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“American Spring” Will Destroy The Republic It Purports to Preserve

Retired Colonel Harry Riley via Patriots of America has announced “Operation American Spring,” a march on Washington this May intended to oust the Obama administration. I completely understand the desire to overthrow these louts. It’s not just Obama and Democrats, there are a lot of Republican enablers that should go too. I know people are at their wit’s end and searching for bold solutions. The OAS plan, however, is ill-conceived, shows terrible judgment and in all likelihood will not bring about the intended results.  In fact, it will destroy the very Republic we are trying to conserve and discredit conservatives forever.

This is the plan:

Phase 1 – Field millions, as many as ten million, patriots who will assemble in a non-violent, physically unarmed (Spiritually/Constitutionally armed), display of unswerving loyalty to the US Constitution and against the incumbent government leadership, in Washington, D.C., with the mission to bring down the existing leadership. Go full-bore, no looking back, steadfast in the mission.

Phase 2 – One million or more of the assembled 10 million must be prepared to stay in D.C. as long as it takes to see Obama, Biden, Reid, McConnell, Boehner, Pelosi, and Attorney General Holder removed from office. The senior republican in the US House of Representatives will become Speaker of the House and the US House of Representatives will elect a temporary President and Vice President of the United States. The U.S. Senate will take action to elect a new majority and minority leader.
As required, the U.S. Congress will execute appropriate legislation to convene new elections or U.S. States will appoint replacements for positions vacated consistent with established constitutional requirements.

Phase 3 – Those with the “principles” of a West, Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson, Lee, DeMint, Paul, Gov Walker, Sessions, Gowdy, Jordan, will comprise a tribunal and assume positions of authority to convene investigations, recommend appropriate charges against politicians and government employees to the new U.S. Attorney General appointed by the new President.

*All actions in Phase 2 & 3 will be consistent with the U.S. Constitution.”

constitution imaeThe second and third phases show an alarming lack of understanding of our Constitutional Republic (despite the asterisked qualifier) and a terrible lack of foresight.  This by definition is an unconstitutional means of trying to transfer power.  It is more along the lines of insurrection or secession or worse, the French Revolution.  Many might be on board with either or both of those, but that too shows a total lack of foresight and good judgment.  It is very likely that the representatives mentioned in Phase 3 would absolutely oppose these methods.

OAS is laid out as if the whole thing will happen in a vacuum without opposition.  It is highly likely that Obama would use such a protest to his own advantage, and he could do so in all sorts of ways.  He can argue how extreme conservatives are that they would use unconstitutional means to bully duly elected representatives they don’t like out of office (and he’d be right).  He can afford to wait out protesters who will supposedly “stay as long as it takes,” thereby completely undermining their mission.  Then the headlines will be “OAS Fails, Leaders Embarrassed.”  1.8 million may have already signed up, but once the action begins, few of them will actually be willing to lose their jobs, their homes (especially those with families to consider) or to suffer the discomforts of living on the streets of Washington D.C. for a protest that at best will be completely ineffective.  This is not a comment on a Patriot’s resolve, this is a recognition of human nature.  Surely a colonel, of all people, should know how precarious keeping people together and focused on a mission can be, in the best of conditions.  Add in bad living conditions, hunger, conflicting egos, potential violence, and you’ve got a big fat mess that professional military leaders themselves often have a hard time mastering.

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Who’s calling the shots here, whether it’s for one or ten million people; Col Riley all by himself?  Who else?  What qualifies them to lead an action like this?  Will they be responsible for the people who, as Riley says, may die in this endeavor?  That is a responsibility true leaders must bear, especially those instigating a rebellion.  If not, it’s every man for himself, a recipe for mayhem.

How exactly will those listed be “removed” from their duly elected offices? This is supposed to be a peaceful and unarmed movement, but such a thing cannot be done without force.  Nor can it be done constitutionally via a sit-in, however long it may be.

How will they deal with and respond to opposition or counter-protest?  Leftist Occupiers are much better at this than conservatives, who are already predisposed with a solid sense of responsibility.  The Obama supporters likely to mobilize are also particularly adept at goading, they are unafraid to use violence, of get hurt or arrested.  It won’t matter that this is supposed to be an unarmed, peaceful protest.  Once something starts, it won’t matter that the conservatives who before have never instigated violence and have left the Mall spotless, didn’t start it.  What will they do if the people, as mobs are apt to do, get out of control?

How will they respond when Obama sends in the troops to clear the city as Hoover did against veterans during the Great Depression?  The protesters will then have instigated a stand-off with the American military which has a grave potential of ending very badly for all.  What if the administration decides to declare martial law because of this “insurrection?”  How will either the protesters, Americans, or our Constitutional Republic benefit?

If OAS gets as far as ousting the administration, how will they (all 1-10 million of them) control what happens next?

  • Who is to say that all 534 in the House of Representatives could come to agreement on who the temporary president and vice president should be?
  • How will the government not devolve into complete chaos while the administration is being replaced?
  • Have they considered the international repercussions of sending our government into complete chaos?
  • How will the votes of the newly convened elections be counted and how will voter fraud be avoided and accounted for?
  • What will these people do if the votes don’t go the way they think they should?
  • What can they do to ensure order and non-violence indefinitely, “as long as it takes”?

If OAS succeeds, it paves the way for this kind of ouster by liberals of conservatives duly elected to office. Conservative patriots fighting to save our country from this administration stomping all over our Republic and the liberties it guarantees would agree, that’s not what we want.

