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A New Political Party Aborning?
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

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I may be a bit premature with this, well, I don’t like calling it a prediction, because it isn’t.  So, let’s just refer to it as a, uh,  “future-probing observation.”  

 

So, here’s what I THINK I see as I probe the future:

 

First, though, we need to consider what is happening within the GOP as I write. 

 

There is an early stage revolution in full bloom amongst the leadership of the Republican Party.  The so-called “establishment” republicans are having their collective lunches eaten by the young lions from the conservative corner of the party. Not used to being challenged, the blue bloods and the country club republicans (sometimes referred to as the “establishment” republicans) are having a great deal of trouble holding their own.  In fact, they are losing ground as the passionate young conservatives, tired of the pats on the head, the condescension,  … all the treatment they have received as the red-headed step child of the GOP, are “kicking against the pricks” of the party with a vengeance.  

 

Currently, the GOP has no national leader, at all!  None!  But that may be changing.  In fact, I believe it is changing — and if early movement is any indicator, the new leader of the GOP will be younger and far more conservative than any before him.

 

There is obviously a transformation taking place within the roots of Republican Party out here in the heartland.  Young Americans are becoming more and more involved in politics and many are finding they are conservative.  Their energy, their vigor, their passion, their zeal has been frightening to the old gray beards of the party. 

 

These “young Turks” are not the least bit threatened by the gravitas, the weight, of the establishment republicans.  They simply don’t care.  Going along to get along is NOT AN OPTION for these youthful political gladiators.  They won’t “go along” with their own party — let alone the opposition.  

 

The infusion of young, HOT, blood into the GOP could not have come at a more auspicious time.  Without leadership, the party was/is adrift and has become something of an after thought in Washington. While controlling only one house of the Congress, the GOP has been relegated to fighting a holding action, in a defensive posture.

 

The young conservatives, however, aren’t interested in defending anything. They have scaled the walls of the trenches, gone over the top, and are taking the fight directly to the opposition in “no quarter” battle.

 

Consider this:  In 2010, the Kentucky and Utah elected two U.S. Senators that would one day become top GOP grassroot leaders. U.S. Senator Rand Paul (KY-R) and U.S. Senator Mike Lee (UH-R). In the House of Representatives, Justin Amash (MI-3) also won his Congressional race as a liberty candidate. This was a victory for all liberty activists all around the nation. With Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Justin Amash winning their Federal elections, it sent a clear message to the Republican Party. A message that rings loud today is the message that liberty is taking over the GOP.

 

    The liberty movement did not stop there, and after two years the message still held strong. In 2012, Texas held a tough primary election, but resulted in another win for the liberty movement. Now U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (TX-R), has been fighting to put liberty on the platform of the Republican Party.  With a string of election victories over the years, one can start to see the Republican Party take a turn in platform.”  SOURCE:  http://www.freedomworks.org/blog/danherrera1/the-republican-revolution-a-future-for-liberty-and

 

There can be no doubt that the Libertarian branch of the GOP has grown in influence and power in recent years within the national party and more so, it would seem, at the grass roots level.

 

There can also be no doubt that the Tea Party Movement has contributed greatly to the revolution within the republican party. 

 

Look.  Conservatives have begged and pleaded with  the GOP to take the fight to the democrats and the party has simply refused.  Interpreting the hunkered-down position as a position of submission, conservatives have decided that if they must go down they will go down swinging — in defiance of their own party, if necessary.  

 

Look for even more changes n the 2014 election.  More and more moderate and liberal republicans will be challenged in primaries by young conservatives across the country. 

 

While we may not be seeing the birth of a NEW political party we may be observing the death of an old party — and a rebirth of the SAME party under new management.

 

As I noted at the beginning of this piece, this is NOT a prediction.  I am only attempting to follow the line of natural progression into the future of the GOP, onlyas I see it

 

The pale curtain that drapes between the present and future prevents us from great accuracy in reading events, which have not yet happened.   But projecting end results of current struggles and events would surely lead a reasonable person to conclude that, once again, the Republican Party is about to undergo a tremendous change.  One might say it is going “the way of the Whigs.”

 

© J. D. Longstreet

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The Bastardization of America … J. D. Longstreet

 

(PUBLISHED ORIGINALLY IN FEBRUARY OF 2012 under the title: “A NATION of Bastards.”)
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The Bastardization of America
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

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The dictionary defines bastard as:
“bas·tard
/ˈbæstərd/ noun
1.
a person born of unmarried parents; an illegitimate child.   (SOURCE)

In America today “73 percent of black children are born outside marriage, compared with 53 percent of Latinos and 29 percent of whites.” SOURCE:  http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/feb/18/tp-most-births-among-those-under-30-are-to-unwed/all/?print


What ever happened to shame?  An even better question to ask, perhaps, is what has happened to self-respect?

Today in America  “…. More than half of births for women under 30 occur outside marriage.” SOURCE:  http://www.newser.com/story/139982/most-babies-to-young-moms-born-out-of-wedlock.html

It would appear, from the current figures, that our friends of the liberal and progressive persuasion have done a heck of a job in their efforts to destroy the American family.  It has worked beyond their wildest expectations.

In the not too distant past having the misfortune to be born a bastard marked you for life.  Your expectations were not good, to say the least.

  Mothers of bastard children were marked for life as well.  They were social outcasts.  The fathers were, well, just SOB’s lacking in self-control and having no respect for women, children, or the family.  He was not to be trusted, period.

America has truly become a “nation of bastards.”


You may ask why I am so concerned over this jaw-dropping illegitimacy rate.  The answer is simple.  People’s lives are being destroyed and the future of America is being destroyed right along with them.

THIS is what happens when the American family is destroyed.  Understand, two mommies, or two daddies — with children — is NOT a family.  A single parent with children is only half a family, at best. A family MUST be a father, mother, and the children.

