……The report states, “Once upon a time, our founders thought that they were guaranteeing our freedoms by adding a Bill of Rights to the Constitution.
“But today there are a lot of freedoms that we simply do not have any longer.
“In America today, you do not have the right to say whatever you want. If you say the wrong thing on a blog or a website it can have dramatic consequences.
“In America today, you do not have the right to do raise your own children as you see fit.
“In America today, you do not have the right to grow whatever food you want and you do not have the right to eat whatever food you do grow.
“In America today, you do not have the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure.
“In America today, you do not have a right to privacy. In fact, you should expect that everything that you do is watched, tracked, monitored and recorded.”
The report then goes on to list several real-life examples to prove the assessments listed above.
See the American Dream report.
And, of course, the ultimate symbol of a free people is the right to keep and bear arms. And while most states theoretically recognize a citizen’s right to own and possess a gun, the vast majority of them only do so–not as a right guaranteed to a free people by their Creator–but as a privilege granted to approved subjects by the limited benevolence of the State. At last count, only four states recognize the right of their citizens to keep and bear arms without any kind of State license: Alaska, Arizona, Vermont, and Wyoming.
(For clarification, the State of Montana allows open carry Statewide and concealed carry in unincorporated areas, but people carrying concealed in incorporated cities, must have a CCW permit. We passed legislation this year to expunge the incorporated city CCW requirement, but our Democrat governor vetoed it. But Montana will be the fifth State soon!)…..
Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 4:59:38 AM by No One Special
On Saturday morning, October 25, 1851, Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune , entrenched after a decade of existence as America’s leading Whig daily, appeared with twelve pages rather than its usual eight. The occasion was too noteworthy to be passed over without comment by the paper itself. So a special editorial was written—probably by Greeley’s young managing editor, the brisk, golden-whiskered Charles A. Dana—to point it out.
Besides a “press of advertisements.” the editorial ran, this morning’s enlarged paper contained “articles from some foreign contributors that are especially worthy of attention.” Among these were “a letter from Madame Belgioioso, upon the daily and domestic life of the Turks, and another upon Germany by one of the clearest and most vigorous writers that country has produced—no matter what may be the judgment of the critical upon his public opinions in the sphere of political and social philosophy.”
Turning the pages to see who this most clear and vigorous German might be, readers glanced past such items as a “Grand Temperance Rally in the igth Ward“; a Philadelphia story headlined “Cruelty of a Landlord—Brutality of a Husband”: a Boston campaign telegram announcing a Whig demonstration “in favor of Daniel Webster for President.” Then they reached a long article entitled “Revolution and Counter-Revolution,” over the by-line, Karl Marx.
“The first act of the revolutionary drama on the Continent of Europe has closed,” it began upon a somber organ tone; ”“The ‘powers that were’ before the hurricane of 1848………………………
…..We find ourselves immersed in an “Alice Through the Looking-Glass” world where terrorists are called “freedom fighters,” and law abiding patriots are called terrorists; where the US Congress passes laws while saying “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it;” where the federal government sues a state for trying to protect America’s border from invaders; where our representatives don’t represent us; where incompetent crooks are given billions of dollars in handouts, while honest citizens are left to die on the vine. Curiouser and curiouser.
The “long train of abuses and usurpations” runs on ad nauseum, and gives cause for any sane patriotic American to rise up in anger and alarm—“It shall not stand, nor shall it come to pass!”
As a sign of just how off-track and un-American America’s government has become, those who should hold an honored place in society—her military veterans—have instead been targeted as potential terrorists (while identifying who the real terrorists are is forbidden). Link Link
“We the people” now live under the jack-boot of tyranny, call it what you will. The “Declaration to Restore the Constitutional Republic” was drawn up under the auspices of the Patriots Union and Veteran Defenders, in order to restore America to being the free republic it was designed to be, meant to be, has to be. Link Link
Although the Declaration is primarily aimed at veterans, the message is applicable to all patriotic Americans (especially those who have taken an oath to defend the Constitution), and all freedom-loving Americans are encouraged to get involved, whether they are a veteran or not……
Partially lifting the veil that usually guards their actions, two Supreme Court justices on Wednesday painted the court as a bulwark for the Constitution and said some of today’s cynicism about government stems from the public’s scanty understanding of the founding document.
He and Justice Stephen G. Breyer appeared before the SenateJudiciary Committee in an unusual hearing. The branches of government usually strive to keep their spheres separate, but the two justices agreed to testify on the role of judges and the Constitution because both said they take a keen interest in trying to educate the public on the critical importance of the document.
“I feel that we’re not teaching it very well,” Justice Scalia said.
Justice Breyer said the Constitution “creates a structure for democracy” that has served the country well and said judges aren’t there to substitute for legislators, though he said they do bring their personal experiences to bear.
“This is a very big country. We have 309 million people, 308 million of whom, to everyone’s surprise, are not lawyers,” he said. “And they have many different views. And it’s a good thing, not a bad thing, that people’s outlook on that court is not always the same.”
The judiciary is the most closed of any of the three federal branches of government, and the workings of the Supreme Court are somewhat shrouded.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com …
Suppose, though, that realism intruded its ugly head. Suppose that to the Tea People I spoke as follows. “Yes, you are right. We are most astounding democratic. I cannot doubt it. Just to satisfy my thirst for understanding, can you give me three ways in which America is more democratic than, say, Japan, Germany, or Australia? More free than France, Switzerland, or Uruguay, wherever that is?”
But I am cross, and a curmudgeon.
Are Americans the “best educated”? Or do they just think that they are? I submit, and could back it up with countless surveys of “college graduates,” that the US is not nearly as schooled as it thinks it is, and doesn’t come close to Japan.
From the Wikipedia on functional illiteracy, “In the US, 14% of the adult population is at the “below basic” level for prose literacy… and 22% are at that level for quantitative literacy. Only 13% of the population is proficient in these three areas—able to compare viewpoints in two editorials; interpret a table about blood pressure, age, and physical activity; or compute and compare the cost per ounce of food items.”
via Fred On Everything.
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Pelosi then helped steer Obamacare and the stimulus package through Congress, which were comprised largely of kickback schemes to Obama supporters as a means of maintaining left-wing Democratic control of the US Government through vote-buying.
Such insatiable lust for power and total disregard for the well-being of the country have brought the United States to the precipice of economic collapse, have polarized our society and made us vulnerable to exploitation by anti-democratic and anti-American forces.
