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We Didn’t STEAL IT!  We BOUGHT It!

                            … All  Six-Hundred BILLION Dollars Worth!
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet


J. D. Longstreet photo WITH BOOKSTo say that the US stole the land that now comprises the Omegasouthwestern United States is a bald-faced lie!

It is a lie the political left is using to their advantage.  The “citizens of the world bunch,”  the globalists, the world without borders nuts, (and the like) have spread this lie so thickly that it is now accepted as truth.  It is NOT truth.  It is a damnable lie! It is propaganda intended to soften up US citizen’s sentiments toward amnesty for illegal aliens.

Obama is about to mount an all out push for amnesty for illegal aliens, very soon now, and it WILL pass the Congress this time.

Do you understand now why no one is correcting the lies that the US stole all that land in the Southwest from Mexico???  Do you understand WHY  they want you to remain “dumb” on the subject?

It is all a part of their Deconstruction of America Project. It is a project, I might add, that appears to be well ahead of schedule and coming to fruition at a pace I would not have believed had I not experienced it since Election Day 2008.  

OK, so — let’s set the record straight and look at some facts.
Guadalupe Hidalgo Treaty

First, The Mexican War:
The Mexican War between the United States and Mexico began with a Mexican attack on American troops along the southern border of Texas on Apr. 25, 1846. Fighting ended when U.S. Gen. Winfield Scott occupied Mexico City on Sept. 14, 1847; a few months later a peace treaty was signed (Feb. 2, 1848) at Guadalupe Hidalgo. In addition to recognizing the U.S. annexation of Texas defeated Mexico ceded California and, New Mexico (including all the present-day states of the Southwest) to the United States.

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican War, was signed on February 2, 1848, by Nicholas P. Trist, for the United States, and by a special commission representing the collapsed government of Mexico.

Under the treaty, Mexico ceded to the United States Upper California and New Mexico (including Arizona) and recognized U.S. claims over Texas, with the Rio Grande as its southern boundary. The United States in turn paid Mexico $15,000,000, assumed the claims of American citizens against Mexico, ($3.25 Million) recognized prior land grants in the Southwest, and offered citizenship to any Mexicans residing in the area.  Then a few years later, the US bought the land that is now Arizona and New Mexico from Mexico for another 6 million dollars. 

Second: Why did we need that additional land?

After the end of the Mexican-American War in 1848, border disputes between the United States and Mexico remained unsettled. Land that now comprises lower Arizona and New Mexico was part of a proposed southern route for a transcontinental railroad. US President Franklin Pierce was convinced by Jefferson Davis, (Later the First President of the Confederate States of America)  then the US Secretary of War, to send James Gadsden (who had personal interests in the rail route) to negotiate the Gadsden Purchase with Mexico. Under the resulting agreement, the U.S. paid Mexico $10 million.  There was a problem with the money, however: Even though the agreement specified $10 million, the US Congress only agreed to pay $7 million. When the money finally arrived, in Mexico City, $1 million was found to be lost, thus making $6 million the amount Mexico actually got for the sale of that land.  Hey, they set the price… we PAID it!

Run the numbers and you will find that the US paid Mexico $24,250,000.00 (24 million, two-hundred-and-fifty-thousand) US dollars for the land in the Southwest US which many claim, today, we (The US) stole! 

You know I get a bit tired, and even short-tempered, with folks who attempt to perpetuate an untruth by the act of sheer omission.  As  a Southerner, I know how that can hurt.  To say the US stole all that land in the Southwest is a flat-out lie.  So, 24 and-a-quarter-million isn’t much money?  Not by today’s standards, perhaps. But back in the mid 1800’s we’re talking about somewhere in the area of $600,000,000.00!  Now that IS big bucks!

Treaty of Gualoupe HidalgoSo, next time you hear someone prattling on about how the US stole all the southwestern United States from Mexico, set them straight.  Tell them we bought it and PAID for it.  If they refuse to believe you refer them to the Guadalupe Hidalgo TreatyAND —  the “Gadsden Purchase” a few years later.  It’s all there.  It’s a part of history.  It is, apparently, a part of history students in the American government schools never hear about. (Sometimes referred to as The American “Fool” System)

Of course, the claims that we stole the land from Mexico are all a part of the propaganda being employed to saddle Americans with more undeserved guilt.  People who feel guilty will ofttimes respond in the way those prodding them wish them to respond.  That is what is hoped for with all the unmitigated garbage heaped on America (and Americans) today.

Actually, as I view the relationship between the US and Mexico today, I almost … ALMOST … agree with those who feel we ought to annex the entire country of Mexico and run it as an American territory.   I mean, it’s not like we are not supporting the country of Mexico, anyway.  The billions of US dollars a year pouring into Mexico, from Mexican citizens who have burglarized the US, by “breaking and entering,” is absolutely staggering.

So, as the leftist’s propaganda mills continue to crank this unmitigated bovine scatologyTRIST and Treaty of Guadaloupe Hidalgo and pure horse hockey out inundating Americans with all the lies and distortions about how badly Americans treat Mexicans, illegal and otherwise, just keep in mind that all they are attempting to do is prod Americans into supporting Obama’s AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS endeavor.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform (or whatever they are calling it THIS time!!!), is an abomination and should never see the light of day. I’ll be leaning on my Senators from North Carolina to vote against that bill — and any other bills that will aid in the left’s efforts to destroy America — at every opportunity. May I suggest you do the same?
© J. D. Longstreet

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The Present Threats to Israel

By Alan Caruba

 Alan Caruba Head ShotIf you take a look at the map of the Middle East and read the daily headlines, you Omegahave to wonder what it must be like to be an Israeli—a nation the size of New Jersey—surrounded by Arabs driven insane by Islam, by a succession of brutal dictators, and by the never-ending hate-filled fulminations in the mosques and media against Zionism, Israel, and Jews.

 The UN nuclear watchdog released a report last week stating that Iran has installed advanced technology at Natanz, its main site for uranium enhancement. Iran that has relentlessly sought to make its own nuclear weapons and the missiles with which to deliver them. In 2009, Dore Gold, Israel’s former ambassador to the United Nations—a hotbed of anti-Zionism—and the president of the JerusalemCenter for Public Affairs, authored “The Rise of Nuclear Iran: How Iran Defies the West.”

 “It can be reasonably asserted that Iran perceives itself as a natural hegemonic power in its region,” wrote Dore. With roughly one-tenth of the world’s supply of oil and natural gas, Iran had the financial capacity to acquire the military strength it needed to realize its historical ambitions.” The various sanctions that have been applied to it have wreaked havoc on its economy, but have no deterred its intentions.

 “Given that the Islamic Republic was the first to systematically employ suicide bombing attacks in the present era, it could very well be immune to deterrence and the threat of full scale retaliation should it employ nuclear weapons,” wrote Dore.

