Thursday, February 28, 2013

How Jimmy Carter Ruined America Twice

by / Personal Liberty Digest

Until Barack Obama came along, Jimmy Carter held the title “Worst President in U.S. History.” Now, Carter may have taken the title back. You would have thought he’d be satisfied with almost destroying the U.S. economy and almost breaking the spirit of our country once. But, no! Thirty-three years later, Carter is now instrumental in helping Obama finish the job he started.

As President from 1976 to 1980, Carter came close to wrecking our economy and our entire country. An ultra-liberal, politically correct do-gooder, just like Obama, Carter announced his Presidency would be dedicated to “compassion” and human rights. And, just as had happened during Obama’s tenure, the leftist gobbly-gook “feel-good philosophy” led to disaster.

The Carter nightmare included four years of crippling high unemployment, stagflation of 13.5 percent, unimaginable 21.5 percent interest rates, record gas prices, shortages and gas lines, a doubling of the deficit from $27 billion to almost $60 billion, U.S. embassy personnel in Iran held hostage, an unsuccessful hostage rescue attempt, the embarrassing decline of our military, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. America almost did not survive Carter.

Along came a true patriot and American hero, Ronald Reagan, who turned Carter’s malaise and misery and the worst economy since the Great Depression into the greatest economic turnaround and expansion in world history. Reagan showed the world that America was indeed the “shining beacon on the hill.”

Reagan made us great again and, by doing so, exposed Carter as an incompetent, ultra-liberal laughingstock. To make matters worse for Carter’s legacy, the U.S. hostages in Iran were released on Reagan’s Inauguration Day. Carter never forgave Reagan or America for leaving his reputation in tatters.

Carter wandered the wilderness for the past 33 years, growing more angry and bitter with each passing year. He took out his anger by embarrassing the United States and meddling in foreign affairs. He spent the past 33 years denouncing Israel, praising nations that supported Muslim terrorists, defying the U.S. travel ban to Cuba and praising tyrants like Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Yugoslavian dictator Josip Broz Tito and North Korean despot Kim Il Sung. He oversaw election fraud and corruption in Venezuela and Haiti and declared everything fair and square. The man has spent 33 bitter, disgraceful years venting his hatred for America.

Now, Carter has finally gotten his revenge. Angry at America’s success since Reagan, including those 40 million new jobs created since the early 1980s, Carter might be the man most responsible for Obama’s re-election, allowing him to continue the destruction Carter began all those years ago in 1976.

How did Carter help re-elect Obama? Mitt Romney was poised to do to Obama exactly what Reagan did to Carter. A brilliant businessman and turnaround specialist, Romney was the perfect man to again save America. He would have turned around this Obamageddon economy in two years with low taxes, reduced spending and smaller government — exactly how Reagan saved us from Carter. But along came that secret tape where Romney discussed “the 47 percent” of Americans who want government to give them checks and will vote for the politician who keeps the checks coming. The release of that tape was the beginning of the end for Romney. His reputation, likeability ratings and Presidential campaign never recovered.

Well guess who released that damaging tape? It was Carter’s grandson, Democratic operative Jimmy Carter IV, getting sweet revenge for Grandpa.

Carter’s grandson said: ”I’ve been hearing all my life people making fun of my grandfather, or saying that he was a bad president, or things like that, and I’ve just gotten used to it. And it’s nice to be able to hit back.”

Upon seeing the tape of Romney’s remarks, the former President said in an email to his grandson: ”James: This is extraordinary. Congratulations! Papa.”

It may not have been the only reason Romney lost, but it certainly did more damage to his campaign than anything Obama said in months of campaigning. And so, with the help of Carter’s grandson, history was changed. Instead of a modern-day Reagan, we got stuck with a second, disastrous term of a modern-day Carter. If Carter had been re-elected back in 1980, there very likely would never have been 40 million new jobs over the next 25 years. America’s military and economy probably never would have recovered, and we’d have a lower standard of living and gasoline prices of $8 per gallon — just like in the European socialist countries both Carter and Obama want America to emulate.

But thanks to Carter’s grandson, it’s Groundhog Day. Carter gets a do-over. We’re about to see what would have happened if we’d never elected Reagan and had given Carter a chance to finish the job of destroying America. We’re about to see if Obama can finish the job of destroying the U.S. economy in a second term — all in the name of tax and spend, compassion, fairness, social justice, and human rights.

