This Open Thread is all on you. I’m not going to suggest anything for this OT and leave it completely in your hands. Good luck!
h/t to GiovanniWorld member ‘The Doktor”.
What if President Obama Were a Republican?
Posted By John T. Simpson On April 29, 2009 @ 4:07 pm In Celebrity News, Politics
In my Big Hollywood  post of April 27th, I decried the media’s acting as a cheerleading fourth branch of government, in which the MSM has not only assumed a Dear Leader-like reverence and awe for our new president, but attacks any and all critics with slander, ridicule, and even intimidation, and discounts any real concerns by the public as right wing extremist rabble-rousing and racism.
Given my love of true reporting and Woodward and Bernstein-like investigative journalism, which is really nowhere to be found in this Messianic Media Age of Obama, it was a very depressing piece to write. But after the recent flyover of New York City by Air Force One and F-16 fighter jets, which sent half of the Big Apple fleeing for their lives, it occurred to me.
How would the Left report the news if Obama were a Republican, i.e. an  Uncle Tom, as many on the Left  call now-GOP Chairman Michael Steele? Eureka! That’s it! See, it’s one thing for me to point out the obvious, as I did in my media slam yesterday. But what if we walked GOP President Obama’s media coverage through the mirror darkly, as was SOP for President Bush?
NOW we’re gonna have some fun!
Let’s start with MSNBC’s ‘Countdown’ with Keith Olbermann, on Republican President Obama’s electoral landslide victory in November, and his 96% sweeping of the black vote.
KO: “It would seem the sinister and morally bankrupt Republican ploy of taking the White House with a totally inexperienced and faux minority candidate has been the most resounding political success for the GOP since the  Reichstag Fire. Could African-Americans not act more self-destructively than in their rush to the polls to elect this Republican wolf in Martin Luther King clothing?
“Do they want to  go back to slavery? For this abomination and slap in the face of freedom-loving Americans everywhere, and which has condemned this nation to yet another four endless years of war and jingoistic right wing fascism, I hereby declare every African-American voter who pulled the lever for this Republican Omar Bashir as the Worst Person in the World.”
Next up? Susan Roesgen of CNN, wandering through the crowd at a Democratic Chicago Tea Party.
SR, pointing to a protester wearing an Obama as Hitler/Satan  mask: “Over here, we have a President Obama look-alike.” SR turns to a man in top hat holding a child. “What is your issue with the President, sir?” MAN: “It’s bad enough President Bush put us on the verge of bankruptcy. It appears the ObamaHitler is intent on finishing the job.”
SR: “Do you really believe President Obama when he tells us the City of Chicago will be getting fifty billion in new aid?” A protester wearing a KILL OBAMA tee shirt interjects: “No way! This is all for his and Darth Biden’s warmongering lobbyist friends in Halliburton and Blackwater! We’ll never see a dime of that money! KILL OBAMA! KILL BIDEN!”
Death chants rise in unison from the crowd. SR turns to the camera, smiling. “There you have it.”
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, on Iranian hostage Roxana Saberi.
WB: “It has now been nearly three months since Roxana Saberi was arrested in Iran, allegedly for buying a bottle of wine, and with no concrete action to free her by this administration. Even worse, since Ms. Saberi’s kangaroo court conviction on trumped-up charges of espionage, which is as common for reporters in Iran as citations for jaywalking are here, she has gone on a hunger strike, and her condition is worsening by the day.
“I cannot help but be reminded of murdered Iranian-Canadian journalist  Ziba Kazemi, who was beaten, flogged, raped, her fingernails pulled and her skull fractured in Evin prison, ironically for the crime of taking pictures of protesters outside Evin. How many more journalists have to come out of Iran in body bags before this President will act?”
Markos Moulitsas of Daily KOS, on Air Force One’s low flyover of New York City with F-16 escort.
KOS: “The scariest thing for me out of this whole episode is how easily the ObamaHitler managed to arrange a Boeing 747 to fly low over New York City with nobody knowing, and I mean nobody! Is it really much of stretch to believe now that the BusHitler couldn’t have arranged the same thing on 9/11 with remotely-controlled commercial airliners?
“I can’t help but wonder. Was this a test run? And why this time? To accelerate the rush to war with Iran? The only questions that remain for me are these: When? And which American city does the ObamaHitler and his Halliburton buddies plan to turn into a bombed-out crater next, in order to get another round of war profiteering off to a Grand Old Start? Call me a tinfoil hat paranoid NOW! I dare you! I double-dare you!
“The ObamaHitler. Brand new color. Same old warmongering right wing fascism. Screw ‘em!”
Al Franken, America’s most popular radio talk show host, on President Obama’s political  targeting of him from the White House itself.
AF: “It would seem President Obama and his fawning Reichminister, Rahm Emmanuel, don’t like my rousing nationwide success in calling them out for who they really are. This attempt to target me personally, a private citizen, from the White House, with all its authority and power, puts on display for all to see that the BusHitler’s self-groomed replacement’s ambitions exceeds even that of Darth Rove and his fascist leash-holder.
“Not only did that Hitler-like persecution of me personally not work, it has backfired badly. My nationwide listener numbers on Air America are skyrocketing. I suppose it’s time now to implement the so-called Fairness Doctrine, which President Obama’s Reichstag-like stooges in Congress are pushing at this very moment.
“I find it particularly disturbing that Republican House Speaker John Boner, spearheading this shredding of the Constitution, finds no fault with FIX News, Goon Beck, Shill O’Reilly or Bum Rush Limbaugh, all of whom ragged us as ballsuckers during our Tea Parties and implied we would become violent, but finds plenty wrong with NPR, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC and especially my Air America. Talk about Brownshirts calling the kettle black!
“See you in the Gulag, Keith! The Countdown is on!”
Michael Moore, on the  controversial DHS Left Wing Extremism Report and DHS Fusion Centers.
MM: “After reading this incredibly vague and exceptionally broad DHS report on Left Wing Extremism, can anyone really say this isn’t an attempt by the Obama Administration and the Republicans to silence dissent in this country once and for all? Individuals who protest the war, support abortion, favor tougher gun laws, the rights of undocumented immigrants, even those who oppose the federal government itself, are called out as potential terrorists!
“My next anti-war film could land me in jail! I’m sorry, who are the extremists here again?
“Even the DHS Civil Liberties Division objected to the broad language of the report, which Obama’s  Himmler-like DHS Secretary Janet Nazipolitano seemed to be in a hurry to rush out the door, and just in time for our nationwide protests. Coincidence? I think not. It is quite clear to me what this report says: “You are either with us, or you’re a terrorist.”
“No surprise there. And how ironic, considering the right wing extremists in the Hitlerite Obama regime are the real terrorists. Today’s Grand Old Party is not the party of Lincoln. It is the party of Hitler and Mussolini. Given the present occupier of the Oval Office, perhaps Idi Amin would be a better analogy.”
“By the way, you may want to look into DHS Oberfuhrer Nazipolitano’s so-called fusion centers. There are seventy of them around the country now. One fusion center in Virginia  declared all of the state’s universities ‘nodes for radicalization.’ Another in Texas  warned about the terrorist threat from the ‘International Far Left.’ And Nazipolitano  calls them ‘the wave of the future.’ This nationwide politically-motivated DHS network is called ‘The National Fusion Center Coordination Group.’
“Anyone else thinking  Einsatzgruppen besides me? That’s what Hitler called his Special Action Groups. Who’s going to head those up? Obama’s radical right wing extremist preacher Jeremiah Wright? Or his Timothy McVeigh-like pal Bill Ayers, who knows a few things about throwing bombs and killing innocents? You DO see where all this is going, don’t you, people? Should be as plain as the Swastika flag flying over the ObamaHitler White House!”
The Guardian/UK’s Charlie Brooker, just  prior to President Obama’s GOP landslide.
“On November 4, the entire civilised world will be praying, praying Obama loses. And Sod’s law dictates he’ll probably win, thereby disproving the existence of God once and for all. The world will endure four more years of idiocy, arrogance and unwarranted bloodshed, with no benevolent deity to watch over and save us.  James Earl Ray – where are you now that we need you?”
Protest  sign: “Obama. The only dope worth shooting.”
Air America’s Randy Rhodes  on the air, likening President Obama to Freddie Corleone.
“Do they let black people into the Mafia? No? Well, I think they ought to make an exception for President Obama. At least long enough to take him out on a boat like Freddie Corleone and phuw!” (GUNSHOT)
 Democratic Underground, on the current Swine Flu pandemic.
“Like Bush intentionally withholding aid from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in order to foment misery and violence, the ObamaHitler seems content to sit back and let this flu pandemic rage unabated. DHS Secretary Nazipolitano, who is such an idiot she doesn’t even know  border law, has yet to close that same border in order to stem the flow of possibly infected Mexican nationals, even though clusters have now appeared as far north of the border as Queens, NY.
“Is this criminal negligence and malfeasance also intentional? Like Obama’s Republican lackeys in Congress rejecting nine hundred million in new flu pandemic funding? Who stands to suffer the most? I have no doubt the rich, and all of the ObamaHitler’s good buddies in Washington, will get the best treatment they possibly can. Just as they did lining up for Cipro during the BusHitler’s black bag job anthrax attack on the mail system, which Der Fuhrer staged in order to invade Iraq.
“But what of inner city minorities, who stand to suffer and die the most should this pandemic explode beyond control? Makes me wonder if they knew ahead of their flu pandemic funding vote that this would happen. Or worse, even started the epidemic themselves by injecting illegal aliens being deported to Mexico. Why else would Army samples go  missing?
“If true, not only does this make our new Republican ‘multicultural’ Fuhrer in Washington a mass murderer, it makes him the greatest race traitor of all time. He would be guilty of nothing less than genocide. Just like his mentor, idol and BFF Omar Bashir in Sudan. Welcome to the American Darfur, courtesy of the ObamaHitler. Feeling better now?”
The moral of the story? Despite how rough of a ride it has been at times for President Obama, Democrat, he can thank God and his lucky stars he is not a Republican.
Now ask yourself. Why is that?
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 Reichstag Fire: http://worldatwar.net/event/reichstagsbrand/
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The title for this piece is a bit controversial, but I did it for a reason. If I were someone from the Left writing about a man of the Church, because I did NOT like his stand on abortion, I would use the race card without hesitation. The argumant could be made that it wasn’t done in this piece below so I’m way out of bounds. To which I say… “Phoooey”! The only reason the race card is not used in the title by those that wrote the piece below is… The Marxist organization “People for the American Way Foundation” did not want to sound un-politically correct.
I have never met Bishop Harry Jackson, but I would proudly stand shoulder to shoulder with him at any anti-abortion rally held around the country. Here’s a Preacher that actually believes in the Bible as it was written, and for that I have tremendous respect for him! After reading this piece I think you will too.
Point Man for the Wedge Strategy
In recent years, Religious Right leaders have made a major push to elevate the visibility and voices of politically conservative African American pastors. The star of that effort has been Bishop Harry Jackson. People For the American Way Foundation has produced an in-depth report about this dangerous right-wing leader.
In recent years, Religious Right leaders have made a major push to elevate the visibility and voices of politically conservative African American pastors. The star of that effort has been Bishop Harry Jackson. Jackson, the pastor of a congregation in Maryland, has been ushered into the Religious Right’s inner circle since he announced in 2004 that God had told him to work for the reelection of George W. Bush. Since then, Jackson has become somewhat of an all-purpose activist and pundit for right-wing causes – everything from judicial nominations to immigration and oil drilling — but his top priorities mirror those of the Religious Right: he’s fervently anti-abortion and dead-set against gay equality. And he has enthusiastically adopted the Right’s favorite propaganda tactic: he routinely portrays liberals, especially gay-rights activists, as enemies of faith, family, and religious liberty.
Jackson has big ambitions. He sees himself as a game changer in the culture war, someone who can help conservative Christians “take the land” by bringing about a political alliance between white and black evangelicals. Religious Right leaders see him that way, too, which is why they’ve helped Jackson build his public profile.
At Justice Sunday II, an August 2005 event organized by the Family Research Council to mobilize support for Bush administration judicial nominees, Jackson said that God was calling for the Black Church to team with white evangelicals and Catholics and tell both parties, “it’s our way or the highway.” Said Jackson, “We’re not going to sit back…you and I can bring the rule and reign of the cross to America and we can change America on our watch together.”
Jackson has become popular with the media, not only because he is a smooth performer, but also because a black pastor and self-described “registered Democrat”1 is viewed as a desirably atypical right-wing spokesperson. Jackson understands this dynamic, telling an interviewer on Daystar Christian television that it “takes blacks like myself to speak up.” Jackson bragged that when he got a group of African American pastors to hold a press conference (falsely) attacking a federal hate crimes bill as a threat to religious liberty, he got media coverage that traditional Religious Right groups had been unable to generate.
