Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Great Agitator

On the eve of a Supreme Court Ruling on "ObamaCare" and a probable contempt vote against Attorney General Eric Holder, I'm more than willing to bet that should either of these events not go liberal's way--they will cry racism as is often the first reaction liberals have when they can’t argue a point.  The fact remains that the Republication Party has a long and esteemed history promoting racial equality.  A lot more people would know this history if the so-called media, and sadly, the union-backed liberal teachers in our school systems, used their jobs to inform and teach rather than trying to indoctrinate our children. To learn more about the facts see:

Since Obama became President, the cries of racism from the left have become a near-consistent theme and it’s getting ridiculous. If any conservative disagrees with any Obama policy – liberals scream racism.  It’s intellectually lazy, it’s hypocritical, and it’s getting old.  The problem for Obama, and so many of the people he’s surrounded himself with, is that it’s essentially all they know how to do.  As a so-called “community activist,” Obama was just an agitator.  His entire purpose was to create a villain for whatever the protest de jour was, point the finger of blame at conservatives, and try to get hard earned tax dollars directed at the social programs of his choice.  Despite being elected to the highest office in the country, Obama can’t stay out of the fray.  At every opportunity, he has chosen to weigh in on local matters and consistently taken the racial slant. 

During his campaign, Obama called his own grandmother, a "typical white woman" when describing her supposedly crossing the street when she saw men of color.  What is a “typical white woman?"  If a white Presidential candidate referred to any black person as a “typical black woman” or a “typical black man,” Democrats and the so-called mainstream media would jump all over the comment seeking to destroy the candidate by labeling them as a racist and extremist.

After his election, in 2009 there was the incident of Cambridge Police arresting Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. for disorderly conduct.  Apparently Gates returned to his home after a trip to China and found the front door to his home jammed.  With the help of his driver, he tried to force it open. A local witness reported their activity to the police as a potential burglary in progress. When police arrived, Gates got into a verbal confrontation with the responding police officer.  The charges were eventually dropped, but Obama just couldn't stay out of it.   He said, “… not having been there and not seeing all the facts [and] what role race played in that…I think it’s fair to say… the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home."   Obama couldn't resist an opportunity to comment on the matter and insinuate there was a racial slant to the police officers’ actions. 

More recently, Obama remarked on another police matter by commenting on the February 2012 shooting death of a black Florida teenager, Trayvon Martin, by a Hispanic neighborhood watch member, George Zimmerman.  In this case, the media and usual cast of racial instigators, i.e. Jesse Jackson, Sheila Jackson Lee, and Al Sharpton, came out in force to push the narrative that the teenager was gunned down by a racist “White-Hispanic” who targeted the teen with racial profiling.  As the facts of the case began to emerge, it was revealed that the so-called mainstream media outlet NBC aired their own altered version of the 911 recording to make it appear as though the neighborhood watch member was overly focused on the race of the teen.   Again, Obama just had to comment and said Americans had to “do some soul searching” and that if he had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.  In contrast, at the same time this incident was in the media, Allen Coon, a 13-year-old white boy from Kansas City was doused with gasoline and set ablaze while walking home from school by black teens who told him, “This is what you deserve. You get what you deserve, white boy.”  Of course this case went unnoticed and was ignored by Obama and the so-called mainstream media despite it being an overt, racially motivated, hate crime.

None of this is surprising given Obama sat in Reverend Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ for 20 years listening to Wright spew hate filled sermons telling his followers blacks should not sing God Bless America but “God damn America” and to follow the “Black Value System.”  For those of you unfamiliar with the Black Value System, it teaches followers to become black Christian activists, commitment to the black community, pledging to regularly allocate a portion of personal resources for strengthening and supporting black institutions, pledging allegiance to all black leadership who espouse and embrace the black value system.  I don’t think it would be a stretch to say that if a white Presidential candidate went to a church who preached the “White Value System,” he or she would automatically be called a racist.

As President, Obama has consistently shown a lack of leadership core values and objectivity by inserting himself into local matters before all the facts are made known.  Time and time again, he has failed to calm emotions, urge restraint, or call for patience to let the trained authorities do their jobs.  Instead he has fallen back into the role he is much more accustomed to: agitator.  Given all the examples of Obama’s repeatedly playing the race card, and failure to comment on or direct his Attorney General to follow-up on incidents of hate crimes against white people, I think Obama needs to do some soul searching. 

If all or parts of ObamaCare are ruled unconstitutional, it won't be because of racism--it's because the Supreme Court judges the government shouldn't be allowed to order the American people to by a private industry product or else be fined.  If Attorney General Eric Holder is held in contempt of Congress, it isn't because of racism, it's because he is part of a government cover up to prevent the facts about a US government led operation that put guns into murderous drug cartel members hands, who then used those guns to kill hundreds of Mexican citizens and at least two US agents, from ever coming to light.   

