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I know, I know…since the dawn of the Obama Era, irony has become as ubiquitous as the sunrise, and through its cumulative effect, toxic to the Republic, which I’m sure is all part of the plan.  Nonetheless, after a week like this one, I can only conclude that our self-appointed betters and “thought leaders (now there’s an irony for you)” have decided that they have succeeded in creating a climate of apathy and ignorance so strong that no statement, and no circumstance is too outrageous to tumble from their lips.  The sad thing is, I think that they might be right, as this week seems to prove…

First on this week is the “Reverend” Al Sharpton.  Yes, the “drug informant” Al Sharpton, who brought us this spectacularly polished turd:

“I think that the message is, no matter what the world may do to unfairly, no matter how your crucified, nailed to the cross at home, or in your personal relationships, or on the job that you can rise if you don’t lose yourself during the hard times and the challenges.["]

Put aside the garbage where he’s trying to link the meaning of Easter to Barack Obama.

This is really, really bad theology.  Easter is about sin, a price that mankind would never be able to pay for redemption, and the willing sacrifice of God’s son to pay that price for ALL OF US, and to conquer death.  That doesn’t happen without Christ, no matter how much those who worship government try to convince us that we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.  An awful lot of rhetorical sulphur he’s preaching.  I think he might want to study up on what the book says about that kind of behavior.

Next up are the usual suspects with regard to Chelsea Clinton’s announcement  at the “Girls No Ceilings Conversation” event in New York City:

“One more thing to say very quickly,” the 34-year-old addressed the crowd. “Mark and I are very excited that we have our first child arriving later this year. I certainly feel all the better whether it’s a girl or a boy that they’ll grow up in a world with so many strong female leaders…”

Now, given the positive reaction from the crowd, one can only assume that they believe that she will be going to a store and purchasing a baby when she thinks that the time is right, because otherwise, she would be referring to a lump of cells that she has a sacrosanct right to terminate at anytime because it isn’t a “child” or “baby”…at least that’s what wymyn’s groups and blood money grubbers like Planned Parenthood keep telling us.

Hillary couldn’t help but to also chime in:

“I’m expecting a grand child which I’m very excited about. We’re very excited about what’s happening in our family but we’re also very excited about what we’re doing.”

Congratulations, kid.  Grams needs a political prop, so you get to be born!

And our final entry on this week’s hit parade.  Fresh off of questions regarding his son’s motivations for wanting the land that Clive Bundy ranches on in Nevada, and scrutiny of the connections between himself and the head of the Bureau of Land Management (and after previously being in the news for diverting campaign funds to his grand-daughter), Harry had this to say about the Federal Government’s aborted attempt to “shock and awe” the prickly rancher in to submission to his Federal betters:

 “Well, it’s not over. We can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So it’s not over,” Reid said.

Given Harry’s misappropriation of campaign money and his apparent intimate knowledge of private citizen’s Federal tax returns, such as Mitt Romney, the Koch Brothers, and Clive Bundy, I guess that means that we’ll soon be treated to the sight of Harry “I-Never-Met-A-Budget-I’d-Pass” Reid being marched out of the Senate in handcuffs.

Yeah, I know.  The law is only for little people, and those who happen to not be Democrats.   Yea for “fundamental change”.

 

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With a government based on the rule of law becoming increasingly lawless with every passing day, I find the subject of rebellion on my mind more and more.  I don’t mean rebellion in the sense of the contumacious response that many of our forebears reserved for those who disregarded the notions of individual rights and liberty in favor of a distant sovereign.  I mean a deliberate and conscious effort to hinder the designs of those who “rule” without understanding, and who turn the notion of consent of the governed around so that the governed must seek the consent of the government.  Indeed, when we are burdened with a President who has voiced criticism of the Constitution that characterizes it as a “charter of Negative Liberties”, and laments the fact that it has in the past prevented government from working a top down, fundamental change, including redistribution of wealth, as a means to work “social justice” upon the country, and without a trace of understanding that this has been a feature and not a bug, reasonable men and women will observe that these are not normal times.

