Category Archives: Guest Commentary

Opinion and editorial commentary by numerous writers and contributors to The Federal Observer.

Reich: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age

reichWe’re in a new gilded age of wealth and power similar to the first gilded age when the nation’s antitrust laws were enacted. Those laws should prevent or bust up concentrations of economic power that not only harm consumers but also undermine our democracy — such as the pending Comcast acquisition of Time-Warner.

In 1890, when Republican Senator John Sherman of Ohio urged his congressional colleagues to act against the centralized industrial powers that threatened America, he did not distinguish between economic and political power because they were one and the same. The field of economics was then called “political economy,” and inordinate power could undermine both. “If we will not endure a king as a political power,” Sherman thundered, “we should not endure a king over the production, transportation, and sale of any of the necessaries of life.” Continue reading

The Roots of the First American Revolution

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!” ~ Samuel Adams (1776)

gadsden_flagEach year on April 19th, we honor the anniversary of Patriots’ Day and the legacy of Liberty launched that day, which is our inspiration to this day. In doing so, we mark the opening salvo of the first American Revolution in 1775, and the first step toward the establishment of an eternal declaration of human Liberty, subordinating the rule of men to Creator-inspired Rule of Law. Continue reading

Newby: Off the Top of My Head

Newby_foOn the last page of the front section of today’s Sunday Newspaper (April 6, 2014) is a small article which might be one of the significant indicators of the early steps to the third world war. It will probably be overlooked by a majority of readers. U.S. Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel announced that he will convey to Japanese leaders that the U.S. is strongly committed to protecting their country’s security. The recent take over of Crimea by Russia has much of the world looking over their shoulder and wondering where the next shoe will drop.

Japan is sitting right in the middle of the tinderbox of the Far East. China is growing more militant daily over the island of Taiwan sitting off shore, free and independent. The Democratic party of the Free Republic of China would not have existed if not for the protection of the United States at the end of World War II. The United States protected and guarded Taiwan’s existence until it became a viable free country. By the same token then in a diplomatic move they gave the United Nations seat of Taiwan to Communist China. Continue reading

Obama’s the coming Revolution

Obommie_revolutionWhile the worst administration in American history has been perfecting the Big Lie that all dissent to their policy stems from conspiracy theorist wackos, they are the biggest conspiracy of all.

At this stage of the Fundamental Transformation of America, the wake up call should be glaringly obvious.

The administration controls the ‘news’. They control the narrative. They call the shots. They do the branding and the smearing with the name-calling they intend to make stick. Continue reading

“It’s Gut-Check Time, America”

gut-check-image2When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one…. We’re sure that almost all of you will recognize the beginning of this historic document. Notice its title; it was a declaration. Could just as easily have been called an affirmation. But it merely stated in words what was already reality. For all of Jefferson’s wisdom, his most popular piece was merely a restatement of fact. That it needed to be restated was the problem. In today’s world – on so many levels, we have this type of ersatz freedom rather than the real thing. We’re not independent. We’re not really free in any sense of the word. But because we can hop on a plane and, after having ourselves and our companions treated like cattle, fly off to Disney World, we think we’re free. Continue reading

Hultberg: Welfare Without the State

Nelson_HultbergLibertarians and free-market conservatives take an unequivocal stand on the provision of state welfare. It should be phased out and returned to the private sector. Charity is not a proper function of government.

This, of course, attracts the usual horrified denunciations of, “My God, what kind of human being are you? Don’t you have any compassion? How can you wish to suppress poor people so? We can’t just let people be poor; we must do something!” Continue reading

Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850): Between the French and Marginalist Revolutions

bastiat_f_01CLAUDE FREDERIC BASTIAT was a French economist, legislator, and writer who championed private property, free markets, and limited government. Perhaps the main underlying theme of Bastiat’s writings was that the free market was inherently a source of “economic harmony” among individuals, as long as government was restricted to the function of protecting the lives, liberties, and property of citizens from theft or aggression. To Bastiat, governmental coercion was only legitimate if it served “to guarantee security of person, liberty, and property rights, to cause justice to reign over all.”

