Naturally, when one makes progressive steps, there may be some who see it as a betrayal of their goals and interests. – Louis Farrakhan
Yet there comes a time in the life of a patriot when abdication would amount to a betrayal if not outright treachery. – Olusegun Obasanjo
There are three signs of a hypocrite: when he speaks he speaks lies, when he makes a promise he breaks it, and when he is trusted he betrays his trust. –Muhammad
One should rather die than be betrayed. There is no deceit in death. It delivers precisely what it has promised. Betrayal though … betrayal is the willful slaughter of hope. –Steven Deitz
A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is know and carries his banner openly. But the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague. – Cicero
Though those that are betray’d do feel the treason sharply, yet the traitor stands in worse case of woe. –William Shakespeare
Any appeasement of tyranny is treason to this republic and to the democratic ideal. –William Allen White
While I ate my lunch today, I sat and wondered “When does betrayal become treason?” I know, none of you have any idea why such thoughts might start screaming through my head. But in all seriousness, I think this question is closer to the tips of more American tongues than at any time since 1860. I thought it might be instructive to start with a defintion.
1. to deliver or expose to an enemy by treachery or disloyalty: Benedict Arnold betrayed his country.
2. to be unfaithful in guarding, maintaining, or fulfilling: to betray a trust.
3. to disappoint the hopes or expectations of; be disloyal to: to betray one’s friends.
4. to reveal or disclose in violation of confidence: to betray a secret.
5. to reveal unconsciously (something one would preferably conceal): Her nervousness betrays her insecurity.
6. to show or exhibit; reveal; disclose: an unfeeling remark that betrays his lack of concern.
7. to deceive, misguide, or corrupt: a young lawyer betrayed by political ambitions into irreparable folly.
8. to seduce and desert.Origin:
1200–50; ME bitraien, equiv. to bi- be- + traien < OF trair < L trādere to betray. See traitor
be⋅tray⋅al, nounbe⋅tray⋅er, nounSynonyms:
4. bare, expose, tell, divulge. 6. display, manifest, expose, uncover.Antonyms:
4, 6. hide, conceal.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2009.
I submit to you that this administration and Congress have engaged in acts of betrayal against the American people. The evidence, in no particular order or rank of importance:
1. President Obama’s “Apologize for America Tour”.
No one asked him to do it. No true patriot could countenance the election of a President who felt compelled to stand on the dais in foreign cities, ensconsed in nations with endless trains of human rights abuses and decades of abuses and tyrannies against their own people who would have the audacity to want something more than what their rulers deigned to let them have.
Another issue that confronts all democracies as they move to the future is how we deal with the past. The United States is still working through some of our own darker periods. Facing the Washington monument that I spoke of is a memorial to Abraham Lincoln, the man who freed those who were enslaved even after Washington led our Revolution. And our country still struggles with the legacy of our past treatment of Native Americans.
Not content to discuss the shortcomings of America’s past with people all too eager to justify their hostility toward us, he doubled down with the twin deceptions of flattery and lies.
And except for that whole “convert or die” and the “Kill all the jews” thing, they have been great models of tolerant behavior. Nobody can strap on a bomb and wade into a crowd in a marketplace, or hijack a jetliner and slam it into a skyscraper like these paragons of ‘religious tolerance and racial equity’. And they way they can behead westerners that fall into their captivity? Truly epic style.
I know, too, that Islam has always been a part of America’s story. The first nation to recognize my country was Morocco. In signing the Treaty of Tripoli in 1796, our second President John Adams wrote, “The United States has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Muslims.”
Of course, he was speaking from a position of weakness. The nation was not prepared for a fight with savage pirates half-way around the world at that time, so he took the only prudent course of action that he could at that time. He stalled for time. It worked, and when we were ready, we acted like men, and bloodied the noses of those particular bullies, which prevented any further trouble with those ‘lions of islam’ for quite some time.
2. The quiet agreement to resettle Palestinians in America itself.
Unexpected Urgent Refugee and Migration Needs Related To Gaza
Memorandum for the Secretary of State
By the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 2(c)(1) of the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962 (the “Act”), as amended (22 U.S.C. 2601), I hereby determine, pursuant to section 2(c)(1) of the Act, that it is important to the national interest to furnish assistance under the Act in an amount not to exceed $20.3 million from the United States Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund for the purpose of meeting unexpected and urgent refugee and migration needs, including by contributions to international, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations and payment of administrative expenses of Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration of the Department of State, related to humanitarian needs of Palestinian refugees and conflict victims in Gaza.
