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Bryan Preston


February 26, 2013 - 11:08 am

A few vignettes from Barack Obama’s America.

A gun toting federal officer carrying a badge ordered a law-abiding man to tell a lie on official government forms. When he refused, the officer gleefully seized the man’s private property. Just like that.

The US Department of Justice testified in federal court that it can force Americans to violate their faith if it wants to. And it wants to, where the ObamaCare abortifacient mandate is concerned.

It’s not just the federal government that is busting its leash. Local governments are getting out of control too.

We all know about Bloomberg’s soda ban for New York City. He wants to take it statewide now. All for New Yorkers’ own good, of course.

But how competent is government to assess what’s good for us? A Massachusetts boy received a letter from his school, informing him and his parents that he is obese. Whether he is or not, is no business of the school to determine. Those letters have upset an awful lot of people. In this case, they got it wrong. The 10-year-old boy is an athlete who plays football and will wrestle for a state championship. The bureaucrats who sent him the letter are busybody fools. And dangerous, if they’re not stopped.

Many of our elected masters pretend that government agents should be the only people in our society who possess firearms. But in Los Angeles, police officers entrusted with firearms for the protection of the public good sold guns illegally and then threatened the person who exposed the crime.

The LAPD officers may have taken their cues from the gun running Obama administration’s Fast and Furious program.

In Florida, a man released helium balloons to celebrate his love for his girlfriend, and now faces felony charges.

While all of this is going on, President Obama is selling access to himself for cash, and threatening to gut our national defense for the sake of a very mild cut in the rate of growth of government spending that he proposed but now calls “dumb.”

Governments behaving in this way deserve exactly one response.




Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Allow me to add another outrage. And note that I write as a retired Peace Officer [28 years on the job].

The Department of Homeland Security contracted with Law Enforcement Targets, Inc. for a line of "No Hesitation™" targets for training. Note that these are not "shoot-don't shoot" scenarios. They are specifically designed to train Federal agents to automatically shoot in these scenarios.

Here are the targets:

Note that these are not for local street cops who respond to homes, or for SWAT teams who handle hostage situations. These are to train DHS agents, and the only reason that they would be facing people like this is if they were assaulting their homes.

This is not what a legitimate government does.

Subotai Bahadur
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Getting close? I think that point has been in our rearview mirror for at least ten years.
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Now it's in front of your windshield.
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