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The Real Answer to Obamacare

Obamacare is now constitutional. At least that is what the majority of the highest ruling body in this land has stated. And the Supreme Court is the lone group who determines what is and what is not constitutional. But what if they are wrong? The majority of the American people say they are wrong, since the majority are against Obamacare. So what do we do? Revolt? Storm DC? Write Letters? Gripe? Pray? Vote? Of the aforementioned actions, the only ones needed and that will work are the last two.

First we pray. As always, God has the answer, God IS the answer. We should humble ourselves, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways. Sound familiar? It’s not just a good Bible verse. It is the answer. Then, after effectively seeking God’s grace and mercy in prayer, we should act.

This is the second part. We can blame Obama until the cows come home, but Congress passed Obamacare. As much as Obama needs removing, the replacement of members of Congress is just as important, maybe even more so. Let’s return to the thinking of our founding fathers and elect representatives and senators who actually go to Washington to vote the will of their constituents, then after their service, return home, so a new batch can be sent. Career politicians stink , and the longer they stay in office, the worse they stink. It is true there have been some who have served more than one term and remained absolutely faithful to principle. But you can count them on one hand. Out of the hundreds of members in the House and Senate, you have to search long and hard to find them. Career politicians just can’t be trusted. Understand I am speaking of Democrat and Republican.

My point is, re-election is just not the way to go. It is the road to corruption and failure. Some enter office with good intentions, but eventually corruption prevails. It’s time to clean house…..and the Senate too. Do not re-elect anyone! This cannot be said enough between now and November. This is the only hope of repeal for Obamacare. It’s time for some new blood. It’s time to send some fresh minds to Washington for them to perform the will of the people, and when they do, let’s not reward them with another term, but with a trip back home where we can thank them and congratulate them for a job well done. Then let’s send a new batch for the next round of business.

So in November, let’s begin the replacement. It will take a few years to get through the terms of everyone currently there, but it can be done. Let’s pray, then vote, then pray again. This is the answer.

Joseph Harris, [email protected] s been a college professor and pastor since 1987 and his writings have appeared on, WND, Sword of the Lord, Intellectual Conservative, Conservative Daily News, Canada Free Press, Land of the Free, The Post Chronicle, News America Daily, and The European Union Times.

All Massachusetts People Look Alike to Me

John Kerry recalls why he loathes unscripted campaign events.

When I first read that Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry (D–Noblesse Oblige) had been recruited to play the opponent during practice presidential debates, I considered it an inspired choice.

There is a slight problem with respective ages for the two candidates, but otherwise everything else is perfect. One pretentious, cliché–ridden windbag impersonating another is excellent practice for when the curtain goes up in October.

Nothing inspires confidence like realistic training. It’s good to know our candidate will be ready when the media starts firing probing questions regarding plans to counteract the nationwide contraceptive famine and the long lines of homosexuals crowding emergency rooms after being refused visitation rights.

And to be fair, my first thought was this action combined an impressive sacrifice on John Kerry’s part, on both a personal and professional level, with a sincere attempt to make amends for past mistakes.

I was concerned about how the Massachusetts’ black community would react and if his participation as a debate stand–in would harm the senator’s re–election prospects. But in this instance the end truly justifies the means and the loss of Kerry’s senate seat is a small price to pay if that’s what it takes to elect Mitt Romney as our next president.

But then I discovered Kerry is not portraying Barack Obama in debate rehearsals, he’s portraying Mitt Romney, which means everything is wrong. Nothing propinques like propinquity and both men are from Massachusetts, but choosing Kerry to impersonate Romney is just more evidence of an out of touch Obama campaign.

The two candidate’s personalities could not be more disparate; starting with unscripted moments on the stump. Yes, Mitt tries too hard. He’s a bit awkward. And when he tells a joke Romney acts like he’s reading from a fortune cookie in the original Chinese, but in comparison John Kerry makes Romney look like Jim Carrey.

Who will ever forget “I’m John Kerry and I’m reporting for duty?” A cringe–inducing image that pegged the hokey meter.

In a crowd or on stage Mitt almost looks natural and relaxed. Kerry looks like he’s attending an autopsy. And although the American’s With Disabilities Act has made wheelchair access to political stages much easier, the law has done nothing to ease the passage of Sen. Kerry’s sedan chair as he tries to get closer to the podium. And long walks through the crowd are always a problem, since the senator does not like to be touched.

