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The Coming Wars

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Liberty or Tyranny?

For my conservative and Tea Party brethren, there must now be an acknowledgment that the immediate future looks quite grim.  We have a country in some stage of collapse, though I contend that like a free-falling elevator, the rate at which it’s falling may not be entirely apparent to its occupants until it hits the ground.  As this situation worsens, we must consider what’s ahead, how we’ll stop it if we can, and salvage it if we’re able.  For the country to be restored, we’ll be compelled to adopt a more proactive stance, because it’s probably going to get messy.  We face the greater war for our culture and our country, but before we can wage that one to a successful conclusion, we will need to win the opening skirmish.

The Presidential nomination cannot be allowed to go to a useless, tepid, weak candidate who will not pursue the restoration of the country with full vigor. We should consider this primary like an instructive field training exercise, whereby we will polish our skills and extend our endurance, because the other engagements will demand it. As I detailed yesterday, there can really be one candidate among all those under consideration who is able to take on this difficult duty and hope to prevail.

One of the problems in this political season is with us.  We’ve largely failed to understand the larger trends and the clear signals of impending danger those trends are transmitting.  People have compared this coming season to 1980, noting its significance  is greater than all the election years from them until now.  This is an error.  A few have even remarked, myself one or twice, that his is more like 1932, but this is also wrong.  It’s much more substantial than that, and I need your undivided attention in considering it fully.  The coming election year is most like 1860, and we’re facing a different sort of war to stop a different sort of slavery, and to restore the freedom that had prevailed in most of the years since.  I am going to say it more bluntly, because it needs to be said: We are near the tipping point into some sort of civil war.

You may now pause, and wish to ask if I might have blown a gasket, but ladies and gentlemen, we must admit what is true.  We now have a government that issues more money to citizens(and some non-citizens) in some form of direct payment than it annually collects in revenues.  Those same people are dissatisfied with the amount, and demand still more.  Roughly 65% of the Federal government’s expenditures go to some sort of redistributive or entitlement program.  That includes agricultural subsidies, and most corporate welfare, but does not include the amount we’ve handed out in bail-outs on a one-time basis due to some supposed crisis or other.  At the same time, we know that government is borrowing roughly 40% of what it spends. This means only 60% of its expenditures are covered by revenues.  Let me ask once more: Do you not see a problem with this?  Again, you are confronted with a stark reality: We now expend more on entitlements to individuals than we now collect.  These same beneficiaries now scream that it isn’t enough, and are beginning to threaten civil unrest in thinly veiled words.

Whether violence erupts before or after the elections, there will be at least some domestic strife.  Leftist groups now openly agitate for “Days of Rage.”  Consider what message this is meant to deliver.  You don’t pay enough, they argue , and whether through threats or violence, they intend to have whatever they want and demand.  Need I clarify this further? You say, “but Mark, surely they can see you can’t squeeze blood from a turnip.”  I’m telling you that they’re willing to settle for turnip soup.  You can try to rationalize it in any manner you wish, and try to comfort yourself with the notion that these people wouldn’t eat the goose that lays the golden egg.  I’m telling you flatly that they’ll happily pluck and roast the engine of capitalism because they have been convinced that they’re entitled to do so.  Who convinced them?  You did.

You convinced them because in every previous challenge, in the name of “getting along,” or “being compassionate,” you have wavered and relented in the face of their demands.  With the creation of each additional program over the last century or so, you’ve said to them that their unlimited wishes will be met.  Has it never bothered you that people who claim to seek help due to a desperate need now make their requests in the form of a demand?  Finally, and perhaps a bit too late, you’re onto them.  That’s what the Tea Party really is: It’s born of the recognition that it’s time to begin saying “No.”  Your problem is that they’re no longer accustomed to being told “No.”  Why would they be otherwise?  You have acceded to all previous demands.  We have arrived fully in the age of moral cannibalism, and what now threatens our future is the real thing in all its terrifying forms.

