Friday Digest

Unemployment Is Up -- Will Obama Be Out?

Nov. 2, 2012
“No country upon earth ever had it more in its power to attain these blessings than United America. Wondrously strange, then, and much to be regretted indeed would it be, were we to neglect the means and to depart from the road which Providence has pointed us to so plainly; I cannot believe it will ever come to pass.” –George Washington
Is Obama sunk?

The much-awaited and final pre-election Bureau of Labor unemployment numbers were released this morning, and, for what that malleable number is worth, the rate ticked back up to 7.9 percent, taking some of the wind out of Barack Obama’s “road to recovery” rhetoric.

Though Obama will find a way to take credit for private sector job growth with his socialist “we’ve created jobs” mantra, the fact is that job creation is more accurately a reflection of how resilient the private sector is despite Obama’s interventionist economic policies.

As you recall, a few weeks before the Republican Convention in Tampa, Obama declared, “The private sector is doing fine,” and insisted that we really need more government [read “union”] jobs. His Senate lap dog, Harry Reid, reiterated, “It’s very clear that private sector jobs have been doing just fine. It’s the public sector jobs where we’ve lost huge numbers.” Actually, it’s the public sector that’s “doing just fine.” That unemployment rate has fallen precipitously this year, and is now just 4.2 percent.

And tell black workers that things are “just fine.” Unemployment among blacks was 13.4 percent in September but jumped to 14.3 percent in October – almost a full percentage point.

As more Obama supporters remove their heads from their, er, sandboxes, Obama’s propaganda machine is running full steam, endeavoring to complete a colossal makeover to maintain his “jobs president” façade in the remaining days of the campaign. That pig will require a lot of lipstick, given that four years of Obama’s “stimulus programs” have produced 23 million unemployed or underemployed Americans and tens of millions more who are working but haven’t received sufficient pay increases to even keep up with inflation.

Of course, the real “Obama tax” on the middle class is the fact that median household income has declined by $4,520 (8.2 percent) since Obama took office, a trend that continued in October. (Memo to Mitt – might want to mention that a couple times over the next few days.)

All of those economic indicators would be much worse if not for the aforementioned private sector resilience.

Last week, as part of his “jobs” charade, Obama unveiled his phony, glossy brochure, “The New Economic Patriotism,” a “plan” for jobs that will most assuredly seal the fate of our economy if he is re-elected. He’s calling on Americans to “embrace a new economic patriotism,” while Joe Biden has declared paying higher taxes to be our “patriotic duty.”

It seems we recall some other socialists in Germany and Russia early in the last century who equated “patriotism” with “statism.”

This week, Obama released his second term plan to establish a cabinet level “Department of Business.” (Seriously, this was not a joke.) Of course, there’s already a Department of Commerce and a Department of Labor, both of which do nothing but impede job growth. We suppose the “Department of Business” will be Obama’s final nail in the coffin of free enterprise.

According to him, the new secretary of business would consolidate several business- and trade-related government agencies into one entity, a “one-stop shop” for oversight and regulation. He claims that this new department would allow businesses an opportunity to seek redress with the government regarding regulations, taxation and oversight. Of course, many businesses have already tried to communicate their concerns to the Obama administration, and the White House has extended nothing but a stiff arm. It’s not only unlikely that yet another level of bureaucracy will help their plight, it’s virtually impossible.

Mitt Romney’s campaign gave perhaps the best response to Obama’s half-baked idea: “We don’t need a ‘secretary of business.’ We need a new president who actually understands business and won’t punish it with the job-killing regulations that have been imposed by the Obama administration.” Perhaps he should suggest an alternative “Department of GET OUT OF OUR Business” so the U.S. economy can grow millions of new and better paying jobs.

It’s crystal clear that the election Tuesday is not between Romney and Obama but, as Mark Alexander outlined yesterday in “The Tipping Point,” between Liberty and tyranny. If Romney is elected, he will face a monumental task to avert the “debt bomb” Obama has dropped on the economy. If Obama is re-elected, that debt bomb will most certainly fulfill his promise of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

Quote of the Week

“As they say in my business, I’m gonna – I’m gonna give you the whole load today.” –Joe Biden, who does indeed specialize in the business of whole loads of cow manure

Video of the Week

This poor little girl is really tired of the election, but especially Bronco Bamma. We feel her pain.

Open Query

“The question of this election is not are you better off than you were four years ago. We all know the answer to that. The real question is will this country be better off four years from now?” –Barack Obama

In 2008.

This Week’s ‘Braying Jackass’ Award

“Let's win this motherf—er.” –special assistant to the president Kareem Dale, rallying volunteers at the Democratic National Committee headquarters Thursday

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Government and Politics

Big Government Isn’t the Answer

Super-storm Sandy slammed into the East Coast Monday, doing billions of dollars in damage and killing at least 90 people across eight states. That’s not just a death toll. The statistics represent mothers, fathers, sons and daughters; and the damage done isn’t just a few broken windows – it’s livelihoods and life-long memories. But the residents of the Mid-Atlantic region will rise again and rebuild. It’s what Americans do.

Crisis response is never perfect, but aid came in the form of friends, neighbors, local churches and charities – people serving each other, rising above self. Sometimes, disaster does bring out the worst in people. There are always those who suffer from entitlement syndrome who fight, syphon gas, loot and generally behave like animals. Sometimes, utility crews are turned away because they aren’t unionized. But by and large, out of tragedy comes triumph, and the best in people is displayed.

