Remembering …or FORGETTING..2013!

Not exactly one of the better years for our nation no matter where you fall in the political spectrum. The idiocy of Obamacare took center stage. And I believe it’s safe to say it’s every bit the DISASTER it was predicted to be. And the scary part?..it’s just beginning!

With the year’s end, thought it would be pertinent to relive some of the high points of 2013 in the form of idiotic quotes from prominent Democrats! Courtesy of STUPID STUFF DEMOCRATS SAY on Facebook…

"We need more gun laws because we don’t have time to enforce the ones we have." ~ Joe Biden (D) Delaware

“We need more gun laws because we don’t have time to enforce the ones we have.” ~ Joe Biden (D) Delaware

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/01/18/biden-we-need-more-gun-laws-because-we-dont-have-time-to-enforce-the-ones-we-have/

“I don’t know if you know the genesis of the right to bear arms. The Second Amendment comes from the right to protect themselves from slave revolts, and from uprisings by Native Americans. A revolt from people who were stolen from their land or revolt from people whose land was stolen from, that’s what the genesis of the second amendment is.” ~ Danny Glover

“I don’t know if you know the genesis of the right to bear arms. The Second Amendment comes from the right to protect themselves from slave revolts, and from uprisings by Native Americans. A revolt from people who were stolen from their land or revolt from people whose land was stolen from, that’s what the genesis of the second amendment is.” ~ Danny Glover

http://www.campusreform.org/blog/?ID=4582

"There's been lots of people that have been shot by an unloaded gun, and whether it's loaded or not, it still presents a threat." ~ CouncilwomanSandy Sheedy (D) Sacramento,California

“There’s been lots of people that have been shot by an unloaded gun, and whether it’s loaded or not, it still presents a threat.” ~ Councilwoman Sandy Sheedy (D) Sacramento,California

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHsX7STHqNg

"We don’t need to be having something like sequestration that’s going to cause these jobs losses, over 170 million jobs that could be lost." ~ Rep. Maxine Waters (D) California

“We don’t need to be having something like sequestration that’s going to cause these jobs losses, over 170 million jobs that could be lost.” ~ Rep. Maxine Waters (D) California

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/02/28/maxine_waters_over_170_million_jobs_could_be_lost_due_to_sequestration.html

"The United States could owe an infinite amount of money and there is no specific amount that would cause the country to default." ~ Mayor Michael Bloomberg,  New York

“The United States could owe an infinite amount of money and there is no specific amount that would cause the country to default.” ~ Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York

http://politicker.com/2013/03/mayor-bloomberg-dont-panic-about-the-sequester/

Believe me, as a busy single mother... er, I shouldn't say single. When you have a husband who's president it can feel a little single... but he's there." ~First Lady  Michelle Obama (D) Illinois

“Believe me, as a busy single mother… er, I shouldn’t say single. When you have a husband who’s president it can feel a little single… but he’s there.” ~First Lady Michelle Obama (D) Illinois

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50144220n

"Global warming for food insecure women with limited socioeconomic resources may be vulnerable to situations such as sex work, transactional sex, and early marriage that put them at risk for HIV, STIs, unplanned pregnancy, and poor reproductive health." ~ Rep. Barbara Lee (D) California

“Global warming for food insecure women with limited socioeconomic resources may be vulnerable to situations such as sex work, transactional sex, and early marriage that put them at risk for HIV, STIs, unplanned pregnancy, and poor reproductive health.” ~ Rep. Barbara Lee (D) California

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/296679-%20dems-warn-climate-change-could-drive-women-to-transactional-sex

“Detroit, Michigan, used to be really a symbol of industrial strength and manufacturing in this country. But, thanks to a lot of Republican policies, the city is now filing for bankruptcy." ~ Ed Schultz MSNBC

“Detroit, Michigan, used to be really a symbol of industrial strength and manufacturing in this country. But, thanks to a lot of Republican policies, the city is now filing for bankruptcy.” ~ Ed Schultz MSNBC

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/07/22/ed-schultz-on-why-detroit-went-bankrupt-the-city-became-a-conservative-utopia/

"You know what I heard... that it's not black on black crime that's killing kids in Chicago, it's actually cops shooting those kids." ~ SR Monique Davis (D) Illinois

