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Stop Obama | Conservative Values | America First - Part 2

The Conservative Soldier

“If we lose freedom here, there’s no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth.” (Ronald Reagan)

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Obama cronies still living large

June 18th, 2012 · No Comments

Barack Obama has either accepted his fate as a one-term President of the United States, or, more likely, is completely delusional, thoroughly insulated from reality, and blinded by unrivaled hubris.

As if to reinforce his private-sector-is-doing-fine indifference to the fact that he is running for re-election amid increasingly bad economic numbers, Obama headed off to his adopted hometown of Chicago for Father’s Day weekend.

Since the mainstream media give him a free pass to do as he pleases nearly every day of the week, Obama hardly needs the pampering afforded by this contrived day to celebrate fathers (many of whom would trade the 12 hours of hall passes for a little less stress brought on by bills, spouses, kids and liberals the other 364 days).

In typical Obama fashion, the Chicago visit showcased the bizarre disconnect between the private Obama who loves hanging out with the wealthy left wing Chicago elite and the campaign stumping Obama who vilifies wealth to pander to the masses.

He scheduled the trip around the wedding of the daughter of his top White House consigliore and former Chicago slumlord Valerie Jarrett. No campaigning. Not even any fundraising, which is shocking. Just hanging out, socializing. Is this the schedule a campaign strategy team green lights for a man who has approval rating problems?

Sunday, while opponent Mitt Romney was out touring small town America by bus, Obama was whisked to a private, old money country club (where members’ golfing days are perhaps numbered due to “fair-share” tax hikes on the horizon) to play his 100th round of golf since becoming President. The imposing Marvin Nicholson, the administration’s trip logistics director, and Chicago cronies Marty Nesbitt and Eric Whitaker, rounded out his foursome.

Nesbitt, Obama’s 2008 campaign treasurer, has built a fortune in the airport parking garage business. After earning an MBA at the University of Chicago in 1989, Nesbitt “was hired by Penny Pritzker as vice president of the Pritzker Realty Group,” reported the Washington Post, “and one year later Pritzker invested $50 million in … an airport parking project that was Nesbitt’s brainchild. The company now makes more than $80 million a year in revenues.”

Pritzker, a member of Chicago’s largest family empire, was the National Finance Chair of Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. So we know of at least two free-market capitalists Obama does not loathe.

Whitaker? Sound familiar. In her 2009 bestseller, Culture of Corruption, investigative blogger and author Michelle Malkin explained the Obama-Whitaker relationship, which started years before at Harvard.

“Obama enthusiastically recommended (Whitaker) for that job (as director of the Illinois Department of Pubic Health),” Malkin writes. Next, she quotes from the Chicago Sun-Times:

“Obama, then an Illinois state senator, gave a ‘glowing’ reference for Whitaker to Tony Rezko, the now-convicted political fixer who helped Gov. (Rod) Blagojevich find people to run state agencies.”

Whitaker got the job, courtesy of Obama’s pitch to Rezko. Malkin added further detail in her book:

“Rezko pulled the strings at the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board overseeing medical construction projects. Dr. Whitaker sat as the stooge-in-charge of the board’s budget.

“Rezko and his cronies controlled the board, ‘which they used to solicit kickbacks and payoffs, according to testimony at Rezko’s trial,’ the Chicago Tribune reported. Rezko is in jail. Whitaker remains the Obamas’ close confidante.”

And the President’s 2008 campaign plane tag-along, pick-up basketball teammate and go-to golfing buddy.
Whitaker also was the one called upon to un-invite Rev. Jeremiah Wright from Obama’s announcement that he was running for President in February 2007 after Wright’s anti-white, anti-America pulpit rants were exposed. Obama and Whitaker were members of Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ.

In his new bestseller, The Amateur, author Edward Klein implies that Whitaker also was the surrogate from the 2008 Obama campaign who offered Wright $150,000 to cancel public appearances and stop talking.

Obama won’t pick up a phone and call the leaders of the U.S. House or Senate, on either side of the aisle. He won’t observe D-Day on its anniversary. He won’t interact with everyday Americans, unless they are the Americans who happen to win a lottery to have dinner with him at Sarah Jessica Parker’s New York City residence. He won’t go to church unless he absolutely has to - because even the mainstream media has noticed.

But he will stay close to and socialize with people who are the poster boys and girls of Chicago Way crony politics, the enablers of his implausible rise to political power.

They still have their old friend. But the rest of us are denied the leadership of a legitimate President.

To borrow from golf terminology, that ought to have Americans good and teed off.

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Learning to love Obama

May 14th, 2012 · No Comments

Say something nice or say nothing.

In a world of thin-skinned, self-proclaimed victims, it’s probably wise counsel.

So I thought I’d give it a try. I love you, Barack Hussein Obama.

I love you because of your deep and abiding core belief that Americans are stupid.

I love your utter indifference toward the men and women who volunteer to serve in the U.S. military at home and in war zones.

I love your recent nod to our soldiers, out there “fighting on my behalf”.

I love your artificial smile and put-on swagger.

I love your brash targeting of political enemies, and covert operations to sully their reputations and damage their livelihoods.

I love your coddling of environmentalists, even though it wreaks havoc on the economy and creates a stealth tax on working class Americans.

I love the way you authorized an artificial “seal of approval” of the southern Keystone pipeline, which needed no federal approval.