Washington, D.C. oozes corruption, weakness and political correctness.
Truth and justice demand that the illegal and criminal Obama Administration be immediately removed from office.
We will not allow a corrupt government that has subverted our Constitution and flouted the rule of law to make America defenseless against our enemies.
The survival of our nation is now at stake.
If Congress members are too corrupt or too cowardly to adhere to the Constitution and defend their country, then patriotic Americans will have to take matters into their own hands.
Which side of history will you be on?
Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is a retired colonel with 29 years of service in the US Army Reserve and a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq. He receives hate mail at firstname.lastname@example.org…………………
Posted by Gunny G
Liberals want to talk about corporations and profits. Well, how about rich unions that don’t pay one penny in federal income tax? And they make lots of profit. They shouldn’t be tax exempt.”
“These Democrats in the Senate who are up for reelection, the last thing they want to do is go on record voting for this thing with all these tax increases in it. I don’t think Dingy Harry has enough votes to give all those guys a pass. He’s got too many senators up for reelection.”
“You cause the banking fees to go up with the Dodd-Frank regulatory reform bill, and when that happens you create a new bureaucracy to deal with it. It’s the way of the world for these people.”
“You know, for 30 years we’ve been told by the Democrats that children are the future. Save the children. Now we see what they’ve become. They’re not the future. They’re a total mess. There is no future. These people are all there is. Pack it in, folks.”
“Sharyl Attkisson once invited me to be her guest at the White House Correspondents Dinner, which I graciously turned down. She thought it would raise the roof off the place, which it would have. I didn’t want to sit at the CBS table.”
“Who in the world knits their own sleeping bags and has a board of directors meeting about it for an hour before they decide? These protestors! You know, I wouldn’t doubt if we’re not careful the next president of this country is gonna come out of this group.”
“Obama’s jobs bill was never intended to be signed, the bill was never intended to be passed. It’s there for the express purpose of allowing Obama and the Democrats to say the Republicans are the obstructionists. “
“Washington has nothing to do with job creation. As we’ve seen the last two and a half years, what Washington does is destroy jobs. What Washington does is put obstacles in the way of economic growth that would lead to job creation.”
“I’m a wordologist. Words are my business, so I listen very carefully to the words other people use.”
“It isn’t gonna be long, folks, before we are going to hear that the Republicans gave the protesters blankets that were infected with smallpox. You wait. Some of these people are gonna get sick, gonna blame it on Republican donations to try to thin the herd.”
“These protestors are urging the reelection of a guy who’s doing exactly what they say they detest. They’re just dumb.”
“How come nobody at the regime ever talks about trying to bring the cost of education down? It’s ’cause their buddies work there and that’s their standard of living.”
“My mom always told me not to laugh at people dumber than me. Sometimes I can’t help it.”
“My guess is that there is a whole lot of Reagan Democrats in these labor unions. There are a whole lot of conservatives in these labor unions. They’ve got no control over how their dues are spent, but they do control how they vote, and I don’t think they support the welfare state like this.”
“We used to talk about welfare queens, now we now have welfare punks.”
“Yeah, well, why are you [Dingy Harry] reacting to it, slimeball? What a snake. You know, the piece of paper that this transcript is printed on is greasy. I can barely hold onto the piece of paper. What a slickster!”
“What will the Wall Street crowd do for bathrooms? Well, no, no, no, no, you wouldn’t see Port-A-Potties, someone would have to pay for them. They probably go into Starbucks.”
via Pearls of Wisdom.
BLOCKBUSTER REVELATION! – MINI Documentary – Illegal Obama “Propped Up” By Congress!:
From 2003-2008 Congress made….. 8….. attempts to change the clause in the Constitution
(Excerpt) Read more at youtube.com …
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http://wtpotus.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/breaking-vets-call-for-removal-of-obama-biden-and-cabinet-now/ ^ | October 5, 2011 | Bridgette
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2011 5:46:15 PM by Bridgetteb
Citizens Awake: “Declaration to Restore the Constitutional Republic”
Demands Call for Removal of Obama and Biden, and more!
The following excerpts are from the “Declaration to Restore the Constitutional Republic.” It must be read by all citizens to understand the gravity of the situation we are now facing. All members in Congress have received this notification! The Veterans in our nation have combined their efforts to prepare this Call to Action.
An undisclosed number of American Veterans and former service members have come together to prepare and present this Call-to-Action on behalf of the U.S. Constitution, the Republic, the Rule of Law and equal justice for all freedom loving citizens of the United States of America. Acting together as one, via The Veteran Defenders of America, co-sponsored by civilian patriot group The Unites States Patriots Union, LLC – we issue the following CALL for peaceful disobedience.
(Excerpt) Read more at wtpotus.wordpress.com …
Filmmaker Eastwood asked FBI about Hoover’s sexuality
USA Today ^ | October 5, 2011 | Kevin Johnson
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2011 5:46:36 PM by ConservativeStatement
WASHINGTON — The director and star of the upcoming Hollywood film on J. Edgar Hoover sought information from officials at FBI headquarters about disputed aspects of the iconic former FBI director’s sexual life while preparing the movie.
(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com …
On Tea Party, Morgan Freeman Should Follow His Past Advice
Pajamas Media ^ | October 5, 2011 | Walter Hudson
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2011 5:37:59 PM by Kaslin
The venerable actor once called for an end to racial distinctions. Now he’s making them.
You’re gonna relegate my history to a month?… I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history… Stop talking about [racism]. I’m gonna stop calling you a white man, and I’m gonna ask you to stop calling me a black man. I know you as Mike Wallace. You know me as Morgan Freeman.
That venerable actor appears to be gone, replaced by a bitter doppelganger engaged in the very race-baiting he once decried.
… Morgan asked the actor, “Has Obama helped the process of eradicating racism or has it, in a strange way, made it worse?”
“Made it worse. Made it worse,” Freeman replied. “The tea partiers who are controlling the Republican party … their stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term. What underlines that? Screw the country. We’re going to do whatever we can to get this black man out of here.”
Freeman cited no comment or action which supports his characterization of the Tea Party. Instead he perpetuated the Left’s long-standing argument from intimidation, that any opposition to President Obama or his policies is self-evidently racist:
Dismissing Morgan’s suggestion that the Tea Party’s motivations might be merely political, Freeman asserted, “It is a racist thing.”
