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Washington’s Pack of Pretenders

Preserving and expanding the government's (and their) power.

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Tom Blumer

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February 18, 2014 - 11:29 pm
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Last Friday, in what would be a humiliating episode if it were capable of embarrassment, the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, acted as if a tweet from “@BarackObama” about the TV program House of Cards represented an “endorsement” of the program by President Barack Obama himself. It even described the tweet as his “latest playful executive order,” and reported that a cast member somehow “double-checked the authenticity of the tweet before celebrating.”

The folks at AP are so smitten with Dear Leader that they either weren’t aware or didn’t care that the Twitter account involved is from Organizing for America, a group of Obama lovers who are technically but not substantively separate from the White House, and whose life mission is to promote his missions of the moment. The “@BarackObama” account description clearly tells the world that “Tweets from the President are signed -bo.” The House of Cards tweet contained no such “signature.”

AP’s seeming cluelessness is really a case of institutional acceptance of the unacceptable: It and the rest of the press have become so used to covering government and government-aligned entities which are not at all what they pretend to be that they no longer even care to question their legitimacy. Several of too many examples to fit into a single column follow.

Certainly Eric Holder’s Department of Justice isn’t what the attorney general’s “about” page says it is, namely “the central agency for enforcement of federal laws.” It is instead the central agency for approving fishing expeditions against news organizations like the AP; harassing states in matters such as the administration of elections which are solely their province; deciding which federal laws it will refuse to defend, i.e., the Defense of Marriage Act; and determining which laws it will ruthlessly reinterpret beyond Congress’s and even the Supreme Court’s intent.

Holder himself is the only attorney general, and in fact the first sitting cabinet member, ever held in contempt of Congress. There is documented evidence that he knew of Operation Fast and Furious, the enterprise involving the provision of thousands of guns to Mexican drug cartels, in July 2010, five months before Border Patrol agent Brian Terry’s murderer used one of those guns to kill him. In Mexico, as of over two years ago, Fast and Furious guns “showed up at nearly 200 crime scenes” involving an estimated 300 “people killed or wounded.” In a functioning government, Holder’s impeachment and involuntary removal from office would have occurred long ago.

The charlatans at the Internal Revenue Service claim to be about helping Americans “understand and meet their tax responsibilities” and to “enforce the law with integrity and fairness to all.” Four decades ago, the agency’s head directly refused to honor President Richard Nixon’s request to audit 200 of his political enemies. Barely a year after Obama’s first inauguration, it became a political tool of his administration dedicated to stonewalling, harassing, and auditing liberty movement, voter integrity and social conservative organizations and their leaders. Holder’s FBI, after conducting a months-long non-investigation of the agency during which it apparently spoke with no targeted organizations, implausibly decided that no criminal activity had taken place.

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There has always been a strong authoritarian (one might even say quasi-facist) bent in liberalism going back to the late 19th Century "progressives" and the advent of Crolyite utopianism. Progressives of that era were enthusiastic for Bismarck's Germany where an elite class provided social welfare to the "masses" within the framework of a planned economy. Liberals have always loved power as long as they are the ones exercising it. In fact a sort of facism is inevitable in their thinking. If you have convinced yourself that your views are unchallengeable and represent the the only course of progress for mankind then how can you tolerate inconvenient laws that stand in the way? To the average liberal there is no doubt but that they are always 100% right on every issue. It stands to reason therefore that they MUST exercise power by fair means or foul for the "greater good. Liberals view their opponents as not just wrong but contemptible particularly int he debate on "smaller government." To them government is ALWAYS good and ALWAYS in need of expansion so that their own authority can expand for the purpose of serving "the masses." Once you convince yourself of this you are inevitably on your way to the One-Party State. Mr. Obama's observation that he "Has a pen and a phone and is prepared to use them" would bring anguished cries for revolution if made by a Bush or even an Eisenhour. When Mr. Obama says this it is met with a collective approval from the Left because "the right sort" of person is assuming this power. Deep in it's heart the Left hates the rule of law - That's pretty much all there is to it.
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The common denominator in all this: a federal government that is left to judge the limits of its own authority.

That's nothing new. It has been the status quo since 1865. We're just now seeing the endgame of the *fundamental transformation* that occured then.

So welcome to the future: that endgame is The Omnipotent State, i.e., a federal government that no longer acknowledges ANY limits to its authority and a citizenry too collectively stupified by 150 years of relentless propaganda to even recognize a problem, much less see any way to respond to it. Wonder how Hitler happened? Just look around at the millions of mindless drones who are more interested in The Bachelor and Duck Dynasty than their own history.

