Federal Election Takeover?

The Daily Caller has a scary piece, titled “Democrats And Republicans Unite To Rescind Last-Minute Obama Order Seeking Federal Election Takeover.” What’s scary is, of course, not Democrats and Republicans uniting. It is a Department of Homeland Security order that seeks to start the process of a federal takeover of all elections in the United States.

This was a deadly and serious attempt to federalize all elections. Now, if I were a Russian hacktivist working for Vlad, I’d be drooling at the prospect of having a fully-automated, centralized and online election system for all elections in the United States. One-stop shopping, comrades!

Don’t doubt that the “progressives” would wish to impose “progress” on us poor benighted Deplorables living in the hinterlands. For our own good, mind you. Part of that “progress” would be full “modernization” of the election process. In every precinct in America. Fines and full-blown federal Department of Justice goon squads to parachute in for enforcement.

One may only hope that the Trumpkins understand enough about Federalism and have sufficient literacy in our Constitution to know that this move, which would very quickly be followed by other encroachments, would be something only a far-left administration would ever contemplate.

Progressive tyranny

Today’s liberals don’t much like the word “liberal.” It got a bad reputation when it came to symbolize welfare queens driving Cadillacs on their way to having their 7th illegitimate child.   So, naturally, the Left chose to re-brand themselves as “progressives.”

Sounds ever so much better.  After all, who doesn’t like progress?  Today’s “progressives” are just as regressive and tyrannical as the original bunch back in Woodrow Wilson’s time.  Tyrannical in the simple sense of not letting each citizen decide what is and what is not moral, important, or violates their liberty.

ObamaCare is the logical conclusion of progressive governance:  one size fits all, and the Mandarins in the Obama administration will decree what shall and what shall not be covered under your insurance plan.   And it is not just that they are dictating what you need to believe or not believe in:  it is required, mandatory, and unless you are politically connected, you, dear citizen, are but a cog in the great machine that is today’s Obama administration.

In perhaps the most egregious violation of our First Amendment to date, Obama has decreed that the Little Sisters of the Poor must include birth control, abortive drugs, and sterilization in their health insurance. All of which are forbidden by Catholic doctrine.

From the New York  Post,  the grisly summary:

The nuns are the Little Sisters of the Poor, and they run nursing homes for the elderly. The Little Sisters argue they should not be forced to offer coverage that violates their religious convictions.

The Obama argument is astounding. The gist is that the nuns really aren’t religious enough to qualify for the church exemption. The administration backs up that position with hefty fines for the Little Sisters if they don’t cave. For example, just for their home in Denver, where there are 67 employees, it could run to $6,700 a day. That’s money the Little Sisters simply don’t have.

Beyond the totalitarian impulse behind ObamaCare itself, “the Obama argument is astounding” says it all. First Amendment rights don’t evaporate if those in power don’t agree with your religion or its doctrines. That is the entire point of the Bill of Rights: to protect citizens against an over-reaching, tyrannical government.

Obama and his sycophants may not care, but we should. And Obama’s attack on the Little Sisters of the Poor not only shows his totalitarian instincts, it shows that he is a nothing better than a Chicago hoodlum. A coward who can’t handle tough guys like Putin, but must pick on those who care for the poorest and sickest among us.

molɔːn labé

Come And Take It flag with Cannon“Come and take” in ancient Greek. These are the words ascribed to Sparta’s King Leonidas, uttered in defiance of the hordes of Persians who would deprive Sparta of its liberty at Thermopylae.

These words have stood the test of time, and were used in our Revolution and in Texas’ War of Independence from Mexico in 1835-6. Ultimately successful, against fearful odds. And the spirit, that Revolutionary spirit, lives on in the person of Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

Senator Cruz has been on his feet going on 24 hours, reminding those of us who still count ourselves patriots that we are not sheep. We are not to be herded into pens, subdued, made into mutton for the convenience of those who would lord it over us.

Those now being not bewigged Englishmen in Parliament, but Democrats in the White House and Congress. Tyranny takes many forms, and in 2013 America it takes the form of a very unpopular government takeover of health care.

Senator Cruz is at this moment very unpopular with those Republicans who are in the “go along to get along” crowd. Insiders, such as Lindsay Graham and John McCain, who seem to have calcified into statues, fearful of taking a strong stand lest it upset tea time in the Senate.

Thank you, Senator Cruz. Thank you for standing tall against further encroachment of our freedom to choose our own healthcare. Thank you for reminding us all that it is the people who hold the ultimate power.

That all-important communist dictator vote

Looks like Obama has now clinched that all-important communist dictator vote: the daughter of Cuban dictator Raúl Castro, Mariela Castro has endorsed Barack. Now who cares if this daughter of a communist dictator endorses a man who used to have communists on his immediate staff?

Well, Obama can’t help what unsavory creatures endorse him. But he could have denied this particular creature’s visa to come to our country. But, hey, Obama chooses his friends. Lech Walesa? Sorry bud; you’re too “political.”

From Mary Anastasia O’Grady in today’s Wall Street Journal:

The dictator’s daughter, who is a vociferous proponent of the Cuban status quo, was ostensibly in the U.S. to discuss matters pertaining to her field of expertise, which has something to do with advocating for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights. As the Cuban-born writer Carlos Alberto Montaner put it in a syndicated column last week, “Mariela is tolerant of sexual preferences and intolerant of all the rest.” He added: “For her, freedom and emotional coherence are something very specifically situated south of the navel.”