Mike Huckabee, comparing himself to Romney, once joked, “I want to be a president who reminds you of the guy you work with, not the guy who laid you off.” Kerry reminds me of the guy wearing a cowl who says, “The executioner will see you now.”

Romney is simply a victim of driving while affluent. The MSM likes the Kerry choice because he “is uber–wealthy, like Romney” and both have changed political positions before and during campaigns. As Jack Cafferty said, “One elite, rich, emotionless Massachusetts politician filling in for another.”

But Kerry’s money arrived via his marriage to the uber–rich Teresa Heinz a sort of government–approved program called share–the–wealth matrimony style. While Romney actually earned his.

Kerry’s position changes are viewed as Darwinian in that they “evolved” from a position progressives didn’t like into one they did. Whereas Romney is characterized as flip–flopping on the beach like a mackerel stranded by “global warming” because his positions became more conservative.

Even though the Obama campaign has made a terrible choice, that does not mean the pressure is off the Romney campaign. Their choice of an Obama stand–in is even more fraught with peril. In 2008 the McCain traveling circus could get away with choosing lily–white former Congressman Rob Portman to impersonate Obama, but that was when Barack was still the “post racial” candidate.

Now that he’s “most racial” candidate, choosing a honkie for Hussein is a good way to get Al Sharpton to picket Debate Training Central. It’s got to be a black man and that, through no fault of their own, puts Republicans in a bind.

Cong. Alan West is out because he’s too intense and he obviously believes in what he says. Former Congressman J. C. Watts is out because he’s too genuine.

What we need is a black politician with a certain amount of presence and excellent speaking skills, but at the same time is an indifferent manager with a tenuous grasp of financial matters.

Hmmm. Does anyone know what former RNC Chairman Michael Steele is doing these days?

A Grim Global Outlook

European Summit

The outlook for the global economy continues to get bleaker and bleaker. This week the focus remains on the euro as European leaders are meeting for the twentieth time in two years to discuss and attempt to resolve an increasingly hopeless financial situation. The two day summit in Brussels is more contentious than ever, pitting the embattled profligate countries of Southern Europe aligned with newly elected French President Hollande against the disillusioned Germans eager to distance themselves from any more bailouts or debt exposure.

The situation in the Eurozone is fluid to put it mildly. Spain continues to struggle financially as its banks hover over the abyss of insolvency, ominously watching their short term (6 month government bonds) borrowing costs triple Tuesday. Italy is not fairing any better – their six month borrowing rates rose a whopping three percentage points during a bond auction earlier this week. Meanwhile, the newly elected Greek government is trying to maintain its fledgling coalition by renegotiating a deal with the Eurozone to ease its austerity requirements, their Election Day promise.

With divisions hardening and financial crisis intensifying it is not a surprise that investor confidence is withering and the euro continues to fall in value. At its core, the main issue beleaguering the Eurozone is debt contagion. Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy put it succinctly, “The most urgent issue is the one of financing. We can’t keep funding ourselves for a long time at the prices we’re currently funding ourselves.”

Who will pay Europe’s debt is the principle question. There is a famous saying, “everyone is your brother until the rent comes due.” As Europe’s paymaster, Germany can certainly relate. Hollande and his Italian and Spanish counterparts want Germany to shoulder more of the burden, asking the ECB to issue Eurobonds. The Germans object. “As long as I’m alive,” Chancellor Merkel reportedly said, we will not accept any solution that requires more pooled debt at our expense.

Hard Landings in Emerging Markets

As fractured as things are in Europe, troubling signs are beginning to arise in emerging economies too. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met with government officials Wednesday to discuss souring investor confidence in India. As foreign investment has dipped, the Indian economy has slowed to its lowest growth rate in nearly a decade. The rupee has sunk to all-time lows against the dollar, inflation is high, and the government is struggling to cope with enlarged fiscal and current account deficits.

To arrest these trends, Singh, no stranger to boosting economic growth, has taken charge of the finance ministry. Singh is credited with engineering major reforms in the early 90s, which paved the way for India’s economic jolt. But his task is much more difficult this time around. India’s growth rate has fallen sharply in early 2012 to 5.3%, down from over 9% in the first quarter of last year. If Singh wants to “restart India’s growth story” he will need to implement drastic reform in everything from insurance to tax policy – not an easy task.

