“Of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants.”
“This was the object of the Declaration of Independence. Not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent, and to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take. Neither aiming at originality of principle or sentiment, nor yet copied from any particular and previous writing, it was intended to be an expression of the American mind, and to give to that expression the proper tone and spirit called for by the occasion.”
An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens…. There has never been a moment of my life in which I should have relinquished for it the enjoyments of my family, my farm, my friends and books.
“The multiplication of public offices, increase of expense beyond income, growth and entailment of a public debt, are indications soliciting the employment of the pruning knife.”
“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”
“The legislative department is everywhere extending the sphere of its activity and drawing all power into its impetuous vortex.”
Painful. I almost started to feel sorry for Jay as I watched him stumble over this answer.
Amazing to see him actually fit more “uh’s” and “ah’s” into an answer than his boss without a teleprompter.
The repeated requests by progressives to engage in “civil discourse” take on a new tone with the release of a video filmed at a union gathering last Saturday.
In the video, outgoing South Carolina AFL-CIO president, Donna Dewitt, attacks a pinata with a picture of Governor Nikki Haley glued to it. Unions have been angry with Haley since her State of the State Address earlier this year when she said,
We’ll make the unions understand full well that they are not needed, not wanted and not welcome in the state of South Carolina.
ABC News reports that Dewitt was at a union retreat with several of her colleagues when they had her attack the pinata with an aluminum baseball bat. Initially Dewitt comments on Haley’s picture, saying that she thinks Haley “looks like a tough old girl.” One woman in the crowd suggests that Dewitt should “then, whack her harder” and “wait for the face to come around.” As Dewitt begins to strike the pinata, the group screams loudly, encouraging her to “give her another whack.” After the second swing Dewitt knocks the pinata off the string onto a nearby table. The crowd cheers loudly and screams for Dewitt to “hit her again!” Dewitt proceeds to reposition the pinata, ensuring Haley’s picture is facing up, and repeatedly strikes the pinata until it is destroyed. Cheers are heard throughout the video as Dewitt attacks the representation of Gov. Haley.
Dewitt and members of the AFL-CIO initially defended the attack, claiming that “there was no ill will” in Dewitt’s actions and that cheering an attack on effigies of Gov. Haley with baseball bats was all in fun. In a later email (sent to ABC news) an AFL-CIO representative repudiated the video, saying it was meant as fun, but that there was “there is absolutely no place for that kind of joke in a conversation that is extremely serious about how to rebuild our middle class and our country. (sic)”
As those involved in political discourse are being routinely reprimanded by progressive leaders for any perceived lack of civility – especially when that incivility can be cast as part of a larger “war on women” – this video shines a clear light into the double standards they hold. It also gives a very clear conception of the attitudes of senior level union officials toward their political opponents.
Do what they say folks, not what they do for “fun” at their private retreats.
Victor Davis Hansen considers the failure of the assumable minority identity in a recent post. As I noted in my previous posts on the Obama “Kenyan” bio (here and here), the fault lies wholly at the feet of the people engaging in the fraud. But few, if any, in positions of power have the courage to stand up and say that the king is strutting down the street buck naked.
Hansen quite rightly notes that many in the postmodern, politically correct, and progressive community feel no qualms engaging in fraudulent misrepresentation of their lives and history as a means of bolstering the progressive street cred. However, the problem with their situational ethics is that there is no longer a foundation upon which we can review their performance or abilities.
… we seem to forget that these are not just absent-minded slips, but deliberate frauds. These lies always result in making the author/professor/candidate more, not less, exotic and thus more marketable in today’s PC landscape. So when Obama, the former editor of the Harvard Law Review and current president of the United States, and Warren, a Harvard Law professor, fabricate their identities for career advantage, then who polices the police?
No one would ever seriously and openly advocate that our youth pattern their lives after frauds and liars. However, given the politically correct straightjackets that censor rebuttals to the ‘assumable minority identity,’ no one is free to criticize Warren because to do so would be to attack her imaginary Native-American “heritage.” One can’t criticize Obama’s own 16-year long claim to a Kenyan birth because to do so is to engage in “birtherism” and a racist assault on his – for the purposes of marketing a book – Kenyan heritage.
One dare not question the motives underlying their collective fraud because that implies a patriarchal, modernist, racist, … colonialist, … sexist – did I forget any? – attack on whatever parentage or heritage they have most recently claimed.