We know that Obama never does anything that he does not think will help him politically. Hence, awarding a visa to a prominent communist like Mariela Castro will not cost him many votes among the Cuban-American community, who already hate him, but will help keep all those alphabet-soup kinkys (“LGBT”) on his side.

What would be the right thing to do? Deny any visa to anyone who represents the Castro regime. Actually, deny any visa to anyone from Cuba who does not want to defect.

Imperious

Let them eat golf balls

Mark Steyn, who ought to be required reading for Americans who cherish what’s left of our liberty, goes off on a not-so-new subject: The Imperial Presidency. Perhaps when Obama, a liberal and alleged “man of the people” engages in imperial trappings, it’s all the more hypocritical.

The point is that all recent presidents have done it: traveled in a style that might become a Saudi prince, at a cost that we, the taxpayers, must bear. All in the name of “security,” of course. It’s vile, and there’s nothing quite like having to wait in traffic, stopped to allow His Royal Majesty to be whisked quickly to his oh-so-important meeting with grade schoolers to announce the latest “plan” to fix something or other.

Again, this very un-republican disease has been shared by Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton, and so on. It’s all Lee Harvey Oswald’s fault, of course. Absent the assassination of JFK, perhaps presidents might have continued to be actual men of the people, just as Harry Truman was: going for his walks near the White House, pretty much alone; returning to Missouri on a passenger train.

I understand security pretty well, given my career. But what Obama is doing goes well beyond the need for security. And has much more to do with a nouveau riche mindset, combined with a rather blatant disregard for the state of our economy.

This disregard is shown, accurately in my opinion, by yesterday’s Michael Ramirez cartoon. Regardless of what Messers. Bush and Clinton did, our economy is now in a ditch. And Obama’s regal lifestyle is not just out of touch: it’s insulting to those tens of millions of Americans who are unemployed or having trouble making ends meet.

Shaking in his sandals

Among the more pernicious things in this world is the mis-named U.N. Human Rights Council. This council, which the Bush administration had boycotted, has now been eagerly re-joined by Obama and his minions. The council includes Cuba and Libya as members, and spends the vast majority of its time on condemning those perfidious Jews in Israel.

George Orwell would be proud: this body of cretins is almost the perfect embodiment of his “war is peace” inversion of lies for the truth. Once you know that Cuba and Libya are on a U.N. body, you know that no good can come of it. Ever. But Obama and his kumbaya-singing acolytes are ever true believers in the ability of multinational bodies such as the United Nations to actually accomplish anything.

From this Fox News story, we have the sad story of a PhD (naturally) who represents Obama in this council. And, lo and behold, the council is “currently mulling over a draft resolution.” While this perversion is taking place, our president has done the equivalent of voting “present.” Finally making a statement about the government’s murdering its protesters in Libya, Obama has stated that his administration will “prepare the full range of options.”

Yes, strong stuff: “prepare” options; “mulling” over a draft statement. Obama and the U.N. Human Rights Council, both on the job. I’m certain Qaddafi is quaking in his sandals.

Off with their heads!

Raising the flag at Ground Zero

Raising the flag at Ground Zero

Barry stepped in it last week, when he soundly endorsed a poke-in-the-eye mosque at Ground Zero in New York. Then he backtracked, gave a “present” statement, then gave another weasel-worded statement about his first two statements. Glad we know where he stands.

As our first Muslim president, Obama has zero problems with a mosque anywhere. Hey, Barry, how ’bout we put one in the West Wing? More serious people, however, have serious reservations about a mosque so close to the scene of a heinous crime committed in the name of Islam.

Now the obligatory caveat: Muslims have the right to build a mosque wherever they can get local permits for a house of worship. No Jews or Christians allowed, of course. And women had best cover everything lest it be discovered that Muslim women have private parts or bulges.

Further, there are serious questions about the source of funding for this Islamapalooza near Ground Zero. Saudi money, for certain. And Hamas and their fellow travelers on the Left, including Obama, are tickled pink about the chance to dance on the graves of Christians and Jews who died on 9/11. All in the name of “tolerance.” What bullshit this is, people.

Harry Reid has taken a contrary stand, probably because he’s in a tight contest for reelection. Not so San Fran Nan, good ‘ol Botox Pelosi herself, who seems more worried about opponents of the affront to human dignity posed by the planned mosque than the likelihood that there is jihadist funding of it.

Via The Daily Caller, Nancy had this to say about those who oppose the mosque:

There is no question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some. And I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded

Get it? Our new Red Queen has detected opposition to the Left. Off with their heads! If they don’t get with the Obama Surrender Program, we’ll investigate them.

We don’t work for Obama. We don’t work for Nancy P. or any other politician. They are supposed to work for us. It is not a crime to oppose the mosque.  It is not a crime to oppose the moral cowards in both parties who spout pieties about “the Religion of Peace.”   The building of a pro-terror monument mere feet away from the unmarked grave of thousands is just plain wrong and offensive.   To suggest otherwise, to propose that we be investigated, is to accept that we live in a totalitarian, tyrannical nation.

Democrats may believe that they are our rulers.  Some Republicans, as well.  We don’t get “investigated” for having contrary opinions.  It’s time to clean out the stables, folks. Clean sweep. Democrats first; Republicans who won’t recognize that they work for us next.