish paternity of any child for whom support would be claimed.
You wanted work and savings and thrift to pay. Four of you suggested eliminating the minimum wage outright, citing its negative effects on total employment and inflation.
Most of you thought our energy policy is a joke. You think the government is discouraging rational energy ideas while subsidizing what some of you called boondoggles(“green energy” and ethanol subsidies) and others among you called corporate welfare.
There were a few other things you expressed. Most of you were in favor of harsh punishments for corruption. Almost all of you favored a federal death penalty, those who mentioned it. Anybody who mentioned “affirmative action” did so in the negative.
There were various opinions on drug legalization, some strongly against, and a couple strongly in favor.
Everybody was angry about debt growth and deficit spending.
That’s covering a lot of ground, and I hope you’ll help me with the next step in this. What I’d like to do is get your help in prioritizing these things. So, here’s what you can do: Select your top five, in order of importance, and if you think there’s something not mentioned here that must be mentioned, make it number six on your list, and I will add it for the second round.
I think this gives us a good toe-hold on this cliff, but it’s a long and treacherous climb ahead. I expect there will be disagreements, but the general sentiments expressed suggested to me that you’re mostly willing to work around some issues in favor of your most important priorities. Much of what you’ve offered comports well with what I’ve seen of Tea Party doctrine, insofar as I know it, and you all seem willing to give this a go. I want to thank all the respondents who filled my inbox, and submitted comments.
Submit your new lists with the subject line [Priorities] to email@example.com
I’ve spent some time thinking about Governor Palin’s decision against running for the presidency in 2012. Many people are wrestling with it still, particularly those people who have poured so much of their efforts into making it a reality. Even now, over on FaceBook, there’s a group devoted to urging her to reconsider. They’re calling their group Sarah Palin’s Earthquake, and they have chosen that name because of a remark Sarah Palin made in a recent interview in which she said it would take an earthquake to cause her to reconsider. They want to become that earthquake, and in just more than a day, they have added thousands of members. I suppose one never knows what might happen, and these intrepid Palinistas are intent upon at least letting their reluctant champion know that they still want her to lead them.
The odds against them are long, but they’re accustomed to that condition, as these determined warriors look around, much like me, and see that no rational alternative to Palin now exists in the Republican field. I could inventory them and their flaws for you, but if you’re reading this post, you already know the score. The sad truth for most of Palin’s supporters is that there really aren’t any plausible alternatives that will be even roughly shoe-horned into the great void we had hoped she would fill in the GOP field. Many people are noting that sad state of affairs with a tone of fatalistic sobriety. For my part, I have chosen to look at all of this somewhat differently. For three years running, in various forms, we’ve asked her to run, and she has finally demurred. I remember the occasion of my own letter to her, and what I said in closing:
“We want you to run, yes, for our own selfish purposes, because we selfishly dare to love our country and our lives. That’s why they hate us. It’s why they hate you. Make your choice, make it in full knowledge of the costs to you and yours. Make it for your own purposes. If you choose not to run, we will understand, though we will be sad, and we will go in search of our back-up plan. We will go in search of the ‘next-best.’ You’ve already borne more upon your back than any thousand candidates have had to bear.”
This now seems to have been the manner of the choice she has made. We are now sad, but thus far, in our search for a “back-up plan,” we have come up empty. That’s the unmitigated truth of the matter. Once again, we are left in the apparent position of having to settle for the best of the rest, whomever that may be. The others are undoubtedly calling upon her to throw her support behind them, and I expect that will the focus of the media going forward. The expectation is that wherever Palin throws her support, if she does at all, her legions of supporters will join her in that endeavor like robots. The problem with this predictable narrative from the media and the establishment is that Palin’s supporters have never been automatons, neither for the political establishment, nor even for her. Palin’s supporters simply aren’t built that way, and will in the end make the decisions they each individually feel are best. It’s the difference between a fanatic and a supporter, and those who have followed Sarah Palin all this time aren’t mere “fans.” I continued:
“Nobody will blame you. The part of me that loves justice almost hopes you will walk away. The direction of the country isn’t your fault. It’s ours. We let this happen. We let them cheat and lie and steal our values. We watched them do it. We don’t have any right to ask you to do it for our sake. Where were we? Where was our engagement? Most of us went about our way, trying to pretend what was happening hadn’t been real, or worse, participating in the debasement. There’s no reason you should go it alone on our behalf. In truth, I have nothing to offer by way of compensation except to promise I will not abandon you on the field – that you will not lead the charge into battle only to find your legion has deserted you. The rest may retire from the fight. I will be there, until the end or until victory. I ask only that you choose for the sake of all you love. This may be our last chance. Good luck in all things, Governor Palin.”
Well, that first bit might not have turned out to be one-hundred percent of the truth, but it’s certainly bound to be in the ninetieth percentile. A few are hurt to the extent of blaming her, but it wasn’t Sarah Palin who left us without options. It isn’t her fault that the country is in decline. It isn’t her fault that we let the statists cheat us and lie to us and steal from us our values as a culture and as a people. That the GOP establishment seems to have managed to pull off another end-run around us is not Sarah Palin’s fault, but ours. We could have done things differently, and the truth is that if we are now without plausible presidential alternatives to Sarah Palin, it is we who have left ourselves in that position.
Back when I was describing the choice, I was describing it as much for me as for her or for others who might see and consider it. I haven’t ever wanted to deceive myself or others, and while I knew at the time there were a thousand good reasons for Sarah Palin to enter the race, I also knew that they were not necessarily of a value equal to some reasons leveraging against her entry. I don’t expect anybody to live for my sake, or the sake of my needs, wants, or wishes; neither in my thinking then, nor in my feelings now.