His media profile, and his embrace by Religious Right leaders and right-wing politicians have led to his being anointed a “conservative Christian A-lister” by Beliefnet’s Dan Gilgoff and “one of the 50 most influential Christians in America” by the Church Report. In 2005, then-President of the National Association of Evangelicals Ted Haggard said of Jackson, “He’s building a bridge between white evangelicalism and African American evangelicalism that we haven’t had in 20 years.”
Jackson strongly opposed Barack Obama’s presidential bid, saying that an ongoing “march of darkness” would overtake the country if “we don’t do the right thing in this campaign.” While Jackson failed miserably in his efforts to convince African American Christians to vote against Obama last year, he played an active role in organizing religious coalitions that helped pass anti-gay initiatives in California, Florida, and Arizona. Those efforts reflected Jackson’s primary strategy for building a multi-racial Religious Right: using attacks on gay rights and abortion as a wedge between African American churchgoers and their political allies in the civil rights and progressive communities.
Jackson pushes that wedge hard, denouncing abortion as “black genocide” and decrying what he calls the “hijacking” of the civil rights movement by Satan-inspired gay-rights activists who he says have declared war on the church and religious liberty. Jackson has little patience for Christians who don’t recognize that the nation is in the midst of a culture war, with the church under ferocious attack.
Jackson works hard to come across as polite and reasonable on mainstream media, but takes a different tone in his column, on conservative Christian media, and when speaking to Religious Right audiences. When he’s on friendly turf, he is fond of the rhetoric of warfare. He told a Values Voter Summit crowd that they were “the Navy Seals of the Christian movement” and the conference they were attending was “boot camp.” At a Pentecostal conference in Virginia in 2007, Jackson railed against hate crimes legislation, shouting that “God’s looking for a SWAT team …. He’s looking for a team of Holy Ghost terrorists!”
Jackson, who gets a laugh at conservative gatherings reassuring white attendees that he’s the “other Jackson,” i.e. not Jesse, is blunt in his attacks on African American leaders he disagrees with. Just before the 2006 elections, in a piece titled “Raped or Represented: An Open Letter to Black Americans,” he wrote, “For the last few years, I have had a mental image of many of our popular black leaders shuffling into smoke-filled back rooms and receiving ‘twenty pieces of silver’ in exchange for the black community’s vote.” He wrote that “Some of the most well-known black civil rights organizations have sold out the black community” by supporting laws to protect gays from discrimination on the job. In his 2008 book with Tony Perkins, he accused the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights coalition of being “co-opted by the radical gay movement.” (p 165) And just last fall, he charged that the NAACP had abandoned the black family by supporting marriage equality. He also slammed the NAACP on Inspiration TV, saying it is “crazy” to say gay marriage is a civil right.
Jackson says that the “threat to marriage” and the broader assault on Judeo Christian values “have prompted a powerful new conversation between white and black evangelicals” and forged relationships that “are in part fueling the transformation of the conservative evangelical movement.” Indeed, he celebrates the passage of anti-gay amendments in 2008 as the hope for the future of the Religious Right:
“The black and Hispanic vote for marriage amendments around the country, despite their overwhelming support for Barack Obama, demonstrates that there is hope for conservatives to make huge inroads into minority communities. A new breed of minority voter is emerging that can be reached with the right message.”
Jackson and Friends
Religious Right leaders have long dreamed of forging lasting political alliances with socially conservative African American Christians. More than a decade ago, then-Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed launched the Samaritan Project, an effort to build working relationships with African American churches around issues like school vouchers. Many clergy looked askance at Religious Right leaders’ record on civil rights and economic issues, and the Samaritan Project fizzled.
More recently, Religious Right leaders have turned to conservative African American clergy to help lead attacks on gay rights, especially on marriage equality but also on hate crimes legislation and laws to protect against anti-gay discrimination on the job. Jackson has been willing and eager to play that role, denouncing those efforts as threats to the church and the black family.
It’s useful to the Religious Right to have African American pastors at the forefront of their anti-gay campaigns. It puts equality activists in the position of challenging black pastors who are accusing them of “hijacking” the civil rights movement. And it gives people opposed to equality for gay Americans assurance that their prejudice is acceptable, not something akin to racism. And it is particularly useful to the Right to elevate someone who so readily denounces traditional civil rights leaders and organizations as well as gay-rights groups.
Jackson’s profile has been boosted significantly by his alliance with Religious Right leaders James Dobson, Tony Perkins, and Lou Sheldon. They’ve invited him into insider leadership circles like the Arlington Group. They’ve made him a regular speaker at Religious Right events, where he builds his public profile and raises money from white evangelicals. At a Values Voter Summit he told white evangelicals something they don’t hear very often – the notion that racism is a continuing reality in America and it’s their responsibility to do something about it. He told the whites in the room that the olive branch of peace has to be put forward by white churches: “If you don’t do it, the blacks aren’t coming.”
Jackson is also on the board of The Call, an organization that mobilizes evangelical youth and which waded deeply into politics last year with a national rally on the National Mall and a pro-Prop. 8 stadium rally in California. He told journalist Michelangeo Signorile last fall that he serves on the board of the National Association of Evangelicals. He was among the participants at a three-day conference “commemorating the 400th anniversary of the settlement of Jamestown as evidence of America’s heritage as a ‘Christian nation.’”
Gays as the Enemy
Jackson was an active supporter of anti-gay ballot initiatives in 2008. He took part in conference calls designed to rally conservative pastors to support Proposition 8 in California. And he spent time on the ground in Florida, mobilizing support for Amendment 2. “There is a national agenda by the homosexual lobby to break down and redefine the family,” he said in an Amendment 2 press release. “If we do not protect marriage now, then their agenda will advance and we will face a threat to our religious freedom to preach the full truth of God’s word on issues like this.” On a Larry King Live discussion after the passage of Proposition 8, he said that “There’s been a hijacking of the civil rights movement by the radical gay movement,” and said to a gay activist on the show, “you can’t equate your sin with my skin.”
According to journalist Sarah Posner, Jackson was ordained not by one of the nation’s traditional African American denominations, but by Wellington Boone’s Fellowship of International Churches. Boone is among the most extreme of the anti-gay African Americans that Religious Right groups have embraced for their anti-gay positions. During the Family Research Council’s “Liberty Sunday” event in Massachusetts in 2006, Boone charged gay rights activists with the “rape” of the civil rights movement and spoke approvingly of colonial era laws making homosexual behavior a crime punishable by death.
Jackson insists that he’s not anti-gay, and often works hard to sound reasonable. He repeatedly told reporters last year that his effort to pass anti-marriage initiatives last year was not an attack on gays but based on his concern that “redefining” marriage could make it extinct in the African American community. But it’s awfully hard to square Jackson’s assertions that he’s not anti-gay with his repeated accusations that gays are Satan-inspired enemies of religious freedom who have “hijacked” the civil rights movement and are out to shut down the church in America.
Gays as satanic: Shortly before the 2004 election, Jackson outlined a strategy for defeating the “gay agenda,” writing, “Gays have been at the helm of a fourfold strategy for years, but the wisdom behind their spiritual, cultural, political, and generational tactics is clearly satanic.” In 2007, he blamed the advance of hate crimes legislation on the fact that “the authority of the evil one in the nation has continued to ascend and get stronger and bolder.” And at the Jamestown celebration that year, he said, “And so what we are dealing with is an insidious intrusion of the Devil to try to cut off the voice of the church, and I for one am not going to let that happen.”
Gays as enemies of religious liberty: Jackson is a tireless proponent of the falsehood that gay-rights advocates are eager to shut down churches’ and pastors’ freedom to preach against homosexuality. He argues that most items on gay rights supporters’ policy agenda – including anti-discrimination legislation, hate crimes laws, and marriage equality – are all dire threats to that freedom. One of his columns, in fact, was titled, “Why Do Gays Hate Religious Freedom?”
In 2007, Jackson also organized a group of African American pastors to sign a false and misleading newspaper ad that called the hate crimes bill a threat to free speech, freedom of conscience, and freedom of religion, and urged Senators, “Don’t Muzzle our Pulpits!”
Jackson told Christian Daystar television in 2007 that a “radical” gay element is trying to “overthrow the nation” and “close down every church in America.” That same year, he told the Washington Post that hate crimes legislation threatened to “muzzle the black church” and insisted, despite explicit First Amendment protections written into the bill, that “This law can be applied in the way that can keep the church from preaching the Gospel.” He told Christian TV viewers that the legislation represented a “huge danger” to the church and its freedom to speak, and falsely claimed that Christians witnessing to gays in California was already considered a hate crime. “You’re not going to be able to speak against gays.”
And more recently, on the April 21, 2009 broadcast of Janet Porter’s radio show, Jackson portrayed federal hate crimes legislation and marriage equality as “an assault on the gospel” and “one unified battle that is being brought to us by the radical gays.” It started, he said, with the repeal of sodomy laws, and “ultimately they want the ability, at the end of the day, is to stop the preaching of the gospel.”
Resisting public acceptance of gays
In 2006, Jackson wrote that the battle against “wide-spread acceptance of homosexuality” is a cause that can unite “all American families, black or white” and blamed the lack of activism on Capitol Hill on gay propaganda:
“The gay community, with the help of the liberal media, has worked strategically on a P.R. campaign to make Americans comfortable with homosexuality. From the slightly effeminate male assistant to the first gay marriage ceremony on television, American audiences have watched homosexual themes creep into their lives.”
In 2007, he wrote that “the battle concerning same-sex marriage and gay rights is just warming up in America. I am not willing just to give into the current cultural idiom which says ‘Gay is OK!’ There is just too much at stake.”
Meeting and Maligning
Jackson has demonstrated a willingness to talk with gay-rights supporters, but has a record of publicly trashing the meetings after the fact. He met in May 2008 with a group of people organized by the religious group Soulforce, which had organized gay families to attend a number of prominent conservative churches. In a video of his address to the group, Jackson says he believes everyone should be treated humanely and decries gay bloggers who call him a bigot. Jackson’s tone, however, was much different talking about the meeting in his Townhall column and on the Christian Broadcasting Network.
He wrote that deciding whether to meet with the Soulforce activists gave his church “a feeling akin to those of U.S. leaders who have to decide whether or not to negotiate with terrorists.” He told CBN that the gay community “has targeted the church as its ultimate arch-enemy” and claimed that he had gotten death threats from gay groups. He said there was nothing to fear from meeting with gay rights backers. “We need to believe that God will give us the heathen as our inheritance,” he said. “Jesus can win… those aggressive people to Christ.”
Many of our churches have had a “don’t-ask-don’t-tell” approach to gay members of congregations, choirs, and clergy. This means that openly gay behavior has not been condoned, but leaders in churches and denominations have not probed to identify or remove gay people. Often, rumors of gay activity outside of the church are overlooked as long as there are no incidents of solicitation or liaisons at church sponsored events…. In my view, the “don’t-ask-don’t-tell” approach to this problem is the height of hypocrisy. Politics may be the place for compromise and consensus. The Church, on the other hand, should be a place of conviction and truth. ….
Open to civil unions?
Last year, Jackson indicated at least twice that he would be open to considering some legal recognition and protection (though not marriage equality) for same-sex couples, which would put him at odds with his Religious Right allies. In the meeting with Soulforce activists, he said he would be willing to be part of a meeting to address some needs of gay couples, but not marriage itself. And in an October 2008 interview with gay journalist and radio host Michelangelo Signorile, Jackson said he would be open to “separating out” civil rights issues from marriage, and expressed a willingness to support domestic partnerships or civil unions. He wasn’t happy about it, but called it a “realistic” position given the gay rights movement’s advances. “I want to get away from attacking people,” he told Signorile. “I’m not trying to beat up on a group of people.” But in that same interview, Jackson said he was on the board of the National Association of Evangelicals, which just two months later purged longtime lobbyist and spokesman Richard Cizik when he expressed similar pro-civil union sentiments.
Back in Fighting Form on Marriage
Jackson was central to the Religious Right’s multi-racial outreach in last year’s anti-marriage equality ballot initiatives, and, as noted above, saw those victories as a roadmap for political conservative outreach into minority communities. This March, momentum suddenly shifted with a unanimous ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court that same-sex couples could not be denied the right to marry in that state, the legislature from Vermont overriding the governor’s veto of marriage equality legislation, and an initial move by the Council of the District of Columbia to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Jackson responded by announcing that his High Impact Leadership Coalition would set up a D.C. office and begin organizing among African American and Hispanic pastors.
