A Day for Remembrance & Honor

Memorial Day 2Memorial Day should be a solemn commemoration of those who had their lives cut short in defense of freedom. Critics will say that not everyone who died in a war was of sterling character and should be lifted up as heroes. I agree. God looks at the heart. Yet it is important to stop and consider the overall picture. Would we have a nation today that still strives toward the ideal of a properly ordered liberty—liberty with responsibility, not license to do whatever we please—without the sacrifice of many who understood that principle?

Those are the soldiers I honor today. Those are the ones we should seek to emulate and pass on their stories to the next generation. Even if we may criticize some of our nation’s military activity, far more often than not, America sought to liberate others and hand off the torch of freedom in other parts of the world. World War II rid the world of evil totalitarians, and all the wars associated with the Cold War were fought to remove the stain of communism. Our latest wars, controversial as they may be to some, are an attempt to stand up to the evil of radical Islamists.

So, yes, we should honor those who have served and died.

One would think the Veterans Administration would be in the forefront of serving those who have suffered for their country. The latest administration scandal, though, has revealed a callous disregard for injured servicemen:

We Remember

Sadly, this is a reflection of the man at the top, who always has grand words to offer and little else:

Can't Always Be Fixed

Bill Clinton famously—or rather infamously—once stated he despised the military. The only saving grace in that was his age at the time; I think he was a college student seeking to avoid military service during Vietnam when he uttered that sentiment. Our current leader not only displayed that attitude in his youth but has maintained it throughout his life:

Not Even a Smidgen

This is also the president who sought to close the WWII Memorial to veterans of that war during a phony government shutdown. If veterans, and those presently in the military, show disdain for their commander in chief, there may be a good reason for it:

Hopeless

Let’s make sure this day is a conscious effort to remember those who have died on our behalf, and on behalf of many in other countries as well. Let’s dedicate this day to them.

On Barrycades & the Fantasy of Obamaworld

Did you see pictures of what happened yesterday? Veterans groups descended on Washington, DC, and picked up and carried the “Barrycades” from the WWII Memorial to the White House. Here’s some photographic evidence:

Barrycades 2

Barrycades at WH

The second photo shows the “Barrycades” being deposited on the lawn in front of the White House. Looks like some people have had enough. This administration’s attitude toward veterans has become one of the lightning rods of this “slimdown.” As I’ve noted in previous posts, there’s no valid reason to close many of these memorials because they are open-air and require more people to police them when shut down than when they are open to the public.

There’s something else that has been shut down for nearly the past five years:

Closed

Then there’s the language that has been used by Obama and his minions against Republicans who have a different view of how the nation should proceed; they’ve been branded terrorists and hostage-takers, for instance. Overblown rhetoric, anyone?

Hostage Takers

Refuse to Negotiate

The president seems more than a little peeved that he isn’t getting his way. He may be running out of options:

Holding Your Breath

Yet despite his policy of making life difficult for everyone and his refusal to negotiate, public opinion polls continue to show more people blaming the Republicans for this impasse:

Won Again

Yes, it makes no sense. But then, quite often public opinion makes no sense, particularly when helped along by Obama’s subservient media. What’s it going to take to pop the bubble on this fantasy called Obamaworld?

The Shutdown, the Debt Ceiling, & the Media

I have to make a decision every day: do I follow the most pressing issue everyone is thinking about or do I stake off in a different direction? The last thing I want to do is be bound by what has everyone else’s attention, but there are times when it seems important to stay with one particular topic. So, once again, let’s concentrate for now on the shutdown/slimdown that’s dominating the news. This time, though, I want to connect it to the next upcoming battle—the debt ceiling.

I’ve used a couple of these posts to reveal the rather spiteful actions of the Obama administration as it curtails the public’s access to memorials, monuments, and even, in some cases, to their own homes, if located on federal land. We’re supposed to be in such dire straits that not even open-air memorials like the one commemorating WWII can be viewed.

Move Along

Yet yesterday, the administration gave approval for a protest held on the National Mall in favor of immigration reform/amnesty. A crowd dominated by illegal immigrants was granted access to an area that WWII veterans have had to fight for during the past week. So I guess the limited access is limited only to those who might oppose the president’s policies, not to those who promote them. How much did it cost the government to police yesterday’s demonstration? Arrests were made. Compare that to what it costs to police an open-air memorial that is normally without a police presence.

Shutdown Rules

This is all just part of the overall strategy:

Business as Usual

What has the mainstream media’s role been in all this?

Belongs on Donkey

That same media took part in a lovefest yesterday masquerading as a press conference. The president never once had to answer a challenging question. He could have stayed there all day spewing propaganda and false information without fear of contradiction. For instance, he not only doubled down on Republicans’ culpability for the shutdown, but declared that raising the debt ceiling wouldn’t add one dollar to the national debt. How does one get away with a statement as ludicrous as that?

Not High Enough

Everyone knows that raising the debt ceiling simply provides more room to increase spending, which will happen automatically. And what about the logic in the cartoon above? What if you tried that for your personal finances?