Once Obama is done using Carter’s ultra-left policies to gain retribution and redistribution, I can imagine only that America will be a shell of its former self. America’s military will decline, the U.S. economy will continue in misery and malaise, inflation will return to unimaginable heights, debt will continue to rise, and gas lines and rationing will once again be part of our lives. America will be anything but exceptional.

Congratulations, Carter. It took 33 years and your grandson’s help, but you’ve finally gotten your revenge on the American people and American exceptionalism.

Sadly, just like a second term of Carter, I can promise you, this will not end well.

Hamas official calls for Third Intifada

From Jihad Watch / Posted by Robert Spencer

But if we only give them enough money and diplomatic means to destroy Israel, they will certainly call it off.

"Hamas Official Calls for Third Intifada," by Elad Benari for Israel National News, February 27 (thanks to Voice of the Copts):
A day after a Hamas official called on terrorists to kidnap IDF soldiers in order to force Israel to release their fellow terrorists from Israeli prisons, another Hamas official called on PA Arabs on Tuesday to start an intifada (violent uprising). 
The official, Izzat al-Rishq, said in a statement he released, “Our Palestinian people will not abandon the intifada and the resistance, and they live their lives in constant conflict with the Israeli enemy.”
He added that the Israeli "aggression" which, he claimed, consists of the ongoing violation of human rights of the “Palestinian people”, the “Judaization” of Jerusalem and “defilement” of the Al-Aqsa mosque brings PA Arabs to a state of daily confrontation with the Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria who, he claimed, are protected by the IDF.
Al-Rishq said the IDF's preparedness against the escalation of the ongoing riots by PA Arabs will only increase their determination to avenge the death of Arafat Jaradat, the prisoner who died while in Israeli custody.
An autopsy conducted Sunday on the body of Jaradat, who died at the Meggido Prison a day earlier, found that it is impossible to determine the exact cause of his death.
The PA’s minister of prisoners, Issa Qaraqaa, nevertheless took advantage of the non-conclusive report to blame Israel for torturing Jaradat to death, citing the preliminary findings of the joint autopsy which reported bruises on Jaradat's body, muscle damage and broken ribs. Those, however, can be caused by resuscitation attempts, according to the autopsy.
Thousands took part on Monday in Jaradat’s funeral. The funeral was held at his village, Sa'ir, near Hevron.
At nearby Beit Anun, hundreds of Arabs gathered and hurled rocks at security forces who were on high alert during the funeral. The security forces countered the rioting with riot dispersal gear....

Teacher Tells Students to Call 9-11 Hijackers “Freedom Fighters”

By: Todd Starnes / Townhall Columnist
Teacher Tells Students to Call 9-11 Hijackers “Freedom Fighters”
An Advanced Placement World Geography teacher at a Texas high school who encouraged students to dress in Islamic clothing also instructed them to refer to the 9-11 hijackers not as terrorists – but as “freedom fighters,” according to students who were in the class.

Students at Lumberton High School were also told to stop referring to the Holocaust as Genocide – instead they were told to use the term “ethnic cleansing.”

John Valastro, the superintendent of the Lumberton Independent School District, tells me that the teacher did absolutely nothing wrong.

“What is more dangerous – fear and ignorance or education and understanding,” he asked. “From our standpoint, we are here to educate the kids.

Valastro said the teacher involved is a 32-year veteran who was simply following state teaching guidelines.

“I don’t think my freshman-level teacher was trying to politicize radical Islam or anything like that,” he said. “I don’t think our teacher my knowledge ever converted a single student to Islam.”

The Islamic lessons in the small public high school generated national attention after a photograph of four female students wearing burqas surfaced on Facebook.

April LeBlanc’s 15-year-old daughter was one of the students in the photograph. She told me that many parents in the district feel betrayed by school officials.

“My biggest thing is not the burqa,” she said. “That was the key to opening up the rest. It’s scary how far they dove into the Islamic faith. It’s scary what they taught my daughter. Who’s in charge of this? How did our superintendent let this slip through the cracks?”

LeBlanc said the students were told that they could no longer use the terms suicide bomber or terrorist. Instead, they were instructed to use the words “freedom fighters.”

“This teacher taught her that a freedom fighter is when they give their life for the Holy War – and that they’re going to go to heaven,” she said. “They were saturating these kids in Islam and my daughter is an American Christian child.”

Madelyn LeBlanc told me that it was clear her teacher was very uncomfortable lecturing the students.

“I do have a lot of sympathy for her,” the 15-year-old said. “At the very beginning she said she didn’t want to teach it but it was in the curriculum.”

Her mother added that it was her impression that the teacher did not agree with the quote about calling the terrorists freedom fighters and laced her lecture with sarcasm.