It is hard to maintain a fealty and respect for the offices of government when its scrutiny and muscle render so little of it those it was intended to serve.  And as the single biggest usurpation of power ever devised by man, the cruelly and ironically titled “Affordable Care Act” continues to harm Americans in greater numbers than it “helps”, despite the Administration’s near constant extra-Constitutional efforts to delay implementation of some of its more onerous provisions, I suspect that I am not the only one considering rebellion, in a myriad degrees.

I fear the disruption and chaos that would come with an open insurrection.  But with a government that disregards any semblance of limitation upon its power, or any regard for ours, I find it difficult to believe that things will improve of their own accord.  As corruption becomes the norm, and as government wears less tolerant of competitors and critics, I suspect that acts of rebellion, large and small, will become commonplace.  Lawlessness begets lawlessness.  Selective enforcement is no different from arbitrary and capricious fiat, save for the window dressing of legitimacy conferred by the fact that what is being selectively enforce having actually once been enacted by a legislature.  Without a common moral compass to act as a moderating influence, I have little faith that once contempt for the rule of law is shared equally by those charged with enforcing it, and those meant to live under it, that bloody retribution will not be a fatiguing fixture of daily life.  And still, it comes, along with the day when each person will have to decide how far is too far, what trespasses are too offensive, and what intrusions are intolerable.  As that decision is arrived at, the legitimacy of government will evaporate like morning fog on a summer lake, because once those charged with maintaining the peace have abrogated the birthright of our citizens, the social compact will be swept away, leaving those with no understanding of the philosophy and history of our legal tradition to make the laws.

25 In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
Judges 21:25

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Obama, speaking to the press as the summit ends, on Cuba: “The policy we’ve had in place for 50 years hasn’t work the way we wanted – the Cuban people are not free.”

Which is only one-half of why we don’t get in bed with the Kommunist Killer Klowns of the World.  Whether he feels it is proper or not, the President of the United States can confer legitimacy and approval on foreign leaders and their nations in how he acts toward them.  While Obama appears never to have met a thug or petty tyrant that he did not feel an obvious affinity for, he clearly does not recognize or value the message that has been sent in the past.  Obama is correct in the statement he makes.  The Cuban people are not free, but when we trade with their country and warmly embrace their thugs-in-chief, we send a demoralizing message to the people who dream of a better life like the kind we have enjoyed here.  It also portends things to come here.  When you embrace evil, it will flow back to you.  The little compromises are already in place.  Universal healthcare, which will of course mean that someone else will tell you what you can eat, and how to live, and classifications of byproducts of natural biological processes as pollutants, and imposing a ridiculous cap and trade scheme, and increasing intrusions into your personal life, all for your own good, means that he really doesn’t think that there is much wrong with what these international bad actors are doing.  Too bad our leader thinks we can’t see it.

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TRINIDAD-AMERICAS-SUMMIT-CHAVEZ-OBAMAMuch ado was made during the campaign by pundits, observers, and commentators, including myself, of Michelle Obama’s unfortunate remark that since her husband started running for President, for the first time she was proud of her country. This remark revealed her to be an ingrate, and yet another person suffering from that special brand of cognitive dissonance that requires the sufferer to feel ashamed of being a citizen of the greatest nation ever to exist on this planet. Now that her left-leaning husband with the concealed past occupies the big chair and is busy enslaving us all to generations of the debt he is using to feed and grow the entitlement culture that threatens to transform us into another European state, I understand what it means to be ashamed of my country. Especially when he goes abroad.

Don’t get me wrong. I have every confidence that this is a temporary malady, one that can be quickly reversed by replacing the the current occupant of the Oval Office with someone who understands the history and character of this country and her people, rather than someone who is so intent on preening for the world’s admiration and adulation that he cheerfully apologizes to other nations for our exceptionalism, which he glibly characterizes as arrogance, and submits to and or pals around with thugs and toughs of the world, who find the rights we believed in enough to enshrine in law to be silly and foolish notions fostered by a decadent and weak people who have spent too much time holding the tyranical regimes and leaders of the globe at bay, and not enough time under their boot heels.