Freeman’s take on the Tea Party is uniquely disappointing. Coming from a man who has clearly thought outside the leftist box, rejected the condescension of lowered expectations, and recognized the cultural apartheid of race-based history, it is particularly disheartening to see the unfounded assumption that political disagreement is motivated by bigotry………………..
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Fight Erupts Over First Lady’s Travel Costs
US News ^ | 10/5/11 | Paul Bedard
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2011 5:02:56 PM by Nachum
A fight has broken out between the White House, its defenders and a conservative public watchdog group over first lady Michelle Obama‘s travel costs and how they are calculated. The dispute stems from a Judicial Watch release yesterday, reported by Whispers, that said the first lady’s June goodwill mission to Africa cost $424,142 just for her Air Force C32A.
Judicial Watch said it used Pentagon calculations to come up with the price to taxpayers, multiplying the hourly cost of $12,188 by the number of flight hours, 34.8.
[Read: Michelle Obama's Africa Trip Cost More than $424,142.]
The White House later said that the costs used were exaggerated and included elements typically not included in calculating flight costs.
“The number stated is misconstrued and out of context. The hourly rate is not the marginal cost of operating the plane—it is an accounting figure that prices in a number of fixed costs from maintaining the Air Force fleet for this kind of plane over a year. For example, it includes estimated replacement parts, depreciation, repairs, and costs that would have been incurred regardless of this flight,” said an official.
(Excerpt) Read more at usnews.com …
I do not refer here to a historical question raised by a book said to be revealed by God. I refer to a question that historians have struggled with for a century without any agreed-upon solution. It is this:
If you think this is a matter of no concern to you, consider this question:
Will my grandchildren live in a more prosperous, more productive world in 50 years?
For almost two centuries, Americans have assumed that the answer to this question is “yes.”
From the beginning of recorded history until about 1820, the answer was “probably not.” This answer applied to those grandchildren who were born to parents who survived diseases, famines, and childhood accidents. Most did not.
This changed after 1820. Why?
For a good summary of the most recent findings on the extent of this growth, click here.
World population was a billion in 1800. Today, it is 6.7 billion. Yet most people in the urban world have far more wealth than anyone had in 1800.
Obama Has Now Increased Debt More than All Presidents from George Washington Through George…..
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2011 3:11:31 PM by Sub-Driver
(CNSNews.com) – The Obama administration passed another fiscal milestone this week, according to new data released by the Treasury Department. As of the close of business on Oct. 3, the total national debt was $14,837,099,271,196.71—up about $44.8 billion from Sept. 30.
That means that in the less-than-three-years Obama has been in office, the federal debt has increased by $4.212 trillion–more than the total national debt of about $4.1672 trillion accumulated by all 41 U.S. presidents from George Washington through George H.W. Bush combined.
This $4.212-trillion increase in the national debt means that during Obama’s term the federal government has already borrowed about an additional $35,835 for every American household–or $44,980 for every full-time private sector worker. (According to the Census Bureau there are about 117,538,000 households in the country, and, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are about 93,641,000 full-time private sector workers.)
When Obama was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2009, according to the Treasury Department, the total national debt stood at $10,626,877,048,913.08.
(Excerpt) Read more at cnsnews.com …
Junking the Junk Mail Office
wsj ^ | 100511 | GARY MACDOUGAL
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2011 3:51:47 PM by ken21
The United States Postal Service (USPS) lost $9 billion last year and is facing default if it doesn’t soon make a $5.5 billion payment into its bloated retiree medical plan. This is a moment when bankruptcy can be a blessing.
(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com …
Yesterday, CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson told radio show host Laura Ingraham that the White House yelled and swore at her over her reporting on the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal tied to the deaths of two U.S. law enforcement agents. Attkisson also revealed that she’d also been yelled at by the Justice Department.
Today, I called CBS News in an attempt to interview Attkisson. I was told by CBS News senior vice president of communications Sonya McNair that Attkisson would be unavailable for interviews all week. When I asked why Attkisson would be unavailable, McNair would not say.
I’ve also heard from a producer at another media outlet that has previously booked Attkisson that they tried to book her since she made news with the Laura Ingraham interview yesterday. They were also told that she would be unavailable.
(Excerpt) Read more at weeklystandard.com …
yahoo.com ^ | October 5, 2011 | Sarah Skidmore and Michelle Chapman
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2011 4:23:15 PM by ilovesarah2012
All retailers are struggling to balance soaring costs against shoppers’ continuing demand for low prices.
Costco has hesitated to raise its prices, for fear of losing its appeal with consumers who are willing to pay a membership fee to get a good a deal on everything from milk to televisions. But that made it less profitable in its fiscal fourth quarter than analysts anticipated.
“That is the tightrope this company walks: keeping prices low and managing margins as well as possible to justify membership fee,” said Matt Arnold, consumer staples analyst for Edward Jones.
(Excerpt) Read more at finance.yahoo.com …
Rise of the New Confederacy (barf alert)
Crooks and Liars ^ | 10/5/11 | karoli
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2011 4:29:52 PM by pabianice
For two years conservatives indulged themselves in unheard-of dogwhistle campaigns against this young African-American President while enlightened liberals pointed it out in a mild, somewhat derisive fashion but with little outrage. Now, in the aftermath of the midterm ‘shellacking’, a New Confederacy is rising with the assistance of the tea party and John Birchers, and it’s getting enough traction in Congress to do real damage. The scary part? It’s working.
Fact: We are NOT living in a post-racial society. Not on the liberal side, and not on the conservative side.
As nice as it is to think that we’ve transcended race now that we have a smart, well-educated mixed-race President, we haven’t at all. Racial divides are bigger and nastier than ever. The right exploits them; the left tries to ignore them. But they exist. Dave and John wrote about this in their book “Over the Cliff: How Obama’s Election Drove the American Right Insane“. The chapter on Mad Hatters and March Hares describes the series of dog whistles that birthed today’s Tea party. It’s not news to anyone paying attention, but it carries a subliminal and destructive message to those who are not.
Will Bunch hit on the same themes in his latest book, “The Backlash“, too. When I asked him directly about race as a motivating factor, he answered with this:
Race is a huge motivator. There’s been a lot of talk in the early reviews about ways in which “The Backlash” is perhaps understanding of the right-wing rank and file, but I want to be clear — racism of various stripes is a huge motivator, which I find disturbing and not excusable.
A big driver of the movement is cultural factors — people are worried about a future in which America is a “non-white majority” nation, and media and pols are exploiting that fear. Barack Obama was the exclamation mark — that change was here in 2008 and not in 2050 when whites are predicted to be a minority.
