Obama's Retaliatory Tentacles
By: Diane Sori
/ The Patriot Factor / Right Side Patriots on CPR Worldwide Media / cprworldwidemedia.net
"I'm not going anywhere...I'm angry and ready to fight because today
contradicts my public service career and my entire life."
- New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez's
words after being indicted on public corruption charges
Two Democrats...one appointed and one elected...both facing criminal
charges...but only one dared to speak out against Obama's economic and foreign policies...dared to defend
Israel...thus making the outcome
for that one quite different than the outcome of the other one.
In the first case, in yet another of the Obama regime's attempts to
sweep the IRS targeting scandal under the rug, early last week Ronald C.
Machen, the former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, informed
House Speaker John Boehner that he will NOT...I repeat NOT...bring
criminal contempt charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner. NO
big surprise folks as Lerner did exactly what she was told
to do knowing full-well that Obama and his cronies would protect her.
Lerner...the main figure in the targeting of Conservative and TEA
Party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for 501(c)(3)
tax-exempt status...extra scrutiny simply because they opposed Obama during both his 2008
and 2012 presidential election bids... was rewarded for a job well done in
that she got to use one of her many Obama and Holder supplied 'get out
of jail free' cards...all while questions continue to be raised and continue to go
unanswered about Obama's in-our-face ability to ignore a congressional directive.
It's now been almost a year since the House approved a contempt
resolution against Lerner arising from her decision NOT to answer questions
during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing where
she invoked her Fifth Amendment right NOT to testify. This led then
committee chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) to rightfully say that Lerner had
waived that right by asserting her innocence during an opening
statement and then refusing to be cross-examined by committee members.
But U.S. Attorney Machen...a Democrat and obviously an Obama
supporter...insisted that Lerner only made “general claims of innocence”
and that the Constitution would provide her, in his legal opinion, with “an absolute defense
should she be prosecuted.”
In his letter to Boehner, Machen claimed his decision NOT to bring
said charges against Lerner was NOT a rejection per se of the House’s constitutional
powers to call witnesses and hold them in contempt when and if they
violate the rules, but that the facts in Lerner's case “undercut”
House decision...translating into Machen's opinion that Lerner did NOT
waive her Constitutional protection. But know this case is surely NOT going to
simply fade away as it continues to raise questions about the powers of
Congress and whether the president and the rest of the executive branch
have 'discretion'...as in an obligation...to follow orders of Congress.
I believe they do as the executive branch must answer to Congress and
Congress must in turn answer to 'We the People.'
In the second case involving Democratic New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez
the outcome was quite different as a federal grand jury turned a
longtime friendship into a corruption case. Indicting Menendez on 14
public corruption charges ranging from bribery to making false
statements to conspiracy and more relating to “dealings and
he 'supposedly' made on behalf of his friend and
senatorial campaign contributor, Dr. Salomon Melgen, a West Palm Beach,
Florida, ophthalmologist, who now is also facing criminal charges.
Assistant U.S. Attorney General Leslie Caldwell in announcing the
indictments said that Menendez never disclosed any of the 'reportable
gifts' he received from Melgen on the required financial disclosure
forms. And so unreported gifts turned into indictments claiming that
Menendez intervened on Melgen’s behalf in a dispute with federal
regulators over Medicare billing charges and irregularities, and in a
bid by Melgen to secure a port security contract in the Dominican
Republic. Menendez, as expected, denied any wrongdoing and said that any
of the close to one million dollars in gifts he received from Melgen...which included almost
$600,000 in campaign contributions...were given
to him solely because of their close personal friendship of over 20+
And Menendez must be presumed innocent until proven guilty because
charges contained in an indictment are only an accusation NOT a verdict.
In the meantime, Mendendez, one of our leading voices on foreign
affairs, has stepped-down as the ranking member on the Foreign Relations
Committee but will remain a committee member. And the Foreign Relations
Committee where Menendez dared to call Obama to task over his anything
but a strategy in combating ISIS; where he opposed Obama's efforts to
restore diplomatic relations with Cuba; and where he loudly voiced that
he wants increased sanctions placed against Iran (“Iran is clearly
taking steps that can only be interpreted as provocative...yet the
administration appears willing to excuse away any connection between
these developments and signs of Iran's bad faith in negotiations.”
at the crux of Menedez being called to task. And why...because Menendez had the fortitude and audacity to publicly and on the
record oppose Obama...and if you oppose Obama you must pay the
price for that opposition even if you are a fellow Democrat.
