Sunday, March 1, 2015

If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes I probably wouldn’t have believed it – the president of the United States said, “We’re a nation of laws, but…” What came next is irrelevant, but for the record it was “we’re also respecting the fact that we’re a nation of immigrants.”

There is no “but.” We’re either a nation of laws or we aren’t. And increasingly we aren’t.

In that immigration quote President Obama gave historians the theme of his two terms in office – “but.”

Barack Obama loves America, but… When the president praises the United States (which is rare), he generally precedes or follows it with criticism. That’s not me talking; that is the New York Times.

After the left-wing pearl-clutching faded over former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s statement that he doesn’t believe the president loves the country, the Times wrote, “In fact, several of Mr. Obama’s most emphatic expressions of patriotism appear in close proximity to his critiques of America, a review of his speeches shows.”

As a senator, Barack Obama was insistent on transparency from government agencies. He even co-sponsored legislation, along with Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., to create a website on which to post every contract the government signs.

But now that he is president, that conviction has gone the way of the Dodo.

In 2007, then-Sen. Obama sent a letter to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on a proposed rulemaking change to media ownership the FCC was considering, demanding transparency from the agency.

He wrote then Commissioner Kevin Martin that changes in rules “may pass the muster of a federal court, but Congress and the public have the right to review any specific proposal and decide whether or not it constitutes sound policy.” He also wrote that the FCC “has the responsibility to defend any new proposal in public discourse and debate.”

That was over media ownership, but… When it comes to the government essentially seizing effective control of the Internet through the Orwellian-named “net-neutrality,” Obama sang a different tune.

National Harbor, MD -- A small, but passionate wing of attendees stayed for the fourth day of the Conservative Political Action Conference, where the chairwoman of the House Republican Conference noted how she’s inspired to see all the young conservatives who came to the Washington D.C.-area for CPAC.

She assured the audience that the conservative movement is alive, strong, diverse, and most importantly growing. Given the Republican gains in the 2014 elections, it’s a valid point. She took pride in the fact that the Republican Party has a record majority in the House of Representatives.

The main focus of her speech was grounded in rebuilding the American dream, a point that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker–a potential 2016 presidential candidate–has been making across the country.

Rep. Rodgers said she couldn’t have fathomed being the 200th woman to serve in the House of Representatives, being that she grew up in a small town in eastern Washington, picking fruit on her family farm.

Right now, she said her desire to keep the American dream alive is what makes her proud to be a conservative. She said we must have a “bottom-up” style of conservatism that looks to the future not the past; that trusts the people, not the government with ensuring their financial security and economic stability.

She noted how job creation gives you opportunity, dignity, and a sense of purpose. It gives you something to be proud about.

“We’re defined by our potential,” she said.

She also mentioned that God not only gave all of us life, but liberty as well. At the same time, it doesn’t mean that government won’t try and infringe on those rights. This segued into Rep. Rodgers noting how the top-down, one-size fits all solution approach by liberals doesn’t work–and that the best solution for economic torpor comes from the people.

Rodgers said it’s our diversity that strengthens America. We all come from different backgrounds and life stories, but liberals always believe the answer is more government, and their solutions fall short.

“They’ve confused government with compassion,” she said.

One area of policy she cited in her address was the ABLE Act, a revision of the tax code to allow people with disabilities to establish a tax-free savings account (via the National Down Syndrome Society):

Iran: Muslim cleric vows to “raise flag of Islam on White House”

By Robert Spencer / Jihad Watch

Iran: Muslim cleric vows to “raise flag of Islam on White House”
As Obama continues to show weakness, the bellicose rhetoric from those who consider themselves to be at war with the United States continues to heat up. How long will pretending that we are not at war work as a war strategy? “Iran cleric vows to ‘raise flag of Islam on White House’ to avenge Israeli […]

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8 Reasons Net Neutrality Is a Grave Threat to Your Freedom

Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs

The number one reason that every American should consider net neutrality a grave threat is that the Muslim Brotherhood Congressman Hakim Muhammad (Keith Ellison) is dancing after hearing that the FCC voted to approve strong net neutrality rules.

“7 Reasons Net Neutrality Is a Threat to Your Freedom,": By Nick Sanchez Friday, 27 Feb 2015
The FCC’s Democrat majority voted on Thursday to fix something that ain’t broken by approving new regulations for the Internet. Republicans are dissenting, darkly suggesting that the new rules in government hands are a threat.
The commission’s chairman, Tom Wheeler, said the new rules will ensure net neutrality by barring Internet service providers like Comcast from...