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June 18, 2013 - 12:00 am
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Anyone pursuing effective dissent can be made to look bad even if they have lived noble or saintly lives. In fact, military veterans and devout Christians are already heading to the top of the charts in Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s hit parade (I can see it now: “People who make a habit of going to church at least once a week must be dangerously obsessive-compulsive”).

The day is not far off when attempting to protect one’s privacy by paying cash, avoiding the banking system, using PO boxes, and masking one’s online presence will themselves be seen as reasons for presumptive suspicion.

The existence of the NSA’s high-tech data trove may also partially explain why certain center-right politicians and judges have so quickly, thoroughly, and otherwise inexplicably betrayed their erstwhile supporters.

Unlike the pre-planned acknowledgment of the IRS’s harassment of Tea Party and conservative groups and Eric Holder’s nearly simultaneous missive to the Associated Press revealing that his department had obtained personal and business phone records involving over 100 AP reporters and editors, the exposure of the NSA’s PRISM program by Edward Snowden appears not to have been an orchestrated administration stunt. Nonetheless, it quite conveniently furthers our Punk President’s agenda of harassment and intimidation, not only of his opponents, but of those within his ranks who might otherwise be tempted to stray from the party line.

The question with which Dylan taunted his subject in “Like a Rolling Stone” applies to America today — “How does it feel?”

And what are we going to do about it?

There’s no perfect answer, but Ohio Tea Party activist Tom Zawistowski recently gave Fox’s Neil Cavuto a pretty good one: “We fix it by Americans individually having the courage of their convictions and standing up and pointing out things that are wrong and demanding that people fix them.” He could have added: “Because what we all stand to lose if we fail is far more precious than anything we think we have to lose as individuals.”

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Along with having a decades-long career in accounting, finance, training and development, Tom Blumer has written for several national online publications primarily on business, economics, politics and media bias. He has had his own blog, BizzyBlog.com, since 2005, and has been a PJM contributor since 2008.

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The evidence seems to out in the open and the intent is clear. Maxine Waters herself said that "Obama has put together ......" The OFA organisation are privy to ALL data gathered uniquely for the purpose of possible punishment of dissenters or those that simply may not tag along like they should. The NSA stuff is one thing; but the OFA database is another even scarier development.
Steven Harper of Canada was the ONLY ONE at the G8 summit to soundly rebuke Russia regarding their involvment in Syria - that should tell us something about our double-minded POTUS; he's more interested in personal power and bullying and lying in order to deceive in political issus.
Obama has a private database with which to bully people into submission - this must be addressed.
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OK, since we're quoting rock lyrics, I have one of my own:

You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice
If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice
You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill
I will choose a path that's clear
I will choose freewill


(Ironic, given their shift to the right after being so far left for so long, that I am quoting a Canadian to augment an argument about America's eroding freedoms.)

We cannot cower in the face of this burgeoning tyranny, not one single bit.

How would you possibly explain your cowardice to the Founding Fathers, who rose up against odds so much greater in a smaller minority than we find ourselves now with nothing more than ideas and the courage to die for those ideas.

Those ideas, now enshrined in our founding documents, are just as relevant today as they were 240 years ago because they deal with the human condition - something that is timeless and unchanging.

We can overcome this cancer that is Obama. Just remember that it took quite some time between the beginning of the troubles and the beginning of the Revolution.

And as long as you proclaim fidelity to the Constitution of the United States and all that entails, then you cannot be in the wrong for wanting to wipe away all that is base and false about our current government.

Did you get all that NSA? Go back and re-read if necessary.
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The BIG scandal is yet to come! My bet is that the NSA information gathering system that was in place was retargeted to identify domestic targets in the TEA party and other groups working to stop Obama from being reelected.
Some of the Chicago thugs, e.g., Jarrett, Axelrod, Emanuel, and Ploufe, and Geitner and guys from the IRS and DNC met regularly with NSA folks to select groups/individuals to become targets for the IRS.
Assume a 2009 or 2010 meeting of the TEA party in Kentucky. "Acquire" a copy of the conference attendees and then plug those names/'phone numbers into the terrorist NSA system. Within weeks, Obama would have a web of the TEA party elite and the names/numbers of associated folks who were most active. We go to a regular meeting at the White House and Jarret identifies the top 25 candidates for search and audits and gives instructions to the IRS.
With Chicago folks involved, there probably also would be opportunity for personal gain.
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I would bet money that they dug up SOMETHING on Roberts to get him to vote their way on the supreme court.
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The problem, clearly, is the scope and power of the Executive Branch.

But this power is granted by Congress, which passes 2500-page bills that grant wholesale interpretation and funding of the very agencies that are empowering our growing tyranny.

How do we reign in the Executive/King as he vacations at $100 million a pop and has unlimited funding for each of his satrap agencies?
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Cancel his card in Africa and tell him to hitch-hike home.
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It would have been better if this had come out before the election, but I think it has come out soon enough that we still have a good chance to pull back from tyranny without having to resort to armed revolution. Fortunately gun control failed, so if armed revolution is the only way, we still have the means to do it. But make no mistake, Obama is still trying for absolute power, and we must stop him.
1 year ago
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At least we can be grateful that no leech or charlatan would ever misuse the word patriot.
1 year ago
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You have neatly captured why holding Obama and His Corrupt Gang to account for their abuses, through constitutionally defined mechanisms (i.e. impeachment), has a probability near zero.
1 year ago
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How many times must it be repeated: The "information dragnet" was put in place long before Obama took office. Blame 9/11 for that.

Obama didn't invent it, but it appears he figured out some new and creative ways to (ab)use it.

This may be useful. Liberals trust the government - well, THEIR government, Obama's government. They seem to feel that nothing bad can happen as long as there's a liberal Democrat in the White House. Now they're seeing the dark side of big government. Maybe they'll finally learn that giving the government more power to "do good" means giving the government more power to do anything it wants.

But I doubt it.
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Remember the FBI files in the Clinton administration? They may have been used to bring members of Congress and others to heel. The situation now is much more frightening, with so many agencies involved in harassing ordinary citizens. Perhaps there can be strength in numbers--tea party groups might lend some aide to their members who are targeted.
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We should also add that Pwtraeus was brought down by sifting through data to identify Paula Broadwell. It is noteworthy the affair was revealed just after Benghazi and after Pwtraeus signed off in the "Internet movie" scam. I personally suspect some blackmail was involved.
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Speaking of music.. Illiberal musical act Rage Against the Machine MUST be beside themselves with shame regarding the Uhbama administration's operation creep being exposed.

Take a look at Barack Kardashian's '08, '12 campaign endorsements..
freakin' morons.
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How does it feel? Like starring as the catcher in a gay porn film.

This is a very dangerous time in American history. It hasn't come to armed resistance yet, but we are pretty far down the wrong fork in the historical road.
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There won't be any armed resistance. There will be "lone wolf" incidents all over the country where people are murdered in their homes by cops. They'll kill the family dog for good measure.

The cops showed us in Watertown that they can shut down and secure an entire city even though they are out numbered 1,000 to one.
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If you want a "1984esque" look at where this may be going, buy a copy of Rob Olive's "Essential Liberty." Chilling - and I can guarantee you will be angry as you read it.
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