Sarah Palin doesn’t owe us anything: Not a presidential campaign, not a campaign for other candidates, nor even an explanation that will satisfy one and all. It’s her choice and her life, and she must consider these things for her sake and the sake of her most precious values. She has chosen, and whether I agree with her choice, or the voices of millions disagree, it is her choice and her destiny to do as she feels necessary. I respect that choice, knowing that as it is her right to choose, my wishes to the contrary have no ability to invalidate her choice. If she does reconsider, I will respect that choice too, and I will continue to support her in that endeavor. My pledge was sincere. I meant it, and I still do. If she chooses against running, instead to rally the troops on behalf of a cause in which we all agree, I will be there. It’s as simple as that.
From the moment she first walked out onto the national stage, and brought the energy of her message of freedom to the crowd, I have been there. To whatever degree she continues to do so, I will still be here in firm support, but I will always respect her choice to determine her course for her own sake and the sake of all she loves. That’s a big part of what has made the freedoms of our country unique, and it is this that I cherish above all: This is still the land of self-determination, and while government’s shackles tighten around us like a noose, I am happy to see even one among us escape unshackled on her own terms.
As some have noted, particularly Tammy Bruce, we have a choice, and it comes down to this: We may be staring down the barrel of a loaded gun with the less-than-satisfactory GOP nomination choices for president remaining from among which to choose. There are still other things we can do, including joining with the Tea Party, those of us who haven’t already, and begin the process of taking over the Senate and strengthening in the House so that no matter which candidate of either party ultimately occupies the White House, we can still control the legislative agenda, and thereby limit the power of a president we may not fully support, or support at all. That idea isn’t without flaws, and it certainly isn’t a perfect solution to the problems now confronting us, but it surely offers us more hope than to surrender in sadness or to campaign against the seemingly inevitable. Nothing is written in stone about the outcome of this battle, and this remains the country of self-determination, at least for now. However we choose to carry out that fight, each and every one of us, let us do it in our own ways as best we can, while we still can. Hope springs eternal because we still love our country and it’s still worth the fight, whomever we elect, irrespective of who may choose to run for high office. If we are to save this country, we must begin now. My hope is that it’s not too late.
Ladies and gentlemen, I thank you for reading this blog. While I still have the attention of Palin supporters, I’d like to take a moment to thank you for sticking it out and for supporting my little blog site. As you know, this site was built in large measure to support Sarah Palin, and those of you who support her, and while she isn’t now running for President, I can tell you with all assurances that I continue to support her message of common sense conservatism and her strong belief in finding constitutional conservatives to serve in our governments, from local to state all the way to Washington DC. Like you, I am mightily disappointed by the news, but I also know, as you must, that this country is still worth our fight. It’s still worth everything we can pour into restoring it, and based on her words on Mark Levin’s show this evening, I know she maintains that commitment although it will find a different expression than we who have supported her might have preferred. In listening to her discussion with Levin, I heard in Governor Palin’s voice a sincere love for her family, and all the millions of us who have stood with her.
Below is her full statement, followed by my closing remarks:
October 5, 2011
After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for President of the United States. As always, my family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision. When we serve, we devote ourselves to God, family and country. My decision maintains this order.
My decision is based upon a review of what common sense Conservatives and Independents have accomplished, especially over the last year. I believe that at this time I can be more effective in a decisive role to help elect other true public servants to office – from the nation’s governors to Congressional seats and the Presidency. We need to continue to actively and aggressively help those who will stop the “fundamental transformation” of our nation and instead seek the restoration of our greatness, our goodness and our constitutional republic based on the rule of law.
From the bottom of my heart I thank those who have supported me and defended my record throughout the years, and encouraged me to run for President. Know that by working together we can bring this country back – and as I’ve always said, one doesn’t need a title to help do it.
I will continue driving the discussion for freedom and free markets, including in the race for President where our candidates must embrace immediate action toward energy independence through domestic resource developments of conventional energy sources, along with renewables. We must reduce tax burdens and onerous regulations that kill American industry, and our candidates must always push to minimize government to strengthen the economy and allow the private sector to create jobs.
Those will be our priorities so Americans can be confident that a smaller, smarter government that is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people can better serve this most exceptional nation.
In the coming weeks I will help coordinate strategies to assist in replacing the President, re-taking the Senate, and maintaining the House.
Thank you again for all your support. Let’s unite to restore this country!
God bless America.
– Sarah Palin
I support Sarah Palin in this mission. I’ve supported her all along, and that’s not going to change now. I know there are many who feel that without Sarah Palin, there can be no chance to restore the country. Thankfully, Sarah Palin knows better, and offers that we can find ways to overcome the statist machine that now confronts our country. She realizes as we do that this is not about personalities, but about ideas. She realizes that the right ideas can triumph no matter who it is advancing them. We simply need to find the person to do so, and sadly, at this time, it will not include Governor Palin.
Let me speak to all the friends I’ve made during this endeavor to support Sarah Palin: I’m not going away. I’m not leaving. I’m still going to be here supporting Sarah Palin by helping spread her message as she continues to carry her message, and in this way, I’m also going to continue to carry on the task of talking about the state of our union and all of those who wish to destroy it.
Ladies and gentlemen, if you wish to part company now because you believe that only Sarah Palin bound us together, I will understand, and will thank you for having come so far with me on this journey. On the other hand, if you recognize as I do that the reason we joined arms around Sarah Palin wasn’t merely about her person, but about the ideas she championed, I want you to know: I will still be here, and I will still be writing, and we needn’t part company.
Lastly, to Governor Palin, I wish to say “Thank You!” I thank you for all of your hard work on behalf of the country, and I look forward to seeing you carrying the cause of freedom to all Americans! I understand at least a little of what all of this has cost you personally, and I understand at least some of what such a contest would have cost you and your family. You don’t owe us anything, and in fact, we owe you for all you have done on our behalf. As you have been here for us, I will continue to be here for you as will so many of your supporters.
