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rfraEarlier this month, Georgians and Indianans were attacked as homophobic bigots by the “Selma envy” branch of the Democratic Party trying to equate the plight of gays and lesbians with the legacy of slavery and segregation of blacks. Why? For attempting to join 19 other states that had passed a version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act first enacted by President Bill Clinton and Democrats in the 1990s. Peach State Republicans caved before passage, Hoosiers after passage.

Never mind that neither the federal nor any state RFRA have ever been used to countenance discrimination against any LGBT-identified “victim”. Never mind that jury verdicts assessing over $100k in damages in several western states against Christian-owned small businesses refusing to bake cakes or provide floral arrangements for or photograph same-sex weddings, have been upheld despite RFRA laws in those states.

No, the mere prospect that moms and pops, sued for such refusals, might be able to pose a religious defense against involuntary servitude at another’s religious service, brought out the self-righteous hordes of Democrats permanently aggrieved.

Of course, before RFRA, there was and remains the Constitution’s Free Exercise and Establishment clauses of the First Amendment which could still thwart attempts by Democrats to force all Americans to worship at the Church of non-Diverse Unions; even if a state has also passed a law prohibiting discrimination based upon sexual orientation. How? By distinguishing the mere sale of products to all comers from the forced participation of a free citizen in the exercise of a religion (one that practices non-traditional marriage) not their own. The U.S. Constitution prohibits the government from establishing a religion and from prohibiting one’s free exercise of their own. We are confident that the Alito Supreme Court will so hold.

But how did we get to the point where a government could force a person to perform work for another, against their will? Should not one that owns property be allowed to control that property and their own labor? Yes, but due to the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow, the power of the government to regulate commerce and the understandable need for the Civil Rights Act and, more significantly, the Public Accommodations bill, liberal busy-bodies, not content to remedy the real problem of de jure state-mandated race discrimination, have used the openings of those laws to try and impose their totalitarian (imagined grievance-based) will on all.

Of course, Jim Crow laws FORCED private businesses to treat blacks as inferior to whites. Those laws were ended by the civil rights laws. There have never been any equivalent such state laws demanding unequal treatment of gays and lesbians. Unlike blacks unable to travel the nation for fear they couldn’t find a hotel or restaurant, gays and lesbians have had no such history.

But since so many of the children of the 60s and their children have no real Selmas to conquer, the rest of us who have found meaning in our faith and families must be hectored by those who tilt at faux Selma windmills and bridges. And not just hectored, but risk having our life savings and businesses destroyed if we don’t ask “how high” when the LGBT lobby shouts “jump”.

Of course, very few Americans of faith or no faith are turning down dollars to make “stands”. But should the price for daring to risk loss by starting a business mean we should become slaves of a state that can then demand we render services to whomever and wherever that state says we must?

That slippery slope could one day lead to the government demanding we buy a health insurance policy we don’t want? Can you imagine?

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

harf and shermanPresident Barack Obama via his State Department’s Marie Harf said, earlier this week, that the United States “cannot win this war by killing [Islamic State fighters] . . . [and that] we need, in the medium- to longer-term, to go after the root causes that lead people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs, whether . . .”

One hundred and fifty years ago today, Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman left Columbia, S.C. in ruins after having killed enough Confederate rebels in the Palmetto State and Georgia to ensure eventual victory in the War Between the States. Sherman understood the root causes of pride, arrogance, greed and slavery, i.e. sin, and that killing enough of the “causers”, in their heretofore untouched antebellum paradise, would tear out the roots for generations.

German Nazis and Imperial Japanese had their root causes torn out via just enough killing by FDR’s Patton and HST’s Enola Gay. Yes, Ms. Harf, after the killing there may be time to deal with root causes in a non-violent way with Marshall Plans or MacArthur viceroys, but only after enough enemies are dead so as to concentrate the minds and hearts of the survivors.