It isn’t enough that Lord Zero has demonstrated an EPIC FAIL! understanding of this Country’s history and law. Hell, he did that prior to the campaign when interviews he gave showed him expressing a soul-crushingly wrong view of the Constitution (that it is a flawed document), or the opinion that we were going to have to stop living like Americans and start living like people in other nations (the cornerstone of his doctrine of the Politics of Lowered Expectations™). No, Lord Zero has to go abroad and spend his time seeking the approval of foreign leaders and their subjects, and little or no time looking our for American interests. His trip to the G20? Plenty of time with his face on camera, but he agreed to a framework that submits our financial system to foreign oversight. And then there was the bow.

Lord Zero could barely muster a nod for England’s Monarch, but bowed deeply and graciously for the Saudi King. This did not go unnoticed in the Saudi Press, and when enough hue and cry was raised here at home that the Administration could no longer remain silent on the subject, two equally ridiculous lies were offered up to an irritated American public in a half-hearted effort to tell us that we really didn’t see what we all saw. From there, Lord Zero ventured to Turkey, where he felt compelled to tell the Turks that we are not a Christian nation, a lie of the most vile type, because it contains a kernel of truth, around which the tapestry of falsehood is woven. We do not have a state-sponsored religion, but the foundations of this country, and the men who set the framework were undeniably Christian, as was the character of its civil institutions up until the Supreme Court decided to take a line from a letter to a church and give it the effect of law, in clear contravention of actual law in place at the time. Despite the unrelenting effort since then to drive religion from nearly all aspects of public life, the majority of people in the nation still identify themselves as Christian. No matter. The press, being the good little stooges they are, dutifully, and timely trotted out their splashy cover stories questioning the role of Christianity in our country today, and suggesting that we are no longer a Christian nation.  When Lord Zero utters such demonstrably false things in when visiting other countries, he does so with the authority established by all of his predecessors, and gives those regimes who vacillate between being jealous of us and outright hating us encouragement and succor, and dampens the hope of decent people in other nations who see our nation as an example, pushing back the gloom of socialism, and the creeping spectre of totalitarianism.

Now Lord Zero is making it a priority to open relations with Cuba, a country oppressive enough that people will risk traversing the shark infested waters between Cuba and Florida for a chance to live in a free country. The fact that we have made it a policy for decades to not engage in trade with this regime since its current thuggish cadre, lead by the Castro Brothers, installed themselves as more equal than all the others in the island worker’s paradise means nothing to Lord Zero. His is the agenda of CHANGE! And if he can earn the admiration of a Marxist dictator in the process, well even better! And then today, he met with Venezuelan president for life Hugo “What Free Speech?” Chavez. Again, by itself, no surprise, but it is very difficult not to be ashamed of your country when it elects a leader who can clearly become such fast friends with a petty tyrant like Chavez. Pictures really do speak a thousand words, and this one gives any freedom loving American reason to be ashamed. I am beginning to believe this man (lowercase) would swap spit with Uncle Joe Stalin if he could.

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There was a lot of discussion today in the blogosphere about the exceedingly biased and silly coverage of the April 15 Tea Parties around the nation.  Their cynicism was matched only by their contempt.  Its alright.  They will carry the water for the Left…all the way to bankruptcy, and that’s fine.  If the fact that they have completely discredited themselves doesn’t bother them, it doesn’t bother me.  In fact, I welcome the silence that will come when their soapboxes are taken from them and given to their creditors in the oblivion that they are racing towards.  No, what irritates me is when people in my own government forget their place and start casting aspersions toward the people they are supposed to serve.  Case in point?

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.)