“You know what I heard… that it’s not black on black crime that’s killing kids in Chicago, it’s actually cops shooting those kids.” ~ SR Monique Davis (D) Illinois

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dE4V-fbYlc

"Tea Party'ers are the same group who fought for segregation during the Civil Rights movement. It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn't care about how they looked." ~ Rep. Charlie Rangel (D) New York

“Tea Party’ers are the same group who fought for segregation during the Civil Rights movement. It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked.” ~ Rep. Charlie Rangel (D) New York

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/charlie-rangel-tea-party-is-same-group-of

 

"Men often do need maternity care." ~ Kathleen Sebelius, HHS Director under Obama

“Men often do need maternity care.” ~ Kathleen Sebelius, HHS Director under Obama

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/10/30/Sebelius-men-often-do-need-maternity-careew%20Article

 

"It's not MY credibility that's on the line... it's YOUR credibility, and AMERICA's credibility that's on the line." ~ Obama (D) Illinois, September 4, 2013

“It’s not MY credibility that’s on the line… it’s YOUR credibility, and AMERICA’s credibility that’s on the line.” ~ Obama (D) Illinois, September 4, 2013

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2013/09/04/obama-on-syria-my-credibility-isnt-on-the-line-n1691276

 

These few examples represent just the TIP of the iceberg! And lest you forget, THESE are the people in charge..making decisions..influencing decisions! It is a frightening thought to consider that so MANY Americans live their lives based upon what these idiotic and DANGEROUS individuals say and do!…

Hopefully,  2014 will see a badly needed injection of common sense in government. But, if I were betting on that possibility, the odds are I would lose.

THINK ABOUT IT!

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Facing the Facts!

As usual, they’re not good. What else would you expect with the man we have in the White House?…

Doesn’t take much more than looking around out there….

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HERE’S WHY AMERICANS GIVE OBAMA AN ‘F’ ON THE ECONOMY – The Wall Street Cheat Sheet

10 REASONS WHY OBAMA’S FINANCIAL AID PLAN GETS AN ‘F’ – The Washington Post

OBAMA’S EPIC MIDEAST FAILURES – Commentary

IS OBAMA NOW A DANGEROUS LIABILITY? – Monty Pelerin’s World

THE FAILURE OF THE OBAMA WHITE HOUSE – Townhall

I’VE GOT THE OBAMA BLUES – Warning Signs

Seems even the most clueless Obama supporter could see the obvious. THIS President is an abysmal failure at best. And it’s getting worse. The country was willing to give him a pass, deference, and exceptions for achieving the landmark of the nation’s first African-American president. That concern should have vanished years ago! We’re saddled with an inept, petulant, and vindictive “leader”. With each passing day I hope for more Americans to wake up to that fact. I’ve yet to see much movement in that direction. Instead, Mr. Obama’s incompetence is rewarded and praised. Eventually the significance of the damage has to be recognized. A national epiphany? We can only hope. In the meantime, the struggle continues….

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Your Daily Disaster!

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The premise of the disaster movie ‘2012’ was the end of the world as we know it around the winter solstice of that year. Little did we know (well, not really..MOST of us knew!) the REAL disaster would arrive a little more than a month earlier. On election day, 2012. With Barack Obama winning a second term, “our world” has been dealing with..and will continue to do so…the havoc this ineffective, arrogant president fosters. His petulant, condescending attitude are a hallmark of his administration. Rather than meeting problems head on, whether it’s our economy our our international relations, President Obama continually seeks to position himself to avoid any responsibility while assigning blame to whatever party can provide him with the most political capital in the eyes of the ignorant electorate of the United States.

Let’s take a look around today, shall we?….