This civil war will not be defined so much by geography as by ethical orientation, but in truth, if we examine the last civil war, the lines merely happened to coincide with geography, but it too was about legal and moral considerations.  What defined the last war was a notion about the right of states as sovereigns, irrespective the underlying issues, and the object was the ultimate power of the Federal government.  Everything that has happened since is an outgrowth of the resolved issue of Federal supremacy over the states, but as was inevitable, once the states were almost fully subdued, all that remained was to then control local governments and ultimately, individuals. Rather than having a tiered system, wherein most citizens seldom deal directly with the federal or even state establishments, we have grown all levels of government in such a thoroughly entangled manner, with power over individual citizens being routinely exercised at all levels that rather than resembling the orderly layered cake our founders conceived, our governments now resemble a stew.  It is now nearly impossible to discern the individual parts without some effort to separate them.  If we are to repair our country, we’ll be forced to begin rebuilding our layer cake, each layer with its own distinctive flavor and function.  As it is, we now have federal authorities wishing to impose Commercial Drivers’ Licenses on farmers on their own property. We have local officials intervening in other matters, like the right to keep and bear arms, where their authority to restrict rights guaranteed under the federal constitution ought to be negligible.  The more you turn this over in your head, and the more thoroughly you grasp what has been done, it becomes clear that whatever layer of government you ought to be engaging in a particular matter, if at all, they are becoming one uniform mass from top to bottom.  We are becoming the Soviet Union.

If this all seems a bit too overly dramatic to you, consider the increasingly frequent instances of local governments gone berserk  with power, with such things as requiring business licenses of children who wish to set up lemonade stands.  There shouldn’t be an American alive who doesn’t get a sick feeling in the pit of the stomach at the mere thought.  That some sort of ridiculously power-hungry government officials who would even think to enforce such a thing should cause you no shortage of concern.  No, we mustn’t allow our children to experiment in capitalism.  No, we mustn’t let them experience a capitalism limited only by the extent of their own dedication and imagination.  Do you see what this does to our culture, at is simplest, most innocent root? It corrupts it with cynicism about an honest day’s work or entrepreneurship and instills submission to the arbitrary demands of government officials, no matter how unreasonable.  I now ask you: Isn’t this what we have permitted ourselves to become?

I can already imagine the critiques of my leftist counterparts, who will in shrill tones denounce and dismiss what I have said, in the main because they know it to be true.  Somehow, like every vanguard of statist “intellectuals” in history, the current crop also believes they will somehow be held harmless and immune, but in truth, once those of us who stand for liberty are displaced, what these self-defrauding useful idiots will discover is that we had been the only thing protecting them, too.

Now, considering this as your actual situation, and armed with this knowledge, what are you to do?  Will you flee?  Submit?  What will be your course?   For my part, I will fight.  For now, we may expect to fight as we are, in politics, and words, but there may yet come a time when more will be required.  To defend this Republic, I will give all if need be.  My oath didn’t end with my term of service, and I don’t know of any statute of limitation upon it.  I know most of you feel likewise.  Let us work now with extra fervor within the political process in the sincere effort to avert the worst of it.

Part of our problem, nationally, but particularly as conservatives and Republicans, exists in the realm of what we called “enemy identification” when I was in the Army.  If you don’t know who to fight, it’s damned-well difficult to prevail.  The simplest answer must be that we must oppose any who wish to further trample our constitution, or otherwise negate its guarantees.  We must also demand a stoppage to the inclusion of false guarantees it never contained, but have been increasingly discovered there nonetheless.

We must arise for the task before us, and it is a solemn and difficult chore in the best of times.  We must restore our governments, all of them, to their proper limited roles.  Some number of our fellow Americans are going to resist a restoration because it means that so much of what they’ve come to demand by right will no longer be, and this is the first point of conflict, and the threat of that moment will be the probable impetus to a change in the terms of this struggle from the political to the violent.  The question is again laid before us: What sort of nation shall we be?  What sort of freedom do you seek?  What is a right?

We’ve been building to this for a very long time.  The resolution will likely be as sudden in a historical sense as it is likely to be final.  Will we continue as a Republic, restoring our liberties, or will we be fundamentally transformed into something even worse than we’ve already become?  Ayn Rand once admonished us through the fictional character of John Galt in the book Atlas Shrugged that no nation could continue indefinitely as half property and half loot.  Look around you.  What have we become?  As we live out the worst of that novel, and seem poised to go to a still more ignominious end, I’m asking you to consider arresting its decline while there’s still time.  It may be that I’m no different from those in the book who thought it could be saved when it couldn’t, but I suspect we’ve still enough people who know the lessons of history well enough to avoid repeating them.