Of course, that didn’t stop The New York Times from editorializing, “A Big Storm Requires Big Government.” The argument boils down to, “Mitt Romney wants to get rid of FEMA and let disaster victims die. Isn’t that horrible?”

Specifically, the Times takes issue with something Romney said during the GOP debates about FEMA and the states: “Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better.” The Times calls this “an absurd notion,” though these are in fact wise words articulating federalist doctrine. The editorial, of course, offers no examples of how big government does anything best, though they could have mentioned that FEMA and the Obama White House directed storm victims to the Internet for help. For those without power, well, good luck.

Ultimately, the Times' basic argument is a straw man because the choice isn’t between saving storm victims through the might of the federal government or leaving them to die. State and local governments are far better equipped to deal with local disasters with FEMA as a solid backup for big ones like Sandy. That’s if it can be, in the Times' words, “a properly functioning agency.” After Hurricane Katrina, FEMA was infamous for blocking aid to storm victims and for managing to leave hundreds of acres of unused trailers. The Times downplays this failure by blaming George W. Bush, “who neglected it.”

Speaking of neglect, the Times didn’t mention that Barack Obama’s 2013 budget proposed to cut $641.5 million, or 6 percent, from FEMA’s budget. Not that Harry Reid’s Senate will actually pass a budget…

As with all leftist proposals that are rooted in “never letting a crisis go to waste,” the answer is ever-bigger government. Using the latest massive storm to once again make that call is just their first order of recovery. We prefer Ronald Reagan’s formulation, “Government isn’t the solution to our problems, government is the problem.”

A Time for Choosing

“We’re coming down to the 11th hour. We’re facing a violent storm. It’s nothing compared to the storm we’ll face if you don’t make the right decision in this election.” –Bill Clinton just before Sandy hit the East Coast

So which candidate is Bill really pulling for?

The BIG Lie

“Hurricane Sandy … [was] strengthened by the climate crisis. … As the hurricane approached the East Coast, it gathered strength from abnormally warm coastal waters. At the same time, Sandy’s storm surge was worsened by a century of sea level rise. Scientists tell us that if we do not reduce our emissions, these problems will only grow worse. Hurricane Sandy is a disturbing sign of things to come. We must heed this warning and act quickly to solve the climate crisis. Dirty energy makes dirty weather.” –Al Gore, leading the charge to blame global warming for storms that have been happening for millennia

Bill Clinton? Al Gore? What is this, 1999?

Hope ‘n’ Change: Hey, Look, a Tax ‘Cut’

Barack Obama this week floated the idea of a new temporary tax cut that would offer workers a few bucks more in their paychecks next year. As nice as the idea sounds, however, it’s simply a retread of the failed “Making Work Pay” tax cut of 2009 and 2010 that was supposed to add a few dollars a week to workers' paychecks while supposedly stimulating the economy through increased demand. Predictably, it had no discernible impact on the economy; short-term gimmicks like this never do. As the Heritage Foundation points out, such small tax cuts meant to boost disposable income won’t move the needle for the economy because the increased rate of consumption is offset by the fact that the government basically has to borrow in order to make the tax cut possible in the first place. As Salim Furth at Heritage states, “The [tax] rebate is just a transfer from lenders to present taxpayers, and future taxpayers are left with the bill.”

Obama has proved time and again that he has the wrong economic prescriptions, but it appears now that even his political I.Q. is slipping. His predecessor tried a tax rebate in 2008, and it failed to produce the desired results. Then Obama himself did basically the same thing in 2009 and 2010, again with the same outcomes. This latest proposal will do nothing but drive the country deeper into debt, though Obama’s hoping it sounds good enough to buy him some extra votes. What should be painfully clear to voters is that the only real solution is a fundamental and permanent reform of the tax code that sets up the economy for a real, not imagined, recovery.

From the Left: Making Mind-Numbed Robots Out of Children

The ad is stark, shot in black and white. Children, whether solo, in small groups, or a choir of over two dozen, sing without emotion lyrics such as “sick people just die … and oil fills the sea.” “Yeah, we’re blaming you,” the kids conclude, directed at parents. These are supposed to be “children of the future,” but in fact they’re ad agency Goodby Silverstein and Partners' contribution to the Obama campaign.

While video maker Rich Silverstein is no stranger to electoral politics and sloganeering, Jeff Goodby, who wrote the lyrics to the song, is actually a registered Republican. It’s interesting that he didn’t write about sick people being left to die by a government death panel or diplomats left behind to perish in Benghazi. Perhaps that will come in the sequel. Regardless, the idea of exploiting children to regurgitate mindless but serious charges against the opponents of leftist policies is repulsive.

A grown-up version of one of these children, though, may have been responsible for dropping thousands of roofing nails in a Racine, Wisconsin, parking lot just before a Tea Party rally at a former Sam’s Club store. A white van adorned with Obama stickers passed through shortly before the event, evidently dumping the nails. Organizers attempted to clean up the mess, but two cars ended up with damaged tires. But the good news: Those were two cars out of the hundreds that carried about 2,500 people to attend the event, and all who attended, including the children, heard a message about Liberty’s blessings instead of socialist propaganda.

Economy

Around the Nation: Outsourcing by Fiat

Taking aim against Mitt Romney in the critical battleground state of Ohio, Barack Obama’s campaign lambasted a recent Romney ad calling out the administration for shipping production of Jeeps overseas. The ad states, “Obama … sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China.” Obama, backed by his Leftmedia sycophants, denounced the ad. Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne stated, “Jeep production will not be moved from the United States to China.” Not to be left out, Bill Clinton lamented that the president’s feelings were “hurt” over the ad. The poor dear.