In fact, Marie’s boss Barack inherited a root cause-prevention device in Iraq when he took office in 2009. President George W. Bush, after staying the course there and overcoming the Democrat enemy’s “Bush-Lied” campaign in the homeland, surged to victory over al Qaeda and Saddam’s Baathists, with the aid of freedom-seeking Iraqis, by killing tens of thousands of those that had been trained to wage jihad over here, before we put at risk their homeland over there. In the process, we gathered intel via waterboarding and by having stayed the course and earning the trust of Muslim informers – which led, ironically,  to President Obama’s only finest moment, i.e. the killing of Usama bin Laden after Obama had opposed the surge and waterboarding, or as I like to call it, nose-swabbing.

Sometimes Marie, you have to enhance-interrogate enough enemies to win wars. Then you can let the survivors create jobs, like Americans used to be allowed to do before your Spread-the-Wealth-in-Chief, via free market capitalism. Think South Korea and Japan after the deluge and thanks to a residual armed U.S. force to keep the minds concentrated.

But what did Obama do upon taking office? He removed our residual force in Iraq, thus returning it to the root cause, this time named ISIS. Need any extra towels to sop up the blood on you and B. Hussein’s manicured hands, Miss Harf?

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On February 17, 1865, Sherman’s March through the Carolinas arrived at the fount from which secession had sprung four long bloody years earlier. Hundreds of thousands of rebels had been killed at Antietam, Gettysburg, Vicksburg and countless other battles. Atlanta had fallen and Sherman had completed his celebrated March to the Sea and conquered Savannah as a Christmas gift to President Lincoln. But Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia still held out at Perersburg, Va.

Not enough killing and destruction had yet been been done. The root cause of Southern pride had to be killed, including many of the bodies housing that pride and buildings housing the bullets and cotton.

Before leaving Savannah for what Confederate generals would deem an even greater achievement than the March to the Sea, on par with Julius Caesar, in marching across the Salkiehatchie swamps of the South Carolina Low Country, Georgians said to Sherman: “Why don’t you go over to South Carolina and serve them this way? They started it.”

He did. And while soldiers would often apologize to poor South Carolinians as they burned war assets, they would all refrain:

“But, South Carolina must be destroyed”.

The root cause of slavery and the soldiers defending that “way of life” was destroyed and thus gone with the wind. It took 100 more years to force Democrats to also destroy Jim Crow, but that progress was only made possible because Lincoln, Sherman and Gen. Ulysses S. Grant were willing to kill enough of the enemy to win the Civil War.

War is Hell. So is losing them to tyrants. Let’s not.

 “One man with courage makes a majority”. – Andrew Jackson

 

George Washington portraitIt is fitting that if we are to celebrate just one President that it be the Father of our Country, without whose leadership and character there would be no Shining City on a Hill.

And yes, today’s federal holiday is still, and always has been, declared in (you can look it up in) federal law , as Washington’s Birthday; and not any so-called amorphous “President’s Day” requiring celebrations of 43 Presidential oath takers. The latter is the creation of a failed congressional attempt to change the law coupled with (and you can look that up too) the advertising activities of retail companies and calendar manufacturers.

Moreover, liberal academic “reformers” and the media have used the above to conduct a veritable cultural hijacking of Washington’s Birthday, much as they have any tradition, institution and icon of the exceptional Judeo-Christian America they despise.

The law is the law, and the traditional name of the federal holiday remains, but the culture is subject to leftist hijacking via the neglect of conservatives and others that are proud of their nation.

General George Washington watched thousands fall on the battlefield so that we could ordain and establish self government based on the rule of law as opposed to the tyrannies of the rule of men, whether they be (would be Obama) Kings, Despots or Judicial Oligarchs. He nearly lost his life many times leading Revolutionary War battles. As our first President he astounded the world by peacefully giving up power to his successor.

Yet, all the “reformers” care to recall is that he was a slaveowner. Yes, he was a slaveowner, but he fathered a nation that put slavery on the path to destruction and which has freed more of humanity from tyranny than in all of human history. Ironically, many of the so-called reformers that would have us celebrate James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson and Richard Nixon, also conveniently looked the other way when evaluating the greatest enslavers and murderers of humanity in the Soviet Union and Red China.

