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Month: November, 2012

Toeing the party line

Mired in the worst recovery since the Great Depression, with unemployment near 8 percent, companies laying off workers over Obamacare, a $16 trillion debt and gasoline at double the 2008 price, America still re-elected Barack Obama. Being at a liberal university such as Rhodes one becomes accustomed to hearing all about how great Obama is, how he is moving America ‘forward’ – when one asks these ardent Obama supporters why he is so great, the answers boil down to the fact that he is honest , likeable and ‘progressive’ – apparently. The Obama re-election is a primary case of cult leadership and the desire for a ‘good’ image to look to, not of a concern for substance.

People often cite the fact that Obama publicly stated that he supporters gay marriage – well, I’ve got news for you: he will jettison that support as soon as he can, because it has outlived its usefulness. Last Friday, Obama told an MTV audience that he would not fight for gay marriage his second term, intoning that “it would be up to future generations of Americans to implement meaningful reform.” Here’s the kicker: realizing that some states are now endorsing gay marriage, Obama suddenly became a champion of states’ rights, asserting, “For us to try to legislate federally into this area is probably the wrong way to go.” When the states endorse Obama’s positions, he’s a states’ rights guy. When they don’t, he rolls over them with the power of the federal government. In May he raked in huge amounts of funding from the gay community and their supporters in May when he endorsed gay marriage. But before that time he had been flip-flopping on the issue, vacillating wildly to reach whichever position was politically advantageous at the time. In 1996, as a state senator in Illinois he supported gay marriage. Yet in 2004, when he ran for the United States Senate, he was against it, saying: “What I believe is that marriage is between a man and a woman … What I believe, in my faith, is that a man and a woman, when they get married, are performing something before God, and it’s not simply the two persons who are meeting.” The absolute fickleness of the man should astound everyone, but no one will talk about his flip-flopping thus the image of the ‘Great Leader’ remains untouched.

As much as I’d love to point out more and more flaws in Obama’s rhetoric and record, he is simply the embodiment of a larger problem. As I mentioned in my previous post, the American spirit, or character, appears to be changing, and it is now swinging towards safety instead of liberty and dependence instead of independence. The Republican message of free enterprise, self-reliance and individual initiative is a harder sell than the Democratic message of “Let the government take care of you” – despite the overwhelming evidence of history. All these liberals who go on and on about the Republicans’ ‘war on women’ should take a look at history: capitalism, the system which conservative Republicans defend and champion, enabled individuals, men and women, to pursue their own paths in life. Economic freedom freed countless more women than socialism ever did – hell, socialism, when taken to its logical conclusion in communism, killed 100 million people, men and women, over the last 100 years, in Russia, China and North Korea – but let’s not talk about that, let’s go on and on about how oppressive the West is, even when the vast majority of people in our own country elected the most upstanding moral leader, Jacob Zuma. If people really think that womens’ rights boil down to access to free contraceptives and free abortion services then they really need to question their own level of intelligence. I don’t want to get into the moral depravity of today’s culture right now, but how dare people presume that Catholic institutions in the States have to provide free abortion services? Haven’t you ever heard of the separation of church and state? When Christians get involved in politics and government and impose their view on others they are roundly shouted down, but woe betide those who argue against the state imposing its will on the church – besides, religious believers are all backward and need to move with the times, right? Well, take the times with you, because the way this world is going I don’t want to be part of those times. So ladies, don’t worry, government will take care of you and provide for all your needs, which according to the Democrats and liberals boils down to your lady parts.