Obama took GM and Chrysler through bankruptcy even as he denounces Romney for the same idea. Likewise, despite his protests, he did, in fact, sell Chrysler to Fiat, an Italian company. And, just as Romney claims, Jeep production is heading overseas. As Bloomberg reports, Fiat “will build a small Jeep in Italy for export beginning in 2014.”

Newsbusters explains, “If the company continues to choose Italy or any other locale outside the U.S. for Jeeps to export to America, older models made in the U.S. will gradually move through their product life cycle. If they’re not replaced with newer models, at some point U.S. production will end up coming down and the need for the entire cast of current U.S. workers will diminish.” Furthermore, another Bloomberg dispatch notes Fiat’s “plans to return Jeep output to China,” albeit by “adding Jeep production sites rather than shifting output from North America to China.”

Whether Italy, China, or some other country, the fact remains that a Jeep built somewhere else is a Jeep that could have been built here in the U.S. by American workers. Globalization isn’t inherently bad, but when 23 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed, “jobs headed overseas” is the wrong message. Even if this president refuses to hear it.

Income Redistribution: Assistance for More Than Just the Poor

All arguments of merit aside, we’ve always thought of government programs such as Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, better known as food stamps,) housing aid, and other similar programs as a safety net for the poorest of Americans. But two George Mason University researchers crunched the numbers and determined that more than half of all government assistance goes to people whose incomes place them above – sometimes well above – the poverty line.

The sharp increase in spending on the not-so-poor began during the final years of George W. Bush’s administration, but it was supercharged under Barack Obama, particularly by using so-called “stimulus” spending. Obama repeatedly condemns the “policies that got us into this mess,” but those policies are things like expanding medical entitlements, gimmicky tax rebates that don’t work, welfare increases and overall deficit spending – all of which Obama has accelerated, not reined in.

Whether this expansion of the safety net into the middle class was beneficial or not – it was certainly intentional – the trap has been laid for future budgets, even if Mitt Romney wins and brings a fully Republican Congress with him. Since government rules encourage “baseline” budgeting with an increase already figured in over the previous year’s spending, even spending the same amount on a program as was spent the previous year, thus avoiding the automatic increase, the Left reflexively screams about “massive cuts” to their pet items even though there are no cuts. Yet just reining in these programs to serve those for whom they were originally intended would save taxpayers billions.

Few wish to deny those in need of assistance, but too many who could afford to make it without government help prefer the ease of living with assistance from the rest of us. The Depression-era pride in providing for oneself without the stigma of needing “relief” is long gone, replaced by the mantra of getting everything one feels entitled to, whether necessary or not. We believe that’s the Obama plan and it will be expanded next term, assuming the worst.

Security

Benghazi Revelations Keep Coming

The steady drip, drip, drip of news about the 9/11 Benghazi attack continues to paint a more wretched picture of a feckless Obama White House. As is now well known, the multi-hour attack that led to the death of four Americans was originally labeled by the Obama regime a “spontaneous protest” of an anti-Islam video trailer on YouTube. That description was a deliberate deception by the Obama White House. Contrast the information the administration has released here with the rush to spike the football with juicy details after the raid to kill Osama bin Laden.

As we noted last week, officials in Washington rejected several requests for help from personnel at the Benghazi consulate during the seven-hour fight, even as those officials watched events unfold in real-time. Even though that help could have been on the scene within the hour. And even though officials determined a month before the attack that al-Qa'ida had training camps in Benghazi but the consulate couldn’t defend against a “coordinated attack.”

The latest report is that the Benghazi operation was largely a CIA one – of 30 people evacuated on Sept. 11, just seven were State Department personnel. This could certainly help explain – but not excuse – the conflicting accounts after the attack. Not many people knew the extent of CIA involvement. The insufficient preparation, disastrous events and subsequent cover-up, however, are inexcusable.

Additionally, one of the slain Americans, former U.S. Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, violated an order to stand down and determined where the terrorist mortar fire originated. He then “painted” the location with his laser target designator, which is normally done only when close air support is at hand because it necessarily gives away the “painter’s” location. Woods obviously thought that help was close by. But help never came, because CIA operators ready to provide air support were told to “stand down.” Instead, the terrorists killed Woods and Glen Doherty with the very mortars Woods was attempting to destroy. Woods' father, Charles, had some harsh words for the Obama regime, saying, “They watched my son die. As far as I’m concerned, there are people in the White House – whoever it was that was in that room watching that video of my son dying, their cries for help, their order ‘don’t help them at all, let them die’ – whoever it might be, might be numerous people, you have the blood of my son, you have the blood of an American hero on your hands.” Our prayers are with you and your family, Mr. Woods.

Obama and his minions continue to deflect any criticism and avoid talking about the attack, and a compliant Leftmedia have been more than willing to help. One can only imagine what the media would be doing if this were a Republican president. Obama himself said he was “offended” that anyone would dare question his integrity over Benghazi, but, of course, questioning government officials is exactly what people and the press are supposed to do. And his feelings on the matter are irrelevant. The real story here is that Obama can’t admit that his Middle East narrative is a false one; that his apology tour didn’t improve U.S. standing there, it undermined it; that al-Qa'ida is not defeated. All of it provides more cause to remove this unfit commander in chief from the White House.