You are authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.
THE WHITE HOUSE,
Washington, January 27, 2009
[FR Doc. E9-2488
Filed 2-3-09; 8:45 am]
Billing code 4710-10-P
The bailout of AIG theoretically posed the potential for stopping the payment of these bonuses, yet at least one Senator stated that he was asked by the Administration to retain the bonuses in the bill, which means that they were there to read by other members of Congress before passing it, and before the President signed it. When the public got wind of it, The President and some members of Congress, as well as some state Attorneys General decided that public OUTRAGE! trumped rule of law and eager to not have to answer for their roles of incompetence in the matter, they felt free to vilify people who had negotiated for compensation in a lawful manner and threaten to take away what they were lawfully entitled to as a matter of contract law, in derogation of the Constitution.
In a stunning development, Sen. Christopher Dodd said that Obama administration officials asked him to add language to last month’s federal stimulus bill to make sure the controversial AIG bonuses remained in place.
In the last six months, AIG has received substantial sums from the U.S. Treasury. And I’ve asked Secretary Geithner to use that leverage and pursue every single legal avenue to block these bonuses and make the American taxpayers whole. (Applause.)
In a letter to CEO Edward Liddy, Cuomo said he’s been investigating AIG compensation arrangements since last fall and would issue subpoenas at 4 p.m. EST Monday if he didn’t get the names of employees scheduled for bonuses plus information about their work and contracts.
“Blumenthal claimed the AIG executives were “undeserving” of the bonuses. Blumenthal also pointed out the bonuses paid out were to increase next year. However, Beck pressed Blumenthal on the legality of that and Blumenthal came up blank in this exchange:”
And standing by and saying nothing when ACORN and the SEIU were bussing people to protest outside of the homes of some who were to receive bonus money? Shameful.
4. Appointing a Tax Cheat As Treasury Secretary, And Continually Nominating Persons For Government Positions Who Have Trouble Making Timely And Accurate Tax Payments.
Do we really want someone who had trouble paying his taxes to become the Treasury Secretary? Afterall, the IRS falls under the Treasury Department. Is this the right tone to set for the American Taxpayer? Especially in a tax-happy administration?
In 2006, the IRS audited Mr. Geithner’s 2003 and 2004 taxes and concluded he owed taxes and interest totaling $17,230, according to documents released by the Senate Finance Committee. The IRS waived the related penalties.
During the vetting of Mr. Geithner late last year, the Obama transition team discovered the nominee had failed to pay the same taxes for 2001 and 2002. “Upon learning of this error on Nov. 21, 2008, Mr. Geithner immediately submitted payment for tax that would have been due in those years, plus interest,” a transition aide said. The sum totaled $25,970.
It only gets better, though. He didn’t simply “make an error” during those years, because the calculation was not only done for him, he had to acknowledge that he was going to use the money to pay the taxes when it was given to him.
The IMF did not withhold state and federal income taxes or self-employment taxes — Social Security and Medicare — from its employees’ paychecks. But the IMF took great care to explain to those employees, in detail and frequently, what their tax responsibilities were. …
The tax allowance has turned out to be a key part of the Geithner situation. This is how it worked. IMF employees were expected to pay their taxes out of their own money. But the IMF then gave them an extra allowance, known as a “gross-up,” to cover those tax payments. This was done in the Annual Tax Allowance Request, in which the employee filled out some basic information — marital status, dependent children, etc. — and the IMF then estimated the amount of taxes the employee would owe and gave the employee a corresponding allowance.
At the end of the tax allowance form were the words, “I hereby certify that all the information contained herein is true to the best of my knowledge and belief and that I will pay the taxes for which I have received tax allowance payments from the Fund.” Geithner signed the form. He accepted the allowance payment. He didn’t pay the tax. For several years in a row.
And he wasn’t the only one. There were others nominated by the Administration that have similar difficulties. If this isn’t a “big deal” for them, why is it such a big deal if you don’t pay your taxes? Never mind. Put your notions of “Rules for thee, but not for me” back on the shelf and get back to work, peasant. We have a lot money promised to ACORN and midnight basketball.