Msgr. Charles Pope, of the Archdiocese of Washington, has said: “The breakdown of the traditional family is at the heart of what Daniel Patrick Moynihan once called a “tangle of pathologies.” The image I have often used is that the breakdown of the nuclear family is in fact a kind of nuclear fission. For the family (not the individual) is the basic unit of society. Splitting the family is like splitting the atom, it leads to a destructive chain reaction that, if not somehow controlled and contained, destroys just about everything in sight.

So many of our national ills are show(ing) a strong connection to the breakdown of the family: poverty (the highest correlation to poverty is single motherhood), juvenile crime, teenage suicide, promiscuity, teenage pregnancy, lower SAT and other academic scores, higher dropout rates, authority and trust issues, abortion (85% of abortions are performed on single women), a demonstrated lower capacity to make and keep commitments, delayed maturity, and a whole array of other things in a “tangle of pathologies.”

Clearly God, and nature provide that a child should have the influence of both a father and a mother, both a male and a female influence. It makes sense that proper human formation would require both male and female influence, which is both complimentary and diverse. There are important things that a child can learn from his father than he cannot learn from his mother and vice versa.” SOURCE :  http://catinfor.com/en/2012/02/22/out-of-wedlock-birth-rate-continues-to-soar-nothing-less-than-the-future-of-our-country-is-at-stake/

If you were taken aback when you read the title of this piece, then your shock is a clear indication of just how efficient the political correctness movement has been in America concerning issues such as illegitimacy.

Black American leaders have failed, in my opinion.  It seems to be evident they had rather rail against racism, slavery, and poverty than attack, head-on, the breath taking issue of black bastard childbirths.  Even, it would seem, when 73% of the children of America’s black community are born out of wedlock, it is still much easier to take the path of least resistance and preach “victimhood” to America’s black community than it is to preach “responsibility” for one’s self and one’s circumstances.

As MSGR. Charles Pope says:  “Hard though it is, accepting personal responsibility is essential to human dignity.” SOURCE:  http://blog.adw.org/2012/02/out-of-wedlock-birthrate-continues-to-soar-nothing-less-than-the-future-of-our-country-is-at-stake/

To learn why America is crumbling, it is necessary to inspect the foundation – the family.

When the foundation of any edifice begins to crumble it is only a matter of time before the entire structure collapses.

© J. D. Longstreet
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American Exceptionalism Diluted by Illegal Immigration
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

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Throughout history governments had lied to their constituents.  It is an indisputable fact of life. We Americans have been lied to, by our government, mercilessly, since our founding.  No matter where in the world you are reading this, rest assured your government has lied to you and may, even now, be lying to you… even as you peruse this article.

Today, in America, the Big Lie the government is peddling to Americans (I mean OTHER THAN OBAMACARE!) is two fold.  The first part of the lie is:  we can’t get rid of the 12 million, or so, illegal immigrants in this country.  The second part of the Big Lie is the current immigration reform bill proposed by the Congress is NOT an AMNESTY BILL.

I mean, come on folks, don’t tell me we can’t get rid of 12 million illegal aliens in this country!    Because we can!

Prosecute the employers who have them on their payrolls.  Put an employer in jail for hiring them!  I mean mandatory jail time, not just a fine or a slap on the wrist. 

Repeal the “Anchor Baby” law.  (Any baby born in the US is automatically an American Citizen.)  It’s being used as a loophole to bring the families of those babies across the border and onto all the welfare programs offered to American citizens.  It’s draining the American taxpayer. As a matter of fact, if there were absolutely NO government benefits for illegals in this country the flow of illegals north, across the US/Mexico border, would be cut, overnight, by at least 2/3rds!

Plus, stop sending them back to Mexico only to have them return at the earliest opportunity.  Put them in jail.  I mean, put them to work on the roads, as we do chain gangs in the Southern United States.  I don’t mean for a few months, I mean for a decade or more.

Put a bounty on all illegal immigrants within the borders of the US.  Allow private citizens to detain them and turn them in at police stations, anywhere, and collect the bounty on the spot.  Why, my own county would have the area football stadia filled by the end of the weekend!  I expect I could take a couple of dozen into custody within a mile, or two, of my own home!  Here in NC, Tar Heels would relish an opportunity to do something constructive for their state and their country… such as rounding up these criminals.  Already, some Tar Heel store owners are publicly wearing side arms to protect themselves and their businesses, as a result of high concentrations of Illegal aliens in their neighborhoods.

We have vast areas of uninhabited desert in the southwest of this country.  Why not locate “internment camps” in those deserts, away from civilization, and intern those breaking into our country… indefinitely!

But, you say, there are 12 MILLION of them!  Well, if that figure overwhelms you, consider that when the bill before Congress is signed into law, that 12 million will be able to bring over about 4 more, per head, and you are looking at a figure closer to 50 MILLION than 12 Million!  How does that grab you, huh?

Dear reader we are looking down the barrel of the largest transfer of wealth in the history of America!

… And build a damn WALL (not a flimsy fence) along the US/Mexico Border replete with machine gun emplacements, land mines, and electrified barbed wire, and anything else that will stop that illegal flow into our country!  I am way past tired of being preyed upon by our neighbors to the South!  If we can patrol the borders of Middle Eastern nations, then we can damn well patrol the borders of our own country!

While I am at it, I am sick and tired of being told by the liberals to be compassionate!  Look, I’m on compassion overload! It tends to anger me when I offer a helping hand to someone only to have him, or her, lift my wallet!  So, don’t try to put a guilt trip on me about being compassionate to my fellowman!  I’m way past that!

If you are as fed up with this Bovine Scatology the politicians in Washington are trying to sell us then let them know.  And keep telling them until they understand that if they pass this legislation they will be out of a job!

Look, we all know what is behind this.  The two major political parties in this country see amnesty for the 12 million illegals, and their relatives, as 50 million new voters for the Democrats and 50 million cheap labor hands for the GOP! It’s as simply as that!  Frankly, they’re not considering what is good, or bad, for the country… they are seeing the advantage for them, and their political party, and nothing more! 

