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A Failure To Communicate

January 25th, 2014 - 4:05 am

Today’s post will feature an assortment of news. First, remember the Syrian chemical weapons that Assad agreed to destroy? It looks like Assad is digging in his heels and won’t let them be destroyed just yet.

(Reuters) – Western governments are growing impatient with Syria’s failure to follow up promptly on a first small shipment of chemical weapons and fear Damascus will miss a deadline to hand over all toxins by mid-2014. … Syria agreed to dismantle its entire chemical weapons program by June 30, under a deal proposed by Russia and agreed with the United States. … That deadline had already been expected to slip, but the concern now is that the entire destruction program will be pushed back. Syria says the program faces security concerns.

Failure to eliminate its chemical weapons could expose Syria to consequences that might include sanctions, although these would have to supported in the U.N. Security Council by Russia and China, which have so far refused to back such measures against President Bashar al-Assad.

Perhaps the president can ramp up the pressure on Assad again but he’ll have to wait until the Navy finds the money to sail the fleet over. “The U.S. Navy is about to cut in half the number of aircraft carriers it keeps ready for combat. Starting in 2015, just two American flattops will be on station at any given time, down from three or four today.”

The change is spelled out in a presentation by Adm. Bill Gortney, head of Fleet Forces Command. The U.S. Naval Institute’s published the presentation on its Website on Jan. 24. …

But the undeniable fact is that there will be fewer Navy ships near potential hot spots starting next year. Based on historical patterns, it’s likely the Navy will keep one aircraft carrier in the Western Pacific near China and another in the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf to watch over Iran.

U.S. flattops will be routinely absent from the rest of the world’s oceans, although the Navy will also be able to deploy two assault ships carrying helicopters and Harrier or Joint Strike Fighter jump jets—mini-carriers, in a sense.

The Navy isn’t what it used to be, not even what it used to be when Obama talked about “Red Lines” last year. But that’s only because he’s found a better way, like handing out incentives to all our partners for peace. One puzzling thing is why Keynesian economics, which seems to argue that government can never run out of money, and indeed can invent a Space Alien invasion as a pretext to print money can’t use this capability to fund the navy.

Good thing there are lawyers in government who understand the intricacies of Keynesian economics because many don’t, which is why we elect people like Hillary Clinton. Anthony Weiner explained: “If Hillary were to run, she’d be an amazing candidate, arguably the most qualified candidate in the history of the United States ever to run for president.” Hillary can explain this Keynes stuff to us. Take it from Weiner. He went to college.

And while there may not be any aircraft carriers to spare at least the Pentagon has relaxed the dress code to allow turbans, scarves and yarmulkes.

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen, spokesman for the Pentagon’s personnel and readiness office, said the Defense Department does not know how many troops would be affected by the amended policy, but the hope is it “will enhance commanders’ and supervisors’ ability to promote the climate necessary to maintain good order and discipline, and would reduce both the instances and perception of discrimination among those whose religious expressions are less familiar to the command.”

And if that news doesn’t excite the reader here’s another story that will. In furthering the untiring efforts to keep governance dynamic, vibrant and relevant, The Daily Beast describes an Obama-created commission’s proposals to fix America’s ‘broken elections’.  As everyone knows America’s elections are broken except with respect to Voter ID, the lack of which is just fine.

One year ago, in his State of the Union address, President Obama decried the long lines that marred the 2012 election. Winding up for a major proposal, he announced the creation of … a commission…

The commissioners looked at the electoral mess, and concluded that strong steps should be taken to avoid further fiascos. They start by recognizing that the underlying cause of Election Day chaos is our antiquated, paper-based voter registration system. In the age of smartphones and tablets, most Americans still register to vote using ink-and-paper form. Illegible handwriting and typos lead to errors and duplicate entries. These voter roll problems create havoc on Election Day. The panel embraced some of the innovations now flowering in states, including online registration and electronically transferring data from the Department of Motor Vehicles to statewide voter lists. These are among the steps needed to truly modernize the system. …

The panel also addressed some more divisive topics. Take early voting, which is wildly popular and which eases long lines on Election Day itself. In 2012, some states, including Florida, cut back on early voting, with predictably unsettling results. The panel declared that early voting should be available to all citizens. This implicitly rebukes North Carolina as it moves to cut back on early balloting as part of its wildly controversial plan. (Not to mention illegal, and unconstitutional, in my view.) The commissioners also declared that no voter should have to wait more than a half hour. That will now be a powerful national benchmark.

