October 22nd, 2013
The Liberals were dancing in the streets and howling with joy over both Obama and the Democrats' tactical win regarding the Debt ceiling increase in tandem with the failed Obamacare defunding effort.
Causatively, the Conservatives were ready to evacuate, if not completely eviscerate the entire Republican Party --that is until that other news began leeching out from the media, but only after the House vote was completed, of course.
The night before the final vote, Obama actually sounded Presidential in his deferral to all sides stating
"I've never believed that Democrats have a monopoly on good ideas"--"I'm convinced that Democrats and Republicans can work together to make progress for America."
Fear not, however, because right after the final vote had been completed by the House, the partisan Saul Alinksy side of the President took over once again, as Obama opportunistically began to slam the GOP, but only after the danger had passed, of course:
"All of us need to stop focusing on the lobbyists and the bloggers and the talking heads on radio and the professional activists who profit from conflict and focus on what the majority of Americans sent us here to do."
"[the Conservatives should] go out there and win an election and push to change policies they do not like, but not try to break apart America's system of governing."
Oh, "He's Baa-ack."
Our initial response to all of this, here at Conservative Refocus, spoke to the fact that the reaction from both sides was quite premature, and that's to put it mildly, at least after our outside-of-the-box analysis of what was truly happening, had been completed.
In fact, the vast Right-wing Conservative punditry appeared, at least in part, to be feeding the frenzy of anger from Conservatives towards the GOP and across the spectrum--as had we-- before a thing began happening which changed our outlook dramatically, but only beginning on October the 2nd. In fact, things had now changed so drastically, even within the midst of these debates, that these culminating events were certainly not what they were, one week, one month, or one year or even three years ago.
This is why the ultimate outcome concerning the final House and Senate vote, in the final tally, was quite possibly the best thing that could have ever happened for the GOP, and there are three simple idiomatic reasons why.
The first reason for our non-serendipitous U-turn, was due to an event that began happening on October 1st, right in the midst of all of the passionate debate over both spending and the debt ceiling, and it was something that no one had truly expected. Indeed, it was also at about this time, that Conservative Senator Ted Cruz was said to have all of a sudden "disappeared," at least according to the Axis Press.
Now why is that?
Our initial reason was partially illuminated by the fact that the launch of Obamacare had turned into an even worse train wreck than anyone could have ever possibly imagined, and right out of the box.
You see, when the Obamacare State Exchanges were rolled out and placed into effect, they didn't exactly work very well, and that's being nice about it. Nor was it simply a few technical glitches, either.
With only a relative few people logging on to try to obtain health insurance, many of them simply couldn't. Indeed, after almost three weeks, there are many individuals who are still hung at even creating an account name, others are hung-up on the password, and still others can't seem to get past the security questions. In other words, the vehicle that was supposed to be used to make all of this Obamacare goodness happen, turns out to be shoddy third rate software at best, and apparently designed by Community organizers.
The truly great thing is that this is before the mandate even takes effect and with very light traffic, so just imagine if you will, what happens when millions begin accessing a site which was so poorly designed that it can barely stand even light traffic.
Can you say "Mega-train wreck?" No wonder Cruz disappeared, most of us had overestimated the Obama regime's technical prowess based only upon their electronic election savvy, one supposes. But, that's not the only reason for our sea-change in opinion, it was an unholy trinity of three major things coming together which did the trick...on to the next.
The second major reason was that there were those who were lucky enough to actually get into the program, but that's where the next massive problem only began. You see, the ones who finally got in couldn't seem to get back out fast enough, assuming they were actually able to view the rates. The ones that were able to view the rates, during the process of enrollment, apparently went through an extreme bout of sticker shock as a result, to say the least.
Indeed, and once again as much earlier predicted, Obamacare is not at all cheap, in fact it costs a small fortune, the coverage deductibles are prohibitively high, and the out of pocket costs are crazy bad, if not unlimited, and then there's the severe prescription limitations.
We knew that all of this simply wasn't going to play very well when the faithful Obama disciples became discombobulated, and only after the first several months of making their vast monthly Obamacare payments. Nor could they, at this juncture, blame it on the GOP because the Republicans had pretty much laid down their arms and gone quietly along with the Obama regime, with nary a whimper, after all was said and done.
To be sure, the private market health insurance offerings will begin to look very enticing, subsidy or not, never mind the fact that they don't share your personal info with every government agency in existence. Oh, but wait, there was this one teeny-tiny little catch...
But no one cares about price, or cancellations, especially when it comes to Obama's legacy, right? Hello?
But then, as the Obama Regime stands at the plate whiffing at the healthcare ball searing past, there's the third and perhaps crowning issue in all of this.
The initial Republican game plan could not have easily foreseen any of these variables breaking as bad as they actually did on the Obama Regime, but break they did--and bad doesn't even do the foul debacle justice.
The GOP had indicated that they would seek a one year delay for the actual individual inception of Obamacare; however, now that we can all see how bad it actually is, the GOP was obviously granted an ill-deserved reprieve. You see, if the inception had actually been pushed back one year, that would have placed the genesis of Obamcare's debut AFTER the 2014 election.
So, the overall populace who will be forced into buying Obamacare in 2014 could not have possibly known how truly horrible it actually is until after the election.
But, now, they will....
The Republicans, who were never for Obamacare in the first place, and in total, will end up building a mountain of usable political capital headed into the 2014 election, as the debacle only gets worse --while the Democrats' coiffure of public IOU's will be as full of useless paper promises as the US Treasury, itself.
Live by the sword, die by the sword, as they say, but it gets even better. Because of the fact that neither Obama nor the Democrats ever offered up a budget, the spending resolutions will be forced into continuing and at the House's ultimate discretion.
As things continually grow worse, Obama's ratings will begin to truly suffer, and the Democrats will then begin casting for ways to rethink their collective positions, albeit far too late. While this is happening, the political Left will continue trying to sell the Obamacare snake oil while accusing the GOP of both wishing and trying to get the "Affordable" Healthcare Act to fail from the start.
