Monday, September 17, 2012


Obama pays tribute to
Neil Armstrong by tweeting a picture 
of himself.

Fifty years and one day ago, President Kennedy stirred the American can-do spirit by challenging America to expand our dreams and get to the moon by the end of the decade.  7 years later, Neil Armstrong took one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind and the American president gushed with national pride as he called the moon from the White House.

On a crisp January morning in 1986 we watched in horror as an American school teacher and energetic crew mates disintegrated into a fiery ball of atmospheric debris off the coast of Cape Canaveral.

But the American president urged us to be strong.  He reminded us of the impossible achievements we had reached because we dared to dream and challenged America to summon the strength to charge forward and boldly explore the final frontier.  It was, after all, the American destiny.
“But why, some say, the moon?” Kennedy said during the speech “Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas? We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” -Kennedy Moon Speech, September 12, 1962
From Kennedy to Nixon, from Reagan to Bush, American presidents have a long and proud history of encouraging their countrymen to face the sky and continue to dream impossible dreams.  Even in times of setback, American leaders have urged us never to accept defeat but to press forward without hesitation.

Unfortunately, that’s not President Obama’s idea of the American space legacy.
President Obama is the first president in American history to look at the heavens and ask our children to rein in their dreams.

From the first on the moon to the last, American spacemen Neil Armstrong, Jim Lovell and Gene Cernan have all criticized President Obama’s puny vision of America in space.  His dramatically scaled-back blueprint for space exploration could put America in the back seat of the final frontier for the first time since the 1950s.  How ironic that the same man who castigated America about a possible “Sputnik moment” would allow us to fulfill that tragic legacy on his watch.

The entire world was better off because America reached the moon in 1969.  For us, it marked a new path forward in unity for a country deeply divided by race and war.  For repressed comrades behind the Iron Curtain, it sounded the faint siren of freedom just beyond the horizon. For children the world over, it dared us all to dream big dreams.

Kennedy and Reagan spoke of space as a tribute to our nation and its heroes. President Obama managed to turn even Neil Armstrong’s passing into a tribute to himself.  Some have questioned whether or not President Obama shares an organically American spirit.  At times like these, I find myself wondering if he’s even an earthling.

Tick, Tock…Taxmaggedon 

By: Morgan Brittany  / Townhall.com / Finance

The countdown has started and before we all know it we will be hit with a $494 billion dollar tax increase.  

If the world doesn’t end on December 21st according to the Mayan calendar, we are facing another catastrophe, Taxmageddon.  

With a blatant disregard for working toward solving the problem, Congress is just going on its merry way, ignoring the cliff we are heading towards at 100 miles per hour.  It is so obvious that we are dealing with a group of people in Washington that is only looking out for themselves and their jobs.  All but a very few of them want to vote or pass anything that will put them on the record.  They are too cowardly to make a decision before the November elections for fear of turning off voters and losing their jobs.

When did making decisions for the good of the American people become secondary to Congress holding onto their jobs?  Was this the original intent of the Founding Fathers?  I don’t think so.  I don’t know about you, but term limits should be discussed tout de suite!  If they continue with this stalemate and inaction and do nothing to resolve these tax increases, we should seriously consider cleaning house once again.  We did it in 2010, we can do it again.  And we keep doing it until they listen. I know there are good men and women in Congress who are fighting to do the right thing, but obviously they are outnumbered and are being over-ruled by the majority leaders.  They work for us!  Not the other way around.  We Americans need to keep reminding ourselves of that fact.


Taxmaggedon falls primarily on mid and low income families because 60 percent of the Bush tax cuts went to them.  With the expiration of the Alternative Minimum Tax patch and the payroll tax cut, this group will be hit the hardest.  Families will see an average tax increase of $4,138, and low income taxpayers can expect a $1,207 increase.  This is at a time when gas prices are hitting $4 in most places and higher than that in others, unemployment is still over 8% if you are ignoring the real numbers, and many people are struggling to keep their heads above water.

This isn’t helped by the fact that Bernanke just cranked up the printing press another notch to pump billions into the economy.  Wait until that bubble bursts.  Hello higher interest rates and inflation.  As a result of his QE3, we were downgraded once again by Egan-Jones to AA-.