Never in my lifetime have I seen a national legislature of the US as totally disconnected from the citizens of this country as the current crop in DC.  From the White House, to the Congress, to the Supreme Court, they have managed to isolate themselves into some sort of cocoon in which they insulate themselves from contact with the Great Unwashed… you and I!  What we have… is a government out of control!  And that is totally unacceptable in America.

The latest iteration of the “AMNESTY Bill” must be stopped!  Otherwise, America, as we know it and have known it, will be no more!  This is one invasion America cannot survive.

© J. D. Longstreet

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Senate MUST NOT Ratify UN Small Arms Treaty!
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

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We have warned our readers numerous times that the Obama Administration WILL make an effort, at some point in his term in office, to institute some form of gun control on Americans. He has made a number of attempts so far and he is not done yet — not by a long shot.

There can be no question the “Obamatons” have little regard for the US Constitution.  It is but a speed bump in their drive toward establishment of a Socialist/Marxist America.  And they will use whatever method or means necessary to accomplish their goal.

After their withering pressure on the Supreme Court produced a ruling in their favor on Obamacare they are convinced they now have the highest court in the land in their pocket and, therefore, only one thing stands in the way of their goal of that Socialist/Marxist America — millions of guns in the hands of some pretty PO’ed Americans!

But, WAIT,  as they say on the TV commercials.  Obama has help coming from, where else — the UN! 

Remember the UN Small Arms Treaty we have warned about for at least four years now?  Well, it’s here.  John Kerry, the current US Secretary of State, just signed the accursed thing.  

The Washington Times said:  “The language of the draft agreement is so expansive it wouldn’t take an Obama-appointed judge very long to extend the treaty to cover the domestic firearms market as well. If American jurists continue to be enamored by the popular trend to consider international precedence when making U.S. rulings, you can kiss the Second Amendment goodbye.”  SOURCE: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jul/5/the-un-is-coming-for-your-guns/

Back in October of 2009, the then US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, publicly announced that the US WOULD support UN negotiations of an Arms Trade Treaty to regulate international gun trafficking.  The Bush administration, you may remember, and, notably, former Permanent U.S. Representative to the United Nations, John Bolton, OPPOSED negotiations of this treaty for years.

Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has said: “Conventional arms transfers are a crucial national security concern for the United States, and we have always supported effective action to control the international transfer of arms. The United States is prepared to work hard for a strong international standard in this area.”

The US then joined a vote, which was almost unanimous; to adopt a resolution, which would set a schedule, a timetable, on the proposed Arms Trade Treaty.  Within that resolution was a proposal to finalize the accord in the year 2012.

It is now 2013 and the process has officially begun — and our President supports it.

Do you begin to understand, just a bit maybe, why those little militia units continue to pop up in the woods across America?  Still think they are ALL completely crazy, huh?  Look.  There are times when paranoia can be your friend — especially when someone is out to get you! 

It would be a mistake to think we have a “delusional” Commander-in-Chief.    You may think he SEEMS to believe he has dictatorial powers already.

Take a deep breath.  You might want to sit down for this …

The plain truth is — HE DOES HAVE SUCH POWER — and he is giving himself even more by issuing executive orders the American public knows nothing about — but — when enacted will have the force of LAW and will place every single American under the direct command of the President of the United States. 

Congress? Forget Congress. They will have zero power.  The ONLY person with power will be the President and he will be, IN FACT, the Dictator of America.

I’ve been taken to task a few times for my defense of “honor.”  Maybe some of my critics will begin to see why I feel honor is so extremely important in our national leaders. 

I believe the Founders of this country, when they wrote the founding documents, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution,  just ASSUMED that the generations of Americans to come would instinctively elect “men of honor” to fill the important post of President.  As we now know — they were mistaken.  

Of course, I have no way of knowing, for certain, what is in the minds of the people who would take America’s freedom and make Americans slaves. but I must tell you, I took an oath, way back in the 1950’s, as a soldier, and again in the 1960’s as a law enforcement officer,  and for the life of me, I do not recall an expiration date on that oath.  All of us who raised our hands swore to uphold the constitution and to protect it. We swore to protect this country from all enemies foreign and domestic.

I am not unique.  Millions of Americans have taken the same oath.  It seems to me that I am bound by that oath to alert my fellow Americans to a threat I perceive aimed at this country and its citizens. 

America has reached a tipping point.  Events over the next few weeks and months will determine if America holds on to her remaining freedom and liberty or slides into the septic tank of socialism and enslavement to the state.  We are already a far distance down that slippery slope.

I suggest that we all contact our Senators (while we still have that freedom) and insist that they resist ratification of the UN Small Arms Treaty when it comes before them.

And finally, the powers of the President, I mentioned above, can only be brought under control by amending the constitution.  Since “honor” can no longer be assumed in our Presidents, or our presidential candidates, then I suggest we need to amend the constitution in order to protect the constitution, itself, and the freedom of the American people from a “rogue” President.

Yes.  Sadly, we HAVE come to this.

© J. D. Longstreet

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Where’s Ivan?
“Is This America?”
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

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I watched with anger and dismay as the parent tried his best to put a question to a school board of some kind in a public meeting.  He vehemently protested to the other parents in the room — “You are sitting here like cattle.”  Then he said, “Is this America?” as he was roughly escorted from the room.

Read more on this story at:  http://michellemalkin.com/2013/09/20/parents-you-need-to-question-these-people-shock-video-of-dad-arrested-at-school-meeting-after-challenging-common-core/

Many decades ago there was a joke circulated the world over that, I think, shows this incident in the light it deserves.  I will relate that story as best I remember it for you now:

There was a gathering in Red Square in Moscow.  Nikita Khrushchev, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, was addressing the gathered crowd.  He was regaling them in glowing terms about the success of socialism/communism in the USSR when he decided to emphasize the current prosperity of the soviet people.  He shouted proudly: “Everyone in Russia has washing machine!  If you don’t have washing machine … raise your hand.” 