The Liberals will even cast wildly about for a villain, ultimately trying to blame Conservatives for the ostentatious failure of their solely owned program, however the Left will be unable to gain any traction with that particular line of attack, nor will the media get behind it, at least not fully.
Meanwhile, clinics and smaller hospitals will begin to suffer, as various lesser insurance carriers and medical vendors begin either opting out or selling out of their traditional roles within the healthcare system.
Rural medical care will also begin to suffer, as the rates being charged to lesser populated regions begin to overwhelm Obamacare's less affluent victims.
Job losses will soar, while Medicaid roles are expanded leaving fewer and fewer victims for Obamacare to advantage, while also forcing states to raise taxes to cover ever-increasing social funding outlays.
Seniors, who have seen their Medicare premiums increase, expansively, will find making ends meet harder and harder forcing many into poverty-like conditions, while others will be unable to gain medical care for life-threatening conditions, formerly repairable, under prior government healthcare.
Prescription costs, for those at higher risks, will be unaffordable which will then put pressure on big pharma to maintain profits thereby forcing even more costs onto remaining private insurers, which will still cover certain prescriptions.
This will, in turn, begin to force up rates massively as premium notifications will be required to come out in October of 2014.
The political Left will then offer up various radical avenues of repair which will only hit private industry, and therefore consumers, even harder. Then, in an upcoming continuing resolution funding debate, the Conservatives can push for defunding with the "full faith and credit" of the American people.
Here also is where Obama will most likely make a play for the penultimate authoritarian presidential power-play.
And all of this will hit just as the November Elections come into their final stages, and just as the employers will be forced into becoming part of the Obamacare mandate. Layoffs and hours cut will become far worse than they are even now.
So, whether you're happy or sad about the Dem's temporary victory, take heart or take leave as the situation applies, and this is just scratching the surface of the myriad problems which have yet to ooze out.
So, do we, who have been preaching about the very thing that we predicted for almost five years--which is unfolding even now--sound a little too vindictive in this rather dark tome of dystopian angst which is unfolding in America right before our very eyes?
Maybe, but at some point the Statist insanity that Americans have been victim to must be owned by the prepetrators.....or should that be perpe-traitors? At any rate, most of us have had enough of this protracted Utopian nonsense, so maybe the lowly-informed will finally take notice, and not a bit too soon.
Ergo, the GOP ultimately and perhaps even unwittingly, wins the strategic war, which brings up the old saying, "They have us right where we want them."
Because when your opposition is digging a very deep hole for itself, the worst thing you can do is to take away their shovel....
October 15th, 2013
Conservative Refocus Reports
On October 13, 2013, the protesters stood outside of the White House fence, calmly assembling for a redress of grievances as called for in the US Constitution.
The White House's predictable response was to send in the Park Police in riot gear, while obviously hoping for violence to breakout.
One seemingly female park police officer could clearly be seen shouting obscenities at the protesters in the attached video.
No doubt the officer, who should be fired, was hoping to foment an attack, which never came; however, just as the Regime has taken great pains to deny citizens access to virtually anything Federal during the government shutdown, a hope for violence, by the Regime, would then allow the mainstream media to conduct a public vendetta against anyone who disagrees with the Obama Administration.
The chant "Shame on You" can clearly be heard just as the clip shuts down, which is an admonishment towards the police from the Protesters, for trying to incite violence. But, the Vice-President of "We The (Little) People" seemed to have an entirely different take:
The Federal government's clearly wrong policy of forcing Park Service employees to guard against visitors viewing the normally unmanned WWII Memorial, got a bit heated to say the least.
Frustrated Republican Rep. John Neugebauer confronted one of the Park Service employees as detailed by NBC News:
"How do you look at them and...deny them access?" Neugebauer asked the ranger of theveterans who were trying to visit the memorial.
"It is difficult," responded the ranger. "I'm sorry, sir."
Neugebauer fired back, "The Park Service should be ashamed of themselves."
"I'm not ashamed," the ranger said.
"You should be," insisted Neugebauer.
Neugebauer appears correct, quite frankly, in his criticism. However the real culprit in all of this appears to be the President himself, who will even pit Park Service Rangers against WWII vets simply trying to access an open air Park, among numerous other documented occasions of pitting various groups of Americans against one another.
Ironically, after the confrontation, Biden actually contacted the confronted Ranger and indicated "I'm proud of you" which was later tweeted via the Vice-President's official tweet account..
So, Biden is Proud of Federal employees trying to block access to a Memorial owned by the American People?
Most Americans, at this point, are not at all surprised at what could be termed 'political grandstanding' by a Regime clearly in the wrong, by most accounts.
And on the heels of that public show of support, a petition on Change.org began circulating on Friday, accusing Neugebauer of "incorrectly interfering in the duties of his fellow public employee" and calling on the congressman to "correct himself and publicly apologize" to the ranger.
Change.org measurably fails to ask the question of why Americans simply trying to view the benefit of their tax dollars, must be blocked by Federal Agents.
It would seem, however, that push has come to shove within the ongoing debacles of Obamacare and the massive US debt, as both seem to be meaningfully coalescing in front of the American people simultaneously, and to maximum Presidential damage.
Indeed many people seem to now be asking the question of what, exactly, the perpetually failed Obama Regime is trying to achieve--they seem almost desperate?
The most logical answer is perhaps they are desperate.
So far, the Obama second term has been one resounding failure after another, from the gun control issues to illegal amnesty, to the Obamacare roll-out, they can seem to do absolutely nothing right but is that anything new?
The "National Muslim Month" Joke-- Or was It A Plant?
Recently, National Report Online—a satirical news site—published an article that Conservatives across the blogosphere ran with full-speed. But, somehow, these sites failed to recognize the lampoon and took the article as fact.
As much as Conservatives stand against the Obama Administration on solid principle, it is crucial to report with accuracy. Otherwise, we all suffer the consequences in terms of credibility.