Race issues are doing great harm to Democrats and the progressive movement
So far I’ve addressed the right wing racists. But let’s look at what race is doing on the left. The Atlantic reports a disturbing trend:
From every angle, the exit-poll results reveal a new color line: a consistent chasm between the attitudes of whites and minorities. The gap begins with preferences in the election.
After two years of a punishing recession, minority support for House Democrats sagged in this election to the lowest level recorded by exit polls in the past two decades, according to calculations that Alan Abramowitz, a political scientist at Emory University, provided to National Journal.
Despite a drop in minority voters’ support for Democrats, it still averaged 73% across the board. However, white voters fled the Democratic party in droves.
Meanwhile, Republicans, with their……………
Yes, this again.
There are fewer billboards this time, but the people who brought you the popular Rapture “scare” of May 2011 are back with a more subdued sequel titled “Wait, Wait, We Meant October.”
You may recall the excitement earlier this year when Grand Rapids received a visit from the followers of Family Radio Worldwide, a California-based Christian group led by 89-year-old Harold Camping, who were traveling the country to loudly and colorfully proclaim Judgment Day’s imminence.
It didn’t happen. OR DID IT!? The conspicuous lack of a world-ending earthquake left Camping and his followers scrambling to explain why life somehow continued as normal after May 21. Here, according to Family Radio’s website, is what they’ve settled on:
What really happened this past May 21st? What really happened is that God accomplished exactly what He wanted to happen. That was to warn the whole world that on May 21 God’s salvation program would be finished on that day. For the next five months, except for the elect (the true believers), the whole world is under God’s final judgment. To accomplish this goal God withheld from the true believers the way in which two phrases were to be understood. Had He not done so, the world would never have been shaken in fear as it was.
What does that mean? The statement goes on:
Thus we can be sure that the whole world, with the exception of those who are presently saved (the elect), are under the judgment of God, and will be annihilated together with the whole physical world on October 21, 2011, on the last day of the present five months period. On that day the true believers (the elect) will be raptured. We must remember that only God knows who His elect are that He saved prior to May 21.
In the months since the non-Rapture, Camping turned 90, suffered a stroke, and was awarded an Ig Nobel prize for his dubious contributions to human knowledge.
As his revised date approaches, Camping seems less confident — the Christian Post notes Camping’s proclamations about Oct. 21 have been heavy on the probablys. So if you find yourself unable to muster the same enthusiasm for Rapture 2011 this time around, you’re definitely not alone.
Republicanism and Democracy
What is the source of political power and how it is executed? It is the question many people are asking today given the type of governance many are very dissatisfied with in the United States today. The answer to the question reveals much about how government treats citizens and how citizens respond to government; and how the constitution of the state is applied in society. Knowledge on the matter is crucial to the political student and observer of government and societal actions. Let us consider Enlightenment philosophy first, and then Hegel’s philosophy.
Charles Montesquieu goes into detail concerning the nature of States. He starts his Spirit of Laws by describing the types of government. “When the body of the people is possessed of the supreme power, it is called a democracy,” he says; “[t]here can be no exercise of sovereignty but by their suffrage” (Charles Montesquieu, Spirit of Laws, Trnsl. Thomas Nugent, [Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc., 1952)] 4). Given the political power each individual holds in the exercise of the State’s sovereignty, “[a] free agent,” he says, “ought to be his own government; the legislative power should reside in the whole body of the people” (Spirit of Laws, 71). Thus, a pure democracy is a State where the people hold all sovereignty of the State and directly pass all the laws of that State. Each citizen is his own legislator………..
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Why Our Best Officers Are Leaving
Why are so many of the most talented officers now abandoning military life for the private sector? An exclusive survey of West Point graduates shows that it’s not just money. Increasingly, the military is creating a command structure that rewards conformism and ignores merit. As a result, it’s losing its vaunted ability to cultivate entrepreneurs in uniform.
By Tim Kane
The Heads of State
John Nagl still hesitates when he talks about his decision to leave the Army. A former Rhodes Scholar and tank-battalion operations officer in Iraq, Nagl helped General David Petraeus write the Army’s new counterinsurgency field manual, which is credited with bringing Iraq’s insurgency under control. But despite the considerable influence Nagl had in the Army, and despite his reputation as a skilled leader, he retired in 2008 having not yet reached the rank of full colonel. Today, Nagl still has the same short haircut he had 24 years ago when we met as cadets—me an Air Force Academy doolie (or freshman), him a visiting West Pointer—but now he presides over a Washington think tank. The funny thing is, even as a civilian, he can’t stop talking about the Army—“our Army”—as if he never left. He won’t say it outright, but it’s clear to me, and to many of his former colleagues, that the Army fumbled badly in letting him go. His sudden resignation has been haunting me, and it punctuates an exodus that has been publicly ignored for too long…………………..
Raider Cleary’s plaque to be placed on USS Makin Island
During the summer of 1942 Admiral Nimitz decided to employ Carlson‘s battalion for its designated purpose. Planners selected Makin Atoll in the Gilbert Islands as the target. They made available two large mine-laying submarines, the Nautilus and the Argonaut. Each one could carry a company of raiders. The force would make a predawn landing on Butaritari Island, destroy the garrison (estimated at 45 men), withdraw that evening, and land the next day on Little Makin Island. The scheduled D-day was 17 August, 10 days after the lst Marine Division and the lst Raiders assaulted the lower Solomons. The objectives of the operation were diverse: to destroy installations, take prisoners, gain intelligence on the area, and divert Japanese attention and reinforcements from Guadalcanal and Tulagi. Companies A and B drew the mission and boarded the submarines on 8 August. Once in the objective area, things began to go badly. The subs surfaced in heavy rain and high seas. Due to the poor conditions, Carlson altered his plan at the last minute. Instead of each company landing on widely separated beaches, they would go ashore together. Lieutenant Oscar F. Peatross, a platoon commander, did not get the word; he and the squad in his boat ended up landing alone in what became the enemy rear. The main body reached shore in some confusion due to engine malfunctions and weather, then the accidental discharge of a weapon ruined any hope of surprise.
First Lieutenant Merwyn C. Plumley’s Company A quickly crossed the narrow island and………..
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U.S. Supreme Court Allows Nazi Salute Case to Go to Trial:
A man who gave a Nazi salute at a Santa Cruz City Council meeting nine years ago is entitled to a civil rights trial in federal court in San Jose as a result of a U.S. Supreme Court action Monday, KTVU.com reports.