Way back in the crowd a hand shot up.  Khrushchev saw it and asked:  “What’s your name?”  “Ivan,” the man answered.  Khrushchev asked:  “What’s your problem?”  Ivan answered, “I don’t have a washing machine.”  Khrushchev replied with “… not to worry, problem WILL be fixed.”

The very next week another gathering of the faithful was held in Red Square and Khrushchev was again singing the praises of socialism/communism.  Again, he noted proudly how everyone in Russia had a washing machine.  A hand shot up way back in the crowd.  Khrushchev, somewhat irritated, asked what was his question, whereupon the man asked:  “Where’s Ivan?”

That story popped into my mind as I watched the Maryland parent being denied his constitutional rights — right there in public for everyone to see and hear.

THAT, gentle reader, is the “New Normal” in America.   The abused citizen’s question haunted me all night that evening and still stalks my every waking moment.  “Is this America?”  he asked in desperate frustration as he was involuntarily “escorted” toward the door of the meeting room.

I submit to you that those words should be the battle cry of the new freedom movement in America.  “Is THIS America?”  Most assuredly it is NOT America.  I don’t know what our beloved country has become, but it is not the America our Founders and fore bearers handed off to us.  

That father, concerned for his child’s education, issued the admonition “You’re sitting here like cattle”  to the other parents sitting quietly allowing the violation of his, heck — THEIR, constitutional rights to go unchallenged — right in front of them.

It hasn’t been that long ago in America when a brawl would have ensured.  Red-blooded Americans would not have allowed that man to be treated as if he were a citizen in a communist totalitarian country, a banana republic, or some third world socialist dung heap ruled over by a narcissistic tin pot dictator.

But that was THEN — you know, back when America truly WAS the land of the free and the home of the brave.  Today America is neither.

The fearless American government is assaulting America’s freedom and liberty in ways that the old leaders of the USSR, of Communist China, and, yes, even the old Third Reich of Adolf Hitler did not have the temerity to try on their own citizens and slaves.

Uncle Sam has gone from “uncle” to “big brother.”  America is now a “police state.”  No.  We are not BECOMING a police state.  We ARE a police state.

The US Constitution is nothing more than a ceremonial artifact locked away in a display case.  It is ignored.  The Bill of Rights has been so eroded that many of them no longer have any power, at all! 

The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave … don’t make me laugh! (or cry, actually.)

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force.  Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.  Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.”  George Washington, the very first President of the United States (under the constitution) said that, and that was at the very beginning of our existence as a country. But like so much else about the “whys” and “wherefores” of the founding of this nation, it, too, has been either forgotten or — even worse — forsaken.

As of the day of this writing over 2/3rds of the country believes the US is on the wrong course.  A Bloomberg National Poll reports that “Americans also are pessimistic about the course of the country, with 68 percent saying it’s headed in the wrong direction, the most in two years, according to the poll of 1,000 adults conducted Sept. 20-23.”  SOURCE:  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-25/americans-turn-on-washington-68-say-wrong-track-in-poll.html

So.  What are we going to do about it? 

Unfortunately, I can’t say that we are going to gather ourselves, clean the house in Washington, and set this country back on course.  Because, you see, I am convinced we are too deeply divided now to ever be whole again.

Maybe it is time to consider this:  When something is so broken it cannot be repaired, often one is compelled to discard it and replace it with a new one.  If America has not yet reached that point, then she is certainly approaching it at a furious pace.

Where is Ivan, indeed?  When one reflects that Ivan can disappear in America these days, just as he could in the old USSR, the story becomes far less funnier.

Many decades ago Elmer Davis, former CBS journalist, reminded us:  “This will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”

The fact that America is no longer free indicates our parallel lack of bravery, as well.

© J. D. Longstreet

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A Useless Obama Addresses the Useless United Nations

 

