Obama has imposed intrusive surveillance programs affecting each and every American citizen, and plans to use thousands of surveillance drones in American skies for “public safety” purposes.
Obama’s second term agenda is focused on disarming the American people– while stockpiling millions of rounds of ammunition and more than 2,000 light-armored tanks for his Department of Homeland Security, which has labeled political conservatives and veterans in America as potential terrorists.
But this is getting more disturbing by the day.
“Recently uncovered government documents reveal that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) unmanned Predator B drone fleet has been custom designed to identify civilians carrying guns and track cell phone signals.” Senator Rand Paul felt compelled to filibuster on the floor of the U.S. Senate because he wasn’t getting straight answers on Obama’s drone program– specifically, Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder indicated that there are circumstances under which it “would be constitutional to carry out a drone strike against an American on American soil” even if that American was not an imminent danger to public safety. It’s incredible that the current U.S. Attorney General would disregard 14th Amendment Due Process rights for American citizens (a fundamental right which is ingrained in all law students across America) and didn’t object to this “slippery slope” toward tyranny. It was only after Rand Paul’s history-making 13-hour filibuster in the U.S. Senate that Obama’s Attorney General was forced to clarify that “President Obama does not have the authority to kill an American on U.S. soil in a non-combat situation.” How comforting.
Update: After Rand Paul’s filibuster, the Air Force stopped publishing statistics about U.S. drone strikes and “erased previously published statistics from its website.”
Obama was ready and willing to go over the fiscal cliff at the end of 2012, and the last-minute fiscal cliff deal on January 1, 2013 merely delayed sequestration for another 2 months. Now that March 1, 2013 is approaching and out-of-control government spending continues under Obama, our national security is at stake: “The Pentagon notified Congress on Wednesday it will be furloughing its civilian workforce of 800,000 employees if sequestration goes into effect March 1. Defense officials have warned lawmakers that sequestration will devastate the military and lead to a hollow force.”
Update: How comforting: The White House has raised the terror threat and warned that illegal immigrants could flood the borders due to sequestration. Of course, Republicans have pointed out that Obama “is setting up “a false choice” between tax increases and security. They said the other alternative is to make $85 billion in spending cuts in other parts of the budget, rather than the across-the-board cuts that make up the sequester.” Obama apparently believes that U.S. national security should be sacrificed so that he can continue wasting American taxpayer dollars (giving paid time off to federal employees so they can spend their time helping unions instead, spending hundreds of millions of dollars on lavish “conferences”, refusing to use $45 billion in unspent taxpayer dollars to offset the $85 billion in sequester cuts, spending money to “find advancements in beef jerky from France” and conduct research to determine “what lessons about democracy and decision-making could be learned — from fish”, and so many other ridiculous things) while maintaining his own paycheck.
Tellingly, it was Obama who first proposed the idea of the sequester— “legendary journalist Bob Woodward… who made his name and reputation in reporting the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of Richard Nixon… noted—as he has before—that both President Obama and his would-be Treasury Secretary Jack Lew lied on the campaign trail by saying the sequester originated with House Republicans.
Update #2: And just to show they aren’t kidding: “The sequester is officially still three days away, but the Obama administration already is making the first cuts, with officials confirming that the Homeland Security Department already has released several hundred illegal immigrants from detention“— they’re refusing to confirm “how many immigrants were released or how they were selected.” However, it was subsequently revealed that Obama’s Department of Homeland Security plans to release 5,000 illegal immigrant detainees due to sequestration. Obama’s Department of Homeland Security is also planning to furlough 5,000 border patrol agents. Now, the Obama’s U.S. Federal Aviation Administration says it will furlough air traffic controllers (because clearly, Obama’s urge to spend is more important than air safety). According to the House Armed Services Committee and Army Chief of Staff, the Marine Corps will lose 57,000 soldiers, “by the end of calendar year 2013, less than half of our ground units will be trained to the minimum readiness level required for deployment,” the Army will lose 143,000 soldiers, 78% of Army units will “significantly curtail training,” the Navy will delay the deployment of an aircraft carrier, and there will be a 20% pay cut for 800,000 civilian employees working for the Department of Defense. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder claims “the Justice Department will be handicapped in some of its most vital missions to prevent terrorist attacks and crime” with furloughs of FBI agents, ATF agents, DEA agents, prosecutors. The infamous Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters claims that 170 million jobs could be lost in America— a ludicrous claim, considering that the total U.S. population (including children and the elderly) is 315 million as of February 2013. Obama’s Education Secretary Arne Duncan has been caught lying about teachers getting pink slips because of the looming sequester. Obama himself was caught lying about U.S. Capitol janitors and security guards getting a pay cut.
Update #3: There’s a very interesting editorial based on former Superior Court Judge Andrew Napolitano’s commentary about the above: “… you see the strategy: Apply the sequester in the most panic-inducing ways possible so as to confirm Obama’s predictions of Armageddon and create a backlash against Republicans. In other words, intentionally pursue a strategy of making the federal government’s performance the worst it can possibly be, all to demonstrate how horrible it is to cut 2.3 from the projected increase in federal spending. That, the judge argues, is a dereliction of Obama’s duty as president, and “almost an impeachable offense”… Napolitano is right. Obama is not trying to keep things running well in the face of a budget shortfall. He is trying to do the opposite. He is deliberately making decisions that will make the federal government’s performance worse, and hurt the country, as a way of proving his point… he prefers to release prisoners, furlough border patrol officers and generally go down the path of sabotaging the country to make a political point, since he’s confident the media will not only let him skate, but help him blame his political opponents for it.”