Their background is fraudulent and their experience is fraudulent. Therefore, their achievements are primarily based in lies and then bolstered and funded by additional lies and politically correct fear. Their lives are a fraud, but they are celebrated in the progressive world as shining examples of successes that others should mimic.
This is simply nonsensical.
Smart guy that George Washington …
Why quit our own to stand upon foreign ground? Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor, or caprice?
Brilliant satire. Perhaps Warren’s story will help elected officials realize that American voters are tired of the lies and equivocation that so typifies the average DC politician.
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Continuing in the same theme as yesterday’s post – The meme that will not die, Obama’s allies and friends appear to be digging the hole even deeper.
Via Brietbart.com and IJReview.com we now learn that Dystel & Goderich* edited Obama’s bio to read that he was born in Hawaii just two months after he began his bid for the Presidency. (*Dystel is Jane Dystel – formerly of Acton & Dystel.)
Furthermore, they are now claiming that the “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii” line, which was in their publications from 1991 to 2007, was nothing more than a 16-year long “fact checking error” in the biography of a man whose entire life has been prepared and scripted … sold and marketed … checked and rechecked.
You can’t make this stuff up – it’s keystone cops. And once again, it would be hilarious if it weren’t so potentially damaging to the Presidency.
IJ Review: Breitbart has now reported that Dystel & Goderich, the literary agency that published a biography of Barack Obama saying he was born in Kenya, had used the biography until April of 2007, just two months after Obama announced he would run for president.
Breitbart.com: Archive.org shows that the Dystel website used the following biography for Obama as of April 3, 2007:
BARACK OBAMA is the junior Democratic senator from Illinois and was the dynamic keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. He was also the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. He was born in Kenya to an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister and was raised in Indonesia, Hawaii, and Chicago. His first book, DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF RACE AND INHERITANCE, has been a long time New York Times bestseller.
Obama launched his presidential campaign in February 2007.
By April 21, 2007, the Obama bio had been changed to state that Obama was born in Hawaii:
BARACK OBAMA is the junior Democratic senator from Illinois and was the dynamic keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. He was also the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. He was born in Hawaii to an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister and was raised in Indonesia, Hawaii, and Chicago. His first book, DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF RACE AND INHERITANCE, has been a long time New York Times bestseller.
The fact that this type of information is being dug up today also demonstrates very clearly the complicity of the mainstream media in covering over Obama’s past. They happily fabricated stories about Mitt Romney’s high school experiences – over 50 years ago, and created “fake but true” documents to impugn GW Bush’s military service. However, they refused (and still refuse) to do even the slightest bit of research into Obama’s history and character.
And once again if Obama had forthrightly and openly addressed this whole birth certificate issue immediately, rather than sitting on it for over two years, there would not even be a birther issue to bring up. Sadly, his own actions and prevarication about his past encouraged, or even ensured, this distraction would happen.
I was considering these two “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii” posts and thought that I had not been sufficiently clear in explaining my thoughts on the issue. To make it very clear, I do not believe that Obama was born in Kenya. I believe that Obama was born in Hawaii but that, as part of his ever-evolving persona, he deliberately allowed Acton, Dystel, and Goderich to present him to the world as being born in Kenya for sixteen years.
I believe that he saw the “born in Kenya” story as a better means of selling his rags-to-riches story. I believe that he felt his life story would be more interesting, that his story was more compelling if people thought he had been born into a colonialist Kenyan society and had still managed to climb to the most powerful of offices in American society. He ran into a problem with that story when he realized that running for President and having portrayed himself as having been foreign-born would necessarily collide.
This is the same sort of trouble that Obama encountered after having argued that he had a “claim” on Selma, Alabama because his mother and father had seen the bravery of the marchers in 1965 and their story had given Dunham and Obama Sr. the courage to go through with their marriage and have a child who would some day grow up to be President of the United States. Of course, Obama then had to backtrack when it was pointed out that he had been born four years before the Selma marches, in 1961.
He is clearly possessed by an overwhelming compulsion to always be the center of every story – thus his office’s downright creepy attempts to edit historical information in several Presidential biographies last week, placing information about Obama throughout the altered text.
I believe that Obama was born in Hawaii, but that he has damaged himself with his egotistical desire to be the most interesting guy in the room. It is his own narcissism and his willingness to create complex narratives about “composite” personalities that is causing this latest birther redux.
This would be funny if it weren’t so potentially disruptive. It seems that the birther meme simply will not die.
A few months ago, Sheriff Joe came right out and said Obama’s birth certificate was a “forgery.”