“In November, we had three simultaneous, major victories. We saw that the church uniting around racial boundaries is what makes the difference. … When people who know the Lord know the issues, then we find people voting the right way.”
Picking a President
Jackson, who opposed the election of Barack Obama, began bad-mouthing Barack Obama and questioning the sincerity of his religious faith long before the Democratic nomination was settled. Like other Religious Right leaders, Jackson was no fan of John McCain. But he saw McCain as a much better choice than Barack Obama, especially after McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate.
In 2006, then-Senator Obama urged Democrats to “acknowledge the power of faith in Americans’ lives” and “compete for the support of Evangelicals and other churchgoers.” Jackson was unimpressed, calling Obama’s remarks “political” and disingenuous” and saying “I think this is politics as usual – that there’s not really sincerity behind this.” Jackson was angry that Sen. Obama would not support his efforts to pass a federal constitutional amendment banning marriage for same-sex couples.
And in October 2007, Jackson again questioned the sincerity of Obama’s faith and challenged his decision not to attend the Family Research Council’s “Washington Briefing” conference:
“Since you claim to be a born-again believer, Scripture clearly states we are considered to be a part of the same spiritual family. Obviously, we may not agree on everything, yet your sincerity now is suspect for many in light of your recent social stances and the disrespect you have shown to many conservative clergy members, myself included.
Senator Obama, this begs me to ask the question: Are you fearful of being rejected by fellow, Bible-believing Christians?”
In early 2008, Jackson weighed in on the Jeremiah Wright controversy, saying it was reasonable that Obama should “be judged because of the acts of his pastor” because
“Pastor Wright’s worldview and his understanding of race, culture, and religion of the Bible will in some measure affect how Barack Obama views the world. Only time will tell whether Obama’s life and message have been helped or handicapped by the ministry of Jeremiah Wright. If Obama says nothing else, many people will simply label him as a hypocrite who says one thing in public but acts differently behind closed doors. During the next few months it will be important for Obama to set the record straight concerning his faith.”
Jackson’s appeal to Christians not to vote for Obama extended to an ad produced by the right-wing group Let Freedom Ring. Jackson appeared along with Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., an anti-abortion and anti-marriage equality activist. Jackson didn’t mention Obama, but the message of the ad was clear:
“If we choose a candidate based on race we may choose people whose values are at odds with our own deeply held beliefs…This is the hour in which we need to trust the Bible and vote consistently with what the Bible says. We need to vote to change our culture based on the Word, not based on a party.”
Just before the election, God TV produced a pre-election special, which brought together “mainstream” Religious Right political leaders with fringier televangelists lesser known outside evangelical circles. Jackson argued that if Obama was elected, the nation would not have “chosen God’s best.” He also predicted that if Obama lost, there would be riots in Washington, DC.
A week after the 2008 election, an Associated Press article quoted some African American clergy who thought that right-wing attacks “on Obama’s religious beliefs and support for abortion rights crossed the line, hurting longtime efforts to reconcile their communities.” Jackson, however, “said questions about Obama’s more liberal reading of scripture was fair game….Many, many people question whether Barack Obama had been under a legitimate Christian leadership figure. I personally never ascribed any vitriolic character assassination to it.”
After the election, Jackson seemed to hope that some might not have noticed how aggressively he opposed Obama’s candidacy. He praised Obama’s selection of Pastor Rick Warren to give the inaugural invocation, saying, “What I like about his reaching out is even though the evangelical community characterized him in some ways as the anti-Christ and all kinds of things, he is going to try to find common ground.”
Reluctant McCain booster
Jackson was slow to warm up to John McCain. During the primaries, Jackson even suggested, a la Dobson, that if the Republicans ended up nominating someone not to evangelicals’ liking they might hold their nose and vote for him, but that a third-party option “is not out of the question as a long-term solution.”
In a May 2008 column, he was showing some hope, writing, “Although many Christians don’t want to acknowledge that we are in a cultural war, millions will gather to support a leader who champions our cause. Let’s ask McCain if he will rise to a challenge.” Later that month, though, when McCain distanced himself from right-wing televangelists John Hagee and Rod Parsley after media attention focused on their extremism, Jackson decried McCain’s “credibility gap” with evangelicals. “He sought them out in a pandering sort of way, and then he publicly ridiculed them.” Jackson touted Huckabee as a vice presidential pick, encouraging Bobby Jindal to “stay out of this.”
Later he mellowed, after viewing an interview initially broadcast on Trinity Broadcasting Network in which McCain talked about the role of religion in his life. In August 2008, Jackson was among those who watched a screening of the interview with McCain and some staff. “It was very clear in the TBN interview that he was saying he was one of us, one of the evangelical fold,” Jackson enthused. “This guy is not avoiding a discussion about his faith because he doesn’t have faith. It’s because he doesn’t want to merchandize his faith.” It was also in August that Jackson threatened that McCain’s potential selection of a pro-choice running mate would cost him the election.
Jackson joined other Religious Right leaders in rallying around McCain after the presidential forum at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church, in which McCain answered Warren’s series of social-conservative softballs with short answers that were exactly what the Religious Right wanted to hear. “I think that Senator McCain closed the deal,” Jackson said. “Many evangelicals will vote for him.”
Even though he had touted Huckabee, Jackson was pleased with the selection of Sarah Palin, which he told Charisma magazine “marks the fact that Charismatics have become mainstream” and whose candidacy he called “a watershed moment for our movement.”
Abortion as Genocide
Like other Religious Right leaders, Jackson says that legal abortion will bring the wrath of God on the nation. Jackson frequently refers to abortion as genocide directed against the African American community, and to Religious Right audiences he sometimes offers a mea culpa for not always having been as outspoken on the issue as he should have. At “The Call” on the National Mall in August 2008, Jackson argued that if American Christians don’t rise up to end abortion, the nation and the Black Church could come under the judgment of God, which would come in the form of dirty nuclear bombs, anthrax attacks, and an economy that goes into the toilet.
Jackson slammed the Black Church for saying abortion and marriage are Republican issues:
“You’ve let people murder the babies in your own homes…you’ve let womb hunters go into your community and rip out the unborn from the wombs of your people….God is about to bring judgment and justice to the pulpits of America. God is about to start with the black church.” He added, “we have got to, on our watch, defund Planned Parenthood in America…there’s got to be a concerted effort that we take Planned Parenthood out. They’ve put out a hit on all children, but they’ve set up themselves to put out a hit on black and Hispanic babies especially. It’s time that we take them out.”
At an August 2008 press conference with other Religious Right leaders, he denounced abortion as “black genocide” and “pandemic extermination” and warned that if McCain chose a pro-choice vice president it would be “tantamount to political suicide.” Last summer, Jackson was part of a contingent that protested the NAACP’s national convention over abortion.
Two weeks before the 2006 elections, Jackson minimized concerns about the thousands of people being killed in the war in Iraq by contrasting those deaths to the “genocidal murder” of “millions of black babies.”
Energy and the Environment and the Heresy of Saving the Earth
In 2007, Jackson was among a group of Religious Right leaders who urged the National Association of Evangelicals to dump its then-VP Governmental Affairs Richard Cizik based on his efforts to elevate environmental protection as an issue for politically active evangelicals. Jackson was taking the side of traditional Religious Right leaders like James Dobson, who thought that the emergence of environmentalism as a priority for evangelicals would detract from the goals of criminalizing abortion and defeating gay rights. Jackson saw the debate itself as part of a conspiracy by the media and liberal Christians to undermine “the historic passion that the ‘moral majority’ has had for the issues of protection of life and guarding the traditional family.” Jackson complained that “a host of enemies are attempting to prevent an evangelical resurrection. A sophisticated, pincer strategy is being waged against them by two groups––liberal Christians and the liberal press. Both groups fear that the sleeping giant will awaken with an attitude.”
In Private Faith, Public Policy, the book Jackson co-authored with Tony Perkins, the authors suggest that Christians can “lead the way in caring for the earth” by, for example, not littering. But they attack the credibility of scientists and activists concerned about global warming and say that environmentalists’ efforts to “save the planet” reflect a spiritual deception that God is not in charge. Jackson and Perkins include a handy chart — “God’s Warning vs. Global Warming” – highlighting that what scientists see as negative repercussions of global warming (extreme weather, famine, increasing civil disturbances, etc.) closely parallel with the Bible’s description of the end times.
In the New Testament, Jesus Himself actually has something to say about the changes in the weather and our environment. Although He does not mention global warming directly, He does help us perhaps understand the role disruptions in our weather patterns may play in the days leading up to his return….It’s possible that the End-Times signs that Jesus referred to were part of God’s warning the world of His imminent return. This declaration is not meant to be fatalistic; it is meant to alert us to the fact that we are entering into “crunch time” or the last phase of the game….Did you notice that what Jesus warned would occur in the last days is almost identical to what some global warming theorists are saying is going to happen?
In 2008, Jackson became a public face, along with Niger Innis of the Council of Racial Equality, for a pro-oil-drilling Astroturf campaign that denounced environmentalists as “elitists” waging a “War on the Poor.” The gist of the campaign, funded by Americans for American Energy, was to pressure members of Congress to support expanded drilling because not doing so contributed to high energy prices. Participants in a Jackson-Innis press conference chanted, “Stop the War on the Poor.” Sen. Orrin Hatch even plugged the campaign, reading part of Jackson’s statement into the Congressional Record:
“I am a registered Democrat, but this has nothing to do with partisan politics. Unless the public understands that there are specific people and organizations that are fueling this war against the poor, nothing will change and the poor will continue to suffer. We will unmask those behind this war regardless of their political party or ideology. Party labels and partisan ideologies are meaningless when it comes to protecting the lives of America’s most vulnerable citizens
Abstinence and AIDS
Journalist Max Blumenthal reported in January that Jackson joined conservative leaders, including Chuck Colson and Rick Warren, and members of Congress in February 2008 to successfully shut down an effort led by Congressman Tom Lantos to lift the abstinence-only earmark imposed on the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) by Republicans in 2002.
In 2006, Jackson argued that immigrants take jobs from African Americans. And in January 2007, he complained that immigration enforcement was too lenient on Hispanics relative to African immigrants and said “I personally plan to help mobilize the evangelical Christian movement, including the black church, to take an anti-amnesty stand while vigorously protecting our borders.” His book with Perkins encourages compassion for illegal immigrants but also calls for the government to embrace a new constitutional interpretation that would deny citizenship to children born here to parents who are undocumented immigrants.
Jackson talks about his experience receiving an experimental cancer treatment and says that under a “nationalized” health plan he would be dead. In his 2008 book with Perkins, Jackson slams the health care proposal of John Edwards, favoring Republican “free-market” approaches, though they recognize the need for some plan to help low-income people have access to care.
Jackson entered the national political scene in 2004 and has steadily increased his profile since then. (See the appendix for a selected timeline of his political activities.) What’s next for Jackson? In October of last year, Jackson told radio host Michelangelo Signorile that he was going to pull back from politics after this election and focus on his church. But it sure doesn’t look that way.
In December, Jackson joined a group of Religious Right leaders who had worked for Obama’s defeat, and who despite having no discernable expertise in terrorism, asked to meet with him “on a unified agenda to produce an enduring national consensus in support of policies designed to defeat Islamist terrorism.”
January found Jackson in Salt Lake City for the latest salvo in the bogus war on “The War on the Poor” – this time he was bashing Robert Redford on the eve of the Sundance Film Festival as an enemy of poor people for opposing expanded oil drilling.
Also in January, Jackson warned that Obama’s election meant better odds for passage of hate crimes legislation that would be “grounds for a kind of harassment that, I believe, will bring about a cooling of our biblically based messages.” He issued a challenge to Christians: “Now is not the time to be silent. Now is the time to lift our voice.”
In February, Jackson took to the airwaves to let the nation know he was “outraged” by the comments of Attorney General Eric Holder about Americans being a “nation of cowards” when it comes to talking about race. He told The 700 Club’s audience that Holder was demonstrating his attention to expand affirmative action and “push the homosexual agenda.”
On March 9, Jackson addressed the 30th Annual Maryland March for Life, which was protesting
against pro-choice legislation and the nomination of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Jackson organized and promoted an April 28 rally outside the D.C. Council to protest the Council’s recent moves toward recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states.
He’s a scheduled speaker at the Family Research Council’s May 20-22 “Watchmen on the Wall” briefing for pastors.