Obama’s non-deportation policy— including his refusal to enforce the two most fundamental sections of federal immigration law– “would have let the Sept. 11 hijackers remain in the country even if they had been picked up in the months before their deadly attacks” on the World Trade Center.
It’s unconstitutional for Obama to refuse to enforce federal law, since he’s the head of the executive branch of government. Furthermore, his unconstitutional dereliction of duty is against U.S. national security interests.
A few days ago, America was heartbroken by the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre– and Obama– for the first time– displayed real emotion, which was appreciated by Americans on both sides of the political aisle. However, the national discussion has been contorted by devious political hacks. The loudest response has been from Americans– both left and right– who have chosen to take ‘the easy way out’ of addressing the real problem.
The truth is that our society needs good people to have guns. It shouldn’t be optional– it should be mandatory for trained, armed “good guys” to protect public places. What would have happened if the Clackamas mall shooter hadn’t been confronted by an armed shopper? How many more Sandy Hook Elementary students would have been killed if first responders had arrived on scene only a minute later than they did? We find gun control in the most oppressive dictatorships on Earth– Iran, Syria, North Korea, etc.– regimes that over-power the people with weaponry. There was gun control in Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia, which rounded up dissidents and ‘undesirables’ before killing them. Guns are illegal in Mexico– the result is that the public lives at the mercy of trained, armed “bad guys” who can rely on the black market for guns. As American patriot George Mason stated: “To disarm the people [is] the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”
Fostering training and gun ownership for “good guys” isn’t enough– we also need tighter gun control laws to prevent gun ownership by irresponsible people or “bad guys.” The Sandy Hook shooter’s mother, Nancy Lanza, took her son to shooting ranges despite knowing that he was disturbed— she was so irresponsible that she should not have been permitted to own a gun. Apparently, U.S. gun control laws are even inadequate to prevent mentally ill people from buying guns legally themselves– a mentally ill person legally bought his guns and shot up an Aurora movie theater this year. The enforcement of U.S. gun control laws is also inadequate. Having a black market for guns is bad enough– what’s worse is a stupid decision by the Obama Administration to purposefully sell thousands of semi-automatic firearms to criminals with links to Mexican drug cartels.
The Obama Administration has failed on gun policy. Beside the Fast and Furious scandal, it turns out that the Obama Administration “quietly let federal funding for several key school security programs lapse in the name of budget savings… two Justice Department programs that had provided more than $200 million to schools for training, security equipment and police resources over the last decade weren’t renewed in 2011 and 2012… a separate program that provided $800 million to put police officers inside the schools was ended a few years earlier… [and the Obama Administration] eliminated the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) funding, which for years provided between $20 million and $30 million in annual grants to help schools create emergency and crisis preparation and prevention plans for tragedies.” Obama wasn’t willing to stop government spending for pet projects and perks for his political supporters– instead, he made the disgraceful decision to cut school security programs.
Meanwhile, a Democrat member of Congress– a political hack from New York named Jerrold Nadler– has expressed his callous opinion that Obama should “exploit” the Sandy Hook tragedy in order to legislate against the Second Amendment of the Constitution. Previously, Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder announced that he wants to “brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way.” These aren’t solutions– they’re detestable plans to use a tragedy to advance a political agenda.
Update: Sadly, the Obama Administration is continuing to use the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy to advance its political agenda: A mass “Obama for America” e-mail sent to Obama supporters by his chief campaign advisor David Axelrod “urges supporters to watch President Obama’s moving address to the community of Newtown” WHILE soliciting donations for Obama during his second term as President. As another blogger pointed out, the mass e-mail contained “two buttons – two opportunities to donate to the Obama campaign. Not to the Red Cross, or to a memorial fund for the children and adults killed in Newtown.”
Obama Administration secretly grants government power to store private information about innocent Americans
“In a secret government agreement granted without approval or debate from lawmakers, the U.S. attorney general recently gave the National Counterterrorism Center sweeping new powers to store dossiers on U.S. citizens, even if they are not suspected of a crime.” So, it isn’t just that Obama doesn’t care about the Constitution’s separation of powers— he’s also made it really clear that he wants to violate your civil liberties more than the Bush Administration EVER did.
“Scores of known radical Islamists made hundreds of visits to the Obama White House, meeting with top administration officials. Court documents and other records have identified many of these visitors as belonging to groups serving as fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and other Islamic militant organizations.” Among these Obama guests were radical Islamists who have been designated by the Justice Department as unindicted co-conspirators in terrorist trials, radical Islamists who have obstructed terrorist investigations, and radical Islamists who have promoted incendiary conspiratorial allegations against the United States.
The Obama Administration purposefully sold thousands of semi-automatic firearms to criminals with links to Mexican drug cartels– which resulted in the deaths of at least 200 Mexicans and two U.S. border patrol agents. Ironically, Obama concurrently announced new regulations targeting legal gun ownership in the U.S. Then, Obama and his Justice Department tried to cover it all up.
Not only did Obama’s Justice Department refuse to provide documents requested by Congress, but Obama himself sealed incriminating records.
For goodness’ sake, Arizona is at the point where it needs to put “Travel Not Recommended” signs on U.S. soil because of drug violence spilling over the U.S.-Mexican border. But instead of “executing the law” as he swore to do under his presidential oath, Obama has chosen to sue Arizona for doing the job he was supposed to do.