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AL-QAEDA ‘TARGETING EUROPEAN  RAIL NETWORK: REPORT – France 24

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HOW PRESIDENT OBAMA IS FLOUTING ‘OBAMACARE’ – The Chicago Tribune

More reasons to delay and rewrite this ill-conceived law

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OBAMA PLAYED OVER 27 HOURS OF GOLF DURING HIS VACATION – The Washington Examiner

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CHRISTIANS BEING SLAUGHTERED IN EGYPT BY RADICAL ISLAMISTS – Townhall

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DOJ USING THE LAW AS ‘A WAY TO PUNISH YOUR OPPONENTS‘ – The Daily Caller

 

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OBAMA IS OBSESSED WITH THE WRONG 1 PERCENT! – James Pethokoukis @ National Review

 

This is just a micro speck of what’s out there. With the national mood continuing to flounder and falter, President Obama and the Democrats continue in their efforts to take more and destroy more. In the end there will be nothing left to save and no one to turn to. Not even yourself. Of course, that’s all part of the grand design. Don’t doubt that for minute. Gay marriage, immigration reform, obamacare, and more won’t matter in the slightest with a dead economy. A scenario near and dear to the Democrats. It’s not inconceivable. Just take a look around and you can find evidence of it day after day. A dream for them, a nightmare for us…

 

The King of Wishful Thinking!

So President Obama is embarking on a renewed “focus on the economy”….Really?..Is that so?…What a joke! THIS President decides NOW to pivot to an issue which has been NUMBER 1 with the American people for how many years now?…

"You see..I'm very good at ignoring problems and issues which require tough decisions...I'm also very good at stirring up controversy to distract Americans FROM those problems....all the while, I'm offering nothing but hype..."

“You see..I’m very good at ignoring problems and issues which require tough decisions…I’m also very good at stirring up controversy to distract Americans FROM those problems….all the while, I’m offering nothing but hype…”

His initial speech placed the blame upon “Washington”…and how they’ve been distracted by “phony” scandals. You know..stuff like Benghazi, the IRS targeting, etc…you know…insignificant stuff like that. This coming from a President who decided to best focus his efforts on immigration, gay marriage…a gay basketball player..Trayvon Martin..you name it! ANYTHING, BUT the REAL CONCERNS of millions of Americans! THIS from a President who is the MASTER at distraction!

Townhall’s Katie Pavlich puts the president’s speech…and its absolute worthlessness…in perspective…

OBAMA BLAMES FIVE YEARS OF A BAD ECONOMY ON “PHONY SCANDALS” AND “DISTRACTIONS”

“President Obama did his best to shift his administration’s focus to the economy today during a speech at Illinois’ Knox College by blaming the anemic economy on Republicans and “phony scandals.”

As predicted, Obama gave America the same speech he’s been giving for five years, saying the country needs more infrastructure spending due to crumbling roads and bridges, that we must fight poverty, that CEOs are making too much money while the poor suffer etc. He even went so far as to tout “saving the auto industry” one week after Detroit filed for bankruptcy.

“Today, five years after the start of that Great Recession, America has fought its way back. Together, we saved the auto industry, took on a broken health care system, and invested in new American technologies to reverse our addiction to foreign oil and double wind and solar power,” Obama said. “Together, we put in place tough new rules on big banks, and protections that cracked down on the worst practices of mortgage lenders and credit card companies.  We changed a tax code too skewed in favor of the wealthiest at the expense of working families, locking in tax cuts for 98% of Americans, and asking those at the top to pay a little more.”

While Obama claims America is “back,” 50 million people are on food stamps and 23 million people are unemployed. The healthcare system is starting to collapse as doctors leave their practices and gas is on average $3.68 per gallon. It isn’t just the rich Obama has asked to “pay a little more.” In January, he raised taxes on everyone. And finally, big banks are getting bigger.

After claiming the country was on the right track economically, Obama proceeded to blame Republicans for “distractions” and “phony” scandals coming out of Washington.

With an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball.  And I am here to say this needs to stop.  Short-term thinking and stale debates are not what this moment requires.  Our focus must be on the basic economic issues that the matter most to you – the people we represent,” Obama said.

Funny, I’m not sure the IRS targeting American citizens (with the help of one of Obama’s political appointees) for political purposes or four dead Americans killed in Benghazi count as “phony” but hey, “what difference, at this point, does it make?” And speaking of distractions, apparently taking the time to personally call pro-abortion Wendy Davis, Sandra Fluke and the first openly gay NBA player Jason Collins while opining on local crime cases, playing golf and going on numerous vacations doesn’t count when it comes to deflecting attention away from anything but the disastrous and stagnant economy….

I’ll leave you with this from liberal Washigton Post blogger Ezra Klein:

“That was a lot of hype for  very little policy.” – @ezraklein”

More….