By Alan Caruba

I don’t know who looked more pathetic when President Obama addressed the United Nations Assembly on Tuesday; him or the assembled ambassadors, many from nations where human rights, justice, and liberty don’t exist. Like the League of Nations before it, the United Nations has long since demonstrated how useless it is.
Founded in 1945, by 2003 just before the U.S. received the UN blessing to invade Iraq there had been 291 wars resulting in 22 million deaths at that point. We would stay in Iraq until 2011.
Since 2003, there have been conflicts in the Central African Republic, Yemen, an insurgency in South Thailand, a civil war in Chad from 2005 to 2010, a conflict between the Palestinian factions of Fatah and Hamas, a war in Somalia from 2006-2009, and in 2008 Russia invaded Georgia, seizing part of its territory. In 2010-11 there was an Ivorian civil war. Et cetera!
In the years since 2003, the largest war of all has been the effort to eradicate the global Islamic jihad.
The U.S., while not engaged militarily, has been in a technical state of war with Iran since our diplomats were seized in 1979 and there has been no formal resolution to the war between North and South Korea, only a ceasefire. The Israelis have fought several wars since its founding in 1948 and remains in a state of war with Gaza; territory it ceded to the Palestinians in a fruitless quest called “land for peace.”
Listening to the President request that the UN Security Council pass a resolution threatening “consequences” against the Syrian regime if it does not give up its chemical weapons, I was struck by how weak the once greatest superpower, America, has become. To his credit, Obama said, “If we cannot agree even on this, then it will show that the United Nations is incapable of enforcing the most basic international laws.”
True. But the UN has a long history of not enforcing its own Charter or its Declaration of Human Rights.
As 2013 began, fifty UN member states had yet to have paid their dues for its 2012 budget. The United States, the largest contributor, had been assessed $568 million. Nine nations contribute about 70% of the budget. They include Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Canada, Spain, and China.
There is nothing the UN does that cannot be done by individual and independent international organizations. In so many ways, the UN either does not solve problems or is an integral part of them. For example the UN has maintained the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), created in 1949 exclusively for Palestinian refugees. Several generations later, the support it provides does not take into account the refusal of the Palestinians to cease from demanding the destruction of the Israeli state.
When not ignoring various conflicts, the UN keeps busy creating various treaties whose purpose is to centralize power in the UN. It is hard to say which one is the worst, but the Convention of the Seas deserves to be high on the list as an attack on national sovereignty. There’s a treaty that would take away everyone’s guns—like that’s going to happen—and one intended to get people to stop smoking.
The UN has been a congenial gathering place for many of the world’s dictators and some of their nations have served on its Human Rights Council, turning it into a complete mockery of human rights. Its Middle East clique of nations wants to make it an international crime to say anything critical about Islam.
I would be remiss if I did not mention that the greatest hoax of the modern era, global warming, was directed from the UN via its Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. One cannot even begin to calculate the billions wasted since the 1980s, nor the man-hours of serious scientific research that was diverted to it since then.
In addition to the President’s devotion to the lies about “climate change”, Obama’s address to the General Assembly only demonstrated how delusional about international affairs he has been before and since assuming office in 2009.
“Together we’ve also worked to end a decade of war. Five years ago nearly 180,000 Americans were serving in harm’s way, and the war in Iraq was the dominant issue in our relationship with the rest of the world,” Obama said. “Today, all of our troops have left Iraq. Next year, an international coalition will end its war in Afghanistan, having achieved its mission of dismantling the core of Al Qaida that attacked us on 9/11.” Both nations are in the process of imploding.
Given the past week’s events in Nairobi, Kenya, the church bombing in Pakistan, and the continuing attacks on U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan, does anyone believe that the mission of dismantling the core of al Qaeda has been achieved?
This is, after all, a President who could only manage to get France to support his original intention to bomb Syria by way of achieving regime change. None of our traditional allies expressed any support and the UN remains stranded on the sidelines.
No one wants to follow the Commander-in-Chief into battle and with good reason. He has a record of retreating from combat. He still wants to close Guantanamo.
“We’re no longer in a Cold War”, he told the delegates, but what we have learned over the past five years is that, just because he believes his own delusions, that doesn’t mean they’re reflect reality. We are in Cold War 2.0 with Russia even if he doesn’t think so. Putin went out of his way to mock him. Prospects for any successful negotiations with Iran don’t exist, but don’t tell Obama that.
Thanks to his speech writers, Obama always manages to say the “right things.” What we know, however, is that while he can talk-the-talk, he cannot walk-the-walk.
What we know about the United Nations is that it should be told to leave the U.S. and its headquarters turned into condominiums. We are surely not getting any value for the money we have pumped into the UN.
© Alan Caruba, 2013
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Iran Setting Obama Up To Be Rolled AGAIN
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

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It is not only embarrassing, it has now become tiresome as well.  I mean, of course, the bullies of the world taking advantage of our poor little weak, boy/man President.

Shame on Putin!  Shame on Assad!  Shame on Rouhani! (And double-dog shame on those mean ole rascally republicans!)

We are about to see the results of negotiating from weakness as Obama did with Russia and Syria.

Look.  In the real world, of REAL global politics, when you are down — nobody extends a helping hand.  Instead, they slit your throat and leave you to bleed out.

When America is down, the global wolves gather as they would around a lost lamb.  That has now begun.

Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani, is putting on a show for the world to observe.   After seeing how easily Mr. Obama can be rolled, he has been emboldened and is seeking Iran’s turn at the “pinata” called America.

Iran has no intention of giving up their endeavor to acquire a nuclear bomb.  If you believe they are, you should disabuse yourself of such lunacy.  But — they are not about to pass up a chance to make Obama and America look the fool in the eyes of the remainder of the world.

The talks with Obama, Rouhani is proposing. is only a “jawing” session.  It is all a show, Kabuki theater, nothing more.  If Obama agrees to meet, face to face, with Rouhani, the only winner is Rouhani.  Suddenly, Rouhani is elevated to the same statue as a President of the United States, at least in the eyes of his people. ROUHANI will have conceded nothing, and won stature.

Great Britain had its Neville Chamberlain, and “peace in our time” which led, almost immediately, to World War Two.  Until now the US had avoided making such a diplomatic blunder.  With the Syrian debacle that has now been corrected and history will record that it will turn out to be one of the most costly diplomatic mistakes the US has ever made.

This is a part of the price a nation pays for a weak leader, a weak President. 

Not so long ago, the American president was regarded as the leader of the free world.  Thanks to Obama, that is no longer true.  In fact, there is NO LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD at the moment and, as a result, every little tin pot dictator and terrorist, the world over, feels free to exercise his own brand of mischief.

Look.  I am by nature an isolationist.  If I had my way America would pull back her military to her shores only, and wall ourselves off from the remainder of the world and allow it to go to hell in a hand basket.

Of course, that is not realistic.  There is an interconnectedness that ties all mankind on this planet to each other — whether we like it or not.  Just as the US became policeman of the world by default, we also became leader of the free world by default.

Until Obama, America’s presidents made rather decent world leaders, even the ones with whom I disagreed.  (With the possible exception of President Jimmy Carter)

The moment Obama walked into the Oval Office the Office of President of the United States was diminished.  In weeks, the respect for the office had, too, diminished around the globe. 

The damage done America and the office of its President by Mr. Obama’s “Apology Tour,” soon after his 2008 victory, was, and remains, immeasurable.  Bowing to foreign kings and potentates may SEEM such a little thing, but it isn’t.  American Presidents should never, under any circumstances, bow to any power other than God. That was a given — until Obama.  It is that sort of naivete that helped paint Mr. Obama into a corner in his dealing with Russia’s Putin and Syria’s Assad — and will, almost assuredly, hand us the dirty end of the stick in any talks with Iran.

The world wants its leader back.  Unfortunately, he is on the back nine somewhere and can’t be bothered.

“No Drama Obama,” is laid back, just going with the flow, as some have said, while chaos ignites a world on the brink of a global conflagration. 