I love your willingness to trample the dignity of the office by inserting yourself into cable-news storylines, i.e., Sandra Fluke, the contraception addict, or Trayvon Martin, or bans on gay marriage.

Now that Newsweek has declared you “the first gay president“, I guess this means you love me, too.

I love the billions of dollars you’ve frittered away on “stimulus” and government-endorsed “green energy” ventures (and Michelle’s vacations).

I love your fierce loyalty to Attorney General Eric Holder, who will probably bring you down or, at the very least, taint your legacy.

I love that you consult your school-aged daughters on complex social issues.

I love your stubborn efforts to advance the liberal-progressive economic playbooks of FDR and LBJ, which the passage of time has exposed as recipes for failure.

I love that you endure the insufferable babblings of insane old white men like Joe Biden and Harry Reid, though either one is capable of derailing your presidency.

I love that you so readily bask in the credit you were given for the courageous military operation that ended the life of Osama bin Laden.

I love that your 2008 campaign paid Rev. Jeremiah Wright to stop talking. (Apparently, Biden’s price tag is too steep, even for you).

I love your man crush on George Clooney, which is obviously rooted in your shared limitations as actors. (He has Ocean’s 11, you have oceans of debt).

I love how you imposed the NATO Summit on Chicago, the hometown you visit only when fundraising duties beckon.

But this, Mr. President, is what I love the most about you. I love the fact that, like all delusional dictators across the history of civilization, you will never grasp that your arrogance and ignorance will awaken the masses and drive you toward your destiny as a dangerous but fleeting historical footnote.

That day is coming. What’s not to love?

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‘Regulatory cooperation’ or diminished U.S. laws?

May 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

World President?The political blogosphere is red-flagging this week’s Presidential executive order by Barack Obama “promoting international regulatory cooperation”. Obama signed the order on Monday and soon thereafter slipped off, unannounced, to make a campaign appearance in Afghanistan.

None other than the Wall Street Journal afforded Obama’s regulatory czar Cass Sunstein coveted space on its op-ed page to explain how the executive order calls for creating a framework that eliminates “unnecessary regulatory differences across nations” with no intent whatsoever to “undermine American laws.” (Sunstein’s White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs is tasked with making this happen).

Blogger Henry Shivley peeled away the semantics and found the heart of the Obama order. “What is actually being attempted here is a standardization of international law,” Shivley wrote in a May 2 post at his site, From The Trenches World Report. “It is an absolute violation of the Constitution for the United States to legislate our law outside of our borders.”

As usual, the truth is buried beneath artfully worded phrases made to sound harmless, if not benign. Sunstein’s op-ed mentions global standards for container sizes. Who wouldn’t want that?

The catalyst for the executive order, Sunstein cleverly advises, is a desire to “align U.S. regulations with those of our major trading partners.” Align, as in move, as in shift laws that dictate how Americans live and businesses function in a direction closer to the laws of other nations.

It’s easy to read right past it, but think about what the Obama White House is saying. Is this not another apology? “We’re sorry, nations of the world. Our laws serve our arrogant, selfish American interests. We’re realigning. Did we say we’re sorry? We are. Truly.”

How does realignment of laws go hand in hand with Sunstein’s contention that we will at the same time never “compromise out national prerogatives”? It doesn’t. As a sovereign nation it is precisely our prerogative to enforce regulations that serve our interests.

“International cooperation and harmonization,” Sunstein writes is the underlying goal. Isn’t that the approach Obama has taken with Libya, Iran and Syria? How’s that working out for us?

Sunstein, who with his spouse, Obama foreign policy advisor Samantha Power, has a well established track record promoting radical agendas, is heading the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs precisely because of his acumen toward the art of manipulation (and friendship with Obama dating to their days together teaching law at the University of Chicago). OIRA has been a suspect entity whether Republicans or Democrats are in the White House. One of its harshest critics is a liberal group, the Center for Progressive Reform.

“The Obama Administration has further entrenched a regulatory system in which White House officials (via OIRA) trump agency expertise with decisions based on raw politics. While the Bush Administration changed 64 percent of regulations under this process, the Obama Administration has changed 76 percent.”

The Center charges OIRA’s agenda actually weakens public health and other protections. So potentially dangerous is OIRA under Sunstein that liberals and conservatives are equally leery of his motivations.

In 2009, the Wall Street Journal sounded the warning sirens as Sunstein awaited confirmation to his new post:

“In a significant, but little noticed, memo written 10 days after taking office, Mr. Obama ordered up a rewrite of how OIRA goes about its work, the first such revision since 1993. ‘Far more is now known about regulation — not only when it is justified, but also what works and what does not,’ the president wrote.

So now we’ve come full circle. Obama becomes President of the United States. He surrounds himself with longtime philosophical allies and friends. He names them czars, empowered to “fundamentally transform” America. He places Sunstein at the helm of the one obscure but powerful agency that can fulfill Sunstein’s (and Obama’s) lifelong ambition to control people’s lives based on the firm belief they are too ignorant to make important decisions for themselves.

And, as Shivley writes, it leads to a looming, potentially catastrophic end game:

“This latest executive order can absolutely be used to institute gun confiscation laws/regulations, without any consent by our Congress or our Judicial.  And once these foreign laws are brought to the United States under the various security agreements, foreign troops will be brought in to enforce the foreign laws upon the people of the United States. … This is exactly what the Bolsheviks did to the Russian people in 1917.”

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