Bastiat emphasized the plan-coordination function of the free market, a major theme of the Austrian School, because his thinking was influenced by some of Adam Smith’s writings and by the great French free-market economists Jean-Baptiste Say, Francois Quesnay, Destutt de Tracy, Charles Comte, Richard Cantillon (who was born in Ireland and emigrated to France), and Anne Robert Jacques Turgot. These French economists were among the precursors to the modern Austrian School, having first developed such concepts as the market as a dynamic, rivalrous process, the free-market evolution of money, subjective value theory, the laws of diminishing marginal utility and marginal returns, the marginal productivity theory of resource pricing, and the futility of price controls in particular and of the government’s economic interventionism in general. Continue reading

Where’s America’s Right To Referendum, Secession?

“U.S. citizens ‘have their own tyrants to dethrone”

mercerFrom a node in the neoconservative network, a Fox News studio, Charles Krauthammer has complained about the eviction of the Ukrainian Navy from the city of Sevastopol, where it was headquartered. Not a word did the commentator say about the city’s location: Sevastopol is on the Crimean Peninsula. It would appear that the city now falls within Crimean jurisdiction – starting March 16, the day the people of Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine.

By most estimates, between 97 and 93 percent of Crimean voters said yes to a reunion with Russia. High too was voter turnout. McClatchy pegs it at 83 percent of registered voters in Crimea. BBC News was agreed, also reporting a ballot of “more than 80 percent.” counted a “paltry” 73 percent turnout, still “higher than every U.S. presidential election since 1900.” Continue reading

Madness of Stirring a War over Ukraine

lat-na-tt-ukraines-struggle-20120927-001The psychopathic propaganda power brokers are inciting hysteria over expanding their Ukrainian coup operation. Pushing Russia to accept a hostile empire on their border is irrational. Belligerence and intimidation makes indefensible foreign affairs relationships. Those who swallow the “wag the dog” script that circulates in the Western mainstream media, deceived or brainwashed, are incapable of any independent thought. The forces that seek unremitting interventionist intrusions that thrive on self-induced chaos are the true threats to world peace. Continue reading

Marcus: The Essence of Sarah Palin’s Message for 2014

Or – How to piss off our readers.

Yeah – I know – an awful lot of you can’t stand the lady from Alaska – BUT – she has been more on the money than off – and given the Community Organizer in the White House – maybe the time has come for you all to forget about McCain (who only used her for her legs) and all of your sexist rants.

She may not be perfect – but I agree more with what comes out of her mouth than any of the rest of these DC Scumbags.

Oh – and by the way – Marcus gets it right – again! (JB)

Palin API watched a great old movie, set in the time period of the 1700s and starring Anthony Quinn. A small village was brutally abused by an evil bandit and his army of thugs. Quinn’s character organized and inspired the fearful villagers to fight back. When villagers were killed, many blamed, criticized, and rejected Quinn. Displaying true leadership, Quinn remained willing to fight. He informed his critics that cowardice begets more tyranny. Freedom ain’t free.

Folks, true leaders pay a heavy price, which is why they, as do eagles, fly alone. Sarah Palin has led by example, displaying tremendous courage, backbone, and grit by standing up for conservative principles, traditional values, freedom, and liberty – even when some conservatives and establishment Republicans joined the chorus of liberals, Democrats, and MSM calling her a fool.

Someone said that if you promote a lie long enough, for some, it becomes reality. Such is the case regarding Palin’s smarts. Meanwhile, Obama’s list of faux pas – including his recent inability to correctly spell “respect” – are ignored or laughed off. Continue reading

The So-Called Hearing/Investigation into Extortion 17

chinookAfter 2+1/2 long years, the families of 22 SEAL TEAM members, 8 Army Special Ops and National Guard soldiers and 1 loyal dog, finally got the congressional hearing they had been pleading for.