The high court declined today to hear the city of Santa Cruz’s appeal of a lower court ruling that allowed Robert Norse to go ahead with a trial on his lawsuit against the city, according to the station…………………
FDR, like all of the social progressive presidents (and one unconstitutional usurper) before and after him, did not oversee a free market economy through a “truly-free and honest” free enterprise system. They manipulated the US economic system based on the tenets of dictatorial mercantilism. The mercantile economic system, created by Alexander Hamilton and fashioned by America’s first dictator, Abraham Lincoln, the Jacobin Whigs and the Free Soilers who merged into what was named the Republican Party. Mercantilism prospered through the Civil War as Lincoln waged a civil war not to end slavery, but to destroy States rights and force the States to succumb to the edicts of the federal government. But it was a small victory since the States retained the power to kill any bill offered by the House (although the Jacobin Republicans unconstitutionally ratified the 14th Amendment that bound the States with the same Bill of Rights restrictions the bound the federal government.
(The following, while not pertinent to the discussion on contemporary politicians attempting to further erase the Constitution, sheds additional light on the fraudulent ramifications of the 16th and 17th Amendments which is pertinent to this discussion..) When the Jacobins proposed the 14th Amendment, only the northeastern industrial States, which wanted federal supremacy over the States from the birth of the Republic, flawlessly voted to ratify it. The States viewed the 14th Amendment as the abrogation of States rights. In the South, the Amendment was ratified at the point of a bayonet. Fearful of the federal government which had just concluded a 4-year civil war to establish federal supremacy, most of the States which submitted flawed resolutions of the proposed 14th Amendment knew they would have to be rejected by Secretary of State William H. Seward. Instead, Seward simply ignored the flaws which made almost every resolution a different amendment, and certified the 14th Amendment as lawfully ratified on July 28, 1868.
Why would the States do that when they could have simply rejected it? Because the federal government………………….
Due Process With a Bullet
Due Process With a Bullet:
A GI in the hills of France takes aim through a rifle scope at a German soldier. Snow cakes the ground and a few bare trees cling to the ground like bony fingers. At the last moment, the German soldier sees his attacker. “Wait,” he cries out in a passable accent, “Ich bin an American citizen.”
The scenario isn’t a particularly implausible one. Any number of Germans did leave to fight on behalf of their country in the first and second world wars. And there was no question of due process on the battlefield. Members of enemy forces who fought against the United States were killed and any precedent set in that regard was set long ago.
Critics of drone attacks call them “assassinations”, but there is no difference whatsoever between a soldier sighting an enemy officer through a computer monitor or a rifle scope. There is also no legal distinction between firing a bullet or dropping a bomb or launching a missile. The nature of the projectile or delivery mechanism matters in the tactical and strategic sense, it doesn’t matter in any other way. War is war and dead is dead.
If knowing the identity of your target ahead of time is assassination…………….
Controlling the Economy Marxist-Leninist style
Controlling the Economy Marxist-Leninist style:
At a Cincinnati, Ohio, concrete plant – the same one used by President Obama to promote his economic plan last month – jobs are in jeopardy by new federal regulations proposed by the Obama Administration. The vice president of the plant, Brad Slabaugh, spoke out. The VP of Hilltop Basic Resources, traveled to Washington, DC, to share his story with lawmakers.
“This is the side of the story the President didn’t tell when he traveled to our community last month,” said Speaker Boehner, “And I commend Brad for traveling to the Capitol to share it. It’s about jobs – jobs in the Tri-State area, and jobs across this country.”………….
On the heels of Judi McLeod’s column discussing the potential usurpation of our constitutionally protected voting rights by rogue politicians, and after receiving several e-mails from trusted CFP friends, it is readily apparent that bold change is mandatory for us to escape the vortex of the sleazy, D. C. fraud and malfeasance that passes for ‘politics as usual.’
Many of us bemoan the insanity of what occurs daily in D. C., yet aren’t we just as guilty as those within both parties who continue to abuse and betray us?
Haven’t we allowed ourselves to be used by the ‘elitistment’ of the ‘Demolishcrats’ and the ‘Repugnicans’ for far too long? In reviewing how our Founding Fathers summoned the courage and embraced divine providence to lead a bold minority of upstarts against the most powerful army and navy of the day, maybe it is time for the here-to-for unthinkable action!
We have come to expect the vilest of chicanery of the Demolishcrats, but it is even more troubling that many within the GOP have aligned themselves with the Dems against the rest of us. Equally troubling is that even the good guys and gals within Congress have remained mute on a whole host of critical issues. Is this due to ignorance or pressure from the GOP ‘elitistment?’ The resentment of the GOP ‘elitistment’ towards the upstart TEA Party members within the GOP is felt throughout the country. The resentment is mutual. We resent the fact that we are continually forced to pick between the lesser of two evils between the major political parties in a majority of elections. Our nation has evolved into multiple ‘us vs. them’ battlefronts, including D. C. vs. the American citizen/taxpayer/voter…………….
Today, the Obama administration will invite the Supreme Court to open a new front in the culture wars. Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC concerns a commissioned minister, Cheryl Perich, who taught elementary school and led chapel devotions at a small Lutheran school outside Detroit. Ms. Perich became ill and was replaced in the classroom by a substitute. In the middle of the school year she sought to return and then, instead of attempting to work out the dispute through the church’s reconciliation process, she threatened to sue.
As relations broke down, the church congregation voted to withdraw her “call” to the ministry, and she ceased to be eligible for her prior job. She sued under the Americans with Disabilities Act, with the support of the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The federal statutes outlawing employment discrimination based on race, sex, age and disability contain no express exception for church employers. But for 40 years lower courts have applied a “ministerial exception,” which bars the government from any role in deciding who should be a minister. Courts have reasoned that the separation between church and state protects the ability of churches to choose their own clergy just as it protects the state from any control by churches. The Supreme Court has never spoken to the issue.
But who counts as a minister? Cheryl Perich’s duties included leading students in prayer and worship, but she also taught secular subjects, using ordinary secular textbooks. The sole disagreement in the lower courts was whether her job was sufficiently religious to be considered ministerial. The Supreme Court will consider, for the first time, how to make that determination.
But the Obama Justice Department has now asked the court to disavow the ministerial exception altogether.
