Friday, April 1, 2011
If you thought that the November elections would bring about a radical change in government, you are going to be sadly disappointed. Although the Republican Party took control of the House of Representatives, they (the majority party) are showing their true colors. They are falling back to the Bush days of big spending. They are being lead by the Progressives in the Republican Party. Don't get me wrong, the GOPs don't spend quite as CRAZY as the DEMs, but they do spend, spend, spend. Neither side has a grasp of the seriousness of the situation. Or, they don't give a care.
The GOP does not want the government to shut-down. They don't want to be blamed for it. Consequently, they are caving-in to the DEMs and are negotiating a "deal" even though they have the power. DUH? Neither party has the will to make severe cuts to save the country. We can hardly wait to see the results. John Boehner (R, OH) is one of the main reasons why the GOP cannot get out of the rut. He's part of the Good-Old-Boy network in Washington, DC. Yes, it was Boehner who voted for Obama's Stimulus, Cash for Clunkers, bank bailouts and on and on... How can America expect to see a change when there are Progressives in both political parties?
Don't be fooled again. Look at what has happpened in Massachusetts. The newly elected Republican Senator Scott Brown is pissing-off the people who helped vote him into office. It seems that Brown has changed his mind about the very principles that got him elected. Tea Party principles of cutting spending for one. Now after being elected, Brown doesn't think that we should cut entitlement spending. He's siding more with the DEMs - much to the dismay of the Tea Party folks in Massachusetts. It seems that campaign promises were just that! PROMISES! Just say what the people want to hear to get elected, then show your true colors.
Action to Take
Don't re-elect these people. They have shown that they are NOT what they claimed they were. Don't give them another chance to screw-up America. Let them know that you are disappointed.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Do you really think that the economy is getting better? Seriously, really? How many people do you know who are out-of-work? How many people who are out of work have been out of work for well over a year or two? Do you believe the government unemployment numbers?
Two years ago we were told by Obama that it was imperative to pass the Stimulus to save America. Has that happened yet? Where are the new jobs he promised? (China and India got them!)
To make matters worse, we are now in a third war in a Muslim country. Our national deficit is over $14 TRILLION dollars and climbing every day that Congress passes a Continuing Resolution.
Just what the Hell is going on?
Lights On, Nobody Home
Didn't we send a message to Congress last November? Weren't we telling them that the spending had to STOP?
It's clear that Obama never heard that message as exemplified by his latest proposed $3.7 TRILLION dollar budget proposal (all borrowed monies). Are you still believing we have a leader in charge? Does he care or is he just STUPID?
It's not just Obama who's not getting the message either. The DEMs (alias - Progressives) are refusing to make ANY serious cuts anywhere. The GOPs are right behind them! They are speaking in $BILLIONS - NOT $TRILLIONS.
Meanwhile Gravity is Working
While Congress is busy playing the same old stupid games, America is falling down fast. This week China just surpassed the USA as the world's largest manufacturer. Gee, what a surprise after we sent all our jobs to China, India, and Mexico. What did you expect? Do you believe that this is helping strengthen our economy? Quite the contrary.
Closing The Government Down
The clowns in Congress are figuring out how to blame the other guys for shutting-down the government. Fine! Shut it down. Stop pointing fingers and shut it down. Keep the essential services going. Pay our bills with what is coming in.
Send all other government employees home without paychecks for a few months-including Congress. Let all government employees get a taste of what we have been dealing with for over two years. We can save ZILLIONS!
Congress shouldn't re-start the government until they pass a balanced budget amendment. They should also have a REAL budget and no more Continuing Resolutions. Congress should NOT RAISE THE DEBT CEILING.
Do that and quit playing games with our lives. until then, STOP PLAYING GAMES!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Why is Congress forced into passing a new Continuing Resolution every two or three weeks? Thank the Democratic political party. While having full control over the US Congress, the Democrats failed to pass a budget. Who's fault was that? Instead, they floated temporary spending measures that allowed Obama to spend like a drunken sailor for as long as he wanted - as much as he wanted. They placed no restrictions on the President. Now they want to continue without a budget indefinitely.
Who Got Us Here? In the first two plus years of the Obama administration, who spent us into oblivion? The Democrats (alias the Progressives). The record proves the allegation beyond doubt. The facts don't lie. Politicians do! Now that we have accumulated enormous debt, the Progressives want to take no responsibility for it or do anything about it. Instead, they are still playing politics with America's future. They refuse to make ANY SIGNIFICANT CUTS!