If that’s so, then let us embark on this first campaign, not to wrest control yet from our statist adversaries of the left, but of their complicit collaborators who would claim our friendship on our side.  We must settle on a candidate who will be able to bring them back into the fold, without making further compromise to them.  Then we can begin to gear ourselves up for the larger struggle.  Mark Levin had it right when he titled his book Liberty and Tyranny.  Those are now the distinct choices.  There has been only one individual of national prominence who has stated this basic thesis consistently, in many contexts and forms for the last three years or more.  None have said it more succinctly or plainly.  In 2012, we will have Barack Obama on their side of this argument, and we will have Sarah Palin on ours, if we’re wise.  There turns the conflict.  There will be determined the course of our nation.  Will we restore our nation, or slide over the precipice into historical insignificance?  Will we emerge as a nation aimed back in the direction of liberty, or will we follow the path of tyranny?  The choice is yours, and the time to make it is running out.

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A First Step to Restoring our Economy: Drill Baby, Drill!

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

The Energy President?

It’s a sad fact:  For each dime the price of fuels rises above $2, more jobs are lost.  There’s no way to escape reality.  Our economy depends upon growth – all life does, and growth requires energy, but as energy becomes more costly, the less growth you will necessarily see.  We have other issues too, but with each day that Obama sits at the helm, our ship of state wanders farther off course.  We need a steady hand at the wheel, one who knows about energy production, and how to create the conditions in which energy production is boosted, and not hampered by regulations.  That leader also needs to hold energy giants’ feet to the fire, preventing them from squatting endlessly on resources the market demands.  There is only one potential candidate in the country who has done this.

Don’t let the propagandists lead you astray: What’s doing more to keep our economy in decline and hamper growth or recovery is the big government regulations and myriad obstacles Obama has placed in its way.  If you want to make a substantial change, you’re going to need to strip from him the power to obstruct you, and put in his place a President who understands the critical importance of energy to our economy.  We need an “Energy President”, and that can only be Sarah Palin.

It’s really very simple.  Every dollar diverted to the cost of energy is a dollar that cannot go for other things.  You cannot upgrade your machines, hire more employees, or buy as many raw materials if a larger proportion of your expenses is taken up by energy costs.  Any sensible examination of the economy of the United States immediately demonstrates the foolhardy nature of an economic policy and a regulatory regime that promises to drive the prices of energy up, while simultaneously driving down the value of our currency.  Either one would be be a disaster on its own, but the two in combination sends devastating effects through the entire economy to create a spiral of cannibalistic decline which is nearly impossible to arrest.  This is the simple fact.

Like most instances of cause and effect in macroeconomics, there is always a lag between the two.  Fuel prices sky-rocketing today will depress economic growth in the statistics that will be tabulated in three to six months.  When fuel prices decline, the lag of the effect in response to this cause means economic growth will be well behind, but it will respond favorably to energy prices.   So you want proof?   I’ve gone out and found the first graph for each measure I could find to cover the period of the last 6 years.  They come from different sources, different sites, but I’d like you to look closely. First, let’s look at the prices of gasoline:

Fuel Prices

(H/T Gasbuddy.com for the graph)

Next, let’s take a look at the US Gross Domestic Product’s growth(or decline) in the same period:

United States GDP

(H/T TradingEconomic.com for the chart)

As you can clearly observe, there’s a clear lag, but the tepid growth we began to experience beginning in second half of 2009 tracks well with the lower fuel prices under which the economy had been operating for roughly six to eight months. At the same time, the bottom of the GDP numbers in Janurary 2009 tracks well with the peak in fuel prices in the summer of 2008. If for some reason, you view these graphs and remain unconvinced, notice later in the same charts that while the trend is a little less clear, the results are the same. Fuel prices began a steep climb in February of 2011, and now, six months later, look what has happened to GDP growth. (Note, the 2nd quarter numbers represented in this GDP chart do no show the revised GDP numbers, as that last bar should be half as high above the line as this chart reflects.)