(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com …
An undisclosed number of American Veterans and former service members have come together to prepare and present this Call-to-Action on behalf of the U.S. Constitution, the Republic, the Rule of Law and equal justice for all freedom loving citizens of the United States of America. Acting together as one, via The Veteran Defenders of America, co-sponsored by civilian patriot group The Unites States Patriots Union, LLC – we issue the following CALL for peaceful disobedience.
We CALL upon every member of federal, state and local government, legislative, judicial, law enforcement and military, who have taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitutional Republic from all enemies, foreign and domestic, to act upon those oaths for the stated purpose of restoring the Constitutional Republic.
We CALL upon ALL veterans and veteran organizations in America, who still believe in their oath to protect and defend, to unite with us at once – in this Declaration to Restore the Constitutional Republic.
We CALL for ALL citizens who still desire freedom and liberty, to stand with us in peaceful protest, and carry our demands to right the wrongs against our nation in the preservation of freedom, liberty, justice and the rule of law.
This is a NATIONWIDE Call-to-Action!
“We are Facing a Battle That Will Decide our Fate as a Nation!” – Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely (Ret.)…………………….
“Would it be much of a problem if we were doing this every year?”
October 5, 2011
Texas Congressman and 2012 presidential candidate Ron Paul held hearings Tuesday into a recent and rare one off audit of the Federal Reserve’s crisis-response emergency lending programs of 2008.
In his role as chairman of the Domestic Monetary Policy subcommittee, Paul relished the glimmer of transparency that was afforded as part of the Dodd-Frank Act, signed into law last year.
“More people now are starting to realize that the Fed isn’t independent of political independence because indirectly and some times more directly it is involved in political decisions or at least private decisions to serve some political interest.” Paul told those gathered at the hearing.
Along with Paul, Republicans in attendance argued that the audit should pave the way for regular reviews of the Fed’s policies, as well as more complete disclosure of exactly who has received upwards of $27 trillion in bail out funds since 2008.
“Would it be much of a problem if we were doing this every year?” Paul asked.
Robert Auerbach, Professor of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, backed Paul up by putting the case that regular and ongoing audits would not affect the Fed’s independence in any major way.
“The Fed’s mythical flag of independence from politics, a favorite Fed mantra to avoid individual responsibility, is merely a shield intended to protect the institution from being forced to act in a more transparent fashion,” Auerbach testified.
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, Republican of Missouri, expressed concern that although the GAO’s audit authority is now expired, some banks and firms that “borrowed” from the Fed, and by extension the American taxpaying public, as part of the Bear Sterns and AIG relief packages, have yet to pay back the funds.
Luetkemeyer also noted that the one time GAO audit was extremely limited in its scope.
Nevertheless, the GAO’s report found several instances of conflicts of interest and questionable practices involving Fed officials.
It was also revealed that the Fed made $16.1 trillion in secret loans to Wall Street firms at the height of the crisis.
The full hearing, beginning with Ron Paul’s opening statement, can be viewed below:
Congressman Ron Paul also appeared on Freedom Watch yesterday to discuss the economic situation, urging that politicians in Washington are “not offering a prescription”.
A d v e r t i s e m e n t
“We have too much spending and too much debt, so they’re trying to solve the problem with more debt. There’s not a chance that we can get out of the recession this way.” Paul told host Judge Andrew Napolitano.
“The people here don’t want to change because they have been conditioned by Keynesian economics. Where I’m encouraged is that people outside this place are getting the message. The answers are well known but how do you translate this new message that we have of free markets and the constitution, and get the people that are managing the affairs now out of office?” the Congressman stated.
Paul added that as president he would implement some immediate measures that would cut the deficit and reduce spending in a meaningful way.
“Immediately you could bring all our troops home and have them spend money here at home, that would give us some reprieve. We could change our foreign policy and indicate to the world that we are going to get our budget under control.” Paul said.
“We could remove taxation on all the money that is held overseas by our corporations and not double tax them. We could remove the interest paid by the Federal Reserve to the banks. The banks won’t invest their money because it’s too risky, but the Federal Reserve gives them their money, essentially, for free, and then they invest it back into Treasury bills, so they help monetize the debt too.”
“Those are a few things, but sending a signal will be most important, ‘we’re going to quit this spending’. Right now I’m working on a plan where in one year I want to cut a trillion dollars.” Paul revealed.
“The appetite for big government is the problem. The taxes and the Federal Reserve inflating, that is the symptom, and the budget problem is a symptom of the appetite for big government.” Paul continued.
“Too often the leadership is only in the business of preserving power… It’s a shame that despite all this arguing and bickering going on between the two parties, there is no difference. Regardless of which party it is they still don’t change the definition of entitlements, they don’t change the foreign policy and they don’t go after the Fed.”
Watch the interview:
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.net, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.
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Does even asking the question make you a right-wing nut or a partisan hack?
Is it distasteful to mention Hitler or the Nazis to make a point?
Let’s take a sober look at the answers to these questions below:
Just curious, but when I see the LEFT wing anger, hatred, violence, threats, behavior, insults, assaults, attacks, etc. all directed towards conservatives, conservative values, etc
YouTube, “The View” ^ | 10/4/11 | Herman Cain
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2011 12:07:04 PM by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears
Obama the Marxist “underdog”:
Were it not that unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers is busy strategizing Flotilla attacks on Israel, President Barry Soetoro would have pressed him into service to ghostwrite the autobiography, Obama the Underdog.
Ludicrous to think of the charmed life-Obama as an underdog.
A childhood under the protection of doting grandparents; an education allegedly paid for from the deep pockets of a wealthy Saudi; unearned appointments to top posts made possible by friends and supporters in high places. That’s a strange path for someone now laying claim to “underdog” status.
Make that an “underdog” who gets to plot the downfall of a nation, that gave him the best life earth has to offer, from the comfort of many holidays in luxury lavished- places………………
“Let Me Prove in 7 Days That I Can Make You a New Man!”
“The Insult That Made a Man Out of Mac”
“Hey, Skinny! Yer Ribs Are Showing!”
It’s an ad the majority of readers out there can easily conjure up in their heads. A cartoon of a skinny, 97-pound weakling who gets sand kicked in his face by a beefcake, uses the moment as inspiration to build his body, and comes back to the beach to give the bully his belated comeuppance.
The name associated with that image is just as familiar as the ad itself: Charles Atlas.