All this doesn’t seem to add up to someone who’s pulling back from politics. In fact, in a recent column, on March 30, Jackson seems to be offering himself to the movement:
During the last few weeks, there has been much discussion about the future of the evangelical movement and its impact on the American culture. For years, prophets of doom have been busy telling the world that the evangelical movement is dead or dying. This year as President Obama’s administration has shifted the nation’s stance on embryonic stem cell research and abortion, many in the faith community have justifiably become concerned. Further, RNC Chairman Steele’s decision to lower his personal and his party’s vocalization of socially conservative issues, such as protecting the life of the unborn and preservation of traditional marriage, has left many evangelicals feeling abandoned by both parties.
What’s next for evangelicals? It seems to me that evangelicals are on the verge of finding their collective voice in a very new way. In the future evangelicals will seek to be more of a swing vote, placing pressure on both parties to advance a theologically conservative and fiscally conservative agenda. They will base these stances on a combination of biblical orthodoxy and common sense. The conservative movement would do well to attempt to re-build bridges behind the scenes with mature and developing evangelical leadership – especially in minority communities.
Wonder if he has anyone in mind.
Appendix: A Brief Tour of Harry Jackson’s Five Years in National Politics
Jackson kicked off his entry into national politics with a bang, declaring that God had told him to help George W. Bush get reelected. On an Elijah Ministries video, Jackson told an interviewer that “the Lord has spoken to me to go around the country and trumpet that fact that, because of these issues of righteousness and justice, we must vote for George Bush.” According to journalist Bill Berkowitz, Jackson traced his support for Bush to a January 2004 meeting with members of the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders (ACPE), a group of Pentecostal church leaders.
After that election, according to journalist Sarah Posner, Jackson was among about a dozen ministers invited by James Dobson to an exclusive December 2004 meeting to discuss the divide between white and black evangelical churches; also included was Ohio-based televangelist Rod Parsley, Jackson has said Bush would not have been reelected without Parsley’s efforts to mobilize anti-gay voters.
Also in 2004, Jackson co-authored High Impact African American Churches with Christian marketer George Barna.
In early 2005, with the Traditional Values Coalition’s Lou Sheldon and then-RNC Chair Ken Mehlman by his side, Jackson launched his High Impact Leadership Coalition and released the “Black Contract with America on Moral Values.”2 In a video pitch for the Contract, Jackson says it was intended to bring the black and white church together to “change the way America does business politically.” In other words, says Jackson, “The Kingdom of God has come. And Jesus has not come to take sides. He has come to take over.”
In July, Jackson was part of a group of African American religious leaders invited to the White House to meet with Bush. Jackson told the Washington Post afterward that he was impressed with the president’s efforts to “increase Black homeownership, to extend more funding to faith-based social service agencies and to increase funding to slow the spread of AIDS in Africa.” Said Jackson, “People who are skeptical about the Republicans don’t realize the sincerity of their outreach effort,” Jackson said.
Jackson was a featured speaker at Religious Right events promoting George Bush’s judicial nominees and claiming that opposition to their confirmation was an effort by liberal senators to keep conservative Christians out of public life. At “Justice Sunday” he complained that “Black churches are too concerned with justice” and he participated in “Justice Sunday II” – designed to push for the confirmation of right-wing Bush administration judges. He joined Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist at a rally supporting the use of the “nuclear option” to do away with the filibuster in order to confirm Judge Janice Rogers Brown.
In 2006, Jackson was busy working to elect Republicans to office, saying:
As a black evangelical, I’ve had to think about the unpleasant prospect of a Democratically-controlled House and Senate. If the Democrats are in power, the following problems will occur: 1) There will be no protection of traditional marriage, 2) Abortion-on-demand will be encouraged, 3) Religious freedoms will be attacked.
His efforts were not very successful. As part of “Clergy for Blackwell,” he backed the doomed gubernatorial campaign of former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell. Blackwell had won the lasting gratitude of the GOP and Religious Right for backing a 2004 anti-gay initiative and hindering minority voter registration, but was clobbered at the polls.
Jackson’s biggest political project was on behalf of Michael Steele’s run for the U.S. Senate from Maryland, where Jackson lives. Jackson organized gatherings around the state where Steele could meet African American pastors. According to a news report, “the High Impact Leadership Coalition had joined with the Maryland Catholic Conference, Maryland Right to Life and the Association of Maryland Families to spend about $70,000 for [pro-Steele] ads — mostly on the radio in Baltimore and Prince George’s County until the Nov. 7 general election.”
Before the election, Jackson asserted boldly that “The Maryland race for the U.S. Senate will once and for all answer the question: Can a black man really be a successful Republican?” He gushed that “Steele’s credentials, credibility, and charisma speak of greatness” and predicted that the Senate could be a stepping stone to the vice presidency.
Jackson was undaunted by the loss, saying that Steele’s campaign was “proof positive” that black mega-church pastors were reachable. “His candidacy also showed that key black pastors have no problem standing against Democratic Party norms on clearly articulated moral policy issues,” Jackson wrote. “At the height of the campaign, pastors of 19,000, 11,000, and 5,000 member churches personally endorsed Michael Steele. In addition, these same leaders took to the air waves in a get-out-the-vote campaign that put their faces and voices on TV and radio in our region.”
He tried to put the best spin on the overall results of the 2006 election, which brought Democrats into the majority in both Houses of Congress.
My first thought about the election was very simplistic: American’s [sic] have abandoned God’s agenda. In my mind, both parties were to blame to some extent. I felt taken for granted by the Republicans and ignored by the Democrats. On the other hand, the scriptures declared that God puts governmental leaders in power … Therefore, I eventually concluded that God intends to use the current political “dream team,” even if it feels like a hellish nightmare.
Like other Religious Right leaders who saw their own credibility challenged by their close relationship with the tanking GOP during the second Bush administration, Jackson sought to regain credibility with attacks on George W. Bush for, among other things, not pushing passage of an amendment to write a ban on same-sex couples marrying into the U.S. Constitution. He complained that the Republican Party had control of the White House and Congress and dropped the ball. “They wanted to pimp us.”
In 2007, Jackson made a major splash with his full-page newspaper ad featuring African Aemrican pastors claiming that the Mathew Shepard Act – the federal hate crimes bill – would muzzle pastors and undermine religious freedom.
Later that year, he complained in “An Open Letter to the Christian Community” that people weren’t taking seriously his sky-is-falling claims about religious liberty being threatened in America:
This past year I have spent countless hours writing about [the] problem of the government encroaching upon our religious liberties. I have been shocked that many Christians just don’t seem to grasp the fact that we are in [a] very sophisticated power struggle. We don’t seem to want [to] accept that there is an all-out assault against Christians being waged in the legislature, teamed with the mainstream media.
Two of the four threats Jackson cited were gay-related: federal hate crimes legislation and the Employment Non Discrimination Act. Also on his list was the Fairness Doctrine, a favorite pseudo-threat of right-wing and Religious Right broadcasters, and Sen. Grassley’s request for financial records from six prominent televangelists.
In March, Jackson and the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins released a co-authored book, “Personal Faith, Public Policy.” They pitched the book as evidence that evangelical Christians care about more than gays and abortion – and talk about what they say is a Biblically grounded approach to a range of policy questions, but they also say it is important for the movement to keep as its top priorities “the sanctity of human life, the preservation of marriage, and the defense of our Christian faith.” In the book, they say “the mortar that has kept the religious Right together and strong is the agreement that, come what may, the Word of God is infallible and inerrant, making it the final word on all matters of life and policy.” [emphasis added]
Jackson’s efforts to mobilize support for anti-gay ballot measures were successful. His effort to convince a large number of African American Christians to vote against Barack Obama was not.
As the final section of the report makes clear, Jackson shows no sign of slowing down. He continues his media appearances, his column, his participation in major Religious Right events, and his anti-gay organizing.
1. Anytime Jackson stands at a podium, appears before a camera, or shows up in a news article, he’s likely to identify himself as a “registered Democrat.” But he’s admitted that’s basically a ploy to give him credibility when attacking Obama or pushing Republicans:
I voted for President Bush, but here in Maryland—a primarily Democratic state—in order to vote in the primaries that affect the election, you need to be a Democrat. That’s where I started. Over time, however, I’ve found that I have very little in common with the Democratic Party in terms of national moral values issues. Still, being able to say I’m a registered Democrat disarms many of the people who want to write me off as an “Oreo” or an “Uncle Tom.”
2. Items in Jackson’s contract include marriage, wealth creation, education, prison reform, intervention in Sudan, and healthcare reform. Jackson addresses some of these issues in the 2008 book he co-authored with Tony Perkins, and is part of an evangelical group calling for action in Darfur, but his public advocacy has focused most intensely on prohibiting same-sex couples from getting married.
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Don’t say we haven’t been forewarned!
Thought police muscle up in Britain
Hal G. P. Colebatch | April 21, 2009 The Australian
Britain appears to be evolving into the first modern soft totalitarian state. As a sometime teacher of political science and international law, I do not use the term totalitarian loosely.
There are no concentration camps or gulags but there are thought police with unprecedented powers to dictate ways of thinking and sniff out heresy, and there can be harsh punishments for dissent.
Nikolai Bukharin claimed one of the Bolshevik Revolution’s principal tasks was “to alter people’s actual psychology”. Britain is not Bolshevik, but a campaign to alter people’s psychology and create a new Homo britannicus is under way without even a fig leaf of disguise.
The Government is pushing ahead with legislation that will criminalise politically incorrect jokes, with a maximum punishment of up to seven years’ prison. The House of Lords tried to insert a free-speech amendment, but Justice Secretary Jack Straw knocked it out. It was Straw who previously called for a redefinition of Englishness and suggested the “global baggage of empire” was linked to soccer violence by “racist and xenophobic white males”. He claimed the English “propensity for violence” was used to subjugate Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and that the English as a race were “potentially very aggressive”.
In the past 10 years I have collected reports of many instances of draconian punishments, including the arrest and criminal prosecution of children, for thought-crimes and offences against political correctness.
Countryside Restoration Trust chairman and columnist Robin Page said at a rally against the Government’s anti-hunting laws in Gloucestershire in 2002: “If you are a black vegetarian Muslim asylum-seeking one-legged lesbian lorry driver, I want the same rights as you.” Page was arrested, and after four months he received a letter saying no charges would be pressed, but that: “If further evidence comes to our attention whereby your involvement is implicated, we will seek to initiate proceedings.” It took him five years to clear his name.
Page was at least an adult. In September 2006, a 14-year-old schoolgirl, Codie Stott, asked a teacher if she could sit with another group to do a science project as all the girls with her spoke only Urdu. The teacher’s first response, according to Stott, was to scream at her: “It’s racist, you’re going to get done by the police!” Upset and terrified, the schoolgirl went outside to calm down. The teacher called the police and a few days later, presumably after officialdom had thought the matter over, she was arrested and taken to a police station, where she was fingerprinted and photographed. According to her mother, she was placed in a bare cell for 3 1/2 hours. She was questioned on suspicion of committing a racial public order offence and then released without charge. The school was said to be investigating what further action to take, not against the teacher, but against Stott. Headmaster Anthony Edkins reportedly said: “An allegation of a serious nature was made concerning a racially motivated remark. We aim to ensure a caring and tolerant attitude towards pupils of all ethnic backgrounds and will not stand for racism in any form.”
A 10-year-old child was arrested and brought before a judge, for having allegedly called an 11-year-old boya “Paki” and “bin Laden” during a playground argument at a primary school (the other boy had called him a skunk and a Teletubby). When it reached the court the case had cost taxpayers pound stg. 25,000. The accused was so distressed that he had stopped attending school. The judge, Jonathan Finestein, said: “Have we really got to the stage where we are prosecuting 10-year-old boys because of political correctness? There are major crimes out there and the police don’t bother to prosecute. This is nonsense.”
Finestein was fiercely attacked by teaching union leaders, as in those witch-hunt trials where any who spoke in defence of an accused or pointed to defects in the prosecution were immediately targeted as witches and candidates for burning.
Hate-crime police investigated Basil Brush, a puppet fox on children’s television, who had made a joke about Gypsies. The BBC confessed that Brush had behaved inappropriately and assured police that the episode would be banned.
A bishop was warned by the police for not having done enough to “celebrate diversity”, the enforcing of which is now apparently a police function. A Christian home for retired clergy and religious workers lost a grant because it would not reveal to official snoopers how many of the residents were homosexual. That they had never been asked was taken as evidence of homophobia.
Muslim parents who objected to young children being given books advocating same-sex marriage and adoption at one school last year had their wishes respected and the offending material withdrawn. This year, Muslim and Christian parents at another school objecting to the same material have not only had their objections ignored but have been threatened with prosecution if they withdraw their children.