A recent phone conversation overheard by reporters of Senator Charles Schumer (D, NY) illustrated that the Progressives are still playing games while America is going bankrupt. They continue to play dirty tricks and ignore that the country is in the toilet (where they put us), yet, THEY ALWAYS KNOW WHAT'S BEST FOR US. Americans are getting tired of the same old - same old BS!
Action To Take Let Congress know that you have had enough. Let Congress know that your are paying attention. Tell Congress to let the government shut-down - except for essential services. Tell Congress NOT to vote yet again for a another Continuing Resolution to expand the national debt. Tell Congress that you want a balanced budget amendment instead. Tell Congress that while the government is shut-down that they should NOT receive a pay check because they don't deserve one!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973, which authorizes a no-fly zone over Libya and the protection of civilians by all means necessary, is the culmination of a decade-long effort to radically strengthen the ability of the UN to intervene in sovereign nations through the “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) doctrine. Behind the initiative are, unsurprisingly, some of the usual suspects: National Security Council adviser Samantha Power and her patron George Soros. Their call to prevent human rights abuses through military intervention masks an agenda to alter drastically the concept of state sovereignty and to allow the United Nations to essentially co-opt the US military.
A 2008 backgrounder produced by The Heritage Foundation on the Responsibility to Protect articulates one of the most dangerous aspects of the doctrine: “R2P would effectively cede U.S. national sovereignty and decision-making power over key components of national security and foreign policy and subject them to the whims of the international community.” What we are seeing unfold in Libya today may very well be a test case for this doctrine: the United Nations has “borrowed” the US military to enforce its idea of Gaddafi’s “responsibilities.” And one question of grave concern is: Might the UN also “borrow” the U.S. and other Western militaries in future to impose its will on member states it feels are not living up to the UN’s nebulous idea of state responsibilities?
Before we examine the ingredients of this potentially catastrophic scenario, a bit of historical background is necessary. The Responsibility to Protect doctrine, which is deliberately nebulous and ill-defined, is not new. In fact, Hitler’s intervention in the Sudetenland was justified by “humanitarian reasons.” Hitler’s propaganda machine created mass hysteria in Germany by falsely accusing Czechoslovakia of carrying out atrocities against ethnic Germans. Hitler negotiated with Neville Chamberlain on the basis that he was only going to intervene to save lives. Chamberlain may not have bought Hitler’s lies, but Munich occurred nonetheless.
The doctrine was applied sporadically for the next 50 years because military intervention of any kind during the Cold War risked nuclear confrontation. Although the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was justified by Moscow as a “humanitarian” endeavor, there were few other cases.
Once the Soviet Union disappeared, a host of situations occurred in the 1990s that drove debate in the United Nations toward accepting the use of humanitarian intervention to stop governments from killing their own people. The ad hoc nature of these interventions gave an opening to individuals who wished to codify UN intervention into international law. Most of these same people also recognized humanitarian intervention as a means of vastly strengthening the UN, while weakening the sovereignty of nations.
The history of Responsibility to Protect bears this out. The International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS) was formed out of the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000 with a mandate “to promote a comprehensive debate on the relationship between intervention and sovereignty, with a view to fostering global political consensus on how to move from polemics towards action within the international system.”
The ICISS issued a report in December of 2001 titled “The Responsibility to Protect” that encapsulated “the Commissioners’ views on intervention and state sovereignty and their recommendations for practical action.” The document was sent to the UN for debate and approval.
At the UN, a firestorm broke out over the R2P concept (now the official name of “humanitarian intervention”), largely divided between the industrialized West and the impoverished South. The former colonies only saw a legal way for Western powers to invade them, while the West — including the United States — viewed R2P as a potent weapon to prevent another Rwanda.
The ICISS was chaired by Gareth Evans, former foreign minister for Australia, whose thoughts about the report and sovereignty in particular bear looking at in detail. Mr. Evans sought to turn the debate on sovereignty “on its head” by “characteriz[ing] it not as an argument about the ‘right’ of states to anything, but rather about their ‘responsibility’ — one to protect people at grave risk.”
That “responsibility” is to be defined by the United Nations. Mr. Evans envisions a world where sovereign nations are hardly “sovereign” as we understand the term. Indeed, Evans is seeking nothing less than a brand new definition of sovereignty — what he calls “a new way of talking about sovereignty itself.” The starting point, he says, is that sovereignty “should now be seen not as ‘control,’ as in the centuries-old Westphalian tradition, but, again, as ‘responsibility.’”