What could go wrong? And of course 2014 is going to be the year of immigration reform! Excited yet? No. Well what’s wrong with you?

Some strange malaise has descended like a pall over the great Republic. Ratings for the Beltway celebrity show have fallen. Peggy Noonan complains that everyone in Washington has fallen asleep, almost as if all this exciting government and international diplomacy is turning them off. In former days, people waited to hear the State of the Nation with eager eye and bated breath. But now nobody seems to give a damn. She writes:

So the president’s State of the Union address is Tuesday night, and it’s always such a promising moment, a chance to wake everyone up and say “This I believe” and “Here we stand.” … In a State of the Union a president tries to put his stamp on things. Here we are, here’s where we’re going, all roads lead forward. We can face whatever test, meet whatever challenge, united in the desire that we be the greatest nation in the history of man …

And here I think: Oh dear.

Because when I imagine Barack Obama’s State of the Union, I see a handsome, dignified man standing at the podium and behind him Joe Biden, sleeping. And next to him John Boehner, snoring. And arrayed before the president the members, napping.

No one’s really listening to the president now. He has been for five years a nonstop windup talk machine … The speechwriters know the answer is fewer applause lines, more thought, more humility and candor. Americans aren’t impressed anymore by congressmen taking to their feet and cheering. They look as if they have electric buzzers on their butts that shoot them into the air when the applause line comes. “Now I have to get up and enact enthusiasm” is what they look like they’re thinking. While the other party thinks “Now we have to get up too, because what he said was anodyne and patriotic and we can’t not stand up for that.” And they applaud, diffidently, because they don’t want the folks back home—the few who are watching—to say they looked a little too enthusiastic about the guy who just cost them their insurance…

But nothing interesting was being said! Looking back on this presidency, it has from the beginning been a 17,000 word New Yorker piece in which, calmly, sonorously, with his lovely intelligent voice, the president says nothing, or little that is helpful, insightful or believable. “I’m not a particularly ideological person.” “It’s hard to anticipate events over the next three years.” “I don’t really even need George Kennan right now.” “I am comfortable with complexity.” “Our capacity to do some good . . . is unsurpassed, even if nobody is paying attention.”

Nobody is!

The reason for the inattention, Noonan thinks, is because the political class has nothing interesting to say. Maybe if the speeches had more pith, more zing …

But perhaps Noonan has got it exactly backwards. Maybe the public finds everything the political class says deeply gripping. They dimly apprehend the import of it all: whether an admission, in the most orbicular and veiled terms, that they’ve let Assad lead Uncle Sam around by the nose once again; that they’ve spent the navy budget on vote buying; that they’re covering up for it by dressing up the remaining troops with fezzes, cummerbunds, turbans, scarves, ascots and cravats  and all the paraphernalia of the Grand Duchy of Fenwick. They understand it.

The public may even comprehend the electrifying news that the political class is about to reform elections to forever save the public the trouble of voting again. And nobody can have any illusions about the bright prospects of employment for anyone who isn’t an American citizen, most especially the unemployed.

No it’s not that what the politicians say isn’t exciting. It’s all very electrifying stuff.  The reason nobody seems to be listening is nobody wants to hear a death sentence, or get a pink slip, nobody wants to open an envelope containing bills. So they tune out. And besides they understand despite the spin and the high priced dissimulation that the political class has stopped conversing with the voters long ago. It’s all one-way. The noises they are making on the lecterns aren’t  talk but announcements, like the braying of public address loudspeaker. Hear ye. Hear ye. This is how is it’s going to go down today.