In his (rather badly written) announcement, Col Riley asserts that we are past the point of no return, among other platitudes.  I would argue: not nearly.  Yes, this administration is destroying our country.  Yes, our supposed representatives in Washington D.C. are defying the Constitution and Declaration of Independence and flouting our laws.  Yes, they are tyrannical and corrupt.  But all that, which has been obvious to conservatives since Obama jumped into the running in 2007, is becoming obvious to many, many more Americans.  The administration is being exposed more every day for its corruption, and the people are waking up to the mistakes they have made in voting for this president, Democrats and establishment Republicans.  It’s more than just conservatives who are now seeing through the sham that is political correctness.  America and her citizens are very resilient, just look at Scott Walker’s Wisconsin.  Fomenting a rebellion just when the administration is crumbling on itself is the stupidest thing anyone could do.  This “plan” is no plan at all, and the very people they want on their side and more will turn resolutely against them for it once the dust has settled.

Operation American Spring won’t save the Republic, it will destroy it.  Conservatism will be completely discredited because all conservatives will be lumped in with Col. Riley and his thoughtless, rash cohorts.  This is not pledging lives, fortunes and sacred honor to the cause of liberty, it’s throwing all of those away for confusion and mayhem that has a very high potential for leaving us much worse off afterwards.  Our best avenue to restoring free America is to persuade people to conservatism, to stop voter fraud and win back the country through elections, the peaceful transfer of power.


Extortion 17: Were American Servicemen in Afghanistan Set Up For Sacrifice?

“Before there was Benghazi, there was Extortion 17.”  These are the chilling opening words spoken by Billy Vaughn, the broken-hearted father of Navy SEAL Aaron Vaughn.  Aaron was one of 17 Navy SEALs, almost 30 American servicemen in total, killed when their archaic Chinook helicopter was shot down over a raging battle in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011.  To have lost their sons in war is tragic enough, but as they discovered the very dubious circumstances surrounding the operation and the subsequent deception and cover-up by the military under the Obama administration, a truly gut-wrenching and highly suspicious picture emerged.  Several families of the fallen, military experts, elected representatives and concerned others gave a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on May 9th, 2013.

Larry Klayman, founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch calls Extortion 17 “perhaps the biggest disaster since 9-11 as far as Naval and Special Ops operations.”  Before the dust had even settled on the operation that killed Osama bin Laden, President Obama and Vice President Biden revealed the classified identities of SEAL Team 6 and other servicemen and as a result these men “literally had targets on their backs.”  Three months later these men and others were sent in on archaic outdated equipment without support and ambushed.

“We demand to know who sent our sons into hostile territory where evidence proves a shoot-down attempt had been in full force for weeks, in less than adequate, antiquated airframes documented to be in very poor condition,” declares Karen Vaughn, Aaron’s mother.  “We also demand to know who made the call to mix conventional aircraft and forces with Special Warfare Operations.”

Charles Strange, father of fallen Navy SEAL Michael Strange says, “Michael knew what he was getting into.  Michael knew what he was fighting for.  Michael knew that someday he might have to give the ultimate sacrifice.  But not like this.  To put my son and the most elite SEAL team in the world in a Chinook helicopter over an active battle that’s going on for three and a half hours?  Unacceptable! Somebody has to answer for this.”

Here are the heart-wrenching details of the labyrinth that is Extortion 17:

  • The servicemen were put in a slow helicopter that is never used for combat operations, built in the early 1960s and last retrofitted in 1985, with no answer as to who made that decision.
  • The helicopters they would normally have used and that they had trained with their entire careers were not available because under Obama the pace of Special Operations aviation climbed from an average of 56 per month in 2009 to a break-neck 334 per month in 2011.
  • The mission was considered to be so dangerous that the decision had to be made from a commander out of theater.  Yet still it is not known, even after an investigation that yielded a 1200 page report, what commander made the call or why.
  • The Tangeen Valley in Afghanistan was known to be a hotbed of insurgent forces and U.S. Intelligence knew that there were one hundred or more enemy forces gathering there that night intending to shoot down American forces.  As early as May 11 they knew that SEAL Team 6 was going to be targeted, but did not share this information with the appropriate people.
  • The flight manifest was changed at the last minute, removing seven Afghani security force members who had been slated to fly.  In fact there is still some uncertainty as to who was on the flight.
  • The men were flown in unescorted and dropped into a battle that had already been going on for over three hours, without any suppressive fire support.
  • Even in the pitch black, General Colt told the families they could see two men on the rooftop.  “They call up the Afghan administration to find out at two o’clock in the morning what these guys are doing on the building,” Charles Strange explains.  “You know what they told them?  ‘They’re hanging crops.’” At 2am on a rooftop?
  • The Chinook was shot down by Afghanis who were waiting for it in the perfect position and at the perfect time to strike when the aircraft was its most vulnerable, during landing.
  • “Perhaps the most disturbing piece of evidence that Billy and I came across in our search for truth was uncovering the fact that the Afghan National Army, the Afghan National Police, and the Afghan Security Ministry have been and still are involved in the planning of every single stage of every single Special Operation that takes place in that country.  And yes, these plans include flight routes and landing zones,” says Karen Vaughn.
  • The “eye-in-the-sky” predator feed over the area was turned off.  It took the military ten minutes to figure out which aircraft had been shot down.
  • American forces were not permitted to take out the attackers.  The families were told new Rules of Engagement which dictated that we couldn’t shoot down any attacker even after being attacked because, as one high-ranking admiral put it to Billy Vaughn, “We want to win their hearts and minds.”  Karen says, “We were recently told by a Special Forces operator that under the current ROE’s if the enemy fires on you, then runs back behind a rock, when he pops his head up from behind the rock you’re not allowed to engage him unless you can verify that he has not laid his gun down.  In other words, you must be fired on twice now or your actions will be questioned by your government when you try to defend yourself or the lives of your teammates.”
  • To add desecration to injury, the standard ramp ceremony at Bagram Air Base was presided over by an imam who gave a prayer damning the fallen to hell before their remains were sent home.  No priest, pastor, or rabbi gave any prayer or said any words.  Klayman says, “The funeral that was held in Kabul where you couldn’t even mention the name of our lord and savior Jesus Christ, but yet a Muslim cleric gets up and damns these fallen heroes to hell as infidels.  Unbelievable that our military brass would allow this to happen!”  And whereas it is standard practice that all parents of the fallen are given a transcript from the military of that ceremony, the families of Extortion 17 were not.
  • In classified meetings elected officials were lied to about Extortion 17 by top military brass.  The families were lied to by these and other military officials.  “When we were first visited by one of the highest level admirals in our nation [Admiral William McCraven] on January 4th…the most shocking thing we experienced is that he lied to us so continuously that if we had not studied our documentation and known the truth he would have made a mockery of everything our sons died to represent.  It got to be actually embarrassing.”
  • The families were told the chopper’s “black box” was “blown away in the flood,” and was supposedly never recovered.  A flood? “In Afghanistan?” Charles Strange asks, exasperated.
  • “They told me my son had to be cremated, everybody had to be cremated,” Charles says, weeping.  “I called the commander: ‘Why did you cremate my son?  My son didn’t want to be cremated!  I’ve got pictures of him.  When I asked for the autopsy report from Dover they sent me a disc with pictures.  He’s sitting there fighting! ‘Everybody was burned beyond recognition.’  No, everybody wasn’t burned beyond recognition!  Another lie!”
  • No Afghani officials were involved in the investigation of the shoot-down even though they are involved in the planning of every mission and were consulted during the mission.
  • When asked how they assessed the crash, our military revealed that all sorts of support materialized.  They told the families, “We had 30 planes to assess the crash.  We had Black Hawks, we had Pathfinders, we had 140 men go in.”  Yet there had been no air or other support for the men as they flew in.