There have been innumerable cases in recent months of people in schools, hospitals and other institutions losing their jobs because of various religious scruples, often, as in the East Germany of yore, not shouted fanatically from the rooftops but betrayed in private conversations and reported to authorities. The crime of one nurse was to offer to pray for a patient, who did not complain but merely mentioned the matter to another nurse. A primary school receptionist, Jennie Cain, whose five-year-old daughter was told off for talking about Jesus in class, faces the sack for seeking support from her church. A private email from her to other members of the church asking for prayers fell into the hands of school authorities.
Permissiveness as well as draconianism can be deployed to destroy socially accepted norms and values. The Royal Navy, for instance, has installed a satanist chapel in a warship to accommodate the proclivities of a satanist crew member. “What would Nelson have said?” is a British newspaper cliche about navy scandals, but in this case seems a legitimate question. Satanist paraphernalia is also supplied to prison inmates who need it.
This campaign seems to come from unelected or quasi-governmental bodies controlling various institutions, which are more or less unanswerable to electors, more than it does directly from the Government, although the Government helps drive it and condones it in a fudged and deniable manner.
Any one of these incidents might be dismissed as an aberration, but taken together – and I have only mentioned a tiny sample; more are reported almost every day – they add up to a pretty clear picture.
Hal G. P. Colebatch’s Blair’s Britain was chosen as a book of the year by The Spectator in 1999.
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I’m with Lt. Col. Patterson on this. I believe Obama knew before hand and approved the flying of Air Force One over Manhattan. Why? Because doing so is consistent with a pathological narcissist:
- He only thinks of himself.
- He has no empathy for the panic that New Yorkers would feel.
- He is grandiose and thinks he’s king of the world.
It just never occurred to either Obama or his staff that they could have gotten the same results by photo-shopping?
Did president approve buzzing New York?
Air Force officer: ‘It shows a kind of arrogance’
Posted: April 30, 2009
By Andrea Shea King
An Air Force officer who served in the Clinton White House and for two years carried the “nuclear football” briefcase of codes says it’s almost certain that the “highest levels” of the Obama administration knew about and approved this week’s stunt in which Air Force One buzzed New York City.
Retired Lt. Col. Buzz Patterson served in Clinton’s White House from 1996 to 1998 and was responsible for the president’s “emergency satchel,” the black bag of nuclear codes that accompanies the president at all times. He wrote “Reckless Disregard” and “Dereliction of Duty” after his retirement from the military.
During an interview on “The Andrea Shea King Show” last night, he said, “I can’t imagine that anyone who works in the Air Force thought that was a good idea. I have worked in the White House and having worked for the Military Office, with the guys at Andrews Air Force Base and the ground crews, that (decision) had to come down from on high.”
Among the procedures with which he became familiar during his work with Clinton were those involving the preparation of the president’s 747 jet for flight.
“It defies my belief that the White House staff did not know they were launching the 747 to go up and do this. So it had to come down from the White House. It wouldn’t have been done on behalf of the folks at Andrews (Air Force Base). It would have been done at the direction of the White House,” he said.
Patterson said the low-flying escapade over Manhattan clearly was not an oversight. “The White House Military Office director is the Obama appointee – Caldera in this particular situation. So, he got the notification, he got the direction from somebody – I’m guessing Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff would probably be the person behind this.”
Does that mean the president also knew?
“I’m guessing he probably did. Did Emanuel know about it? I guarantee you he did. It did not come from the Andrews folks. It came from on high,” Patterson said.
He said the stunt reveals the judgment level in the Obama White House.
“I think that it shows you… quite clearly the lack of knowledge, the lack of focus or the understanding the Obama White House has toward the military, much like my former boss President Bill Clinton. I think it also shows a kind of arrogance to using toys – I’m sure that would be a phrase President Obama might use, his ‘toys’ – to get photo op shots around New York City and not recall or remember what happened on 9/11 and the fact that it might have caused some alarm. And I think really, it shows again a hundred days, a hundred mistakes with the Obama administration.”
Patterson explained the process that would have had to take place to get the jumbo jet in the air.
“The White House Military Office would have called the presidential pilot office at Andrews and said, ‘We want to get this airplane airborne. We want to get some photo ops over New York City. We want to get some photos with the statue of Liberty in the background or the Empire State Building or whatever, and we’ll have a couple of aircraft with it taking pictures of the airplane with the background of New York City. And that’s what happened,” he said.
Though Patterson believes the responsibility for the flights estimated to cost more than $300,000 resides at the highest levels, Military Office Director Louis Caldera has accepted the responsibility. In a statement released Wednesday, Caldera said: “Last week, I approved a mission over New York. I take responsibility for that decision. While federal authorities took the proper steps to notify state and local authorities in New York and New Jersey, it’s clear that the mission created confusion and disruption. I apologize and take responsibility for any distress that flight caused.”
But Patterson isn’t buying it.
“No doubt Caldera is taking the hit for this… that’s kind of how the Obama administration works, much like the Clinton administration – they have to push this down to the lowest level that it’ll actually stick. So they had to push this down to ‘Who can we cut loose?’ And I guarantee you he’ll be fired within the next week or two. This façade of an investigation and a review of what happened will end up on his desktop and he’ll be fired. … But it probably wasn’t his fault. It probably came from above, and he was the person, the lackey, executing the orders to do this. He called Andrews and the Andrews Wing Commander got involved and the president’s pilot squadron got involved and so this thing happened. So he’ll probably be the guy that’s the scapegoat.”
Patterson currently flies for a carrier on a route crossing the nation.
“I fly an airplane out of Los Angeles into New York City all the time. I fly a large airplane. In NYC airspace at any point in time, especially during the day during normal waking hours to fly over the city like at that low level, it’s almost impossible to coordinate with the FAA. So there was a lot of coordination done on this, a lot of advance legwork and groundwork done on this.”
“It boggles my mind because when I fly into New York City, we have to stay on this straight and narrow path that you cannot deviate virtually by feet, and here’s a 747 that’s got the approval to fly all over the city at low level and again, scare the people of New York. It just defies description,” he said.
“I can’t imagine as a pilot, and an Air Force officer and a former Clinton administration official, I can’t imagine who thought that was a good idea!”
It’s just the latest evidence of mistaken judgment, he said.
“The releasing of the CIA interrogation stuff, which is a farce; the fact that he flies to Iowa on Earth Day in a 747 to talk about saving and preserving our resources and fuel; the fact that he launches an empty airplane to New York City for a photo op; this is exactly out of the playbook of President Bill Clinton in my time at the White House. It’s remarkably and scarily similar,” Patterson said.
“I think that they are – much like the Clinton administration – incredibly ignorant and devoid of reality when it comes to this country. They didn’t even think about the impact this might have, because they don’t understand that the war on terror is a real war on terror. They’ve changed the verbiage. They’ve changed the terms,” he said.
“The fact that they would fly a large airplane over a city that was attacked on 9/11 and the response of the people of New York was obviously 180 from what the Obama people thought. They just assumed there’d be no reaction because they don’t feel there’s a threat out there? They don’t understand that this country is still at war with terrorists and with the people who want to change our way of life. Instead, we’re shaking hands with Hugo Chavez; we’re shaking hands and brushing up with Hamas and Iran. We’re doing all these things that the Bush administration never would have even considered imaginable. So I think it shows not only arrogance, but more importantly, more troublingly to me, it shows that they’re just out of touch.
“I find it incredible with our current economic situation that we’re flying 747s empty anywhere in the country, much less for a photo op. And again, they’re so wantonly careless about this,” he said.
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“From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” The phrase summarizes the principles of a system where every person should contribute to society to the best of his ability and consume from society in proportion to his needs, regardless of how much he has contributed. It is a quote form Karl Marx and the system is communism. This song (Born Again American) uses Christian language and ideas to promote socialism leaning to communism. Think about this…
Teaching Socialism/Communism to our youth is an important lesson. See below for a perfect example.
An economics professor at Texas Tech said he had never failed a single student before but had, once, failed an entire class. That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.
The professor then said ok, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism. All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.
After the first test the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. But, as the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too; so they studied little. The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around the average was an F. The scores never increased as bickering, blame, name calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.
All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great; but when government takes all the reward away; no one will try or want to succeed.
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Please take this very seriously as these people could undermine all that we are trying to accomplish.
A message from Dee to all members of ACTION ALERT E-Mail Tree on The Patriotic Resistance!
It appears there are people who are “national tea party organizers’ who are planning on meeting with Obama to discuss ‘health care and social security’. Say WHAT??? This is an event orchestrated by the Obama team and could do us much more harm than good. So, all, we need to let the ‘national planners’ know they don’t speak for us and should not attend!
Here is the article’s website:
I just joined and added my comment…please all do the same. If you can think of one positive thing about a meeting where the agenda is not ours, but Obama’s please share your ideas with all members.
Keep fighting the good fight. It does appear we are getting their attention!
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Submitted by GiovanniWorld west coast editor, Eowyn.
The next time any Progressive Fascist wants to deny that we are not a Nation whereby our laws are born of Faith, simply show them the list below.
While I’m at it… how come non-believers will tell you to “go to hell”? Think about it.
Alabama 1901, Preamble We the people of the State of Alabama , invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution..
Delaware 1897, Preamble Through Divine Goodness all men have, by nature, the rights of worshipping and serving their Creator according to the dictates of their consciences.
Florida 1885, Preamble We, the people of the State of Florida , grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty, establish this Constitution…
Georgia 1777, Preamble We, the people of Georgia , relying upon protection and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution…
Hawaii 1959, Preamble We , the people of Hawaii , Grateful for Divine Guidance … Establish this Constitution.
Idaho 1889, Preamble We, the people of the State of Idaho , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings.
Illinois 1870, Preamble We, the people of the State of Illinois, grateful to Almighty God for the civil , political and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.
Indiana 1851, Preamble We, the People of the State of Indiana , grateful to Almighty God for the free exercise of the right to choose our form of government.
Iowa 1857, Preamble We, the People of the St ate of Iowa , grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of these blessings, establish this Constitution.
Kansas 1859, Preamble We, the people of Kansas , grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious privileges establish this Constitution.
Kentucky 1891, Preamble. We, the people of the Commonwealth are grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties..
Louisiana 1921, Preamble We, the people of the State of Louisiana, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties we enjoy.
Maine 1820, Preamble We the People of Maine acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity .. And imploring His aid and direction.
Maryland 1776, Preamble We, the people of the state of Maryland, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberty…
Massachusetts 1780, Preamble We…the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great Legislator of the Universe In the course of His Providence, an opportunity and devoutly imploring His direction …..
Michigan 1908, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Michigan , grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom, establish this Constitution.
Minnesota, 1857, Preamble We, the people of the State of Minnesota, grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings:
Mississippi 1890, Preamble We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and invoking His blessing on our work.
Missouri 1845, Preamble We, the people of Missouri, with profound reverence for theSupreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His goodness . Establish this Constitution…
Montana 1889, Preamble. We, the people of Montana , grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty establish this Constitution ….
Nebraska 1875, Preamble We, the people, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom . Establish this Constitution.
Nevada 1864, Preamble We the people of the State of Nevada, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, establish this Constitution…
New Hampshire 1792, Part I. Art. I. Sec. V Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience.
New Jersey 1844, Preamble We, the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty God for civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.
New Mexico 1911, Preamble We, the People of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty..
New York 1846, Preamble We, the people of the State of New York, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings.
North Carolina 1868, Preamble We the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for our civil, political, and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those…
North Dakota 1889, Preamble We , the people of North Dakota , grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, do ordain…
Ohio 1852, Preamble We the people of the state of Ohio, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and to promote our common.
Oklahoma 1907, Preamble Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessings of liberty, establish this
Oregon 1857, Bill of Rights, Article I Section 2. All men shall be secure in the Natural right, to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their consciences
Pennsylvania 1776, Preamble We, the people of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance….
Rhode Island 1842, Preamble. We the People of the State of Rhode Island grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing…
South Carolina, 1778, Preamble We, the people of he State of South Carolina grateful to God for our liberties, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
South Dakota 1889, Preamble We, the people of South Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties …
Tennessee 1796, Art. XI.III. That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their conscience…
Texas 1845, Preamble We the People of the Republic of Texas , acknowledging, with gratitude, the grace and beneficence of God.
Utah 1896, Preamble Grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty, we establish this Constitution.