Their son’s Chinook helicopter was shot down in the Tangi Valley in Afghanistan under very suspicious circumstances in Aug 2011. It was the biggest one time loss ever in the history of SEAL Special Operations, and during the entire Middle East war on terror.

OF COURSE, this critical hearing wasn’t allowed to appear on the normal C-span channels on their sacred cow, the TELEVISION set. That tells you right there, they do NOT want the general public to know about this. It shows desperation to hide severe incompetence, wanton negligence, or more likely a crime. Continue reading

The “Useful Idiots” aka The Mindless Bureaucrats Destroying America

lenin_reward_web_01There are times when I cannot determine who is more stupid – politicians and their enforcers of unconstitutional acts, or the people that allow them to deny us our God-given right of free will; our inherent, inalienable rights of freedom – seemingly a forgotten concept.

In regard to politicians, Lenin called these wannabes within towns, cities, and states “useful idiots”. Why such a description? Well, it is because that is exactly what officials and their enforcers are.

But, useful to who or what? Are they useful to the people? You decide. As we all should know, there is a time when they appear to be and that is when they are campaigning in an election to get or keep their positions. This is as if the election and counting of votes is honest and above board. In the case of electronic and other falsified voting, “acting” is the name of the game. Thus, one must always look at what one does rather than what one says he or she will do. Continue reading

Ukraine: The Price of Internal Division

Protesters topple a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin with a hawser during a rally organized by supporters of EU integration in KievWith all of the reports coming out of Ukraine, Moscow, Washington, and European capitals, the mutual accusations, the knee-jerk speculation, and­ not least ­the hysterical language of some observers, bordering on the apocalyptic, it is difficult to keep in mind the long-term implications of what is happening. Nevertheless, I believe that nobody can understand the likely outcomes of what is happening unless they bear in mind the historical, geographic, political and psychological factors at play in these dramatic events. The view of most of the media, whether Russian or Western, seems to be that one side or the other is going to “win” or “lose” Ukraine.

I believe that is fundamentally mistaken. If I were Ukrainian I would echo the immortal words of the late Walt Kelly’s Pogo: “We have met the enemy and he is us.” Continue reading

Half a League, Half a League, Half a League onward rode the Obama Foreign Policy Team.

flynn_chargeTrapped. The Fedioukine Hills to one side and the Causeway Heights to the other.

At one end of this box is the British cavalry represented by British dragoons and dragoon guards. At the other awaits Russian artillery and cavalry.

Charge!! The blunder at Balaclava on October 25th 1854. The “Charge of the Light Brigade”.

The Crimea seems a favorite venue for Russian traps. Let us all hope that nothing is sprung from such ill advised offensive actions again. Continue reading

Federalism: The Founders’ Legacy

bookcoverFor the first 125 years of our history (1789-1913), America was a country comprised of libertarian politics and conservative cultural values.

1) Libertarian politics is based upon the fact that man was meant to be free. Thus his government must be strictly limited by a Constitution rather than determined by the dictates of an autocrat or the passions of the majority. And his economy must be a free marketplace, i.e., laissez-faire capitalism.

2) Conservative cultural values are based upon the fact that there is an objective moral order in the universe, i.e., certain rights and wrongs in human life that are applicable to all of us for all of time. Man’s culture is to be guided by these objective moral values by instilling them into young people at an early age.

These are the two vital elements that built us into the most desired nation in history – libertarian politics and conservative cultural values. The Founding Founders believed that if political freedom is to avoid degenerating into license and anarchy, we cannot promote different opinions on morality within the same society, i.e., a “do-your-own-thing” moral philosophy. Continue reading

Paugh: The Incredible Legal Immigrants

immigrants_legalTrue pioneers who battled hardships, life and death situations, insecurity, the unknown, lawlessness, prejudice, abuse, interment, and unforgiving conditions, thanking God for their good fortune and their freedom

I am always fascinated by legal immigrants who left their loved ones and their homes behind, came to this country, and made America a special place unlike any other on earth. Their individual stories of true grit and endurance in the face of adversity gives our American citizens their unique character and cultural fabric.