 Writing more recently in The Washington Times, columnist Jeffrey T. Kuhner, addressed the “Consequences of a Nuclear Iran.”  He reiterated the history of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s many threats to Israel and its denial of the Holocaust, the deliberate murder of six million of Europe’s Jews during World War II. “What if Mr. Ahmadinejad is not lying” about Iran already being a nuclear power?” asked Kuhner. “Then the West—and especially the United States—faces a major crisis. It means the West’s policies of sanctions and diplomatic engagement have failed.”

 It means that President Obama’s efforts, as executed by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, throughout his first term have failed. It does not bode well that the new Secretary of State, John Kerry, in his first major foreign policy speech on February 20, believes that the real threat is climate change, not Iran and the other known enemies of the nation.

 Kerry is delusional. He blathered on about “an environment not ravaged by rising seas, deadly superstorms, devastating droughts, and other hallmarks of a dramatically changing climate.” The seas are not dramatically rising, large storms have occurred throughout our history, as have droughts. It is as if Iran, the Middle East, Africa, North Korea, China and Russia aren’t even a problem.

 The designate for Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, is, if it is possible, an even worse choice so far as Israel is concerned. He is on record repeatedly displaying his antipathy—and worse—towards Israel. Demonstrably incompetent for the job, Hagel will reflect Obama’s reluctance for any combat short of the antiseptic use of drones.

 The President has repeatedly stated that he will not accept a nuclear-armed Iran, but the President has spent years saying things that turned out to be empty promises and outright lies. His ties to anti-Semites and stated sympathy for Islam make anything he says suspect.

 Kuhner warned that “An attack (on Iran) would have disastrous consequences. Iran is not Iraq. It is a much larger and more populous nation. It has proxies across the region—including Hezbollah, Hamas, and Syria’s besieged regime.”

 The Israelis know this in ways we never can. It recently had to take military action against Hamas in Gaza to slow the continued rocketing of his towns in its south. It has fought numerous ways since its founding in 1948, and it is threatened on all of its borders with Lebanon, Syria, the Palestinian enclaves in the West Bank and Gaza.

 The change of power with Egypt, now in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood, poses a threat to its peace treaty with Egypt. The civil war that has been raging in Syria for two years poses a present and future threat on its border. Jordan, which has been a stable monarchy and friend, is being challenged by Islamists.

The President is scheduled to visit Israel in March, the first visit since having been elected in 2008. His relations with Israeli Premier Benyamin Netanyahu are chilly at best. Everything he says—and does not say—will be examined. The U.S. has provided a lot of military aid to Israel, but one wonders if that isn’t part of a larger policy to maintain a balance of power in the region.

 The Israelis have been a major source of intelligence to the U.S. Even so, one suspects that the Israelis have deep reservations about President Obama and a lack of confidence given his past statements about its borders and settlements.

 The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq says everything you need to know about the failure of its military involvement in both nations and its failed effort at “nation building.” When you add in the U.S. reduction of naval power in the Persian Gulf, you might imagine that the current Iranian regime believes it is triumphing over “the Great Satan” as it pursues its quest to “wipe Israel off the map.”

 Dore stated a fundamental truth that continues to be ignored by the Obama regime. “If the West has a choice between negotiating yet again with the regime in Iran or undercutting it further, it should clearly seek to promote a process that leads to its collapse and replacement. Engagement was tried in the past and doesn’t work.”

 Meanwhile, our new Secretary of State is wedded to negotiations and to the notion that climate change is the real threat to the West.

 © Alan Caruba, 2013


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Republican Think Tanks – Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

By JB WilliamsOmega

JB WILLIAMS PHOTOToday’s Democratic Party is run by numerous left-wing think tanks set up to infiltrate and hijack the party, moving it further and further left, making it the greatest threat to American sovereignty and security today.


From Rockefellers Trilateral Commission to avowed communist Roger Baldwin’s ACLU, the Council on Foreign Relations to the Democratic Socialists of America and their congressional progressive and black caucuses, the DNC is run entirely by international leftists hell-bent upon destroying America’s Constitutional Republic.


Through these groups, today’s Democratic Party has progressively evolved into America’s Communist Party, as explained in Marx’s Communist Manifesto. Although many American democrats are completely unaware, reality is inescapable at this stage of progression. The DNC is now our nation’s most powerful anti-American political organization.


We cannot afford to overlook the propaganda machine of the international left either, without whom, they could never convince Americans to commit national suicide in the election booth. This machine includes academia, the news agencies and the entertainment industry. When the oldest Communist Publication in America, Mother Jones, becomes the primary source of information for all American news agencies, the death of the free press has already happened.


But what about the Republican think tanks? Are they really any less dangerous? What are they really promoting?


Far worse than any overt enemy, is a covert enemy operating within… The one thing that is worse than the known enemy down the street is finding out that your wife has been sleeping with that enemy, feeding them information, while misdirecting and undermining your efforts to defend the family against that enemy.


Operating as public policy research centers, these organizations were developed and formed by inside the DC beltway power-brokers, with the aim and intent of influencing public policy at the national level. Today’s most influential Republican Think Tanks are Heritage Foundation and evangelical Christian David Barton’s Wall Builders.


Each of these organizations claims to be “conservative” policy research centers, and each has been increasingly influential in Republican Party policies for several years now.

Yet, most conservatives across the country agree that the Republican Party no longer represents the true will of American conservatives, those who still revere our Founding documents, principles and values as the key to freedom and liberty via a Constitutional Republic. How did this happen, with “conservative policy research centers” like Heritage Foundation and Wall Builders advising inside the DC beltway Republicans and the Republican National Committee?


The enemy you know is much less dangerous than the enemy masquerading as your friend. Inside the beltway gadflies, concerned only with their own level of influence with the political rich and famous in DC, have turned out to be our most dangerous enemies of all and they too, have a massive propaganda machine in the Republican talking heads.

In a Constitutional Republic, all power is inherent in the people, all governments derive their power from the people, and all governmental powers are balanced between enumerated federal authority, states’ rights, local authority and individual rights, all defined by the U.S. Constitution and each State Constitution, protected by the U.S. Bill of Rights.


A conservative organization will be focused entirely upon conserving, protecting and preserving these fundamental foundational precepts, upholding and defending the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and our Republican form of government, against all enemies, foreign and domestic.


Is that what the Republican Think Tanks are doing today?


The answer to this question can be found in these organization’s position papers on topics like States Tenth Amendment Rights. The trick is to frame the discussion around a red herring label, like nullification, and then cherry-pick quotes from Founders and court opinions (which have no constitutional force of law) that destroy states’ and individual rights via destroying the red herring.


Like all rights protected by the Bill of Rights, the Ninth and Tenth Amendments are either enforceable, or they don’t exist at all. There is no such thing as inalienable rights which we cannot enforce. If they are not enforceable, they don’t exist.


