From the Rightby Ed Farnan
- Assault on our free press could make America no better than a banana republic
- Obama administration getting caught in its own tangled web of deceit - has the White House been lying through its teeth
- Benghazi/Watergate - What difference does it make?
- In one day, 20 shot in Chicago - Officials blame the weather, we blame the officials
- They say success has many fathers, but Benghazi Libya is the orphan on the White House step
Ireland has shown the way that revolutions, within a framework of a constitution can be started at the ballot box, rather than with a bullet box.
The good citizens of Ireland have tried to bring a revolution to their country within their political system. Irish voters made a fundamental change to their leadership by the electoral kicking to the curb of Fianna Fail. This is the established and well entrenched political party, who the people of Ireland blame for the dismal financial situation among other failings in their country.
Not to alarm my PETA friends out here in the west, this is theoretical only... The premise is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out, but if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death. The story is often used as an example of humanity's inability to react to significant changes that occur gradually.
Slowly and inexorably we are being prodded down the cattle chute of soft tyranny where the government, at the behest of the president and his unelected czars, can selectively decide which laws it will obey and which laws it will ignore.
Yesterdays Obama and Holder think the law passed by congress and signed by President Clinton in 1996 is unconstitutional so they will not defend it?
"For compromise in Wisconsin, 3 GOP Senators needed"
What the headline actually should read is: The 14 Democrat Senators who fled the state in order to circumvent the law, need to return and do their job, they have paralyzed the legislative process. There is no need for GOP lawmakers to compromise. They overwhelmingly won the election and are trying to carry out the mandate the voters of Wisconsin gave them. Elections have consequences, as our President has reminded us time and again.
The television screen showed angry shouting demonstrators filling the streets of the city. At first I thought I was looking at Athens, Paris or Madrid, where angry civil workers fill the streets when their socialist governments suggest the retirement age be increased from 53 to 55. Oh the wailing and gnashing of teeth! The burning of cars! The breaking of glass! The stamping of feet!
Then I realized the streets filled with demonstrators were American and it was happening right here in the USA, the heartland of the country, Madison Wisconsin.
Where's the civility pledged so eloquently by the President at the Tucson gathering? How quickly things change as shouting protesters carry signs depicting the Governor of Wisconsin as Hitler. There have been arrests for violence and the government has been stopped from doing its business because of the demonstrators and also because the Democrat senators ran out of the state so a quorum couldn't be achieved.
Americas original Tea Party against the British in 1773 symbolized throwing off a tyrannical yoke on a freedom loving people. A few years later, in 1787, French citizens inspired by Americas success, took to their streets. Both the British and French aristocracy of the day, ignored their citizens protests and found out the hard way the price for being tone deaf.
Today's Tea party has inspired millions of Americans to peacefully demand that the government change direction. As a result of this grass root flexing of citizen power, there was a seismic shift in the political landscape. American voters galvanized to show their determination for change at the voting booth and sent a message to their rulers in DC.
It seems this lesson in grass roots citizens taking power back from their government wasn't lost on citizens in the middle east. In Tunisia a long standing regime toppled after their citizens took to the streets and said enough.
It's a sad day when a state has to sue the federal government in order to enforce the nations immigration laws. Arizonans have had it with the federal government telling them they have it all under control. Arizona is a main conduit for illegal drug smuggling and illegal aliens into our country. Peaceful neighborhoods find kidnap houses springing up in their midst. Ranchers are inundated with illegal trespassers who, if confronted can sue for harassment by immigration attorneys and some ranchers have been shot. The world is upside down in Arizona.
At a news conference in Phoenix, Governor Brewer said Arizona would counter sue the federal government for the right to police its border with Mexico. She called border security "by far the No. 1 issue" in Arizona. "Our citizens have lived with this dark cloud for too long," the Governor said. "It's time for the federal government to do its job and secure the border."
"Illegal immigration is costing us a billion dollars a year to maintain the level we're at, and the federal government sits by and does nothing," she said. "It's the federal government's responsibility to protect the public safety, health and welfare of the people of this country.
I can hear the bass tones of the Don Henley song, Dirty Laundry, as the press starts to latch on. It makes a sensational headline, front page news:"Republican Congressman resigns because of topless photos". But they are of himself, so what's the harm?
President Obama had topless photos while he vacationed in Hawaii, the main stream press breathlessly sent the images to us and boasted what an in shape president we are so fortunate to have.
Do we have a double standard here?
February is the shortest month of the year with only 28 days. Yet it is a month packed with importance that no other month can boast. It is the birth month of Americas three greatest Presidents and another President whose potential greatness was nipped in the bud after only 34 days in office.
It is a month who sets aside a special day for lovers when Valentines days is recognized.
The entire month is celebrated as Black History Month.
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