During a lesson on Judaism, LeBlanc said the teacher told the class, “Students, I’m supposed to be politically correct and tell you that the Holocaust was not Genocide. It was an ethnic cleansing.”

LeBlanc said her daughter kept detailed notes of every classroom lecture and as she read the transcripts she became disturbed.

“Really,” she asked. “They can’t call the Holocaust Genocide? I was more upset with that than the lessons on Islam. It made me sick.”

And then came the comparison between the 9-11 hijackers and the freedom fighters.

Madelyn said a young man sitting beside her was stunned.

“He was shocked that we had to call them that,” she told Fox News. “He laughed and asked the teacher, ‘Is that a joke? Are you serious? Why do we have to call them that? That makes it sound okay (what they did) And it’s not.’”

Madelyn said the teacher didn’t know how to respond.

“She said it was something we have to learn for the end of the year testing,” she said. “I’m sure it was very difficult for her to do.”

Madelyn said the lesson about freedom fighters made her feel “terrible.”

“That made it sound like what they were doing was okay,” she said.

The superintendent also defended the lesson on freedom fighters.

“The whole idea behind this particular lesson – do you call yourself a freedom fighter or Islamic jihadist – or whatever it is you want to be called – you’ve got to put things in perspective,” the superintendent said. “We’re trying to teach the kids to discern for themselves that one thing can be called many different things.”

Valastro said it’s important for students to understand context.

“We might see it as terrorism, but from the Islamic side they might call it jihadist or freedom fighter,” he said.

The superintendent said he was not aware of the specific comments made about the 9-11 hijackers – but conceded there was only one side to the attack.

“I do agree it was a terrorist attack,” he said. “But in several classes across this country, you’re going to have a make-up of students from all over the world in your class. We teach it as an act of terrorism – whereas they are teaching it to their kids as a revolutionary event.”

LeBlanc said she was especially bothered by the lack of emphasis on other religions. She said there were hardly any lessons on Judaism and none on Christianity.

“I wondered how it was okay for them to go so in-depth into a religion from the other side of the world but it was not okay for them to be like that with Christianity,” she said.

“I try to stay open-minded,” she said. “I don’t want my daughter to be ignorant about the world. My kids watch the news with us. We make them aware. I don’t even mind the high school teaching these things.”

But, she added, there was no balance.

“They can talk about how important Mecca is – but why aren’t they talking about how important Christianity was to the founding of the nation,” she asked.

LeBlanc and other parents said they feel betrayed.

“We trusted these people,” she said of the school system. “It scares me. I feel like our school is being infiltrated. How can this not be a sign? We’re talking about Lumberton, Texas. We’re talking about a small town with Christian churches on every street corner. Right in our small school this is going on.”

The Big O Goes for the Big Zero Again

As the president resumes his “It’s-not-my-fault” presidency-cum-campaign, I’d like to point out to everyone that it’s been 1,401 days since the Democrat-Controlled Senate passed a budget.

I say this because when the Mayan financial calendar runs out on the country this Friday, we’ll be awash in illegal immigrants, downed airliners, out-of-work teachers, Russian missile strikes, Chinese hackers and Aryan Nation terrorists.

And, oh, come on now: We all know that the only real terrorists the White House is worried about are the white supremacists at places like the Family Research Council.

There’s nothing so dangerous to America today as an organization that advances “faith, family and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview.”

Except, perhaps, Glenn Beck, who still clings bitterly to his gun AND his religion.

While it’s temping to blame the entire financial mess on the president, I subscribe to the Occam’s Razor theory. It says that the most logical explanation, more often than not, is the right one.

Sooooo…that’s why I DO blame the president.

And no. Not any of the Bush presidents, but rather, I blame the Dear Leader, Comrade Barack H. Obama, Esq. & Associates.

As Bertrand Russell once observed about fallacious thinking: “The method of ‘postulating’ what we want has many advantages; they are the same as the advantages of theft over honest toil. Let us leave them to others and proceed with our honest toil.”

This I think sums up Obama’s budget and fiscal policies over the last four years in a nuthouse, err, nutshell.

Because behind all the posturing of the president, the demanding and the breath-holding, nothing better expresses the intellectual theft of Barack Obama than Russell’s observation of the cheapness of substituting postulation of what one wants for actual policy.

That’s why our Demander-in-Chief has not been able to get even a single vote on a “postulated” budget since April 29th, 2009.

And “paaaahlease”: Spare me the claims that the 2011 kick-the-can contest that’s led to sequestration and has now turned into day 1,401 of The Fiscal Nightmare on Main Street was an actual budget.