In short, to all all "Right-Wing blogs" out there, Obama did not declare November "National Muslim Appreciation Month," okay?
In fact, although nothing would surprise most people at this point, especially from what we've seen already, it simply didn't happen.
Indeed, from everything Obama has done to lavish praise on Islam while denigrating Christianity in the closet and behind the scenes, it wouldn't be surprising to perhaps see this announcement actually come at some future date.
But it hasn't happened yet.
Washington, DC — President Barack Obamaheld a press conference to announce that he is declaring the month of November ‘National Muslim Appreciation Month’.
“The Muslim community deserves our full acceptance and respect,” Obama told reporters. “We have killed millions of Muslims overseas since the September 11th attacks. They are not all bad. In fact most of them are good. So from now on, November will be a month to celebrate the Muslim community, the Sunnah and the Quran.”
Khaled Matei who is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood‘s Freedom and Justice Party toldCNN he is pleased with Obama and his actions. “I spoke with President Obama by telephone yesterday and personally thanked him for what he is doing for the Muslim community,” Matei said. “This is definitely a step in the right direction I explained to him. Praise Allah.”
So, whether you are disappointed or relieved, it never actually happened, as we noticed the story proliferating on Facebook and other venues like a really dynamic fungal infection. However, these kinds of stories are often planted by the very people who they appear to be aimed against so that once the false story hooks its intended victims, the publisher is then thoroughly delegitimized.
Well, then the next story that comes along which sounds as fantastic as the first is then also doubted as being real, despite the fact that this next story is indeed, a truthful account. This is how the professional propagandists operate.
Which brings us to the next point centered on the ongoing persecution of Christianity by the Obama Regime and something truly disturbing indeed.
The story, from Todd Starnes at Foxnews details a thing quite incredible, below is an excerpt:
Several dozen U.S. Army active duty and reserve troops were told last week that the American Family Association, a well-respected Christian ministry, should be classified as a domestic hate group because the group advocates for traditional family values.
The briefing was held at Camp Shelby in Mississippi and listed the AFA alongside domestic hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, the Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam.
A soldier who attended the briefing contacted me and sent me a photograph of a slide show presentation that listed AFA as a domestic hate group. Under the AFA headline is a photograph of Westboro Baptist Church preacher Fred Phelps holding a sign reading “No special law for f***.”
American Family Association has absolutely no affiliation with the controversial church group known for picketing the funerals of American servicemembers.
It looks like the Obama administration is separating the military from the American people.
“I had to show Americans what our soldiers are now being taught,” said the soldier who asked not to be identified. “I couldn’t just let this one pass.”
The soldier said a chaplain interrupted the briefing and challenged the instructor’s assertion that AFA is a hate group.
“The instructor said AFA could be considered a hate group because they don’t like gays,” the soldier told me. “The slide was talking about how AFA refers to gays as sinners and heathens and derogatory terms.”
The soldier, who is an evangelical Christian, said the chaplain defended the Christian ministry.
So, one can perhaps see what is clearly happening with an essential purging of the Protestant faith throughout the government, but, unfortunately it's not just the government....
According to a story published October 10, 2013 on MSN, a so-called Bible scholar is claiming that Jesus was invented as a form of "Psychological Warfare" in order for the ancient Romans to exercise control over its subjects.
However, historical evidence already uncovered points to numerous findings of extensive archeological proof speaking to the validated origins of the Christian faith which spread like wildfire across the world.
This is nothing of not yet another form of attack on the believers of Christ while, expectantly, at this point, few other religions ever seem to have scholars eager to denigrate and cast doubt on questions of faith, as do those who attack a belief in the salvation of Christ.
Below is the MSN article:
This will probably go over well. A controversial biblical scholar is preparing to officially present his theory that Jesus was invented by the Roman Empire as a form of "psychological warfare" to control its subjects.
Joseph Atwill suggests that the entire New Testament was actually written by a group of Roman aristocrats in the hopes that their idea of a "peaceful Messiah" could be used to guide the behaviors of the population.
"Christianity may be considered a religion, but it was actually developed and used as a system of mind control to produce slaves that believed God decreed their slavery," Atwill wrote on his website. He'll make his full presentation at the "Covert Messiah" conference in London on Oct. 19. [Source]
Fascinating to watch, to be certain, and yet we refer now to a point made in an earlier article titled "Signs" dealing with just this type of thing:
Biblical Prediction#9-Lawlessness, Moral Collapse and Social Breakdown
(Book of Timothy ~ written 1,950 years ago)
As the Arab Spring has either toppled or is toppling empire after Mideast empire, while Islamic Sharia law takes a firm hold on the lands of the Mideast, we have already seen a panoply of Christian persecutions taking place. Christian crucifixions, rapes and even beheadings are at an all-time high in modern history, and this, just in the last five years. In addition, for the first time in US history, the sitting leader of theFree World was declared the "First Gay US President" by a leading media magazine.
"Perilous times shall come - Times of danger, of persecution, and of trial."
Meanwhile, western society is said to have become "post-Christian and neo-pagan," says Jacob Prasch, which speaks to a prophetic series of cultural breakdowns unparalleled in modern times, but also, within the Christian Church.
"It was predicted, and it is happening now."
Who, in truth, would have thought even only a score of years ago, that published government manuals of today speak to published warnings of the dangers of so-called Christian extremism and phantom Right-Wing terrorism, which in those days would have been so unthinkable as to leave any administration backing such precepts politically stranded if not completely ruined.
Yet, it is happening right now and right here in an America, with these same very belief systems that actually built America. Now, Christianity and Judaism are often being held out as both archaic and even reprehensible, in far too many circles. While those things, which oppose Judeo-Christian Values, are held up as shining examples of multiculturalism, acceptance and Progress.
Ironically, the passage ends with this particular point:
"As the world strains under the weight of humanitarian issues, mankind will desperately seek a new leader, a savior."