Thank you all!
Tuesday, the 4th of October is a new day, like every one before it has been. Like every one before it, it offers new opportunities, but for we supporters of Sarah Palin, it offers one in particular. On this Tuesday, the film by Stephen K. Bannon, The Undefeated comes to stores near you on DVD! Now, you will be able to get your own copy, and purchase them for friends and relatives, but best of all, you can hold your own The Undefeated viewing parties. Do you want the truth about Governor Sarah Palin to get out to an audience hungry for a different kind of leader, but who have been led astray by the Lamestream Media, and even some in the GOP establishment? If you want your chance to show people the truth, to correct the record and inform them, finally, here’s your chance.
I received my copy today. Tomorrow, I intend to go by the local Walmart and round up a couple copies to distribute to friends who’ve been led into doubts about Governor Palin. It’s time that this story is told to a wider audience, and we are just the people to help the film tell it. This film is a wealth of real information about the real accomplishments of a real American champion of liberty.
For once, we have a new opportunity to go out there and make that difference we always say we wish to make. I’m going to ask you, my readers, to submit your stories over the coming days and weeks as you hold viewing parties, and let everybody here know what it was like. Provide the impressions of your guests, and tell me about them. Let’s make of this the opportunity it should be to bring Americans together around the truth. Submit your stories about your viewing parties as comments on this post.
Politics is an ugly game at times, but as we all know, it frequently has deadly-serious consequences. We mustn’t permit this story to go untold, and I firmly believe this is our best opportunity to correct the record about an American who has faced incredible injustices at the hands of the media and the permanent political class.
Back in July, when I first saw this film at Grapevine, TX, I came home and wrote a review. If you don’t remember it, or weren’t part of my small audience back then, I’d encourage you to read it: We and She: The Undefeated
Here’s your opportunity. We always lament the media attempts to destroy Sarah Palin. We rightly complain that we’re treated almost as poorly. Here’s your opportunity to begin changing all of that at a more rapid rate. It’s the most effective debunking tool for all the media lies. Pick up your copy of The Undefeated, the film that may yet help change the world.
One of the things revealed by the ongoing story about Governor Beverly Perdue(D-NC) is that she’s speaking for the core constituency of her party. They are tired of hearing from Tea Party patriots, and frankly anybody else who dares to question their actions, laws, policies, and regulations. It’s symptomatic of the terror the left now feels, and the truth is that while some have attempted to paint her statement about suspending Congressional elections as a joke, most Americans sense of distrust of government and politicians has been heightened to an extent that even if she had been joking, none seem to consider it a laughing matter. More than just the left, however, it’s both of the parties in the form of a permanent political class that shares a basic contempt and disdain for the American people.
What any relatively attentive person should have realized long ago is that many politicians hold we voters in contempt, all the while seeking our support for their re-election campaigns. Governor Perdue is expressing a frightening contempt for the American tradition of self-governance in the most fundamental sense. Without elections, and without politicians being held accountable for their actions, the United States suddenly looks like any other banana republic, magnified and multiplied by our sheer size. The more one listens to this, the less it sounds like a joke:
If you can’t understand the audio, here’s what she said:
“I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover.” “I really hope that someone can agree with me on that.”
The question I receive from comments on this site and from emails is almost always the same: One part outrage, and one part frustration; outraged that an elected official could even consider such a thing, joking or not, but also frustrated with the fact that these entrenched politicians are not easily removed. “What shall we do, Mark?” This is the same question I receive again and again, and it’s as though some people have adopted the idea that we can either do nothing, or we can mount some sort of armed revolt. Let me suggest that until something changes, neither of these is the correct answer. Doing the latter cannot be justified until such time as we run out of all other options. The best option we have is immediately before us: We must engage and become involved. Some will pull an Obama-to-CBC on some of you, but the fact is that I don’t think that would work on you. I think you are open to reason, so let’s consider this carefully, and let me offer you this: The moment they actually suspend an election, then does the question of violence become reasonable.
Otherwise, what we must do is stop waiting for the Internet, single-click solution. You can’t send emails as a proxy for writing letters. Typing a few outraged words isn’t enough. Clicking the “send” button simply won’t suffice. You can’t place phone calls as a substitute for showing-up. You must speak to your elected officials, at their offices in DC and in their districts, and in your statehouses and legislatures, at town hall meetings. Sending them emails is great, but you should take the text, paste it into a file, and snail-mail the contents to them also. Most importantly, you need to talk to your neighbors and show them what these people are trying to do, and show them the sorts of trial balloons they are now floating. If you are sincere in wanting to prevent the sort of tyranny these leftists intend to install, you’re going to need to take every available step in a peaceful form to oppose them. The time for a bunch of posturing is over, and we can’t afford violence, so rather than claim that “there’s nothing we can do,” and in dejected, frustrated impotence, shrug our shoulders and walk away, we still have the freedom to become involved. We should for once begin to make full use of it. We shouldn’t even entertain talk about “ammo box” until you’ve fully utilized the “mail box,” the “soap box,” and the “ballot box.”
It’s time we clear something else up, while we’re at it: There are a few Democrats who are of the old school, who do not believe in this sort of big-government takeover we’re seeing across the board. Remember that while you and they may disagree on many things, there are some Democrats who are every bit as outraged by this as you are, and for precisely the same reasons. At the same time, be careful of those establishment Republicans of the permanent political class who would quietly agree with the sentiments expressed by Perdue, Orszag, and others. What Orszag contends, and Perdue’s alleged “joke” expresses too, is that “gridlock” is obstructing business in Washington. Here’s the answer: Gridlock is the result of the American people deciding to obstruct the big-government reflexes of progressives in both parties. We are demanding gridlock, until such time as we can get the people in power to reverse course and rescue the country, its economy, and its people.
