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“Audacity of Dope” – LOST, The Life of Julia, and other threats to liberty June 3, 2012

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Our health-care system is broken: expensive, inefficient, and poorly adapted to an economy no longer built on lifetime employment, a system that exposes Americans to insecurity and possible destitution. But year after year, ideology and political gamesmanship result in inaction, except for 2003, when we got a prescription drug bill that managed to combine the worst aspects of the public and private sectors–price gouging and confusion, gaps in coverage and an eye-popping bill for taxpayers. Source: The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama, p. 22-23 Oct 1, 2006

I am convinced that whenever we exaggerate or demonize, oversimplify or overstate our case, we lose. For it is the predictability of our current political debate, that keeps us from finding new ways to meet the challenges we face. It is what keeps us locked in “either/or” thinking: the notion that we can only have big government or no government; the assumption that we must either tolerate 46 million uninsured or embrace “socialized medicine.” It is such partisanship that have turned Americans off. What is needed is a broad majority who are re-engaged and who see their own self-interest as inextricably linked to the interest of others. Source: The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama, p. 39-40 Oct 1, 2006

he leaders of service workers unions broke ranks & chose to endorse me over [my opponent], support that proved critical to my campaign. It was a risky move on their part; had I lost, they might have paid a price in access, in support, in credibility. So I owe those unions. When their leaders call, I do my best to call them back right away. I do not consider this corrupting in any way; I do not mind feeling obligated toward home health-care workers or toward teachers. I got into politics to fight for those folks, and I am glad a union is around to remind me of their struggles. Source: The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama, p.118-119 Oct 1, 2006

It is hard to overstate the degree to which our addiction to oil undermines our future. Without any change to energy policy, US demand for oil will jump 40% in 20 years. Over the same period, worldwide demand will jump 30%. A large portion of the $800 million we spend on foreign oil every day goes to some of the world’s most volatile regimes. And there are the environmental consequences. Just about every scientist outside the White House believes climate change is real. We cannot drill our way out of the problem. Instead of subsidizing the oil industry, we should end every single tax break the industry currently receives and demand that 1% of the revenues from oil companies with over $1 billion in quarterly profits go toward financing alternative energy research and infrastructure. Over the last 30 years, countries like Brazil have used a mix of regulation and direct government investment to develop a biofuel industry; 70% of its new vehicles run on sugar-based ethanol. Source: The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama, p.167-169 Oct 1, 2006

It would be easy to cast this president as an abject failure, one to finally replace James Earl Carter as the worst president in half a century…most certainly the worst of this century. But that’s a subjective judgment each must make on their own. If you read the quotes from his book, “Audacity of Hope”, you will see he has been quite successful in foisting his skewed vision of America on the electorate with general ease. Of course, he needed a Democrat House and Senate to propel his vision and, since 2010, it has been stifled a bit. But, although he seems to envision himself as a kind of political chameleon, a la Bill Clinton, he started too far left, and too far wrong, to be any more than he actually is: a socialist sympathizer, a global apologizer of American “exceptionalism”, and a limp handshake in a world that needs a Mighty Arm.

I have said from the outset that Barack Obama’s own words indict him, if anyone cares to read them. If you are like Bill Ayres, the president is to be supported even if he hasn’t gone “far enough” to push the liberal cum socialistic agenda. If you are like me, Obama’s pre-presidential words served as a warning. One not heeded by “the middle” or those Americans who cast themselves as independent voters. As liberals might have known what would happen prior to Ronald Reagan taking office, conservatives harbored no illusion about what an arrogant, elitist, globalist Obama would be able to accomplish with a Democrat congress in tow. The worst has happened and by the grace of God, He has allowed the American people to survive the torment of an Obama presidency to this moment. Some have lost jobs, and never regained them. Some have lost loved ones at war. We all know now that this failure in policy and perspective must be stopped on November 6, 2012.

If you would like a couple of recent examples, let’s look at LOST (Law of the Sea) and the life of Julia.

For those unfamiliar with LOST, here is a “Wiki-Primer”:

“The Law of the Sea Convention defines the rights and responsibilities of nations in their use of the world’s oceans, establishing guidelines for businesses, the environment, and the management of marine natural resources. The Convention, concluded in 1982, replaced four 1958 treaties. UNCLOS came into force in 1994, a year after Guyana became the 60th state to sign the treaty.[1] To date, 162 countries and the European Community have joined in the Convention. However, it is uncertain as to what extent the Convention codifies customary international law. Part XI of the Convention provides for a regime relating to minerals on the seabed outside any state’s territorial waters or EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zones). It establishes an International Seabed Authority (ISA) to authorize seabed exploration and mining and collect and distribute the seabed mining royalty. The United States objected to the provisions of Part XI of the Convention on several grounds, arguing that the treaty was unfavorable to American economic and security interests. Due to Part XI, the United States refused to ratify the UNCLOS, although it expressed agreement with the remaining provisions of the Convention. From 1983 to 1990, the United States accepted all but Part XI as customary international law, while attempting to establish an alternative regime for exploitation of the minerals of the deep seabed. An agreement was made with other seabed mining nations and licenses were granted to four international consortia.”