THE INEQUALITY PRESIDENT – The Wall Street Journal

For four and a half years, Mr. Obama has focused his policies on reducing inequality rather than increasing growth…”

OBAMA ROADSHOW IS ALL ABOUT POLITICS, NOT ECONOMICS – Big Government

“The president wants more infrastructure spending, publically-funded pre-kindergarten education and a higher minimum wage.  However, those will not substantially change the unemployment picture.”

WHY DOES THE PRESIDENT THINK INCOME INEQUALITY IS A BIGGER PROBLEM THAN UNEMPLOYMENT? – James Pethokoukis @ AEI

“We are still some 10 million jobs short of what we would need to return to the prerecession employment trend, while the unemployment rate, adjusted for the drop in labor force participation, is closer to 10% than 7%. But Obama mentioned “unemployment” just once.”

OLDER, BUT NOT WISER – The Weekly Standard

“In the unlikelihood you’ve been paying attention to Obama’s speeches, you’ve heard all this before, particularly about what government will do for you.  For Obama, free markets are irrelevant.  But here’s the worst part.  This speech was first of a series on the economy.”

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It’s been noted over the years of his reign, that King Barack simply decides to rule by decree. Ignoring what he doesn’t like and enforcing what he does. The ‘rule of law be damned’. There was his fiasco on oil exploration, permits, etc., following the Gulf oil well disaster. His so called ‘welfare reform’, an effort to relax the requirements for applicants, and now the delaying of the employer mandate in ‘Obamacare’. HIS signature piece of legislation. The irony here being he had little to do with crafting the law. However, he undoubtedly approved of the final mess of a bill.

Michael McConnell, writing at The Wall Street Journal, takes a look at the latest tangled web the administration finds itself in…

OBAMA SUSPENDS THE LAW

Like King James II, the President decides not to enforce laws he doesn’t like. That’s an abuse of power.

President Obama’s decision last week to suspend the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act may be welcome relief to businesses affected by this provision, but it raises grave concerns about his understanding of the role of the executive in our system of government.

Article II, Section 3, of the Constitution states that the president “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” This is a duty, not a discretionary power. While the president does have substantial discretion about how to enforce a law, he has no discretion about whether to do so.

This matter—the limits of executive power—has deep historical roots. During the period of royal absolutism, English monarchs asserted a right to dispense with parliamentary statutes they disliked. King James II’s use of the prerogative was a key grievance that lead to the Glorious Revolution of 1688. The very first provision of the English Bill of Rights of 1689—the most important precursor to the U.S. Constitution—declared that “the pretended power of suspending of laws, or the execution of laws, by regal authority, without consent of parliament, is illegal.”

To make sure that American presidents could not resurrect a similar prerogative, the Framers of the Constitution made the faithful enforcement of the law a constitutional duty.

The Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, which advises the president on legal and constitutional issues, has repeatedly opined that the president may decline to enforce laws he believes are unconstitutional. But these opinions have always insisted that the president has no authority, as one such memo put it in 1990, to “refuse to enforce a statute he opposes for policy reasons.”

Attorneys general under Presidents Carter, Reagan, both Bushes and Clinton all agreed on this point. With the exception of Richard Nixon, whose refusals to spend money appropriated by Congress were struck down by the courts, no prior president has claimed the power to negate a law that is concededly constitutional.

In 1998, the Supreme Court struck down a congressional grant of line-item veto authority to the president to cancel spending items in appropriations. The reason? The only constitutional power the president has to suspend or repeal statutes is to veto a bill or propose new legislation. Writing for the court in Clinton v. City of New York, JusticeJohn Paul Stevens noted: “There is no provision in the Constitution that authorizes the president to enact, to amend, or to repeal statutes.”

The employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act contains no provision allowing the president to suspend, delay or repeal it. Section 1513(d) states in no uncertain terms that “The amendments made by this section shall apply to months beginning after December 31, 2013.” Imagine the outcry if Mitt Romney had been elected president and simply refused to enforce the whole of ObamaCare.