So what can you make of all of this? Simply put, there is no escaping the fact that the rational among us have always known: Our economic future is directly tied to the relative cost of energy. None of this should surprise anybody reading this site, but the colossal ignorance among those on the other side of the argument is shocking. We cannot resume economic growth until we have a president who is not a servant to leftist causes, particularly environmental radicals, who wish to constrain economic growth by making it too expensive to operate.

This is the meaning of Obama’s campaign promise:

“Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”

In other words, he knew this would be the effect, but he damned-well did it anyway. People wonder why Rush Limbaugh wanted Obama to fail? Ladies and gentlemen, we should have been so fortunate, but sadly, we’ve not been lucky and Obama’s plan has succeeded, and it’s reflected in the anemic growth we’ve experienced since his policies to constrain energy production have begun to press down on the economy.

(As I prepared to post this, this headline appears as the Dow drops 400 points: US Jobless Claims Up, Gasoline Lifts Consumer Prices)

Case Closed!

If you ever need evidence that we need a President who understands the importance of energy to our economic growth, you now have it, and if you need further evidence that Sarah Palin is best suited to be that President, I suggest you read up on her own many energy proposals, and look at her record on energy as the Governor of Alaska.  Nobody has done it better.  It’s time to choose, and if you want a future not stifled by policies that are becoming more entrenched daily, and ever more difficult to reverse, it’s time to give serious thought to 2012 and what you’re going to do.  I’m going to support a candidate who knows the way to repair this. I support Sarah Palin, and I say “Drill Baby, Drill!”

Making One Nation From Two Americas

Monday, August 15th, 2011

It's Not Over!

The sad truth is that we’ve become two distinct Americas.  One is still the land of opportunity, with a strong constitution to restrain its central government, and preserve the liberties of its people, and the other is a nation in which the Constitution means nothing, and the Federal government grows ever-larger and increasingly uncontrollable.  Whether we re-elect Barack Obama, or instead place into that office a person of substantially different character is now the matter at hand.   Looking over the field of officially-entered Republican candidates, it’s difficult to imagine how any of these will make any substantial difference.

We need the sort of leader who understands that  to erase the chasm between the two vastly disparate countries, and to re-unify this country, it is going to require a consistent, driving effort by an honest and trustworthy servant as well as the people of that nation.  At present, we are embarked on a collision course with some sort of civil unrest.  The differences between the two Americas has triggered the acceleration of collapse for one, and ascendancy of the other.  To set this country on its proper course, and to repair the America we had known, it’s going to take a person of courage to say to the American people that the right must be done at the expense of the easy.  At present, there is only one potential candidate for president who has experience in managing such reform, and turning a government away from corruption.  Sarah Palin may represent this country’s last real chance at restorative rather than transformative change for at least a generation.

Barack Obama was elected president in a time when Americans were disgusted with his predecessor, George W. Bush, who gave lip service to our America while servicing the other.  Obama arrived after two years of his own party’s control of Congress, and the usual big spending had become colossal spending in a very short time.  His party’s vision of America is one of a nation in decline, with government waiting to catch everybody who falls, or prop up those who had never stood on their own at all.  History assures us that if government grows in this way, it eventually squeezes dry the heart of the private sector, leaving that engine of our prosperity to feed from an ever-shrinking lifeblood of wealth(formerly born of production,) since they are prevented from creating any anew.  Between Federal, State and local governments, nearly 50% of the amount of the private sector’s annual production is devoured.  Worse, if you consider how much the Federal government spends, that number grows to something near 60% of the GDP.

That’s an unconscionable amount of spending, but the borrowing also has negative effects on the private sector, which is you.  Every dollar borrowed by the Federal government is unavailable for businesses and individuals to finance their own growth.  Worse, since the borrowed dollars are printed into existence, each one created from nothing diminishes the value of all those already in circulation.  This sickening spiral of spending can have only one ultimate result: The complete bankruptcy of the nation.  First, they will cut defense, leaving you open to attack from foreign enemies.  Next, they’ll begin to cut the administration of justice at and the prosecution and incarceration of criminals here at home, leaving you subject to an increasing crime rate that will savage you further.  Eventually, they will have no choice but to begin cutting expenditures to their various constituencies and special interest groups, and this will cause mayhem and rioting as people unaccustomed to being told “No, get a job!” will begin to revolt at the notion that after all these years on some dole or other, they will finally have no choice but join the rest of us at work. When we hit this stage, and make no mistake, we’re nearing it, there will be virtually nothing and no one who will revive the nation’s too-cold corpse.  That is where one of the two Americas exists, and it’s the one on the rise.  The problem is that in destroying the other America, the one we’ve loved, their version also destroys itself.  This is Barack Obama’s America, in vision, and as is becoming all too apparent, quite sadly also in fact.