I haven’t even mentioned the costs for Obamacare that will begin to eat away at whatever pennies you may have left over from your paycheck or your investments.  Five of the eighteen new tax hikes will kick in for that travesty.

Not only are taxes scheduled to go up, but we have massive spending cuts of around $1.2 trillion because agreement couldn’t be reached.  Many in Washington are screaming about defense cuts, cuts to Medicare, cuts to universities for government grants and the list goes on and on.  

Businesses don’t know what to do.  Do they hire, do they not?  Do they downsize? What will the costs be for all of this?  How does anyone estimate their future when there are no guidelines?  No one knows how to prepare for this coming disaster, neither business nor average person.

More than likely this problem will be kicked down the road and left to the next administration and Congress to deal with.  But by that time it will be too late.  If people don’t see a clear picture in the next couple of months, it will begin to affect the stock market and everyone will start to bail. Eventually, if things stay the course, (meaning another “four years”), we will all be sending the IRS IOU’s because not only will they have taken everything that we earn, but they will be sending us a bill to pay the interest on the debt we owe to China!  

It’s pathetic that our so-called elected officials have led us to this fiscal cliff.  It’s up to us now to pull the emergency brake and stop this runaway train before it goes over.

Happy Birthday Constitution – Hope It Is Not Your Last

By: Brian Darling  / Townhall.com

Happy birthday, Constitution!

Today marks the 225th anniversary of the signing of this unique and prescient document. Every American should take a moment to reflect on what a treasure we have in America.

Our constitutional republic has survived for over two centuries. The Framers of the Constitution believed in a separation of powers, so that no government—and certainly no particular branch of government—would become so mighty, so imperial, as to threaten the God-given freedom of the People.

And so they created a House of Representatives to represent the people in proportion to the population of a state. They created a Senate to represent the interests of the states. They vested executive power in the President. And they created an independent judicial branch.

Power was very much on the minds of the framers, as was the matter of rights. The Constitution confers a lot of positive rights on the people, such as the right to a jury trial for suits at common law where the value in controversy exceed $20. Yet, at its core, the Constitution is even more concerned with affirming “natural rights”—God-given rights to which all human beings are entitled simple and precisely because they are human beings. One of those God-given rights is the right to self-defense, embodied in the Second Amendment as the right to “keep and bear Arms.”

That right has faced some severe challenges in recent years.. In 2008, the United States Supreme Court ruled in D.C. v. Heller that the Second Amendment is, indeed, an individual right. Two years later, the Court held in McDonald v. Chicago that the Second Amendment applies to the individual states. Both cases were decided on a 5-4 vote. Put another way, Americans are just one Supreme Court justice away from losing those rights.

The Supreme Court line-up has changed since the 2010 ruling, but the 5-4 balance remains. One of the dissenter, John Paul Stevens, has retired. But President Obama nominated Elena Kagan to take his place, and Kagan has a long history of anti-gun activism. Indeed, she was one of the most prominent anti-Second Amendment activists in the Clinton Administration.

The make-up of the next Supreme Court may well hinge on the outcome of the elections this November. Should any of the five conservative jurists on the Court retire or leave, a re-elected President Obama would almost certainly replace him with yet another judge in the mold of his two picks thus far--Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. Both are liberals hostile to Second Amendment rights. With Second Amendment cases currently winding their way through district and circuit courts of appeals, future sessions of the Supreme Court will yield critical decisions in this area.

Of course, Second Amendment cases aren’t the only issues that will find themselves on the court docket. The future make-up of the court may well determine whether gay marriage is discovered to be a Constitutional right.

The margins in many Supreme Court decisions are razor thin. Clearly, the current line-up already contains a majority willing to expand the interpretation of the taxing power so far that it could validate ObamaCare.

And four justices in the NFIB v Sebelius (ObamaCare) case were willing to view that law’s requirement that individuals be forced to buy government-approved health insurances as a proper exercise of the government’s power to regulate commerce.

A newfound willingness to allow the federal government to order citizens to participate in commerce and buy specific services they may not want or need is worrisome indeed. So, too, is the growing proclivity of liberal judges to use of foreign law to interpret the U.S. Constitution.