This Week’s ‘Alpha Jackass’ Award

“We leave nobody behind. We make sure that we respond as a nation and remind ourselves that whenever an American is in need, all of us stand together to make sure that we’re providing the help that’s necessary.” –Barack Obama on Super-storm Sandy

Too bad the same didn’t apply in Benghazi.

On Cross-Examination

“Well, ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is back – not for gays in the military, it’s President Obama’s new policy for questions about Libya. Don’t ask, don’t tell.” –comedian Jay Leno

The ACLU: A Terrorist’s Best Friend

The American Civil Liberties Union is at it again, doing what it does best: attacking the Constitution and our American way of life. Its latest Trojan Horse comes in the form of a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Clapper v. Amnesty International. In it, the ACLU’s Jameel Jaffer argues that those who would otherwise be able to challenge Congress’s 2008 amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) can do so only if they can show that their communications are being monitored, but such a showing would require access to highly classified information – which they do not have.

On its face, of course, the ACLU’s argument sounds reasonable: “Hey, wait a minute: we can’t challenge this surveillance law because we don’t know whether we’re being monitored in the first place – it’s a Catch 22!” The problem with this argument is the logic associated with its implied solution.

Specifically, this case centers on a legal doctrine termed, “standing.” Practically, a plaintiff must have suffered some form of injury-in-fact or impending injury or the court won’t hear the case. This uniquely American principle of jurisprudence is embedded in our Constitution (Article III) and was crafted within our nation’s early juridical history as one of several guarantors of the separation of powers. The goal is to ensure that the court cannot be used as a tool by either of the other two branches of government to decide political issues, rather than actual cases or controversies. Were the court to have to decide any case brought before it the court would quickly degenerate into a gridlocked circus of political food fights.

In this particular case, Jaffer argues that plaintiffs like Amnesty International should be able to challenge FISA if they or their “clients” – a.k.a. “suspected terrorists” – face a “substantial risk” of being under surveillance by the federal government. By this standard, if one can show he might be monitored – say, for having lengthy phone conversations with known or suspected terrorists – then he has standing to bring suit in federal court. The danger – of which the ACLU is well aware – is that this provides an indirect method of finding out whether in fact these entities (and their accomplices) are being monitored. Once suit is brought, the government must show whether or not it is, in fact, monitoring the party in question. Revelations such as these, in turn, could lead to the practical undoing of FISA – which has been credited by some as a key reason why we haven’t had a major terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11 – by alerting suspected terrorists that they are under covert surveillance.

Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. rightly argued that “speculation” alone doesn’t pass muster as a standard for “standing.” The action by the government must either have already occurred or must be “certainly impending” – the standard set under precedent cases, as opposed to the ACLU’s crafted-out-of-thin-air “substantial risk” standard. During oral argument, Justice Antonin Scalia also highlighted the fact that just because no one is in a position to challenge the law doesn’t mean the law itself – let alone the constitutional requirement for standing – is invalid. Scalia also noted that all government surveillance plans under FISA are reviewed under a Fourth Amendment lens for constitutionality by the secret FISA court, an Article III court charged with the sacred duty of protecting the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens. Finally, the FISA Amendments Act faces an animated renewal vote in the Senate … conveniently, just after Election Day.

Culture

Faith and Family: Chick-fil-A Stands Firm, Succeeds

Recent weeks seem to be far too crammed with one bit of bad news after another. That makes it especially rewarding when good news comes along. Chick-fil-A, the Christian-owned chicken restaurant, dominated the news several weeks ago after President Dan Cathy made a stand for the traditional definition of marriage. Leftists in the media assailed the fast-food chain, while homosexual activists staged the weakest of protests.

On the other hand, the outpouring of support from most Americans was overwhelming. Our own letter of support gained almost 38,000 signatures. More important, however, people lined up to buy chicken sandwiches.

As a private company, Chick-fil-A does not publicize exact earnings, but according to USA Today, “Consumer use of the chain was up 2.2% in the third quarter compared with the same period in 2011.” Also, “Market share was up 0.6%, and total ad awareness was up a hefty 6.5%.”

So what was USA Today’s headline? “Chick-fil-A thrives despite gay rights issue.” Despite? No, Chick-fil-A is succeeding because it has remained faithful to timeless principles and rejected political correctness as a substitute for good business practices.

Video of the Week II

Watch as comedian Steven Crowder “redistributes” children’s Halloween candy, Obama-style. The children don’t like it so much.

And Last…

A Jefferson County, Colorado, jury convicted a 66-year-old woman of felony theft and felony identity theft last week, after the woman stole checks from another woman and used them to pay her own utility bills. As if that weren’t bad enough, CBS 4 in Denver reports, “The victim is partially blind, developmentally disabled, has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. She is on a fixed income of $596 per month.”

The convicted perpetrator, on the other hand, had earlier this year been named “Democrat of the Year” by the Jefferson County Democratic Party – after the party had been informed of the investigation. Damage already done, she was stripped of the award only after the conviction. Had she stolen from a Wall Street investor, or a Big Oil tycoon, however, we have little doubt that she would’ve kept her award and received a congratulatory phone call from the president.

Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis!
Nate Jackson for The Patriot Post Editorial Team

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129 Comments

LibertyIsUS in Arlington, VA said:

I certainly hope so.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Git R Dunn in Alabama replied:

I had fun speaking to an Obamao campaign worker who was offering free tickets to see his majesty speak. I turned them down, but before I did, I asked,

"Did you hear that Obama is going to retire to Hawaii in January to his new $40 Million oceanfront estate?"

Her reply, "What? Really? Is that true?" The sound of disbelief and then betrayal oozed out of her mouth.