In truth, this is what Obama’s speech to the Congressional Black Caucus was all about: He’s trying to exhort them to oppose you. He’s trying to get them up and out to face off with you. Don’t fall for that sort of confrontation. Violence plays into their hands, but not yours. Instead, focus on what these people are doing, and talk to your neighbors, your family, you church congregations, and get them on the same page. Chances are, they’re already in agreement with you, but our culture has been one in which we’ve been led to remain quiet. The Tea Party is the first harbinger of the sort of people we must become. If you want to defeat the statists, we will do it peacefully, and at the ballot box. From now until then, don’t expect it to get any better.
Even on the local level, these politicians deserve an electoral comeuppance in the form of finding themselves on the sidelines in the future. This is also a great way to develop the next generation of state and national leaders and legislators: At the local level, find people worthy of your support and put them in. City Councils, Mayors, County Commissioners, Judges, School Boards, Sheriffs, and anybody else must be made eligible for replacement if they cross these lines. You mustn’t fear them. You mustn’t permit them to scare you into quiescent, silent submission. The idea in this issue must be to continue to wake up our less-attentive fellow citizens, while simultaneously helping them come to grips with what is going on. There should be no confusion among the people on our side: We must defeat the statists at the ballot box in 2012, and for all the years thereafter, or we will see the country fall. It will happen within our lifetimes, and maybe sooner than that. If you want to preserve your country, it’s going to require you to lead. Politicians who fit within our ethical, moral, and philosophical worldview are great, but we must get them into office to affect any change. That starts by evaluating their records, rather than a reflexive reference to the “D” or the “R” adjacent to their names on our ballots. Don’t fall for the trap that these things are happening only on the state or national level. We’re seeing arrogance among public officials at all levels. Consider this story from Peekskill, NY, where citizens have been prohibited from clapping, and where the public comment section of City meetings have been eliminated, or this one from Quartzite, AZ, where citizens took action to remove their mayor from office, who had attempted to enforce martial law.
These situations are dangerous in their meaning, but the hopeful view is to be derived from Quartzite, AZ. Don’t ask what you can do, when the answer is already in front of us. These politicians, at all levels, are terrified because you’ve discovered the first bits of their game. There is much more yet to be uncovered, perhaps in your own community, or in your own statehouse. They’ve run us into the ground, almost all of them, and it’s time we begin to look at all of them as suspect unless they have a lengthy record of defending liberty and upholding their oaths of office with scrupulous dedication. When a sitting governor in a state in this union proposes that we should suspend elections, there should be no shortage of outrage, but particularly among the people of that state, there should be no ambiguity. Elections are not theirs to suspend, but yours to exercise, and I hopefully look to the people of North Carolina to sit her down at the next opportunity.
Ladies and gentlemen, we are not helpless, and we have no need of violence. If you’re reading this, you already possess everything you need to begin your own campaign of opposition, and join with others already in progress. Slowly but surely, the worst thugs and tyrants in our midst have begun to unmask themselves. It’s not a crazy conspiracy theory. It’s not an urban legend. It most certainly isn’t a joke: We now have people who run wide swaths of our governments at all levels who view us as irrelevant, or worse, as the obstacle to their continued power. They will not go away simply because we wish it, or because we dream or hope for it. Instead, we will be the people who pick up their fumbles and run them back for touchdowns at every opportunity. We must educate our friends, family, neighbors and parishioners about the truth of the matter. “Duck and cover” is no longer a viable response. You will need to begin to make some noise, and organize starting in your own communities, and working along to stop this cold.
They’re frightened. They know you’re onto their game, and they’re not quite ready yet, which is why they now float such trial balloons as “jokes.” The Tea Party and you constitute the counter-insurgency upon which they hadn’t planned. You’re outraged? Good! Now that you’re sufficiently motivated, and know where to begin, let us get started and bring along friends.
Update: Now Governor Perdue is claiming it was sarcasm. Yeah.
It shouldn’t have been possible. When America was attacked on 11 September, 2001, nearly three thousand Americans were slaughtered in a stunning use of passenger planes as weapons. Our nation recoiled in horror, and for a short while, people were inclined to make war against those responsible, but within days, other voices cried we should not make of this more than it had been. From the very beginning, we were urged by our media and our political leadership to avoid blaming all Muslims, as if Americans were unable to differentiate between our enemies and those who would be happy to live and let live. At this moment of crisis, when our nation’s response to the attack would be formed and established, already came the drumbeat of capitulation. Rather than name our enemy, and make total war against it as we had been promised, our government responded in a slowly retreating strategy advocated by the media. Some will argue that since Osama bin Laden is now dead, we can declare victory and wrap up operations, but the truth is more difficult because while we indeed sent our forces to confront al Qaida abroad, we have done unsatisfactorily little to wage war against the Islamists’ advancement of Jihad here at home.
While we’ve slept, thinking our nation secured by the war we’ve been waging overseas, radical Islam is alive and well, not only in those distant theaters, but also here inside our own borders, and even more shockingly, inside the walls of western philosophical protection. They’re using our sense of morality and decency against us.
The first of our failures lies in the unwillingness to name our enemy. We have made every possible attempt to conceal the truth from ourselves and from others. We’ve pointed to al Qaida and its affiliates, but we’ve permitted ourselves to pretend that if we can only defeat these, we will have won the war. Even were we somehow able to destroy every al Qaida fighter on a single day, this war would not be over, for to pretend that al Qaida had been our only enemy is the same as the fallacy expressed by some that on 7 December, 1941, our only enemy had been the empire of Japan. What sort of mindless, unthinking brute would suggest such a thing? It would have ignored all rational understandings of the world as we have known it, but one can suppose we should be thankful that Hitler used the occasion to honor his pact with Japan, and declared war upon the United States, otherwise, left to the media, the American people might never have known they were at war with Germany and Italy too.