It would appear that Obama and his minions are gearing up for something truly unprecedented in American history, especially if the President wishes to persist in his ongoing temper tantrum aimed at the American people.
Obama's ordered actions of blocking access to the Memorials, Parks and even overlooks with barricades, and even adding security guards to keep people away, obviously flies in the face of the government's reason for closing these memorials down in the first place. You see, the memorials were closed down only because all non-essential personnel had been furloughed due to the government's spending impasse, or so they say.
The one major problem, is that most of these memorials have never been manned with any personnel, and some are even privately funded, to boot.
So, how is it that the government can somehow then post security guards to keep folks away from the open area parks when the memorials were never manned by any security personnel in the first place? Obama has indeed tipped his handful of nothing but jokers, it would seem, but to what end? It started out, as previous and similar instances have, with Obama's political apparatchiks simply trying to make a point with so-called government funding limitations.
Endgame or Omen
But what began as crude political manipulation has now become something much more insidious and for reasons that might escape most. Are the Democrats now becoming outwardly terrified because their access to outrageous funding has been short-circuited by Congress?
Glenn Beck has stated on his show that "Obama's nudges have now become shoves." Meanwhile, Mark Levin threatened to bring over 500,000 people down on DC if any veteran is touched at the memorial.
Liberal Tom Hanks has even come out attacking the President's tactless tricks. When asked about the memorial with regard to the veterans in DC actually storming the barricades and taking them down, recently, he stated this:
"Good for the Veterans!" (Rut-Roh, watchout Tom, that's not allowed from Liberals, you know....)
Sarah Palin amply stated the following in a recent Facebook posting:
It’s beyond shameful to see Barack Obama disrespect and mistreat our World War II veterans so blatantly. Obama’s political stunt to “shut down” their memorial by barricade is to elicit an angry response to generate bad publicity for people the president uses in his continual blame game.
The President is treating our veterans the same way he treated school kids when he cancelled their White House tours. When times called for obvious government belt-tightening, he took it out on kids rather than look for anything that would affect him personally. ~Sarah Palin
So, what's the endgame to all of this? Obama is clearly terrified at being cut off from funding in addition to the Congressional mandate excusing private citizens from being forced into signing up for Obamacare as Obama has allowed for US business.
But, will the unpresidential rhetoric of calling the opposition names like "Jihadists, terrorists and hostage takers" continue? Either way, while the media and the inner-beltway see the funding debacle as terrifyingly dreadful, most Americans and the Conservative Media are cheering the Republicans on, which might be good enough reason for the political Left to hesitate and wonder "why don't they love us anymore?"
Maybe it's because Obama continually plays his hand of only Jokers and the American people are finally beginning to see it. But then there are those other voices telling us that the true "Clear and Present Danger" that's now present within America resides solely within the heart of the inner beltway and to watch out.
Either way, we will probably see soon enough, or will it yet be a mixture of both Joker and unclear danger, as many of us suspect?
October 8th, 2013
If something moved--he stopped it, if it didn't move--he guarded it-- if it was hard to close--he barricaded it, all the while railing at Republicans for having the audacity to shutdown government"
By Barry Secrest
The most astute of political watchers and historians have always understood that virtually every single tyrannical Regime that has ever existed throughout history has always been ruled by a oligarchy of the privileged at the very top.
In essence, one relatively small group of all-powerful individuals who dictate policy by virtue of a singular mandate predicated upon a collectivist approach, and then stubbornly applied to the masses, but only outside of that small ruling group.
So....what's wrong with that, querulously intone the Democrats?
In history, everything from Communist states and monarchies, to feudalist states and even Socialist Regimes were all powered from the top by ruling oligarchies, each lacking a basic Bill of Rights speaking to the individual. While the English Magna Carta initially established presumptive limitations on what a King could do to his feudal leaders, it was later to be used only as a basic model by many power-limiting systems, but it was only a precurser.
Often spoken of as the most brilliant set of documents ever conceived by man, the United States would eventually set down the Charters of Freedom and ring in a new era of self-governance unparalleled in the history of man, well, at least until now....
The central command and control group of these authoritarian sytems consisted mainly of those who've reached the pinnacle of power by virtue of which individuals could out-snivel and out-maneuver all of the others in an orgy of rump-kissing compliance and in deference only to those who reside above their position.
The overall rule being 'control of the people by virtually any means necessary' as the nexus of Leftist think while the abstract mindset dictating that the underlings in such a system of governance, while completely deserving, simply cannot achieve the mental mendacity necessary to govern for themselves, at least, not wholistically.
Most Americans, especially Progressives, it would seem, are still not exactly privy to the overall political systems of the Left, despite the mountains of historical evidence available. The greatest of lies in collectivism typically assumes that the ones in charge have the individual's best interests at heart, when in fact, the individual is the least important of what could only be termed a political unit, at the very least to the Leftists in control.
This, in fact, speaks to the loudest and most resounding of counter-arguments between Democratism and Republicanism, where modern Republicanism uses Rule By Law as applied to the individual by Constitutional precepts, Democratism uses Rule by the Masses, as inscrutably discerned only by those at the top.... and if the political left knowns anything, it truly and deeply knows inscrutabality....
For example, China was at least formerly one of the most apt models of Leftist economic success stories, at least outwardly speaking, despite decidely unglamorous individual income levels. North Korea would, in addition, be the existing counter-argument for what can happen, economically, when things go very badly with a collectivist state.
Russia appears to be fighting its way back to the top, as Putin continues to pound his increasingly heavy iron fist, while Obama looks on in admiring distemper.
Now we have a new player on the block, and this is not just some also-ran either, but it is in truth the quintessential heavyweight contender for the mantle of greatest in a series of decidedly ungreat collectivist states. It's none other than the former leader of the free world, The United States of America.
Yes indeed, under the tutelage of Presidential spendthrift Barack Obama, America is quickly becoming one of those Axis of Evil states that we all loved to hate, historically.