"Yes", I replied. "Google it when you get a chance."

"I'M GOING TO!" was the response. Priceless!

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Lisa in MD replied:

This is great!

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Hamilton in IL replied:

Yea, priceless, and a damned good example of the type of people who are Obama supporters. Kool Aid drinkers!

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 3:49 PM

wjm in Colorado said:

An Obamao department of Business would only be a marxist entity taking over private business and establishing government control, as he stated he would do. Think of all the manufacturing being controlled by Obmao and the Czars, the old Soviet Union comes to mind, could this be the flexibility he touted to Putin?
The Bengazi debacle is thouroughly sickening, that these creatures could sit by, watch people die and refuse to help, then lie to try and maintain the fraud that thier foreign policy was somehow working. It take a complete idiot or traitor to vote for this dispicable vermin.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 11:36 AM

RedLeg in TN replied:

For a "man" that has taught the US Constituion, he knows nothing about it or the cabinet staff that he is supposed to be leading. Secretary of Commerece has that position. I would love to be POTUS just so I could clean house of all the worthless programs, tzars, and the like out there. Few congressmen would support such action.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Hamilton in IL replied:

RedLeg,

I suggest you get with the program. Wake up and smell the coffee. Obama knows all about the Constitution. This is exactly why he's been so effective at countermanding it! Obama is no simpleton, over his head as president, as so many naive conservatives would prefer to believe. He's exactly as he appears - a socialist with the knowledge and the goal to destroy our republic and maneuver us into a socialist state. And in this regard, he is just as much an enemy of the American People as the Islamists are to the world. Ultimately, neither will take "no" for an answer, and freedom is then lost.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 4:05 PM

MNIce in Minnesota replied:

It has some semblance to II Samuel 11. What exactly is being covered up here?

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Hamilton in IL replied:

wjm,

You're dead on correct. To me, the fact that Obama can get away with this, indicates a disgusting and alarming level of unaccountability, generally found in socialist or communist regimes, or dictatorships. If we can get rid of Obama and the like-minded scoundrels in congress, this is a big problem that should be tackled by Romney and all the conservative congressmen coming in. They really need to clean house and strike down any and all laws that overlay and pervert the Constitution.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Git R Dunn in Alabama replied:

"They really need to clean house and strike down any and all laws that overlay and pervert the Constitution."

But will they do it? Will you watch and ensure that the "laws" enacted in the NDAA that effectively eliminate our Constitutional rights to representation and a fair and speedy trial instead of indefinite detention for being declared a "terrorist" are OVERTURNED. You look like a terrorist to me, Hamilton ;-)

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Hamilton in IL replied:

Git R Dunn,

I guess I'm being idealistic, or maybe I'm projecting. I was saying what I think they SHOULD do, certainly what I would do if it was me. Maybe the truth of the matter is that we can't get reform until after the nation collapses, or else until after a bloody revolution.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Merry in Cave Creek, AZ replied:

Not sure collapse in necessary but we are damn close to it! As I posted yesterday:

Third party voters don't understand that the very best argument for voting Romney is TIMING!

The population must evolve in their thinking. The tide is turning back very slowly, and for some, it is way too slowly. I can understand the frustration but I cannot see the lack of patience as being beneficial. The leviathan that we have today simply CANNOT be destroyed or remade by any one man in ANY office. This is going to take an informed electorate who make their feelings known from the local up to the federal level. We must elect State legislatures and governors who insist on 10th amendment adherence; to get there we need pressure from the towns, cities, and counties. Then we need to send these good people to the U.S. Congress. From all of these people, committed to essential liberty, we need to select a candidate for President. The rebuilding of this country under the Supreme Law of the Land requires trickle up government. We simply do not have a strong base upon which to build. Yes, we have some really decent liberty loving people in office but certainly not near enough to stem the tide or even more so challenge the bureaucracies now in place. The task before us is a monumental one starting with educating our young in civics, American history, and the Constitution. That will be a huge task in itself. I fear those who are the entitlement generation of today will merely have to die off as most are ignorant, corrupted, or simply brainwashed--- beyond rescue and through no real fault of their own. So, the timing is wrong for a third party candidate no matter how right thinking he or she may be. Romney cannot "do it all" but he can be the start of something good. Is he perfect? No, but is he right for our time? ABSOLUTELY! The alternative is taking us further down the rathole. Because the timing is wrong, a vote for a third party candidate is either a waste of your vote or a de facto vote for Olahblah (unless you live in a blue state). What third party adherents do is akin to wanting to put the roof on the house before the foundation is set-- it simply cannot work. I won't live long enough to see the whole change but I will go to my grave knowing I did my part to return this country to what it once was. I will vote for Romney knowing that the road ahead is a long and arduous one. His win will only be the beginning!

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Hamilton in IL replied:

Merry,

I very much agree with you and I enjoyed reading your assessment.

I think the reason our road to redemption (and I've posted these thoughts before) is going to be so tough, is missed by most. Getting to this point where the federal government regulates so much, and is so big, and so expensive, and so intimidating, has taken time. Our government was once small, with discrete and specific duties. But ever since our Founding, there have been those who, by their nature, place their faith in big brother - something bigger than they are as an individual - i.e. government. As the generations of legislators passed, legislators of each generation wanted government to do a little something more than it was doing before. They wanted to show that the government was doing something, that it mattered, that it was engaged, that it was beneficent. Or maybe they were pandering for votes back then - no different from nowadays. Small-government adherents compromised, time and time again, which then, each time, allowed a portion of government enlargement to occur. So in essence, our government has grown incrementally, with the passage of thousands of bills along the time line, each one granting government more power. A new entitlement here, and new program there, a new grant here, a new tax deduction there, plus exceptions and exclusions to various and sundry pre-existing law - all tended to Liberalize our society, to allow government to do something, or to give something, or to permit something, etc, that it wasn't meant to do. And the key is, that no one has kept track of it. And few see it because in any given current generation, it's hard to imagine a lesser government because the current generation hasn't lived under the old rules. You lose sight of what was as you accept what is.