Vermont 1777, Preamble Whereas all government ought to enable the individuals who compose it to enjoy their natural rights, and other blessings which the Author of Existence has bestowed on man …
Virginia 1776, Bill of Rights, XVI Religion, or the Duty which we owe our Creator can be directed only by Reason and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian Forbearance, Love and Charity towards each other
Washington 1889, Preamble We the People of the State of Washington , grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution
West Virginia 1872, Preamble Since through Divine Providence we enjoy the blessings of civil, political and religious liberty, we, the people of West Virginia reaffirm our faith in and constant reliance upon God …..
Wisconsin 1848, Preamble We, the people of Wisconsin , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, domestic tranquility…
Wyoming 1890, Preamble We, the people of the State of Wyoming , grateful to God for our civil, political, and religious liberties, establish this Constitution
After reviewing acknowledgments of God from all 50 state constitutions, one is faced with the prospect that maybe, the ACLU and the out-of-control federal courts are wrong! If you found this to be ‘Food for thought’ send to as many as you think will be enlightened as I hope you were.
(Please note that at no time is anyone told that they MUST worship God.)
‘Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.’ - William Penn
GOD BLESS AMERICA
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Did anyone watch Obama’s news conference, and if so, what was your opinion of it and him?
If you would rather discuss a vicious and deadly virus, I totally understand!
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Below is an article I came across a short time ago. It caught my attention because the title is written in a way to make Conservatives look bad, and I dare anyone to tell me I’m mistaken.
I expect in the near future to see someone take a serious crack at explaining the definition of a Conservative in a Wikipedia post. I envision seeing a serious attempt to connect the word “evil” with Conservatism and try showing all Evil Conservatives to be Christians, thereby compounding the negative effect on the most moral, principled, trustworthy people, we have in this great country.
So sad that the Left has stooped so low!
Supreme Court conservatives criticize voting rights law
By James Vicini – Wed Apr 29, 3:56 pm ET
It is the second major race case heard by the justices after Barack Obama became the nation’s first black president.
The justices seemed split along conservative and liberal lines in considering a provision applying to all or parts of 16 states, mostly in the South. It requires them to get federal government approval before changing their voting procedures.
Congress extended it in 2006 for 25 years, with then-President George W. Bush signing it into law.
Last week the justices considered whether race still can be used as a factor for job promotions and hirings, an issue that could affect millions of employers nationwide.
Opponents of the voting rights law argue that the protections for are no longer needed after more than 40 years of progress, and they cite Obama’s election as evidence of how America has changed since 1965.
Defenders of the measure say minority voters still face discrimination in some local elections.
The legal challenge was brought by a Texas municipal utility district. It says it should be exempt from the law and that it should be struck down.
‘GREAT DISPARITY IN TREATMENT’
Roberts questioned whether the law would continue for too long. “I mean, at some point, it begins to look like the idea is that this is going to go on forever,” he said.
Alito asked why Congress did not extend the law to the entire country. He called it odd the law covered the Bronx section of New York City, but not other boroughs like Brooklyn and Queens.
Kennedy said defenders of the law have a “very substantial burden” in showing the continuing need for the “great disparity in treatment” between states that are covered and those that are not covered by the law.
Obama administration lawyer Neal Katyal argued the law should be upheld.
“After 16,000 pages of testimony, 21 different hearings over 10 months, Congress looked at the evidence and determined their work was not done,” he said.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Congress, in extending the law, referred to how discrimination in voting rights cases initially was blatant and overt, but now is more subtle and difficult to detect.
A ruling is expected by the end of June.
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Our west coast editor, and myself were going to try and keep up with every single day that Obama was our president on a page dedicated for that sole purpose. However, it wasn’t long before it became apparent that it was more than we could keep up with on top of posting and researching for the rest of the site, so we let it drift off into the bad presidents garbage can.
The list below makes up for us being slackers ;-) and it gives very tidy excerpts of what the Messiah has been up to. A big thank you goes out to Giovanni’s World member slicedsky for sending me the link. If you would like to check out the great site that made the list, simply go here to a site called Senate Conservatives.
Day 1 – Jan. 20 – Obama gives inaugural address, says size of government does not matter
Day 2 – Jan. 21 – Obama bans lobbyists from working in his administration – then selects Raytheon lobbyist for his administration
Day 3 – Jan. 22 – Obama signs order to close Guantanamo by the end of the year – offers no plan to deal with 240 detained terrorists
Day 4 – Jan. 23 – Obama reverses Mexico City policy; allows taxpayer money to be used for abortions overseas
Day 5 – Jan. 24 – Obama uses weekly radio address to call on Congress to pass massive stimulus bill — continues Bush’s failed economic policies
Day 6 – Jan. 25 – Biden says Obama may ask Congress for more Wall Street bailout money – continues Bush’s failed economic policies
Day 7 – Jan. 26 – Obama directs EPA to set stricter emissions standards that raise costs for U.S. automakers facing bankruptcy
Senate confirms Obama nominee, Timothy Geithner, as Treasury Secretary despite his failure to pay taxes and authorship of Bush’s failed bailout policies
Day 8 – Jan. 27 – Obama meets with Republicans on stimulus bill, but ignores their ideas
Day 9 – Jan. 28 – House passes Obama’s $819 billion stimulus plan with no Republican votes
Day 10 – Jan. 29 – Obama signs Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in giveaway to trial lawyers
Day 11 – Jan. 30 – Obama signs order cutting off information to workers in giveaway to union bosses
Day 12 – Jan. 31 – Obama stands by HHS nominee Tom Daschle, despite his failure to pay taxes and prior work as a health care lobbyist
Day 13 – Feb. 1 – Obama tells America the stimulus bill won’t include wasteful spending in pre-Super Bowl interview
Day 14 – Feb. 2 – Senate confirms Obama nominee, Eric Holder, as Attorney General despite his work in pardoning terrorists and opposition to 2nd Amendment rights
Day 15 – Feb. 3 – Tom Daschle withdraws as HHS nominee; Obama admits he “screwed up” nomination
Day 16 – Feb. 4 – Obama announces executive pay caps – begins to use bailouts to take control of private companies
Obama signs children’s health bill – expands government control of health care and raises taxes on low-income families
Day 17 – Feb. 5 – Obama signs order directing faith-based office to keep faith out of public square
Day 18 – Feb. 6 – Obama releases first jobs report showing jump in unemployment to 7.8%, loss of 598,000 jobs
Day 19 – Feb. 7 – Obama uses job losses caused by failed stimulus policies to push Congress to pass more failed stimulus policies in weekly radio address
Day 20 – Feb. 8 – Obama’s economic advisor, Larry Summers, says stimulus plan will create 3 to 4 million jobs – economists remain skeptical
Day 21 – Feb. 9 – Obama uses prime time press conference to tell Americans he inherited bad economy, huge deficits – ignores his prior support for Bush’s bailout and spending policies
Day 22 – Feb. 10 – Obama unveils new bailout plan and Senate passes his $838 billion stimulus bill – stock market dives 382 points
Obama moves to cut off domestic energy exploration – delays 5-year plan for offshore energy exploration
Day 23 – Feb. 11 – Obama adds billions in taxpayer money to stimulus for Las Vegas magnetic levitation train just days after attacking executives for using taxpayer money to travel to Las Vegas using corporate jets
Day 24 – Feb. 12 – Obama says stimulus plan will save 20,000 lost jobs at Caterpillar, but company CEO says it won’t
Republican Senator withdraws as Commerce nominee, says the stimulus plan will not work
Day 25 – Feb. 13 – House and Senate pass Obama’s 1000-page, $787 billion stimulus spending plan without reading it
Day 26 – Feb 14 – Obama waits to sign stimulus bill after spending weeks telling Americans it was “urgent”
Obamas celebrate Valentine’s Day at upscale restaurant with Oprah’s personal chef as Americans struggle economically
Day 27 – Feb 15 – Obama’s senior advisor, David Axelrod, refuses to say when the stimulus plan will begin to work
Day 28 – Feb 16 – Obama spends day traveling, fails to sign stimulus bill he said was “urgent”
Day 29 – Feb 17 – Obama signs stimulus bill at staged event in Denver four days after it was passed
Day 30 – Feb 18 – Obama proposes $75 billion housing plan that bails out bad lenders and borrowers – continues Bush’s failed bailout policies
Day 31 – Feb. 19 – Obama taps lobbyist as urban affairs aide – breaks his own ethics rules
Day 32 – Feb. 20 – Obama meets with mayors – says they will have to depend on Washington to succeed
Day 33 – Feb. 21 – Obama uses weekly radio address to tout stimulus tax relief, which amounts to just $8 a week
Day 34 – Feb. 22 – Obama prepares budget to “cut the deficit in half,” but only after he triples it
Day 35 – Feb. 23 – Obama administration says it is open to nationalizing banks
Day 36 – Feb. 24 – Obama uses address to Congress to push budget that spends too much, taxes too much, and borrows too much
Senate confirms Obama’s nominee, Hilda Solis, for Labor Secretary despite her work for a group that lobbies for card-check union legislation
Day 37 – Feb. 25 - Obama pushes budget that includes $634 billion to begin socializing medicine
Day 38 – Feb. 26 – Obama pushes budget that includes higher taxes on charitable donations
Day 39 – Feb. 27 – Obama contradicts campaign rhetoric – tells troops the mission in Iraq was a success
Obama moves to force doctors to provide abortions against their conscience
Day 40 – Feb. 28 – Obama uses weekly radio address to pick fight with “special interests” over his budget despite widespread special interest support for it
Day 41 – Mar 1 – Obama selects Kathleen Sebelius, a radical proponent of the abortion industry, to be HHS Secretary
Day 42 – Mar 2 – Obama continues Bush’s failed economic policies by giving AIG another $30 billion in bailout cash; stock market dives almost 300 points
Day 43 – Mar 3 – Obama denies British Prime Minister traditional news conference – gives him DVD set that doesn’t work in the UK
Day 44 – Mar 4 – Obama stimulus money hits the ground for its first project – $8.5 million for bridge near Tuscumbia, Missouri, population 223
Day 45 – Mar 5 – Obama hosts bipartisan forum on health care – says costly new government entitlement should be created to pay costs inflated by government
Day 46 – Mar 6 – Obama releases second jobs report showing jump in unemployment to 8.1%, loss of 651,000 jobs
Day 47 – Mar 7 – Obama uses weekly radio address to tell America he “inherited” a $1.3 trillion deficit – ignores his support for Bush’s spending policies
Obama tells New York Times his policies are not socialist and blames Bush for socialist bailouts and new entitlements
Day 48 – Mar 8 – Obama’s budget director, Peter Orszag, blames Bush for deficits, but insists on passing Bush’s left-over spending bills
Day 49 – Mar 9 – Obama reverses restrictions on stem cell research – allows more taxpayer funding for the destruction of human life
Day 50 – Mar 10 – Obama proposes to expand government-run education so it’s “cradle to career”
Day 51 – Mar 11 – Obama announces new earmark rules, then signs $410 billion pork bill with 8,000 earmarks
Day 52 – Mar 12 – Obama tells CEOs he supports free markets but they should be heavily regulated
Day 53 – Mar 13 – Biden awards Amtrak $1.3 billion stimulus earmark
Day 54 – Mar 14 – Obama uses weekly radio address to tell Americans that only government can ensure the safety of food and medicine
Day 55 – Mar 15 – Obama’s economic advisor, Larry Summers, calls AIG bonuses “outrageous,” but defends Obama’s bailouts for AIG
Day 56 – Mar 16 – Obama proposes more government loans for small businesses, but continues to support tax hike on two-thirds of all small business profits
Day 57 – Mar 17 – Obama blames Bush for deficits, but pushes budget that doubles the debt in 5 years, triples it in 10 years
Day 58 – Mar 18 – Obama works on NCAA Final Four bracket while economy suffers and Americans lose their jobs
Day 59 – Mar 19 – Obama appears on Leno while economy suffers and Americans lose their jobs
Day 60 – Mar 20 – CBO reports deficit will grow to $1.8 trillion in Obama’s first year in office
Day 61 – Mar 21 – Obama uses weekly radio address to tell Americans his budget will solve the budget deficit; CBO reports it will increase spending by $2.7 trillion over 10 years
Day 62 – Mar 22 – Obama plans to regulate executive pay at all banks, not just those with bailouts
Day 63 – Mar 23 – Obama’s Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner, announces more taxpayer bailouts as part complicated scheme to save bad banks
Day 64 – Mar 24 – Obama uses prime time press conference to tell Americans to be patient for economic recovery and to defend tax hike on charitable donations
Day 65 – Mar 25 – Obama ends “war on terror” – begins “overseas contingency operations”
Day 66 – Mar 26 – AP report says Obama’s prediction that the stimulus bill will create 4 million jobs cannot be substantiated
Day 67 – Mar 27 – Obama installs Eric Holder as Attorney General despite his view that America is a “nation of cowards”
Day 68 – Mar 28 – Obama uses weekly radio address to encourage volunteerism despite his politics that crowd out volunteerism with massive growth in government