But there is a bit of dubious good news in all of this.
You see, while those meanies in Congress keep trying to irritatingly compromise and capitulate to Obama, he has so far held his particularly boastful red line, even while the Axis Press continues to rejoice and egg the President onward in his goal of transforming America into a pariah of fairness, just like the other collectivist states during their formative periods.
The Commandant-in-Chief certainly wasn't taking any guff while in the process of completing his appointed transformation of Amerika, either, and that to be achieved at any cost--either borrowed or otherwise. Obama's guff allowance, you see, is only extended to worthy adversaries such as the Taliban, Al Qaeda operatives, and even nations who threaten to blow US allies off the map, such as Iran.
However, when the Republicans refused to unconditionally fund a heavily indebted US government over Obama controlled healthcare and its ensuingly fabulous debt, the President powerfully reacted with The Workers' hammer of Economic Justice and began shutting anything down that could be shutdown, and then some, as long as it did not interfere with the Oligarchs' playtime.
From Private Inns, unmanned US Memorials, monuments, old people's homes, and even children's cancer clinics, to both Federal and un-Federal parks, Obama became the Presidential equivalent of the Shutdown King. If something moved--he stopped it, if it didn't move--he guarded it-- if it was hard to close--he barricaded it, all the while railing at Republicans for having the audacity to shutdown government, while "promising to veto bills funding veterans, cancer research, National Parks, and even the District of Columbia.
The masses would feel the pain of blocked funding just as keenly as their self-appointed Potentate felt the utter embarrassment of being laid upon by that ghastly torch and pitchfork crowd in Congress.
Who do they think they are, anyway? We'll show them, said the Democrats in unison, and so began a whirlwind of closings and stoppages, despite an America disturbingly unperturbed about the whole entire debacle.
The US government became an even more constipated version of government gone extraordinarily wild:
So heated had the closures become, that the Feds even closed a criminal investigation on Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Ouch! Sheriff Joe had to be truly distraught about that...
The administration would go on to furiously reassign Park Police, DHS agents and virtually every other non-essential-essential person they could find--well, at least the ones who had an officially holstered pistol, anyway, for effect--and then began to exhaustingly assign these armed government agents to paid positions which have never, ever, been manned before.
We''ll show them!! They must have stated with a lunacy undefined...(maniacal laugh, here, please).
The people, meanwhile, finally looked up from their cellphones, TV's, DVR's, newspapers, iPads and video games, and with eyes suddenly wide-open, mouths fully agape...yawned luxuriously, stretched fully out on the sofa, and then went back to being fully engrossed in whatever it was that they were doing in the first place.
The Democrats howled furiously, but to no avail...in fact the only ones truly paying any attention at all were the ones already angry, while their anger grew even more resolute. Additionally, of course, there were those others, the media stenographers who were leeringly covering all the closings for the Regime, as a sort of service in abject fealty to show the American people how horribly damaging those damnable Conservatives had now become.
However, the people had already known the truth, and even before the debacle had ever begun, the Obama-Alinsky playbook was, rather fittingly, becoming both dog-eared and torn.
You see, it would appear that the dreadful apparition of Obama's authoritarianism had finally stepped out of the closet for all to plainly see....but, who could have possibly known that it would be wearing an ill-fitting dress, garish lipstick, and purple pumps with fishnet hose.
Ya' just gotta love it....
Denial is so wretched, but most especially when worn by the otherwise educated.....
October 1st, 2013
Juan Cole may know Mideast studies, history, the coffee bean, and even Eastern religions astoundingly well, but this Radical Michigan Professor knows next to nothing about political ideology coupled with sound argumentation....
Conservative Refocus Rebuttals
I was admittedly intrigued at first glance.
The article appeared on my screen as being heavily read the world over, as I reviewed the media articles for that evening, but it was the title that drew me in:
I lived to See the Day when the Pope and the President of Iran are more doctrinally Flexible than the GOP
The website, "Informed Comment" is ranked fairly highly in the world index for site traffic. My fascination substantially grew as I wondered what, by the evidence of such a title, could this individual possibly be saying to cause such a stir on the web? Needless to say, I was both relieved and alarmed at the same time as I emerged from having read the article. The argument from this supposedly 'erudite' and heavily educated buffoon had all the substance of a shadow, and yet this University of Michigan Professor was getting insane amounts of media play.
It seems that this fellow had stepped out of his ordinary role of Mideastern studies near Dearborn-istan Michigan, and embarked onto the battleground of ideas--and with a target-rich environment of specious professorial rants to boot. Which, by the way, is our favorite playground here at Conservative Refocus.
The Professor begins with this specious diatribe:
The United States has all along been a society dominated by the wealthy, and more especially by the business classes. But businesspeople are not all cut from the same cloth. You had high-minded responsible businessmen like Benjamin Franklin and you had mean-spirited businessmen, including the plantation slave-owners.....
Once a Leftist always a Leftist
Cole incepts his Alinsky style attack immediately establishing class warfare as the nadir of his problematic theme, which is literally always the first arrow nocked from the Left-swung quiver of proselytizing Marxist-extremists.
In essence, Cole begins by foundationally layering the idea that the wealthy dominate pretty much everyone, and that they are the singular reason for America's economic pain, despite historical US wealth and standards of living to the contrary. Cole then tries to establish a split between an original founding father as being a good businessman, while oddly including slaveowners in his remarks for the reason of stealthily linking the root idea of modern-day businessmen as slave-holders.
Once again, these are essential Marxist tactics as established by Karl Marx himself. Indeed Marx was expert in setting up labor as being the victim and the bourgeoisie, or business class, as being the cruel overlords.
This, despite the fact that business cannot solely force anyone to do anything, while Cole's Big Goverment "Teddy Bear" can essentially do everything up to and including harassment by taxation officials, listening to and recording everything you do and say over the phone or on a computer, or even bugging your parents' and co-workers' phonelines.