The true reformer was the man whose birth we celebrate today. The man who admitted chopping down a cherry tree and went on to chop down the barriers to Liberty so that men could be truly free.

Happy Birthday President Washington!

“What our forefathers with so much difficulty secured, do not basely relinquish.” – William Bradford

1945-Yalta-Conference-1Seventy years ago this month, Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt, with a little help from Communist spies in the latter’s administration, made sure that Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union won WWII and eastern Europe didn’t.

Britain had declared war on Nazi Germany in 1939 because it invaded Poland from the west. It seems lost to history that the invasion was part of the Nazi-Soviet (Molotov-Ribbentrop) Pact under which the Soviet Union invaded Poland from the east. Yet just six years later, the British prime minister and U.S. president agree to trust Joseph Stalin with Poland and all of the rest of Eastern Europe, from Finland and thru the Baltics to the Balkans. Might as well have a straight line running through the heart of Germany and Europe writ large.

Thankfully, the United States developed the atom bomb before either Der Fuhrer or Uncle Joe; or all of Europe, America and Planet Earth would have descended into the same Dark Age that millions behind the Iron Curtain did thanks to our betrayal of freedom on the coast of the Crimea in February of 1945. Holocaust survivors liberated from Auschwitz were merely transferred from a German concentration camp to a Stalin gulag.

Seventy years later, President Barack Obama seems intent opon facilitating the development of an Islamic nuclear bomb by the leading sponsor and fomenter of terrorism since 1979. Ironically, just as the U.S. armed the USSR before Pearl Harbor (and after) via Lend-Lease, Russia has helped Iran develop nukes for years.

Just what is the affinity of the latest Democratic Party president to Iranian mullahs he begged to have lunch with even as they mowed down peaceful Green Revolutionaries in the streets of Tehran? Is it that B. Hussein sees pre-Barack America and non-Jeremiah Wright Christianity as just as great a Satan as does Iran’s Supreme Leader? After all, it was Christians in Middle Age Crusades that abused Mohammedans; Britain and America that invented slavery; and Republicans that didn’t evolve on gay marriage fast enough.

But wait, didn’t The Prophet of Islam (that must not be slandered) launch the first land-grabbing, forced-conversion crusades? Write holy books and receive one from Allah that made all women chattel slaves? And what about gay rights in Islam? And wasn’t it Christians that abolished slavery in the West? I think so.

Obama has already handed over American-surge freed allies in Iraq to ISIS as surely as millions were sentenced to Stalin’s Gulag Archipelago by the Yalta Conference-communiques of the Big Three.

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Of course, FDR knew a day of infamy when he saw one at Pearl Harbor and acted accordingly to defend the nation. Obama and the Democrats conveniently now see 9/11 as akin to crime mayors must minimize so small businesses will open stores and pay taxes. Does anyone doubt that the Bush waterboarded-KSM & al Qaeda friends would have carried out those follow-ups to 9/11 had a Gore, Kerry, Hillary or Obama been Commander in Chief?

If Iran gets the bomb as Obama legacy-enhancement, will there even be an Israel for a latter-day Reagan (with assists from Trumans, Ikes and Nixons) to liberate? At least Uncle Joe had the good manners to commit genocide across ethnic lines and without making movies of it.

There was no basis upon which FDR and Churchill could justify any trust in Stalin that he wouldn’t be as least as bad a jailer as Hitler. Nor is there any basis upon which Iran can be trusted today as they build a new Persian Empire across the Middle East. You thought amnesty for illegals was bad? Obama isn’t finished with executive fiats just yet.

Could someone, maybe even a Boehner or a McConnell, at least try and make him stop?