And people stand there with lidded eyes. But they’re not asleep, just stunned like someone watching his company disappear, waiting to ride it down to zero. Interested in the news yet? No? Well maybe next year.


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The reason for the inattention, Noonan thinks, is because the political class has nothing interesting to say. Maybe if the speeches had more pith, more zing …

You want zing? Oh, yes, zing is coming! Zing is like:

"Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 -- a date which will live in infamy -- the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan." FDF, 1941

"I can hear you, the rest of the world hears you! And the people! And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!" G. W. Bush, 2001

"Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong." R. Reagan

Obama's Navy is down to two deployed flattops, you say? That means two Carrier Battle Groups. The operating cost of an aircraft carrier is more than just the salaries, spare parts, fuel, and stores. It's the cost of the escorts. It's the cost of the tankers stationed around the world to support the escorts petroleum fuels and the carriers aviation fuels. Without adequate support, these two battle groups are toothless about 48 hours after the balloon goes up.

What Obama's Navy is doing is surrendering, unilaterally. These two under-supported CVBG's are "for show", for sabre rattling, but unfortunately, the REAL national leaders of the REAL bad guys will read this move exactly for what it is. The world is now free of Pax Americana. It's the pre-WWII, pre-WWI wild west days again. The power-grab-bazaar is open for business.

This means we'll have a major war within 3-4 years, and very possibly a world war. Belmont club wasn't here in 1997, but I forecast to my wife the post-Clinton economic down turn and the post-Clinton war in 2001. Clinton's military downsizing (i.e "peace dividend") along with his feckless leadership while in office, assured that America would be engaged in a war with someone, somewhere.

The USN just cancelled the LCS project, which was to be the next generation replacement for the current, aging fleet of Frigates. So, what's the replacement for the LCS? Do I hear crickets? If something isn't already in the pipeline to replace the LCS, it won't come until 2029, i.e. it takes about 15 years to develop and deploy a new combat ship platform. Will China wait 15 years for us? Russia? Looks like the F35 will be unable to fly it's way out of a paper bag? The far superior F22? Well, we shut that one down. Replacement for the failed F35? Crickets.

The US Armed services are undergoing a massive, unilateral disarmament under Obama, by his design, under the guise of budget woes. The American people wanted their Obama stash. America wanted it's Clinton peace dividend. America will have war, instead. America will see American boys, and girls now too, dying by the 10,000's.

Moreover, America may have that "zing" now missing from Obama's recent speeches showing up in their very neighborhoods, even at their front door. What will it be? Chinese artillery in the streets of San Francisco? An Iranian EMP strike? Coordinated strikes from China, Russia, N. Korea, Iran, and others?

It will be something. Actions have consequences. The 2008 election of the Marxist, nominally Muslim, fake Christian, and likely, illegal alien Barrack Obama and his 2012 reelection will have negative national consequences long after Obama is gone.


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A note on formatting. The threaded comment streams with no numbering of the comments remains an inferior tool. If people reply to an earlier comment it quickly becomes invisible to the general conversation, disappearing off the bottom of the screen. It would be better to ignore the "reply" feature and simply add a comment at the top of the page referencing the name of the author you are responding to. While having a number or date time stamp for the earlier comment would be better the lords of PJM have denied us those features.

If the top three comments at least had indicators as to how many replies were below, a feature that could be enabled for every comment but would be most useful for the top three, then people could decide if they wanted to scroll down. If the display options were not just Newest or Oldest or Top Rated top level comments but also a Recent option for the latest comments, including those nested under other top level comments, it might help. As it is one must refresh the page and then scroll down or search using "1 hour" or "minutes" as search terms to find the new comments. That kills the conversation.
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You may not be interested but in the Glorious People's Republic the News is interested in you.