In fact, Cole's God-on-earth, that being Statist Government, has proven his antiqued argument as being nothing if not completely fabricated, especially when Obama routinely forces those big, bad, wolf Business execs to do Big Government's bidding or else....
Fortunately, Cole's leaky ideas simply will not hold water in an America where middle-class businessowners are the rule rather than the exception, as Cole, now serially decoded, yet continues:
In recent months we have been bombarded by news items emanating from the really, really do-absolutely-nothing GOP-dominated House of Representatives, which when it does do something usually does something downright mean. Also rigid and unthinking and narrow-minded and wrong-headed. There, I’ve repeated myself. It might have been enough to say “GOP.” And some of the Republicans in the Senate haven’t been much better.
Seriously, Cole? The "Do nothing" GOP-dominated House has been quite busy trying to save America from the ravages of a radical Leftist political machine, which will stop at nothing in establishing an indebted welfare state in America, not to mention threatening yet another war overseas. So far in 2013 , the GOP controlled US House has taken up over 483 items for vote, while the Democrat controlled Senate has taken up less than half of those items, 203 to be exact, according to the website govtrack.us .
So who is it, exactly, that's doing nothing? Well, at least Obama is doing something:
The standard mantra by those in the media who continually effort disparagement of the Right-Wing opposition party has always been to vilify for doing nothing that which is not in the political Left's most keenly desired interests. This is often also referred to as "Gridlock" by the media and the political Left, which is actually how the US Government was brilliantly designed. The chief reason for such gridlock being so that nothing could be done, by the official government powers, without meaningful checks and balances holding government in equilibrium to the People's will. It's the entire reason for a bi-cameral Legislature and completely separate Executive and Judicial branches of government in the first place. But, why have we had to keep repeating this particular fact over the last 5 years?
Next Cole uses the words, "Downright Mean" to technically describe his overall political analysis, which is rooted in emotional frustration towards the Right.
"Downright mean?" Not to those on the political Right, it isn't. But how about Obamacare, which is being thrust upon an unready nation by the President and his Democrats--is not that truly "downright mean?" A nation, in fact, which neither likes nor needs the healthcare mandate as established by poll after poll. Or how about the 26 states that sued the central government for being forced into a healthcare deal with the Devil? Is not the forcing of unwanted mandates on over half an unwilling nation "downright mean," as well?
Cole then refers to the GOP as "unthinking?" Well, how about the President's having railed against those wishing to raise the debt limit in 2004 as being unpatriotic, only to later rail for the debt limit to be raised in 2013 while accusing the opposition GOP of holding the US hostage? So, was the President holding the nation hostage in 2004, by his own words? Or, we could talk about Obama's words regarding "entering into a dumb war" while authoring an entire movement to bomb Syria, but only with a "pinprick bombardment"...So, is that a smart war?
How About "Unthinking" as in "Passing a law so that we can find out what's in it?"
In fact, Cole now takes to using emotionally charged adjectives to support his argument, while offering up nothing of substance to augment his position.
Typical for the model, to be certain, Cole now goes even further:
At a time when Pope Francis I has called for the Church to be less rigid in its attitudes toward e.g. gays as persons, and when President Hassan Rowhani of Iran has sought a more reasonable tone toward the US and Israel, our hard line Republicans have become more and more blinkered.
Conversely, while Cole offers up an analogy, seemingly without fruitive basis, on Republican intransigence--Obama has shown a truly remarkable willingness to compromise with international opposition, while remaining rigidly opposed to any type of capitulation with Conservative opposition in the US Legislature:
So, why exactly is that Juan?
"Earth to Cole, Earth to Cole, come in Cole, come in"
In fact, Cole now reaches for an argument, while offering neither rhyme nor reason for including these two subjects within his overall opinion in the first place, which seems to careen wildly like a pinball on meth, throughout. What in the Sam Hill do gays have to do with the debt limit or the Republicans or the Church as it is applied to US politics at this juncture? What is Cole's opinion even about exactly, and why was this scatter-brained argument about nothing, thus far, so highly ranked on the web ? Before the President's phone call to Iranian President Rouhani, Obama was threatening to attack Syria "because of Iran," while the US House under the GOP was fully against such a move, so where might this surreal argument of Cole's be leading?
So far, Cole seems to be the one who is astoundingly blinkered to offering any type of coherent argument. More from Cole:
The House of Representatives has just passed a budget that would keep the government operating until later this fall, as the fiscal year ends, but only if the Senate and President Obama agree to defund the Affordable Health Care Act, which is the law of the land and cannot be defunded.
Funding the government and halting implementation of the Health Act sounds like a pretty good deal, quite frankly, bearing in mind the fact that even many Democrats, not to mention the rest of America, have come out against Obamacare. It was Obama himself who delayed implementation of the mandate on employers for one additional year, while also generously subsidizing both Congress and its staff after their initial howling wails of disapproval. The horrid effects Obamacare had already taken on US business was ghastly and everyone knows this fact, so isn't it only fair to delay implementation for all? For Heaven's sake, even Cole's Proletariate, the Unions themselves, have come out against Obamacare demanding a waiver; does Cole even effort to think about these damnable facts?
Cole: Note that the GOP House did not actually pass a proper budget. It doesn’t believe enough in government to do that. It just permitted the government not to close down altogether, but only if it can impose its minority views on the rest of the country. President Obama ran twice on health care reform and if the country had wanted to get rid of the AHCA, it could have voted for Mitt Romney but it didn’t. The GOP House has wasted a lot of time attempting to repeal Obamacare, which it cannot do at the moment because the Democrats have the Senate and the presidency. They know this. Governing for them has become like a strange ritual.
The GOP House, in fact, has passed several budgets every year, each quietly tabled by the US Senate, while on the other hand, Obama and the Democrats have failed to pass any US budget for Obama's entire Presidency. The 2009 budget was passed by Bush in 2008, by the way. Indeed, Obama will most likely go down in history as being the first US President to have never passed one single budget, nor have they even offered up one for a vote. Bad argument, Cole, try again.