“I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.”  ~ Thomas Jefferson

Friday, June 22, 2012

Furiously in Denial

The spin and blame continue with liberals wringing their hands saying all this Fast and Furious drama is nothing but political theater during an election year.  The White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer even tried to say, “Congressional Republicans are spending their time on a politically-motivated, taxpayer-funded election-year fishing expedition.

A fishing expedition. Really?

People are dead because of Operation Fast and Furious, including two US Government agents who were killed in the line of duty protecting the very country whose leadership supplied the guns to the drug cartels who killed them!  Yet Democrats and liberals keep trying to downplay the need for any investigation into this case saying it’s a “politically-motivated fishing expedition.”

Let’s contrast the liberal dismissal of any Fast and Furious investigation to the absolute outrage Democrats and liberals supposedly felt with the so-called “outing” of CIA agent Valerie Plame on 14 July 2003 when Robert Novak mentioned her in his article, "Mission to Niger."  If you remember, this was the case in which Democrats and liberals claim someone within the Bush administration leaked Valerie Plame’s identity to the press as revenge for her former U.S. Ambassador husband Joseph C. Wilson’s criticizing of President Bush.

Liberal rhetoric surrounding the case spiraled out of control with Democrats routinely calling for indictments against Vice President Chaney and Karl Rove, the White House Deputy Chief of Staff.  Rove was a top target of the Democrats who accused him of treason on a near-daily basis.  Unlike Eric Holder, then-Attorney General John Ashcroft recused himself from the matter.  The investigation was passed to Patrick Fitzgerald, an overly gung-ho prosecutor who served as U.S. attorney in, of all places, liberal stronghold, Chicago. Fitzgerald narrowed in on Karl Rove and called him before a grand jury on five separate occasions.  Rove, who actually could have invoked his right not to testify, completely complied and turned over his Blackberries, his computers, and every scrap of paper he had produced during the time in question. Fitzgerald never had any evidence to prosecute Rove or Vice President Cheney.  In fact, it turns out the so-called “leak” came from State Department official Richard Armitage, who seemed to have leaked Plame's identity to Novak out of pure carelessness. In the end though, Lewis “Scooter” Libby was charged with lying to investigators and was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in March 2007.

For nearly 4 years, from 2003 to 2007, Democrats banged the war drums and screamed that a Republican head needed to roll for the “outing” of Valerie Plame--a CIA employee sure, but much better known as a liberal DC socialite with a well-connected husband.

Yet when Democrat-led operations lead to the deaths of two actual US Agents operating in the field protecting our country, the liberals call any outrage or demand for justice a “politically-motivated fishing expedition.”

Can liberals get any more hypocritical?  

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Not So Fast with the Blame Game...

Well, we should have seen this coming from a mile away, the Obama administration’s battle cry, “It was Bush’s fault!”   This administration is again out there distorting facts and trying to blame Bush for their own policy failures, crimes, and murders that have been carried out under their watch and as part of operations and policies that they hatched.

If you are unaware of what Operation Fast and Furious is, please see my previous blog:

If the news yesterday of Obama invoking executive privilege got your attention, and you’ve been watching the so-called mainstream media-- i.e. Obamas propaganda machine, you might be hearing so-called reporters, members of the Obama administration, and liberals claim that Operation Fast and Furious began under President Bush.   This would be a lie, but then again, liberals usually don’t bother with little things like FACTS, so it’s not surprising that they are distorting the truth now.

There was a program under the Bush administration called, Operation Wide Receiver.  Operation Wide Receiver was run out of one city, Tucson, AZ, between 2006 and 2007, and only 300-500 guns were sold.  In Operation Fast and Furious, about seven times as many weapons were illegally placed into the hands of murderers in an operation done without the Mexican Government’s knowledge.   Operation Wide Receiver was a controlled delivery of guns in cooperation with the Mexican Government with the sole purpose of tracking the guns.  In a controlled delivery, law enforcement watches to see that their target goes through the steps of a crime, to see intent, and then interdict the gun(s) and make an arrest.  In Operation Wide Receiver, the ATF put actual tracking devices in the guns.  As Operation Wide Receiver was done in coordination with the Mexican Government, Mexican law enforcement officials were supposed to be waiting on their side of the border to interdict and make arrests; but in some cases they failed to do so.   
Unfortunately, since Mexican law enforcement failed to interdict all the weapons, the batteries on some of the tracking devices later died and the ATF lost the ability to track the weapons.  The program was later shut down.

So no, Operation Fast and Furious did NOT begin under the Bush Administration.  The deaths of Border Agent Brian Terry and ICE Agent Jaime Zapata are not traceable to Operation Wide Receiver. 