Voter registration and then Votes, add the scare quotes as needed, will be entered electronically. The government will produce a web site to take care of everything. The determination of who is registered to vote and what the election results are will be made by a committee of union Business Agents from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

We are now waking up in a another country than the one we went to sleep in. This is not America. This is the Third World. There may be a method to the madness in pushing for ghost of the Raj cultural costumes in the military. Foment identity politics and grievances, drive down morale and prestige. Pry the bitter clingers from a threatening institution. For good measure get the handful of Jews foolish enough to do so to self identify for future confrontation. It would not surprise me though if they produce a couple of hard left Jewish apparatchik officers in yarmulkes as front men.

Two carriers means no multiple flight deck operations. The war fighting capacity of two or three CVBGs operating together is an order of magnitude greater than one alone. The institutional knowledge and skills needed that were developed over decades will be gone within ten years. One carrier alone is simply a target. The bad guys will get the first shot and the war may last only 20 minutes.

This is a one two punch. Domestic chaos is being fomented with a flood of illegals and legal and economic implosion to paralyze us at the same time as the wolves run wild globally. If we had a Republican governor able to stand up and rally a working government, in command of the law enforcement and legal tools to repel the lawless federal agents in his state, then the people could be rallied. That may not be. Not even in Wisconsin or Texas or Louisiana do the governors have unchallenged control over the resources needed.

The last chance to stop this may have been Mitt Romney's second debate. The Gatekeepers failed us. May John Roberts stare in the mirror and see the burning fires.
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I make word associations others don't. I associate political correctness with war. That is because I also think that today, in 2014, Dem Party, political correctness and racial bigotry are more or less interchangeable terms.

Racial rabble rousing needs to be fed, and one feeds it illegal failure in its millions from the Third World and more importantly, our treasure. That same treasure needs to come from somewhere and so it comes from our military.

If the Koran was a written blueprint to manage conquered populations, so is the Dem Party today a blueprint to manage and financially subsidize their complaining darlings of feminists, transgendered, gays, illegal immigrants, and minorities. That's because meritocracy is now a curse word, and that all cost billions. The U.K. is spending a greater percentage of its budget to manage its darlings than ever in its history. By an amazing coincidence, it could not today duplicate its Falkland Island operation. That's because it costs money now siphoned off for not one good reason in the world.

Neither Putin with his crackdown on gays in anti-illegal-immigrant Russia or the militarily probing masters of China are unaware of the dangers and opportunities political correctness presents. The Dem Party equals political correctness equals the end of the Pax Americana equals war. War on human rights and war in real terms.

It also means forget about the moon. Darlings need free cell phones and 11 bucks an hours at Mc's.
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This is WAY off topic, but since we touched on U.S. Carrier deployments and such, here's a nicely done discussion (from the Aussie side, no less) about U.S. Carrier future battle doctrine, and possible use of a navalized F22. (I confess that I haven't closely tracked this area much of the past 10 or 15 years - I pretty much thought that Naval Air was screwed when the A12 was cancelled and F14 retired without suitable replacement. This discussion seems to cover the technical challenges for the USN in nice depth and breadth.)

"Navalising the F-22 Raptor: Restoring America's Maritime Air Dominance"
http://www.ausairpower.net/APA-NOTAM-230209-1.html

I would maintain, too, that if the DOD took off the gloves, and Congress changed the law or the President signed national security waivers, the cost per aircraft could be halved. If the USA mobilized as if it's existence depended on it, America could build AND AFFORD 1,000, 5,000, or 10,000 F22's, and the pilots to man them and crew to support them. (Heck, outsource major portions of the project to the Philippines at local labor rates. Just don't put all the eggs in one basket; keep manufacturing reserve in America, too.)

Now, there's a certain argument that spending this much on essentially late 1990's state of the art technology will be a waste, when unmanned, remote controlled next generation technology will make the F22 vulnerable. The problem is that the defense procurement shenanigans of the past 20 years (Clinton, onward) have left America with a significant defense gap NOW, and for the foreseeable next 10-15 years, at the same time that the Chinese and multiple other threats are coming online. America needs the F22, plus more subs, frigates, and Burke destroyers NOW. Future technology is an investment for the future. Restarting the F22 line and navalizing it would be a gapstop for today's defense. The argument is not "either invest in future advanced technology or today's technology", both are required.