And you must pay a big price if you dare to oppose Obama's stabbing
Israel in the back, as Menendez did recently at the American Israel
Public Affairs Committee's national convention, where he pledged that
Iran would "never threaten Israel or its neighbors, and it will never be
in a position to start a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Not on
Fighting words our traitor-in-chief will NOT let go unpunished. And we
know the Obama regime is notorious for punishing those who disagree with
them, oppose them, or speak ill of them...and party affiliation matters
not. One case in point is Mary Landrieu and her bid to win a fourth
term as one of Louisiana's senators. Remember, Obama himself, his
people, their money, and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign
Committee...who pulled their TV advertising in support of her...cast her
aside come runoff time simply because she spoke out in support of the
Keystone Pipeline...which Obama and the liberal environmentalists are
Also, remember when New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer
second-guessed both Obama and his signature piece of legislation... ObamaCare...by saying, "We took their mandate and put all focus on the
wrong problem - health care reform,"
and even went so far as to say that
since only about 5% of registered voters in the United States lacked
health insurance before the implementation of the law, that to focus on a
problem affecting such "a small percentage of the electoral made no
In other words, Schumer publicly voiced his opinion
that Democrats should NOT have passed ObamaCare when they did because
the country was still in the throws of a recession even after the passing of the 2009
stimulus bill, and that a logical follow-up to said bill should have been legislation to help the middle class. In fact, Schumer
even stated that only later on in the Obama presidency should the issue of health
care have been addressed.
And the fallout from the regime for his words...first, then House
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi publicly stated that there are "14
million reasons why"
Schumer is wrong...referencing the number of
Americans 'newly insured' under ObamaCare but of course leaving out the
millions of folks who lost their insurance because of ObamaCare...and
second, Menendez was chastised in the media for daring to speak out
against the 'anointed one.' And the media payback went so far as to accuse Menendez of grandstanding for
his own self-interest, personal gain, and political ambitions, to the effect that some
in his own party publicly came out to accuse him of saying what he said simply because
he wanting to be Hillary's VP choice when she ran.
And then there's Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii, a
twice-deployed Iraq War veteran, who criticized Obama for downplaying
the ISIS threat. Saying, “Every soldier knows this simple fact: If you
don’t know your enemy, you will not be able to defeat him...our leaders
must clearly identify the enemy as Islamist extremists, understand the
ideology that is motivating them and attracting new recruits, and focus
on defeating that enemy both militarily and ideologically,”
the retaliation was swift in coming.
Almost immediately after Gabbard spoke these words the Obama 'attack machine'
led by Bob Jones of the Oahu-based Midweek newspaper ran his editorial stating,
“I take serious issue when somebody who’s done a little non-fighting in
Iraq, and is not a Middle East or Islamic scholar, claims to know better
than our President and Secretary of State how to fathom the motivations
of terrorists, or how to refer to them beyond the term that best
describes them — terrorists.”
And Democrat Michael Perry of Hawaii’s
KSSK radio said he's worried about the political payback for what he
called Gabbard's "mortal sin"
for her daring to speak out against Obama. “While Gabbard is correct in her ‘emperor has no clothes’ moment, she
may have lost her future seat on Hawaii’s political bench,”
he said...words that sound like a threat of sorts to me.
And let's NOT forget that some Democrats are speaking out
against Obama's executive order on immigration...on amnesty...including Clair
McCaskill (MO), Joe Donnelly (IN), Heidi Heitkamp (ND), and Independent
but caucuses with the Democrats Angus King (MA) amongst them. And the
retaliation against them will surely come for NO one dares to cross
Obama or his cronies and gets away with it.
So the bottom line in all this is that even Democrats are NOT safe from
the retaliatory tentacles of a man and his cronies who think of themselves
as gods...never to be questioned...never to be crossed...and above all never to be second-guessed.