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

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I hear many say that ISIS has jumped the shark with the video release of their burning alive of a captured Jordanian pilot. Even some Democrats want to declare war on ISIS now. We heard similar sentiment expressed months ago when they released videos of the slow, torturous (no compassionate 18th Century French Jacobins with guillotines, these 7th-come-21st Century “extremists”) be-headings of American and other Western journalists.  Not so many such calls for war when ISIS was killing Christians and other minorities en masse. Wonder why?

Childlike liberals need pictures to get excited?

It seems so, given that of all the existential threats to the United States, while ISIS is not a “junior varsity” one, a majority of Americans (Democrats all) re-elected a President Barack Hussein Obama who had appeased Iran before 2012 and who since has facilitated the development of a nuclear weapon by the world’s leading supporter of terrorism every year since 1979. The same Iran that took and held American hostages until the specter of The Republican Gipper was manifest. The same Islamist “republic” that sponsors puppets in Gaza (Hamas), Lebanon (Hezbollah), and Syria (Bashir Assad). The same Iranian mullahs that funded and planned the killing of American armed forces and civilians in Beirut, the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia and in Iraq. The same Iranian Supreme Leader that ordered the mowing down of young people and others during the Green revolution in Tehran, during which Obama begged to have lunch with the ruling mullahs, while remaining silent about the massacre of innocent freedom seekers.

What’s also so sad is that more people don’t NOW see how Saddam jumped the shark by harboring Abu Nidal, training hijackers at the plane shell in the desert, invading Iran and Kuwait, using gas against Iran and the Kurds, publicly paying the parents of suicide bombers on TV, defying the UN WMD-inspectors and firing on US planes.  Saddam almost assassinated Bush41. Thank God that over 5000 terrorists trained to attack the US homeland went to the Iraq War to defend theirs and died at our hands, thanks to the Surge ordered by the grownup named President George W. Bush who stayed the course even after the shiny pictures faded from view.

The Islamist terror shark has jumped but Obama declared the War on Terror over years ago and, accordingly by his lights, surrendered Iraq least year, yesterday called ISIS a mere “organization”, and is in the process of turning Afghanistan over to the Taliban again. Obama jumped the appeasement surrender-monkey shark years ago. In fact, ISIS owes Obama credit for not leaving even a 5000-man residual force in Baghdad, thus allowing them a foothold from which to conquer massive territory in Iraq and Syria. ISIS wants to be what Saddam was when most Democrats understood his threat under Clinton’s Desert Fox and voted by a majority for War in Iraq after 9/11.

Sharks have been jumped for decades by Islamists but some people (all Democrats and Rand Paul) need shiny pictures to get serious, and then for only five minutes. And when our war policy doesn’t produce Connecticuts in the Middle East within 72 hours and no more shiny pictures appear on NBC, they cut and run, i.e. surrender to evil and retreat to their ostrich hole of envy and slander.

FDR, HST, JFK and Reagan didn’t need shiny pictures. Dubya didn’t. Serious people don’t. Instead they stay the course until unconditional surrender.

Some seem to think that only a direct link to 9/11 is the only reason to go to war and that only Osama bin Laden was a threat. Yet before 9/11 even Al Qaeda hadn’t carried out 9/11. Hitler wasn’t involved in 9/11, but they saw the shiny pictures. Stalin killed the photographers near his Terror, Famine, Purge and Gulag, so many Democrats went all anti-anti-Communist since Joe McCarthy’s pictures were so shiny.

Yet a picture of a burning prisoner might be a reason to go to war, while the killing of thousands and a nuclear threat isn’t? It doesn’t compute and who on Earth, including allies, would trust the word of President Obama to stay the course anyway? Which enemy would fear him? Even an oil price-savaged Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine and its nuclear weapons aid to Iran.

Pray for God’s protection until January 20, 2017 because that is the only hope we have with this interloping appeaser in the White House; and pray to God that a majority of Americans will finally understand that NO Democrat can be trusted to defend us, whether there appear shiny pictures on CNN or not.