The confirmation of another Cabinet member stalled Thursday because of unpaid taxes after USA TODAY disclosed that the husband of Labor secretary nominee Hilda Solis paid about $6,400 this week to settle numerous tax liens against his business dating to 1993.
Personal tax problems have tripped up three of Obama’s nominees for top administration jobs. Two nominees withdrew on Tuesday over tax issues, including Tom Daschle, Obama’s choice to head the Health and Human Services Department. The other withdrawal was chief performance officer nominee Nancy Killefer, who had a $947 tax lien filed against her in Washington four years ago for not paying unemployment compensation taxes for a household employee. She paid the debt less than six months later, District of Columbia records show.
Add Ronald Kirk, former Dallas mayor and President Obama’s U.S. Trade Representative nominee, to the long and growing list of administration nominees and officials with tax problems. The Senate Finance Committee today released a three-page report detailing various mistakes on Mr. Kirk’s 2005-2007 tax returns. Mr. Kirk has agreed to pay almost $10,000 in additional taxes for, among other things, wrongly deducting $17,000 for season tickets to the NBA Dallas Mavericks and wrongly taking charitable deductions for contributions of honoraria from speaking fees from Austin College even though he had not included the honoraria in his income.Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama’s nominee to become Health and Human Services secretary, said in a letter obtained by the Associated Press that she made “unintentional errors” on her taxes and has corrected her returns from three different years.
A footnote attached to the report by the Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis defines “rightwing extremism in the United States” as including not just racist or hate groups, but also groups that reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority.
Oh, yes. I always bend way over when shaking with both hands. I’m sure that’s it, Gibby.
7. The Obama Czar Explosion.
President Barack Obama’s decision to place czars above Cabinet-level agencies presents dangers beyond confusion over who’s in charge and an organizational chart that looks like pasta carbonara. There’s also the potential for a constitutional crisis.
Obama’s czars, the most ever appointed by an administration, are likely to have the authority to influence or make decisions for Cabinet-level agencies. Yet they aren’t confirmed by Congress and don’t have to respond to pesky requests to testify before oversight committees.For that matter, Congress has not authorized any of the czars that President Barack Obama has created.Over the past thirty years presidents have each had one or two czars for various issues, and once the number went as high as five. But now, by some counts President Obama has created sixteen czars, and there may be more on the way.Obama’s czars, the most ever appointed by an administration, are likely to have the authority to influence or make decisions for Cabinet-level agencies. Yet they aren’t confirmed by Congress and don’t have to respond to pesky requests to testify before oversight committees.
“The rapid and easy accumulation of power by White House staff can threaten the constitutional system of checks and balances,” Senator Robert Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat, warned in a letter to the White House.
Each of these has enormous government power, and answers only to the president.
The quiet accumulation of power by executive appointment, done by an Administration that has made some compelling noises about restoring “transparency” to government. Once again, it is more instructive to note what the President has done, not what he has said on the subject.
8. Firing Government Watchdogs Who Blow The Whistle On Freinds of The President Who Have Their Sticky Fingers In The Government Till.
It wasn’t enough to fire someone who caught a “Friend of Obama” diverting public money to personal purposes. The Adminstration decided to break the law in doing so, and smear a public servant’s good name at the same time.
A George W. Bush appointee, Mr. Walpin has since 2007 been the inspector general for the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that oversees such subsidized volunteer programs as AmeriCorps. In April 2008 the Corporation asked Mr. Walpin to investigate reports of irregularities at St. HOPE, a California nonprofit run by former NBA star and Obama supporter Kevin Johnson. St. HOPE had received an $850,000 AmeriCorps grant, which was supposed to go for three purposes: tutoring for Sacramento-area students; the redevelopment of several buildings; and theater and art programs.
Mr. Walpin’s investigators discovered that the money had been used instead to pad staff salaries, meddle politically in a school-board election, and have AmeriCorps members perform personal services for Mr. Johnson, including washing his car.
There’s also the question of how Mr. Walpin was terminated. He says the phone call came from Norman Eisen, the Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform, who said the President felt it was time for Mr. Walpin to “move on,” and that it was “pure coincidence” he was asked to leave during the St. HOPE controversy. Yet the Administration has already had to walk back that claim.
That’s because last year Congress passed the Inspectors General Reform Act, which requires the President to give Congress 30 days notice, plus a reason, before firing an inspector general. A co-sponsor of that bill was none other than Senator Obama. Having failed to pressure Mr. Walpin into resigning (which in itself might violate the law), the Administration was forced to say he’d be terminated in 30 days, and to tell Congress its reasons.