After 9/11, we should have known that the war we faced was greater and wider than one group of thugs sheltering in a desert wasteland half a world away. Our leaders should have told us, and they should have prepared us for all the ugly truths about the nature of the war against us, and the philosophical base from which it was being waged. We should have learned it ourselves and demanded a thorough war, but now we arrive on the eve of that event’s tenth anniversary, and still we cower and huddle in fear at the credible threats looming over us. Our founders, and all the men from their time until the end of WWII must be turning restlessly in their graves at the spectacle of our defeat by such an enemy. We should never have been defeated, except that the war within our own country, and inside our own philosophical struggles has found a willing ally for our enemies inside our own borders. You wonder who that enemy might be, and it will surely pose a grave controversy to name them all, yet this nation cannot much longer endure if we do not recognize the truth of this war against it. We stand on the brink of losing our nation, and yet we still mouth platitudes in defense of the enemies who attack it. All of this begs the question: If a nation will not even clearly identify its enemies, does it deserve to survive?
Since so few others will take up this task, let me categorize our enemies more thoroughly. If we are to defeat them we must know them, and if we are ever to stop the national hemorrhaging at their hands, we will be compelled by reason to know their collaborators in our midst. We can no longer afford the timid answers to which we’ve become accustomed. The enemies of the United States fall into two broad philosophical groups, and it is here that we must start. The first of these enemies are comprised of the Islamists. What you must know is that in the prevailing schools of Islamic thought around the globe, America as you have known it must be destroyed. Israel, in any form, must be eradicated. Their fundamental hatred of our form of government, our variety of faiths, and our customs and traditions arises from a belief in the cultural and spiritual supremacy of Islam. The shrill collaborators in this country will point to the moderates as examples of those who do not adopt such positions, but in truth and as evidenced by facts from which we cannot escape, those “moderates” who do not wish to advance Islam’s grasp to the limits of our globe are relatively few. We are confronted with an enemy that has been instilled from birth with a baseline, fundamental hatred of the West. There are surely exceptions in Islam, but to pretend that they are a numerous proportion is to pronounce a death sentence upon ourselves and our children.
This category is further subdivided into four groups, and they are the militants who carry out the war, the so-called intellectuals who justify the war, the financiers who fund the war, and the adherents who are the most numerous group who for various reasons simply obey, submit, and support the war. This last group can be considered the Islamists’ answer to ‘useful idiots’, and it is from their number that the militants are recruited. These are also the people who have constituted the vast body of the mobs who advanced the ‘Arab spring.’ On Friday and Saturday, these “peace-loving people” invaded the Israeli embassy in Cairo. Let us not pretend that our enemy is some tiny minority in greater Islam. The truth is that the tiny minority in Islam consists of those relatively rare moderates who fit into none of these groups, and do no press for the advancement of Islam around the globe.
The other category into which our enemies can be divided is the collaborators. The major media outlets are the largest and most influential part of this group who have given the Islamists cover. They claim to care about protecting moderate Muslims, but as Pamela Geller explains on her Atlas Shrugs blog, our media have been complicit in advancing the Islamist narrative and in disguising the truth from Americans. This is the propaganda war being waged, and we’re losing it, because more often than not, our policies are shaped not by the nature of the real threats, but in response to the perceptions of Americans. As our people have been led astray in their understanding of our enemy, they’ve leaned toward policies that pretend one can fight a war piece-meal, without the involvement and commitment of the whole American people. While the collaborators have been singing this lullaby, the total war of the Islamists against the American people has been advancing on all fronts. The most notable group of collaborators is the American left. They have no love of this nation in its original form, and since they are intent upon destroying it, are only too happy to accept assistance wherever they find it.
Take care to understand that I do not here intend to say “Democrats,” for that party is composed of a broad range of people, many of whom joined the war on the side of America in its earliest days, but who have some shared sympathies with the much more virulent left, composed of radicals who want to undermine this nation at any opportunity. The truth is that rank-and-file Democrats don’t want America destroyed. They love the country too, although their particular views in some issues may be wrong-headed. No, those Democrats were among the firefighters, police, and other first responders who answered the call on 9/11, and who were also victims on that day. If I had any complaint with them, it would be only that they must watch more closely who they allow to lead them, and to which ends. They are patriots, and to pretend otherwise is to abandon one’s wayward brothers, and this I will not do. During my service in the Army, I knew many faithful, patriotic Democrats, but few of them were hard-core left. Most of them came from blue-collar families, and they took a backseat to none in their love of this country. Instead, let us focus with acute precision on the hard-core left. These people are not friends of this country, and the only traction they’ve ever gained has been through their attempts to co-opt the Democrat party, and infiltrate and overwhelm our media and government. They have allied themselves with the Islamists on a global scale because they adopt the same notion: “The enemy of my enemy is my friend[for now.]” They’ll divide up the world later. First, they must destroy America.
The Islamists long ago understood what the American people have not: Our vast military advantage makes it impossible to defeat us by open attack. Just as the North Vietnamese and their communist cohorts used a propaganda war against us at home to thwart us overseas, the Islamists now follow that model to force our withdrawal and compliance. We do not suffer from a lack of the ability to win this war, but the collaborators in our media and in our government have convinced us not to wage it, and we have been too willing to accept that answer in the name of our own sloth and cowardice. Instead, we huddle waiting for the next attack, while it is our liberties we have forfeited as we allow our persons to be scanned, our children and grandmothers groped, and security checkpoints within our country to become the natural and normal order of things. We send the willing warriors among us to far-flung battlefields where they spend their blood and their lives upon a purpose to which we at home are not thoroughly committed. We hamper them with rules of engagement that make of them sitting ducks, while we toss around high-minded terms about not wishing to become our enemy. At this pace, and with that attitude, we need not worry about such concepts much longer, because the enemy has gained a foothold not merely on our continent, but in our hearts and minds.