The 9th states“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” – This means that all authority not delegated to the federal government via enumerated powers in the Constitution, remain under the authority of the people.


The 10th states“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” – This means that all political powers not delegated to the federal government via the U.S. Constitution, remain under the authority of the people and the states.

Every American conservative reads these powers as clear, unconditional and absolute. But this is not the position of the Republican Public Policy Centers today.


Heritage Foundation stands opposed to states and individual rights in their red herring arguments against nullification, using a special blend of false history and cherry-picked court opinions and quotes to proclaim that the states and the people are entirely subservient to federal authority under an unbridled “supremacy clause” which establishes a despotic federal power, protected by a nine-member unelected and unaccountable oligarchy, the Supreme Court.


Evangelical history revisionist David Barton and his Wall Builders agree, the states and the people have no right to enforce states or individual rights, other than in the voting booth. Both use red herring arguments, such as “Democrat President Andrew Jackson wanted to shoot the nullifiers…” – so what, who cares? Democrat President Bill Clinton wanted to shoot Monica Lewinsky for hanging on to that stained dress too… Nixon wanted to shoot the people who caught him in Watergate. Big deal…


If Barton and Heritage Foundation are right, that the states and people have constitutional rights, but no way to enforce those rights, then the states’ and the people have no rights at all. 


If the Republican Think Tanks are right, that states and individual rights are somehow “unconstitutional,” then what we have today is not a Constitutional Republic, but rather a despotic federal authority protected by an unelected and politically motivated nine-member oligarchy. 


Is that what the Founding Fathers created?


Of course not… so why are these Republican think tanks promoting unchecked federal supremacy, standing publicly opposed to states and individual rights? The answer is no more complicated than the fact that their power is in Washington DC, not fifty sovereign states, just like the Republicans they advise in Washington DC.


Even new DC insiders like Americans for Prosperity are working against individual and states’ rights, recently scoring some of the worst Republicans in DC like Sen. John McCain and Marco Rubio with an A or A+ rating, as reported by RNC propaganda site Newsmax.


McCain has been the most far left Republican in congress for years, along with Lindsey Graham, both of whom are up to their eyeballs in the Benghazi gun-running and murder scandal. Rubio, who has risen to the top stop for the 2016 presidential nod despite being ineligible for the office, is the new political messiah of illegal immigration and amnesty for millions of future DNC voters. 


Other DC Republicrats like Coburn and Flake are fully engaged in helping Democrats disarm Americans, along with well-known RNC leftists Collins and McCain. No imagination is required to see these people working against Americans Constitutional Republic on a daily basis. DC insiders are ALL against the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the people of the United States.


But now they have reached State Governments too


Why are state-level Republicans like Michigan Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, also hiding behind false history and anti-state interpretations of constitutional right, essentially proclaiming that states’ and individual rights are “unconstitutional” as long as the despots in Washington DC say so.


How did the DC beltway think tanks reach the state legislators? It was much easier than you think.


They formed another think tank called ALEC, which stands for American Legislative Exchange Center. ALEC claims to be for “smaller government, free markets and federalism.” In other words, it is e legislative think tank aimed at influencing state level Republican legislators.


Using the same false history and anti-state propaganda from Heritage Foundation and Wall Builders, the RNC is influencing state level Republican lawmakers through ALEC.

As the federal government becomes ever more despotic and tyrannical towards the Constitution, Bill of Rights and the American people, some state legislators have summoned the courage to confront federal assaults by introducing a State Balance of Powers Act, based entirely upon the text of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Following the lead of the national RNC think tanks, other Republican state legislators are rushing to block the measure, ensuring that their state and the people will remain enslaved by a false premise of unchecked federal supremacy.


As Tennessee Constitutional Attorney Hal Rounds states in a February 18th letter to Tennessee legislators, “In reference to the letter of the North American Law Center disputing the Tennessee Office of Legal Services condemnation of your “Balance of Powers” Act, it is downright tragic to see that the legal services personnel available to the Tennessee Assembly are so deficient in Constitutional understanding.  When it takes an outside, independent citizen’s agency to tell the members of our Assembly about our Constitution, we have a serious problem.”


Well, Rounds is right, we are in very serious trouble here… It’s one thing when the international left wants to destroy the Constitutional Republic and all state and individual rights. It’s a whole different problem when Republicans want to help them accomplish that goal.


Rounds, who is not affiliated with the North American Law Center (NALC) as of this writing — hits the nail right on the head with this statement…


“So the North American Law Center is exactly correct in its analysis of the place of Constitutional supremacy – there is no supremacy when the law Congress makes – or the courts invent – is contrary to, or exceeds the powers in, the Constitution.  The Balance of Powers Act does address only federal laws made that violate the Constitution.  Such laws are without any force, and must be opposed. The Balance of Powers Act provides a prudent and cautious legal process for evaluating whether a federal statute does fall outside the limited powers of the federal government allowed by the Constitution.”


It’s not hard to figure out why all DC politicians want unbridled federal power, but when state Republicans start regurgitating the blatant lies of the DC power hungry in order to help federal politicians knock off states and individual rights, we must be nearing the brink of a second American revolution.


In a formal legal rebuttal to a false Tennessee legal opinion, NALC attorney Stephen Pidgeon completely destroys the false pro-federal supremacy rants of the Republican think tanks. NALC also issued a constitutional brief to the Michigan legislature on the same topic.


Who’s Looking Out for You?


Other than the North American Law Center, nobody is looking out for you or the Constitutional Republic.


Federal legislators are hell-bent on federal supremacy and global governance. The national Republican think tanks are hell-bent on promoting national RNC power, at odds with both states and individual rights. Even many state Republicans are hiding behind false information from the national organizations in an effort to escape personal responsibility for protecting the people’s rights.


Other than YOU, nobody is looking out for you. No politician or Republican talking head is going to do anything to save the Constitutional Republic. Only YOU can save the Constitutional Republic.


But you cannot save the Constitutional Republic at the national level today. Both Democrats and Republicans are focused only upon retaining their own political power and wealth at any cost, including the price of losing the Constitutional Republic and freedom and liberty itself.


You can only save the Republic one state at a time. Only by making each state self-sufficient and self-reliant, can the American people save this nation at this late date.

To do that, you will have to overcome the ignorance and cowardice of state legislators who either don’t know constitutional truth, or seek to hide behind leftist legal opinions aimed at squashing any form of constitutional checks and balances from the states or their people.


The only way you can save your state is to reestablish and reassert states and individual rights and a proper constitutional balance of powers. The State Balance of Powers Act is very carefully crafted for this sole purpose.


But no state legislature is going to pass that bill unless and until the people of their state demand it in a convincing manner. Heritage Foundation, Wall Builders and the Republican National Committee will do everything they can to stop the states from reclaiming their constitutional balance of powers.