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson 

 

trafalgarAmerica and the Free World’s enemies have most always been megalomaniacal tyrannical dictatorships whom we have defeated thanks in large part to free market capitalism-produced prosperity that made the building of a military force second to none possible, the wisdom of our leaders to build and maintain such a force and the courage of leaders and Americans to fight against tyranny.  Witness the defeats of the Kaiser, Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan and the Soviet Union, respectively.

This past week Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) echoed the alarms of many against the mindless sequestration budget deal of the past four years that has required equal budget increases (there are no actual cuts in either from year to year despite persistent Beltway speak by politicians and news media alike) in domestic and military outlays, respectively. This after the draconian actual military cuts made by President Barack Obama and the Democrats when they held Congress and the White House in 2009-10. Despite the takeover of the Senate by Republicans after last November’s election, it will still require that the GOP leadership garner the courage to play government shutdown-chicken with a Commander in Chief intent upon further weakening America’s defenses, in order to rebuild a U.S. Navy smaller than before WWII.

It was essential to the defeat of fascist enemies in that war that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt join hands, despite past labor dispute differences, with GM’s William Knudsen to mobilize the building of the Arsenal of Democracy. Sadly, the U.S. doesn’t have a Chief Executive today intent upon identifying the existential threat of Islamist fascism, much less with the determination FDR had of insisting upon the unconditional surrender of our enemies.

DeVine History in Real Time this week explores events 100 and 210 years ago, respectively, that prevented the tyrannical takeover of Europe before an FDR, Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan or even a Woodrow Wilson had the chance to stave off another Dark Age.

Last year we praised the French troops who fought off the Germans on the Marne River at the direction of General Joseph Joffre with saving Europe from tyranny during the 100th anniversary of the Guns of August beginning of the Great War in 1914 that would later be re-named WWI after Pearl Harbor in 1941 made Hitler and Tojo’s war global. Never mind that the French and Indian or Seven Year’s War of the mid-18th Century was arguably the first global conflict.

This month marks 100 years since a young First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill directed the Royal Navy to chase the German Kaiser’s upstart navy back to their ports after the late January 1915 Battle of Dogger Bank, the North Sea-equivalent of the Battle of the Marne, in preventing an early German victory over the forces against their attempted hegemony.

On New Years Day 1915 a German submarine had sent shock waves throughout Britain and France when its torpedo sunk the British battleship HMS Formidable, sending 546 sailors to their deaths. Later that month German battle cruisers shelled three towns on England’s east coast, killing a number of civilians. Churchill’s response at Dogger Bank, while inconclusive, did drive German warships back to their ports, thus enabling an effective blockade that made Allied victory possible four years later.

Of course, for Britain to be able to thwart Germany at sea they had to have a formidable navy. That they did control the seas of an empire in 1915 upon which the sun never set, was made possible by their navy’s seminal victory over a tyrannical Napoleon’s French navy and Spain’s Armada in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

The French Revolution, commenced with the storming of the Bastille in 1789, was inspired by some who idolized George Washington’s American version against Britain. It quickly degenerated into a godless, mob-propelled blood bath that only a Napoleon could tamp down. Sadly, he converted the revolution into a military state of conquest, albeit with a Napoleonic Code that years decades later would deliver some good fruits of the throwing off of an absolute monarchy. But in 1805, France was just just beginning its domination of Europe, with only a British navy standing in its way.

Enter Lord Horatio Nelson and a Royal Navy seriously outgunned by the combination of the Spanish and French. Lord Nelson lost his life off the coast of Trafalgar, Spain, on October 21, 1805, but without his navy’s victory that day 210 years ago, there would never have been a Waterloo 10 years later.

Today, America is in retreat under the leadership of a re-elected president who promised retreat. Obama gave away the Bush Surge gains in Iraq as too many in the Democratic Party denounce patriots like American Sniper Chris Kyle. Congress can’t compel any Commander in Chief to fire one bullet against an enemy. But they can, if they have the will and the courage, prevent the gutting of military forces necessary to defend America and the Free World when voters next elect a President determined to so defend us.