Certainly, we cannot take it for granted that the Constitution will always be faithfully interpreted to support the freedoms and proper role of the federal government. As we celebrate the U.S. Constitution today, many conservatives worry that the next 225 years may not be as kind to the idea of a limited federal government committed to protecting the natural rights of all citizens.

The Consequences of Obama's Bungled Mideast Policy 

By: Michael Barone  / Townhall Daily

In Libya, U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three colleagues were murdered Tuesday. Earlier that day, protesters in Egypt stormed the U.S. embassy and tore down the American flag.

It was "the day the roof fell in," proclaimed blogger and historian Walter Russell Mead. Barack Obama's "efforts to reconcile the U.S. and moderate Islamism -- in part by distancing the U.S. from Israel -- have angered Israel without reducing Islamist bitterness against the United States."

In other words, his Middle East policies are in shambles. His assumption that a president "who doesn't look like other presidents" would endear America to Arabs has been proven unfounded.

So have other assumptions. Like the idea that Iran's mullah regime would negotiate with us if we uttered soothing words and turned a cold eye on Iranian dissidents, as Obama did in June 2009.

And the idea that creating distance between the United States and Israel would lead to a settlement between Israelis and Palestinians.

Obama came to office believing that America had a lot to apologize for. For the "tension" between the U.S. and the Muslim world that "has been fed" by colonialism and the Cold War, as he said in his June 2009 "New Beginning" speech in Cairo.

There, he implicitly contrasted George W. Bush's emphasis on universal human rights by admitting that "America does not presume to know what is best for everyone."

Since the 9/11/12 attacks on America, Muslims have been protesting over much of the world, from Tunisia to Yemen to Bangladesh, and in some cases, have been assaulting our embassies.

The ostensible reason for the protests is a video produced by someone in the United States criticizing the Prophet Muhammad. But that's obviously just a pretext, used by Islamist terrorist organizers to whip up frenzy in nations with large numbers of angry unemployed young men.

Unfortunately, some of our government officials have taken the complaints about the video seriously. Before the attack, the Cairo embassy issued a statement condemning "the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims."

When Mitt Romney condemned that statement, he was widely criticized by mainstream media. But his judgment was confirmed when Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama ordered the statement taken down.

Even so, White House press secretary Jay Carney said the protests were directed at the video rather than the United States -- wishful thinking. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the FBI was sent to Los Angeles to track down the video maker. The Los Angeles Times reported that the State Department asked YouTube whether the offending video violated its terms of service.

As Fox News commentator Kirsten Powers wrote, "Our leaders shouldn't let our enemies know that when they kill our people and attack our embassies that the U.S. government will act like a battered wife making excuses for her psychotic husband."

It's also disturbing that Obama, after his brief statement deploring the Benghazi murders (and not mentioning the attack on the Cairo embassy), immediately embarked on a four-hour plane ride to campaign in Las Vegas.

In an interview there with Telemundo, Obama said Egypt was neither an ally nor an enemy. Later, the State Department spokesman conceded that Egypt is officially an ally under a 1989 law.

That's an unforced error for an incumbent president, one who has criticized his opponent's lack of foreign policy experience.

But perhaps it's not surprising. American Enterprise Institute's Marc Thiessen revealed last week that Obama has skipped more than half of his daily intelligence briefings. He reads the reports instead. His last in-person briefing before 9/11/12 was on Sept. 5.

It's not clear why security efforts failed in Benghazi and the Libyan government's assurances that it will protect our diplomats in the future seems sincere.

And Obama did find time for a reportedly "tense" phone conversation with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who then made a public statement denouncing the attacks. But on the phone, Morsi reportedly asked Obama to "put an end to such behavior" -- i.e., suppress the video. Did the president explain that we have a First Amendment that prevents government from doing such things?