Here's how things track, going forward: continuing subordination of the sovereign States to the will of D.C.; continuing elimination of individual liberties; totalitarianism-in-fact; economic collapse and chaos; breakup of the member States into newly formed nations.

Basically, we're looking at a re-run of the USSR.

Congratulations, America - by pretending that the Constitution gives the federal government unlimited authority, you have committed social seppuku. Don't blame the "progressives" - they're just the ones who happened to grab control of the runaway federal government that you thought someone else would bring under control.


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39 weeks ago
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Tom, the criminalization of the now cemented hard leftism is running at warp speed. The lack of rage at our national hijacking has me frustrated and perplexed.

The passengers are in peril and are being told to stay calm, all is well.

Jobs are not only NOT being created, they are being destroyed...and the hijacked passengers are being told "isn't this fun?".

The Republican pilots are flying as if they have box cutters to their throats.

They are flying scared. But let's stop this RINO crap in its tracks.

Nobody forced anyone to vote for a weak candidate in the primaries. That is an empty canard. I was very vocal about the weakness of the entire slate. So, the whining about being forced to accept Romney or McCain is simply a false flag operation.

Thomas Sowell wrote an article about Ted Cruz, I think I saw it at Hot Air. We are being assaulted by tyranny. It is time to quit wasting energy making false claims about being forced to accept it.

Either we surrender out loud or we fight it together with everything we've got.

Totalitarianism needs to be crushed. THAT is what you and I stand shoulder to shoulder against. If the pilots of our hijacked plane need an infusion of courage, we better find a way to get it to them in massive doses. Breaking ranks and running in all directions isn't going to save this nation from criminal tyranny.
39 weeks ago
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CONGRESS. STOP FUNDING TYRANNY. NOW.
39 weeks ago
39 weeks ago Link To Comment
There has always been a strong authoritarian (one might even say quasi-facist) bent in liberalism going back to the late 19th Century "progressives" and the advent of Crolyite utopianism. Progressives of that era were enthusiastic for Bismarck's Germany where an elite class provided social welfare to the "masses" within the framework of a planned economy. Liberals have always loved power as long as they are the ones exercising it. In fact a sort of facism is inevitable in their thinking. If you have convinced yourself that your views are unchallengeable and represent the the only course of progress for mankind then how can you tolerate inconvenient laws that stand in the way? To the average liberal there is no doubt but that they are always 100% right on every issue. It stands to reason therefore that they MUST exercise power by fair means or foul for the "greater good. Liberals view their opponents as not just wrong but contemptible particularly int he debate on "smaller government." To them government is ALWAYS good and ALWAYS in need of expansion so that their own authority can expand for the purpose of serving "the masses." Once you convince yourself of this you are inevitably on your way to the One-Party State. Mr. Obama's observation that he "Has a pen and a phone and is prepared to use them" would bring anguished cries for revolution if made by a Bush or even an Eisenhour. When Mr. Obama says this it is met with a collective approval from the Left because "the right sort" of person is assuming this power. Deep in it's heart the Left hates the rule of law - That's pretty much all there is to it.
39 weeks ago
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Don't overlook the piles of bodies (numbering in the 65-95 million range) that progressive/collectivist adventures in governance have left in their collective (pun intended) wake.

But remember - the ends ALWAYS justify their means.
31 weeks ago
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The common denominator in all this: a federal government that is left to judge the limits of its own authority.

That's nothing new. It has been the status quo since 1865. We're just now seeing the endgame of the *fundamental transformation* that occured then.

So welcome to the future: that endgame is The Omnipotent State, i.e., a federal government that no longer acknowledges ANY limits to its authority and a citizenry too collectively stupified by 150 years of relentless propaganda to even recognize a problem, much less see any way to respond to it. Wonder how Hitler happened? Just look around at the millions of mindless drones who are more interested in The Bachelor and Duck Dynasty than their own history.

Here's how things track, going forward: continuing subordination of the sovereign States to the will of D.C.; continuing elimination of individual liberties; totalitarianism-in-fact; economic collapse and chaos; breakup of the member States into newly formed nations.

Basically, we're looking at a re-run of the USSR.

Congratulations, America - by pretending that the Constitution gives the federal government unlimited authority, you have committed social seppuku. Don't blame the "progressives" - they're just the ones who happened to grab control of the runaway federal government that you thought someone else would bring under control.


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39 weeks ago
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Henry Hyde's speech in support and impeachment and defending the rule of law:

http://guweb2.gonzaga.edu/~dewolf/hyde-imp.htm
39 weeks ago
39 weeks ago Link To Comment
Tom, the criminalization of the now cemented hard leftism is running at warp speed. The lack of rage at our national hijacking has me frustrated and perplexed.