9. Buying GM and Chrysler with Taxpayer Money, Then Giving Them To The Unions.
Our story begins with the slow downfall of Chrysler, which succumbed to bankruptcy after experiencing a steep sales decline of 48 percent in one year. During its slide, Chrysler borrowed money from lenders and in return signed a contract promising that as so-called senior creditors, they’d get paid before anyone else if the company went under.
These creditors, by the way, represent something of a cross-section of America: the University of Kentucky, Kraft Foods’ retirement fund, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, pension funds, teachers’ credit unions, and so on.
But President Obama and his allies don’t want that to happen. So they interfered on behalf of unions (the junior creditors) and publicly upbraided the senior creditors who were asserting their contractual rights and threatening to head to bankruptcy court.
One disturbing report came from a well-respected attorney representing the dissident Chrysler creditors. Thomas Lauria, the head of White & Case’s bankruptcy practice, says that he was threatened by Steven Rattner, the White House’s auto task force chief. (A White House spokesman denies making any threats.)
“I represent one less investor today than I represented yesterday,” Lauria said on a Detroit radio show. “One of my clients was directly threatened by the White House and in essence compelled to withdraw its opposition to the deal under threat that the full force of the White House press corps would destroy its reputation if it continued to fight. That’s how hard it is to stand on this side of the fence.” Lauria said that his clients were willing to compromise on 50 cents on the dollar, but the government offered them only 29 cents.
In the Federalist Papers in 1788, James Madison wrote that “laws impairing the obligation of contracts are contrary to the first principles of the social compact, and to every principle of sound legislation.” Unfortunately, Washington politicians seem to pay little attention to history, morality, or the rule of law.
President Obama defended his decision to take a majority stake in GM, saying it was unavoidable and temporary. “We are acting as reluctant shareholders,” he said in a televised address.
The government-orchestrated shrinkage will cost taxpayers $30 billion, on top of $20 billion in U.S. funds already put into the company. In exchange, the U.S. will own 60% of the new GM. In all, the rescue of the car industry could cost taxpayers close to $100 billion.
The government’s plan calls for 10% of the new GM to be owned by existing bondholders, while a United Auto Workers union health-care fund will own 17.5%. The Canadian government will own the remaining 12.5%.
As part of the “Bailout Fever” that gripped Babylon on the Potomac, there came the conclusion that Chrysler and GM were “too big to fail.” As a result, hundreds of billions of tax payer dollars were pumped into the ailing companies, by a government that imposed conditions that could not possibly be met. Then, like the neighborhood loanshark, it made demands that secured creditors accept less than what they were entitled to under law, forcing the bankruptcies of the companies, which were then rushed into waiting restructuring plans, which favored unsecured or junior lienholders, like the United Autoworkers Union, over secured creditors, many of which were pension plans, that later faced the insult of vilification by the very same scheming kleptocrats who orchestrated these purchases with taxpayer dollars, on top of the injuries inflicted on them in bankruptcy. And the best part? Despite our (I mean the taxpayers’) significant investments, most of the money given to the these companies is now gone, and will not be repaid. That isn’t really change we can believe in.
10. “Bailout Fever” in Babylon on the Potomac/The Great Fannie Mae-Freddie Mac Swindle.
Yes, it started under Bush, which is yet another reason I wasn’t pleased with him, either. And yet, for all Obama seems to want to blame the economy on him, one might wonder about the wisdom of continuing and expanding the practice. There are several reasons why the practice is onerous. The first of which is that the government has a role to play as a regulator, yet when it starts to decide which companies it is going to bailout and which companies it will “let fail”, it is not longer a regulator, it is also a paarticipant in the marketplace, and once it wears both hats, it loses objectivity and throws the whole balance off-kilter. Throw in a few left-leaning, Chicago politics style ‘czars’, and you have just placed capitalism itself in danger. For an intellectually honest government that is held accountable by the fourth estate, this could be a serious problem. Since we have neither, the apparent course of action was to double down, and justify such extra-governmental activity by proclaiming capitalism “broken” and in need of serious governmental intervention and reconstruction. Unfortunately for us, with such genius at work in D.C., this may well become a self-fullfilling prophecy, leaving only one remaining question for the Obama Administration: How do they convince people that the Great Depression of 2010-2016 was the fault of Bush?