This is not the first time Mr. Obama has suspended the operation of statutes by executive decree, but it is the most barefaced. In June of last year, for example, the administration stopped initiating deportation proceedings against some 800,000 illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. before age 16, lived here at least five years, and met a variety of other criteria. This was after Congress refused to enact the Dream Act, which would have allowed these individuals to stay in accordance with these conditions. Earlier in 2012, the president effectively replaced congressional requirements governing state compliance under the No Child Left Behind Act with new ones crafted by his administration.

The president defended his suspension of the immigration laws as an exercise of prosecutorial discretion. He defended his amending of No Child Left Behind as an exercise of authority in the statute to waive certain requirements. The administration has yet to offer a legal justification for last week’s suspension of the employer mandate.

Republican opponents of ObamaCare might say that the suspension of the employer mandate is such good policy that there’s no need to worry about constitutionality. But if the president can dispense with laws, and parts of laws, when he disagrees with them, the implications for constitutional government are dire.

Democrats too may acquiesce in Mr. Obama’s action, as they have his other aggressive assertions of executive power. Yet what will they say when a Republican president decides that the tax rate on capital gains is a drag on economic growth and instructs the IRS not to enforce it?

And what of immigration reform? Why bother debating the details of a compromise if future presidents will feel free to disregard those parts of the statute that they don’t like?

The courts cannot be counted on to intervene in cases like this. As the Supreme Court recently held in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the same-sex marriage case involving California’s Proposition 8, private citizens do not have standing in court to challenge the executive’s refusal to enforce laws, unless they have a personal stake in the matter. If a president declines to enforce tax laws, immigration laws, or restrictions on spending—to name a few plausible examples—it is very likely that no one will have standing to sue.

Of all the stretches of executive power Americans have seen in the past few years, the president’s unilateral suspension of statutes may have the most disturbing long-term effects. As the Supreme Court said long ago (Kendall v. United States, 1838), allowing the president to refuse to enforce statutes passed by Congress “would be clothing the president with a power to control the legislation of congress, and paralyze the administration of justice.”

Mr. McConnell, a former judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, is a professor of law and director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.

A version of this article appeared July 9, 2013, on page A13 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Obama Suspends the Law.

More reading….

WHITE HOUSE DETERMINED TO START OBAMACARE MONEY FLOW – Townhall

THE FIASCO THAT IS OBAMACARE – The Weekly Standard

OBAMACARE IS COMING UNDONE – Reason

 

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“Intrusive, Orwellian, incompetent, corrupt, heartless, secretive, and not to be trusted..”

If people can't trust not only the executive branch but also don't trust Congress, and don't trust federal judges, to make sure that we're abiding by the Constitution with due process and rule of law, then we're going to have some problems here..."

“If people can’t trust not only the executive branch but also don’t trust Congress, and don’t trust federal judges, to make sure that we’re abiding by the Constitution with due process and rule of law, then we’re going to have some problems here…”

Barack Obama isn’t exactly known for his keen political insight or astute observations, but THAT remark has to go down in history as some of the most mindless words uttered by a President of the United States.

Mr. Obama is, of course, referring to the latest of the ongoing examples of the nefarious conduct of HIS administration. As the width and depth of government surveillance on the citizens of this nation continues to expand, he offers nothing more than is trademark, feigned concern and empty words. Despite the origins of the tactics, this unbelievably dangerous conduct by government officials threatens the very roots of our existence as a nation. Yet, we have a President and elected officials in BOTH parties attempting to downplay the severity. The President is right about the fact that we DON’T trust government..especially HIS administration…and we DO have problems! Plenty of them and they’re VERY BIG!

Townhall’s Guy Benson explains further the magnitude of a President who can’t seem to grasp the scope of this threat…

Obama on Surveillance: If Americans Don’t Trust Government, “We’re Going to Have Some Problems”

“He’s right to a large extent, but I’m not sure framing things this way is quite as virtuosic as he might think:

“If people can’t trust not only the executive branch but also don’t trust Congress, and don’t trust federal judges, to make sure that we’re abiding by the Constitution with due process and rule of law, then we’re going to have some problems here.” Obama added that the National Security agents behind the surveillance programs “cherish our Constitution…You can shout Big Brother or program run amok, but if you actually look at the details, I think we’ve struck the right balance,” he explained.