Getting here was pretty easy even though it took this long. But it's hard to argue with Santa Claus. It's hard to say no when someone wants government to give something for free. It's the government that pays for it - not the People, right? ... It will be much harder to start cutting off the gravy train and reverse course on this madness. Growth of government and growth of our debt are like father and son. One takes after the other. And they've both been caused by not saying no.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 7:42 PM

heavenly bell in little elm texas replied:

wow

Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 6:30 PM

RedLeg in TN said:

The one I like reading about in yahoo news and fox new is great. Union electric workers turn back Decatur, AL non-union electric workers because they are non-union. Now I thought FEMA (when I interacted with them) did not care whether you were union or non-union and forced states to take all comers. I guess with the pro-unionist POTUS, recovery is going to be slow because all the non-union workers will not join the union in order to help. I am glad TN and AL are right to work states.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Ed in Palmdale in Palmdale, Ca said:

4 more years will insure that there is no hope for retaking this country short of a revolution. How true was the claim that the US of A would fall without a shot ever being fired.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Git R Dunn in Alabama replied:

So, you're saying that President Romney will guarantee that retaking this country will be impossible short of a 1776-style revolution. I agree completely. The New World Order took this country two steps "forward" and will take one step back, but still have advanced their cause. Four more years is about all they'll need for the conquest without a shot being fired (to speak of). A financial collapse is on the horizon and I see no way out, except accepting the New World Order solution of a one world currency and a one world government. We'll see. Time will tell.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 12:12 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

I keep hearing about the NWO for decades. Several presidents to include GOP has used the term. Do you have any facts beyond the usual 300??

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Git R Dunn in Alabama replied:

;-)

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Cindy in Utah replied:

Giving up so quickly???? Our odds to win are more favorable than the Founding Fathers had. The PEOPLE of the UNITED STATES can do this. Some of the differences between those founding fathers and Americans today are: They had a REAL education. They were more literate and read more (probably helped that there were no TVs roaring back then). They were more religious and more moral than we are today. They didn't have any fall back, safety nets either. The American people today do not understanding what TRUE Liberty really is. We do not learn about our TRUE liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence and the Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights in our public schools. This knowledge was pulled from the Curriculum many decades ago, on purpose. We can change that by doing what they did. Learn it. Love it. Live it. Just because we created a Constitution doesn't mean we are not Sovereign. We can be either Sovereign or Citizen or both at any time we choose.

Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Milton Schick in Tucson, AZ said:

I know you are aware why Tyrone Woods disobeyed his initial order to stand down and not provide help. Even though Woods was no longer a SEAL, he was still in government service. Woods' military training kicked in. Specifically, the absolute requirement under the Uniform Code of Military Justice to disobey an illegal order, for being told to NOT attempt the rescue, to put lives in further mortal risk, and to leave those people behind was most certainly an illegal order. Under the UCMJ, to obey an illegal order is to commit dereliction of duty, at minimum. Woods would not do that. His Honor and Oath and Professionalism would not allow it. I think that needs to be pointed out to everyone. It's the exact same thing Dakota Meyers did, and he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Just maybe, Tyrone Woods should be nominated for the CMoH.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Git R Dunn in Alabama replied:

Milton,

Could you submit an op-ed piece to the Arizona Daily Star with this please?

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Hamilton in IL replied:

Milton,

I agree with Git R Dunn. Please submit an op-ed piece he spoke of. Good idea.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 4:18 PM

G Dub45 in Lee's Summit, MO replied:

Mr Schick - I agree with all that you have posted here except please remove the word "Congressional" and the "C" from "CMoH" - it most certainly has never been there.

Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Rod in USA replied:

Very True: It is simply the Medal of Honor.

Monday, November 5, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Git R Dunn in Alabama said:

Milton,

Thanks for pointing that out and thank you for your service to our country.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Ancient Warrior in The Great American West said:

I hope that the Chick-fil-A story signals a turning point in the rising crud of sicko privilege.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Tarymelon in belleville, Il said:

I can't even imagine how unrecognizable our country will become very quickly if Obama is re-elected. Why is he still in the race?? After the trajedy in Libya, he should be in jail somewhere (Gitmo) in solitude until he goes to trial for treason. After such a disgraceful disinterest in the welfare of our citizens, he's still running for POTUS???