As for the GOP's holding the minority view on Obamacare, a recent poll by Rasmussen indicated that well over half of all Americans both support a partial government shutdown to cut spending and delaying implementation of Obamacare, over 53% in fact. So, who is in the minority Mr. Cole? The Republicans' hands are largely tied when it comes to governing, as Obama and the Senate seem to want to jealously clutch the reins of the nation, while forcing the House to fund ongoing government plunder with aplomb, a thing that the GOP has grown tired of. Unfortunately for Obama, that old saying that "Congress holds the purse strings" should now become evermore starkly clear, especially with a President seeking to rule as Potentate without oppositional input. Conservatives now appear to be drawing their own "Red Line"--it will be interesting to see whose line actually holds.
Cole: The reason the GOP wants to do away with the Affordable Health Care Act is that big business does not want it, and the Republicans in the House of Representatives no longer represent the American people. They represent big business and it alone. Big business deserves to have some representation in the US government. The 2000 biggest corporations are half the US economy. But they don’t deserve to be the only voice that is heard there, and they shouldn’t be able to undo the will of the majority of voters with a whispering campaign on the Hill.
Yes, indeed, when it comes to Obamacare, neither big business nor small business, neither big people nor small people--and even many who were fooled on the political Left--are now dawning to the idea that Obamacare is pretty much bad for everyone. Even Congress and their staffers wailed for an Obamacare waiver after passing the blasted thing, to which Obama generously responded with a 75 % subsidy. Here, once again, Cole rails against big business with a broad stroke, while completely forgetting the fact that the academia in which he gains a living is one of America's biggest business interests of them all. Isn't it truly absurd to hear an academian rail at business, while conveniently leaving out the fact that the academian world is nothing but big business for Big Left?
Don't agree? Okay, let's see.....like business, the Universities and Colleges charge for their services, they have employees, their customers are their students, and they sell education like the bestest snake oil that ever came out of a bottle, while throttling their customers with obscenely priced college loan levels and the like which they can barely, if ever, pay back. Oh, and they DON"T PAY TAXES while raking in extraordinary levels of income.
Now, doesn't that sound like a rather lucky "mega-business" model to you?
Cole: The GOP is willing to try to destroy the AHCA, even though this act benefits some 30 million Americans who otherwise lack health insurance. Apparently they are supposed to do without medical care until they get deathly ill, at which case they should take a chance on Emergency Room Treatment. This proposition is a non-starter. The heroic health care professionals in ERs cannot possibly serve all those 30 million. And, it is much more expensive for taxpayers to pay for emergency room care than to simply fund the AHCA. It is only business interests that would benefit from the latter’s demise. Not the middle classes who pay the taxes and don’t have Caribbean tax havens. Not the poor, whose health suffers from lack of medical care and physician access. Children are much less healthy later in life if their mothers had no regular physician visits, and lack of such visits raises the risk of miscarriage and infant mortality.
Yeah, but wouldn't you like to know what the dirty little secret about those 30 million people who still won't have coverage is, Juan? It's because many simply didn't want the coverage then, and certainly don't want it now, and they won't have it in the future whether Obamacare is maintained or not. It's just that simple. In fact, many of those who didn't have coverage before were undocumented illegal aliens, many more of the people were unneeding young people, and even a slew more were folks eligible for MEDICAID who had simply never signed up.
Probably because they didn't want a government handout, among many other reasons; so, what will we have to show for our worldclass healthcare system if Obamacare is fully implemented after about a decade? I think most of us already know the answer to that question...
A Flimsy Argument With Many Openings
Cole: The GOP House, in trying to get rid of Obamacare, is literally acting as baby-killers. They are set on this course the way the Inquisition used to be determined to burn heretics at the stake. They are loyal servants of the corporations, the way the Aztecs were loyal servants of the gods to whom they sacrificed innocent victims.
Seriously? This Liberal in Juan Cole is actually so moronic that he would accuse the GOP of being "Baby-Killers," while knowing that his own party of radical Liberals will defend to death the killing by abortion of babies in the womb to the tune of over 1.3 million children every year? This is one of the Democrat Party's bellwether positions. It's "Baby-Slayers R' Us" over there in the political Left--and this singular wit of an academian actually has the nerve to call the GOP baby-killers?
This college guy has more holes in his argument than Miley Cyrus's entire wardrobe.
But then Cole uses the term "burning heretics at the stake" by the GOP?
Cole, have you ever looked at the history of the Democrat Party as it relates to the Ku Klux Klan? Seriously, Juan Cole couldn't debate a walnut. The Democrat Party was founded on the principles of denying freedom to the slaves. Don't believe it? Watch the Movie "Lincoln" and see which group of ideologues are forever trying to end slavery. It wasn't the Democrats, nor was it the Liberals. In fact, it was the Conservatives, the leader of which was brilliantly played by Tommy Lee Jones. Then the word "inquisition" is used by Cole...
Wait until the Obamacare death panels are formed if you want to see a real inquisition, folks. The "sacrifice of innocent victims?" Ever seen an aborted fetus? Even been to a Democrat National Convention? Yet, here again, Cole brings up Big Business and the GOP's serving them as if the Democrats have no big business sponsors whatsoever, when in fact, Obama has made it beyond painfully clear of his ties to Mega Business, not to mention all the other Democrats and their big donators. Here, Cole falls into the uneducated myth that Democrats don't have big business interests, when in fact, anything but is actually the truth.
Cole: The Grand old Party of Scrooge likewise cut $4 billion a year in food stamps. Having deregulated the banks and encouraged the demon instrument of derivatives and driven the country into the ground with their economic policies, the Republicans now want to heap further punishment on the very people they have made homeless. Before the apogee of GOP policy in 2008, 11 percent of Americans were poverty-stricken and food insecure. Every year since the Great GOP Depression of the 21st Century, the percentage of food insecure people in America has been over 14. The GOP, having advocated baby-killing through the abolition of Obamacare, nowwants to engage in baby-starving.
