The Dangers of Imperialism

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

For most of our lives we’ve been taught that communism and fascism were the enemies of a free people, the enemies of America. That’s true, but only partially.

There is another. It’s called imperialism and for America directly, it has been historically far worse than communism or fascism.

Think about it. We have been involved in but two major wars where our homeland has been directly attacked. These attackers had two very important things in common. Actually, they were virtually identical.

They both were ruled by a monarch and both, for want of a better phrase, had a single state religion.

In Japan it was Shintoism and in England, Anglicanism. The religions mattered not for alternately one was forced to pay homage to a man; Japan’s Emperor and England’s King. If you didn’t like it, too bad for you.

In the case of Japan, we were just minding our business. Yeah, I know; Japan was allied with Nazi Germany. And I know; the oil blockade thing that starved Japan’s war machine. Okay, fine.

However, in the case of our founding, we originally were seeking religious freedom from England; the right to worship with whatever church we wished.

Well, England and particularly the crown would have none of that. How dare an English colony put anything before the King or be a member of any religion other than Anglican, the British state religion.

This is why pastors and preachers in America were targeted and why so many men of religion rose to prominence during our struggle for independence.

Of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, 29 held seminary degrees or Bible school certification.

This will boil the blood of the separation of church and state crowd: Many state constitution ratifications took place in churches or church buildings. So much for separation.

Anyway, the crown despised the religious independents for they undermined the Kings ultimate authority.

Preachers and pastors would preach revolution from the pulpit. These ministers became leaders of their communities. They advocated for the right to private property.

The British Parliament even referred to our revolution as the “Presbyterian Revolt”.

Ministers would preach to the troops prior to battle. “… American victory had been ordained by God since the beginning of time”, Rev. William Emerson prior to the Battle of Lexington and Concord.

They were the moral motivators of the troops. Preachers actually led male members of their congregation in military drills after Sunday services. This gave rise to the term “Minutemen” for the congregation could be ready to take up arms in a “minute”.

Many of the church leaders were also leaders in government. Oh the horror! The British troops called these pastors “The Black Robe Regiment” for the black robes they wore preaching from the pulpit.

The British were well aware of the Ministers’ power. So much so that when the British road into a town one of the first things they did was to round up and capture the local pastor.

They were the conscience of the community and thus the young nation.

I liken them to today’s outspoken Tea Party members and local Tea Party organizers.

One can always tell whom a despotic regime fears most by the actions taken and rhetoric spoken against them, such as what happened to hundreds of Tea Party organizations prior to this past election.

The Imperial left of this administration fears the Tea Party as the British feared the “Black Robe Regiment” during the revolution.

So although it is prudent to be aware of the dangers of communism, fascism and Islamism, we must also be mindful to guard against imperialism. Not being attacked by another imperial nation, but the danger of allowing our own government to morph into a monarchy of sorts.

David Axelrod is Right

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

We have been presented with the opportunity of a lifetime and that’s not hyperbole.

To paraphrase David Axelrod: the government is so “vast” it’s impossible to know what’s going on.

That’s probably the only intelligent thing he has ever uttered.

Well, he’s absolutely right. It’s gotten so large and out-of-control that it requires storm trooper like tactics to control the flow of the vast amount of money collected to run it.

Now we’ve learned that the collection department, the IRS, has been targeting groups that oppose the administration.

As an aside – if this scandal is what has surfaced, it’s a cinch there is much more that hasn’t. Just an observation.

Anyone who has been audited knows it may be the most stressful and painful experience this side of childbirth (or so I’ve heard). I thought the government was supposed to work for and be accountable to us, not the other way around.

So for this and a myriad of other reasons, the IRS should be abolished.

We on the right have been putting forth this tired refrain for decades, but there will never be a better chance than now to start advancing this notion.

We could learn a little from the left. “Never let a good crisis go to waste”. Well, this is a crisis we must not squander.

But the government needs money to operate, you say. You might add that without the threat of IRS persecution (and I do mean persecution), no one would ever pay their taxes.

Nonsense. Other than the most rabid antigovernment lunatics, virtually all citizens are willing to pay.

Most citizens just want the collection to be fair and transparent. The current system is neither (and that is deliberate). As Marco Rubio might say: “let’s bring those who do not pay taxes ‘out of the shadows’.”

The only truly fair and transparent tax is the consumption tax, not the flat tax. Yes, a national sales tax, but let’s not call it that. People already dislike sales taxes.

A flat tax is still based on income thus is not fair. Not everyone will pay and everyone should pay, at least a little. Skin in the game at all that.

One can still cheat the flat tax system by simply hiding their income. The consumption tax is fair and less apt to be corrupted. Black markets will only spring up if the rate is too high.

Of course the consumption tax would have to be an amendment, not just simply a law and take the place of the 16th amendment, which would have to be repealed first.

