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by Robert Arvay, Contributing Writer
When I was in high school, a classmate told me of his plans to get rich. He would start a business, and hire someone else to run it. The money would roll in, and he would not have to put forth any effort.
Little did I know that somewhere in Indonesia, another student would have the same plan, except with higher ambitions. He would occupy the Oval Office in the White House, and let other people do the work, while he vacationed, played golf, and gave speeches. Success would come without him having to put forth any effort.
The recent Republican victories in the national and state elections are going to reveal even more of Obama’s character flaws, and will do so in a way we have not yet seen. To understand this, we have to backtrack to the beginning of his administration, and then jump forward to today.
When Barack Obama first took over the White House in January, 2009, his party had full control of both houses of Congress, including a filibuster-proof Senate. Logic would dictate that such absolute power would reveal his character, and it did. He moved immediately to enact what is incorrectly called, the Affordable Care Act, his signature health plan which is proving unaffordable to the nation.
by Jim Mullen, Contributing Writer
America beat back the Marxist wolves from the door in stunning fashion in the mid-term elections. Republicans took the Senate, increased their lead in the House, and won statewide and local races throughout the land.
Will Republicans use their newfound power or weaken and get warm and fuzzy with leftwing, Obama Democrats, and squander their riches? Alternatively, will they delineate their differences from Democrats and use their mandate to do what Red-State Americans hired them to do: wrest the country from the crushing jaws of Obama Marxism and his New Democrat Party? Being Republican is not enough, conservatives will be reelected; liberals will not!
If history tells us anything, it's that Republicans have displayed little stomach to fight as tenaciously as Democrats. The American people did not reject Democrats because they love Republicans. Americans rejected Democrats because they moved so far to the left, they became indistinguishable from arrogant despots when they joined the most radical movement in our history; Barack Obama's promise of fundamentally changing America.
Indeed, Obama with the full blessing of his New Democratic Party ripped America from her moorings. America lost her identity, her pride, her culture, her values, and her guiding constitutional principles. Not surprisingly, she weakened and lost world respect when her word and promises grew hollow and meaningless.
This new leadership must "fight to win," and not "go along to get along” thinking only of the next election. It requires boldness, not defensive posturing and maneuvering. Ignore the voices of mainstream media, liberal pundits and talking heads. Follow the words of our Founding Fathers. Listen to their warnings about all-powerful centralized government, and then drive this evil from its entrenchment in our government, its institutions and academia.
Vow to precede every vote with this most pertinent question, "What would our Founders do?"
Barack Obama is unconvinced of American exceptionalism. His beliefs of redistributing income, wealth, and property are ideas straight from the malevolent ideals of Karl Marx - ideas proven repeatedly to reduce everyone but the elite to the lowest common denominator, to share equally in government-led misery.
Under the siege of Obama and his comrades, many middle-class Americans joined the ranks of the dependent class. Business creates good jobs; big government historically creates ignorance, poverty, and dependency. Small government allows industry and private enterprise to breathe, grow, and provide for expansion of the nation’s workforce.
It is not too late to re-establish liberty and wrest America from the scorching tyranny of Barack Obama.
The following are priorities this writer puts forth to the new Congress, if Republicans want to keep their jobs and save the country:
- Don’t try to out Democrat the Democrats. They’ve had sixty years of practice at placing people on welfare, destroying families, and enslaving millions of people to government.
- Public relations are an integral part of keeping your message clear, unambiguous, delivered with force, and repeated often. Remember, liberals are experts at controlling the media. Appoint a committee (and/or hire) public relations’ experts to promote your conservatism and immediately control false information disseminated by liberals or MS media.
- Ignore all forces of division from the hate-filled left. It’s time for sagacious leadership and fighting with determined resolve on the federal, state and local fronts. When attacked by the left, or Main Stream Media, immediately have a posse of Representatives, or Senators, step to the microphone for a press conference and issue a press release stating the facts. Your response must be immediate, forceful, truthful, and convincing. Repeat your case until the next issue arises. Convince the voters the value of your plan and the barking dogs will head for the porch, tails between their legs.
- Remember why voters rejected Democrats? Don’t do that!
- You were not elected to work with Democrats. It is up to Democrats to work with you. Democrats’ idea of cooperation is doing it their way. Negotiate only from strength.
- Keep in mind; we have the Democrat’s playbook. Don’t let their race hustling, war on women, war on gays, etc., etc., rhetoric or any other group on group war they conjure up, keep you from your service to your constituents and your country.
- Thank Harry Reid for the new Senate rules; keep them and follow them.
- Slash regulations to release the Bull of industry.