With the global economy stressed particularly in the West, China may stand to lose the most. Problems are starting to pile up in Beijing. Chinese leaders continue to wrestle with a property and construction bubble, spiraling local government debt, and huge gaps between rich and poor. Further, government growth projections have been adjusted in the current Chinese five year plan. It projects annual growth at a meager 7%, well below its near steady 10% growth over the last two decades.

Growth is paramount in China. Without it, supporting its huge population is nearly impossible. China’s export based economic model may be their undoing. When foreign markets cannot buy Chinese goods, especially western markets, China falters. The euro crisis is a big problem because Europe comprises 20% of their export market.

Given the worsening situation in Europe and elsewhere China could be headed for what analysts call a “hard landing.” Significantly lower growth rates in China could produce social unrest and major instability. Finance Professor Franklin Allen of Wharton Business School views a hard landing in China as unlikely, unless the euro blows up that is. The IMF agrees with his assessment; they believe a worsening euro crisis could bring China’s growth levels down to a dangerous 4%.

Revised Forecast in US

At home, financial analysts are flexing to the continuously erratic stock market, up one day down the next. US economic indicators have given somewhat mixed signals. Some reports show housing prices are beginning to stabilize, a very positive sign for the US economy. But other news has not been so good. According to Bloomberg, consumer confidence is at five month lows, probably driven by last month’s disappointing jobs report.

After a somewhat promising start to the New Year, the US economy is returning to its recent sluggishness. As a result, the FED revised its rosy projections for 2012, predicting that unemployment will remain high and growth tepid for the next couple years. US corporations have felt the pinch too, seeing declines in overseas revenues resulting from the global slow-down.

Nevertheless, it’s the US banking industry that has received most of the attention of late. Earlier this month Moody’s Investors Services downgraded 15 major financial institutions, Citigroup among them, dealing yet another blow to Wall Street’s already sullied reputation. JP Morgan has also come under fire not just for losing billions in risky bets but for suppressing a report on the municipal bond market completed last year. JP Morgan’s report, which was only distributed to privileged investors, revealed that the municipal bond market is far more indebted than originally suspected. It is worth noting that JP Morgan underwrites many US muni bonds.

Bad to Worse?

In the aggregate and that’s all that matters at this point, the world economy is steaming into rough seas ahead. Though there is a possibility that the Eurozone could survive, that emerging markets could return to sustainable levels of growth, and US markets could rebound sooner and stronger than anticipated, the chances of that happening are remote. The more likely outcome will be a global economic rebalancing, a restructuring of the world economy. It would unquestionably be a painful process, but a more sustainable and healthier world may emerge in the end.

Cameron Macgregor is a former naval officer and USNA grad. He is writing his first book.

A Silver Lining?

Like most freedom loving Americans, I was disappointed in the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare. But watching the Twitter timeline and listening to so many upset citizens today did show the glimpse of a silver lining.

Justice Roberts may have introduced the Tea Party to presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney. Romney has had to battle the idea he is not conservative enough. His television and internet commercial ‘Day 1′ (see below) now is taking on new meaning. In it he tells Americans on his first day in office he will begin the repeal of Obamacare. Until today, many fiscal conservatives hoped this plan would not be needed. However, after seeing the health care plan upheld by listing it as an additional tax Moderates, Conservatives and Libertarians are united that a repeal is needed. This president promised no new taxes to the middle class yet it appears all those taxes will be heading our way. Average citizens who aren’t always inclined to be involved are now speaking out. They see the need for change. The sleeping giant has awoken.

As right leaning voters join together in an effort to repeal the Obamacare law we are looking at Romney’s words for assurance. Apparently,  many are seeing Romney as the alternative choice to Obama for the first time. In the first hour and a half after the court decision Team Romney raised $300,000. At the time of this writing, just ten hours from the ruling Romney has received over $2.5 Million dollars–almost as much as the entire month of May.

So save your tears. Now is the time to act. As Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) wrote, “I am disappointed in today’s ruling. But not discouraged.” In the ruling that no conservative wanted to hear there may be a silver lining. The party may now be united in a way that was unexpected just a short time ago. We have a lot of work to do and only 130 days left.