The president went on to say the following about the choices we face as a nation: “You can’t have 100 percent security and also have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience,” he continued. “We’re going to have to make some choices as a society.”  I agree, but candidate Obama was a persistent critic of his predecessor’s wrestling match between security and liberty, frequently labeling it a “false choice.”  Now he’s fully adopted the “choice” paradigm, and is defending it vigorously.  What does that choice entail?  The United States of America faces grave, innumerable, and constant threats from foes, known and unknown.  The men and women tasked with keeping the rest of us alive shoulder that burden every single day.  I can’t imagine it, frankly.  In an increasingly wired (and wireless) world, our best and brightest quietly toil to keep our security tools slightly ahead of technology’s cutting edge.  Rest assured that our adversaries are doing the same.  As a result of these efforts, they’ve quite literally tapped into a genuinely awesome amount of data.  Has access to said data helped keep us safe?  It appears so.  But is the accompanying widespread loss of liberty — current or potential — worth it?  My inner libertarian screams, “hell no.”  By the same token, let’s say the president had dismantled or scaled back some of these programs, then we got hit hard again.  If it later emerged that the president had done away with intelligence-gathering methods that could have prevented the bloodshed, wouldn’t many of us be furious?  This is the balancing act to which Obama refers. These are the choices he disdained as a Senator but has since embraced as president.
As citizens, we must decide whether our leaders have chosen wisely.  In the case of the NSA ‘metadata’ gathering, every single one of us is affected, but the contents of our communications aren’t monitored.  According to people who know what they’re talking about, this program — which spans two administrations and more than a decade — is a “vital” tool in our arsenal.  It makes me uncomfortable, but I’m not sure I oppose it outright.  As for PRISM, we’re just beginning to learn about that enormous data mining operation.  Its ability to review actual content like photos, videos, Skype conversations, and beyond is extremely disquieting.  It’s the veritable definition of Big Brother.  The government tells us PRISM isn’t being leveraged to intentionally or specifically target Americans.  I want to believe them.  But even if they’re being mostly truthful, the ways in which PRISM’s capabilities could be misused are obvious and frightening.  Given the current climate of scandal, abusive targeting, and maddening opacity from the administration, many Americans’ capacity to trust the government is being pushed to the brink.  For instance, like most Americans, I’m generally supportive of the Pentagon and CIA using drone strikes to take out Al Qaeda leadership, within certain limitations.  It’s a way to keep us safe and to visit justice upon wanton killers and thugs.  But then I read stories like this, and my conscience stirs.  I similarly appreciate the president’s point that some of the recently-divulged (or re-divulged) programs operate with both Congressional and judicial oversight.  That’s important.  But members of his own party have pointed out that he wasn’t fully accurate in his statement and sugges that laws are being violated.  I’m momentarily relieved when the president assures us that “nobody is listening” to our telephone calls.  But then I recall that no one is actually leveling that accusation. Most Americans are comfortable with the government keeping certain secrets out of the public eye, but that comfort is reliant on a baseline of trust.  And that trust is evaporating.  Perhaps venerable Washington newsman Ron Fourniercaptures my sentiments best:
Obama himself channeled Orwell on Friday while defending the secrecy surrounding the spy programs. “Your duly elected representatives have consistently been informed,” he said. In other words, trust Washington.Three problems with that logic: Americans don’t trust government; an overwhelming majority of lawmakers were never told about the program; and members of Congress who were privy to intelligence “briefings” say their knowledge was limited.  Look, it’s a dangerous world. Obama and his team need to get their hands dirty to protect us. As terrorists grow more dangerous, we need to consider using the flexibility of the Constitution to adapt. But the mandate to keep Americans safe is no excuse to keep them in the dark.
Fournier concludes that the administration’s depth of secrecy and non-transparent spin on a host of issues is lending momentum to the toxic narrative I’ve been discussing all week.  Many Americans, Fourier writes, now view the federal government as “intrusive, Orwellian, incompetent, corrupt, heartless, secretive, and not to be trusted.”  Indeed. The events of the last month have been a nonstop real-time advertisement in favor of limited, smarter, more restrained federal power.
UPDATE – I think it’s important to reiterate a point I made yesterday.  The president undercut his rationale for maintaining these programs in his speech at NDU last month.  You can’t argue that these pervasive measures are necessary, but “large scale” threats are no longer an issue.UPDATE II – And here’s why skepticism reigns:

The National Security Agency has at times mistakenly intercepted the private email messages and phone calls of Americans who had no link to terrorism, requiring Justice Department officials to report the errors to a secret national security court and destroy the data, according to two former U.S. intelligence officials. “

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Dysfunction and Dysfunctional

As the country learned more and more about the incompetence of the Obama administration this past week, it continues to astound me…well, not really…it’s to be expected…how utterly dismissive and contemptuous the White House and its supporters continue to be.