Real budgets, honest budgets- budgets that are the result of honest toil rather than theft- those budgets don’t end in the finger pointing, posturing and postulating that the White House is doing over sequestration.

"If you look right now at what our economy needs,” postulated Obama, according to The Hill, “taking $85 billion out of over the next six months, indiscriminately, arbitrarily without any strategy behind it, that's not a smart thing to do. What we should be doing and what I've been calling for repeatedly... is a balanced approach to deficit reduction."

That last part? Oh, yes. That’s the give away. Whenever Obama speaks of “deficit reduction” it means he’s scared.

He’s suddenly turned down the rhetoric on spending more and now is back in favor of a “balanced approach.”

That’s the “theft over honest toil” part; that’s the postulated position of a man who is deathly afraid that the Democrats, once again, won’t give him a single vote on his budget proposals.
Tax increases typically aren’t bragging points in any campaign. 2014 will be no exception.

The only way that Democrats will get away with hiking taxes again is if some Republicans join them in a majority.

Otherwise, Obama’s fiscal postulations will, once again, fail to get one, single vote- at least in the Senate.

Woodward: White House Threatened Me Over Attacks on Budget

By Todd Beamon
 / Newsmax

Newspaper editor and book author Bob Woodward said on Wednesday that a senior White House official threatened him for suggesting the President was at fault for the sequestration crisis.

Woodward said a "very senior" White House official warned him in an email that he would “regret doing this” — referring to the legendary journalist's criticisms of the Obama administration over its actions regarding the upcoming sequester.

“It was said very clearly, ‘You will regret doing this,’” Woodward told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Wednesday night, who then asked him who sent the email. “I’m not going to say. It was a very senior person.

“It makes me very uncomfortable to have the White House telling reporters that you are going to regret doing something that you believe in — and even if you don’t look at it that way [as a threat], you do look at it,” he said.

Woodward, an associate editor for The Washington Post, began stirring controversy last Friday when he lambasted Obama in an op-ed piece for not taking responsibility for the sequester itself.

In his article, Woodward claimed that the White House, not Republicans, first proposed the sequester.

Woodward wrote: "My extensive reporting for my book 'The Price of Politics' shows that the automatic spending cuts were initiated by the White House and were the brainchild of [Jack] Lew and White House congressional relations chief Rob Nabors — probably the foremost experts on budget issues in the senior ranks of the federal government.”

He also blamed the White House for “moving the goal posts” in the negotiations with Congress on the sequester by now demanding that increased revenues be part of any deal to avert the $85 billion in cuts scheduled to take place on Friday.

And earlier on Wednesday, Woodward slammed as “madness” Obama’s decision to not deploy the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf earlier this month — also because of the impending cuts.

Blitzer said the Obama administration declined an invitation to debate Woodward on his Wednesday program.

“It’s irrefutable,” Woodward said of the circumstances leading to his “goal posts” accusation. “That’s exactly what happened. I’m not saying that this moving of the goal posts is some criminal act. I’m just saying that’s what happened.

“They are not happy at all — and some people have said, ‘Look, we don’t see eye to eye on this,’” Woodward added. “They haven’t really said that this is falsely wrong.”

He added, “I think they’re confused on the issue.”

Op-ed:                                                                                                                                                 America's very own 'Axis of Evil'
By: Diane Sori                                                                            
America's very own 'Axis of Evil' is taking shape very nicely thanks to the traitor in the White House. 

An 'Axis of Evil' with its titular head being Barack HUSSEIN Obama whose misguided if NOT outright traitorous vision for American foreign policy has gained traction with the recent confirmation of John Kerry as Secretary of State, Tuesday's confirmation of Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary, and today the Senate is scheduled to vote on John Brennan’s confirmation as CIA Director. 
Scheduled to vote...why bother even going through the motions, because with a Democratic controlled Senate the outcome is pretty obvious even before a vote is taken.

The confirmation of John Kerry as Secretary of State, the man fourth in line for the presidency, was bad, very bad indeed.