The other America, the one you had known(and the older you are, the more fully you had known it,) is on a steep decline.  The land of opportunity and production is rapidly being replaced by an all-encompassing welfare state.  You had once known the ability to start a new business, or set out on a new venture, or go for broke and return to the land and try your hand at farming.  There were inventors and innovators in every direction you looked, producing marvelous new things, and more importantly, new ideas on how to improve the lives of not only Americans, but people in all nations.  Some of you may remember the first televised “Superman” and the “Truth, Justice and the American way” for which he nobly stood.  50 years of big government’s Kryptonitic bombardment have reduced that former hero and the country for which he once stood, to a devolving, dilapidated remnant.  It was once said that “In America, anything is possible.”  Now it may be properly stated that anything government permits may be possible, provided one has submitted the proper forms, and greased the right governmental palms.

Now comes an opportunity for restoration under the leadership of a person who has endured the attempts of big government’s minions to destroy her.  Sarah Palin is unlike other politicians precisely because she possesses the strength of character not only to identify these problems, but also to begin doing something about them.  Much of what you’ve come to know about her, that could lead you to doubt her, has been created by the campaign against her.  How is it, you may ask, that one woman from a distant state, remote in nearly all ways, could come to be such a threat that she must be destroyed at any and all costs?  The answer is really quite simple:  It’s a matter of ethics.

Sarah Palin rose to preside over the government of the State of Alaska.  The state’s greatest resource, apart from its people, has been the natural wealth of energy trapped beneath its vast, frozen expanses.  That wealth of resources didn’t attract only those who wished to earn a living, and were willing to do without luxuries to do so, but also a class of people who made their wealth in managing these resources on behalf of well-heeled interests.  The resources of the state were largely at the mercy of these interests until the lady from Wasilla arrived to begin asking some tough questions.  Sarah Palin realized that the state was being stolen from its people, who were suffering at the hands of those who had no real interest in the state or its people, but were instead creatures of Washington DC, and of corporate lobbyists who haunt the corridors of Alaska’s capital, and our Capitol.

She went to war against what had been termed the “Corrupt Bastards Club,” and set out to ruin them.  Her ascendancy as Governor was a victory for Alaskans over those who had come to dominate the state, at one point, prior to her involvement in the McCain campaign, garnering her an almost incomprehensible 88% approval among Alaskans.  Not Republicans. Not Democrats… Alaskans. Period.

After the rough-and-tumble of a national campaign in which she was endlessly restrained by Senator McCain’s campaign team, she went home to Alaska, to return to governing, but she was in for a surprise.  The Washington version of the “CBC” had decided she couldn’t be left to continue her work, and to this very day, they continue to rail against her.  She represents the greatest living threat to the big government paradigm that pervades all of Washington DC, and its slick media packaging.  I believe she saw the hand-writing on the wall, when in July of 2009, she resigned her post, as a matter of tactical retreat, but not surrender, not to leave the field of battle, but to turn and attack in another direction.

One thing I’ve observed about Governor Palin is that she’s always been the sort to run toward danger, and confront it once she sees it.  She’s a natural leader and a disciplined politician, and what guides her is a sense of ethics not normally associated with politicians.  She does things because, well, simply, they’re right.  Most politicians like to tell you that’s how they will behave, but they quickly reveal another side once you’ve rewarded them with high office.  Suddenly, none of their promises to be ‘different’ or to ‘change’ things seem so important.  Instead, they quickly become what you’ve so recently replaced.  Sarah Palin isn’t that kind of politician, and while that’s something that’s been said a thousand times before, in this case, all the evidence demonstrates that it’s true.