Only the people themselves can overcome these groups and protect themselves by protecting their states. While the Obama administration is busy arming known terrorists all over the globe and trying to disarm the American people against their Second Amendment rights, idiots like Michigan Speaker Bolger are busy regurgitating false attacks on states and individual rights.


It’s not complicated. We are up against the age old greed and lust for power here. Politicians almost never seek to empower of protect the people. Almost all of them seek personal power and wealth and with increasing regularity, these greed driven parasites would stop at nothing to acquire their wealth and power.


The people are not just up against greedy progressive democrats, they are up against progressive republicans, their think tanks and their RNC minions in the press, all of them parasites sucking the life out of freedom and liberty. Only the people can save the Republic. They will have to do it one state at a time and they will have to run over cowardly politicians to do it.


JB Williams


JB Williams is a writer on matters of history and American politics with more than 3000 pieces published over a twenty-year span. He has a decidedly conservative reverence for the Charters of Freedom, the men and women who have paid the price of freedom and liberty for all, and action oriented real-time solutions for modern challenges. He is a Christian, a husband, a father, a researcher, writer and a business owner. He is co-founder of action organizations The United States Patriots Union, a civilian parent organization for The Veteran Defenders of America. He is also co-founder of The North American Law Center, a citizen run investigative legal research and activism organization preparing to take on American’s greatest legal battles. Williams receives mailat:


The Curse Of The LO/INFO VoterOmega
A Commentary b J. D. Longstreet


J. D. Longstreet# 213The LO/INFO voter — sometimes referred to as LIV’s — are a curse on America.  It is they who are driving America’s “post constitution” government.  They, however, are SO low-information they have no idea their influence may lie at the root of the problems America faces today.

Now.  Who are these LO/Info voters?  What is a Lo/Info voter?  Let’s take a closer look.

I will guarantee when we finish here you will KNOW who a Lo/Info voter is — and — you might be surprised to learn that YOU fall within their ranks.  Not to worry.  Most of us have been, at one time in our lives, card carrying members of the Lo/Info voter classification.

Let’s begin with the obvious.  Lo/Info voters are people who may vote, but who are, generally speaking, poorly (or badly) informed about politics.  That fact alone speaks volumes concerning the inherent weakness of a democracy.  It can certainly be considered an important reason the Founders of America decided that a Representative Republic was the way to go for this fledgling country and it’s government.

The LIV’s could not define their political ideology if their lives depended upon it.  As a rule, with some exceptions, of course, they have no political ideology of their own.  Instead, they choose candidates that are, for whatever reason, appealing to them.  It could be as simple as the physical appearance of the candidate. In fact, it often IS the visage of the candidate.  For instance, America’s last balding President was Dwight Eisenhower.

Having no coherent political ideology the LIV’s are more likely to be swing voters, and they will split a ticket in a heartbeat.

Some years ago, I was conversing with a young man about an upcoming Presidential Election.  He volunteered that he probably would not vote because his vote didn’t really make a difference anyway.  I tried to convince him, as best I could, that he was wrong.  But as the conversation went on I began to understand that this young man knew squat about America’s political system. He was married, a high school graduate with possibly some college, a veteran, gainfully employed, and dumb as a post about politics in America. He was, and I suspect still is, a LIV.

I have a friend, a middle-aged government employee, very intelligent, with more than one college degree, married, very successful in his chosen field, who, when asked his opinion on something or other the government is proposing in Congress, responds with:  “I don’t worry about stuff like that.  There’s nothing I can do about it. So why worry?”

Do either of these examples remind you of some of your friends and acquaintances?

These are LO/INFO voters … and they are dangerous to America.

America was very carefully designed for  people who were educated, moral, and involved in the politics of the country. Over the two and a half centuries America has been on the scene we have seen what can happen to her and her government as fewer and fewer Americans deign to take part in the governing process.

By taking part, I mean not just voting, but following, closely, the goings on in the Congress and the Oval Office and writing letters, e-mails and telephoning or faxing their representative in Congress over their concerns about proposed legislation, etc. It means attending City Council meetings, at least occasionally,  and County Commissioner meetings, too.  All these politicians need to see you and hear you and KNOW hey are being held accountable to and by the voters who selected them as their representatives.

It is frighteningly easy to see what happens to a government when the electorate does not  stay involved.  We get exactly what we have today in Washington — a Congress that is so out of touch with their constituents as to seem almost rogue in nature.

The current government of the US is a product of the lo/info voter.  Who else but lo/info voters would vote for a man for President based simply on the color of his skin?  How do we get so many worthless, corrupt, politicians returned term after term to the Congress except by the votes of lo/info voters?

So now, we are paying the price.  We’re broke, under water, quickly becoming a third-world country, and we’re scratching our collective heads wondering how we ever got into this mess.

I submit that wondering how we got into this mess is not the real question.  We already know the answer to that.

The real question is “How do we get out of this mess?”

© J. D. Longstreet
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Overcoming Their Own Worst EnemyOmega
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

J. D. Longstreet# 213Liberal guilt created a permanent underclass of citizens in America about one hundred and fifty years ago and still there is no light at the end of the tunnel for that underclass to claw their way towards IF they ever hope to crawl out of the societal hole liberals tossed them into at the end of America’s “War Between the States.”

There is another entirely different commentary to be written about the way liberals have suckered the black race in America and taken credit for any and all advances American blacks have made since the Civil War.  Most of the left’s claims are pure bovine scatology but their willing accomplices in the intellectual community, the halls of academia, and the Mainstream Media have taken those lies and transformed them them into what is recognized today as history.  Never mind that that so-called “history” is mostly lies.  It IS the official record.  And that, dear reader, is THAT.

It is the national leadership of the black community in America where, I think, the problem lies.

But there is a crying need for leadership at a much more critical level.  In the home, in the family, and in the black neighborhoods.

The black family desperately needs two parents at the head of the family unit … a mother and a FATHER.  That young black male can learn much from his mother —  but — how to be a responsible, disciplined, self-respecting man, a masculine contributor to society,  can be learned ONLY from a father.  The home is where real leadership begins, where it is born, and where respect for leadership is taught.  It is also where accountability is learned and where one learns to take responsibility for one’s own actions or inactions.

It is jaw-dropping to realize that an entire race of people in America were given freedom over 150 years ago and so little progress has been made as a race, as a class, in bettering themselves, taking advantage of the blessings of this country,  seizing the guilt offerings from white America and using all of it to make their way up the ladder of progress  until they truly stand on a level societal field. It just has not happened.

If anything, with exceptions, of course, the vast majority of American blacks seem to take pride in their victimhood, assumed or real.  See, little is expected of victims.  It is SAFE to play the part of the victim. And besides, white America loves to “rescue” victims by lavishing all sorts of goodies on them if only to assuage the guilt they (white America) feel for having victimized the poor “victim” in the first place.

Then along comes someone like Dr. Ben Carson and blows a hole the size of the moon through all the BS the leaders of the black community have thrown up the past 150 years — and what happens?  Well, of course, he is attacked for it.  He’s not “down” with the “cause.”