Under settled principles of international law, attacks on diplomats by, or permitted by, governments can be considered acts of war. The threat of such attacks deserves a more stern response than a campaign trip to Vegas, a misstatement of settled policy and skipped intelligence briefings.
LTC West's Statement on the Anniversary of the Signing of the Constitution
 
(WASHINGTON) --- Congressman Allen West (R-FL) released this statement on the 225th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution:

"Two and a quarter centuries ago, our Founding Fathers came together and signed the principled law by which all of America's laws created thereafter would follow, the United States Constitution. The Founders created this document to secure our fundamental rights and provide for an unprecedented degree of human freedom. The Constitution continues to protect our freedom so we can live the life we desire, without intrusion from the government or fear of retaliation for expressing the beliefs and values we hold close to us.

225 years later, the Constitution is the most important document ever created in the United States. It also continues to be the most threatened. Some believe the Constitution is archaic and should change with the times. For 22 years, as an Army Officer, I put my life on the line to defend our Constitution, and I am often offended at the lack of respect people have for our nation's most important document. This type of thinking is dangerous and underestimates the principles and ideas of our Founders who knew all too well the struggles of maintaining a free society.

The radical Islamist attacks this past week across the Middle East remind us how sacred freedom of speech and freedom of religion are, and that an enemy exists that will stop at nothing to take those freedoms away from us. As a nation, these attacks and attacks like them only make us more determined to defend our liberty and freedoms.

On this Constitution Day, let us remember that none of our freedoms would be possible if it were not for the forward thinking of our Founding Fathers and the powerful document they left us. The United States Constitution is the highest achievement of our political tradition and will forever define us as a people and a nation. Let it always be revered and respected, as we will do whatever it takes to protect it."

Gingrich: U.S. At War With Libya

By: / Person Liberty Digest

Gingrich: U.S. At War With Libya
UPI
Terrorists attacked the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
In a scathing rebuke of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, former House Speaker and failed Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich described the events in Benghazi, Libya, and other U.S. consulates throughout the Arab world last week as acts of war.

Responding to Obama’s speech following the news of the murder of the U.S. ambassador to Libya in which he described the deadly Libya protest as a “senseless act of violence,” Gingrich writes in a recent op-ed:
These are not acts of senseless violence.
These are acts of war.
Our ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were not killed by a senseless mob.
They were killed by a purposeful group of men armed with sophisticated weapons. These killers had tracked Ambassador Chris Stevens down to the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, where he was much more vulnerable to attack and had less protection. They waged a coordinated, military-style assault.
Our four dead are combat casualties as much as anyone in Iraq or Afghanistan.
While American involvement in the overthrow of the Libyan government took place without much fanfare, the United States is definitely at war with Libya. Experts agree that it is the same type of endless military conflict in which the Nation has been entangled for the past decade in Afghanistan.
SENATOR RUBIO MARKS CONSTITUTION DAY

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio today released the following video statement marking the 225th Anniversary of the signing of The United States Constitution:

“Today is the anniversary of a great and pivotal moment, not just in the history of our nation, but in the history of the world. On September 17, 1787, 225 years ago today, the Constitutional Convention signed a document unlike any written before by the hands of men. That document, The United States Constitution, set in motion an experiment that was, and still is, a triumph of the God-given rights and freedoms vested in every human being by their creator.

“Today, we mark that moment in history by celebrating Constitution Day. We are reminded of our nation’s first principles, including the Preamble’s commitment to ‘establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.’ We also celebrate the American principles of freedom, security and limited government.

“When I was sworn in as a United States Senator, I placed my hand on a Bible and took an oath stating that I would ‘support and defend the Constitution of the United States.’ A similar or identical oath was taken by every elected official that has ever served in Washington. Yet today we see our Government rapidly expanding in a way that would alarm our founding fathers for how it trivializes the principles of the document they signed two and a quarter centuries ago. Ultimately, our founders wanted to ensure that the American people themselves would be the source of legitimate authority and prosperity, not the government. The American people deserve a government that will live up to this promise.

“I believe in American exceptionalism. To me, and to so many other Americans, the promise enshrined in the Constitution is not an abstract idea but rather a living guarantee that dreams are possible in this country that would never have been possible anywhere else. The document we celebrate today, the Constitution of the United States, is what gave me the chance to live the life I have. One of the primary reasons I ran for the US Senate is to ensure that my children and grandchildren enjoy the same freedoms and opportunities that I did. So on this Constitution Day, let us be reminded of the principles of our founding, the sacrifices of our founders, and the duty we share to ensure the promise of our Constitution lives for many generations to come.”