The passengers are in peril and are being told to stay calm, all is well.

Jobs are not only NOT being created, they are being destroyed...and the hijacked passengers are being told "isn't this fun?".

The Republican pilots are flying as if they have box cutters to their throats.

They are flying scared. But let's stop this RINO crap in its tracks.

Nobody forced anyone to vote for a weak candidate in the primaries. That is an empty canard. I was very vocal about the weakness of the entire slate. So, the whining about being forced to accept Romney or McCain is simply a false flag operation.

Thomas Sowell wrote an article about Ted Cruz, I think I saw it at Hot Air. We are being assaulted by tyranny. It is time to quit wasting energy making false claims about being forced to accept it.

Either we surrender out loud or we fight it together with everything we've got.

Totalitarianism needs to be crushed. THAT is what you and I stand shoulder to shoulder against. If the pilots of our hijacked plane need an infusion of courage, we better find a way to get it to them in massive doses. Breaking ranks and running in all directions isn't going to save this nation from criminal tyranny.
39 weeks ago
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Thanks for the epiphany Mr. B., but the American experiment is not "in peril" - it has failed. Time to start over and that is what I am interested in because recitation of failure is just that. The pathology must be destroyed, not voted on.
39 weeks ago
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We need leaders who don't sugar-coat the magnitude of the situation, but who can be calm and controlled while describing the breadth of the danger.

I love Bachmann but she unfortunately is too easy to demonize as a wild-eyed fringe person. Likewise, Newt's past makes it too easy for pravda to distort his views. Let's face it, when a near-saint like Romney can be cast as a devil, you have to understand the influence that Pravda still has with their decades-long reputation as the arbiters of public opinion; and their shameless exploitation of that corruptly gained power.

Look, the ruling class rino corruptocrats have had their run of multiple milquetoast candidates, cowering from the tiniest diversions from the pravda-certified liberal shell games. They are a complete failure; nothing more than a quivering shadow of the ruling marxists. It's the same team; with pinstripes instead of prison stripes.

Reagan's strength was that he could flatly state eternally-successful conservative approaches without being strident but also without meek acceptance of the medias' outrageous lies and distortions of plain truths. They attributed it to evil manipulation of communications; I attribute it to a simple but confident ability to speak the obvious truth.

This time, we have at least three people who have that ability: Cruz, Mike Lee and Scott Walker. Christie definitely does not; he is a walking caricature of a loud-mouth conniving politician. Jeb Bush isn't a caricature, but he is nothing more than a non-DC version of the rino ruling-class aristocrats.

We have three winners in hand already. Let's not savage them all before they have a chance to make the pitch to national audiences.
39 weeks ago
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"AP and the rest of the press have become so used to covering government and government-aligned entities which are not at all what they pretend to be that they no longer even care to question their legitimacy."

Truer words were never written. A venomous political nematode like Jen Psaki is elevated to speak for a cabinet level agency? Meanwhile, her boss John Kerry, responsible for foreign relations & policy, is giving speeches about mythical global warming like his old clueless senatorial self. God knows there's enough of a mess to clean up after Happy Hour Hillary drank her way across 24 time zones on a government jet.

The IRS scandal should eclipse Watergate, Teapot Dome and everything that went before. It is a Kafkaesque cabal violating several large chunks of the Bill of Rights repeatedly and with malice aforethought. It even takes revenge - in the form of audits meant strictly to intimidate - on its own people when they document the abuses.

The BLS deliberately rigged unemployment statistics to flatter Obama in the run-up to the election. This may seem tame compared to the IRS and NSA revelations but it reveals something unsettling but very real: all those 'nonpartisan' bureaucrats are almost exclusively hard leftists. Every Prius-driving, Ready For Hillary, rainbow-stickered, Coexisting, Lena Dunham-admiring, comfort-waisted cube critter crawling along the Beltway at 5 mph every morning thinks Obama hung the moon and is happy to trade her integrity for a pittance.
39 weeks ago
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And what did it get Congress for holding Holder in contempt? Zilch, zero, nada.
A bunch of fools wasting their time on a fool's errand.
39 weeks ago
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The bigger question is, what did it get Holder? Absent consequences, who would give a crap if they were held in contempt? Who, without morals, standards, or ethics, that is.
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Zilch??? WTF???!!!!! They got a renewed vigor from Holder who has since doubled-down on his lawless antics ... Congress also got a giant middle-finger and a big verbal F You !!!!
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