Rand Paul’s Great Idea!

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(Actually the idea was the brain child of Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana) but Rand Paul is running with it.)

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is pushing a constitutional amendment that would eliminate special exemptions from Federal Laws for all federal employees. This would force all federal employees to use Obamacare exchanges for their health insurance.

In a statement to the Daily Caller Senator Rand said:

<blockquote>”See, right now, Justice Roberts is still continuing to have federal employee health insurance subsidized by the taxpayer, and if he likes ObamaCare so much, I’m going to give him an amendment that gives ObamaCare to Justice Roberts.”</blockquote>

Ask yourself, why were all federal employees exempted from Obamacare in the first place? Why were so many others in private industry exempted? Finally, did the law want to force EVERYONE on Obamacare (except for those special people who were exempted) whether they wanted it or not? Whether they NEEDED it or not?

The answers are obvious! “Special interests” are partially in control of the White House and Obama has his own agenda which includes making all American citizens, not just the ‘poor and disenfranchised’ totally dependent on the Federal government.

I have absolutely no hope that Rand Paul will win this battle and get the amendment passed into law but the important thing is that he is proving his point! Most of the members of Congress are in this business for themselves, not for the people they represent; the same can be said for Chief Justice Roberts and the majority of the Supreme Court Justices. They are all ignoring the will of the majority and the will of the majority is supposed to control Washington, not the other way around which now seems to be the case.

Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are watching out for US while most of the rest of the federal government are just watching out for their own rear ends.

At Least Ted Cruz is Doing the Right Thing!

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ImageSenator Ted Cruz is a good man! He’s trying his damnedest to do what his constituents sent him to Washington to do, pull the plug on Obamacare. I think he knows, as does anyone else who is paying attention, that he is  fighting a loosing battle and Obamacare will not be beat. Not yet!

The public/the voters are being ignored because the Democrats don’t really give a damn what they think — at least not right now! They will care a whole bunch as we approach the 2014 mid-term election — but not right now. Right now they want to stay on the good side of Harry Reid because Harry Reid will punish them AND their constituents by blocking their pork-filled legislation, blocking everything else they want to do and by giving them the crappiest jobs a Senator can be subjected to. Harry Reed is an evil little man and they all know that you don’t cross the Senate’s bridge without paying tribute to the resident troll!

Our government (the “institution of government” as one NYT commenter called it) in the NY Times article that explains the situation is so corrupt right now, it hardly matters what anyone does. The “Affordable Care Act” was passed based on a concoction of lies, hopes and Obama’s dreams. The tactics used to pass it were an insult to the Constitution, to the taxpayers and should have been the basis for impeachment proceedings. It is harmful and an insult to the very people who it purports to help and helps only the insurance providers who were the purported ‘enemy,’ and institutions like the AARP who have taken
the tattered ball and are running with it to the goal line, telling lies all the way.

In the words of Nancy Pelosi (the perfect counterpart for Harry Reid) “we won’t know what’s in it until we pass it” and damned if she wasn’t right!

After Ted Cruz finishes his diatribe on the Senate Floor, Obamacare will not be affected; not, that is, unless the Senators actually start reading their mail and taking calls from their angry constituents, not unless the Senators who are very likely to lose their jobs in 2014 grow some balls and start insisting that the people who actually pay their wages should be the judge and jury over Obamacare funding and not the troll beneath the Senate’s bridge who has nothing to lose in 2014. The more likely scenario is that Obamacare will be far healthier than its victims.

It’s time for every Senator and Congressman who wants to see Obamacare defunded to start focusing on 2014 to start delivering the statistics and the message to all the voters. It is only a Republican majority in the House and Senate that will kill Obamacare and be able to defeat Obama’s inevitable veto.

Thoughts on the Syrian Conundrum

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Syria warIn his address to the nation on September 10th, President Obama made a strong, very believable case against the very existence of Chemical (Serin gas) weapons. Especially when these weapons are in the armory’s of terrorist nations or nations that sponsor terrorism.

He also made a convincing argument for action against Syria.

He did not, however, explain why the civilized nations of the world are not acting and why the need to act has been laid at the feet of our nation; why the United States should act unilaterally to neutralize this threat. It’s a heavy and dangerous burden to bare just so we can claim the mantle of “American Exceptionalism.” It’s obvious that our exceptionalism, our willingness to carry war to rogue states, means nothing — even to the people of our supposed allied nations — who have made themselves invisible for the occasion.

Complete inaction, as Obama explained, is the same as a sanction and would effectively erode the world-wide ban against weapons of mass destruction (chemical or nuclear) and make insane megalomaniacs around the world feel safe to use them and or to give them to terrorists who would delight in killing anyone who does not share their social or religious beliefs.

So action is needed, I can certainly go along with that; but the action that is required is not, in my opinion, one superpower possibly endangering the world by threatening a limited strike and assuming that that is all that is required to make the bullies cower; the needed action is dozens of nations with their guns and missiles pointed at Syria and Iran.

OR . . . Perhaps the answer is Russia!

One can only guess at his motivations, but President Putin brokered a deal last week with Syrian President Assad that would have Syria join the International Chemical Weapons ban and allow all his chemical weapons to be placed into the hands of an independent 3rd party and eventually destroyed.

It’s very likely that this is a sincere effort because President Putin is just as afraid of chemical weapons getting into the hands of terrorists (which could easily happen in the midst of the ongoing Syrian Civil War) as we are.