Nancy Pelosi & Congressional Black Caucus Walk Out in Support of Gunrunning Drug Cartels and Murderers

Nancy Pelosi & Congressional Black Caucus Walk Out in Support of Gunrunning Drug Cartels and Murderers

Thousands lie dead in Mexico, bloody and beheaded in the streets. Bolstered by automatic weapons that the US Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms made certain got into their hands, they have extended a reign of terror across Mexico and US southern border states.

When federally licensed firearm (FFLs) dealers raised the alarm to ATF officials that straw purchasers were buying large numbers of deadly weapons the ATF assured them is was ok to make the sale. When an FFL told ATF they did not have enough weapons to fill an order, the ATF told them to order more. When border patrol agent Brian Terry lay dead in the Arizona desert surrounded by weapons sold to the Mexican drug cartels under the Fast and Furious gun walking program, no one in the Justice Department seemed to know anything about what happened.

To date no one in justice or ATF has been fired, and that is A-OK with Pelosi and her cohorts. Nine secret service agents were fired within a week of being found in the company of prostitutes, but a year and a half after the brutal murder of Brian Terry, the Congressional Black Caucus is satisfied to let those responsible for the wholesale slaughter of Mexican citizens go un-investigated and unpunished. The democrats who walked out of congress today don’t want to know why there have been no answers and no retribution for those who were involved in making sure these guns got into the hands of these heinous villains, and they certainly don’t want to know anything about those who have so far successfully covered up that involvement.

What else are we to conclude but that those who claim racism at every effort to secure our borders, don’t give a single whit for the lives of thousands murdered south of our border; they would rather pose for the camera.

In Deep with Michelle Ray – ObamaCare, Contempt and Stolen Valor

When: Thursday, June 28th, 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific

Where: In Deep with Michelle Ray on Blog Talk Radio

What: Join Social Media Director of, Michelle Ray (@GaltsGirl) as she discusses the issues that impact America.

Tonight: Grass roots activist Andrew Xifos (@FigDrewton), United Liberty contributor Jason Pye (@jaseliberty) and Conseravative Daily News contributor Tj Thompson (@_TjThompson) join the discussion.

New Executive Order: Regulation of Commerce?

Will the Obama shenanigans never end? With everyone all atwitter about Obamacare, here is one that slipped by unreported by the MSM. On June 25, 2012, President Barack Hussein Obama signed an executive order (EO) entitled “Highly Enriched Uranium.” The full text of the executive order can be found here.

Obama, in the executive order, said:

… the risk of nuclear proliferation created by the accumulation of a large volume of weapons-usable fissile material in the territory of the Russian Federation continues to constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States, and hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat.

Section 5 (a) is, from our perspective, the most interesting section:

The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Energy, and, as appropriate, other agencies, is hereby authorized to take such actions, including the promulgation of rules and regulations, and to employ all powers granted to the President by IEEPA, as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this order. The Secretary of the Treasury may redelegate any of these functions to other officers and agencies of the United States Government consistent with applicable law. All agencies of the United States Government are hereby directed to take all appropriate measures within their statutory authority to carry out the provisions of this order.

What, you ask, is this IEEPA that the executive order cites? IEEPA is the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, enacted in 1977, and it authorizes the President to regulate commerce after declaring a national emergency in response to any unusual and extraordinary threat to the United States which has a foreign source.

By itself, his latest EO would be bad enough, especially if he actually tried to regulate commerce. But, when seen in the light of two other EOs he has recently signed, there may indeed by cause for, if not alarm, then concern. He signed EO 13575 on June 9, 2011, and EO 13603 on March 22, 2012.

EO 13575, Establishment of the White House Rural Council: It authorizes a Rural Council to exert control over “agricultural organizations, small businesses, education and training institutions, health-care providers, telecommunications services providers, research and land grant institutions, law enforcement, State, local, and tribal governments, and nongovernmental organizations regarding the needs of rural America.”

EO 13603, National Defense Resources Preparedness: In peacetime or times of national emergency, heads of Agriculture, Energy, Health and Human Services, Transportation, Defense and Commerce can take food, livestock, fertilizer, farm equipment, all forms of energy, water resources, all forms of civil transportation and any other materials, including construction materials from wherever they are available.