See, Ben Carson is an embarrassment to the black community.  That alone should tell you just how convoluted the thinking within that hapless community of people really is.

Here’s a man who made the most of every opportunity he found, or came his way, or that he himself could create. Ambitious?  HELL, Yes!  But ambition is a necessary element in striving to better your lot in life.

“Black people created their own stereotype. Now its hard for me to be a educated young black man without being labeled as ‘acting white.” (Quote from “unknown.”)

Nobody seems to know who actually created or verbalized the quote above but it is unarguably true.

Mychal Massie, in an Article for WND entitled: “Blacks: Their own worst enemy” said the following: “If you are black, when was the last time you applauded the accomplishment of another black who didn’t play victim or have an edge of militancy earmarking said accomplishment?

Blacks are inculcated from the womb to believe that whites, especially conservatives, are out to get them. Living under that onus creates a debilitating vestige of rage, resentment and inferiority. In reality, whites, apart from liberals who trade on black immiseration, are not interested in holding blacks down or treating them unfairly. And in no way do they reference blacks in the same disparaging ways blacks do them.”SOURCE:

(Mr. Massie is, himself, black. He is the former chairman of the National Leadership Network of Black Conservatives-Project 21 – a conservative black think tank located in Washington, D.C. He was recognized as the 2008 Conservative Man of the Year by the Conservative Party of Suffolk County, N.Y. He is a nationally recognized political activist, pundit and columnist. He has appeared on Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN, NBC, Comcast Cable and talk-radio programming nationwide. A former self-employed business owner of more than 30 years, Massie’s website is

In the very same article Mr. Massie goes on to say: “Many blacks may not like it, but all too often, when they’re not being their own worst enemies, they are giving their tacit stamp of approval for others to portray them that way.”  SOURCE:

For evidence of the truthfulness of Mr. Massie’s statement above simply look at the leaders the American black community has chosen to represent it and consider how those very same leaders embellish the victim-hood label.

I agree with Mr. Massie who says in the same article:  “It is time to stop feigning insult over nothing, and over that which could be avoided by appropriate behavior, and start promoting positive stories of blacks, regardless of their party affiliation. It is time to stop honoring malevolent anti-social behavior and victimology.”  Read more at

The self-appointed leaders of America’s black community continue to play the “blame game” and continue to preach hatred and divisiveness when they ought to be preaching a message of repentance and turning away from immorality.   As a result, American blacks have simply traded one enslavement for another.

At some point, blacks are going to have to relinquish their death grip on the battles of the past, accept that most of those battles have actually been won, and join with the rest of us battling today’s problems and preparing as best we can to face the unknown problems about to assail us from the future.

Look. Bigots and racists are EVER with us,  have always BEEN with us,  and will always BE with us.  Unfortunately, it is a part of the human condition.  It is a part we can choose to allow influence us — or — we can choose to ignore it/them and move forward.   I hope we as a people, both black and white, choose the latter.

America is facing an uncertain future in which she will need all her children, black, white, brown, whatever,  dedicated to her survival.

WE can do this, but we can do it so much better TOGETHER.

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 A Republic… IF We Can Keep It!Omega

A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

J. D. Longstreet# 213The story is told that when Ben Franklin emerged from the Constitutional Convention an anxious lady asked him what kind of government they had given us.  His famous reply was:  “A republic, Madam… if you can keep it.”   And, for the most part, we Americans have been trying to keep it.  But “change” is in the air.

Have you noticed how the Democratic Party has stopped denying its socialist tendencies?

 Months ago, as I began to write about the dangers of socialism to America, (and how the Democratic Party has become a sort of Democratic/Socialist party) I was stunned when they, the democrats, did not refute it! See, I had expected democrats to deny any connection to socialism. But they didn’t. It was then that it struck me… they don’t deny it because they can’t. Apparently, they have embraced socialism.

 You must forgive me if I get a bit wound-up when socialism is the topic.  I have watched that “destroyer of nations” reap its harvest for many, many, decades. It is, in my opinion, the greatest threat to democracy on the planet.  I see socialism as presenting an even greater threat than the Islamofacist terrorists!  I will never be comfortable with a socialist government in America.  We can argue “degrees” of socialism all day and it won’t matter.  As the biblical expression goes: “a little leaven leavens the whole loaf.”

I think it is pure irony that now, as a “near” socialist nation, America can celebrate an event named “Independence Day” with a straight face!

As I write, in the year of our Lord 2009, Americans are anything but independent!  We are fat, and lazy, and dependent on our new “near” socialist government for far too much and if the polls can be believed nearly half of the electorate is begging the socialists in charge of the US government to take on more of our care through a National Healthcare System that at least some of us recognize as socialized medicine and which has been dubbed “ObamaCare.”  There is very little “independent” about Americans today.  In just a few months of the Obama regime we have gone from “King of the Hill” to just another member of the “Mediocrity Mob” of nations.

SOCIALISM -- IDEAS SO GOODI know this is difficult to swallow.  You can’t know how much pain it caused me to write these words.  I have stood on the ground where the Wright brothers took their first flight launching America into the space age.  They had no idea that their short flight would end up taking man to the stars, but of course, it did.   I have trod the ground from which our astronauts blasted off to land and walk upon the surface of the moon.  I have witnessed America claw her way to the top through sheer willpower and determination to be the best.  And now, as I approach the autumn of my life, I am watching the decline and fall of that same America.  Do you really think I don’t feel a tremendous amount of pain? I think I must now know what the ancient Romans felt as they watched the greatest civilization in history, to that day, decline, crumble, and fall in ruins around them.

“Oh,” but you say, “… Socialism is the only way to go.  Everyone will be equal!  No class, no class warfare…” and such.

Well, let us see if we can break it down so that even those of you in love with the “cancer of nations,” socialism, can understand it.

The story is told of an economics professor at a small college who made a statement that he had never failed a single student before but had once failed an entire class.

That class had insisted that Obama’s socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama’s plan.” All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B.

The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.

As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride, too, so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.


Socialism will bring the end to private enterprise. Just think: under socialism there would be no small businesses, none of those Mom and Pop stores with which we are so familiar in America.  There would be no entrepreneurs. Socialism calls for the redistribution of wealth. Broken down, that simply means taking the money you earned and giving it to those you feel did not earn it. Socialism demands that all wealth in a nation, and that includes yours, will be controlled by the government. In other words, you will own nothing — not even your own money. The government owns everything and everyone is given only what it takes for that person to survive. Socialism celebrates the lack of an upper class and a lower class. Under socialism there is only one class. And in THAT class all people suffer equally.