This means that House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will have to love America more than their jobs and fear Russia, China, Iran and Radical Islam more than MSNBC.

“What our forefathers with so much difficulty secured, do not basely relinquish.” – William Bradford

 

auschwitz liberation4bSeventy years ago today on January 27, 1945, Soviet forces – allied with the United States in WWII against Nazi Germany and advancing towards Berlin on the Eastern Front as American, French and British troops advanced from the west after the Battle of the Bulge – reached the now infamous Auschwitz-Birkeanau concentration camp in Poland and liberated some 200,000 prisoners that had not yet met the fate of the approximately 1.5 million Jews killed there as part of Adolph Hitler’s Final Solution.

Within months, the Soviet Communists – of terror, forced famine, gulag archipelago and their own brand of purges and mass murder fame – would erect an Iron Curtain across Poland and all of Eastern Europe, thus de-liberating, i.e. enslaving, them in a Red Hell much larger than any Germans ever erected.

But there are Holocausts and there are Holocausts. The Left never let us hate on the non-national socialists and be admonished not to forget their mass murders in the tens of millions since if only Stalin (no pictures of his mass murder) had hired better bureaucrats the desired leftist Utopia may have arisen. Democrats invented the “McCarthy Era” and vilified Richard Nixon and Whittaker Chambers, lest the legacies of fellow Democrats be sullied. Democrats not named Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy regularly Blamed America First, attacked anti-Communists as extremists, took the Soviet side for nuclear freeze appeasement, supported Sandinistas in Nicaragua and otherwise tried to undermine the ultimately successful “peace through strength” strategy of President Ronald Reagan that led to the felling of the Iron Curtain, including especially the Berlin Wall.

We were, though, rightfully and righteously admonished never to forget Hitler’s holocaust. Sadly, too many in the Democratic Party have forgotten even that version, if one judges said Democrats by their actions.

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This week, we have been admonished to detest Speaker of the House John Boehner for daring to invite Israeli Prime Minister BiBi Netanyahu to speak to a joint session of Congress in March, without first obtaining President Barack Obama’s permission. Yes, the same Obama Administration that regularly usurps the power of the House and Senate to make laws. Yes, the same Commander in Chief that regularly apologizes to a Muslim World that largely defines itself by its desire that Jews and the Nation of Israel cease to exist. Yes, the same U.S. Chief Executive that regularly snubs the loyal America ally and only free nation in the Middle East in public and calls their leader “chickensh**” in private.

The same Barack Hussein Obama who begged to have lunch with Iran’s ruling mullahs as they mowed down innocent Green Revolution liberty-seekers in the streets of Tehran. Yes, even the same Iranian regime that vows to eliminate Israel from the face of the earth as Obama makes concessions allowing Iran to develop nuclear weapons and missiles that would enable Iran to do just that. The same Islamic nation of Iran that, like Saddam’s Islamist Baathists, cut their independence-teeth on Nazi doctrine during and after WWII.

One of the main reasons Israel exists today, with President Truman being the first world leader to recognize them, and even with United Nations approval, was so the Zionist nation could be a refuge from further Holocausts. We must never forget what European socialists did in the the USSR and Germany: mass murder of Jews, Christians and anyone else that stood in their way of wielding totalitarian power, even if it required genocide of ethnic and religious groups.

The same evil mass-murdering, genocidal movement is back; this time defining the threat to its power as the infidel who dares not submit to Allah and The Prophet Mohammed’s Koran and Hadith-prescribed women-enslaving Sharia law that also, by the way, prohibits the creation of any, even flattering, image of said prophet, not to mention unflattering cartoons or the soiling of Korans, i.e. the United States and the Free World it used to lead before President Obama became a citizen of the world equating Greek exceptionalism with our City on a Hill and praying that “the future not belong to those that slander the prophet of Islam. For the record, how would one slander or otherwise defame the name of a pedophile rapist that forces people to submit to his version of God or die?