Personal Debt Limit

What makes this even more galling is that when he was a senator, Obama not only railed against—and voted against—raising the debt ceiling, but he cited the desire to do so as evidence of failed leadership:

Leadership Failure

We’re seeing political opportunism at its most despicable level. I now call on the mainstream media to do what it seems reluctant to do: commit a genuine act of journalism.

Making Life Difficult: It’s Disgusting

“It’s disgusting.” Who said that? A National Parks ranger when asked to comment on the directives the National Park Service has received from the Obama administration with respect to shutting down national monuments and parks and closing off access to the public. Here’s his full quote:

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.

I commented last week on the shutdown of the WWII Memorial, a move so blatantly political that it astounds even the most cynical amongst us. That memorial is an open-air monument to those who served in WWII. There’s really nothing to “close.” People walk through it if they are on the National Mall. The only explanation is the one provided by that Park Ranger, who, I hope, has not lost his job for speaking the truth.

Mt. RushmoreBut the outrage at the WWII Memorial was only just the beginning. Mt. Rushmore is the chief tourist attraction in South Dakota. Not only are the trails closed, but cones were placed along the highway viewing areas, keeping tourists from pulling over and taking pictures of the mountain.  The Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Tourism stated, “They won’t even let you pull off on the side of the road. I just don’t know what they’re trying to accomplish.”

I can tell you, Mr. Secretary. They want the annoyance to be so great that the public will blame those the Obama administration wants them to blame—Republicans in Congress. Of course, those are the same Republicans who have passed out of the House seven separate bills funding key agencies; those bills, however, are not even being allowed a vote in the Senate, and President Obama has vowed to veto them even if they should pass through Congress.

So who’s to blame?

Let’s don’t stop itemizing those “disgusting” actions. I have a few more.

Mt. VernonMt. Vernon, George Washington’s home, is a privately owned and operated historic site. The only connection to the federal government are some jointly owned parking lots. That, apparently, was enough to order rangers to close off those parking lots, keeping visitors from going to Mt. Vernon. Meanwhile, a lesser-known historic site, the Claude Moore Colonial Farm in McClean, Virginia, was closed, even though it receives no federal funding at all. To our federal government, there seems to be no distinction between public and private.

In my state of Florida, charter guides received a message from the National Park Service that they can’t take clients fishing in Florida Bay, which is more than 1,100 square miles from the tip of the Florida mainland to the Florida Keys. So that means even the ocean is off limits? Can anything be more absurd?

Well, they’re making an attempt at greater absurdity. In Nevada, people who have lived in their privately owned homes for nearly forty years have been turned out and not allowed access to them because they sit on federal land by Lake Mead. One couple, aged 80 and 77, have had to live in a family-owned ice cream parlor for days now, and won’t be allowed to return until the shutdown is over. I’m glad they had an ice cream parlor to go to, but that’s hardly a home, certainly not the one they’ve lived in since the 1970s. Funny how no other government shutdown—and there have been about 17 of those over the years—ever required that citizens lose access to their homes. This has happened only under the Obama administration.

REIDMaybe one of the senators from Nevada could help this couple. Let’s see, who represents that state in the Senate? Oh, yes, that would be Harry Reid, erstwhile Majority Leader. You know, the one who won’t allow a vote on funding. This is strange. We all know it’s Republicans who hate children and old people, always starving them and throwing them out on the streets. At least that’s the rhetoric we always hear.

I’m also a little tired of the moral equivalence game being played, where both sides are held equally to blame for this situation. It’s the president who says he won’t negotiate, not the Republicans. It’s the Democrat Senate that won’t fund separate bills, not the Republican House. This is the height of political manipulation aided amply by the Obama media.

The mainstream media will do all in its power to promote the Obama propaganda. Alternative voices must be raised to counter the propaganda. I will do my part, however small my audience. If we all do our part, perhaps enough people will hear the truth and confront the real culprits. I will do what I can; I will not remain silent in the face of such massive manipulation and dishonesty.

The Obama minions are doing all they can to make life difficult for Americans. I agree with the aforementioned park ranger: “It’s disgusting.”

Retiring the New Order

Barack Obama’s pledge to fundamentally transform America wasn’t an empty promise/threat. While this transformation has been obvious to anyone paying attention over the past 4+ years, sometimes it takes a really foolish act—like closing the WWII Memorial—to highlight his basic break from all of American history and tradition.

Whether you realize it or not, we are now living in a new America under this president. It’s an America we’ve never seen before:

Obamaville

Those who normally would be seen as patriotic citizens are being maligned as dangerous to the New Order:

Target

Politicized bureaucrats have been emboldened to carry out what was already in their hearts. Occasionally, one is called on the carpet for such activities, but even when one is forced to resign—like Lois Lerner, the instigator at the IRS of the investigation of conservative groups—she gets to live with a comfortable pension, paid for by many of those she targeted:

Miss the IRS

The comic strip Dilbert entered the fray recently, showing how one character fought back:

On the Run

I think that’s pretty eloquent humor, and humor remains one of our best weapons against budding tyranny. One thing tyrants can’t stand is to be made fun of. Yet this is also serious business. It’s time to take seriously the threats to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness. Now where have I heard those words before? Oh, that’s just an old American document that has no relevance in the New Order.