That these two images go hand-in-hand may have led you to see Atlas the man as a cartoonish caricature, or to view him in the light of the thousands of sometimes shady modern-day fitness hucksters who have taken Atlas’ old mail-order business model and ramped it up for the online age.
But Atlas was that true rarity, a man equal to the marketing hype – the real deal. He was a scrawny immigrant kid who transformed his body and launched a fitness revolution by creating a 12-lesson exercise course that was translated into seven languages and adopted by millions around the world, including King George VI, Joe DiMaggio, and Rocky Marciano. Even Mahatma Gandhi wrote to inquire about the program – no kidding! The mail-order business Atlas started has now been around for 82 years (although it’s currently run by others – Atlas died in 1972), and thousands continue to look to his program for a way to get in shape.
For the men who lost confidence in themselves during the Great Depression, Charles Atlas was a source of hope and inspiration. Today he remains a symbol of virile strength and vitality, and his life offers us several lessons in manliness…………
Four in 10 Americans “strongly” disapprove of how President Obama is handling his job as president in the new Washington Post-ABC News poll, the highest that number has risen during his time in office and a sign of the hardening opposition to him as he seeks a second term.
While the topline numbers are troubling enough, dig deeper into them and the news gets no better for Obama. Forty-three percent of independents — a group the president spent the better part of the last year courting — strongly disapprove of the job he is doing. Forty seven percent of people 65 years of age and older — reliable voters in any election — strongly disapprove of how he is doing his job.
Strong opposition to Obama has grown markedly since the start of the year.
In a mid-January Post-ABC survey, 28 percent strongly disapproved of the job Obama was doing. That number has steadily ticked upward — with the exception of a poll in early May that followed hard on the killing of Osama bin Laden — as the year has worn on and the economy has remained sluggish (at best).
Full article here
While I certainly understand the frustration of those who complain of RINO primary rise, it’s important to accept the reality of how it happens. It is not, as some would say, a matter of the “Republican Party giving us another John McCain.” Nominees aren’t appointed; they’re elected. It is not the result of a New World Order conspiracy bent on keeping the Ron Pauls of the world from power. Voters may sometimes have chips on their shoulders; there are no controlling chips in their brains. Of course, the media can and do shape public opinion, but they only truly sing in unison when their candidate (read: any Democrat) has his hide on the line during the general election.
To truly understand why a RINO (Republican in Name Only) will likely win the nomination, we only have to consider the following poll numbers: Mitt Romney, 25 percent; Rick Perry, 16; Herman Cain, 16; Ron Paul, 11; Newt Gingrich, 7; and Michele Bachmann, 7. What is notable about this list? Romney, widely viewed as the most liberal of the major contenders, leads the pack. Is this because the Republican base now reflects the Massachusetts GOP?
Or is it because too many are dividing up the traditionalist-vote pie?
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com …
Presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann was making her rounds in a coffee shop in Newton, Iowa when a supporter asked her when Obama will be impeached. While Bachmann didn’t specifically answer the question, she did agree with the man that President Obama should be impeached.
The man asked, “When will we impeach him and get him out of the way?” to which Bachmann replied, “Well, I’ll tell you, I’ll tell you, I agree, I agree. Some people are really upset.”
(Excerpt) Read more at mrctv.org …
I can hear them right now in newsrooms across the country—
“Are you sure we need to cover this story about a possible fraudulent solar power company?”
“Won’t we look bad when we promote ‘Green Week?’”
“But we have been saying for years that Green Jobs will save our future and our economy, how do we walk this back?”
“Won’t this make the Stimulus look bad?”
“If we just ignore it, it’ll go away, besides, we have the Michael Jackson doctor story to lead with!”
“How much did Obama know and when did he know it?” Wait, forget that last question, they won’t be asking that.
These questions might not be asked out loud at meetings, but they don’t have to be.
Don’t worry my media friends, I know how you roll, I’ve been in those meetings, you are hoping the public is much more stupid than they are (they are not) and hoping that they are not paying attention (and they are.) Some of those viewers actually have the internet and they know how to use it. They might even (gasp) listen to Evil Talk Radio.
The Obama connection with Solyndra is an easy one to make. Perhaps that’s why we’re not seeing the story. Protect Dear Leader.
Other than great work by Jake Tapper at ABC, the activist old media has virtually ignored this story because it destroys many of their templates and does so all at the same time. 1) Green jobs, 2) overreaction to supposed “global warming,” 3) Obama is not corrupt, but he is different than other politicians, 4) the stimulus will save us, 5) government knows best … and there are probably a few more I have left out.
This scandal is getting deeper every day and is ablaze on the Internet. This story is being powered by something, and it aint solar; it’s being powered by the truth. It’s being powered by a public that wants to know how a company can squander more than $500 million dollars of our money and why the President would give it to them in the first place, when apparently the White House knew this company had serious problems. E-mails are now out there. Yep, they knew and they still went along with the half-a-billion dollar ruse.
Let’s do the comparison game here for a moment. In 2003 the media was looking for a scandal to take down the Bush White House. “PlameGate” was born. For four years the media blasted the Bush administration for supposedly leaking the name of a CIA agent. Investigations were demanded, accusations made, David Schuster of NBC said Karl Rove would be indicted. CBS did an expose on how both CIA agent’s safety, and national security could be threatened because of the supposed leak. Patrick Fitzgerald conducted an investigation and the media demanded answers. FOUR BLOODY YEARS of hell is what the media put the Bush White House through and inflicted falsehood after falsehood on the public. Many days Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann did nearly their entire hour on the non-issue. Of course, the story flamed-out. Nothing to see here. It was Richard Armitage who leaked the name. Whoops. Sorry, no,actually, they weren’t sorry—there was never an apology.
Four years of “might be’s,” “could be’s,” and “maybe’s,” led to flame-out. Some of us could see the foolishness of that story at the time and I recall vividly some spirited conversations I had in newsrooms about my desire to keep that story in its proper context. For what it’s worth, I was right—but that was easy to see at the time if your eyes were open.
As wrong as the media was during that four year period, they are just as wrong now as they look to protect Dear Leader. Eventually–they will be pushed into doing this story. The facts demand it.
Even if they jump on this story now, they are already too late, this story has been years in the making. Here are the questions newsrooms should’ve been asking long ago relating to Solyndra, Obama and solar energy.
“What is the veracity of solar energy for the future?”
“Is the planet really warming?”
“Who approved giving more than $500 million of our dollars to this company and why?”
“Where did the money go?”