- Get feds out of education. Education is not a constitutional responsibility of the federal government. It is, in fact, an illegal intrusion on states’ rights. The more the federal government spends on education, the lower the test scores. Education began crashing when Congress blessed us with the Department of Education. Teacher unions and public unions are too powerful and helped create the crises in education and other bureaucracies.
- Use appropriations to curtail the power of the congressionally manufactured bureaucracies.
- Use the power of the purse to pull the teeth of the EPA and dozens of other federal bureaucracies. Pass new legislation redefining the intent and the responsibilities of these runaway thugs. Our country can never be free with bureaucrats making their own laws.
- Forget ALL special-interest groups and do the job for which fed-up voters hired you.
- Reinstate the work requirement in the welfare reform laws passed during Clinton Administration that Obama repealed using unlawful executive orders. Get people off welfare and back to work. Dependency is the number-one cause of culture decay, ignorance, and lack of personal and national pride.
- Don’t even think about citizenship for illegal aliens. Shut our borders tight and put a temporary moratorium on all immigration. Pass an immigration bill only afterwards.
- Make passing an energy bill one of the top priorities. Begin with the Keystone Pipeline and then move to open public land for drilling, including ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Rescue). Nuclear must rank high as a major part of this plan, our future depends upon nuclear, and researching other forms of energy. Do this with tax incentives, not by throwing $billions away on proven failed liberal schemes.
- Reducing tax rates for corporations, private entrepreneurs, and personal income, should hold a position of prominence.
- Dodd-Frank must go! It’s just another anchor around the necks of business. Regulations and taxes kill jobs!
- Healthcare laws must be prominent, and Obamacare repealed by any means necessary.
- Don’t make deals that allow Obama to appoint leftwing judges, and department heads.
- Rebuild our military. We are in a perilous position of weakness. Obama set fires around the world and slashed our military to dangerous levels. A strong nation militarily and fiscally, is a safe nation.
- Get us back to responsible spending, reduce the deficit, and work on reducing the debt.
- Work within the framework the Founders gave this great land: The Constitution! Do these things and we shall return to strength in the world, independence in our nation, and once again stand tall and proud. America is in decline because we are less free!
If local and state leaders take these same ideals, ideas, and policies of freedom, they will long serve their constituents, and rescue the nation, their state, and local communities from the ravages of past political incompetence. Show the voters what this new group of leaders can accomplish. If you do not learn from the Democrats, and do not accept what our Founders knew, then you are doomed to repeat the very sad history of the past several decades.
In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot. ~Mark Twain, Notebook, 1935
This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. ~ Elmer Davis
Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as best he can, the same cause. ~ Abraham Lincoln
The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. ~ Patrick Henry
We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were preprared to make that sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty, though it never was. Most of all, we remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble cause. ~ Ronald Reagan
by Robert Arvay, Contributing Writer
In 1992 I was outraged. Hurricane Andrew had devastated large areas not far from my home, and price gougers had moved in to take advantage. Flashlight batteries were selling for $10 each, and gasoline powered electric generators were selling for five or six times their normal retail value.
The government acted swiftly to prohibit people from profiteering on the tragedy that had befallen so many of my neighbors. I was glad to see the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) doing its job and protecting the ordinary citizen.
Except that there was one problem: the government made matters worse. It took a college professor to open my eyes to that fact. He made, what at the time I considered to be a cold hearted statement. He said that there should be no laws against price gouging. Indeed, he said, in counties where price gougers had been allowed to operate, the impact of the storm was far less than in counties where the law had been strictly enforced.
What had happened was this: immediately after the storm had left the area, price gougers were already moving in, some from over a thousand miles away. They brought with them all manner of emergency supplies, from flashlight batteries to power generators, and almost everything in between. Within 48 hours, the affected counties were so overloaded with emergency supplies that many items were being sold off for less than retail value.
A mere two weeks after the hurricane, FEMA was 'Johnny on the spot,' trying to give away emergency supplies that no one needed any longer. Two weeks.
This seems not to make sense, but it is an illustration of how the free market works, and how government programs do not. It is also an illustration of how seductive is the theory that socialism provides goods and services more efficiently than the private sector which, after all, is interested only in making a profit.
Even before Hurricane Andrew hit, price gougers from far away were already licking their chops (so to speak). They knew that in the aftermath of such a storm, there would be an intense need for relief supplies. They purchased these in quantity, loaded up their trucks, and timed their arrival in the storm area so that they showed up just as the storm departed.
What they found was that thousands of people were willing to pay five to ten times retail value for items which were otherwise unavailable, but were badly needed. Flashlight batteries sold for $10 each. Men with chain saws could charge hundreds of dollars for a few hours work clearing out driveways blocked by fallen trees. Carpenters could repair roofs for premium wages. Hundreds of people were profiteering from the hurricane.