As the wilting flower of tomorrow’s official 9/11 National Commemorative Ceremony in New York begins to come into focus, we should rightly demand an accounting from our alleged leaders who chide us to silence in the name of avoiding the possibility that we would offend our enemies. Mayor Bloomberg of New York has excluded first responders from the official memorial event, and he’s also banned clergy and prayer, lest some group be offended. Which group do you suppose Mayor Bloomberg wishes not to offend? Christians? Jews? Who? This half-hearted, neutered ceremony signifies no victory, and it does damnably little to admit of our losses. Instead, it is a sign of our defeat, in which our leaders admit that the West has lost, and we have capitulated in a war between civilizations, one of a growing tyranny, and the other of a diminishing liberty. These won’t be their words, to be sure, but in the form of the memorial they have constructed, to carefully avoid offending even those who supported the perpetrators, it’s impossible to conclude they’re saying anything else.
It needn’t have been the case, but at present, it seems certain that while undermined from within, and infiltrated from without, we are now in a skulking retreat on the road to our national demise. The first step in reversing this is to tell these alleged leaders “no more.” It’s time we join with patriots like Pamela Geller in exposing the collaborators. The voices of those lost on 9/11 should be ringing in our ears, and with them the sounds of those brave men and women we’ve lost since, sent abroad to wage a half-hearted war in the name of a justice we’ve mostly abandoned. The principles we have claimed to love demand it.
The folks at SoutheastTexas4Palin are at it again. You may remember that last time, they were organizing a caravan to Iowa, and this time, they’re holding a contest, and the prize is a T-Shirt!
Leave it to Donna and the other fine folks at SoutheastTexas4Palin to come up with a great way to get new members!
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Having met Donna and other members of the Southeast Texas group at the recent Restoring America Tea Party event, I’m certain that like everything else they do, they’re going to have fun!
Also, check out this excellent article:
Also, this update from C4P on Saturday’s Indianola, Iowa event:
The country is in a terrible condition. Unemployment is high, inflation is moving upward, and record numbers now rely on government assistance in one form or another. Worse, the GDP growth has slowed to around 1%, or less, and there’s no sign anywhere that this will improve. With all of this, you might think a President would seek to improve conditions, but as time goes on, it’s clear that President Obama is making war against much of “fly-over country.” His EPA is forcing the shutdown of coal-fired power plants, and since those provide more than half of the electrical power produced on an already strained grid, you can expect energy to become more scarce and much more costly.
None of these things bode well for the country, and you would think this would doom Barack Obama, but while many now accuse him of being less than intelligent, and less than diligent, I submit to you that our Marxist-in-Chief is playing it exactly as he must if he wishes to win re-election, because he knows the platitudes are not true: We do not all want the same things. We do not all share the same vision of freedom or prosperity.
Some might wonder if I’ve lost my mind: The condition of the country is self-evident, and on that basis alone, surely he will be thrown out of office in the 2012 election. How could anyone draw the conclusion that he’s making it easier on himself in his bid to retain power? If you examine who is hurting, but more importantly, who is not, you begin to see a different picture of next year’s election taking shape. Instead of worrying about those votes he will never capture, he is going to become the great dispenser of relief.
One of the keys to Democrat victory is that the core of the party shows up and votes. These are the reliable Democrats, who would vote for the mythical yellow dog, so long as he’s a Democrat. You can call them “Kool-aid drinkers,” or “drones,” or anything you like, but the sad fact is that they represent the core of the Democrat vote. Despite a few moments here and there of voiced displeasure, they will show up in massive numbers to re-elect Barack Obama. This will account for 35-40% of the total vote. From there, it’s not really very hard to imagine him being able to raise another 10-15%.
Obama understands that part of the manner in which Roosevelt was able to be re-elected in 1936 owed not to an improved economic picture, but because under the auspices of the alphabet soup of new agencies and programs, FDR had become the great dispenser of relief. In fact, we now know that many of those programs were used to coerce or extort votes. “So you want your relief? Then vote for FDR.” Millions of men who had never relied upon government for anything suddenly found themselves between the rock and the hard place constituted by the choice between voting for a President about whom they were ambivalent, at best, and the prospect of losing their various relief jobs. In yielding to Obama on the debt ceiling, our Congress has provided Obama just the funding he needed to do precisely that.
You see, he needs only move a small percentage of the remainder of the populace his direction. Of that 10-15% he must garner among independents and moderates, he knows he may frighten senior citizens, parents, and any other person who is in some way dependent upon the system. As the current approval numbers bear out, his core support is fairly intractable. Many of those closer to him now saying they disapprove can be counted upon to return and vote for him in any case, because they will not likely vote for a Republican. Ever.
This is the same phenomenon by which the GOP establishment manages to squeeze conservatives unhappy with their choices into supporting a candidate who is not of their choosing. Most conservatives I know were dissatisfied with John McCain in 2008, but at the end of the day, most still went to the polls to vote for him. What they lost, however, was the winning margin: Too many conservatives simply refused to support McCain. The introduction of Sarah Palin as his running mate certainly helped his case with conservatives, but in truth, most people know that a Vice President is mostly impotent, and only becomes relevant in the case of the worst possible circumstances. This is, by the way, why I remind Republicans that if they nominate anybody who is not a true conservative, there is a great chance of failure in 2012. The chant “Anybody but Obama” may sound good in theory, but people don’t generally become motivated to vote on the basis of a negative proposition like that. Smugly planning his next round of golf in his bunker at the White House, President Obama knows it too.