Putin assisting President Obama out of his (our) bad situation in Syria might ‘stick in the craw’ of Obama and most Americans but it looks like (assuming that this IS a sincere effort on the part of Russia) Russia has done the United States a large favor. Putin has, of course, done himself a large favor at the same time by making himself look like a hero in the eyes of the world and possibly winning a nomination for the next Nobel Peace Prize.

The only real problem is that Putin has embarrassed President Obama and the American government by effortlessly resolving what could have, if Obama had muddled into this by doing it HIS way, turned into a very large crisis.

Another problem is that America has to agree to whatever terms are hammered out for the transfer and ultimate destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons inventory. Because Putin’s actions embarrassed us in the eyes of the world and because President Obama may not be man enough to swallow his pride and go along with reasonable terms, this might have a disastrous end after all.

And then there is Secretary of State Kerry. He finally, after all these years has some apparent power and it’s obviously going to his head. Right now he’s in Geneva acting more presidential than our president ever has. He could easily “queer” the whole deal.

If America decides not to go along with a reasonable resolution to the chemical weapons conundrum and proceeds with his “targeted strike” its easy to see Iran getting involved and, from there, all Hell MIGHT break loose.

While all this is going on it’s interesting to note that the Obama Administration has just sent weapons to Al Queda and continues to insist that Assad be removed from office by his opposition. The problem with that is that history (the history of Iran) would likely repeat itself in Syria.

The Shah of Iran, like President Assad, was a brutal ruler but, also like Assad, he was not an enemy of America. President Jimmy Carter didn’t know enough to leave him alone and let his run HIS country the way he wanted, it meant nothing to Carter that the people who were known as his opposition and successors were not only more brutal than the Shah but were sworn enemies of ANY country that did not embrace Shria Law.

In Syria, if history repeats itself and Assad is replaced by an extremist Muslim government (which is almost a certainty) it will be a puppet government to Iran and Israel will have an even more dangerous ‘next door’ neighbor than it has now.

Why then is President Obama arming Assad’s opposition? For the same reason President Carter supported the Shah’s opposition; they are both shallow, narrow minded and self-righteous leaders. They both live in a Fantasy Land where every government is benign and democratic (and Christian). In fact many, if not most, of our Senators and Congressmen seem to have the same fantasy.

It’s time for America to get real and get out of Fantasy Land!

Several Points About Syria

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Syria warSecretary Kerry is insisting that firing who knows how many missiles at Syria with the objective of punishing the president of that sovereign country and tipping the balance of power in a country that is in the middle of a civil war, is NOT an act of war and that turning that country over to some form of radical Muslim Brotherhood is not a likely outcome.

Common sense tells us that that is a bold-faced lie!

Attacking a sovereign country with missiles, for any reason other than eradicating a ‘clear and present danger’ to your country IS an inexcusable act of war in anyone’s play book and handing Assad’s regime over to one of the many Muslim factions opposing Assad (in the end it will be the one faction that is the most vicious and most well armed by Iraq) under those circumstances, is an act of insanity!

We’re about to see, next week, if our Congress can escape the notion that they are the world’s elected ‘moral warriors’ and if they are able to open their collective mind up to concepts that are the products of rational judgment, i.e., an ‘America First’ ethos and the now almost obsolete idea that the Congress is only sanctioned to vote the will of the people they represent.

One can’t really blame Kerry for his lies since he is now a virtual puppet with Obama’s hand up the back of his shirt, moving his mouth. Secretary of State Kerry’s unfortunate lack of character and honesty aside, we have never have been able to believe the majority of what has been touted as fact from Barack Obama or his minions; he has never has been totally honest and open with the American public and there is no reason to believe he will ever change. He has, in act after act during his administration, shown that he does not believe in the very principles that once made this country the richest and greatest bastion of freedom in the world. He has also, not unexpectedly, proved to be an overt Muslim sympathizer; he was, after all born and raised as a Muslim.

If the use of Chemical Weapons is an International crime and if the International community refuses to do anything about it, why is it supposedly the United States’ mission to punish the ‘wicked’ all by ourselves? That’s stupid and dangerous. Enforcing the chemical weapons ban ( which, incidentally, Syria never signed onto) is a job for the United Nations not any one individual nation. Right now there should be several battalions of ‘blue helmeted’ U.N. troops engaging Assad, as well as Hezbolah and Al Queda, dismantling Syrian Chemical Weapons storage facilities. That, however, has not happened and will never happen because the United Nations, as it is now, is as ineffectual as a day care Center.

Obama’s and Kerry’s assurances aside, there is a very large possibility that an American attack will ignite a larger conflict (involving the United States). This is not according to me, this is according to the Russian, Chinese and Syrian governments. Syria has, in fact, promised that it will fight back even if it leads to WW III.

It’s obvious to me and many others that Obama has an ulterior motive in Syria — he wants radicalized Muslims in control. Ever since Obama has been in office he has been kissing the rear ends of Muslims. That’s where his real sympathy lies. That’s one key reason that he is willing to commit America’s military might to the objective of destabilizing the Assad regime.

We really must stop playing “policeman to the world” right NOW! If some atrocity occurs in some uncivilized corner of the world and it is NOT a “Clear and Present Danger” to America or Americans, we just have to chalk it up to the fact that different people believe and act in different ways, believe in different gods and act according to THEIR beliefs (not OURS).

On the other hand, if an action by ANY government DOES present a clear and present danger to the U.S., we must act boldly, rapidly and without seeking the consent of any other country or body to eliminate that danger. That is the only action that rogue/uncivilized countries will respect.

As I’ve said before, the United States must be feared by it’s enemies if it is to survive.