Fifty years ago this fall, as he broke ground at Amherst College for a library named in honor of Robert Frost, John F. Kennedy testified to the power of poetry in public life.
“When power leads man towards arrogance,” he said, “poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.”
Indeed, as he said in another speech at Harvard in 1956, Kennedy believed that “if more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics, I am convinced that world would be a little better place in which to live.” Long before Barack Obama was an audacious gleam in his father’s eye, Kennedy had appropriated the credo of Amherst’s own Emily Dickinson — that “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers — that perches in the soul.” Continue reading
A fellow pastor wrote a Facebook response to my column last week, which was entitled, “Our Friends Are Killing Us.” In the column I wrote, “By the same token, how long are Christians today who say they believe in the Second Amendment (and the rest of the Bill of Rights) going to keep sending their tithes and offerings to these churches where the pastors refuse to publicly resist these draconian gun control bills such as were recently introduced by Obama and Feinstein? How long are they going to keep filling the pews of these do-nothing churches? As long as these say-nothing pastors see their pews and offering plates full, don’t expect anything to change. Continue reading
Ilana Mercer declares president’s health-care lie an unforgivable evil
So where do we stand in the health-care chain reaction, cooked up in the Barack Obama command-and-control centers? Let’s see. Having destroyed the market for health insurance, the president turned to another parlor game, hailed by the daytrippers at CNN and the New York Times as a “health fix” and a “fix for canceled plans.”
Yes, the fix is in. Parsed, the president’s advice to the millions who’ve lost coverage is, essentially, “I’ll let you keep your already canceled policies through 2014. Feel free to take it up with your insurance company.”
In the preceding weeks, and against the backdrop of polls in which 50 percent of voters said, “President Obama knowingly lied when he repeatedly told Americans they could keep their plans under his signature health care law,” the paper of record took a “different” view. Obama, the apple of their eye, “wrongly assured Americans that they could retain their health-care plans.” Continue reading
Actually More Lessons Ignored
“The origin and outset of the American Republic, contain lessons of which posterity ought not to be deprived.” – James Madison (1819)
As the list of Democrats distancing themselves from Barack Obama and his so-called “Affordable Care Act” continues to grow, Obama imparted this remarkable observation:
“When we buy IT services generally, it is so bureaucratic and so cumbersome that a whole bunch of it doesn’t work or ends up being way over cost. … Once we get this particular website fixed they’re going to be some lessons learned we can apply to the federal government in general.”
Evidently, Obama is conjunctionally challenged when he says, “it doesn’t work OR ends up being way over cost.” The correct conjunction in this case is, of course, “and.” But his claim that “cumbersome bureaucracy” is to blame is entirely accurate, and that is true across the full spectrum of our bloated central bureaucracy. Other key Obama administration officials agree. Continue reading
The establishment has an entrenched interest in convincing the public that their vote in elections actually decides who is selected for public office. That same power elite runs and controls both Republican and Democratic political parties. Only a neophyte or a delusional idealist believes that the voting cycle reflects the will of the people. When reform candidates engage in the primary process, hoping to win the nomination from either of the two major parties, they face the stark reality that playing ball with the money bundlers means obeying the directives of masters of the universe. These overlords own politicians, especially those who continue in office by winning predetermined elections.
Democracy as expressed by the ballot box is a fairy tale. Anyone with experience within the Tweedledum and Tweedledee party organizations, understands that the comic book characters, who populate the ranks of politics just want to become a Mini-Me version of “Boss” Tweed. Continue reading
It began with Richard Nixon. He showed Republicans how to win elections and lose their soul, how to capitulate to statism and call it a “new kind of freedom.” Consequently the GOP is now a carbon copy of the Democrat Party.