“As we searched we became tragically aware that perhaps the cruelest, most deceitful acts of this administration have been perpetrated against the very ones fighting and dying to protect and defend it,” Karen says. 

Charles recalls the day Obama greeted the families at Dover where the remains of the fallen were brought home.  “He went to give me a hug and I whispered in his ear, ‘Mr. President, is there going to be a congressional inquiry?’ And Mr. President whispered in my ear, he said, ‘Mr. Strange, we’re gonna look into this very, very, very deep.’  Well, I haven’t heard nothing.”  It is now nearly two years since Extortion 17.

Watch the video of the press conference below and please share it with others.  Read the transcript of Billy Vaughn’s testimony.  Each unanswered question, each deception that was revealed, each reckless – if not outright sinister – decision that was uncovered is a stab in the heart for these families.  They deserve answers.

But more, we should take each as a stab to our own hearts and demand those answers as if these sons were our very own.  Indeed, they are America’s brave sons.  If Benghazi and Extortion 17 are any indication, our servicemen today face just as much treachery from the Obama administration and our military under his command as from America’s enemies on the battlefields in faraway countries.  In Benghazi our personnel’s pleas for support while under terrorist attack went deliberately unheeded and then the truth was and continues to be covered up.  In Extortion17, our servicemen were sent into a battle not to win, but to be deliberately sacrificed to our enemies.  These words of Karen’s should serve as a dire warning: “The hearts and minds of the enemy are more important to this government than my son’s blood.”

Doug Hamburger, father of fallen SEAL Patrick Hamburger says, “It’s a shame that we have to ask for a congressional investigation to find out answers…We’re pleading with the American people to put the pressure on your congressmen and senators to make sure that that investigation does get started up and we do get some answers as to what was going on – not so much that we can do anything for our families or our boys.  But we want to make sure that our military is taken care of in the future.  We love our military…We want to make sure that their sons and daughters are protected and allowed to fight at the top of their abilities.”

These are more than just scandals, they are high treason.  Nothing like Benghazi or Extortion 17 has happened in America’s history, military or otherwise, but we’re seeing that atrocities like these are common for the Obama administration.  Treachery doesn’t begin to cover it.  This is a betrayal of the highest order.  It is a betrayal of our brave servicemen who gave everything for America, the very men who killed Osama bin Laden.  It is a betrayal of America’s sons and daughters fighting for her today, and of their families who raised these heroic warriors and who now survive them as parents should never survive their children.

In the words of Billy Vaughn, “We must change the hearts and minds of the leaders in Washington and the high-ups in the military, or we must see that they are removed.  Those responsible must be brought to justice.”

 

The following was transcribed from the above video press conference.  These are the words of Billy Vaughn.

Before Benghazi there was Extortion 17.  Saturday August 6th 2011 was a day that changed the lives of my family forever.  It was the day we learned our son Aaron and other American warriors had lost their lives in a helo crash in Afghanistan.  It would quickly become known as the largest loss in the history of Naval Special Warfare, and the largest one-day loss in our now eleven-and-a-half-year-old war against Islamic Jihad.  What is strange is that the military was allowed to do an in-house investigation with few questions asked by the media.  We learned two very important things that day:  Spec-Op forces were flying that night on a CH47D Chinook chopper.  And let me say, by the way, when Aaron was a SEAL, he said, ‘Dad, you won’t believe the choppers we fly in.  They’re like nothing I’ve ever seen.’

“But do you know what?  My son wasn’t on that chopper that night.  You know why?  Because president Barak Obama had increased the Special Op missions an average in 2009 – this is straight from the military, it’s straight from the information we were given.  In 2009 an average of 56 per month increased in 2010 to an average of 186 Special Op missions per month.  From August of 2010 until July of 2011 – one month before the shoot-down of Extortion 17 – the number of Spec-Op missions in Afghanistan according to our military was an average of 334 per month.  I know that’s hard to believe.  Check it and make sure I’m telling you the truth.  And Brigadier General Jeffrey Colt, who oversaw the investigation of the shoot-down of Extortion 17 made this statement in his report: ‘While the number of strike forces was increased to accommodate the operations, the number of Spec-Ops aviation was not.’  You know why it was not?  Because it is not available.  We have 61 MH47s available to us – and yes I said that to the military that day and he said that ‘Sir, your numbers are correct.’  And according to a high-ranking admiral: ‘Billy, if we have 60 MH47s, we’re only allowed 20 in theatre at one time.  20 must be down for maintenance and 20 for training.’