“Where has that money gone from all the “stimulus” programs?”
“Which political campaigns did Solyndra management contribute to?”
Oh, and this one–“What did Obama know and when did he know it?”
Yeah–these questions are tough to ask. They hit a little too close to the media’s home.
Yet they are labelled “racists” and “extremists.” Even Herman Cain has been called a racist by the liberal left.
If it was not all so disgraceful, it would be laughable. Unfortunately, what was once mind-boggling is now the status quo……
(Excerpt) Read more at thepostemail.com …
Back quite a few years ago when the American people were suffering under a despot called King George III they drew up a list of his offenses and told him they were not going to allow his government by fiat to be “destructive” any longer.
In the Declaration of Independence, they cited such problems as his refusal to allow beneficial and necessary laws, his obstruction of justice by manipulating the judiciary, his erection of “a multitude of new offices,” his disruption of trade and his preventing the laws adopted by local legislatures from addressing problems.
The Revolutionary War resulted.
Now, the Veteran Defenders of America, a group that involves such luminaries as Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely, is pointing out a similar list of offenses.
Only this document, “A Declaration to Restore the Constitutional Republic,” is addressed to the people.
It in, officials with Veteran Defenders note that the America people now have a strategic leader, President Obama, who “has questionable allegiance” and has “wreaked economic tyranny on the American people.” He also destroyed accepted administrative processes with 32 czars, doubled the national debt in one year, sided with Mexico against the American people, is demanding new taxes, subverted the nation’s immigration laws, forcibly took control of private economic interests, is targeting charities and churches for penalties and has advocated for a mosque “bankrolled by terrorist sympathizers” while refusing to defend the nation’s own laws.
This time, however, they just want his resignation, and those of his friends.
“This is not a call to overthrow our entire institutions of government, or subvert the Law of the Land, but rather to restore those institutions to their honorable constitutionally forms,” says the new declaration.
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Right Side News ^ | Eliana Benador
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2011 10:15:39 AM by IbJensen
By Kevin “Coach” Collins
These are not good times for the Barack Obama. Everywhere he looks he is sagging and failing. More than this an oddity seems to be hanging over his head that can best be described as his 55% problem. The figure 55% is killing his career.
This man must see the number 55% in his sleep. Polls that show him at 55% and sound good are actually sharp reminders of his falling fortunes not signs of growing popularity. Obama definitely has a 55% problem.
Consider these 55% problems he has:…………………
WILL THE ENEMY WIN?
by Lawrence Sellin, ©2011
(Oct. 5, 2011) — Only the truth will save the United States.
There are anti-democratic and anti-American forces working aggressively inside the country to reduce American global influence, control that influence or simply bring down our republic.
These forces are promoting the interests of nations hostile to the United States, global financiers and radical Islam.
The work of these forces is primarily facilitated by corrupt or cowardly politicians, radical leftists and by useful idiots, who are oblivious to the fact that they are aiding and abetting American enemies, who will ultimately eradicate freedom.
The United States no longer has a government of the people, by the people and for the people.
The government has been hijacked by an oligarchy composed of a self-serving permanent political class, supported by an obsequious press and financed by and beholden to wealthy special interests.
When the power of the oligarchy is challenged by grass roots citizen groups demanding accountability like the Tea Party or by independent politicians like Sarah Palin or Herman Cain, the Republican and Democratic Parties and the mainstream media go full-throttle to dismiss, ridicule or condemn them.
The Tea Party is nothing more than a gathering of ordinary Americans demanding fiscal responsibility…………
Dan Rather opened a CBS Evening News broadcast in 1991 by declaring, “One in eight American children is going hungry tonight.” Newsweek, the Associated Press, and the Boston Globe repeated this statistic, and many others joined the media chorus, with or without that unsubstantiated statistic.
When the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Agriculture examined people from a variety of income levels, however, they found no evidence of malnutrition among those in the lowest income brackets. Nor was there any significant difference in the intake of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from one income level to another.
That should have been the end of that hysteria. But the same “hunger in America” theme reappeared years later, when Sen. John Edwards was running for vice president. And others have resurrected that same claim, right up to the present day.
Ironically, the one demonstrable nutritional difference between the poor and others is that low-income women tend to be overweight more often than others. That may not seem like much to make a political issue from, but politicians and the media have created hysteria over less.
The political Left has turned obesity among low-income individuals into an argument that low-income people cannot afford nutritious food, and so have to resort to burgers and fries, pizzas and the like, which are more fattening and less healthful. But this attempt to salvage something from the “hunger in America” hoax collapses like a house of cards when you stop and think about it.
Burgers, pizzas, and the like cost more than food that you can buy at a store and cook yourself. If you can afford junk food, you can certainly afford healthier food. An article in the New York Times of September 25 by Mark Bittman showed that you can cook a meal for four at half the cost of a meal from a burger restaurant. So far, so good. But then Mr. Bittman says that the problem is “to get people to see cooking as a joy.” For this, he says, “we need action both cultural and political.” In other words, the nanny state to the rescue!
Since when are adult human beings supposed to do only those things that are a joy? I don’t find any particular joy in putting on my shoes. But I do it rather than go barefoot. I don’t always find it a joy to drive a car, especially in bad weather, but I have to get from here to there.
An arrogant elite’s condescension toward the people — treating them as children who have to be jollied along — is one of the poisonous problems of our time. It is at the heart of the nanny state and the promotion of a debilitating dependency that wins votes for politicians while weakening society.
Those who see social problems as requiring high-minded people like themselves to come down from their Olympian heights to impose their superior wisdom on the rest of us, down in the valley, are behind such things as the hunger hoax, which is part of the larger poverty hoax.
We have now reached the point where the great majority of the people living below the official poverty level have such things as air conditioning, microwave ovens, either videocassette recorders or DVD players, and either cars or trucks.
Why are such people called “poor”? Because they meet the arbitrary criteria established by Washington bureaucrats. Depending on what criteria are used, you can have as much official poverty as you want, regardless of whether it bears any relationship to reality.
Those who believe in an expansive, nanny-state government need a large number of people in “poverty” to justify their programs. They also need a large number of people dependent on government to provide the votes needed to keep the big nanny state going.
Politicians, welfare-state bureaucrats, and others have incentives to create or perpetuate hoaxes, whether about poverty in general or hunger in particular. The high cost to taxpayers is exceeded by the even higher cost of lost opportunities for fulfillment by those who succumb to the lure of a stagnant life of dependency.