The consumption tax is also the epitome of a free-market system. It is also, with few exceptions, the only purely an absolutely voluntary tax. If you don’t wish to pay the tax, don’t purchase the item or service.

It would also take care of those pesky nonprofit tax-free organizations. No one would be tax-free because everyone and every organization must purchase things.

And how much money could corporations and organizations save by simply closing up K Street and not having to beg and bribe Congress for tax breaks?

Simply put, the lefty wizards of smart have admitted that the government has become too large to manage. They have also admitted that they are a bunch of bungling incompetents. Of course they did so, figuring no one will demand change. I’m sure they think; give it a couple of weeks and the scandals will be forgotten.

The current tax system is tyranny and the IRS tyrannical. However, impossible as the task may sound, it must commence sometime. As I stated; there may never be a better opportunity.

“Tyranny, like Hell, is not easily conquered, yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph”, Thomas Paine, 1776.

Benghazi Counterterrorism Response Team “Ruled Out From The Start”

CBS News’ Sharyl Attkisson — last heard from explaining that although her bosses have been supportive of her Benghazi reporting, her network’s shows and producers don’t seem interested — has chased down another major scoop. This time, she quotes unnamed White House officials admitting that administration leaders determined they would not deploy a counterterror response team to Benghazi from the get-go:

The Foreign Emergency Support Team known as “FEST” is described as “the US Government’s only interagency, on-call, short-notice team poised to respond to terrorist incidents worldwide.” It even boasts hostage-negotiating expertise. With U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens reported missing shortly after the Benghazi attacks began, Washington officials were operating under a possible hostage scenario at the outset. Yet deployment of the counterterrorism experts on the FEST was ruled out from the start. That decision became a source of great internal dissent and the cause of puzzlement to some outsiders.

Thursday, an administration official who was part of the Benghazi response told CBS News: “I wish we’d sent it.” The official said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s deputy, Patrick Kennedy, quickly dispensed with the idea. A senior State Department official Thursday told CBS News, “Under Secretary Kennedy is not in the decision chain on FEST deployment” but would not directly confirm whether Kennedy or somebody else dismissed the FEST. [FEST leader] leader Mark Thompson says Benghazi was precisely the sort of crisis to which his team is trained to respond. While it was the State Department that’s said to have taken FEST off the table, the team is directed by the White House National Security Council.

 

So someone high up in the administration decided “from the start” that a FEST crew wouldn’t be sent to Benghazi, even though the team’s leader says his group was designed to handle exactly that sort of emergency. We don’t know who made the decision to shut down the FEST option, or why. These questions must be answered. The FEST chain of command resides inside the State Department and the White House. Attkisson reports that much like the Tripoli response team that was ordered to stand down twice, FEST members were shocked when their services weren’t required in Benghazi:  Continue Reading

Schiff: We’re Heading For A Crisis Worse Than 2007

Washington is engaged in a massive “campaign” to make Americans believe the economy is in recovery. But in reality the United States is at the brink of a devastating economic crash that will cause catastrophic market losses and impoverish millions.

That’s according to Peter Schiff, the best-selling author and CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, who delivered his frightening warning to investors in a recent interview on CCTV.

“The problem with politicians is they don’t want to level with the voters and tell them how bad the economy really is and what the cure for the disease is,” Schiff said.

The “disease” Schiff refers to is a toxic combination of our massive $16.4 trillion debt and the Fed’s continued devaluing of the dollar through its controversial 7-year long “easing” program.

The Fed is currently purchasing $85 billion a month in Treasury and mortgage bonds, a form of stimulus.

President Obama and like-minded politicians claim this stimulus has pushed the economy forward, boosting GDP and keeping inflation low.

But Schiff says “it’s another lie.”

In fact, according to Schiff, the government has done nothing more than create a “phony” economy that is “completely dependent on the ability to borrow more money that we can’t pay back.”

“The Fed knows that the U.S. economy is not recovering,” Schiff said. “It simply is being kept from collapse by artificially low interest rates and quantitative easing. As that support goes, the economy will implode.”

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Benghazi Talking Point

On Sept. 12, 2012, President Barack Obama vowed to “bring to justice” the perpetrators of the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya. On Oct. 26, 2012, Obama said his “biggest priority” was bringing the “folks” in Libya responsible for murdering four Americans to “justice.” Tick, tock, tick, tock.

While White House press secretary Jay Carney sneers at the GOP’s “obsession” with what went wrong at the besieged Libyan consulate, Obama continues to ply his emptiest talking point. On May 13, 2013, more than eight months after the bloody disaster, Obama snippily reminded reporters that he had told us all back in September that “we would find out what happened, we would make sure that it did not happen again, and we would make sure that we held accountable those who had perpetrated this terrible crime.”