If Obama is the standard by which “American Exceptionalism” is measured then there is no wonder that Russia’s Putin found amusement in the term.

There is definitely a smell of blood in the water and the global sharks are gathering.

Iran’s Rouhani, first out of the chute, has the opportunity to make America look even weaker as he leads Obama around by the nose for the next few months — and possibly even years — while behind the scenes Iran’s nuclear bomb making continues apace.

Obama’s lack of decisiveness, his pronounced dread of any risk at all,  is pathological.  Our military is floundering because we have a Commander- in- Chief who can’t make up his mind, plus he has zero knowledge of military power and how to apply it.

Obama is surrounded by sycophants who insist he is the smartest man in the world.  If so, then he has, apparently, out-smarted himself.

The historical revisionist of the left will have their hands full re-writing the history of the Obama years.  It would seem they are attempting to get out ahead of it by re-writing Obama’s “rolling” by Russia’s Putin by making history reflect that Putin’s suggestion was, in fact, Obama’s plan all along.  Of course, it was not.  The truth is that Obama was blind-sided by Putin’s proposal and, in his desperation for a way to save face, latched onto it with a death grip irregardless of the problems it would create in future negotiating attempts with other rogue regimes around the globe.

Now there is Iran.

Those “chickens coming home to roost,” Obama’s former pastor spoke of so passionately, are, indeed, heading for the coop.   With so much egg on his face, the LAST thing Obama needs is more eggs!

© J. D. Longstreet

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Circling the Wagons

A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
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I find it totally impossible to feel empathy or sympathy for the democrats who have assisted Obama since the idea of America’s first black President fueled their passion back in 2006 and 2007 and buoyed them through the Presidential Campaign to victory in 2008 and again in 2012.

The democrats richly deserve what they are about to get.

There’s going to be a tremendous backlash in America over Obamacare. As the 2014 elections approach, dems are becoming evermore concerned over their chances in those mid-term polls.

Look.  Americans are PO’ed.  In a big way. too.  Plus, these are the Americans who actually vote, not the those who raced out to vote, many for the first time in their lives, (and likely the last) to elect America’s first black President.  Been there, done that.  It’s in the past.  This is a new day. Anything could happen.  And that scares the dickens out of the Democratic Party.

The dems circled the wagons early on to protect their President.  But they forgot a very important aspect of wagon circling.  Anything that happens inside that wagon circle is THEIR problem.  THEY OWN IT!  They OWN Obama.  They OWN Obamacare.

The dems also own, the Benghazi affair, the IRS Scandal, the NSA scandal, the fiascoes in Syria, in Egypt, in Libya and wherever the next one pops up. And yes, there will be a next one — count on it!

Americans who vote in the mid-term elections are, as we said, people who pay attention.  And people who have paid attention for the past five years are angry.  

There has been a great deal of activity within that circle of wagons these past five years — all of in encompassed by democrats.  The democrats and the Mainstream Media (but I repeat myself!) have spent a vast proportion of their time, treasury, and talent  covering for our first black President.  See, he insists on being a Marxist.  While the democratic Party and the Mainstream Media (again — I repeat myself!) are not at odds with Mr. Obama’s Marxism, they’d just as soon he didn’t wear his Marxist colours openly. But, try as he might, Obama’s true passion has won out and now the entire country knows Mr. Obama is a Marxist.  Heck, the WHOLE WORLD knows it.

I mentioned that Americans are angry.  I must admit, that is an understatement.  There is an undercurrent of anger/rage across the American topography today that is approximate to that, which rocked these shores in the mid 1800’s.

Our government is tied into knots.  I would argue it is a single Gordian Knot which may have to be defeated in the same manner the original Gordian Knot was defeated.  As I write these few words Congress will be arguing whether to defund the abomination called Obamacare or shut the entire US government down.

Look.  It’s ALL B.S.!  They ARE NOT GOING TO SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DOWN! At the very worse, some PARTS of the government may be closed for a while. But do not think for one minute the federal government will stop functioning.  Altho, I must tell you, one of the few times I really feel safe these days is when the Congress is in recess, or the President is out of the country (or both!).  So —  maybe a government shutdown wouldn’t be so bad after all, huh?

Here’s the unpleasant bottom line on getting rid of Obamacare.  It cannot happen until we get a republican controlled government — both houses of Congress and the Oval Office must be firmly in GOP hands before any realistic attempt at repealing Obamacare can even be considered. 

Defunding is only a stop-gap measure — and — even it it were to pass, somehow, there are enough dedicated funds in the treasury, funds already set aside to operate Obamacare, that the “Program from Hell” would start up, October first, as planned, and, to the chagrin of many millions, as if nothing untoward had happened. That’s one of the OTHER dirty little secrets nobody in DC wants you to know.

For several years preceding Obamacare passing Congress into law, many conservative commentators, including yours truly, made every attempt possible to wake up the American electorate to the danger(s) of socialized medicine. All to no avail. We told you clearly and concisely what to expect, when to  expect it, and from whence to expect it.

I’d be lying of I said there wasn’t a near overwhelming urge to proclaim:  “We TOLD YOU SO!”

Speaking of lying:  The never ending tsunami of lies emanating from the Obama Administration has reached a near tipping point with the electorate.  The lies told by the President himself (just about Obamacare) have now become legend and one would not be surprised if Obama went down in American history as the lying-est president ever — at least through 2016.

It’s as though there is a fountain head of deceit located in the White House and from it enormous torrents of lies cascade twenty-four hours a day, every day.

The more discerning Americans choose to question everything and believe no one.

Then there is Mr. Obama’s weakness as a leader.  He really is not suited for a leadership role of any kind, let alone President of the US.  We have just seen that amply displayed –for the world to see — in his mishandling of the Syria debacle. The folks on the left will tell us we are mistaking his deliberation for dithering.  No.  We are not.  He finds it darn near impossible to make a decision. Plus, he is risk averse. 