Currently, Senator John Kerry (D-MA), is attempting to navigate acceptance of LOST and thus accomplish cap-and-trade through an international back door instead of through accepted USA legislative means. This would be a thrilling victory for the Obama administration.

The Tea Party has posted an alarm worthy of note:

“This treaty is designed to get  more money from the U.S. to fund Left-wing globalist projects which are rarely in the interest of the United States. The proposed treaty also nibbles away at U.S. sovereignty which now extends to the outer edge of the Continental shelf.  Potential revenues from mining resources in the seabed may run to trillions of dollars. Why should we give control of this area, important to us for both financial and security reasons, to the United Nations, the vast majority of whose members are openly hostile to us and to our interests?”

Obviously, this must be stopped.

Then, there’s the White House’s “Life of Julia” – or “Government Care from Cradle to Grave”. Again, you don’t have to hear it from me, see it for yourself:


If you aren’t fearful of this vision, God help you! Congressman Tom Graves (R-GA,) 14th District, makes some worthy points to ponder:

“But, guess what, they never asked Julia what she wants. I believe Julia has her own dream. It’s our dream – the American dream. Being born into an America where the only limits – are the limits of her imagination. Like my daughters and most little girls, young Julia dreams of being a Princess – not a prisoner. A dream of not being born into this world owing tens of thousands of dollars in national debt. A dream of getting an education based on the decisions her parents make – a parent driven, child centered process. She dreams of sleeping well at night because her nation is protected and peaceful. A flatter, fairer tax code makes it easier for Julia’s parents to save up and she graduates college without owing a dime. Then, she meets the love of her life and gets married…to her husband. They buy a house and start a family. The thriving economy gives Julia many options. She can stay in her job… get a new job… start her own company… or stay home to raise her children. The choice is hers! It’s a life filled with freedom and choice, unshackled from a domineering government. This is Julia’s dream. She dreamed of earning paychecks – not unemployment checks. A life free of food stamps and government assistance. A life of equal opportunities, not equal outcomes.When she dreamed of being a princess, Julia didn’t envision herself trapped in the government’s dark and dingy tower. Let’s set Julia free! Let’s set all the Julia’s of America free! And return to the core American values each one of us knows is right and true:

  • Personal freedom.
  • Individual liberties.
  • Love of country.
  • And the right to determine our own futures.

But in order to do so, we must push back on those who wish to impose President Obama’s dream for Julia and America.”

If LOST and Julia aren’t sufficient scares for you, let’s close out with more of Obama’s own words:

I was not raised in a religious household. For my mother, organized religion too often dressed up closed-mindedness in the garb of piety, cruelty and oppression in the cloak of righteousness. However, in her mind, a working knowledge of the world’s great religions was a necessary part of any well-rounded education. In our household the Bible, the Koran, and the Bhagavad Gita sat on the shelf alongside books of Greek and Norse and African mythology. On Easter or Christmas Day my mother might drag me to church, just as she dragged me to the Buddhist temple, the Chinese New Year celebration, the Shinto shrine, and ancient Hawaiian burial sites. In sum, my mother viewed religion through the eyes of the anthropologist; it was a phenomenon to be treated with a suitable respect, but with a suitable detachment as well. This spirit of hers guided me on the path I would ultimately take. It was in search of confirmation of her values that I studied political philosophy. Source: The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama, p.202-4 Oct 1, 2006

“But you see, a rich country like America can perhaps afford to be stupid.”
Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

In the months leading up to graduation, I wrote to every civil rights organization I could think of, to any black elected official in the country with a progressive agenda, to neighborhood councils & tenant rights groups. When no one wrote back, I wasn’t discouraged. I decided to find more conventional work for a year, to pay off my student loans and maybe even save a little bit. I would need the money later, I told myself. Organizers didn’t make any money; their poverty was proof of their integrity. ― Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

In Indonesia, I’d spent 2 years at a Muslim school, 2 years at a Catholic school. In the Muslim school, the teacher wrote to tell mother I made faces during Koranic studies. In the Catholic school, when it came time to pray, I’d pretend to close my eyes, then peek around the room. Nothing happened. No angels descended. Just a parched old nun and 30 brown children, muttering words. Sometimes the nun would catch me, and her stern look would force my lids back shut. But that didn’t change how I felt inside. ― Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

“I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets.” ― Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

Friends, I don’t need to indict this president of anything. His own words demonstrate his disdain for the very people his is sworn to serve and protect. The recent babbling about Obama picking and choosing terrorist to kill and his “cyberwar” on Iran are the media’s attempt at cunning misdirection. The fact is every president has had the right and duty to do similar things. Only this time the media is so invested in Obama, they are sworn to run a protection racket right before our eyes. After all, they, like Obama, know better than you. The good news: in the end, you get to choose! Choose wisely on November 6.



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