It’s well past the time to retire the New Order.

Obamacare & Other Despicable Acts

It has become rather obvious that President Obama is using this government slimdown to inflict as much annoyance/pain on the general population as possible, in the hope that they will rise up against Republicans, accusing them of being the cause of all the pain. I’m not making an illogical leap here; he did it previously when the sequester went into effect, shutting down even the relatively inexpensive White House tours.

The most glaring example of the ridiculous nature of this tactic has been the closing of the WWII Memorial even though hundreds of WWII veterans show up each day to view this testament to their courage and honor. That tactic has blown up in his face, as well it should have. Even members of Congress have appeared there to remove the barriers. If you’ve ever been to the memorial—I have twice—you know it’s an open-air monument that requires little in the way of government expense. I learned yesterday, in fact, that most of its funding is private. I also learned that it probably has cost the government more to police its closing than it would have to let it remain open and available to all.

Of all the shameful acts of this administration, this one should embarrass them the most. Obama’s definition of non-essential needs tweaking, and his disdain for those who have sacrificed for our liberty is clearly demonstrated through this despicable act:

Liberty Non-Essential

Speaking of despicable acts, we’ve come to this place solely as a result of the woefully misnamed Affordable Care Act. Its rollout has been comical. I’m sure more than one citizen has asked this question:

Exchange

Anticipating the glitches, Obama himself tried to compare any problems the public might face enrolling in Obamacare to Apple’s new operating system. One commentator called that a silly, apples-to-oranges comparison. Patrick Seitz, writing in Investors Business Daily, did his own rather scathing comparison: “The former is an increasingly unpopular government takeover of the U.S. health-care system, while the latter is a product of the world’s most valuable brand and a company known for delighting customers.” Obamacare is not exactly delighting its customers.

Rotten Apples

 One cartoonist caught the apples-to-oranges contrast fairly well:

Apps You Don't Need

Forcing people to buy health insurance, fining them when they don’t, working to undermine all private insurance as an end goal, and concocting a cult of personality to sell it is more than slightly reminiscent of how certain other regimes have operated:

Obamacare Salute

Notice the banners. When you have the media doing your bidding, you can get away with almost anything. An uninformed/misinformed and complacent citizenry, devoid of principles, is our downfall.

The Obama Narrative

I like the new word being used to replace “shutdown” with regard to what’s happening at the federal level; some are now referring to it as the government “slimdown.” That’s really more accurate. Basic necessities continue because tax revenues have not stopped flowing into the federal coffers. So decisions have to be made to cut back on nonessential services. What this shows us is how much of the activity of the government is nonessential. Unfortunately, Vice President Biden is still drawing his salary.

Sorry about that. I’ll get serious now.

WWII MemorialDid you read about or see video of what occurred at the WWII Memorial in DC yesterday? The Obama administration shut it down, so no one was supposed to visit it. If you’ve ever seen that memorial, you realize it’s out in the open on the Mall. It doesn’t require any special service for people to view it. It’s no different than walking past any monument. A group of WWII veterans had been flown to DC to commemorate their service by visiting this memorial. They were barred from entering it. That was one of the dumbest moves by an administration that specializes in dumb moves. The group, with an assist from Congressman Steve King of Iowa and others, removed the barriers and walked through the memorial anyway.

Normally, I want people to respect the rule of law, but this administrative fiat was foolish, and trying to keep this group away from the memorial was asinine. Kudos to those who ignored the makeshift barriers.

As usual, Republicans have been blamed by the media for this “slimdown.” Yet if you watched closely the machinations, you realize both sides have positions to which they wish to hold firm. For Republicans, it’s the desire to stall the disaster known as Obamacare; for Democrats, it’s the insistence that this unpopular law go forward without any reconsideration. The final appeal of House Republicans was to have a conference with Senate Democrats to iron out the differences. Their appeal was refused. Where is the real obstructionism in this case?

Inflexible

I thought negotiation was a normal part of politics. It certainly is in the international realm, so why not here?

Today's Schedule

What Democrats refuse to acknowledge is that the laughably named Affordable Care Act is anything but affordable, and that it is increasingly unpopular, and not only with those on the other end of the political spectrum:

Isn't the Tea Party

Yesterday marked the beginning of the Obamacare exchanges:

O'Care Start

Well, it was supposed to be the beginning, but this bureaucratic nightmare was largely unavailable to anyone who tried to access it online. I guess there are a few “glitches” to be worked out:

Crank to Start

We need a clear understanding of the dangers facing us as a nation. Yet what do we hear from this administration?

Greatest Threat

They even go one step further:

White House Tells You

I just saw the following in an e-mail sent by a friend. I think it captures the worldview of those currently in charge of our federal government:

Cruz-Hasan

When this becomes the narrative, we’re not in a good place. The president and his party need to be called out on this. Will the mainstream media do it? Of course not. That’s why the responsibility for informing the public rests on those of us who have opportunities to get out the truth. That’s why I write every day. If we are faithful to our call to disseminate truth, we can make a difference.