While it would seem on the surface that President Obama faces almost certain defeat, anybody who believes that is underestimating the scope of the problem and the size of his advantage. With record numbers now receiving government assistance, it has strengthened his position not among the dwindling productive class, but instead among the burgeoning dependent class. As you struggle to make ends meet, the government continues to redistribute your wealth to the purchase of more votes for Obama. Worse, Congress has given him another $2 Trillion in credit. How do you think this will be spent, as we await his speech on some sort of jobs program? You and I know that such a program will likely be counter-productive, and so does he. The difference is, he’s after an object to which you won’t relate, as instead you regard it as just one more looming failure. He’s after the temporary boost creating nonsensical, non-productive jobs will provide, not so much to the economy, but to his electoral prospects in 2012.
That’s his game-plan. There’s really nothing else he can do if he hopes to win re-election. While there is some remote possibility that the economy could rebound, all the indicators are that such is unlikely. He knows it, and all of his flunkies know it too. Rather than worrying about stimulating the general economy, he is going to focus more sharply on the economic condition of those he expects to vote for him. Tax the rich? No problem. That’s more redistribution. Watch and see how low the threshold for what is rich will ultimately go.
This leaves you with a single issue to consider, and it is this: If we are to elect any Republican, it will be a tough fight, but the fight must begin in Congress. They’ve already retreated from the first battle, and it will cost the country dearly. The downgrade resulted from a failure to get an agreement on the debt ceiling that would have substantially promoted budgetary sanity. Your own money, your own labor, but more, your future labor, is going to be used against you. Congress must be made to fight, because while Republicans and Conservatives spend their time arguing over who we will put forth for election in 2012, Obama is making other plans that will moot that choice. While we must have those arguments, and must make the right choice, we mustn’t lose focus on the fact that the House of Representatives is still our best tool in this fight, and we must deny to the President, to whatever degree possible, from using his new spending authority to purchase more votes.
It’s true that President Obama’s performance against a rational standard should be the central issue of 2012, but if we fail to fight all along the way, he’ll be able to turn that to his distinct advantage. What Barack Obama wants and needs to finish his agenda is another four years. If Republicans, Conservatives, and Tea Party Patriots lose sight of the battles being waged in Congress, they may resolve who to nominate, but that nomination will have become that against which I’ve cautioned you before: “…a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”(Macbeth-William Shakespeare)
Let us not permit that.
Speaking of road-trips for the sake of restoring America as One Nation, Wednesday, Governor Sarah Palin sent out an email to let folks know that the One Nation Tour is starting again, and will enjoy a stop at the Iowa State Fair. If you want to know more about the One Nation tour, you can check out this video to get an idea of what it’s all about.
About this stop on the tour’s itinerary, Governor Palin tells readers she’s delighted to be going to Iowa, part of America’s rich heritage of values:
“State fairs hold a special place in our nation’s history and heritage, so my family is honored to highlight one of them on one stop along the One Nation Tour route – America’s historic Iowa State Fair! (I’m also excited to try some of that famous fried butter-on-a-stick, fried cheesecake-on-a-stick, fried twinkies, etc. I’ll enjoy them in honor of those who’d rather make us just “eat our peas”!)”
You can bet she’ll have no shortage of company when she arrives, but as always, Governor Palin spares no opportunity to point out the differences between she and others who will be touring the midwest by bus:
“Unlike next week’s Obama Bus Tour, taxpayers aren’t funding our tour, which is why we so appreciate your support in allowing us to be out there on the open road to visit with you to highlight small towns, big-hearted people, and the important role they play in our most exceptional nation.”
This seems to put to rest the Lamestream Media lies that the tour was finished. You can participate in supporting the tour by visiting this page at SarahPac. For those who support Governor Palin, this is sure to be a wonderful opportunity to show that support. You’ll be able to follow the tour by bookmarking the site. The next month is looking increasingly exciting for Governor Palin’s supporters as expectation begins to grow to a fevered pitch. I’m looking forward to my own little road-trip early next month. I hope to see you there!
In a perplexing impending conclusion to the immediate Debt Ceiling “Crisis,” it appears another half-baked “Washington-Wins!” solution has been reached. The troubling question I find so perplexing is: “How many conservatives, who ultimately abandoned the Tea Party principles upon which they were elected, are now complaining that this deal doesn’t go far enough?” At any moment, rational folks are half-expecting to be hit by a pitcher of ice-cold water aimed at rousing them from a dream. No, you’re not dreaming. It’s maddeningly real.
After spending a week accosting the Tea Party, and Sarah Palin, for their allegedly dogmatic inflexibility, now that the deal seems done, Republicans and moderate Democrats have moved back to the position that this deal doesn’t go far enough to stave off the downgrade by the credit-rating agencies. While they promise a vote on a Balanced-Budget Amendment in the fall, it’s likely to be killed by the Senate, whatever happens in the House. Perhaps they’ll campaign again on a Balanced-Budget Amendment next time, too. I feel as though I should post some dead-air audio to accentuate the irony. When all is said and done, with all the pomp and circumstance, and all the tireless gnashing of teeth, it seems we’ve accomplished very little except to extend the credit card limit and yet again, much more has been said than done.
So, how much will be trimmed from the FY 2012 Budget? Hold onto your hats, because this is a true victory, and I cannot say this with sufficient sarcasm: Seven billion dollars. Yes, that’s right, a whimpering cut of 7 billion dollars. In the context of a nearly 3.5 trillion dollar annual budget, two-tenths of one-tenth of one-tenth of the entire amount certainly seems a much less significant sort of an immediate cut than ‘one-half of one-third of the government’ ought to have been able to manage. That said, consider this: When the now inevitable downgrade occurs, probably within 60-90 days, the amount of the interest payments on our existing and new debt will begin to balloon, and that whopping $7 billion, what of it then? It won’t be saved at all. It will be swallowed in the first month.