“Let me tell you something, if my son had gone in on an MH47 that night with guns blazing and they’d been shot out of the sky, it’d be a whole lot easier to live with.  If the air weapons teams overhead were offering suppressive fire because a three-and-a-half hour operation was already under way in the valley, it’d be a whole lot easier to live with.  But you know why we [sic] were not? Because according to a [high-ranking official] we want to win the hearts and minds of the enemyAaron Vaughn did not become a Navy SEAL, Team 6, Gold squad to win the hearts and the minds of the Islamic Jihadists.  He became a Navy SEAL to fight for this republic and defeat the enemy, and I’ll tell you right now: Any American flag officer who does not want to defeat the enemy needs to find another job.  Any man who sits in that White House who does not want to defeat the enemy of this republic needs to step down.  And any vice president who goes around speaking gaffs time after time needs to be accountable just like the man who played the video [before] Benghazi.  Where’s that guy today?

“That day at the debriefing we left with two questions.  Why were they not on the right chopper and why did they not shoot down the enemy when the RPG was fired? …After the shoot-down I called numerous congressmen.  Congressman Boehner: no response.  Senator Reid: no response.  Congressman Allen West: response, immediately, and help.  Congressman Steven Spencer from Tennessee: response immediately and help.  Congressman Tom Rooney who was then our congressman in our district and help.  Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee…I called him.  I called him numerous times, told them who I was, who my son was, what had happened.  They told me to ‘Quit harassing the senator.’  Thank you, Senator Levin.

“Congressman Rooney, many weeks later his office called and said, ‘The Congressman is going to a… visit with some high-ranking military officials in Washington in a classified meeting to get your questions on why they were on the wrong chopper and why they did not take out the people who fired the RPGs at them.’  We were told at the debriefing that they did not…because of the Rules of Engagement, they were not allowed to do that.  We were told that, the families were, several times that day.  I told that to Congressman Rooney, I told that to Congressman West.  Congressman Rooney wrote me a letter back after he went to that meeting that stated: ‘Mr. Vaughn, I was told at the classified meeting that it was not because of the Rules of Engagement we didn’t take out the men who fired the RPG’s.  It was because we didn’t know where the shots came from.’  That crushed me because I knew it was a lie.  I knew it was a lie…

“For several days I thought, what do I do next?  What do I do next?  I let the letter lay there.  Finally, I called SO-Comm.  A JAG officer who had been over the investigation, who had told us, the families more than once it was because of the Rules of Engagement.  I asked him again to tell me about the night.  He described it in detail – in fact, in more detail.  The shots came from a tower, a turret, above a building.  We did not fire back because of the Rules of Engagement and because there may be friendlies in the building.  I called a high-ranking admiral, told him what Congressman Rooney had been told.  I said, ‘Sir, were we told the truth at the debriefing?’ He said, ‘You heard it, Billy, just like I did.  I don’t know why they would say that.’

When you hide the truth, you become part of the lie…Many steps and actions were necessary for the loss of Extortion 17, just as they were for the failure at Benghazi.  The record will show that the Islamists are responsible for the deaths of the Americans.  But I submit to you today that the US government and many high-ranking military people own more credit for the shoot-down than the Taliban.  Political correctness, building the esteem of the Afghans, leveling of the playing field, and failure of the Obama administration to name the enemy and to accurately identify the savage ideology our warriors are up against has made an otherwise primitive foe formidable.  You saw the video.  A ceremony [of] honor for our warriors made wretched and despicable as their bodies were desecrated by an imam.  If someone lets a fox into a chicken house and he kills all the chickens, is the fox to blame?  I say no.  We know what a fox will do in a chicken house.  We know what an imam will do.  So I do not blame the imam today.  The imam is the imam.  I blame the American [government] and the high-ranking military officials who let this man speak and mock Jehovah God, the God of my son and of my family.

Those responsible for this must be brought to justice.  This administration apparently went to extreme efforts to make sure that the enemy, Osama bin Laden, had a proper burial.  Our president was outraged when the Korans were burned.  But then those who die for the republic, this is allowed to go on.  To steal their first amendment rights, to steal their religious rights, to be violated by Islam… General Votel, it is sad – it is sad! – that our troops are under your command.  It is sad, General.  After the imam damned our American warriors you stood and talked about how we’re one, about how we’re brothers.  General Votel, it is sad if you know.  It is even more sad if you’re still ignorant about what the imam is and what Islamist Jihadists are doing to us.

Mr. Obama, President Obama, you need to step up or step downYou must step up, President Obama, and defend our warriors.  You must step up and show the outrage that you have shown when the religion of Islam is disrespected.  You must step up and defend our warriors.  President Obama, your silence will be your consent.

“I’ll tell you, today we have sheep and wolves in high places and they are getting our sheepdogs killed unnecessarily.  But I will also tell you today that no plan of hell or scheme of man can separate Aaron Vaughn from the love of God that is in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Not the imam, or Washington D.C.  Aaron’s God is the God in the Bible who is referred to as the Lord of Host[s].  He is the God of all gods.  That is the God that my son [believed in], and by the way, my son lives today with that God because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

“Five terror attacks have happened under President Obama’s watch.  Five terror attacks on US soil.  All five had one thing in common.  Islamists… [After the operation that killed Osama bin Laden and the subsequent release by Obama and Biden of the identities of SEAL team 6 and other servicemen, Aaron told us] get everything off your social media, Mom.  Our families are in danger because of what has happened.  Then, in the military testimony that we have by May 11, by May 11 the military says Intel knew that over one hundred Taliban fighters were moving into the Tangeen River Valley to shoot down, to give an extraordinary effort to shoot down an American helicopter loaded with American warriors.  Still our military did nothing extra to stop this.  By the time that Aaron deployed in June, Karen and I knew, knew that Aaron and these men would be working in the Tangeen River Valley…

“We knew.  Apparently it’s very possible that the Taliban knew.  As Larry told you in the military testimony, seven Afghans that night [were changed at the last minute.  Some of the men who actually got on the chopper]…are not the same names who were on the manifest.  In a meeting with a high-ranking admiral I said something about this, said ‘It must not be a big deal.’  The man with him said, ‘Mr. Vaughn, it’s a very big deal, ‘cause it was passed over.’  He said ‘It’s a very big deal.  That should never happen.  In fact after the crash we had to notify the family’s of the men we thought were on the chopper, re-notify them to tell them that their sons were okay.’  He said the reason why they were not on the chopper is that at the last moment a commander changed his mind about the Afghans he wanted on the chopper.