Every politician promises that he or she will be different.  It’s almost as certain to be claimed in any campaign as the usual promises to ‘shake up the status quo’ right before adopting it. Very few of them ever mean it.  In stark contrast, none who have known Sarah Palin, in government or out, would tell you that she’s the sort to abandon her principles.  Chief among these is the idea, seemingly lost in American politics, that a leader must serve.  More, she’s an optimist who sees the woes now heaped high upon our nation by big government and its rapidly-building  oppressive burdens on its people, and knows this must be stopped, and it can be stopped. She knows that the two Americas can be one nation, again.  What she also knows is that if the people who see their America fading don’t step up and stay committed to restoration, neither politician nor super hero will be able to mend all that which has been devastated.  She knows that it starts with us.  All of us.

Why do you suppose she loves the Tea Party?  While some call it her natural constituency, it’s more that she’s one of their number.  She doesn’t seek to lead the Tea Party so much as she exhorts them to continue and grow and restore the nation.  She tells them to lead, but also reminds them to serve.   Tea Party patriots are accustomed to serving.  Many of them are veterans, or their spouses, and many of them have simply done what has become almost unnatural in contemporary Obama-America:  Lead clean and ordinary lives, providing for themselves, and their families, without government assistance or intrusion, while contributing time and effort to their communities. It wasn’t so long ago that this was the norm in America.

Governor Palin’s message is one of freedom.  Liberty is under perpetual assault by big government and its flacks in the media, but it’s a salable message now, just as it has been since the first Tea Party.  You may have read recently that the Obama administration wants to require a commercial driver’s license to operate a tractor on your own farm.  How long before they demand a degree in agricultural sciences before you can mow your own lawn or obtain an ASE certification before you can change the wiper blades on your own car?  Hell, how long before they tell you “No cars?”  No.  I’m thoroughly disgusted by big government, and I believe Sarah Palin is too.  It’s clear that she looks at its encroachments on our lives as a source of misery, and for those of us in her America, it most certainly is, and it’s worsening daily.

The coming election will be a competition between two distinct visions of America.  Obama’s version is a land of diminishing wealth and innovation, with constant unemployment in the double digits.  Sarah Palin’s vision is something else entirely, and it’s an America most of us have known, If you want to see it again, you’re going to need to fight for it, and that starts with the task of selecting your champion, to lead the charge, not from the rear, as is now the norm in politics, but at the front, where the battle turns, not around weaponry, but ideas and principles.  After all, both of the Americas I’ve addressed are really only ideas, brought into existence by the efforts of those people committed to them.  Sarah Palin is committed to our America, because it is her America too, but if it’s to prevail, and to become again the “one nation” it had been before, it’s going to take your commitment, and your leadership.  Don’t yield.  Don’t surrender.  She’s not finished, and neither are we.

It’s not over.

Pick Your Poison: Bad or Worse?

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Where It Stops, Nobody Knows

Today’s news seems only to offer a choice between the bad and the worse.  Little hope was readily apparent with the market in free-fall, and at this point, we dare only admit that it might have been worse.   The bad news is:  Tomorrow may be even worse.  A 635 point plunge on the Dow  punctuated the end of the day’s trading, but there were other events today that bear closer examination.   Among them, one can find a brief statement to the press by President Obama, delayed by nearly an hour.  His statement was typical of this President, which is to say it was an outrageous display of both his growing hubris and his intransigent indifference in the face of a disaster largely of his own creation.

There was something else made all the more plain by the market’s performance, when juxtaposed with Obama’s simultaneously indifferent and smarmy statement:  There can be only one of two possible explanations for both things.  Either Barack Obama and his entire economic staff are the world’s most precocious imbeciles, incompetent beyond all attempts at rehabilitation, or, now more likely in my view, the lot of them have undertaken a course purposefully designed to accomplish all you have witnessed on the day.  In short, I now believe Barack Obama is sabotaging this nation intentionally. Thankfully, I also know that his presidency will come to an end.