Of course, its hard to distinguish between corruption, and business as usual in DC after the Democrats in Congress let Fannie and Freddie become millstones around the necks of taxpayers on their watch, eventually crashing the economy, and having the stones to blame Republicans for it, by saying that the poor regulation was their fault. Of course, the warnings were there, being made by Republicans, and repeatedly glossed over by Democrats, who cheerfully covered their eyes and said “Elephant in the room? What elephant in the room? Fannie and Freddie are fine, and no, they are not backed by the US government. Quit talking crazy you silly Republicans!”
For many years the President and his Administration have not only warned of the systemic consequences of financial turmoil at a housing government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) but also put forward thoughtful plans to reduce the risk that either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac would encounter such difficulties. President Bush publicly called for GSE reform 17 times in 2008 alone before Congress acted. Unfortunately, these warnings went unheeded, as the President’s repeated attempts to reform the supervision of these entities were thwarted by the legislative maneuvering of those who emphatically denied there were problems.
In the times that Fannie and Freddie couldn’t make the market, they became the market. Over the years, it added up to an enormous obligation. As of last June, Fannie alone owned or guaranteed more than $388 billion in high-risk mortgage investments. Their large presence created an environment within which even mortgage-backed securities assembled by others could find a ready home.
11. Stealing From Future Generations To Fund A ‘Stimulus’ Bill That Has Done Little to Stimulate the Economy, But Spends Plenty Of Borrowed Money On Things The Government Has No Business Spending Money On.
Under the guise of “We have to pass this bill now or the economy is gonna die and take us all with it!!!” , Congress passed the biggest crap sandwich in the history of the counrty, spending more in ONE BILL than the sum total of all PRIOR ADMINISTRATIONS. This is a bill jam packed with so many things the government has no business spending our money on, let alone money that will be borrowed, and paid back by us, our children, and our grandchildren at damn near usurious rates. This is an act of generational theft that wouldonly be undertaken by madmen and people Hell-bent on destroying the country.
We’ve looked it over, and even we can’t quite believe it. There’s $1 billion for Amtrak, the federal railroad that hasn’t turned a profit in 40 years; $2 billion for child-care subsidies; $50 million for that great engine of job creation, the National Endowment for the Arts; $400 million for global-warming research and another $2.4 billion for carbon-capture demonstration projects. There’s even $650 million on top of the billions already doled out to pay for digital TV conversion coupons.
And that ‘stimulation’ for the economy that is supposed to be helping the now Carterian unemployment levels that continue to rise with every single month?
Make no mistake, this will be a disaster for this country. Much of this money is not yet borrowed. That borrowing is accomplished by the sales of US Treasuries. Other countries aren’t buying, and won’t until the interest rates are made more attractive. The more treasuries that are sold, the more succeeding buyers want a higher rate of return. What that does to interest rates here is make them climb…to layers we have not ever seen in this country.
12. Silence From The Oval Office When Young Iranians Turn On A Corrupt Government.
There are two maxims for any POTUS who will have to deal with any situation in the Middle East:
1. Tread carefully. You need to be conscious of what you say and do; and
2. No matter what you do or say, the mad mullahocracies will find a way to blame you for anything that happens that you don’t like.
What this means is that even if you eschew plain speaking and acting in America’s interests alone, if you are at least a pragmatist, you whould understand that when you’re damned no matter what you do or do not do, you should act like an American and be damned for the correct conduct, which does far more to enhance your credibility and standing among the free peoples of the world. The Administration seems to have missed this memo when it saw fit to stay silent on this matter, until even Fwance had strong words of condemnation for the clerical leaders of Iran regarding their brutal crackdown on the youth of Iran which was attempting to throw off the shackles of a corrupt and repressive government. This apparently had the effect of prodding the President into this tepid statement on the subject:
The Iranian government must understand that the world is watching. We mourn each and every innocent life that is lost. We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people. The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights.
As I said in Cairo, suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. The Iranian people will ultimately judge the actions of their own government. If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international community, it must respect the dignity of its own people and govern through consent, not coercion.
Martin Luther King once said – “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” I believe that. The international community believes that. And right now, we are bearing witness to the Iranian peoples’ belief in that truth, and we will continue to bear witness.