Americans have made an awful decision.  They have decided to give up.  Freedom is just too hard.  It requires entirely too much work and effort on the part of the individual. It is much easier to sit back, relax, and allow the government to take care of us.  Look, folks, birds locked in a golden cage are just as much a prisoner as those locked in a rusty old quarter-inch mesh wire cage.  A prison is a prison and man is quite capable of creating his own.

Americans remind me today of the little granddaughter of a friend. He tells me she just recently went through the stage all parents are familiar with called…”potty training.”

When she finished her business she would sit patiently on the porcelain throne, and yell her head off, until someone appeared to take care of that most important chore – the hygienic cleansing of the recently employed lower sphincter. (The vernacular is much more colorful and maybe a bit more descriptive, but, at the risk of creating a pun here, I wanted to keep it clean!)

The child’s actions sound so much like what Americans are doing today, sitting on the porcelain throne yelling our heads off while waiting for someone to come take care of the last, but important, chore.  The government will take care of it, but there is a price to be extracted from each of us. The price is  — the loss of our freedom.


 It is said that Satan’s greatest trick is convincing mankind that he doesn’t exist. It may be his best trick but it doesn’t hold a candle to the trick socialism has played on America.

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The Plantation Omega
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet


J. D. Longstreet# 213Those who have made a study of American history, especially that portion of history before and during the War Between the States, know it was the democrats who held the black man in slavery in both the Northern states and the Southern states.


The Democrat Party held the southern states in a fierce grip and continued to do so until a hundred years later when President Richard Nixon successfully broke that grip and began — what would turn out to be — a mass migration of southerners from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party.


Now the Democrats are in the “Big House” in Washington.  The rest of us are “field hands.”  But many of us field hands are writhing under the yoke of the socialist slave masters in Washington and are desperate to break free.


But there are some Americans who find themselves quite happy with the current arrangement between the masters in the Big House and the modern day field hands.

You see, there really is a sub-class in America.  A class of US citizen, which may be accurately referred to as “wards of the state, or government.”  There have been several generations of these folks and they are joined with the folks in the Big House, today, exactly as the slaves in the days prior to the “War for Southern Independence.”  They depend upon the folks in the Big House for their sustenance, for their very existence.  In many ways, the folks in the Big House own them.

In return the “wards” blindly support the Big House folks in anything and everything they try to do.  Their vote and support can always be counted on, IF the folks in the Big House are Democrats. And these days they appear to be Democrats — although WE know that is only a façade to hide their socialism.


The “wards,” we speak of, are the Americans who will argue you down that Abraham Lincoln was a Democrat!  He had to be!  He freed the slaves, didn’t he?  Actually, Lincoln did not free a single slave.  Read the “Emancipation Proclamation” and you will quickly see that no slaves were freed by it.   In fact, in a letter to Salmon P. Chase, the Secretary of the US Treasury, dated September 3rd, 1863, Lincoln said the following:  “The Emancipation proclamation has no constitutional or legal justification except as a war measure.”


Lincoln actually proposed three constitutional amendments in his State of the Union Address to Congress in 1862:


1 – Slaves not freed by the Emancipation Proclamation to be freed over a 37-year period, to be completed by January 1st, 1900.


2 – Provided compensation to owners for the loss of their slave property.


3 – The government would transport freed Blacks, at government expense, out of the country and relocate them in Latin America and in Africa.


You see, when Lincoln truly had it in his power to bring real and immediate freedom to approximately 832,000 enslaved people (In the border states that were loyal to Lincoln and the federal government) he, LINCOLN, instead, carefully ensured that they would remain slaves!


But, hey!  Lincoln was a Democrat – right?  Well, YOU try to convince them!


Black Americans are being used and abused by the Democrats just as they were before the War for Southern Independence.  They lie to black people over and over again, and yet — black Americans continue to blindly support their democratic oppressors. WHY?  Could it be because the federal government feeds, clothes, and houses them?


It is Plantation Politics!  Plantation politics goes back generations in American Democratic Party politics and is a large part of the old “machine politics” of the big urban centers.


Francis Rice, of the National Black Republican Association, in an article entitled: “Obama and Plantation Politics,” says the following: “To his eternal shame, in order to acquire and maintain power, President Barack Obama has adopted the Democratic Party’s strategy of keeping blacks poor, angry and voting for Democrats.” (SOURCE).


The Democrats are in charge of the US Government these days (for all intents and purposes) — just as they were in the South before this nation tore itself apart in the latter part of the 19th century.  As long as they can maintain black Americans in a state of poverty, in a state of anger, and continuing to vote, as a large block, for Democrats/Socialists, Plantation Politics will continue to thrive and reap huge benefits for those in charge — the Democrats/Socialists.


Democrats/Socialists are occupying the “Big House” these days.  It is they who are practicing modern day Plantation Politics.  But, then again, it has always been the Democrat’s plantation – now hasn’t it?


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Obama’s Speeches ChillingOmega
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet


J. D. Longstreet# 213The crowd was roaring.  The lone man, ramrod straight, in his impeccable brown uniform would step forward toward the lectern, then pause and let his eyes wander over the thousands of up turned faces — all staring at him, waiting for him to speak. And they waited — and they waited.

The man at the lectern made no effort to speak.  He just stood there, almost motionless, and didn’t say a word.

A wave of anxiety, nervousness, began to sweep through the crowd of expectant listeners. The noise level began to recede.  Soon the roar of the crowd was gone completely.  The crowd became quiet and motionless, a reflection of the man they had come expecting to hear speak.

A full sixty seconds would expire before that man would take the one remaining step to the lectern,  and begin speaking.

At first he spoke softly forcing his audience to strain to hear his words. Then little by little he would increase the volume of his voice until finally he was shouting and gesticulating in a near maniacal manner.  His audience was worked up to a fever pitch ready and willing to do his bidding, no matter the consequences.

Those of you reading this now, if you are near my age, know exactly of whom I speak — Adolf Hitler.   He was a master at oratory.  He was a master actor. He was a master at manipulating his fellowman.  He was a master at dealing death and destruction. He was a master at destroying nations and nearly destroyed the world.

Watching a film clip of one of his speeches today sends chills racing up and down my spine.  It is as though just the sound of his voice invokes evil.

He was, quite likely, the greatest orator of the 20th century.

Here in the 21st century, we have another great orator.  He, too has to power to move his listeners to act while disregarding consequences.  He, too, has worshipers — some who even refer to him as “Lord and Master.”
Hitler and Obama
His Name is Barack Hussein Obama.  And he is President of the United States of America.  And he scares the hell out of me! 

If you look at the faces in one of Hitler’s crowds and compare them to the faces in Obama’s crowds, you will see the same worship of their speaker.  But look closely.  Look at the eyes.  Do you see it?  Do you see the vacant, “the lights are on, but nobody’s home” look reflected in those eyes?  It’s the look that makes those tiny little hairs on the back of your neck tingle and stand up.  That’s primal fear, honed to perfection by our ancestors while they still lived in caves.