Mr. Swiftboat himself...a traitor who stood before Congress telling tales of 'war crimes' committed by American forces in Viet Nam that turned out to be complete and total lies...a man who considers 'Hanoi Jane' Fonda as one of his close friends.  John Kerry...a man who is a welfare state liberal who voted for the stimulus and ObamaCare...a man who blamed Republicans for failing to reach a deal during 2011's debt ceiling negotiations...a man who believes climate change is the 'biggest long term threat' to security (totally clueless as to what constitutes security it seems)...a man who is a vehement supporter of abortion rights.  John Kerry...a man who in 2009 urged Israel to do more to support a Palestinian state and has NOT changed his mind since...a man who voted AGAINST designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization...a man who last April said that he believes Iranian leaders will act 'rationally' on the discussion of nuclear issues (gagging).  John Kerry...a man who just the other day during a speech in Germany said Americans 'have a right to be stupid'.  John Kerry...a man with a failed presidential run on his resume who holds a grudge AGAINST America for his loss to George W. (Miss Me Yet) Bush...and by the way I sure do.
And this is just a small litany of the man who is now Secretary of State...NOT good...NOT good at all.

And now we have Chuck Hagel as the new Secretary of Defense...once again very bad indeed for this confirmation showed the triumph of partisanship and ideology over national interest. 
Chuck Hagel......a man who never managed a workforce or budget even remotely comparable in scope to those of the Pentagon...a man who in his tenure as a Republican Senator NEVER authored significant legislation, chaired no committees, held no leadership posts.  Chuck Hagel...a man who voted AGAINST the Iraq War and NOT only spoke AGAINST the surge but also criticized the very need for it...a man who supports radical islamists in Syria and Egypt calling them 'freedom fighters'.  Chuck Hagel...a man who when testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, screws up the Obama administration’s policy on a nuclear armed Iran...a man who repeatedly voted AGAINST sanctions being placed on Iran...a man who also voted AGAINST designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization.  Chuck Hagel...a man who said that Israel “keep[s] Palestinians caged up like animals”...a man who said that “the political reality is that the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here”...a man who has suggested that Israel's interests don't 100% align with America's (NOT true)... a man who said in a speech at Rueters University that the US State Department was being run by the Israeli Foreign Ministry.  Chuck Hagel...a man whose very words and actions are anti-Israel and most probably anti-Semitic too.

Chuck Hagel is now the new Secretary of Defense, just another 'yes-man' for Obama...a man who will also turn his back on Israel and the dangers she faces from those out to wipe her off the face of the Earth and if Israel goes 'they' will come for us next...NOT good... NOT good at all.

America's 'Axis of Evil' is now almost complete.

And today up comes John Brennan for yet another dog and pony show confirmation...a man who may very well be the worst of the three.

John Brennan...a man whose involvement in the run-up to the murderous attack at Benghazi and whose conduct during that seven-hour engagement, along with his role in the subsequent cover-up have NOT been satisfactorily addressed.  John Brennan...a man who still has NOT openly responded to questions about Obama's policy on the use of armed drones to attack U.S. citizens......a man who opposes 'enhanced interrogation techniques' like waterboarding, and says that it "never will be used" under his direction (oh great...they can kill us but a little waterboarding is a no-no).  John Brennan...a man who is believed to have revealing classified information from covert operations for his and Obama's political gain...a man who says that Obama needs to have a paramilitary force at his disposal to carry out operations the military is prohibited from conducting by the law of war (NO I don't thinks so for that's too much power in the hands of one man).  John Brennan...a man who refers to Israel’s capital city of Jerusalem as 'al Quds' the name used by Hezbollah militants...a man who said Hezbollah is “a very interesting organization”...a man who has stated that the Muslim Brotherhood is 'largely secular', jihad is a “legitimate tenet of islam” and jihadists are victims of 'political, economic and social forces'.  John Brennan...a man who is believed to have converted to islam when he served in an official capacity on behalf of the United States in Saudi Arabia, thus calling into play where his true allegiances lie, especially in light of statements like those above.

If this man, John Brennan, is confirmed as CIA Director America is in BIG trouble for whose side is he really on...whose side indeed for do you think intelligence information reported on the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, and Hamas will be truthful and honest...will 'We the People' be told the truth about the treatment of women and  Christians who live in islamic countries or will he cover this up...and will Americans have confidence in US foreign and military policy towards Iran, China, or North Korea...

...NOT with this man we won't be for if John Brennan is confirmed
America's 'Axis of Evil' will be complete for all three men will bow down and grovel to our enemies just like Barack HUSSEIN Obama already does...all will sell us out to the highest bidder...all will aid in stabbing Israel in the back...all will allow Iran to secure nuclear weapons...and all will aid in America losing its place as the only remaining superpower in the world.

Socialists, communists, muslim sympathizers all...I wonder what our
Founders would say if they saw what has become of those chosen to be the stewards of the greatest nation the world has ever known... something tells me they would NOT be happy at all.