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The decades pass. The faces change, but the message remains the same.
Do you know about “We the People“? It’s supposed to be an attempt to foster direct engagement with the administration. It’s Obama’s outreach plan. It purports to give us—the little people—a greater voice in government by supporting the creation of petitions that, if they reach a threshold of support (25,000 signatures), will force a formal response from the administration.
But…like so many things in the Obama administration, this site is hollow fraud. Setting aside that most of the “official” responses are full of content-free nonsense, the administration has no problem simply removing petitions that they don’t approve of. This happened to the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). They petitioned the White House to force TSA to comply with a Federal Appeals Court order to hold public hearings on invasive ‘back-scatter’ screenings of the flying public.
With only 2,500 signatures to go, the White House summarily removed the petition…early. And this after the administration took the whole site down rather than handle the signatures that would have come from an appeal in Wired Magazine to sign the petition.
Basically, the White House wants to be inclusive, as long as the ‘people’ in “We the People” don’t ask anything embarrassing.
The oath of that the president elect takes calls on her/him to defend the Constitution, but on this New Year’s Eve President Obama signed a huge $662B defense appropriation bill that included a provision giving the United States military the power to detain US citizens indefinitely and without criminal charges. In other words, the man who promised as a candidate never to sign such a bill—who just two weeks ago threatened to veto the appropriation over this nonsene—went ahead and gave the military sweeping powers to ignore the Constitution just so he wouldn’t look like he was against funding our troops.
Not like Obama hasn’t proven over and over that he’s a gutless shill, unable to take a principled stand on…well…much of anything. But signing a bill that essentially does away with the 5th, 6th, and 14th Amendments is a new low, and was made all the worse by Obama’s signing statement claiming that he had no intention of applying indefinite detention to US citizens.
Really Mr. President? You really expect that, just because you won’t be throwing US citizens in dungeons, that the next man or woman to warm your chair isn’t going to say, “Oh hey! I can just imprison my opponents. Thank’s Barack!” It doesn’t occur to your addled brain that Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, or Rick Santorum won’t do, without a second thought, what you claim you won’t. ARE YOU A F*CKING MORON!?
Mr. President…failing to uphold your oath of office by signing a law that explicitly violates the Constitution is tantamount to treason. And do you know what we call people who betray their country by committing treason?
Happy F*cking New Year America! We’ve got at least one more year of this clown, and when he’s done we’ll almost certainly have to deal with someone worse.
Diabolically oblivious Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke made news this week when in the face of all credible evidence to the contrary, he declared there is “No inflation” in America right now. Really Ben? Really? Well let’s look at the facts, shall we? The price of gas is up, the price of food is up, the price of energy is…say it with me…up. In fact Mr. Chairman if you do the research you’ll learn that the cost of the makings of a Thanksgiving dinner are also up. 13% year over year. That’s what I call double digit inflation. I find it incredibly disingenous of the government to tell us that inflation is stable while not counting the most combustile priced things that we buy. As the Frog pointed out to me gas has gone up (and then down again) at least 20% over the past year alone. I’m guessing it’s only going to go up again. So are food prices. I was at a convenience store today where they were touting milk for $3.99 a gallon. When did $3.99 milk become a bargain? Oh yeah, right about the time they raised the cost of my parking by 20% and then another 20% a few short months later. No inflation, just saying that doesn’t make it so.
Michelle Bachmann today stood up for millionaire and billionaires everywhere when she declared in her campaigning that, “Taxes are high enough already”. Watch the video and tell me that you don’t think her audience is not made up of the super wealthy. I’ve never seen a more lukewarm reception. Had I not read she was in South Carolina, I would have thought she was in her home state trying to convince the Minnesotans that taxes are, ‘too damn high’. As it is, the audience is probably all snowbirds anyway. I mean let’s face it Midwesterners love the South, and they will do anything to evade paying taxes in their home state, so maybe they really are her demographic.
I am so sick of the debate over the debt ceiling. It’s all anyone has talked about for the past couple of weeks. News outlets breathlessly report that we are approaching the time limit for passing debt ceiling legislation while Tea Partiers harrass their newly elected representatives saying that raised taxes will end in their being turned out of office. It’s all rhetoric. That is until Moody’s really does downgrade the U.S. credit and we’re all totally humped. And President Obama, this appeal the middle class to ‘sacrifice’ for the sake of the Nation. You can just stuff it. I’ve sacrificed all right. I’ve paid into social security, worker’s comp and Medicare/Medicaid all my life and I’m not going to get diddly from any one of those programs. I accept that and I’ve planned for my retirement, but if you and the Congress blow this one the U.S. economy is going to spiral into freefall and once again I’ll watch my retirement savings vanish in front of my eyes.
It’s time for you people to make a deal and get real. Raise taxes. You don’t pay your bills by making less money, why on earth would you believe the U.S. can meet it’s debts without bringing in more cash? We are borrowing money now because we don’t have enough to meet our obligations. Cut spending. Stop funding wars, prisons, and programs we simply don’t need. No sacred cows. Just do it. America is tired of hearing you all rail about the debt. We want a solution, not more hot air so get in there and hash out a deal. Or I myself will make it my mission to turn you out of office. You hear me?
Just when you got your entire life online. You pay your bills there, serve content wirelessly, and Twitter like a madman. You’re living the 24/7 virtual dream and, BAM! Complete blackout. Apparently it could happen. The U.S. Government this week made an announcement in advance of North Korea’s nuclear tests that the rogue government has invented a “Super EMP” capable of taking down power grids across the United States. It’s my worst nightmare. An electro-magnetic pulse has long been the weapon of choice in Hollywood, but in real life it’s proved stubbornly difficult to produce. I practically went insane when my ISP went down for 8 days. How is a spoiled, techno-saavy Westerner like myself supposed to survive on books alone? It can’t be done I tell you. Now this may be the yellow cake uranium of the North Korean conflict or it may be a clear and present danger. The question is how can we ever know? Anyone close enough to the test to confirm it, isn’t going to be able to send cell phone images or even e-mail. Yikes!
A quote I had to repost from WashingtonPost.com:
It seems odd the courts find that citizens cannot dance at a memorial, because the dancing distracts from the ‘solemn commemoration’ at such sites, but also find that the Westboro Baptist Church members can stage their repugnant protests at the funerals of our fallen soldiers. Apparently, our enlightened courts do not consider the church’s protests as a distraction to the ‘solemn commemoration’ of a soldier’s funeral. Only in America!
Couldn’t have said it better myself. No justice.
I read with glee yesterday that the House of Representatives failed to pass an extension of some key components of the Patriot Act. Woo hoo! Break out the champagne. Turns out the Republicans underestimated the number of votes they had in the bag. They brought the legislation to the floor needing a two-thirds majority, but with a couple of dozen Tea Party defections they failed to get it. I have to say my jaw dropped on that one. Tea Partiers voting against the Patriot Act? Sounds ironic to me. That is until I learned that their long term plan is to make these provisions permanent. Boo. All I can say to them is think about this people. You believe in liberty and your constitutional rights. You came to Washington to protect them. If you really want to put your money where your mouth is don’t vote for this when it comes to the floor again. Law enforcement has plenty of tools in their box. And any way, in my Country you don’t need to spy on your own citizens.