“I didn’t think to ask the right questions that day, but a few days later as it weighed in my mind: ‘What commander? What commander?  Was this a commander that was on the chopper with Aaron?  Was this a commander on the ground?  Was it an Afghan commander?  Was it a commander out of theatre?  Where was the commander?’  I called SO-Comm again, talked to the same guy.  I asked him those questions, the man who was there a month over the investigation.  He said, ‘Mr. Vaughn, we didn’t know about the swapNobody told us.’  It’s very puzzling to me, very puzzling.

“…What is wrong with our leaders?  Why do they still withhold information?  Why do they still withhold the truth about this enemy, making us, the citizens, at risk?  We must change the hearts and minds of the leaders in Washington and the high-ups in the military, or we must see that they are removed.  And by the way, we are not here today – we are not here today to tear down the military.  If a patient has a tumor, you want to remove the tumor to save the patient.  I am not the man to remove the tumor, the disease from the military.  But I’ll tell you who is: The American citizens.  We as Americans can do this and it’s going to be up to us to save our military.

“And we’ve heard Mrs. Clinton’s statement about Benghazi: ‘What difference, at this point, does it make?’ 

“Well, on 9-11, 2001 there were forty Americans on Flight 93 who gave their lives.  What difference at this point does it really make?  Well I’ll tell you what difference it makes:  The Capital Building is still standing because forty American citizens gave their lives.

“In the 1950s Americans, tens of thousands of Americans went overseas to fight Communism.  What difference does it make at this point?  I’ll tell you what difference it makes.  Men and women all over the world in places where our men have shed their blood for this republic are not living under Communism today.

“WWI and WWII hundreds of thousands of Americans went abroad and around the world to fight for freedom.  What difference at this point does it make?  Because Europe, Japan and many places in Asia are free today because Americans have shed their blood, Mrs. Clinton!

“In the Civil War hundreds of thousands of Americans killed each other, shed their blood on American soil.  Today, Mrs. Clinton, at this point what difference does it make?  Because by the end of the war there were no more slaves in the United States of America.

“Washington crossed the Potomac, a General who had not yet won a war against British tyranny.  A General who knew that in a few weeks his troops would all desert and go back home at the beginning of the year – took a gigantic risk at night with a rag-tag army, who, many of them didn’t have guns, many of them didn’t have shoes – and surprised the German Hessians across the river and won a battle.  What difference at this point does it make?  Well I’ll tell you what it makes.  It did three things, first of all.  First of all, his army didn’t desert.  Thousands more reenlisted.  Great Britain recognized that they had a foe on their hands with the American patriots.  And the French, who had not given the American patriots any credit before joined the Americans and helped the Americans run out a tyrant and become the greatest nation that this world has ever seen.

“And the Mayflower?  What difference at this point does it make that American [sic] men and women gathered up what little they had with their little boys and their little girls and sailed into the dark for a land they had heard about, where they could worship and practice their worship of almighty God…What difference at this point does it make?  Because today all of us still are able to worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob freely.
“My son had this on his arm [refers to Molon Labe tattoo], this on his arm.  It’s Greek, but if you look it up it is the spirit of America, right here.  The spirit of American citizens, the spirit of American warriors, what it says to the enemy and what it says to those who would take these freedoms from us.  We as Americans must stand.  We must stand, we must reclaim the Republic that has been given to us by others.

- Billy Vaughn, National Press Conference May 9, 2013.


Sequestration: Say Goodbye to Our First Line of Defense

Between Leon Panetta’s unconstitutional order that combat units be opened to women and impending Sequestration this week, America can kiss goodbye its military superiority and ability to fight wars effectively.  As readiness goes, so goes our security both at home and abroad.

Under Sequestration, equipment isn’t the only thing on the chopping block.  Personnel will be as well, and all will have to prove their value in the positions they hold or want to hold.  With the conflicting directives of cutting fat vs. compliance with female quotas in the combat units, it is qualified and experienced men who will be purged first.  Combined with the inevitably lowered standards in these units to accommodate women, it is combat readiness that will suffer the most.

The top military brass is already under pressure to show diversity and prove it doesn’t discriminate.  Indeed, that is now its foremost mandate, not military readiness.  With the repeal of laws barring women from combat units and special forces, they will now be forced to prove they’re giving women a “fair” shake by discriminating against more qualified men, since no comprehensive testing was done to prove women can make it through their training, and the only two we know of who attempted such, two in the Marine Infantry Officer course, failed in the first day and the first week of training respectively.  It won’t matter that the women can’t make those standards that most of the top men in every branch can’t achieve.

It will go something like this at the officer level:  “Suzy-Q failed the training?  You’re up for promotion, aren’t you?  Take another look at Suzy-Q.”  And from DOD to the top brass:  “We expect X% pass rate for females.  Anything less will be seen as discrimination.  Next year’s budget will reflect the success of this program.  Understood?”  The military will have to lower the standards of its toughest units in order to fill quotas of women to show they’re not discriminating.