No “rights.” No “control.” At least Mr. Evans is willing to let nations keep their borders — for now — although that may also be under threat from R2P. One can imagine the United Nations taking the US to task for trying to keep millions of illegals from crossing our border: We have no “right” to keep hungry, desperate people from seeking a better life. Might our border policies also violate the R2P doctrine? Indeed, such an argument is already being made.
In 2004, the Secretary General Kofi Annan set up a blue ribbon committee to examine the ICISS findings and issue a report to the United Nations. The Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change swallowed the “new” definition of sovereignty while recommending R2P be adopted as a matter of policy and law. Their report, “A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility,” recommended that it be the responsibility “of every State when it comes to people suffering from avoidable catastrophe, mass murder and rape, ethnic cleansing by forcible expulsion and terror, and deliberate starvation and exposure to disease.”
In other words, “responsibility” has morphed from the 1990s concept–which entailed that it is up to the world community or voluntary coalitions to intervene where necessary to protect innocents–to a set of rules that sovereign nations themselves must satisfy the United Nations or the hammer will fall.
In direct violation of its own charter, the UN has set itself up as the arbiter of where sovereignty begins and ends, tossing aside Article 51′s “inherent right to self-defense” clause. The Office of the Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide at the UN makes this clear. The individual state’s idea of sovereignty takes a back seat to the UN’s judgment: “Sovereignty no longer exclusively protects States from foreign interference; it is a charge of responsibility where States are accountable for the welfare of their people.”
Might R2P also be invoked by Israel’s enemies to target the Jewish State in its war of national survival against the Palestinians? This has already become a reality. Michael Rubin, writing at Commentary Contentions, reports that the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arnç said last week, “We wish that the United Nations had made such resolutions and countries had taken action in the face of incidents in Gaza, Palestine and the other regions.”
Does this explain the surprising decision of the Arab League to allow for R2P to be invoked for Libyan intervention? Recall that the Arab League, the African Union, and numerous other regional developing world organizations originally opposed the concept of R2P. Could the prospect of a UN intervention in Gaza have encouraged the Arab League to back the Libyan adventure?
Even if it didn’t, you can rest assured that the next time Israel feels compelled to defend itself by going into Gaza and taking out terrorists who are attacking it, the League will be crying out for an international response to the “atrocities.” It will contend that Israel is not living up to its “responsibilities” to protect Palestinians. Such an argument will convince many — especially those who are predisposed to hate Israel in the first place. The US will then be in the unenviable position of being forced to veto such action in the Security Council, opening itself up to charges of hypocrisy.
Would we veto such a resolution? With NSC adviser Samantha Power‘s influence on Obama, it is highly questionable. Power is an avid R2P advocate; her 2002 book on the issue, A Problem from Hell, so affected Obama that he invited Power to join his Senate staff as a foreign policy fellow. She also briefly served on his campaign foreign-policy brain trust.
Power is also credited with influencing the president to adopt R2P as part of his foreign policy. But it is her views on Israel that should concern us most of all. She has a long record of antipathy toward the Jewish State. In a widely scrutinized interview with UC Berkeley’s Institute of International Studies, Power said that “a mammoth protection force” through an “external intervention” were “required” to impose a settlement between Israelis and the Palestinians. Her rather rambling and convoluted statement on the conflict clearly accused Israel of human rights violations, which warranted (R2P) intervention in the same way that the Rwandan genocide did. Such an action “might mean alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import” and would involve sacrificing billions the U.S. spends “servicing” the Israeli military to “invest” in a Palestinian state. Clearly, Power is someone who would readily impose a R2P solution on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But with her anti-Israeli disposition so apparent, one shudders to think what this would actually look like.
Other advocates of the R2P doctrine include numerous Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), which promote it for ideological reasons and also because of UN grants and funding. The International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect brings together many of these NGOs under one umbrella, where they can be more effective in both lobbying the UN and shaking the international money tree. The list of members is a Who’s Who of internationalists, one worlders, and leftist Utopians, including Oxfam, Citizens for Global Solutions, the International Crisis Group, the World Federalist Movement, Human Rights Watch, and The Stanley Foundation.