Click here to see and hear Marco's speech:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-RJP-S_Yh4
Op-ed:

It's really all about Iran
By: Diane Sori


As the crisis in the Middle East gets worse, much worse, Iranian Revolutionary Guard General Mohammad Ali Jafari adds to the tensions by issuing a statement meant to send chills up the spine of every Israeli as he reiterated Iran’s evil rhetoric, “Nothing will remain of Israel” if Israel dares to take military action against them for their 'peaceful use only' nuclear program.

The General also stated that if attacked Iran will stop honoring the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty...   as if they ever did.  Continuing on, Jafari bloviated in lockstep tone that Iran's first response will begin near the Israeli border, meaning both Gaza and Lebanon will come into play by sending rockets deep into the heart of Israeli cities, and adding for good measure that Iran will halt oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz, cutting off the oil supply for a fifth of the world.

Threats and more threats as Iran tries to hold the world hostage as they buy time to finish their nuclear bomb...and with Barack HUSSEIN Obama as President of the United States they are succeeding.

And here’s another happy bit of information, something we all suspected but couldn’t prove...Jafari confirmed that members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s special operations unit, the Quds Force, were indeed operational in both Syria and Lebanon but added, that they were only there to provide ‘counsel’ only.

Yeah right.

And to make matters worse, while Iran tries to flex its muscle, the spread of uprisings continues throughout the Middle East as country after country goes down like dominoes, feeding off the hate of the others that came before.  And with the standard battle cry of ‘Death to America’ the fire fueling the total collapse of the Middle East has been lit...and NO movie about the perverted mohammad had anything to do with it. 

These attacks were in NO way spontaneous, were in NO way spur of the moment revolts against either a brutal government nor against the US...these attacks were planned, coordinated, and cleverly crafted to coincide with the eleventh anniversary of September 11th so they could show the world they were NOT finished with America yet.   

But there were signs of what was to come, signs that were ignored, signs that fell on deaf ears...and now classified documents have ‘suddenly’ gone missing from the Benghazi embassy.  Were they the documents showing Ambassador Steven’s desperate plea for help that Obama and crew ignored?  Were they the documents proving that our embassies remained unguarded or guarded by those with rubber bullets and not much more?

Answers to questions raised not unsimilar to those of the cover-up of ‘Fast and Furious.’

And so it continues... 

And now with word that our embassy in Pakistan is being shut down, America faces an enemy like none we’ve ever faced before for with the image of allah always present in the muslim consciousness they continue to feed on the fuel that fills them with hate and discontent, as they set the souls of fellow muslims into a feeding frenzy for American blood, for American lives, and for the total destruction of Israel..  

And where is Barack HUSSEIN Obama in all this...out campaigning...out partying with his Hollywood buddies. Our Commander-in-Chief hasn't shown leadership, hasn’t shown strength, and hasn’t shown compassion for the Americans murdered by barbarians who’d rather live like animals instead of like civilized men.

‘We the People’ demand a tougher response from Barack Hussein Obama than the explanation that all these attacks on our embassies were protests over an anti-islam film...he knows they weren’t, he knows we know they weren’t, and he could care less as it’s Americans being killed NOT his muslim brethren. 

And now we come full circle back to the beginning...back to Iran who really is at the bottom of this all.  Iran who has taken the focus off itself by helping to fuel the fires all across the Middle East.  Iran who laughs at the useless sanctions Barack HUSSEIN Obama has slapped on them.  Iran who readies a warhead aimed directly at Israel.  Iran...it’s all about Iran, and as Israel prepares to go to war Barack HUSSEIN Obama looks the other and makes excuse after excuse for them, buys them time to plan their destruction of Israel, of the Jewish state, of the Jewish people, instead of standing strong and saying in no uncertain terms, ‘you mess with Israel you’re messing with us and that you do NOT want to do.’

As always, November 6th cannot come soon enough for me, for America, and for Israel.