The main point is that Attorney General Eric Holder was not held in contempt because Operation Fast and Furious was an ill-conceived bastard child of a previous operation that had good intentions but failed due to Mexican law enforcement officials dropping the ball—he’s being held in contempt for not producing documents that prove what he knew about Operation Fast and Furious and when he knew them.  Holder, nor the liberals, or so-called reporters can blame Bush for that. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Fast & Furiously Becoming Obama’s Biggest Nightmare

If you haven’t been paying attention, i.e. only watching the so-called “mainstream” media or getting your “news” from The Daily Show or late night comedians and talk show hosts, then the political events of today are probably confusing to you.   For those of us who keep up with the actual news, and don’t buy into the Obama propaganda that the liberal media pushes, I think it’s safe to say the scandal going on right now in Washington may have the potential to topple this Presidency.  If people thought Watergate was bad---this scandal is unbelievably worse.

At the heart of this scandal is a federal operation dubbed “Operation Fast and Furious.”  This operation, run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE, a.k.a ATF), allowed weapons from the U.S. to pass into the hands of suspected gun smugglers---presumably so the arms could be traced to the higher echelons of Mexican drug cartels.  However, many think that the ultimate reason for this ill-advised plan was to support the Obama administration’s goal to justify stricter gun control legislation to erode the 2nd Amendment.  Even internal ATF emails seem to suggest that ATF agents were counseled to highlight links between criminals and certain semi-automatic weapons in order to bolster a case for new, stricter gun control measures.  One such email states, “Can you see if these guns were all purchased from the same FFL and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun multiple sales. Thanks, Mark R. Chait, Assistant Director Field Operations."

Through Operation Fast and Furious the U.S. government put guns into the hands of murderous Mexican drug cartel members. Crimes were committed with those guns.  As of October 2011, an undisclosed number of guns from this operation were found at 170 crime scenes! In fact, guns from this operation were discovered at the scene of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s murder in December 2010, ICE Agent Jaime Zapata was gunned down in February 2011 by weapons trafficked through this program, and an additional 57 Fast and Furious firearms were recovered at 11 other violent crime scenes in the American Southwest.  Operation Fast and Furious came to a screeching halt in January 2011, and Republicans in Congress started asking the Department of Justice (DOJ) questions about this program.

In Attorney General Eric Holder’s original testimony to Congress in May 2011, he stated he had only just recently heard about Operation Fast and Furious “a few weeks” prior when program became public in the news.  Yet shortly thereafter, journalists produced video of an interview with President Obama from early March to CNN Espanol in which Obama addressed the scandal and assured us that Holder knew nothing about it.  In the same video, Obama claimed he didn’t know anything about this operation either until he heard it on the news. 

This left a begging question: How would Obama know Holder knew nothing about Operation Fast and Furious six weeks before Holder said he found out about it?

As Holder continued to testify to Congress on what he knew about Fast and Furious and when he knew it, his testimony increasingly contradicted itself and he was unable to remember key dates and facts.  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), head of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has become more and more exasperated with Holder.  Issa claims the DOJ has been withholding information on this case, and has repeatedly asked Eric Holder and the DOJ for documents which would make it crystal clear what Holder knew about Fast and Furious and when he knew it -- proving whether he lied under oath to Congress or not.

Today, moments before Issa and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform was set to vote on holding Eric Holder in contempt for failing to hand over the documents in question, Obama asserted “executive privilege” to keep the Committee from obtaining the documents.  Executive privilege is a claim by the President that he/she need not answer a request (including a subpoena issued by a court or Congress) for confidential government or personal communications, on the ground that such exposures would hamper effective governmental operations and decision-making for military, diplomatic, or national security purposes.  Obama’s executive privilege seeks to block access to any documents dating prior to February 2011—coincidentally after the murders of the agents and when Fast and Furious already hit the media.  The key information the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is seeking is to ascertain exactly what and when Holder and any other high level government officials knew about Operation Fast and Furious.

The question everyone is asking is: Why would Obama assert executive privilege about a program he claims he didn’t know anything about until he heard about it on the news? 

Since only the president can invoke the privilege, he would have to be aware of the subject matter addressed in the subpoenaed documents.  This means either Obama was involved in Operation Fast and Furious from the start and has been lying about what he knew regarding this program, that DoJ officials brought documents pertaining to an on-going criminal investigation to the White House, or White House advisors went to the DoJ to discuss documents pertaining to an on-going criminal investigation---the latter two would be unheard of.  

This stinks of a high-level cover up and comparisons are already being made to Watergate and Richard Nixon.  Executive privilege can be denied if there is a potential criminal charge, as Nixon discovered when he attempted to use executive privilege to deny Congress, the courts and the Department of Justice access to tapes and documents in the Watergate scandal (1973-1974). 

Personally, I don’t think there is a fair comparison between Watergate and Operation Fast and Furious.   Watergate was a presidential cover up of a botched break-in of a rival campaign headquarters.  The Fast and the Furious scandal has resulted in multiple murders, including the killings of a US Border Patrol Agent and an ICE Agent.  By invoking executive privilege, Obama has essentially revealed that he is involved in Fast and Furious somehow.  For a person who claimed he was going to have the most transparent administration, an administration that has recently been behind unprecedented intelligence and national security leaks, Obama’s certainly trying awful hard to hide the facts of this case.