But he is so SMART, they insist!  REALLY?

Look.   If members of the American Political Left share anything in common, it is their belief that they are intellectually superior to everybody else.  I have known many American leftists in my lifetime, some as friends, and every one of them shared this trait.  Why, they will even tell you of their intellectual superiority and boast about it.  They are, at all times, the smartest people in the room.

Well, I am just a dumb ole country boy from the foothills of the Carolinas… but… as dumb as I am, I know a fool when I see one.

The beginning of foolishness is the belief that you are the superior of all people in wisdom.  It assures that you will fail, and fail “hard”, at some point in your “stellar” life. Mr. Obama comes across as one of those intellectual leftists who have been “educated beyond their abilities.”

The brilliance of the left is counter-loaded with naiveté. 
It is that naiveté that nullifies their self-proclaimed brilliance and leads them — and the nation — into so much trouble when the left is in power in the US government.

Saint Paul wrote to the Christians at the newly formed church at Ephesus, which would be located in modern day Turkey, the following: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”  Ephesians 6:12

Nothing has changed.  The battle still rages.  The problem is, as I see it, we have lost sight of who is, exactly, the enemy. 

See,  there is Good and there is Evil in this world. Evil doesn’t give a darn how smart you are.  In fact Evil will use your “smartness” against you.  A truly smart man/woman knows better that to ever attempt to negotiate with Evil. Evil doesn’t negotiate. Evil does what it pleases until Good smacks it down… hard.  Even then Good must be ready to smack Evil down again and again and again ad infinitum. 

Our friends on the political left have become blind to evil as a result of their adoption of “moral relativity,” or as we call it today, “political correctness.”  They can no longer clearly discern, nor define, who and what the enemy is. THAT leaves America truly leaderless in an increasingly evil world.

Combined — all of this has placed America in dire peril.  The US is in more peril today, this hour, this minute, than she has ever been — and we have no leader to speak of.

ALL of this is clearly seen surrounded by that circle of wagons the democrats formed some five years ago. The content of that circle has grown exponentially over those years and is now clearly seen by the majority of the electorate.  And this is worrisome to the democrats.

But they continue to win, because they have figured out that a UNITED minority can win against a DIVIDED majority.   Not to mention that the Republican Party is totally  leaderless and in danger of self-immolation.

The next three years in our nation’s capitol will be akin to a blood feud.  Frankly, I can accept that because we will be fighting for the survival of freedom and liberty, for the survival of the US, period! It’s going to get down, dirty, and ugly.  And, if we are lucky, the fight will remain rhetorical and lack the introduction of weapons of combat into the fray.

If we are not lucky, well, an uncontrolled downward spiral will ensue and the USA will be no more.

The democrats have chosen.  They have circled their wagons and formed a “static” position.  Static positions are most easily defeated by simply by-passing them and pressing on toward final victory.  Those circled wagons can be mopped-up once the larger struggle has been won.

That circle, however encapsulates all the vulnerabilities of the democrats.  They are clearly visible.

There will be no excuse for allowing “those people” to remain in power after November of 2014.

© J. D. Longstreet

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Whither Goeth America?

A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

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In my youth there was a popular song entitled: “Save Your Confederate Money, Boys… the South Is Gonna Rise Again!”

 

I began thinking about it as I watched a group of talking heads discussing the future of America, as a single entity comprised of 50 states.  The consensus was — America will not survive as a 50-state nation.  It is a conclusion, which I, unhappily, arrived at years ago.

 

I am convinced we Americans are being lied to by our government. I am also convinced our economy is on the verge of collapse.  Maybe it is just my natural paranoia, but I simply don’t see the “silver lining” inside the dark clouds hanging low over Wall Street and other financial centers in America. I think we are in for a total collapse of our economic system.

 

What then?

 

Well, we start over. I mean, literally, we START OVER.

 

Stand back, mentally, and take an objective look at the country we call the UNITED

 

States of America. Can we really say we are UNITED?  I mean, REALLY?  If we are truthful we have to admit the union has been strained since its inception.  Sure, we were united against the British during the Revolution… and several times since. But that lasted only until around 1840.  Things went downhill rapidly in the 1840’s and 1850’s.  By the spring of 1861 we are at war, internally, with each other. It was the most vicious war Americans have ever fought.  United peoples don’t fight each other; certainly not the way Americans did in the War Between the States.

After four years of the bloodiest war this continent has ever seen, my southern ancestors were forced back into “The UNION” at the point of a bayonet – a bayonet, which was wielded by Federal Government very unlike the federal government the colonies/states created to act as their agent. At that moment — power slipped from the hands of the people into the hands of the government and Americans have never been able to reacquire it, or rescue it, from the grasping fist of that government – a government many now say has gone rogue.

 

There is an old expression I have heard all my life.  It says:  “When one door closes, another door opens.”  If that is the case, then we Americans may have a chance, and fairly soon, to set aright much that has been wrong with our country since the middle of the 19th century.

 

The State Sovereignty Movement has been underway for many months now and the last report I saw had the figure at close to two-dozen states already involved, to one degree or another.  That is close to HALF the states!  For more on the State Sovereignty Movement go HERE.

 

No, I don’t think there will be another civil war in America.  I think we learned our lesson from the last one.  I have come to believe that, when the time comes, we will simply agree to separate.  I’m not sure, geographically, how that will play out.  But, it will not, necessarily, be a north/south split.  Some think the northeastern states will most likely join with Canada.  Frankly, I am not so sure.  I see the northeastern states becoming the country of “New England.” a socialist nation.

To say that the Old Confederacy will re-emerge, is a bit of a stretch.  Although, there is at least one group, I am aware of, that would certainly like to see that.  But we are a different people than our confederate ancestors.  Having said that, I DO believe, however, that many of the contiguous southern states will make an attempt at forming a country of their own.