You “mourn” them, sir? I’m sure they find that thought very comforting as they are hunted down in the street. “Bear witness”? I’m afraid that the world has borne witness to your complete and utter lack of courage. If we had simply “borne witness” to Soviet oppression, then the world’s bloodiest political belief would still hold sway over half the globe, sir. You were presented with a chance to be Presidential, and you voted present. Congratulations for souring another generation of Iranians on America and Americans, and causing people everywhere who desire freedom to know that as long as you occupy the Oval Office, they can expect no support from us. What happened to the man who said this a few months earlier in Cairo:
That does not lessen my commitment, however, to governments that reflect the will of the people. Each nation gives life to this principle in its own way, grounded in the traditions of its own people. America does not presume to know what is best for everyone, just as we would not presume to pick the outcome of a peaceful election. But I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and doesn’t steal from the people; the freedom to live as you choose. Those are not just American ideas, they are human rights, and that is why we will support them everywhere.
Let me be clear, I think you suffer from an epic misunderstanding of this country and its role in the world. Make no mistake, as you continue with an agenda to subvert the every fabric of this nation, and pay lipservice to concepts of freedom and democracy as long as no cost or action is expected of you, I will consider you to be unworthy of categorization as American.
13. Active Advocation For Return To Power Of A Would-Be Tyrant Who Violated His Country’s Constitution.
The President has his very own example of EPIC FAILURE FOREIGN POLICY that can be summed up in just one word: Honduras.
The military removal of Zelaya as president – and the appointment of Roberto Micheletti as interim President by the Honduran legislature – came after Zelaya attempted to rewrite his nation’s constitution to end term limits to continue his rule, despite the fact that term limits in the constitution is one of eight “firm articles” that cannot be changed.
After the Honduran Legislature refused to call a constitutional convention to rewrite the constitution, Zelaya called for a referendum to do so, which the Honduran Supreme Court and Attorney General declared unconstitutional. Zelaya, allied with leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez , fired top military commander Romeo Vásquez Velásquez for refusing to carry out the referendum. Every branch of government sided against Zelaya and Congress began discussing impeachment proceedings. Acting on orders from the Honduran Supreme Court, soldiers arrested Zelaya on June 28 and sent him into exile in Costa Rica.
Let that sink in for a moment. An American President is advocating for the return to power of a man who violated his country’s constitution in an attempt to prolong his tenure in office. That country’s military obeys an order of that nation’s highest court and removes said official and puts him into exile. The military did not take over. The military did not put two behind the offender’s ear and dump him in a ditch. They followed a lawful order of the civillian government and removed a would be despot from power. In Latin America. This is progress. What is the President’s response? “It’s a coup.”
The usual suspects were outraged. Castro, Chavez, the petty dictators who might be threatened by a people actually enforcing the rule of law to the detriment of a dictator. I’ll leave it to you, the jury, to identitfy the President’s real motives. Keep in mind, we had to “bear witness” to the atrocities in Iran, but this was a “coup” worthy of forcefull opposition.
Last week, responding to the Honduran military removal of Zelaya as president, President Obama said “it would be a terrible precedent if we start moving backwards into the era in which we are seeing military coups as a means of political transition rather than democratic elections. The region has made enormous progress over the last 20 years in establishing democratic traditions in Central America and Latin America. We don’t want to go back to a dark past.”
To be sure. Afterall, the soul-crushing “dark present” in Cuba and Venezuela are far preferable. Never mind that Constitution thing. I’m sure it means nothing, because Zelaya won the election, you know. Therefore the Constitution doesn’t apply to him.
Something clearly has gone awry with the rule of law in Honduras — but it is not necessarily what you think. Begin with Zelaya’s arrest. The Supreme Court of Honduras, as it turns out, had orderedthe military to arrest Zelaya two days earlier. A second order (issued on the same day) authorized the military to enter Zelaya’s home to execute the arrest. These orders were issued at the urgent request of the country’s attorney general. All the relevant legal documents can be accessed (in Spanish) on the Supreme Court’s website. They make for interesting reading.
What you’ll learn is that the Honduran Constitution may be amended in any way except three. No amendment can ever change (1) the country’s borders, (2) the rules that limit a president to a single four-year term and (3) the requirement that presidential administrations must “succeed one another” in a “republican form of government.”
But don’t let those pesky facts, or even prior positions of “bearing witness” get in the way.