Cutting spending is vital for every department of government, including the military.  The Marines have always been in the lead when it comes to working with the least, then cutting even more.  With so many other ways to cut the excess – from non-vital programs like the National Endowment for the Arts to stopping the fraud and waste so pervasive in government programs from Social Security to Medicare – Sequestration is totally unnecessary.  But this was Obama’s idea, and it put the military in the cross-hairs from the start.  It’s easy to see why.  This administration thinks the military is too masculine, too white, too conservative, too straight.  They’ve repealed DADT, opened the toughest units to women who can’t make it through one week of their training and sold our equipment to our enemies.  This is just the next phase in destroying the last bastion of merit and strength our country has against enemies both foreign and domestic.


No Toddler Left Behind Means Younger Government-Controlled Children

“Study after study shows that the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road.”  Obama said this in last Tuesday’s State of the Union address, arguing that the federal government should provide preschool education.  Among his multitudinous straw man arguments and big-government strategies, this is just another plan for more government control of our children at the taxpayers’ expense.

While early learning is a benefit to children, this doesn’t mean that earlier formal school will benefit them. Why should we subject toddlers to the same education system that is failing our kindergarten through twelfth graders?   American students are currently at the bottom when it comes to test scores in subjects like math and science.  A quarter of our kids are dropping out of high school, and many of those who do graduate can’t read at grade level.  Despite failing our children, the government’s constant answer is that the schools need more money.  Yet the more money they get, the worse our students do every year. This is just another pitch to gain influence over younger and younger children, continue to erode parental rights, and to gain more jobs for teachers and their unions who vote for big government.

The same problems we see for day-care kids vs. children who are cared for at home will pervade this new proposed school system.  Daycare kids are twelve times more likely to get the flu than those cared for at home.  Research from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that toddlers in daycare are more insecure, anxious, aggressive, hyperactive, defiant and disobedient.  What kind of teenagers and adults do they become with this as their foundation?  Just as the constant change in personnel negatively affects daycare children’s sense of trust and security, so will this be the case for younger children going through government run public school systems.

Licensed and “trained professionals” are already forming the value systems of our children as they have them for thousands of hours away from their parents’ care.  Obama will put children who are at a critical and vulnerable stage in their psychological and behavioral development under the care of people who are not accountable for any mistakes or false teaching.  It will not help children, poor or otherwise.  What it will do is create a division in the authority figures in children’s lives.

Estimates are that this will cost taxpayers $98 billion over ten years.  Families who are already struggling will bear the burden of even more money taken out of their pockets to be used not only to indoctrinate their children but also to undermine their parental guidance and authority.

What really sets children up for success at every stage of development is a strong nuclear family unit, not government-run education.  But strong families are less likely to teach their children victim-hood and government dependence.  That’s a problem for an administration that wants ever more government control over the lives of its citizens.


The Mental Pretzel of Gun Control

I wonder if Obama would respond with executive action to arm teachers in school if the kids wrote and said they’d feel safer knowing their teachers could defend them against vicious murderers.  Or would he throw out Michelle’s healthy school meals plan if a bunch of kids wrote to tell him they want fruit loops and fried chicken at every meal?  As for the parents, maybe we can start background checks on those who shamelessly manipulate their children for their own political ends.  With his backdrop of child props Obama announced his gun control plans today:

“We can respect the Second Amendment while keeping an irresponsible law breaking few from inflicting harm on a massive level.”

Really?  Since almost every mass-shooter so far has acquired their guns illegally, how will imposing more restrictions on law-abiding citizens stop law-breakers?  It won’t.  Nor will banning high-capacity magazines stop a mass murderer from shooting lots of people – the next will just do what Jared Holmes and Sandy Hook shooter (an many a Hollywood character) did – bring lots of guns.  When you’re out of rounds, just grab the next gun.  Meanwhile, the Atlanta mother who shot a home invader could have certainly used more than seven rounds – she shot him five times and he was still able to flee.  What if there had been more than one intruder?  What if she hadn’t been a good shot?

Although the anti-gun cabal always wants to jump to act in the wake of a mass shooting, they rarely look at the real solutions: concealed-carry laws and medications checks.

Jared Holmes had a choice of seven movie theaters within thirty minutes of his apartment.  He chose the one that was a gun-free zone.  Schools are easy targets for predators because they are gun-free zones.  Most all of the mass-shooters of recent memory have been on or withdrawing from one or more anti-depressant or mood stabilizer such as Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft, and suicidal thoughts are just one of many negative side-effects of these drugs.  Others are mania, abnormal thinking, hallucinations, amnesia, agitation, psychosis, confusion, paranoid reactions, and more.  But this is a society that loves its psychiatrists and prescriptions and refuses to shed the light on their ill effects even though these effects are published by the FDA.  For many these drugs can be mental life-savers, but they shouldn’t be allowed weapons.  One must already have a clean record to purchase a gun and it wouldn’t be hard to put the question of the medications one is taking on the permit application.  This would not involve doctors and avoid the prospect of having the government consulting with one’s doctor or vice versa.

We don’t need $10 million for gun violence research, we need common sense.  Democrats want to reinstate the 1994 assault weapon ban that did nothing to stop the Columbine shooting.  And pray tell me, what good will gun-trafficking laws do when the administration itself gave us the Fast & Furious gun-running scandal?

Obama’s new gun control proposals will take law enforcement resources away from fighting crime and criminals and misplace it onto law-abiding citizens who simply don’t want to have to wait until the cops arrive when someone breaks into their house to steal, rape and murder, or tries to murder their children in school.  Fortunately most of his proposals require congressional approval, but with Obama’s record of ignoring the separation of powers and trampling the Constitution, we can expect that if he doesn’t get what he wants, he’ll impose it like he always does – by tyrannical fiat.


Wanted: A New Tailor for the Emperor

Victory is sweet, and the first presidential debate of 2012 was wonderfully instructive for so many reasons, most of all for showcasing Obama’s utter lack of talent and intelligence.