One thing that did not sell very well was bottled water. Private charities, churches, and even ordinary citizens acting alone, brought it in by the truckload, and gave it away free of charge. Blankets, too.
The government would not arrive with supplies for two weeks. After all, you cannot force government workers to put in overtime.
But in at least one county, the sheriff was busy protecting people from overpaying for power generators. People who had medical needs for electric power were begging the sheriff to go away, so that they could get a generator to power their oxygen pumps and other medical devices. No way, the sheriff said. He would jail anyone who sold a generator for more than a 10 percent markup. The sellers protested to no avail. They had paid full retail, driven hundreds of miles, and could not cover their costs at ten percent. In the end, they went to nearby counties and sold their generators there.
The government had protected you.
To make a long story short, things are not always what they seem. Economic principles are not obvious to the ordinary person. It is far easier to say, “give a man a fish,” than to say, “teach a man how to fish, teach him how to create and preserve wealth, and to allocate it in the most productive way available.” No. Just give me a fish—every day—for the rest of my life.
Over the years, I have told this story, in detail, to several liberals. They all agreed that price gouging can actually speed relief supplies to the people most in need, and do so more quickly than the government can. There is one other thing upon which they agreed: Price gouging should be against the law.
by David Corbin and Matt Parks
Authors Note: This is part of a series of essays examining the prospects for electing a republican president in 2016 and ultimately reining in the modern imperial presidency through the lens of Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist essays on the executive branch.
(Excerpts below reprinted with permission)
There is no way to write happy endings out of these troubles, despite the best efforts of the president’s speech writers. From the beginning, the Obama administration has doggedly attempted to live in a postmodern world, constructed or reconstructed by the president’s words, which, in imitation of the Divine Creation, are supposed to summon new realities into being.
... This rhetorical presidency has failed, in progressively obvious and dramatic ways, as unimpressed realities confront blurred thinking and unreal words. Please read the full essay on TheFederalist.com: Choosing a Constitutional President
by Robert Arvay, Contributing Writer
When Japan attacked the United States in World War II, they knew that the U.S.would eventually have an overwhelming superiority in material terms, yet they were confident of victory. Why? The Japanese leaders pointed out that the Japanese had the warrior spirit, and would prevail in battle, while the Americans, they thought, would run and hide, and meet certain defeat, well before American industry could come to the rescue.
Of course, the Japanese could not have been more mistaken. Even when outgunned and outnumbered, the Americans proved to be every bit as brave and dedicated as their Japanese enemies. The tradition of American valor in combat has continued unbroken from 1776 until today.
Not everyone has the warrior spirit. In recent weeks, we have seen the Iraqi army wilt in the face of brutal attacks by the terrorist army known as ISIS. Reports coming out of Afghanistan presage a similar outcome there. As American and British troops withdraw, there seems little doubt that the Afghan army will soon run and hide from the Taliban terrorists. Indeed, in large measure, they are already doing so, according to American soldiers on the scene.
All the while, Kurdish resistance to ISIS is so fierce that even Kurdish women are fighting in the front lines.
Why? Why are some groups of people courageous in battle, while others cower in fear at the first sound of gunfire?
Two factors come immediately to mind. When I was in the armed forces, I always knew that if I were wounded, even grievously, I would receive medical care for the rest of my life. (I was unaware that the Veterans Administration was infested with corruption.) If I were killed, my wife and child would receive compensation and assistance from the government.
The second factor was (and is) that I am convinced that the United States, with all its flaws, is a good and just nation. When we win, things are always better, both for us and for our defeated enemies, than if we lose. The principles of the Constitution are, and this should not be a statement taken lightly, worth dying for.
The Iraqi army collapsed under fire in part because its Sunni Moslem soldiers knew that they would get no support from their Shia Moslem government. If wounded or killed, they and their families would be abandoned, without so much as a 'thank you.'
In Afghanistan, the second factor seems to predominate. Afghanistan is not a unified nation, but an assortment of competing tribes that distrust each other, often for good reason. Its constitution is not considered, by its people, worth dying for. As a consequence, many Afghan soldiers (with some commendable exceptions), cower, hide and run, at the first sound of gunfire.
There was a time when I feared that Americans were losing the basic character of courage. While in the armed forces, I noticed that quite a few of the new recruits were of such poor quality that they were more of a burden than a blessing to the mission. On the other hand, I noticed that those who were good soldiers were more than merely good, they excelled. In other words, Americans could no longer be graded on a smooth scale from worst to medium to best. The medium was gone. Only the lowest rung of the ladder, and the highest, remain. I feel intense pride for our present day heroes.