If the USN CNO and staff don't get their collective heads out of their posteriors, and moreover, Congress doesn't start selling defense as a priority necessity to the American people, yes, the Navy's going to lose Flattop, and America, a whole lot more.

(Aside: While I liked the article quite a bit, there was a bit of "static analysis" involved. In the case of an attack taking the USN by complete surprise, yes, the threats described could take out a CVBG. However, the Navy has subs operating ahead of CVBG's, fast attacks for protection and also with cruise launched missiles. The way to stop these wave attacks is not only with adequate air cover, and soon, on board lasers, but also with offensive capability. Simply put, all those inbound bombers will be egressing towards flaming holes in the ground where their bases used to be. There should be a counter strike in the air before any of the Navy's ships are hit, if the Navy is doing it's job. If not, the Navy has bigger problems than the vulnerabilities described in the Air Power Australia article.)





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itellu3times: (The Magna Carta) It said the crown had to listen to the nobility.

The 63 governing principles of the Magna Carta said a bit more than that. It was not a modern constitution because it was written down in 1215 in a feudal society. For example principle number eleven was anti-semitic. Even so, I think it fostered the ideas of freedom and liberty that became a defining characteristic of 18th century English society within England and of those mainly British people who populated the American colonies.

The U.S. is exceptional because it is the only country in the world founded on ideas - the ideas expressed in the U.S. constitution by those mainly English people who settled there. Those colonists fought the Revolutionary War in order to gain the right to their own written, self governing principles and by doing so gave birth to a country like no other.

But I think the distant inheritance of the Magna Carta threaded down through history to colour the weaving of America and its Constitution (as did ideas from France). I understand that many Americans have a different opinion and let's be thankful for different opinions about everything.



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Agree, Mr. Smith, except perhaps I see even a stronger English influence than you do (and a weaker French one). I suggest looking to English events more recent than the Great Charter, particularly those of the tumultuous seventeenth century, such as the Petition of Right (1628), the Grand Remonstrance (1641), the English Civil War (1642-46) and the execution of King Charles (1649), the Habeus Corpus Act (1679), and the Glorious Revolution (1688) and Bill of Rights (1689). This sweep of events displays repeated efforts to limit the power of the sovereign, bring it under the rule of law, and thus promote and protect the liberties of the English people. This selfsame effort was continued and extended in the American Founding, which cannot be fully understood without knowledge of those earlier English events.
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There's something else going on. The Federal Government is beginning to lose their grip on the states. The first signs, interestingly enough, are coming from the far-left cause of drug legalization. A few years ago, there was an implicit understanding that repealing the cannabis laws at the state and local level would result in possession and sale still being illegal, because of the Supremacy Clause. Now we have a completely different situation, with states actively involved in licensing and regulating marijuana sales that are completely illegal at the Federal level.

It's a huge process of erosion. The Federal Government used to be defined rigidly by its laws. Now the President simply waives the law, and his Democratic Senate refuses to codify the waivers into law. The legitimacy of the Federal Government is going adrift.

In previous times, defying Federal Law would have been considered a shot across the bow of the Federal Government. Now it's more of a shrug of the shoulders than a shot across the bow. The President defies Federal Law. Why not the States? Why not individuals? It's not so much of a ascendency of State and individual rights. It's more like State and individual Rights are all that is left standing when the legitimacy of the Federal Government erodes away to nothing, as it is doing.
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When a President "waives" a law enacted by the legislature, it is an extra-constitutional action. The U.S. Constitution lays out specific rules for passing legislation, i.g. bills passed first by the House by simple majority, then by the Senate, then if a President rejects the law by veto, override procedures, and so forth. There is no Constitutional "override procedure" to an executive order that alters enacted law, because quite simply, it's extra-constitutional and illegal. Moreover, any executive order can be contravened by the legislature through legislation. In a sense, the founding fathers made the legislature a superior body to the President, because by veto override, the House and Senate have the final word on law and policy. (Of course, when there are variances between enacted law and U.S. Constitution, the Constitution trumps all other law, mediated by the USSC. The President could take the issue to the Supreme court on constitutional grounds for relief).