Yes, the GOP cut $ 4 Billion in food stamps, but only after finding out that the Obama Regime had actually sponsored public service messages trying to sell the SNAP program to Illegals and beamed them into Mexico, for God's sake. We actually had individuals who owned mutiple homes buying food stamps while government workers who signed up the most people were given bonuses. The Obama Regime doubled the program spending, since 2008, to the point that over $ 80 Billion per year was being spent in 2013, which is money that the US can ill-afford to fritter away these days.
Nor was it the Republicans who caused the economic meltdown of 2008, but rather, it's now a widely accepted fact that the US Government's forcing of the "Community Reinvestment Act," in mandating that banks lend to people who simply could not afford the loans. This is now a well-documented fact that only those "not in the know" would even bother to try and argue. Banks were culpable, no doubt, and yet who bailed these banks out after the fact, and then kept bailing them out, Cole?
Cole: Not since British landlords actually exported food from Ireland for profit during the Great Famine of the 1840s have we seen this kind of hard-heartedness in an elite.
Have we had a rash of mass killings? Should we have gun control? No, because a handful of huge corporations such as Colt and others make billions off semi-automatic pistols and rifles. The GOP doesn’t represent the children who are shot down by the mentally unbalanced with those weapons. It represents the manufacturers and the retailers who make money off the sale of military-style weapons to civilians.
Well, at least Cole gets his "hard-heartedness of the Elite" statement right, but in fact, it's the academians who are in truth held out to be the actual "Elites" in America, certainly not the business types. Nor does the uproar of our government's efforts at confiscating weaponry come from corporations. Au contraire, it is the people themselves who have smothered the legislature with calls each time "gun prohibition" is tried. Here Cole seems to forget his overall stance on baby-killing, as well, when he tries to trot out his "children shot down" argument.
An Argumentative Snag
How can there be some sort of arguable difference between willfully killing the young by parentally approved forcep termination, as opposed to death as wielded by the mentally unstable? Ergo, is there truly a difference between a parent wanting their unborn child dead and a spastic with a gun wanting that same end, especially when it comes to stability?
Cole: Has Egypt had a military coup and engaged in a bloody crackdown? A congressional delegation including Michele Bachmann promptly went off to Cairo to assure the generals that they fully supported the human rights violations. Ironically, Bachmann’s policies in the US differ little except by denomination from the Muslim Brotherhood she hates, and the secular officers would arrest her as a fundamentalist and cultist if they knew what she advocates.
Is Iran’s new president positioning himself for serious negotiations with the US? Sen Lindsey Graham calls for war on Tehran, and Congress passes stringent new sanctions that amount to financial warfare on that country.
In Egypt, the military intervened because Muslim Brotherhood death squads were roaming the streets and wantonly killing, and even crucifying, anyone who disagreed with them, especially Christians, and at former President Morsi's approval. How can anyone be in support of that? Apparently, Cole does unsurprisingly support this. Nor was the fact of Obama's support of the Muslim Brotherhood, while largely turning on the Egyptian military after the fact, lost on any of us. The people of Egypt were howling for the military to act when Morsi suspended the Constitution, while installing a Shariah based Islamic Republic. Have we seen anymore civilian uprisings against the military controlled government in Egypt since the government coup? I rest my case.
Cole: This Congress, and especially the House of GOP Scrooges, represents narrow and mean-spirited interests, not the broad mass of Americans. Indeed, it seems obvious that if only they could find a way to legalize slavery again, the GOP would be perfectly happy to sell us down the river for the sake of our plantation masters.
Yet more revisionism? It was the Republicans who freed the slaves, Cole; certainly not the Democrats, while Cole seems to also forget that Lincoln was, in fact, one of the first Republicans. Further, when it comes to the True Scrooges of US politics, are not the Conservatives seeking to stop the thievery of our future generations, i.e. children, from the untenable debt that the Left has built up in only the last five years? It could easily take the upcoming generation decades to work down this horrendous debt, nor will such an effort occur easily. Are not the Scrooges the ones who work to deny the next generation a start with a clean slate?
Further, what is this battle all about, if not the massive debt that even now threatens our national security? Raising the debt limit only worsens our national economy, which still teeters on the edge of insolvency.
Cole: It is the policy of a cult, not of a national party that has a hope of gaining the presidency.
Surely Cole must be referring to the cult trying to elect Hillary in 2016; you know, the same cult that pushes illusory global warming and out of control spending as a panacea to the masses.
Cole: They should take a lesson from other cults that have attempted to rule in a narrow and injurious manner, producing public anger and backlash against them.
Indeed, I suspect the GOP has taken a number of lessons from the current cult in power, which initially referred to its leader as "God-Like" and, by the way, Obama did say "the waters will reside under my presidency," and I expect Cole actually believed him. Nor can Cole, whose arguments leave holes that semi-tractors can drive through, deny the fact that a backlash is even now occurring by the growing "Victimhood of Obamacare"--nevermind a host of similar backlashes over the past five years.
The US has never been so divided in my lifetime, in fact.
Cole: Indeed, that (Backlash) was exactly the charge against deposed Egyptian president Muhammad Morsi. There won’t be a coup against the GOP Scrooges, but it seems very likely that there will be a wave of public revulsion that reduces them to further isolation and irrelevance.
Here, Cole even supports our earlier argument against Morsi as being correct; no surprises there. But the public revulsion that Cole hopes for will never come to pass, because it's already here and it's painfully palpable. A Democrat Senator even unwittingly alluded to a "Civil War" as a result of Obama's ongoing governing against the will of the people in support of his radical agenda, recently.
No, the isolation and irrelevence Cole pines for actually proliferates in the backbone of America and is directed against the current regime, as could be seen in the recent protest by bikers who descended on DC on 9/11. At some point Obama and the Left will find no avenues of plausible escape from the fact of their incessant governing failures.
However and unfortunately, nor will the American people.