If Obama was as charismatic and brilliant as his followers and the media have hammered into us that he is, shouldn’t he have been able to master that debate and turned it to his favor with ease?  Without the media’s protection, both their refusal to ask him difficult questions or call him on his dismal record, and their gushing praise over his every syllable without criticism, Obama can’t perform.  He isn’t even as adept as Slick Willy himself on the stage.

Those poor Obama believers.  They thought he was brilliant, that he could save the world, lower the sea levels, conquer enemy Republicans with one hand tied behind his back.  They thought nothing could ruffle him, that he was just so talented all he had to do was exist and he would triumph.  But The Force, alas, is not with Barry after all.

Rose-colored glasses are shattering and it’s like watching a religious cult realize their leader is a fraud, or watching the shock of realizing what your favorite model looks like in sweats without makeup.  He sold them dreams from his father…or not.

Genius, like un-airbrushed beauty, is rare.  Watching the man who proclaimed himself a genius melt into a puddle of frothy indignation and embarrassment?  Oooohhh so satisfying.   The debate was a reveal for many wearing those glasses, but it just exposed the obvious to those of us who’ve been paying attention.  We’ve been opposing his terrible policies and unconstitutional power-grabs.  I personally have thought his speeches are vacuous, not awe-inspiring.  We’ve always known Obama was a puppet propped up and made over by a pampering, super-indulgent media and supporters.  Now a few more people realize it too.

Though his helpers in the news rooms are already working to change the story, they can’t take back the utter coming-apart-at-the-seams that occurred post-debate, where even the likes of Chris Matthews admitted Obama was an utter flop.  Even the race-card can’t be played here – will they try to say that anyone who saw what a complete failure Obama was is a racist?  They can make up all sorts of excuses, but the people saw Obama for what he is: a fake.

Obama and his ilk have been fooling some of the people most of the time, but all of the people can watch the debates!

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Contrasts: Liars Ramble, the Truth is Simple

Let’s hear it for the most entertaining event in the political season so far!  And a long-awaited comeuppance for our dictator-in-chief!

Romney handled Obama soundly, with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye.  He deftly combated BO’s constant lies and mischaracterizations about his economic plans, and you would see that twinkle every time Obama launched one, as if he was thinking “You’re making this too easy!”  Meanwhile Obama rambled on ad nauseum with “explanations” that made no sense, fumed as Romney trounced him, and whined for help to the pathetic sputtering Jim Lehrer.

Romney kept bringing it back to simple points that make sense to regular folks, and that’s the key to getting the votes – giving the people information that rings true and is verifiable.

As I watched I couldn’t help but be reminded of the contrast between Whitaker Chambers and Alger Hiss during the 1948 Chambers-Hiss trial in which Hiss, who had been working in the State department, was found to be a working member of the Communist underground in America.  Chambers, having worked closely with Hiss during his own time working for the Communist underground, was trying to stop the Communist apparatus by exposing it.

The beginning of the case hinged on something simple: Chambers accused Hiss, Hiss pretended not to recognize Chambers.  While Chambers’ answers to the committee’s questions were simple and direct, rarely more than a line as one reads the transcripts, Hiss went on for paragraph after paragraph creating as much subterfuge as possible.

Take this example from when the committee was ascertaining whether or not Hiss knew Chambers.  They showed him a photograph which he’d seen many times before.  He knew it was Chambers but he postponed “recognizing” him for as long as he could get away with it:

“Mr. Hiss: It looks like the very same man I had seen in the other pictures, and I see Mr. Mundt and him in the same picture.  The face is definitely not an unfamiliar face. Whether I am imagining it, whether it is because he looks like a lot of other people, I don’t know, but I have never known anyone who had the relationship with me that this man has testified to and that, I think, is the important thing here, gentlemen.  This man may have known me, he may have been in my house.  I have had literally hundreds of people in my house in the course of the time I lived in Washington.  The issue is not whether this man knew me and I don’t remember him.  The issue is whether he had a particular conversation that he has said he had with me and which I have denied and whether I am a member of the Communist Party or ever was…” (emphasis mine).*

This is one of the shorter examples.  All this mind-numbing discourse rather than a simple “No, I don’t know this man.”

It was the same runaround with every piece of evidence brought against Hiss proving he was working for the Communist underground.  In the end, he was proved to have been lying about the whole thing, everything Chambers had said was the truth.  When one reads the account, Hiss’ tactic is obvious.  Someone who is telling the truth doesn’t have to go round-about.

I have a hunch about American voters.  I think things reach people on a visceral level.  Obama’s negative ads are transparent, he has to lie to make his point while Romney just has to put what Obama says today next to what he said yesterday.  Obama has to concoct a crazy story about a guy who’s wife died of cancer many years after he worked at one of Romney’s companies, while Romney just has to point at what Obama did yesterday.

Despite the media’s coddling and protection of Obama against any hard questions or responsibility for his policies, words and actions, I think a majority of the people are seeing through him.  At a certain point, people can see how negative Obama is, and how positive Romney is by contrast.  Despite what many would like to believe about Obama as successful, at some point no matter what the television says, we look at our own bottom line.  We see that our food, medical, gas and other costs continue to rise, our savings and home values continue to plummet, our freedoms of speech and conscience are disintegrating, and nothing is improving.

After a while, people can instinctually see the contrast of a rambling liar against simple clarity.

This first debate certainly didn’t disappoint, and I for one and thoroughly looking forward to laughing at Joe Biden during next week’s vice-presidential debate!  Bring it on!