Remember also September 11, 2001

After 9/11, I well remember Darryl Worley’s country song, “Have You Forgotten?”, released soon after Democrats started the “Bush-Lied” Era, thus encouraging terrorists to wait us out in Iraq and Afghanistan until a Democrat could win the White House and surrender.

They waited. Obama won the White House, and immediately went on an apology tour to the Muslim World before yes, surrendering to those who want to accomplish more Holocausts for Jews, Christians, gays, Lesbians, and anyone who will not submit to their Koran and Sharia. The former Holocausts were committed by atheists  named Lenin, Stalin, Hitler and Mao. The present versions are being sought by alleged monotheists in Iran, Gaza, Syria, and other Muslim Brotherhoods.

Before President Obama whines of foreign policy protocol against a coequal branch of the U.S. government, would it be too much to ask that he remember the Holocaust and 9/11 and act accordingly to prevent more of them? I think so. One way would be to honor Israel by inviting their leader to the White House and accompanying him to Capitol Hill himself.

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

boehner-begging-king-obamaBefore Andrew Jackson won the presidency in 1828, a “King Caucus” of congressional leaders on Capitol Hill chose party nominees in a tidy, insular way as a tidy, insular National Bank directed national economic affairs for the benefit of wealthy cronies. Having won the popular vote in 1824 only to lose in the Electoral College thanks to the political maneuverings of his King Caucus member opponent Henry Clay, Jackson campaigned relentlessly for expansion of the voting franchise. Turnout rose from 27% in 1824 to 57% in 1828, thus ushering in an Old Hickory to beat down the elites in D.C., so that We the People’s voice could be heard and acted upon to expand our liberty-fueled pursuits of happiness.

Before Barack Obama was inaugurated on January 20, 2009, citizens of the United States hadn’t been subject to a King as Chief Executive since the Battle of Yorktown vanquished the realm of King George III in 1781 in the Thirteen Colonies. Then came illegal deep water oil drilling moratoriums, amendments to Obamacare via executive fiat, a war on coal via illegal EPA regulation promulgation and Dream Acts of illegal amnesty via gross illegal usurpation of legislative power.

Twice, tea partier conservative and other Americans returned Republicans to power in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to stop Obamacare, Obamanomics and, in short, Obama Democrats’ policies that have chased millions of workers, small businesses and good paying jobs out of the work force while delivering a boom to their Wall Street cronies. Voters expected Speaker John Boehner’s House since 2010 and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Senate since last November’s 2014 mid-term election to at least stop funding and otherwise enabling Obama’s illegal and failed policies.

Yet, even before the newly elected Republicans could be sworn in, Boehner and McConnell formed a Lame Duck Caucus with King Obama to sell out the first 10 months of the New all-GOP Congress with a Cromnibus budget funding Obamacare, the political IRS, failed VA, job-killing EPA, albeit with a promise to “oppose” amnesty. Then, after being sworn, they kill a popular anti-late-term abortion bill to protect murder victims in the womb from pain after the 20th week of gestation and float a gas tax-hike trial balloon..

Betrayals since 2010 continue to mount, no matter how many historic landslides tea partiers deliver to the GOP. Whether this is because Boehner and McConnell still fear government shutdown-blame more than Jews ever feared Hitler or because they secretly favor Big Government and amnesty for cheap foreign labor, matters not.

Liberal Democrats will never be part of the solution to the problems that their policies have wrought. Nor will timid Republicans, but at least the latter can be whipped into voting the right way. But they won’t be so whipped by any Senate or House version.

No, the only way even a GOP-controlled Congress gets whipped into halting the march of totalitarian socialist policies, much less into repealing such laws and to advance policies that liberate Americans, will be after a hickory stick-whipping by one conservative Republican  man or woman with courage in the White House, in the tradition of Andrew Jackson.

Hopefully a Rubio, Walker, Jindal, Cruz, Martinez, Haley or Pence can be that hickory-wielding man or woman in 2017. Until then, prepare for the worst.

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

 

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