14. The House Passes ‘Cap and Trade” Legislation, Which Will Be The Largest Single Tax Increase On American Families Ever Passed.
Forget the fact that the CBO’s forecast tax numbers are well below those compiled by the Heritage Foundation. Put aside the fact that 300+ pages of amendments were submitted at 3 AM the morning before the vote. Put aside the fact that no one who voted for it could have possibly read it, since there was not even a copy availble on the floor to House members to peruse during debate or the vote. Any of these is sufficiently outrageous enough to warrant a pitchfork and torch party for the House. The worst part is that it is in support of the biggest scientific hoax since Piltdown Man: Man-Made Global Warming.
Make no mistake, if passed, this bill will cripple American energy and manufacturing, raise taxes in a way that one one will be able to ignore, and of course, contains goodies for the typical pet projects and supported of the left.
Under the new democratic cap and trade legislation all US homes will have to meet strict government eco-standards before they can be sold. This will cost homeowners thousands of dollars before the home can even be put up for sale.
Why not? Every major spending bill passed by the Dems so far this year has been a major boon for ACORN, so why should this one be any different? Jamie Dupree has been going over the bill with a fine toothed comb, and says the term, “community development corporation” is found a bunch of times in it.
15. The Rush To Impose Government Run Healthcare.
Undeterred by the poor quality of care and the rationing of life-saving drugs and treatments in other nation’s government run healthcare, this administration has made it a priority to impose government run health care upon us all. Key provisions include yet more taxes to be placed on small businesses.
The Kennedy-Dodd bill would create an individual mandate requiring you to buy a “qualified” health insurance plan, as defined by the government. If you don’t have “qualified” health insurance for a given month, you will pay a new Federal tax. Incredibly, the amount and structure of this new tax is left to the discretion of the Secretaries of Treasury and Health and Human Services (HHS), whose only guidance is “to establish the minimum practicable amount that can accomplish the goal of enhancing participation in qualifying coverage (as so defined).” The new Medical Advisory Council (see #3D) could exempt classes of people from this new tax. To avoid this tax, you would have to report your health insurance information for each month of the prior year to the Secretary of HHS, along with “any such other information as the Secretary may prescribe.”
And of course, Congress is incapable of resisting the temptation to slide pork into the bill.
Sweeping healthcare legislation working its way through Congress is more than an effort to provide insurance to millions of Americans without coverage. Tucked within is a provision that could provide billions of dollars for walking paths, streetlights, jungle gyms, and even farmers’ markets.
The plan as imagined contains some sinister implications, as well. From the mouth of the President himself:
But what we can do is make sure that at least some of the waste that exists in the system that’s not making anybody’s mom better, that is loading up on additional tests or additional drugs that the evidence shows is not necessarily going to improve care, that at least we can let
Healthcare. At a ginnormous cost. Brought to you by the same people who brought you such paragons of efficiency and economic frugality, such as the Post Office, AMTRAK, and Medicare. They will not be happy until government’s yoke is firmly around our necks.
So at what point does such a series of ongoing offenses and injuries, committed with impunity by elected officials become Treason? Being the purist that I am, I start with that dusty old document that the President dislikes and would “fix” at the earliest opportunity, The Constitution, which defines treason thusly:
Section 3.Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court. The Congress shall have power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.
While I freely admit that none of the institutions or individuals indicted have picked up arms against the nation, I submit that the net effect of their actions is nevertheless a declaration of war. When government, though its various branches, commits a series of actions that have the effect of destroying the country through taxes that will drive businesses away, thus driving up unemployment, and general misery, the result is no different than setting off bombs in the offices, factories, and storefronts of the country. When these actions would denigrate and destroy our finances and economy, leaving other nations to capitalize on the misfortune wrought on us by our own government, buttressed by overt statements of geopolitical moral equivalence, and remarks that denigrate this nation and its history, made in foreign capitols, to countries that would love to see an America descendant, how is it not giving aid and comfort to our enemies? When they actively pass spending bills that cannot be paid for except by borrowing, to fund initiatives and groups that they are not constitutionally permitted to give taxpayer money to, with bills that they could not have even read, how can such contempt for the Constitution, and the American People not be levying war against the country?
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I leave it to you to consider the question put to you. When does betrayal become treason? When does an irresponsible and non-responsive government cross the line from possessing a venomous contempt of its people to an outright intent to enslave them to ideals that are foreign to reason and history?