I estimate now that about half the American youth are utterly unqualified for military duty, many for physical reasons such as obesity or drug use, but also, because so many of them are ideologically warped. Many of them actually sympathize with our enemies.
Someone recently stated, borrowing from the last lines of our national anthem, that we are the 'land of the free,' precisely because we are 'the home of the brave.'
Courage is not bravado. It does not boast, taunt, or persecute a defeated enemy. Instead, courage is the end product of faith, commitment and selflessness.
Courage cannot be taught, but only developed through a lifetime of tradition and context.
The next time we pick an ally, let’s apply some common sense.
by Robert Arvay, Contributing Writer
In 1989, while serving at Osan Air Base in Korea, I was assigned the duty of destroying some top secret material. This was contained in an area marked by signs which said, “Authorized Personnel Only,” and, “Use of Deadly Force Authorized.” Armed military guards, I knew, took these signs seriously, and therefore, so did I. Despite having official access to the area, and a badge to prove it, I was hugely nervous about being entrusted with the secret papers. If I screwed this up, I would almost certainly be court-martialed and still be in prison today. I told my partner in this duty that if for one instant I lost sight of the material, I would not certify that it had been destroyed. This would bring down the wrath of some very secret government agency. I wasn’t kidding, and my partner knew it. We therefore followed exact procedures to the letter and comma, and ensured that the destroyed material could never be recovered, even grinding the ashes into the dirt, and then spreading the dirt wide and far, precisely as instructed in our orders.
When Edward Snowden leaked secrets from the National Security Agency, he exposed high level government wrongdoing, about which highly placed administration officials had knowingly lied to Congress, or at least, asDirector of National Intelligence James Clapper claimed, made the “least untruthful” statement he could under the circumstances. Snowden is accused of treachery, even of treason. He is defended by his supporters on the grounds that he had no other way to protect the American people from a rogue agency. Based on the facts available to me, I remain undecided, but I will presume Snowden innocent until proof beyond a reasonable doubt causes me to consider him guilty.
Lois Lerner, the now retired, former director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), was accused of violating the rights of American people to dissent from their government. She has been charged by some TEA Party groups of illegally sharing their private information with their left wing political opponents, and using other nefarious means, to prevent conservatives from enjoying equal protection of the tax laws to participate in the political process. In other words, her detractors say, Lois Lerner illegally abused her official position.
I have little doubt that, in their minds, both Snowden and Lerner were doing the right thing. Snowden believes he was protecting me from the government. Lerner believes she was protecting the government from me. Each of them can make at least a tenuous defense of their actions based on the time honored concept of civil disobedience.
Or can they?
Civil disobedience was famously practiced by both Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. In both cases, the lawbreakers were opposing laws that many people considered unjust, deplorable, and devastatingly harmful. The harm being done was not only damaging people, but indeed, even arguably undermining the government itself.
One of the central features of justifiable civil disobedience is that the person committing the crime does not seek to avoid the penalty for doing so. Indeed, facing the penalties is a further way of publicizing the alleged official injustice, and of garnering support to overturn the unjust law. Both Gandhi and King willingly submitted to imprisonment for their violations.
Lerner certainly does not fit into that category. Her efforts were not to overturn an unjust law, but rather, to apply just laws unjustly. Don’t get me wrong. I am sure that Lerner regards me as an evil, bigoted, danger to the republic. She felt that she had to do something to protect Barack Obama’s reelection campaign from people like me, people she regards as villainous. Believing that as she did, Lerner was obliged to do all she could to stop me.
She was also obliged to face the legal consequences, instead of hiding behind the exact Constitution which she violated. She was courageous in the battle for liberalism until courage meant something.
Much the same has been said about Snowden. If he wished to expose government wrongdoing, he could have done so through legal channels, or else gone public, and subjected himself to trial.
The difference between him and Lerner is that the government was sympathetic to Lerner. She even collaborated with the Justice Department to both protect herself and to promote administration interests.
Snowden’s only hope of a fair trial under the Constitution, lay with the very government administration he was exposing as violating the Constitution. Not only was the government not the least bit sympathetic to Snowden’s actions, it is very possible, and in my mind very probable, that had Snowden gone to any government official with his complaint, neither he nor his complaint would ever have seen the light of day again. If Snowden feared for his very life, can we blame him?
I do not have enough facts concerning the Snowden case, and probably never will. However, he has in a sort of way been held to account. He has very likely been exiled for the remainder of his life. He will never again sleep securely, knowing that at any instant, the Russian government might use him in a “trade” for a captured Russian spy, in which case, Snowden will meet a dark fate.
Lerner needs fear only a relatively comfortable jail cell, if even that.