Trust it. It is telling you:  “Something is dreadfully wrong.”

If you could look BEHIND those blank stares, I feel certain to you would see something else, too. Raw fear.  It’s the sane part of the human mind fighting to regain control.  Worshipers always fear — and eventually begin to question.

Given a choice, I will not listen to an Obama speech.   I get the same feeling I would get if told the Battle of Armageddon had begun. Bells and whistles begin going off in the Amygdala of my brain, the part of the brain that controls one’s “flight or fight” reaction.  That’s our caveman ancestors banging on our door in the middle of the night yelling “FIRE!”

Be afraid.  Be very afraid.  No mere mortal should have that kind of power over his fellow human beings.  It is too easily misused.  It is raw power — and it is corruptible.

Obama’s speeches are chilling to me … almost malevolent.  It’s as though he is using his voice, his tsunami of words, to misdirect the gaze of his worshipers away from all that is not right with America toward a utopian facade of an America that, in reality, does not exist — and never will.

Encouraging worshipers is never a good idea for mere mortals.  As we said above worshipers will eventually begin to ask questions.  Sooner or later they will ask the right question and receive the true answer.  At which point the “worshipee” is in deep trouble.  That mindless crowd can turn on a dime and produce pitchforks and torches that light the night in hate and violence all directed at the one who deceived them. History is replete with records of just such behavior played out time and againThe fate of Benito Mussolini springs instantly to mind.

Often less is, indeed, more.  My father was a man of few words.  As a result, when he spoke, the family listened. We knew that even though he did not speak often, when he did — it was important — and usually well thought out.  When he had finished, he had finished.  No force on earth could change his mind.  I admired that, growing up as a lad, and I still do.
As I have grown older I have noticed that my world has been slowing down while the world around me has shifted into hyper drive.  The voices I hear from the hyper drive world now are loud, reverberating, penetrating, harsh, crude, insistent, and aggravating. And I am continuing to learn how to shut them out and listen for that “still, small, voice” of authority (1 Kings 19:11-13 — The Old Testament) asking:  “What are YOU doing here, J. D.?”

It would seem that we have not yet learned that the answer is not carried upon the waves of loud flowery oratory regaling us,  and misdirecting us, with all the right “answers” to all our problems.  Instead, it is within moments of quiet introspection when the still small voice is heard — just above a whisper — but with the gravitas of endless universes.

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The Making of a Paper TigerOmega
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet


J. D. Longstreet# 213Obama is about to “transform” America’s military — and by extension — America, herself, into a “paper tiger.”   The definition of a paper tiger is:  “The nature of a person or organization that appears powerful but is actually powerless and ineffectual.”  Remember that. You’re going to hear it often in the years ahead as our enemies refer to us in public.

Obama’s “sequestration” is going to leave America’s throat bare to her enemies.  He is cutting our last line of defense, our nuclear arsenal, by roughly one-third,  all to appease the Russians.  (Mr. Putin’s Cheshire Cat grin just got even wider!)

THIS is what happens when an amateur goes up against a pro.

Obama just had his lunch eaten by Putin.

Obama actually appears AFRAID of Putin!
I have noted many times in this column, how the relationship between America and the Russians swings hot and cold on a regular basis.  Ever since we invited them to leave the North American continent, especially the great northwest of what is now the lower forty-eight states of America, there have been periods when Russia appeared to “love” America and periods when Russia appeared to “hate” America. Like a pendulum, these contrived diplomatic seasons of love and hate could — and can — be counted upon to swing regularly.

Until Obama.

Obama is Russia’s dream for an American leader.  He stumbles all over himself to be first on his knees before whomever the Russian leader is at the time, offering concessions yet uncalled for by the Russians.  How could it get any better than this from the Russian perspective?

Sequestration, which WAS, indeed, Obama’s idea (or at least the idea of someone on his staff, which Obama adopted)  is going to absolutely GUT the US military.  Heck, we may find ourselves leasing another country’s military to defend America.  During the decline of Rome, even they had to fill their ranks with barbarian soldiers in an attempt to defend Rome.  As America is tracking Rome’s decline to a tee, I see no reason why we won’t find ourselves considering the same thing  — and soon.

OK.  So I’m reaching.  But NOT BY MUCH.

Look, when a single successful EMP missile shot  exploding high in the atmosphere over middle America can shut us down and send us — instantly — back into the pre-Civil War period, well, I’d say we are already a paper tiger just waiting for someone to rip our flimsy paper mask off.

Great nations don’t quaver when a threat to their security is made — by anyone.  If they do, believe me, they will not be a great nation for long.  Once that chink in a nation’s armor is made visible, it is the open door through which all that nation’s enemies will seek entry.

America’s current leadership is rightly seen by America’s enemies as a gift from whichever god they worship.

Here in America, our weak link, our chink in the national armor, is the political left.  Their quavering has caused more deaths of American civilians, and American servicemen, and servicewomen, than any other single cause.

Look. A country cannot hesitate when confronted with danger. It must reply to that threat immediately and with irresistible force. Half-hearted military forays into to the homelands of our enemies only leads to unnecessary American deaths.  The sooner America attacks, with overwhelming force, the sooner the battles, and the war, are over and battle deaths are minimized.

Forget “Nation Building!”  It only sucks our treasury dry, weakens our military by turning soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines into diplomats rather than killers.

Forget “winning the hearts and minds” of the enemy.  As President Richard Nixon is credited with having said:  “Forget winning their hearts and minds.  Get ’em by the testicles and you can take them anywhere you want.”  Crude — but true!

With America’s new Secretary of State, John Kerry, dispatched out into the world with what we are told is essentially a mission to “win hearts and minds” on the orders of his boss, Mr. Obama, we’re about to see just how childish a diplomatic plan THAT really is.

ENOUGH -- The Longstreet CommentariesThis a  particularly dangerous time for America as a result of the depthless naivete of our President.  Obama’s lack of sophistication and worldliness is readily apparent on the world stage. The first years of his presidency had much of the world “off kilter” when trying to negotiate with the Obama Administration.  Some of their less than sophisticated diplomats came to believe the Obama people were running a “con” on them. They simply could not grasp that an American leader could be that, well, dumb.  So, they concluded Obama’s  apparent lack of knowledge about how the REAL world works was all a ruse by the Obama Administration.  Now, however, they know better and they can — and will — use  their understanding of Obama’s naivete to their advantage and to the advantage of their governments and their militaries.

Only an extremely naive person — a person afflicted with limited understanding — would adopt a “Lead from Behind” policy for America.  It has been described as a limp-wristed form of isolationism.  Isolationism for America has been disproved at least since the so-called “Spanish-American War” in 1898.  No nation with a global footprint the size of America’s can effectively isolate itself from the myriad of nations sharing this same mud ball speeding around the sun.