Day 69 – Mar 29 – Obama says Detroit automakers need to be more “lean, mean,” but continues to bail them out and continue Bush’s failed economic policies
Day 70 – Mar 30 – Obama signs omnibus public lands bill, which includes costly earmarks and reduces supply of domestic energy
Obama forces CEO of General Motors to resign – effectively using bailout loans to take over a private company
Day 71 – Mar 31 – Report says Obama’s TARP program lacks transparency, accountability
Day 72 – Apr 1 – Obama gives Queen of England iPod, but bows to Saudi King
Obama’s tobacco tax goes into effect, breaking campaign promise to not raise taxes on middle class families
Day 73 – Apr 2 – House and Senate pass Obama’s $3.6 trillion budget – include fast-track procedures to pass socialized medicine with limited debate
Day 74 – Apr 3 – Obama releases third jobs report showing jump in unemployment to 8.5%, loss of 663,000 jobs
Day 75 – Apr 4 – Obama apologizes for American “arrogance” in France, but fails to win more NATO troops for Afghanistan
Day 76 – Apr 5 – Obama gives anti-nuke speech, but North Korea launches missile
Day 77 – Apr 6 – Obama tells Muslim world U.S. will show them respect, but Muslim world fails to pledge similar respect for Christian and Jewish world
Day 78 – Apr 7 – Obama tells troops in Iraq their mission has been achieved – reverses position he held during the campaign
Day 79 – Apr 8 – Obama expands government bailouts to life insurance companies – continues Bush’s failed bailout policies
Obama plans to engage in group talks with Iran
Day 80 – Apr 9 – Obama announces plans to push amnesty bill for illegal immigrants
Day 81 – Apr 10 – Obama meets with economic team and plans bigger government role in private economy
Day 82 – Apr 11 – Obama uses weekly radio address to equate Christianity and Judaism with religions of the world
Day 83 – Apr 12 – Obama stays silent on pirate crisis; Navy makes decision to rescue American hostage
Day 84 – Apr 13 – Obama takes credit for hostage rescue and calls for action to end “privacy”
Obama eases restrictions on travel, money to Cuba
Day 85 – Apr 14 – Obama releases DHS report calling Iraq war veterans a terrorist threat
Day 86 – Apr 15 – Obama promises fairness for tax code; thousands of Americans protest growth of government at Tax Day tea parties
Day 87 – Apr 16 – Obama releases classified interrogation memos helping terrorists who want to kill Americans
Day 88 – Apr 17 – Obama shakes hands with Hugo Chavez
Day 89 – Apr 18 – Obama shakes hands again with Hugo Chavez, accepts anti-America book
Day 90 – Apr 19 – Obama moves to nationalize banks by converting bailout loans into common stock equity
Day 91 – Apr 20 – Obama calls for $100 million cut in spending, which amounts to just 13 minutes of annual federal spending
Day 92 – Apr 21 – Obama signs Serve America Act to convert volunteer into paid government employees
Obama says he’s open to prosecution of Bush officials for interrogation memos – panders to Moveon.org
Day 93 – Apr 22 – Fidel Castro says Cuba won’t release political prisoners despite Obama’s policies
Day 94 – Apr 23 – Obama’s DNC launches attack ads against principled Republicans for opposing Obama’s socialist policies
Day 95 – Apr 24 – Obama loans General Motors another $2 billion
Day 96 – Apr 25 – Obama calls for fiscal discipline while ignoring his own budget, which triples national debt
Day 97 – Apr 26 – Obama plays golf while swine flu spreads
Day 98 – Apr 27 – Obama White House approves Air Force One photo op over New York City
Day 99 – Apr 28 – Senate confirms Obama nominee, Kathleen Sebelius, as HHS Secretary despite her failure to disclose contributions from radical leader of the abortion industry
Day 100 – Apr 29 – Obama releases first quarter economic report showing 6.1% drop in GDP and an increase again in those filing for un-employment benefits.
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In every U.S. presidency, eventually a foreign policy “doctrine” can be discerned. The doctrine is either stated explicitly, or it is implied by the particular president’s words and action. As an example, the Bush Doctrine was a direct result of the 9-11 terrorist attacks: Asserting that international terrorism has fundamentally changed global dynamics, the Bush administration set for the United States the right to undertake pre-emptive attacks against America’s enemies.
100 days into the Obama presidency, the outlines of an Obama Doctrine have emerged. Not surprisingly, it is disturbing, to say the least.
THE OBAMA DOCTRINE
HUGGING FOES, HURTING FRIENDS
By Ralph Peters
After a mere 100 days, the “Obama Doctrine” for our foreign and security policies has emerged. And it’s terrifying.
The combination of dizzying naivete, dislike of our allies, disdain for our military, distrust of our intelligence services and distaste for our own country promises the worst foreign policy of our lifetimes.
That includes President Jimmy Carter‘s abysmal record of failure.
The core tenets of the Obama Doctrine to date would make a charter member of the Weather Underground cheer:
We’re to blame. If there are problems anywhere, they’re America’s fault. This central conviction of leftist ideology appears to have soaked so thoroughly into our president’s consciousness during his lengthy friendships with extremists that it’s now second nature to him.
Problems can be negotiated away. From Somali pirates to Moscow’s belligerency, Obama and his Cabinet see a good chat as the best response to a challenge. Our president got to the Oval Office by talking, not doing, and his faith in his powers of persuasion is unlimited.
An acquaintance who may have our government’s best grasp of the Russians shakes his head at the tone in Washington. The current mantra: “We have to get over our Cold War thinking.” Great — except that it’s the Russians who’ve revived Cold War hostility.
The Taliban devours Pakistan, and we want to talk. President Hugo Chavez destroys Venezuela’s democracy, and we want to talk. Iran pursues nuclear weapons with refreshed enthusiasm . . . and we want to talk.
Problems that can’t be talked out can be bought off. Pakistan, a nuke-armed state of 170 million Muslims seething with anti-Americanism stirred up by our “friends,” faces a crack-up as its once-monolithic military splinters. Obama’s answer? Send billions of dollars that will disappear and weapons that may soon be used against our troops.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thinks the solution to piracy is a generous program to rebuild Somalia. (Been there, done that.) She’d also like to hand Hamas a billion bucks.
The “Las Vegas law” applies: You can buy sex but not enduring love. We can’t defeat terror with welfare checks.
Islamist terrorism doesn’t exist. The term’s even been banned from government departments. As Muslim extremists slaughter innocent victims by the thousands, we’re assured Islam’s a “religion of peace” that contributed profoundly to our country’s development. (Huh?)
It’s as if 9/11 never happened. The “nonterrorists” drenching the greater Middle East in blood and threatening us as loudly as they can are just victims of our aggression. It’s all our fault.
Terrorists do exist, though — among our returning veterans and amid those Americans who don’t subscribe to MoveOn.org’s revulsion at our country.
Israel‘s the obstacle to Middle East peace. Palestinians are all victims. Hamas consists of struggling community activists. The terrorists are in the Israeli military.
Our nukes threaten world peace and we need to get rid of them. Other states only maintain or seek nuclear arsenals because we worry them. If we can get down to zero nukes, peace will reign on earth.
Forget that only our nuclear weapons prevented World War III and that they still deter potential enemies. Just get rid of them, OK?
Our military is dangerous. Beyond Obama’s cynically choreographed appearances with our troops, he and his coterie clearly disdain military advice and uniformed service. The administration views our troops as primitive creatures who must be collared and leashed, not as part of any solutions.
Our intelligence services are even more dangerous than our military. The administration’s already begun to gut our intelligence capabilities. Carter at least pretended to study the problem. Obama’s plunging straight in with the demoralization of our shadow warriors.
It’s only torture if we do it.
Blame President George W. Bush. Should the Obama Doctrine lead to new terror attacks (sorry, Janet: I meant “man-caused disasters”) or to foreign-policy humiliations, it won’t be Obama’s fault, but Bush’s.
We’re becoming a third-world country, succumbing to a sickening (in both senses of the word) culture of blame. And that culture is fostered by breathtaking ignorance.
We now have a president who doesn’t know that Pakistan was founded as a democracy, a secretary of state who thinks we created the Taliban, a head of the Department of Homeland Security who doesn’t believe Islamist terrorists exist and a vice president who claims FDR gave televised speeches during the Depression.
If Bush had made such gaffes, the media would’ve mocked him. But Obama and his entourage excite orgasmic forgiveness among journalists. Which brings us to the Obama Doctrine’s final tenet:
Our media sluts will portray defeat as victory.
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The Hate Crimes Bill that is before Congress as I write this will include child molesters as among the protected categories — but not pregnant women, veterans, or religious speech!
There really is no limit to how low Democrats can sink.
DEMOCRATS DEFINE CHILD MOLESTERS AS GAY
by Bill Donohue
April 28, 2009
The House of Representatives will vote this week, possibly tomorrow, on a hate crimes bill championed by gay groups that includes pedophiles under the rubric of sexual orientation. This is the ultimate confession: liberal Democrats think of pedophiles as indistinguishable from homosexuals.
When this subject came up last week in the House Judiciary Committee, an amendment to the hate crimes bill that would have excluded pedophilia from the definition of sexual orientation was defeated by Democrats along party lines, 13-10. This was considered good news by gay organizations like the Human Rights Campaign, left-wing groups like the ACLU and various Jewish groups like the ADL.
The debate is over: for liberals, child molesters should be given the same rights as homosexuals. Moreover, they should be given more rights than pregnant women and veterans; the latter two categories were explicitly denied coverage under the hate crimes bill. Even worse, an amendment that would bar prosecution based in whole or in part on religious beliefs quoted from the Bible, the Tanakh (Judaism’s sacred book) or the Koran was defeated by Democrats along party lines, 11-8. In other words, religious speech may be denied First Amendment protection.
There would be national outrage over this if the media were to report on it and the public were allowed to weigh in on it. But the clock is ticking and freedom and morality are hanging in the balance.
Rep. John Conyers is leading the supporters of this bill: contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Louie Gohmert is leading the opposition: contact email@example.com
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In my travels around the net looking for more information concerning Tea Party protests, I ran across a site called “Oath Keepers”. This site has given me hope, and not the Obama, empty rhetoric of “hope”, but the real deal. Please read below, and know that there are Americans still willing to stand-up for their country. Go to link at bottom if you too would like to take the Oath.
1. We will NOT obey orders to disarm the American people.
2. We will NOT obey orders to conduct warrantless searches of the American people
3. We will NOT obey orders to detain American citizens as “unlawful enemy combatants” or to subject them to military tribunal.
4. We will NOT obey orders to impose martial law or a “state of emergency” on a state.
5. We will NOT obey orders to invade and subjugate any state that asserts its sovereignty.
6. We will NOT obey any order to blockade American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps.
7. We will NOT obey any order to force American citizens into any form of detention camps under any pretext.
8. We will NOT obey orders to assist or support the use of any foreign troops on U.S. soil against the American people to “keep the peace” or to “maintain control.”
9. We will NOT obey any orders to confiscate the property of the American people, including food and other essential supplies.
10.We will NOT obey any orders which infringe on the right of the people to free speech, to peaceably assemble, and to petition their government for a redress of grievances.
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Today, April 28, 2009, for entirely self-serving reasons, RINO senator from Pennyslvania, Arlen Specter, switched his party from Republican to Democrat.
With that, Democrats now have a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority in the U. S. Senate — that body in charge of foreign policy and Supreme Court appointments.
Shame on you, Specter.
Just remember that, in every Faustian bargain, the Devil will always betray you in the end because your agenda is not his agenda.
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I’ve always thought the Creator God has a marvellous sense of humor. Just look at the bizarre and astonishing creatures on our planet Earth.
Some are rare; some are on the verge of extinction. Here are some of the most peculiar creatures, the oddest of all is the last.
And now, the last and oddest and most repulsive creature of all….
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Everyone will get a kick out of this idiotic piece. I promise!
Hate-Mongering Commentators Using Swine Flu to Promote Racism
Responsible members of the Republican party need to speak out IMMEDIATELY against the conservative commentators in their own ranks using swine flu as an excuse to spew out racist hatred.
Radio, TV and newspaper personalities have jumped on the illness as a platform to attack “illegal aliens” for being responsible for carrying the disease across the Mexican border and infecting innocent Americans.
Despite the fact that there is no evidence to support such claims, talk radio hosts Michael Savage and Neal Boortz, radio and Fox TV personality Glenn Beck, and columnist Michelle Malkin are spreading them faster than the contagion.