The President said many things, while the market paused in its plunge to listen just long enough to confirm its fears of him, but notable among all of the things this imperious president said, was his continued insistence that this was all the result of the rancor and harsh politics during the debt ceiling debate.  As with all things he says, there was a nugget of truth, but the part about which he lied is clear:  The harsh politics and rancor that prevented the enactment of a bill that would have prevented all of this emanated almost entirely from his side of the political aisle.  There can be no doubt that he knew this as he variously blamed anybody but himself, however, the most telling evidence of his intentions lied in what he did not mention:  The bill that died in the Senate, famously known as Cut, Cap, and Balance, which he himself had pledged to veto, was the only plan offered that satisfied the S&P with respect to preserving our AAA credit rating.  Every other plan was judged by S&P to be insufficient, but in the end, we enacted one of those tepid plans.  Whatever else they may say or do in the days and weeks ahead, if the President or any of his henchmen tell you otherwise, they are simply lying.  Lying is not unusual for politicians. It seems to be the favorite hobby of many, yet in this instance, the lie is being told with other than the usual motive of preserving their power.  It’s told with the intention of deceiving you so he can justify even greater assaults upon your wealth.

As usual in Washington, there’s always more than one villain.  It’s now being reported that today’s market calamity may have made somebody a good deal of money, betting against the US.  Meanwhile, always in need of new scapegoats to go along with the usual ones, S&P itself became the target of Obama’s false accusations.  Some on the left are now openly calling for Standard & Poor’s downgrade to be investigated, and not surprisingly, most of them are Obama’s former colleagues in the Senate.  This is roughly equivalent to calling for the investigation of the radiology technician who finds the tumor in your brain.  “Now I must endure life-altering surgery, and chemotherapy, all because of you!”  It would be laughable if they weren’t serious.

One of the noteworthy features of Washington DC is that you can almost always identify the lying dog by which barks the loudest, and with the most ludicrous explanations.  Barack Obama’s statement today was an act in defiance of reality.  Whatever his motives, and most of us can now guess them, President Obama can’t do much damage that cannot be reversed.  This evening, Sarah Palin published an article on Facebook repeating some of the points she’s made before, and further expanding upon them with a properly scathing assessment of Obama’s failure to lead.

In all that Mrs. Palin says, there may only be one factual error, and it’s due entirely to her generosity:  When her critics last November crucified her for her stance on QE2, (including her predictions on a possible QE3 – now seemingly set in motion,) this writer does not believe it was due merely to their incompetence that they smeared her as unsophisticated.  Instead, it was precisely because they knew her to be correct, and wished to verbally bully her into silence, that they carried out their ridiculous campaign of personal attacks against her.   Nobody is laughing much today.  As has become her habit, Sarah Palin managed not merely to be right on the facts, but right in predicting where they would lead, in abject rebellion against the many and varied smears with which she’s been painted.   Governor Palin also pointed out the fashion in which the Tea Party was being scapegoated, referencing Nero’s use of the Christians as the object of his own nefarious schemes.  This back-handed comparison to Barack Obama is more apt than most might wish to acknowledge, and yet it’s also further evidence of Sarah Palin’s depth of understanding of the issues at hand.

In all the years of my life, I have heard it repeated, on too numerous an occasion to recount, that the “good intentions” of liberals offered an excuse for their wrong-headed policy initiatives.  In my youth, I would have readily believed that, not then willing to consider that there could be Americans who wished harm upon America, but in all the years since, I’ve abandoned that naive assumption, in favor of what my own eyes and intellect reveal:  Nobody could have witnessed any of the last century’s miseries under the iron boot of statism and continue to believe that this was in the public interest, or the common good, whatever you may believe those to be.  It’s abundantly clear that this has not been an accident, and it’s patently obvious that the intentions are not nearly so good as we had once dared to hope.  Barack Obama is not suited to be President.  While that’s bad news indeed, it’s not particularly new to many of us, but what’s worse is that we’re stuck with him for nearly another year-and-a-half.

The only good news in any of this can be found in the encouraging words with which Governor Palin closed today’s article:

“Our destiny is still in our own hands if we pick ourselves up and act responsibly and quickly. We must all get involved. Concerned Americans must seek truth, work harder than ever, and be willing to sacrifice today to ensure freedom tomorrow. Please get engaged in 2012 electoral politics and support experienced, vetted, pro-free market fiscal conservatives who will dedicate all to preserving our Republic and protecting our Constitution.”

Indeed.  We must find exactly that sort of conservative leader.  I have found mine.

And you?