The plain truth is that as long as America submits to paternalistic collectivism under a paternalistic ruling elite, our brave new masters will most assuredly continue to have America lurching from a catastrophe to a crisis to some other unstable situation of extreme danger for the country and its citizens.

This is not the America I knew, neither as a boy, nor as a young man.  The America I knew bowed to no one.  We were a great nation. We were a great people.  We feared no man.  We had confidence in ourselves that we could do anything, go anywhere, and be anything we wanted.  Then the cancer of leftist politics took hold. And like the cancer, that it is, it has eaten away America’s soul and her will to live.  It has robbed us of a future as a great, free, people.  With the heavy introduction of Socialism, Marxism, and Communism into out national legislature, the Congress, in the elections of 2006 and 2008, and the election of a socialist President in 2008, any chance of America’s survival as the world’s lone superpower vanished.  America will do well simply to survive as a free nation.

Under Obama’s leadership, we have changed America from a free democratic representative republic into some sort of American socialist monstrosity.  By gutting our military, we will have completed the creation of the paper tiger facade which will, in the end, hide nothing.
Obama’s endeavor to create some sort of Americanized version of European style socialism for America will, in the end, prove as deadly to us as it has to all others foolish enough to try it.   Socialism is no respecter of nations.  It will kill its host every time.

For a brief period we will be able to take some solace in the paper “cut-out” of a tiger employed as out national guardian. Until it is tested.  And it WILL be tested.

Then — what will we do?

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Witness to the DeclineOmega
By Alan Caruba
Alan Caruba Head ShotListening to Obama deliver his State of the Union speech was painful, considering that he promised that his agenda would “not add a dime to the deficit” while spelling out twenty-nine new programs involving the expansion of government to further extend its tentacles into everyone’s life. And, of course, the only way to pay for this is more taxes.
If one were to try to identify the decline of the American society and system of governance, it would be tempting to say it began with the election of Barack Hussein Obama, but it began much earlier. I am inclined to believe it began in the 1960s when the nation’s educational system was taken over by the teacher’s unions and when education—a word that does not appear in the Constitution—became a federal government department in 1979. The systematic dumbing down and indoctrination of several generations of Americans began in earnest.
One could go back further to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, elected four times (1933-1945). FDR vastly expanded the federal government, offering many of the same failed programs to “solve” the Great Depression that Obama put forth in his first term. FDR actually prolonged the Depression which ended with the advent of the nation’s entry into World War II. It mobilized America’s manufacturing sector and, after the war ended, was the basis for a booming economy in the 1950s.
Americans, from the days of the pilgrims onward, were always concerned with the moral fiber of their lives and the nation. Despite the nay-sayers, it was and is a Christian nation, though it also offered tolerance to other faiths, incorporating that into the Bill of Rights. The Founding Fathers were classic conservatives, expressing a firm belief in the essential role that religion plays in people’s lives and in society.
Morality was a concern during the “Roaring Twenties” in the decade that preceded the Great Depression and gave rise to the changing role of women in society. The “flappers”, young women, were a cause for concern for their parents as they took to smoking, drinking in speakeasies, and embracing their sexuality. In 1919 women gained the right to vote.
The decline of societal norms takes many forms, the latest of which is the approval for women to serve in combat zones alongside men when their traditional role has been to provide support in non-combat functions. The military has been used for societal experimentation and now embraces open service by homosexuals. The integration of both has opened a Pandora’s Box of problems as women service members are vulnerable to rape or become pregnant due to consensual sex.
Consensual sex is as old as mankind, but handing out condoms in the nation’s schools or permitting underage girls to secure an abortion, often without the knowledge or consent of their parents, only encourages it. The Centers for Disease Control recently reported that half of all new sexually transmitted diseases occur among young people despite years of “sex education” in the nation’s schools. What passes for entertainment, films and television, are rife with the message that there are no limits or consequences to sex outside of marriage.
Though a distinct minority, homosexuals, lesbians, and transsexuals have attacked the central issue of society by insisting on same-sex marriage, a practice that has never existed throughout Western society or any other. In a similar fashion, the Boy Scouts of America, arguably one of the finest organizations for instilling patriotism and many worthy skills, is under pressure to permit gay members and gay leaders. This, too, contributes to the decline of moral standards. A President who now openly advocates same-sex marriage and other measures affecting homosexuals are undermining a central pillar of society.
At one point, Americans in an effort to address widespread alcoholism among the working class accepted Prohibition, lasting from 1920 to 1933, only to discover that a nation cannot change behavior by proscribing it. The Amendment that created it was repealed, but not until it had generated a new class of criminals who understood that Americans would drink, would gamble, and would frequent houses of prostitution, services provided by the likes of Al Capone and his associates. These days the concern is for the widespread use of illegal drugs and in some states the use of marijuana has been decriminalized.
I am a hybrid between conservatism and libertarianism. It has not escaped my attention that the states happily rake in millions from casinos as well as the sale of booze. If we want people to accept responsibility for their choices then that should include their bad choices as well. A million laws and regulations cannot change human nature.
Even though the Second Amendment ensures that citizens can arm themselves for self-defense and to act as a brake against a tyrannical government efforts to restrict gun ownership and even the purchase of ammunition is yet further evidence of a decline in common sense and an understanding of history in which citizens are vulnerable to a well-armed government. Meanwhile, why the Department of Homeland Security is purchasing millions of rounds of ammunition is a genuine cause for growing concern.
Americans with any common sense know that no amount of law can deter the handful of mentally ill who commit murder. Outlawing gun ownership makes about as much sense as outlawing cars or anything else that causes death. It is also unconstitutional.
The interposition of government between citizens and their personal physicians and the provision of medical services represents the greatest threat to their lives and to the twenty percent of the economy which such services represent. How morally challenged is it for the government to deny medical care based on a patient’s age or condition? That’s what Obamacare will do despite claims to the contrary. How morally challenged is a government that seeks to require religious denominations to abandon their most closely held beliefs?
The failure to reform the “entitlement” programs of the 1930s ignores the changed demographics of a society in which Americans now have an average life expectancy of 78 and who live well beyond that these days. Forty percent of the government’s expenditures are dedicated to these programs before a single dollar is spent on any other domestic and defense programs. That is unsustainable without reforms to these programs.
Lastly, there is the absurd notion that humans have any control over the climate or contribute to natural events such as hurricanes, blizzards, forest fires, and droughts. The criminalization of emissions of carbon dioxide exists only to exert government control over the economy and our lives. It has no basis in science. It is a form of Green tyranny, not much different from Red tyranny.
Many, not all, Americans are experiencing a growing sense of the decline of our society. It is the decline of the nation’s moral standards. It includes the expansion of government in the name of “fairness.” Life is not fair. In the end, your life depends your decisions. The Constitution says you are free to engage in the pursuit of happiness. It does not guarantee happiness.
We are witnessing an expansion of ignorance and of apathy. Those who worry about such things have ample cause.

© Alan Caruba, 2013

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