*Chambers, Whitaker. Witness. Illinois: Regnery Gateway Inc., 1952


Stolen Lives

As I listened to Hilary Clinton and Barak Obama give eulogies for the men killed in the embassy attacks last week I grew more sick to my stomach with each word.  The first thing out of her mouth was that it was a “difficult week for the state department…”  Really?  That’s the first entity for which the heinous attacks were *ahem* difficult?!  She went on to say that the countries in which these attacks took place “did not trade the tyranny of a dictator for the tyranny of a mob.”  Maybe you thought so, Hil, when you were over there orchestrating the Arab “spring,” but so many of us in the real world noted that while Mubarak was a relative moderate and long-time ally of both the United States and Israel, the Muslim Brotherhood was a ferocious band of radical Islamists who care neither for peace nor human rights, let alone diplomatic relations.  Ditto for Qaddafi in Libya.

The words that followed from Obama ring hollow, as do all his words, as he talked about bringing to justice those who perpetrated this violence.  Really?  You’ll “stand fast” will you, Barry?  It was your flimsy policies that brought us here as you sidled up to every tyrant on the Middle-Eastern block and turned your back on our allies from Poland to Israel.  You’re pulling out, not standing fast let alone going in to show that we won’t tolerate such violence.  Have fun at your campaign fundraising events while Eurasia burns and our borders are wide open.

Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith and Christopher Stevens, did not “give” their lives.  Their lives were forcefully ripped away, execution style by a bunch of medieval rabble who hate us because we stand for freedom and against the oppression that they inflict – from honor killings to throwing acid in women’s faces to pedophilia to denying women their G-d-given rights.  Stevens was a champion for the Libyans who gave them everything they wanted.  What did that achieve?  And you say violence never solved anything?  What has diplomacy solved  that violence didn’t have to rectify later?


Out-Pandering the Panderer-in-Chief

It was bad enough when Emperor Obama announced his June 15 decree to bypass Congress and grant legal status and work permits to 800,000 illegal immigrants.  Even worse, however, was that Romney and the Republicans have completely ignored that this is an unconstitutional, impeachable act.  Where is the outcry against this Tyrant in Chief?  The silence is deafening.

Romney doesn’t care that Obama has acted unconstitutionally, he’s fine with it.  He’ll have that power for himself if his spinelessness doesn’t cost him the election.  And as Obama made his move pandering to Hispanics for their votes, Romney is doing exactly the same.  He’ll staple green cards to diplomas?  He wouldn’t have the constitutional right to do so.  He won’t repeal Obama’s executive order?  Of course not.  Both parties are the same, neither acting according to the Constitution and varying only by slight degrees.

This is no alternative to Obama and it gives the lie to Romney’s campaign slogan, “Believe in America.”  If he did he would be talking about those principles that make America great and that foster the desire to become American through legal immigration.  He would be talking about how thwarting and undermining the Constitution hurts the citizens, including legal immigrants, whose rights are guaranteed and protected by it.

As Romney dangles green cards and other incentives in exchange for Hispanic support, so will he lose the support of mainstream America – you know, the ones affected by illegal immigration.  He should be campaigning on American Conservative values – fiscal responsibility, strong national security, smaller government and the like – because these are good for all citizens regardless of race, religion or creed.  Instead, he feints left to out-pander the panderer-in-chief.

Posing as an opponent to big government, Romney’s declarations would expand the bureaucracy of the already overwhelmed legal immigration system.  Legal immigrants currently going through the process will be shoved aside just as they will be because of Obama’s June 15 pronouncement.  Focusing on a tiny group at the expense of the rest, he makes clear his disregard for the rule of law, the suffering economy and the lack of employment.  Romney shows that he, too, will say whatever he wants in order to get elected.  This is our alternative to Obama?

Maybe it’s time for a Scott Walker write-in.


Are You Free?

If the government can take your private property, are you free?

If the government can dictate to you what you can and can’t eat, are you free?

If government agents can come into your public school and examine & replace your child’s lunch, are you free?

If your health care is in the control of the government and they can dictate your medical choices, are you free?

If you are a working tax payer, you pay for the entitlements of one fifth of the nation. Are you free?

If law enforcement can’t ask for a Hispanic person’s driver’s license because it could be considered discriminatory, are you free?

If the illegal and the dead can vote, are you free?

If your votes are rendered meaningless through sudden redistricting, are you free?

If energy is controlled by the government, are you free?

If you can be prosecuted for telling the truth about violent Muslim extremists, are you free?

If “right wing extremism” can be defined by Homeland Security but Muslim extremism cannot, are we free?

If opposition to abortion can be considered extremist, are you free?

If you can’t teach your children what you think is right without fear of imprisonment, are you free?

If teachers are being paid but our children are 70th in the world in reading, 95th in science, are our children going to grow up to be free?

If the government can force your child to learn about sex starting at age 5, are you free?

If someone can strip search you every time you want to travel by air, are you free?

When elected officials don’t have to abide by the laws of the land but you do, are you free?

If you can’t oppose a government policy without being ridiculed and called racist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, are you free?

If the peaceful is called violent and the violent peaceful, are you free?

If the military can arrest and imprison you indefinitely for any reason without a trial, ARE YOU FREE?

And what is at stake if you’re not free?

What is at stake if you can’t teach your children what you think is right?

What is at stake if our children can’t read?

What is at stake if they can take your property?

What is at stake if we can’t practice our religion freely?

What is at stake if you can’t rely on the rule of law?

What is at stake if we can’t voice our ideas on government?

What is at stake if we can’t name the greatest violence that threatens our freedom and peace?

Our property can be taken for any “public purpose.”  We cannot criticize the government.  We can now be jailed indefinitely for any reason by the military.  We are not allowed to call terrorists, terrorists.  The government and the criminals will always be armed.  The cops won’t be there until after the fact and they’ll be trying to avoid litigation.

Who protects your home from being seized?

Who protects you from the next Nadal Hassan?

Who protects your polling places from thugs with batons?

Just when we need strong men to fight thugs like these our men have been so emasculated that there’s practically no one left to protect the weak and defenseless.  If they dare to fight they are cut down in an instant over a little pee, the weak and defenseless left to fend for themselves.

What do you have that’s worth protecting?  What do you want for your children?


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