“Illegal aliens are bringing in a deadly new flue strain. Make no mistake about it,” blares Michael Savage.
“I’ve blogged for years about the spread of contagious diseases from around the world into the US as a result of uncontrolled immigration,” writes Michelle Malkin.
“What happens if there’s a rash of deaths in Mexico… and if you’re a family in Mexico and people are dying and Americans are not, why wouldn’t you flood this border?” announces Glenn Beck.
These loud mouths are also trying to convince their audiences that Islamic terrorists have somehow been able to do what has eluded scientists elsewhere in the world — concoct a deadly new flu virus — and then introduce it into the Mexican population.
“What better way to sneak a virus into this country than to give it to Mexicans….then spread a rumor there there are construction jobs here, and there they come,” blathers Boortz.
Savage — “make no mistake about it” — believes that radical Islamic countries planted the virus in Mexico knowing that humans make the “perfect mules for bringing the strain into America.”
OK, you ignoramuses: what you’re saying is idiotic and racist on so many levels, it has to be called out.
#1. Why would we believe that Islamic countries or terrorist groups would have virologists capable of creating a new bio-terrorist flu? Didn’t we fall for the Weapons of Mass Destruction line already, and start a war over it?
#2. If terror groups were capable of planting it among Mexicans — why wouldn’t they be just as capable as planting it among Americans? If they couldn’t get into the country, they’d just need to get a few of their own infected people to hang out in a foreign airport with flights going to the US.
#3. Since most of the Mexicans who are sick are in Mexico City, hundreds of miles from the US border, how exactly would they just pick up and “rush it?”
Furthermore, the first American cases of swine flu have turned up in New York City students who recently returned from a trip to Cancun, Mexico — they brought it with them. They’re the human mules! American tourists returning from Mexico are at this point virtually all the other culprits spreading the new flu!
The fact that this new flu is just an excuse to spread racism becomes even more disgustingly apparent when Michael Savage blares to his audience that he will protect himself by having “no contact anywhere with illegal aliens and that starts with the restaurants.” He calls people who dine out “morons who eat in restaurants with illegals all over the kitchen.”
You could substitute the word “vermin” for “illegals” and he sounds frighteningly reminiscent of the Nazis talking about the Jews.
It’s time for Republican National Committee chairman, Michael Steele, to speak out against this virulent strain of looniness. Immigrants aren’t responsible for infecting Americans with swine flu — but racist commentators like these are spreading a far more destructive disease: hate!
For more on Racist Commentators follow Bonnie Fuller at twitter.com/bonniefuller.
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WHO THE HELL THOUGHT IT WOULD BE GOOD IDEA TO FLY ONE OF OBAMA’S AIR-FORCE ONE JETS, INTO LOWER MANHATTAN SO THEY COULD GET A “COOL PICTURE OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY”?
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The Fiduciary Trust
Everyone who is responsible for financial transactions and decisions that effect the wellbeing of others understands the term, fiduciary. There is a code of ethics and duty which governs that relationship. I will quote the on line Business Dictionary to help you understand this idea of fiduciary so you may see how essential it is in the conduct of business affairs:
(bolding is mine)
The fiduciary relationship is acted out on a daily basis by the officers of a corporation in regards to the stockholders. This trust requires, no, demands a certain amount of transparency between them. A fiduciary is required by law to inform their employer or investor of any known material information that may cause a significant financial loss upon them. The employer or investor has a right to know from people who handle their finances if there is information they are unaware of that may harm their interest. We call this knowledge, material information. Any corporate officer who is in possession of knowledge that may or will lead to financial loss and then fails to tell their employer or investor is in material breach of trust. A fiduciary when presented with material information must give the employer or investor the opportunity to exercise their own express wishes regarding this information. This breach of trust has serious legal consequences to those who violate the high standards of the fiduciary trust. Those consequences depending upon the seriousness (fraud) and the manner of how the information was withheld can lead to lawsuits and even prison time.
I would like to direct your attention to some events in the news lately in order to connect some dots that reveal a disturbing picture coming into creation. Recently, the CEO of Bank of America (BofA) Mr. Lewis was questioned by the New York Attorney General regarding his company’s actions. During the course of that questioning on other matters it was discovered that Mr. Lewis deliberately withheld material information regarding the merger of Merrill Lynch and BofA that affected the stock price of BofA, a publicly traded company. The withholding of this information cost the BofA and stockholders literally billions of dollars in losses requiring government intervention to the tune of billions. Mr. Lewis used the “devil made me do it” defense to rationalize his material breach. Who were the devils? Bernanke and Paulson. He claimed he was forced to not inform the stockholders that their vote to merge with Merrill Lynch was going have deep financial repercussions to BofA and all of this was rationalized under the greater good. Had the information been released to the stockholders before the vote, the merger would never have been approved. Thus Lewis violated his fiduciary trust (a criminal offense) to tell the stockholders and Bernanke and Paulson engaged in a criminal conspiracy abusing their office to defraud the stockholders costing them billions of dollars. Given the number of other shotgun marriages both Paulson and Bernanke performed against the shareholder’s interest, one must wonder if Bernanke, Paulson and now Geithner similarly bullied the CEOs of the other firms? After all, isn’t the Treasury refusing to take back TARP money and imposing onerous rule changes also a form of bullying? By what legal authority can they do these things? I say we have a major crime spree on our hands by government officials. It matters not what Bernanke’s or Paulson’s claimed intent, what they did was ILLEGAL. Since BofA is a publicly traded company, these actions squarely fall into the jurisdiction of the SEC. What is the SEC doing? … Since there was a criminal conspiracy involving public officials it is the FBI’s responsibility to investigate and arrest those involved. What is the FBI doing? …
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and then-Treasury Department chief Henry Paulson pressured Bank of America Corp. to not discuss its increasingly troubled plan to buy Merrill Lynch & Co. — a deal that later triggered a government bailout of BofA — according to testimony by Kenneth Lewis, the bank’s chief executive.
Mr. Lewis, testifying under oath before New York’s attorney general in February, told prosecutors that he believed Messrs. Paulson and Bernanke were instructing him to keep silent about deepening financial difficulties at Merrill, the struggling brokerage giant. As part of his testimony, a transcript of which was reviewed by …
…Lewis testified that the government wanted him to remain silent while the two sides negotiated government funding to help BofA absorb Merrill and its losses, the paper said, citing transcripts of the testimony.
Under normal circumstances, banks must alert their shareholders of any materially significant financial hits. But these weren’t normal times: Late last year, Wall Street was crumbling and BofA faced intense government pressure to buy Merrill to keep the crisis from spreading. Disclosing losses at Merrill — which eventually totaled $15.84 billion for the fourth quarter — could have given BofA’s shareholders an opportunity to stop the deal and let Merrill collapse instead.
…Paulson repeatedly told Lewis that “the U.S. government was committed to ensuring that no systemically important financial institution would fail,” the Journal cited the former Treasury Secretary’s spokeswoman as saying…
A tragedy befell the Kellerman family; David Kellerman apparently committed suicide for some unknown reason. David Kellerman was the acting CFO of Freddie Mac. Now we come to find out that this CFO was in a fight with “certain” government officials about reporting the disclosure of Obama’s mortgage program that cost Freddie Mac an additional $30 billion. Who are these officials that attempted to pressure the CFO to commit fraud in not reporting the $30 billion loss? Since Freddie Mac sells mortgage-backed securities to the public, what is the response of the SEC? … Is the FBI investigating those certain government officials who attempted to induce David Kellerman to commit fraud? …
The Post said Kellermann and other Freddie officials “tussled” with the Federal Housing Finance Agency early last month as the company prepared to file a quarterly report with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Top executives, including Kellermann, were insistent that Freddie Mac inform shareholders of the cost to the company of helping carry out the Obama administration’s housing recovery plan, the two newspapers reported. The Post, citing several unnamed sources, said the regulators “urged the company not to do so.” An unnamed FHFA official who spoke to the Post disputed that, “saying the regulator did not oppose disclosure but how the information was portrayed in the filing.”Which brings us to another secrecy-laden action by the Treasury concerning the TARP funds. It was reported widely that certain publicly traded companies were not given a choice in the acceptance of those funds, CEOs were forced to sign binding financial agreements without the express permission of the stockholders. The refusal to sign those papers carried the threat of their company being taken over by the government. This was all done under the guise of the greater good to save the financial system. The acceptance of the funds has come as negative financial consequences to the stockholders of those companies. In the same vein are the results of the so-called Stress Test; this follows the continuing theme of Obama Admin officials telling people not to disclose material facts in violation of their fiduciary trust. The Stress Test is a legal fiction dreamed up by Geithner as a means to not allow companies to pay back the TARP funds. Let me underline how preposterous the idea behind the Stress Test is. This is like you as a credit card holder deciding to pay off your outstanding balance to avoid further interest charges. Then the credit card company sends your check back saying we cannot accept your payment because you might need to borrow money from us again in the future based on a series of hypothetical situations we devised. Therefore you must continue paying interest on the debt we refuse to allow you to pay off, you are not allowed to find alternative financing and you must do as we say based on any other rules we unilaterally decide to impose. That is exactly what Geithner is doing to the banks. Is it little wonder then the Ford Motor Company refused to accept bailout money from Congress? Look at the micromanagement GM and Chrysler are being subjected to due to their acceptance of the bailout moneys and yet they still will end up in bankruptcy. In addition, the legal fiction aside, how is it ethical not to tell the shareholders that their company has not met or barely met the so-called stress test or if they passed the test with flying colors? The results have a future material bearing on the price of the stock, especially to those who are considering buying the stock. Isn’t this a violation of the corporate officers fiduciary trust? In fact isn’t it a violation of SEC rules not to disclose material facts that may affect the price of a publicly traded stock or the health of the corporation? So much for transparency!!! There is a clear pattern of secrecy or lack of transparency by the Obama Administration. I use a saying for these kind of repeating themes, “once is an incident, twice is a coincidence and three times is a pattern.”
The Obama Administration is acting as nothing more than a criminal enterprise by its behavior. Fraud is fraud, no matter who they are, whom they claim to represent or the rationalizations to commit this crime. The point of keeping a secret is to cover up activities you don’t want publicly known which may either destroy the image you are trying to project or protect yourself from prosecution. Violating the fiduciary trust by keeping secrets is a crime, when the crime costs money it’s called fraud. I’ve said before the Democrats have acted like a criminal organization shaking down businesses for campaign contributions and quid pro quo of the bailouts or did you not notice that EVERY company without exception who accepted or were forced to accept government money were generous campaign contributors to the Democrat Party and specifically to Barack Obama’s election campaign? They are an organized criminal gang using the guise of a political party to achieve enough power to pillage the country like Al Capone. They use the Robin Hood model to seduce the population into accepting their benevolent thuggery. The Democrat Party offers all kinds of goodies to people in order to induce them to accept their insidious gift, these people in turn vote to keep them in power in order to keep getting more gifts. The money of course comes from the ill-gotten gains the Democrats looted from the whole of the country via taxes and the borrowing power of the Treasury. Why else do you think the community organizer in chief claimed he is targeting those making over $250k for a tax increase? The public good? There aren’t many of them but there are lots of people who will to accept the illicit gift. Voting for government benefits is like accepting a legal job from the mob, but being paid with money derived from their illegal activities.
This has to stop. Our entire financial system is based upon trust, the fiduciary trust between those who handle money and those who invest it. When government agents elevate the financial system to the level of national security in order to keep secrets and use the cloak of secrecy to engage in actions that harm the stockholder, they undermine the entire system of trust. I will point out that everyone who has money in an IRA or 401k plans, which invests in the market, is a stockholder and is affected by the actions of government agents overstepping their authority. Or have you not noticed lately the losses to your retirement accounts? Did you or anyone else you know agree to this meddling and secrecy by the government in your financial affairs? No? It is time for the SEC and FBI to uphold the Law, investigate these crimes violating the fiduciary trust and start prosecuting the offending parties, no matter whom they claim to be or what they claim their intent was. I will remind the FBI and SEC, former Illinois Governor Blagojevich made the same claims of acting in the public best interest using secrecy and shakedowns.
In the end, FHFA reportedly retreated and Freddie formally disclosed that the Obama anti-foreclosure plan could force the firm, which is in a federal government conservatorship, to take a pre-tax charge of $30 billion.
While the Obama administration might not want to have the pricetag for its foreclosure efforts look too big, the reason regulators may have pressured Fannie to understate the cost of the program is pretty simple: both Obama and Geithner said publicly that it wouldn’t have a material financial impact on Fannie or Freddie.
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