On the subject of abortion and the hypocrisy of the left, CBS News contributor Nancy Giles believes that white people don’t like abortion because they are trying to “build up the race.” Read what she said over the weekend on MSNBC when discussing 2012 election voting demographics, “It’s been weird to watch white people report on this. You know when you just showed that graph of the decline in the numbers,” she continued, “I thought, ‘Maybe that’s why they’re trying to eliminate all these abortions and stuff. They’re trying to build up the race. How creepy.” Let me point to the real eugenicists over at abortion giant Planned Parenthood, an organization the left, including Giles, strongly supports. Giles, who focuses her attention on “white people” who are against abortion because they want to “build up their race,” is clearly ignorant about why Planned Parenthood was founded in the first place. Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger believed in using abortion to rid the world of the “unfit.” In Sanger’s world, the unfit included blacks and she hoped they would be eliminated with the help of her organization. As she wrote in her autobiography, Sanger founded Planned Parenthood in 1916 “to stop the multiplication of the unfit.” This, she boasted, would be “the most important and greatest step towards race betterment.” While she oversaw the mass murder of black babies, Sanger cynically recruited minority activists to front her death racket. She conspired with eugenics financier and businessman Clarence Gamble to “hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities” to sell their genocidal policies as community health and welfare services. Outright murder wouldn’t sell. But wrapping it under the egalitarian cloak of “women’s health” – and adorning it with the moral authority of black churches – would. Speaking with CBS veteran journalist Mike Wallace in 1957, long after her racist views had supposedly mellowed, Sanger again revealed her true colors: “I think the greatest sin in the world is bringing children into the world — that have disease from their parents, that have no chance in the world to be a human being practically. Delinquents, prisoners, all sorts of things just marked when they’re born. That to me is the greatest sin — that people can — can commit.” People tell me Republicans and conservatives are cruel and backward? Right. Planned Parenthood receives $500 million from the government each year and funded millions of dollars worth of advertisements this year to get Barack Obama reelected. Sanger’s dream is coming true today as Planned Parenthood clinics are purposely placed in minority neighborhoods to target pregnant women.

Big government, embodied in the policies of Barack Obama, is the real threat to people’s freedom and independence, but the rhetoric of the left masks their true intention – power and control. Obama’s crushing policies and big government plans do not distinguish between men and women, white and black – everyone will suffer.

Keep your eyes open, especially those among you who watch the liberal media without question. After all, we are all supposed to be uber-tolerant of all views, so why not at least think about what I have to say? If you don’t, watch out – you might just offend me and then the world will end.

Finally, I salute the veterans of the United States Army, Navy and Airforce who have fought and died to protect the liberty of Americans and of those in freer countries around the world. Thank you to the men and women who have stepped up – I am eternally grateful.

“As government expands, liberty contracts.” ― Ronald Reagan

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So this is how liberty dies… with thunderous applause

The Star Wars fans among you will recognize the quote above – the words of Senator Padmé Amidala, as Chancellor Palpatine takes control of the Republic. Of course he does so for the good of the people, to ensure lasting security for all. At this moment in time, in the life of the United States of America, this quote applies to her more poignantly than ever before.

Barack Obama has been re-elected as President of the US – 4 more years. The Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, put up a good fight but at the end of the day he had alienated too many less conservative people who might’ve been leaning Republican heading into Tuesday’s election. Obama’s re-election truly astounds me — perhaps the liberal media has done a better job than most thought of covering up Obama’s abysmal job-creation record? Or perhaps the enticement of a free phone proved to be too strong for some to resist? How on earth did the majority of Americans convince themselves to vote for the incumbent? With US unemployment still at 8%, and real unemployment much higher; with 43 million Americans on food stamps; with a $16 trillion debt, credit ratings tumbling and economic growth sluggish, what was it that clinched the deal for Obama? Some of the blame can rest on Romney and Ryan’s shoulders — even though Romney did very well in the presidential debates, most notably the first one. I believe that the true answer runs much deeper though — perhaps America has changed.

America is no longer a nation of rugged individualists, of fiercely independent men and women. It is now a nation that would not be out of place in Europe – a welfare state, a state with the firm hand of government directing its peoples lives. Not great anymore, but good, or rather, good enough. Has America reached a tipping point, where there are simply more takers than there are makers — and the party that casts itself so clearly with those on welfare and food stamps and hand-outs can count on the support of its clients to continue to tax and regulate the industrious class? Obama has successfully managed to instill his Marxist, class rhetoric into the people — not since the days of the Great Depression has an election been so coloured with the empty rhetoric of class warfare and outright envy. Heck, Obama even told his supporters at rallies that voting is the best form of “vengeance” – vengeance against those who so arrogantly choose hard work over welfare, perhaps.

The economic problems which will result from 8 years of Obama’s policies can be healed — Ronald Reagan managed it, and so did Margaret Thatcher. My greatest worry is that the American identity will have fundamentally changed by then — that it will simply not want to come back from Obama’s big government mentality, that it will prefer the soft mediocrity of regulation and taxation to the bracing risks of freedom; ‘Live Free’ will be replaced by ‘Free Stuff’.

Maybe Obama will reach across the isle and work with Republicans this time around — only time can tell. But if his record is anything to go by, that will not be the case. This time though, he can’t blame all his failures on George W. Bush.