What all those groups have in common is a desire to destroy or vastly curtail the sovereignty of nations. And rising above all of them as chief financier and inspiration are George Soros and his Open Society Institute. There is little doubt that Soros recognized early the kind of power that a vast, worldwide movement could exert and bring him closer to his dream of radically changing the scope of national sovereignty, thus allowing for a new economic and financial system to take hold. He calls himself a “stateless statesman,” which is a good description of how he wants the rest of us to live.
In addition to being the primary funder of The Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect, the Open Society Institute also heavily supports other NGOs that belong to the R2P coalition, including the International Crisis Group (ICG)and Human Rights Watch.
You don’t have to connect too many dots to discover Soros’ influence on the Obama administration. Samantha Power served on the executive committee of the ICG along with Soros until she left for the UN in 2009. And several members of the Obama foreign policy team were employed by the Center for American Progress – another Soros funded think tank.
The future of R2P is now. The situation in the small African country of Côte d’Ivoire is spiraling out of control and headed for civil war with the potential for atrocities and mass civilian casualties. Several nations, including the African Union and NGOs involved in the R2P movement, are already calling for military intervention, while the UN has expressed its “alarm” at the deteriorating situation.
Meanwhile, Bashar Assad is killing demonstrators in the streets of Syria, and the world does nothing. Clearly, R2P needs a little fine tuning. The ICISS and UN panel on R2P both advanced the notion of “thresholds” that would have to be crossed before action was contemplated, but the UN has yet to adopt any hard and fast rules about intervention.
Until they do, the Security Council will be fumbling in the dark, confused and hesitant to proceed. But the real danger will come if they ever do get their act together and begin to intervene in the world’s trouble spots in earnest. Given R2P’s broad mandate, which includes “starvation and disease” as responsibilities of member states, the list of countries that would be ripe for intervention is growing considerably. For the proponents of R2P, this is not accidental."
Monday, March 28, 2011
Unfortunately, unless those people stand-up and demand positive changes, this country is doomed for failure. I see it and so do many other Americans. The corruption in our government is disgusting (both parties). Unfortunately, this is OUR fault for allowing it to happen! We have all been too complacent over the years and allowed this cancer to get where it is today. We keep electing the same politicians over and over. We have taken for granted our freedoms and looked the other way far too long. Now we are at a tipping point and may never be able to look back. This is a critical time in American history. Why don't people see it? It's so clear!
America was the last bastion of freedom in the world since its inception and now it is slowly being replaced by God knows what. Whatever is coming is evil. I can feel it in my heart and soul. The insidious attack from within is (slowly over time) having its effect. I do believe that evil is winning. This is sad, because freedom is so priceless. Our Founding Fathers were correct when they wondered if we could maintain a Republic. Current trends seem to say we cannot.
Once freedom is gone, people will realize too late what they had. In a couple of generations, they will never have any awareness because the Progressives will re-write all history. They will continue to poison the minds of our youth into believing their propaganda. When our generation is gone, no one will remember what REAL freedom is or was.
Some of the younger generation IS aware of the corruption and immorality that prevails in today's society. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a perfect person. However, I do have a deep personal code of what is right and wrong. I do still have a good strong sense of morality and take personal pride in it. People no longer feel a sense of shame or morality. They also place little value in human life. Greed and entitlements are the new rage of the day. This is so sad to see the demise of a once proud civilization.
This sounds corny, but I enjoy saying the Pledge of Allegiance and I do love the flag of the United States. I always have. I learned at an early age to respect the flag and what it represents. The flag stirs deep emotions in me when I think about all those who have sacrificed their lives for it. I wonder what I can do to save it. So I write a blog each day hoping that somehow this will help make a small difference in saving it. I can only hope that good will overcome evil. I pray that it will."
Sunday, March 27, 2011
American forces attacking Libya are now being led and directed by a Canadian three star general named Charles Bouchard. He is now in charge of American air attacks in Libya. This change of command officially took place today.
What About the Constitution?
The Constitution? What's that? Obama doesn't know or doesn't care. It is against the US Constitution to place a foreign leader or general in charge of American troops. However, that's exactly where we are today! Isn't it time we rein-in this out-of-control President? If he doesn't know the law of the land, we need to tell him. If he does know the law of the land, we need to cut him down to size - immediately. This guy is out-of-control.
Action To Take
Tomorrow Congress is back in Washington from their Spring Break. Get on the phone or email your representatives that you won't stand for the President of the United States violating the Constitution any time he pleases. Demand that Congress begin Impeachment proceedings immediately!