Throughout the seventies and eighties, neoconservative intellectuals eagerly fostered this “new kind of freedom” which gave Republicans an excuse to blank out on the reality of what they were doing. Led by the late Irving Kristol and big government luminaries like Harvard sociologist Patrick Moynihan and Commentary editor Norman Podhoretz, these influential former socialists infiltrated the Republican Party like termites invading the support beams of one’s home. Their adoption of the name “neoconservatives” was merely a cover for wider acceptance. By the early 1990s they had eroded the sacred canons of conservatism with an amoral pragmatism devoid of respect for individual rights and freedom domestically, while fomenting a ruinous global hegemony internationally. Continue reading
I accuse President B. Hussein Obama and all of the Politicians that helped Obama pass the “Affordable Care Act” (ACA) hereinafter known as ‘Obamacare’ as well as all the other members of the ‘Falsetto Troup’ [like the politicians and those in the media and press] of Fraud and thus Moral Turpitude.
Oh-bama, here is the intentional fraud You and your band members David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel and the other White House band players stated:
“If you like your healthcare plan you can keep it. Period.” and “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period.”
Of course the falsetto troupe of the Democrat Party, choral singers, 16 of which are now up for re-election in RED States fervently and chronically repeated the same fraudulently lie filled message, thus they are complicit in defrauding the American people regarding Obamacare swindle. By, by! Continue reading
Used car salesman are more trustworthy.
I give fact checkers five Pinocchios. They invariably prove more dishonest than the worst political Joe Isuzus that they skewer. In their feigned, above-it-all objectivity, they lie every time they investigate whether the “facts” are factual.
PolitiFact initially rated Barack Obama’s “if you’ve got a health care plan that you like, you can keep it” campaign promise as a solid “true.” They’ve subsequently “fact checked” five additional iterations of that pledge, never judging it anything worse than “half true.” One would have to judge that a half truth—at least the half about the promise being untrue passes muster. Continue reading
The absurdity of Obamacare’s dictatorial ‘marketplace’
The real news this week is not that Barack Obama has knowingly lied since his election – the president is a habitual liar – but that NBC News covered his Big Lie in a big way.
This, after all, is the “news” network that recently ran a week of programming to help Obamacare get off to a good start, by Townhall’s telling, and has not stopped propagandizing for the president since his election.
What happened? Is this a mea culpa for dereliction of journalistic duty? Have the culprits in cover-up after cover-up begun to rethink their historic role in bamboozling Boobus Americanus about a matter as crucial as health care? Or has NBC talent lost medical benefits because Obama legislated their plum policies out of existence? One can only hope it’s a bit of both. Continue reading
Libertarians and conservatives agree on many issues and are allies in the fight against statism. But there are several areas where they disagree quite vehemently. One of them is immigration.
The libertarian refrain goes something like this: Isn’t a policy of “open borders” the only approach consistent with freedom and individual rights? Besides, policing the borders and restricting immigration requires still another government bureaucracy. And for pete’s sake, we have enough of those already.
The conservative answers that capturing criminals, defending the nation, and engaging in foreign relations require bureaucracies also. But they are necessary bureaucracies. Immigration policy is no different. It is a legitimate function of our government – to defend the borders and preserve the freedom and order of society. Continue reading
Guy Benson has a post up highlighting a Los Angeles Times story documenting the “rude awakening” many middle-class Americans are experiencing thanks to Obamacare’s impact on health insurance prices. From LA Times:
Thousands of Californians are discovering what Obamacare will cost them — and many don’t like what they see. These middle-class consumers are staring at hefty increases on their insurance bills as the overhaul remakes the healthcare market. Their rates are rising in large part to help offset the higher costs of covering sicker, poorer people who have been shut out of the system for years…. Continue reading
… as We the People ponder the state of our nation.
A stock market plunge, a debt spike, and a flood of over-printed, under-valued currency. A European financial crises and the rise of political extremism. Heat waves scorching American crops and the devaluation of agricultural land. An abundance of poverty and a paucity of jobs. 300 full-time converted to 400 part-time positions: “job growth.”
The tail end of a long and unpopular overseas conflict. Russia looming large as both enemy and ally. An Asian nation rapidly industrializing with little but domination on the mind. A lunatic spewing anti-Semitic and anti-western rhetoric, while stockpiling arms intended to destroy the lives of millions. Appeasement.
2013 looks an awful lot like 1938. Continue reading
Obamacare’s “insurance marketplace” works just as well as every other Soviet-style system.