Logically speaking, the President becomes an alternate and superior legislature when he waives or alters a law. The Executive branch has usurped the prerogatives of the legislature and summarily altered the carefully constructed balance between the three branches of government. The House and Senate MUST sue the President with standing, at the Supreme Court every time the President does anything that contravenes, overrides, or "waives" a law, or the legislature becomes complicit in the Constitutional violation.

By the way, "summarily" is how a dictatorship is described. The President either acts within the boundaries of the U.S. Constitution and enacted law, or he becomes a dictator. All that is required for a dictator to rule America is for the Legislative and Judicial branches of the government to allow it to happen unchallenged. That's essentially where Harry Reid's Senate stands at the moment, blocking any critical consideration of the President's actions.
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Apologies to Hunter Briggs. I was trying to hit a "like" button, and my clumsy thumb hit "report" instead.
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Maybe it's a matter of which law is defied--marijuana, OK; voter IDs, not OK.
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SS said: 1) The English Magna Carta established the notion that society might be organized by governing principles other than the whim of princes.

Well, that's a little optimistic. It said the crown had to listen to the nobility. It was the Jewish Torah or anything you can find older, that put rules down on paper and tried to live by them.
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We have just seen the benefit of having a forward deployed carrier battle group in the relief efforts in Tacloban. Maybe what we need is a film, , to provide the sort of public support for the Navy that Top Gun did in 1986.

Aren't there some screenwriters here at PJ Media? Money talks and BS walks. Add that to the box office for Lone Survivor and all the Hollywood types will be singing

NAVY - A Global Force for Good

And supporting spending government money on new U S NAVY ships.

"Never waste a crisis."

Imagine Virginia going red and defeating Mark Warner in November? All those potential high paying jobs manufacturing jobs in Newport News that could be had if the state's senators would support offshore oil drilling and new Navy ship construction.
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Two points made by the very wise George Jonas http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/01/25/george-jonas-trashing-national-sovereignty-in-the-name-of-human-rights/ and paraphrased/repeated below:

1) The English Magna Carta established the notion that society might be organized by governing principles other than the whim of princes. Even if the U.S. Constitution is trampled by the Obamanoids, the idea of governing principles did not begin with the Constitution and will stay alive even if Obama declares the Constitution null and void.

2) The progressive left is part of a global industry that markets ideas, policies and ambitions as “human rights.” The ambitions or policies may be sensible or nonsensical; that’s not the point. The point is they enable a human ambition — say, “I don’t want to be deported” — to trump a human right — e.g., “I want independent judges of my own country to say who is or isn’t deported.”

As every commenter has said in their own way, the very fact that the Progressives are able to override, with their princely whims, the very idea of a society run by a set of governing principles; is terrifying.
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"Even if the U.S. Constitution is trampled by the Obamanoids, the idea of governing principles did not begin with the Constitution and will stay alive even if Obama declares the Constitution null and void."

America is the last, best hope for mankind, at least on this earth. I can't be Japanese, or Chinese. I can live there, but I'll always be a foreigner to them. Heck, 3rd and 4th century Koreans living in Japan aren't even Japanese. That goes for just about every nationality on earth. If you weren't born there, you'll never be one of them. Maybe Canada is different, and a few other countries, but for the most part, America is the last stop for multi-national mutts like me, and certainly, for my half Asian kids.

It's not just the Constitution, but all that America embodied WITH that Constitution, that won't be created anywhere else.