Congresswoman Schakowski opined that yesterday’s tea parties were “despicable” and “shameful.”

Consider that for a moment.  A member of Congress, an elected official stated that the peaceful assembly of MILLIONS of Americans across the country to protest an out-of-control government Hell-bent on enslaving us to debt that we will NEVER be able to pay off decided to show her level of comprehension and understanding by calling the gatherings “despicable” and shameful.”

Despicable Des”pi*ca*ble\, a. [L. despicabilis, fr. despicari to despise; akin to despicere. See Despise.] Fit or deserving to be despised; contemptible; mean; vile; worthless; as, a despicable man; despicable company; a despicable gift. Syn: Contemptible; mean; vile; worthless; pitiful; paltry; sordid; low; base. See Contemptible. Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.

Shameful Shame”ful\, a. 1. Bringing shame or disgrace; injurious to reputation; disgraceful. His naval preparations were not more surprising than his quick and shameful retreat. –Arbuthnot. 2. Exciting the feeling of shame in others; indecent; as, a shameful picture; a shameful sight. –Spenser. Syn: Disgraceful; reproachful; indecent; unbecoming; degrading; scandalous; ignominious; infamous. — Shame”ful*ly, adv. — Shame”ful*ness, n. Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.

Doesn’t really seem to fit, does it?  While I’m relieved that Mensa doesn’t have to worry about reviewing her application for admission, I am sad that her village is missing its idiot.  Every village needs its idiot to hold out as an example to its children of how not to be when they grow up.

Who is Congresswoman Schakowski?  She is a career politician.  She was elected to her sixth term in Congress last November, and before her first election to the United States House of Representatives, she served for eight years in the Illinois General Assembly.  Before that?  From her website:

For twenty years prior to her election to the State House, Schakowsky fought for the public interest and rights of Illinois citizens. As Program Director of Illinois Public Action (1976-1985), the state’s largest public interest organization, she fought for energy reform and stronger protection from toxic chemicals. As Director of the Illinois State Council of Senior Citizens from 1985-1990, she organized across the state for lower cost prescription drugs and tax relief for seniors, financial protection for the spouses of nursing home residents and other benefits for the elderly. She has been deeply involved in the fight to protect women’s reproductive freedom.

Think about what this doesn’t say.  It doesn’t say she has ever held a real job.  It doesn’t say she has ever taken the risk of being an entrepreneur.  It doesn’t say that she has ever had to make a payroll.  What it does say is that she has spent nearly twenty years in elected office, and more than a decade in Washington D.C., which is more than enough time to lose touch with the concerns of everyday Americans, assuming that she ever was in touch with them to begin with.

It also doesn’t tell you that her husband, Robert Creamer, pleaded gulity to tax violations and bank fraud for writing rubber checks and failing to collect withholding tax from an employee.  The Honorable Congresswoman’s response toher spouse’s guilty pleas:

“In my heart, I know that these mistakes do not define or diminish this good man, or the good work that he has done over the last 40 years or that he will do in the future,” Schakowsky, D-Ill., said after her husband’s court hearing.

I forgot.  Character doesn’t matter when you are a Democrat, or married to one.  But the money quote?

Schakowsky, who lives in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, said she doesn’t think her husband’s plea would prompt a primary challenge next year in her heavily Democratic district.

The sad thing is, she was correct.  Still, one wonders just how much training is required to denounce the people who are unhappy about paying the bill for your idiotic spending spree that will undeniably transform the nation and force government dependency on us all, and yet fail to recognize the application of your chosen charges against the American people to your own spouse, who violated the law and failed to pay taxes.  That is a special brand of hypocrisy.  Perhaps we should refer to it as the “Democratic Standard”…you know, the one that is different from the one applied to you and me.

Think she needs to hear about it?  Me too.  Drop her a line at:

Washington, D.C.
2367 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2111
Fax: (202) 226-6890

And maybe you can send her a dictionary while your at it. 

H/t to Folly and XBradTC

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