The most surprising thing about the botched launch of Obamacare’s “online insurance marketplace” is that the failure surprised anyone. From the moment, during the 2008 presidential campaign, that Barack Obama began promising to reform our medical delivery system, conservatives have repeatedly warned the public that his view of the issue was distorted by tired statist shibboleths. We pointed out that Obama’s closest friends and most influential mentors were communists and that, for him, “reform” was a euphemism for “federal take-over.” Based on these realities, we predicted that Obama’s brave new health care system would be a government-dominated, command-and-control disaster. Continue reading
Why do so many empty talking heads and journalists keep comparing Barack Hussein Obama to other presidents?
‘Journalists: Obama the Worst Since Nixon’ is the latest.
When it comes to presidencies, Obama is not the worst since Nixon, Carter, Clinton, et al, he’s the worst.
“The Obama administration’s hostility toward media and efforts to crack down on whistleblowers and leakers has created “a tremendous chilling effect” on substantive reporting, the Committee to Protect Journalists and veteran reporters said Thursday.” (The Washington Free Beacon, Oct. 18, 2013). Continue reading
I am seriously concerned with the place our nation is right now and even more seriously concerned about where it is headed.
It seems that part of the people care about what’s happening, part don’t care and a large part doesn’t know and don’t want to know.
Any thinking person who loves their children and grandchildren has to stop and consider the disaster this generation is passing on to them. I say this generation, knowing that preceding generations had a lot to do with our plight, but we as the generation in charge when the tipping point came, are the last generation that had a chance to do anything about it before the international train wreck happens and it seems that we, at least a majority of us, have chosen to keep our heads under the cover hoping the monsters will be gone when we come up for air. Continue reading
The federal Obamacare insurance marketplace is being pummeled by a damning series of new disclosures, expert criticism, Republican demands that the Health and Human Services chief resign and presidential displeasure as the tech-troubled website stumbles into its third week of operation.
And even as officials repeatedly claim there is plenty of time to fix the problems at HealthCare.gov, speculation has risen that the Obama administration could fall well short of its goal of enrolling 7 million people in new insurance plans by 2014 because of a crippling set of technical potholes the venture has encountered. Continue reading
“Not letting a good crisis go to waste.”
Spreadin’ it Everywhere he can
This idea popped up multiple times in the past seven days as multiple members of Obama’s administration seemed to be in total agreement. Their conclusion: by not quickly solving the crisis of the American economy, we can create drastic social and structural change. Not surprisingly, this is the path even President Obama alluded to in his Saturday address to the nation.
On Saturday the President challenged his country to see its hard times as a chance to “discover great opportunity in the midst of great crisis.”
“That is what we can do and must do today. And I am absolutely confident that is what we will do,” Obama said in his address.
But is that what “we the people” hired him to do? To use “great opportunities” to change the face and fabric of the nation? Continue reading
I have no degrees in economics – or for that matter anything else – on my wall, my academic credentials consist of a certificate of graduation with the Class of 1955 from Goldston High School, a lengthy tenure at the college of hard knocks and over 60 years of supporting myself.
I have never collected an unemployment check, entitlements nor any other form of government assistance, which is certainly not a virtue, but something I count as more of a blessing than an accomplishment and hold no malice toward those who do, providing they have a valid reason for doing so.
My experience in the business world has all been from the practical side and, I couldn’t do my own books, or for that matter my personal income tax return if the penalty for not doing so was decapitation. Continue reading
He wants to make the impasse painful and personal – while blaming Republicans
For anyone who doubts that President Obama and his minions are trying to make the government shutdown as painful as possible, remember that it’s a decades-old White House ploy with a revealing name: “the Washington Monument Strategy.”
It works like this: Turn visitors away from our great national memorials to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln, then point up the Mall toward Capitol Hill, yell “Congress made me do it” – and hope the public falls for it. Continue reading
Acting more and more like a cheap version of Josef Stalin or even Hugo Chavez and, increasingly, drunk on his personally perceived absolute power over US citizens, Obama is now openly attacking we Americans and all of our institutions.
His partial shutdown of the US government (aka “ObamaGov”) has allowed him to affect all manner of dark mischief against us and he is laughing even more voraciously at us, while he pretends to put on his ’serious face’. As one angry Park Ranger put it: “It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation. We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting!” Continue reading