I am not talking about the failed European multiculturalism model pushed by progressives to incorporate as many different ethnicities and religions as possible whether they fit in or not, including people who have broken the law or have given aid to our enemies. This societally disruptive and demographically suicidal model failed in Europe, it is certainly going to fail here. Continue reading

Tina Le Terriblé: Zut alors et bone appetit!

"Let them eat sh....!"

“Let them eat sh….!”

Michelle de la Grande Merde Superieure tweets doggie-pix to her sycophants – State Dinner with the French premier:

Allow me, her humble serf, to interpret this vital message for all of us American voters/taxpayers/peons/serfs:

“OMG.. Quelle view trays adorable – mes chiens – with their jewels…

“Don’t let this out, or the vast Right-Wing Conspiracy will be all over me for just having a bit of innocent fun with their tax dollars… While specials enjoy our tax-funded caviar and other modest “French” commestibles, let the rabble-swine eat… um…oh, whatever… let them scrounge… Continue reading

Desperately needed: Dose of Kim Jong-un justice

The Reluctant Kristen Poswers

The Reluctant Kristen Poswers

Kirsten Powers awoke from a deep, Obamacare-induced coma. The Obama TV shill lost her health-care plan.

Eager to validate her undying loyalty to The Plan and The Planner, the fashionable blonde visited the “exchange” to “shop.”

Dubbed a “marketplace” by media, left and right, Obama’s hydra-headed, state-created “exchange” is a monster of the federal government’s creation.

Obamacare is a marketplace in the same way the Knockout Game is a game.

The exchanges are serviced by a shrinking pool of co-opted insurance providers, who are subject to rigid regulations and are proscribed from performing the essential function of insurance: pricing coverage commensurate with the financial risk imposed on the risk-taker, the insurer.

Indeed, healthcare.CON offered to double Blondie’s premiums for the same “sub-standard” package she had previously enjoyed. (NHAHAHAHAHAHA! At this juncture in our narrative, the gentle reader is urged to emit maniacal, villainous laughter, or else our blond “boffin” might not suspect that in Mephisto’s Medicare, enrolling does not necessarily make one a policy holder.) Continue reading

Lewis: State of the Union – 2014

Perhaps when the State of the Union becomes unbearable, the people will rise to the occasion as our forefathers did.

state-of-the-union-2014-cartoon-luckovich-495x358You can listen to politicians and their paid lackey spokespeople, from news reporters to the anti-American, anti-freedom so-called “man” in the White House, or you can listen to what your heart and soul tell you about freedom. Consider the following and the free will we are born with.

They tell you that they defend your “freedoms”, and that they care about you and yours. Continue reading

Sarge: I’m IN!

“Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in”. ~ Michael Corleone, Godfather III, 1990

sargeI decided I needed a couple of days off and sat heavily in a world of confusing ideas and fear of stepping forward into new endeavors. Today, January 31, 2014, the headline in Politico was: “House leaders sell immigration blueprint.” It was a copyrighted story detaining the prevailing apparent thoughts being bandied about in caucus and privately amongst the Republican hierarchy in the House of Representatives. People keep doing things making me step up and demand I (and hopefully YOU) be listened to drew me to the Corleone quote.

It’s not a sure thing that everybody in Congress is a grafting, spoiled, sycophantic, low-brow slug but there’s enough slime coating the marble to make it seem so. For years we’ve argued the point Illegal Immigration isn’t a theory to be bandied about. It’s an illegal act committed against the people of the United States as foreign nationals passively invade America from outside its borders.

While some Democrat Party hacks will tell you it’s more of an administrative matter than an invasion because many of the now alluded to “undocumented aliens” are decent people. But; it’s also to be seen and assured many of the people stumbling across the borders are coming here to do harm to us and our legal system. Continue reading

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