What’s the long and short of it? You tell me. Perhaps the few of you who’ve chastised me for calling Allen West to account would care to explain. Better still, maybe the 8pm-er‘s fill-in, and author of Thee I Zing would care to give an accounting, rather than cast aspersions at Sarah Palin. Maybe the 8pm-er can show up himself, to dazzle us with his feigned indignant demeanor. Will he blame the Tea Party still? Will the media join in the happy-dance over at the White House. Will Penny Lee now relent on her insufferable attacks against the “irresponsibility” of Sarah Palin or the inflexible Tea Party? No?
This entire show has been contrived to allow Washington to continue to do as it has done, without pause, for roughly two decades: Kick the can down the road at your expense. This despicable charade, frightening seniors, threatening service-members’ paychecks, and all the other ugliness that’s been associated has been intended to conceal the sordid truth of the matter: They don’t intend to fix this, and there’s not a damned thing you can do about it, at least not immediately.
Oh sure, you can roar and burn up the phone lines, and raise a holy hullabaloo, but none of that will change what’s been done, or more accurately, what hasn’t, and you’ll be the ones stuck paying the price for decades through a permanently anemic economic outlook, rapidly weakening currency, and a real threat of instantaneous economic calamity. That’s what this entire fiasco has done for you. Well, that, and now the President can continue to spend as recklessly as ever.
Now that you’ve watched most of the House Republicans quit the fight, your allegedly-valiant warriors sent there to stave off calamity, what say you now? It’s bad enough that they’re signing on to this national economic suicide-pact, but what may be worse is the realization that there’s not the first thing you can do about it. For now. That says nothing of the future. Fifteen months from now, there will be another election. There will be another day for debate. There will be a chance to elect a different sort of candidate, and to sit some of these people down. In the coming year, you will have an opportunity to run primary opposition to these people. Find somebody eligible by virtue of character, credentials, and history to raise up the banner in your district. We need to build on the victories we made last fall, and we need to begin the chore of leading. Don’t assume anything. Don’t pretend to know the outcome. Just work like never before, and find the right people to represent you.
It’s time to call in the family. It’s time to sit them down and explain it to them. Let them know that you understand how busy they are trying to juggle making a living with raising their own young families. Draw it all out for them. Whatever you do, don’t let them avert their eyes from what’s been done, or how it will end. They need to know it. They need to prepare. Don’t just tell them, but instead show them how it relates to the increasing miseries they’re experiencing. Guide them to support candidates and campaigns on the basis of a firm understanding of the issues at the heart of this crisis. You’re people of authority in their lives, not merely because of your traditional position in the family, but because you’ve earned their respect. It’s time to show them why you continue to be worthy of that respect. Lead them. They will follow, and then they will go on to lead others.
You’re good and decent people, virtually all of you, and you’ve been fed a big air sandwich. You’ve lifted the corner of the top slice of bread to reveal only some spoiled mayonnaise. No lettuce. No tomato. No meat. There’s not much you can do but start over, again. The good news is that you now know the pitfalls. You know where you must focus your efforts, and you know how to get it done. Through all of these travails, you’ve sorted through the difficulties, and you now know where the real meat of the issues may be found. All that remains in your way is your indifference, your frustration, your anger, and your contempt for what is at the expense of what ought to have been. It’s time to put all that aside, and admit we can do more, all of us. It’s time, for once, to do more than has been said.
I’m a veteran, but I’m not a heroic sort of guy. I’m just an average fellow with an average life and average dreams. I’ve been watching and commenting on the drama unfolding in Washington DC, and I have become both disgusted and dismayed at the intransigence of the Beltway establishment to the dire problems we’re facing. Crockett left his home, dejected at politics, and found his way to Texas where he expected to find something for which he could stand. As it would turn out, he made his final stand there. I’m not much like Davey Crockett, inasmuch as I’m not the sort to perform heroic feats, but there are a few things I have in common with him. I’m drawn to some of his words as I consider the situation in Washington. In a letter written after his defeat in the election of 1830, he wrote:
“I would rather be beaten and be a man than to be elected and be a little puppy dog. I have always supported measures and principles and not men. I have acted fearless[ly] and independent and I never will regret my course. I would rather be politically buried than to be hypocritically immortalized.” (Source)
I can wholeheartedly endorse this sentiment. I wish our representatives in Washington would all adhere to this view. Later, he wrote in another letter:
“I am at liberty to vote as my conscience and judgement dictates to be right, without the yoke of any party on me… Look at my arms, you will find no party hand-cuff on them!”(Source)
As I watch the Republican leadership twist arms to compel their recalcitrant members to join in their voting majority, in the name of a bill that merits nothing but scorn, I am reminded that there are other days and other fights coming in which I will not be deterred by false hopes in wayward leaders.
I look forward to a day in September, when I will travel to a small town in Iowa. I’ll join with others who will come there to see if there really are sincere leaders, with honest values and priorities more like their own. After all, September is one of my favorite months. It is the month of my birth, and the month in which our Constitution was signed. It is the month that marks the start of a changing of seasons, and it is for the changing of our political season that I go to Iowa to observe. Like Davey Crockett, I’m not sure what I’ll find there, but I hope it will be courage and determination. I don’t expect to make any heroic stands there, but I do intend to stand.
I’m going to be there on the 3rd of September in Waukee, Iowa, to see what I may and stand where I must. I know what I hope to see, but only that day will tell the truth of it. If you’re tired of politics-as-usual, then you might wish to join me there, as the people assembled will look to the future and leave the gawking, gnashing, and grinding of Washington’s gears behind. It’s time, I believe, and the day may hold the proof. You might tell those who would deter you that it’s your country, too, and that you believe it’s finally time to fight for it. If I were able to speak to the Washington establishment that now wilts before the demands of those whose appetites know no bounds, I would say simply, as Davey Crockett might have said: “You may all go to hell and I will go to Iowa.”