 

Texas will, most likely, revert back to a republic. I’d have to guess that the mid-western states, where the labor unions have such a death grip, would form some sort of union as a socialist confederation of some sort. The plains states and the mountain states, well, I have no idea what they will do, but I do see them forming a country of their own – a republic of some sort.

 

The states of the west coast will, no doubt, become a socialist/Marxist nation more closely allied with Red China than with it’s former sister states.

 

Taking a closer look at the southern tier of states I can see them adopting the original US Constitution and making an effort to revive the original country, with the original government, as the founders of the US had intended (as they made clear so many times in the Federalist Papers).

 

So, there is the possibility what we now refer to, as the USA will become 4 or even 5 different countries. Which of the new nations will blossom and thrive?  My money will be on the southern states… if they heed the mistakes of their forbearers and make every effort not to make those mistakes again.

 

The important thing is to be able to live peaceably with each other on this continent.  That will be no mean task, for when the socialist states begin to fail; there will be a huge migration of their citizens to the southern states.  That will create immense friction between the states.

 

This is not an easy thing to contemplate. It is, most assuredly, unpleasant to talk about.  But each of us needs to evaluate our principles and determine our own paths into the future.

Obama told us plainly, during his campaign for President, that he intended to “fundamentally” change America.  If he has not accomplished anything else, he has certainly accomplished that.

 

© J. D. Longstreet

 

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Another Massacre in Another Gun-Free Zone

By JB Williams

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Who ever thought that our military bases would be vulnerable to the sort of mass assault that took place at the Naval Shipyard in D.C. or at Ft. Hood in November of 2009? Who thought that our military installations would be gun-free zones, allowing a lone gunman like Nidal Malik Hasan or Aaron Alexis to murder a dozen innocent people before being taken down by local law enforcement?

Has anyone noticed the steady rise in these types of events just since Barack Obama took office?

·         April 3, 2009 – 13 killed, 4 injured: Binghamton, N.Y.

·         Nov. 5, 2009 – 13 killed, 32 injured: Ft. Hood, Texas

·         Aug. 3, 2010 – 8 killed, 2 injured: Manchester, Conn.

·         Jan. 8, 2011 – 6 killed, 11 injured: Tucson, Ariz.

·         Oct. 12, 2011 – 8 killed, 1 injured: Seal Beach, Calif.

·         April 2, 2012 – 7 killed, 3 injured: Oakland

·         July 20, 2012 – 12 killed, 58 injured: Aurora, Colo.

·         Aug. 5, 2012 – 6 killed, 3 injured: Oak Creek, Wis.

·         Sept. 28, 2012 – 6 killed, 2 injured: Minneapolis, Minn.

·         Oct. 21, 2012 – 3 dead, 4 injured: Brookfield, Wis.

·         Dec. 14, 2012 – 27 killed, one injured: Newtown, Conn.

·         June 7, 2013 – 5 killed: Santa Monica

·         Sept. 16, 2013 – 13 killed, 3 injured: Washington, D.C.

 

In addition to five successful terror strikes on U.S. soil on Obama’s watch, an unprecedented thirteen separate cases of mass murder have taken place on U.S. soil since Barack Obama was sworn into office on January 20, 2009. 127 killed and 124 injured, all of them innocent Americans randomly targeted for death and all of them targeted in “gun-free” zones.

Three occurred on “gun-free” school campuses. Four occurred on public grounds in largely “gun-free” zones, in states or cities with our nation’s strictest gun laws. Three occurred in the work place, also “gun-free” zones, and two occurred in “gun-free” zones on Military bases. One occurred at a “gun-free” place of worship.

None of the shooters were “right-wing extremists” or Tea Party types. One has been labeled a White Supremacist. Three had military experience. Three were left-wing latchkey kids. Two were disgruntled ex-employees. Three were immigrants and one is being labeled a black Buddhist.

Most of these shooters had previous run-ins with the law. Several were being medicated for types of depression. All of them had signals in their past that had been ignored by those around them.

According to early reports, the Naval Shipyard shooter Aaron Alexis had been arrested twice before on gun related charges – was released from military service due to numerous acts of insubordination – and had been diagnosed and treated for PTSD related to 9.11.01

According to his friends, Alexis was “unhappy with America…” specifically, the federal government and Veteran Affairs, whom he believed had mistreated him for years. Still, he had Secret Security clearance and authorized access to the D.C. Naval Shipyard where he allegedly gunned down twelve co-workers.

There seems to be a clear pattern here…

1.      Events are on the rise under Obama

2.      They are all angry with government for one reason or another

3.      Mass murder gunmen come in different shapes, sizes, colors and nationalities

4.      They are misfits and malcontents of one sort or another

5.      Most played violent video games before acting out

6.      They target random people in their rage

7.      They ALWAYS target defenseless people in “gun-free zones”

 

Natural assumptions on the basis of this pattern…

 

1.      Obama is not good for America

2.      Government should stop angering citizens

3.      No standard MO for gunmen

4.      Entitled people are always discontent

5.      Violent video games are a bad idea

6.      Anyone can be a target

7.      THERE SHOULD BE NO “GUN-FREE ZONES”

 

The moral to this story should be quite clear… Don’t be caught dead in a “gun-free-zone” where only the criminals are armed.

Why is this happening with increasing regularity?

Because the only private sector Obama has stimulated is gun and ammo sales. Because Obama has the worst economic, foreign policy, race relations, national security and public unity record in American history and other than guns sales and great frustration, Obama has stimulated nothing but widespread anger, here and abroad.

Social media allows news to travel a light speed. Be the news good or bad, it travels fast these days and it is available to everyone, be their intentions good or evil. I’m not suggesting that every person should be armed, but rather that decent honest and responsible citizens should never be denied their right to bear arms in self-defense.

Let the people blog, tweet and post this… ONLY THE CRIMINALS ARE ARMED IN GUN-FREE ZONES! Thugs seldom target people able to defend themselves. Make the truth go viral…

JB Williams, Co-Founder

www.PatriotsUnion.org