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Git R Dunn in Alabama replied:

^ Ditto ^

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Hamilton in IL replied:

^ Ditto ^

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Rod in USA replied:

*^ Ditto ^, er.... "^ Mega-Dittoes ^"*

Monday, November 5, 2012 at 12:10 PM

anamandy in glens falls, ny said:

Hey Folks, this is off topic but I received this important email from the Media Research Center about National Geographics' decision to air a pro-Obama propaganda film about getting bin Laden. Brent Bozell gives contact numbers below to call them and ask them to postpone until after the election. I'm going to call right now and not only ask them to postpone it but how about doing a show on what happened in Bengazi? I plan on giving them hell about that. Anyway, the email I received is below. Thanks

Dear Mandy
National Geographic Channel's decision to air the pro-Obama documentary SEAL Team Six two days before the election is deeply troubling and reeks of political advocacy.
We also learned last week that producer Harvey Weinstein, a major Democratic donor, re-edited the film at the last minute to give President Obama a more "prominent” role.
If you agree with us that it's wrong for National Geographic to air a partisan film produced by loyal Obama supporter Harvey Weinstein days before a critical election, please contact National Geographic and demand that they postpone the film until after election.
Here is the contact information:
Julie Frazier (202) 912-6522 or Chad Sandhas (202) 912-6537
Please join MRC President Brent Bozell in demanding the National Geographic Channel delay this film until after the election.
If they do not have a political agenda, as they claim, there is no reason to air this film before Election Day.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Jim in Alabama replied:

The last ten years have seen a whole slew of anti-America leftist war movies. Every one of them has succeeded like a kamikaze slamming into the ocean 300 yards off the starboard side of an aircraft carrier. They make a big splash and then no one sees them. I'd say bring it on, if they think America is going to stand up and cheer for a Hollywood Heroic version of Fearless Leader Mohammed Zero. I'd watch it myself, just for chuckles, if I had a stronger stomach. And just look how charged up you are! The only thing these follies produce is a greater rise in American Patriotism.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Kevin from Arkansas in USA replied:

Hi Mandy - How are things in Hometown, USA? Is Romney going to carry Warren County?

I went to high school with the Republican Commissioner of the Warren County Board of Elections. She feels Romney will carry upstate NY but lose the state because of NYC.

Say hello to her for me is you meet her.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 2:53 PM

G Dub45 in Lee's Summit, MO replied:

Mandy - the NatGeo's sychophantic plans are simply another illustration of why, after being a 50 year subscriber, I dropped my membership. At that time I accompanied my cancelation with a letter to NatGeo that I was sick and tired of them politicizing The Rev Al Gore's attempts at his Global Warming Scam. ps - has anyone found out why Tipper fled that fool?

Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 8:50 AM

jwn in Waycross,GA said:

This is just omne more reason that our presaidents should have served in the Armed Forces prior to being qualifid for election. For him to stand there in NJ with Gov. Christy and have the gall to say Americans have always helped one another and we never leave our men behind right after he did just that is unforgivable. At the same time Romney was busy loading food and water with stupid reporters trying to make him say something about FEMA-the same question 14 times. Where are they when obama screws up , costing the lives of Americans? I have not heard him question by them aboutr that..

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 12:31 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

My comments exactly.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Hamilton in IL replied:

jwn,

Liberal media bias has existed for as long as I have been alive, and I'm no spring chicken. But nowadays, it is absolutely palpable - enough so that people are beginning to see the main stream media for their corruption. Electronic readers and the internet aren't the only reason why people aren't buying papers as much these days. I think the big Liberal networks are on the edge of losing the influence they've enjoyed for so long. That's why they've committed to clinging onto Obama. THEY HAVE A MEDIA MONOPOLY TO GAIN IF WE GO SOCIALIST. LIKE THE OLD SAYING GOES, "FOLLOW THE MONEY". AND WITH A MONOPOLY, COMES MONEY.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Frank in Fredericksburg, VA said:

Mark/All, it used to be enjoyable to read some of the comments to the Post for that day. But, the back and forth between some of the commenters has made the habit of reading the comments a distasteful one. Please go back to the old way of posting comments. Either that or ban some of the most offensive commenters.....

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Git R Dunn in Alabama replied:

Frank,

I agree that we can disagree and still exhibit a sense of decorum. Most posters here are right-leaning (and passionate), but vigorous debate is most assuredly healthy. Ask the Founders who, at times, disagreed vehemently with one another and expressed it with, shall we say, the minimum of decorum.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 12:46 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

Amen.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Larryd in Fruita, CO said:

Unemployment is up-Is Obama out? Well lets hope so. I got this information of 5 young ladies that are students, (1 JR and 4 Sr's) at a nearby University yesterday. Of the 5, three votes for Romney, one was not voting, and one for Obama, as she and her family back in OR are Democrats. She likes the green, birth control, and gay rights issues of Obama. The other 3 disagree

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Bill in Leawood, KS said:

Hope we see his bony you know what; tell him not to let the door hit it on the way out.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Hamilton in IL replied:

Bill,

I'd like to see what you described. But I also think Barack will be in trouble with Michelle is he loses, since Michelle stands to lose another 4 years of lavish vacations. Maybe she'll take a rolling pin to his head. Whatever. But somehow, I just don't feel sorry for the s.o.b.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Rod in USA replied:

She's going to get to retire to a beachfront $40 mil mansion in Hawaii. Hmmm.... Where did the community organizer get all of that money on the salary of $400k/year? Hmmmm.... Good riddance. Pathetic excuse for a citizen much less a First Lady.

Monday, November 5, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Randy in Hudson, NH said:

I keep praying for God's Grace and Mercy that we don't get what we deserve. Our country has lost it moral compass one doesn not have to look to far to see the decay all around us. Romney is just what this country needs at this point and time. I Believe!!

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Git R Dunn in Alabama replied:

Randy,

I am praying too. Romney is nothing more than another in a long line of New World Order puppets, so, with your permission, I will amend your statement to read, "God Almighty is just what this country needs at this point in time. I Believe!"

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Cindy in Utah replied:

Can't be... Romney is not a member of the Trilateral Commission or the Council on Foreign Relations. These are musts for being one of the New World Order, Elitist take over mob bosses.

Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Larry in Dallas, TX said:

Fantastic article and postings (useless idiots). Now, once again, I know that a second grade education is a fantasy for most of you, but I will slow down and use small words for you. When the unemployment number dropped, you tin foil hat fox news types were all over the place stating that the numbers must have been manipulated. QUICK!!!! GET ISSA TO INVESTIGATE (another useless idiot). Now that it has ticked up 0.1%, ahhhhh you righties are now having your collective orgasms. Most of you just hate Obama; you really do not care about the unemployment rate as either you are an active or retired government employee (including the military which are nothing but government employees), or living off some little inheritance you received from your folks so you could sit in your trailer and spew this right wing nonsense.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 1:05 PM

wjm in Colorado replied:

Thanks Larry, for an incoherent and math challenge rant from fantasyland. Real unemployment is near 15%, and the recent lie from the Obamao regime is exposed by factual analysis that makes your emotion driven drivel evaportate. I doubt you could pass second grade math. I dare you to walk up to any veteran and spew your filth, but you would rather post your cowardice.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Git R Dunn in Alabama replied:

wjm,

Please stop with the insults. It dilutes your argument and is unnecessary. Just present your facts and logic to sway your detractor. Thanks.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Hamilton in IL replied:

Git R Dunn,

Actually, I think Larry had it coming, and I think wjm showed restraint. Larry is just flat-out wrong. His numbers are way off, and then he goes on a rant, accusing Patriot Post readers of being selfish, monolithic partisans. I'm sorry but it is he who is the partisan. At this point, there's so much water under Obama's bridge that should make even the casual observer realize that Obama isn't the savior that he was made out to be. If Larry cannot change his mind about Obama at this point, it is he who is the partisan.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 5:08 PM

wjm in Colorado replied:

Just call em as I see em, and you sir have many of the most worthless posts here. You seem paranoid of some New World Order that is out to get us. The real threats are the Marxists and Islam. You bash Romney, but offer no other cogent choice. You throw wrenches but offer no solutions. We have a choice to make on Tuesday, between libery and marxist statist tyranny, a very clear choice. In my circle, we trade inslults whenever and whereever warranted, having the capacity to take it and dish it. Have a nice day!

Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Mark in San Antonio replied:

Larry - so the unemployment % for the past several years floats up or down .1 or .2 points each report. You don't find it a bit odd that last month it went from 8.2 to 7.8? (.4)

Funny you mention 2nd-graders - as pointed out in the article, they are currently being brain-washed with anti-American (read Obama) policy...

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 3:28 PM

MajorStu in Peru, IN replied:

Fact: The Obama Administration predicted that the Stimulus (aka ARRA) would produce 500,000 jobs a month, would not go over 8% and the unemployment rate by this time would be under 5.5%.

Fact: The ARRA has spent around $840 Billion dollars and the unemployment rate is still essentially where it was when it was passed.

Fact: Joe Biden told us 500,000 jobs a month would be "right around the corner" - OBTW, that was in April of 2010.

Opinion: I don't appreciate being called names when I am a decorated military veteran who is NOT a government employee, have a university degree in engineering, have several patents which have generated major revenue for my employer. I will put my math I do not hate Obama, or anyone in his family. I love our country, and the liberty which it stands for. I hate what his POLICIES and those who share his ideology have done to our country. As Gov. Romney said, "Attacking me doesn't solve the problem, it isn't an agenda." Show me an agenda for getting unemployment, border security, national security, and the economy fixed that is different from plugging FORWARD with the status quo, because the facts are as plain as day - what's being done now isn't working.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 3:38 PM

MajorStu in Peru, IN replied:

should read "I will put my math skills up against yours any time"

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Hamilton in IL replied:

Larry,

You couldn't be more wrong. Conservatives reacted to the reported steep drop in unemployment last month because there was no reason for it. Nothing precipitous had happened in our economy to have caused a precipitous drop in unemployment. On the surface, it looked highly suspicious. I looked at the Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers myself to compare. THE DROP WAS 4.5 TIMES WHAT WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO EXPECT, BASED ON ITS ONE-YEAR TRACK RECORD. 450 TIMES IS 450% !!! Then the Patriot Post published that the drop was the biggest one-month drop in 30 years. (coincidentally, right before the election) Suspicion at this, is just good thinking.

If it can be said that most of us Patriot Post readers are conservative whites, then I'll remind you that it was the white vote that put Obama into office in 2008. A big, amazing feat for a group that so hates Obama, as you said. So whites hate Obama and we even hate his race, but we voted him in as our president.

We don't hate Obama. We hate his policies and what those policies are doing to our country. But I think we're learning to despise Kool Aid drinking partisans like you who can't change your opinion on Obama despite the societal evidence against him.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Just Saying in Idaho replied:

So Larry, we on the right are "useless idiots" as oposed to you an useful idiot? QED.

Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Rod in USA replied:

Wow. You are devoid of rational thought and logic with this rant. A change of 0.1% is irrelevant, up or down. Despite spending $6 trillion, we have 7.9% U3 unemployment, 15.6% U6 unemployment ( includes underemployed) when Obama promised that we would be below 6% with just the stimulus spending.

Then there is the lying. Obama claims to have created 5 million new jobs. From his own Bureau of Labor Statistics, we have:
o Jan 2009: 142,187
o Oct 2012: 143, 384

-- By my math, that's not 5 million.

I would think you would want to wake up to reality and use some facts.

Monday, November 5, 2012 at 12:19 PM