That's the reason to fight, politically by preference, but armed if need be, to defend and protect the Constitution, the Country, and all that it represents. That half (plus or minus a few precincts) of American's are willing to toss it in the crapper is sad, but that gives us a significant minority, even if only 25% of the country, that can stand fast, resist, and defeat the Marxist-humanist-progressive-liberals (or whatever other language they choose to call themselves when one label wears thin).

The ideas behind the Constitution will certainly outlive the USA, because they are divine. They didn't simply appear by magic from the hearts and minds of "super-nice" men. However, losing America and it's Constitution means death, slavery, and a loss of freedoms that won't be easily recovered.

Yes, the idea that the progressives would so nonchalantly throw away all that we have, for some temporal political gain, for just a title, for some of the "Obama stash", is terrifying and tragic.
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And you wonder why you often end up in the top rated comments box?
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What really angered me about People's Temple is how the children were forced to drink the poison. It was not enough for the leaders of People's Temple to commit suicide – they insisted upon killing every member of People's Temple, taking everybody they could down with them.

The problem here is not a failure to communicate. Some of us hear Obama's message loud and clear, to the point of knowing what is coming before Obama thinks of it. The problem is that a considerable portion of America's political class has a death wish, but they are not content to merely kill themselves but insist upon dragging the rest of the American people down with them.

It would be forgivable if this faction were merely a bunch of gutless cowards, but they are actually very brave. As opposed to cowards who hide behind the brave, they bravely seek to systematically dismantle America's ability to defend itself or believe in itself. This portion of the American political class is thoroughly convinced that what it is doing is “the right thing to do”, facts be damned. Barack Obama, John Kerry, and Edward Snowden are cut from the same cloth – they set their own judgment above others and then act out their deeply rooted desire for self-destruction upon a massive scale.
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The Obama administration comes from a strong political tradition in America that feels a deep-seated desire to betray others and then feels frustrated when other people refuse to reciprocate with their own betrayals. Such people advocate unilateral disarmament, and then would feel shocked when their enemies not only refuse to disarm themselves, but feel emboldened to commit more atrocities. They don't realize that a policy of betraying friends and appeasing enemies routinely leads to more enemies and only fools for friends.

John Kerry may feel frustrated that Russia and Iran refuse to betray Bashar Assad. Tough bounce. Qassem Suleimani (general of Iran's “Quds Force”, Mr. Khamanei's right hand man, and one of the USA's worst enemies anywhere) once said, “We are not like the Americans. We don't abandon our friends.”

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/09/30/130930fa_fact_filkins?currentPage=all

I want to think America deserves a better reputation than that. Then, I look the death wish of the so-called “elites”, and I cringe to think that they insist upon dragging the rest of America down with them.
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...calmly, sonorously, with his lovely intelligent voice, the president says...
My God, I hope that was sarcasm.
I've heard braying donkeys with hiccups and sophomores in school plays speak better than that jackass of platitudes.
I've gotten so that whenever somebody even refers to "the President in a speech today..." I mute the source, because I can't even stand his voice, never mind the comtent. He's no speaker, but a puerile rabble rouser who can't even talk to a fifth grade class without a teleprompter.
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Peggy, who whored herself out for Hussein in 2008, still has a crush on him. I have no use for the woman. This piece is a good example of why: she still thinks of this jackass as "handsome, dignified, and intelligent."

I would add to Wretchard's diagnosis the phenomenon of learned helplessness, which most of you will remember from any basic class in psychology. Classical conditioning: they shocked dogs in a cage, and varied the ways the animals could escape the shock. Then they rigged it so the dogs couldn't reliably escape the shock: the poor critters curled up in a corner and shivered, no longer even trying to do so. Even when they left the door to the cage open.

The Leftists have always been HUGE fans of classical conditioning, loathing Freedom and Dignity as they do (God, how I loathe B.F. Skinner.)
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Upsteam a few comments, Subatoi correctly notes that the constitution is already dead. While mourning its passing I drift back to Rober Heinlein's "Starship Troopers"...the book, not the travesty of the movie. The governent of that era is post constitutional...
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