We have a President who is as disconnected from the American people and, apparently reality, as one can be. An administration that seems to operate from whim to whim. Staffed by individuals whose vindictiveness is only exceeded by their arrogance. There is no accountability and no responsibility. Yet those that dare to question this dangerous and damaging behavior are, THEMSELVES, portrayed as the problem. A sympathetic media, which long ago decided its roll as watchdog was over, continues to shield Mr. Obama despite the obvious. And, of course, the usual cast of moronic characters decide it’s time to come to his defense with their atypical incendiary and senseless remarks. As if THEIR opinion matters even in the slightest! Elitist attitudes and snob commentary has no value and no relevance. Unfortunately for us, no one has told these morons…

"That’s really what it is. I think these conservatives and right-wingers for as much as they say they love this country — they hate it. They hate the government. They hate the people.”

“That’s really what it is. I think these conservatives and right-wingers for as much as they say they love this country — they hate it. They hate the government. They hate the people.”

Michael Moore on ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’…THIS is what passes for rational thought on the left…

Watergate really was a scandal, but we now have a lot of people who try to use scandal to settle policy differences by other means, who take mini-scandals and try to use them to get some policy edge or a political edge"... “And I actually think we as a country have become over-addicted to scandal as a way to destroy other people. And that was in the Supreme Court hearings, and that’s in a lot of the scandals. So, I think it’s bred a politics of cynicism which kind of reverberates, without the actual substance of a major act of corruption.”

Watergate really was a scandal, but we now have a lot of people who try to use scandal to settle policy differences by other means, who take mini-scandals and try to use them to get some policy edge or a political edge”… “And I actually think we as a country have become over-addicted to scandal as a way to destroy other people. And that was in the Supreme Court hearings, and that’s in a lot of the scandals. So, I think it’s bred a politics of cynicism which kind of reverberates, without the actual substance of a major act of corruption.”

Columnist, David Brooks, trying desperately to downplay the incompetence of the Obama White House…In his mind, this is all trivial; nothing but political maneuvering…He looks at all of it as no “major act of corruption..”

" And the question isn't who edited what talking points. That is largely irrelevant."

” And the question isn’t who edited what talking points. That is largely irrelevant.”

Just like former Secretary of State Clinton, Obama aide, Dan Pfieffer on “Face the Nation” continues the Benghazi cover up strategy employed by his boss… Mr. Pfeiffer also used “irrelevant” to describe the law’s application to the I.R.S. tactics targeting conservative groups while appearing on ABC’s “This Week”…

The mindset of these people, and many more like them, is to disregard the seriousness of the situation by dismissing any competent claim whatsoever. The tactic is to cast aspersions as to the “motive” behind charges and accusations. And, as is often the case with President Obama, these charges are solidly rooted in truth and fact. But we know that doesn’t matter. Excuses and denial. That’s what matters to the Obama administration. Americans can die. Americans can be subjected to unfair governmental practices…and it doesn’t matter. Defending the actions of THIS administration are the first priority. Mr. Obama and his staff will NEVER accept any connection that ties them to what really happened in Libya, with the I.R.S., or with the Justice Department’s tactics in seizing the phone records of the Associated Press. Never! They will parade before the adoring media to continue the parade of lies before an increasingly weary American public.

In the meantime, we are expected to disregard it all as just Washington politics. Which is EXACTLY what THIS President hopes for!

More….

Something at the IRS doesn’t “add up” – Townhall

AP CEO calls records seizure “Unconstitutional” – Townhall

Obama scandals reveal the true face of government! – Reason

After Obama’s roughest week, White House points finger at GOP – Washington Examiner

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