Today, Brietbart.com is continuing its ‘vetting’ of President Obama’s background by publishing pictures from a 1991 publication by Obama’s then literary agent. The book lists Obama as one of Acton and Dystel’s literary clients and provides a biography of Obama that reads,
Apart from the obvious fuel that this biography will add to the birther fires, it reveals once again that Obama – like his purported string of girlfriends – is a composite of several different figures. In many speeches, Obama has told the world of his limited upbringing and the tight financial strictures he and his mother endured. In this publication, however, his mother is described as an “anthropologist” and his father a “Kenyan finance minister.” In another article, we learn that while he attended college, Obama had a crew of Mexican maids who were responsible for cleaning up the destruction from his 40+ hour long parties. Hardly the lifestyle of a destitute and disenfranchised child.
Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii. The son of an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister, he attended Columbia University and worked as a financial journalist and editor for Business International Corporation. He served as project coordinator in Harlem for the New York Public Interest Research Group, and was Executive Director of the Developing Communities Project in Chicago’s South Side. His commitment to social and racial issues will be evident in his first book, Journeys in Black and White.
This biography, along with other recently revealed stories, again bring to light the fact that there is not one Barack Obama, he is a continually “evolving” composite of people, made up to suit whatever situation he happens to encounter.
Looking back to the birther issue, the sad thing is that Obama could have easily defused this entire situation by approving the public release of his actual birth certificate when the initial furor started. He (and his handlers) have perpetuated and fostered this silliness for several years now. Apparently they believe the continued headlines are winning them supporters. However, releases like this Acton & Dystel client list are going to have the long-term impact of chipping away at his credibility.
By encouraging the game and refusing to release original documents, Obama may have actually done far more damage to his political career than any birther ever could have.
“There is no part of the administration of government that requires extensive information and a thorough knowledge of the principles of political economy, so much as the business of taxation. The man who understands those principles best will be least likely to resort to oppressive expedients, or sacrifice any particular class of citizens to the procurement of revenue. It might be demonstrated that the most productive system of finance will always be the least burdensome.” –Alexander Hamilton: Federalist No. 35
Why are we spinning our wheels over issues like gay marriage when Taxmageddon is looming?
Congressional Democrats plan massive tax increases and crippling defense cuts after November. Why not now? Because the voters would realize the Obama presidency has set the stage for fiscal catastrophe. [...]
Without action, the Bush tax cuts once again are set to expire at the end of the year and some $110 billion in indiscriminate, across-the-board spending cuts will take place automatically. House Speaker John Boehner is already wisely demanding “cuts and reforms greater than” any debt limit increase.
Heritage Foundation senior fellow and former Treasury Department tax economist J.D. Foster recently warned that on New Year’s Day, “some $494 billion in tax hikes will crash down on America’s taxpayers and economy” — not just the expiration of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts that gave us a boom and cut unemployment to under 5%, but “a jump in the payroll tax rate,” “the return of the death tax,” ” a bigger, badder” Alternative Minimum Tax, and the tax hikes for ObamaCare.
The ObamaCare 3.8% surcharge goes into effect in 2013, “not just on wage and salary income, but all income, thus breaking the historical link between Medicare and labor earnings,” Foster recently noted. [...]
Lockheed Martin and other defense firms last week distributing “digital countdown clocks” warning that automatic Pentagon cuts will mean the loss of over 1 million jobs — at a time the U.S. suffers an 8.1% jobless rate?
Of course this IBD editorial doesn’t even begin to touch on the damage done to our domestic energy industry by this administration. With the engine of the Obama EPA’s regulatory train wreck just now hitting the coal and gas industries, we are primed to lose millions of jobs and multiple billions in infrastructure investments and revenues.
Add to that the fact that the majority of individuals in the health care market will see their insurance costs rise dramatically under Obamacare.
We need to be spreading this information around liberally. This country can’t take another four years of this amateurish mismanagement.
Good quote – serves as a reminder for those who are arguing health care …
Our failure results from the continued delusion that a market system with competitive supply and demand factors operates in health care delivery. It does not.
— William True, retired hospital CEO, Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel [July 7, 1991]
That was true two decades ago – it’s far worse now.
“If, then, the control of the people over the organs of their government be the measure of its republicanism, and I confess I know no other measure, it must be agreed that our governments have much less of republicanism than ought to have been expected; in other words, that the people have less regular control over their agents, than their rights and their interests require.”
–Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Taylor, 1816