Woulda, coulda, shoulda. Justice delayed is justice denied.

A little more “obsession” from this administration with hunting down the jihadist killers would be a good thing. How about a little more anger directed at the perpetrators and a little less rage aimed at the conservative press? Nah. Team Obama seems more singularly focused on blaming its opponents, smearing whistleblowers and deriding those who are trying to hold the president to his words, words, words.

Perhaps with their newfound skepticism toward the lying liars of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the former lapdogs of the White House press corps will start asking questions like this: Where the hell is Sufyan Ben Qumu a.k.a. Abu Sufian bin Qumu?

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The Obama Defense

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

On May 14, Dana Milbank of the Washington Post Stenographer wrote of our poor president. He called him “President Passerby”.

Milbank wrote pleadingly that Obama “needs urgently to become a participant in his presidency.”

Gee Dana, why start now? He’s done such a great job from the sideline or leading from behind.

That’s why polls all say the people hate his policies, but yet still love him. He has achieved something remarkable; a president that bears no responsibility for anything in the eyes of the low information voter. Quite an achievement.

Milbank writes of what he considers a “full frontal assault on the first amendment by his administration.”

It was a revelation that the Justice Department “had gone on a fishing expedition through months of phone records of the Associated Press reporters.”

And yet Milbank is surprised that his president seemed astonished by the news. He claimed: “as astonished as the revelation that the IRS was targeting conservative groups based on their ideology.”

Dana seemed quite bemused that Obama claimed he heard of such things on the news and was concerned: “now that Obama has learned about this extraordinary abuse of power, he’s not doing anything about it.”

Now, is Milbank really surprised by these “revelations” or is he, as is usually the case, colluding to provide cover for his monarch. I choose the latter.

Dana pointed out what Jay Carney had said about comparing Obama to Nixon: “Nixon was a control freak. Obama seems to be the opposite.”

I believe, no, I know that those in the press, and other assorted leftists are rapidly crafting the image of a completely uninterested leader – President Passerby – the drive-by president, if you will. He is Sgt. Barack Schultz: he knows nothing!

And just in case that excuse doesn’t fly with the Beyoncé and Jay-Z crowd, David Axelrod has a backup excuse.

Axelrod posited that the government is so “Vast” Obama couldn’t possibly have his finger on the pulse of every department. He stated: “part of being president is there’s so much beneath you that you can’t know because the government is so vast.”

Off topic alert: would this not be the perfect time for some conservative lawmakers to come forward and demand that we shrink the size of government? Why yes it would!

Anywho, now the leftists believe they have a great defense to insulate the King from the possible wrath of his peasants.

But wait… Now I’m confused. Let’s go back to when the Arab spring was welling up and subsequently spinning out of control. Remember, a White House spokesman named Tommy Vietor and what he said of Obama?

Vietor said the president didn’t need briefings because he is “among the most sophisticated consumers of intelligence on the planet.” If he is so bloody intelligent how could he know nothing? You don’t get to be that intelligent by being ill-informed. So which one is Obama; the smartest, most informed guy on the planet or Jerry Lewis playing President Passerby?

I’d say neither. Barack Obama is Philip Dru – Administrator. He is not the Chief Executive. He appears more like the head of human resources. Obama hires a person to head up a department and then moves on to the next hire. He bears no responsibility for that hire after the fact.

Levin Pressured IRS

Sen. Carl Levin (D., Mich.) repeatedly pressed the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the tax-exempt status of specific conservative nonprofit organizations in letters to then-IRS commissioner Doug Shulman and director Lois Lerner in 2012.

Levin said he was concerned nonprofit organizations were abusing their tax-exempt status and engaging in partisan politics and requested information from the IRS on 12 organizations.

“Organizations are using Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(4) to gain tax exempt status while engaging in partisan political campaigns,” wrote Levin in one letter on July 27, 2012. “Making the problem worse is that the IRS knows there is a problem because of the public nature of the activity but has failed to address it.”

He asked whether the 12 organizations “applied for [tax-exempt status]; and if so … received the described exemption for political activity from the IRS.”

Levin’s list contained nine conservative groups, including Club for Growth, Americans for Tax Reform, and Americans for Prosperity. It also included two liberal groups and one centrist group.

The IRS officials were reportedly already aware that the agency had been targeting conservative groups for special scrutiny during the time Levin was corresponding with Shulman and Lerner.

The IRS acknowledged on Friday that agency officials singled out conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.

Levin is a prominent supporter of the DISCLOSE Act, which would require the disclosure of corporate donors to tax-exempt organizations. He was an original cosponsor of the legislation.

He told New York Times columnist Joe Nocera he would take on groups he believed were abusing their tax-exempt status.

“Tax-exempt 501(c)(4)s are not supposed to be engaged in politics,” he said. “We’re going to go after them.”

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