Are we beginning to see a pattern emerge here? Were EOs 13575 and 13606 setting the ground work for his latest EO, the one that declares a national emergency? Is this the first step to Obama declaring martial law and using that as an excuse for suspending elections? Or am I just a conspiracist?

But that’s just my opinion.

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“High-Skilled” Is The Key

President Barack Hussein Obama said, in March, 2009, that it wouldn’t be good for the economy for the outsourced jobs to come back to the US, that they should stay outside the country because they are cheap jobs. Obama said that he would work on creating high-skilled, high-paying jobs, which cannot be off-shored.

Obama said:

It probably wouldn’t be good for our economy for a bunch of these jobs to come back because, there’s no way that people could be getting paid a living wage on some of these jobs — at least in order to be competitive in an international setting.

Obama said nothing about the difference between outsourced jobs and off-shored jobs.

Now one of Obama’s campaign planks is to criticize Mitt Romney for, Obama claims, outsourcing jobs. Both Obama and vice president Joe Biden are attacking Romney for “outsourcing” jobs to other countries. Obama is currently running a campaign advertisement that calls Mitt Romney the “Outsourcer-In-Chief.” Obama’s reelection campaign released three new ads on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, escalating attacks on Mitt Romney’s outsourcing of American jobs while leading private equity firm Bain Capital.

“High-Skilled” is the key. In the Eagles song “Desperado” (written in 1973 by Don Henley and Glenn Fry), there is this line: “You been out ridin’ fences for so long.” I think that the cited line says it all. Cowboys have been riding (checking) fences for years. They first did it on horses, but now do it mostly in 4-wheel drive vehicles. When cowboys started, caring for horses were high-skilled jobs. Shoeing horses and making saddles were, indeed, high-skilled jobs. But technology advanced and high-skilled jobs changed. Caring for horses is no longer a high-skilled job. Instead, the design and manufacture of 4-wheel drive vehicles is high-skilled. Riding fences is still necessary, but how it is done has changed.

I must agree with Obama (even though it hurts me to say it) on the low-skilled, low paying jobs, and his lack of effort to bring them back.

So now it is up to Mitt Romney to point out what a hypocrite Obama is concerning outsourced jobs. And it is incumbent upon Romney to explain that what used to be a high-skill job can, through the advancement of technology, become a low-skill job that is subject to being outsourced.

But that’s just my opinion.

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R.I.P. Liberty

On June 28, 2012 at 10:15 a.m. EST, obamacare was ruled unconstitutional via the Commerce Clause, yet ruled Constitutional on the grounds that it is a tax, even though the current White House occupant claimed it wasn’t a tax while jamming it through Congress and trying unsuccessfully to sell it to the American public.

The Supreme Court of the United States’ landmark ruling on obamacare and obama breaking his oft repeated pledge to not raise taxes on middle class Americans happened simultaneously.

obamacare is a $1.7 trillion tax increase from the candidate who repeatedly swore during the 2008 election and afterwards that during his administration, if you make less than $250,000 a year “you will not see your taxes increase by one single dime, I repeat, not one single dime”…

Unfortunately for obama, as a result of the Supreme Court ruling, beginning in 2014 all Americans will be taxed an additional $700 or 2% of their income (whichever is greater) for not having healthcare insurance.

obama is vulnerable to attack over this ruling because the Justices did not rule obamacare Constitutional under the commerce clause.  It was only ruled constitutional once viewed as a new tax. Since obama publically and repeatedly said he would never raise taxes on middle class earners, he has to disagree with this ruling, especially because obamacare was ruled unconstitutional under the commerce clause.

Do not hold your breath.

What this clearly shows is that “progressives” are more than happy to use the power of the government to force Americans into doing what they do not want to do.   In order to accomplish that objective, they will lie, cheat, steal and kill without a shred of remorse.  Lie? Look at obama’s no tax pledge.  Cheat? Look at Senator Al Franken’s 2008 election victory.  Steal? Look at all the taxes taken out of every paycheck.  Kill? Look at the results of Fast and Furious.

R.I.P Liberty.

Americans are now subjects. Not citizens.  Enjoy your new tax and enslavement America.

Next obama, being the ever faithful “progressive” that he is will readjust his re-election campaign messaging to run against the middle class tax increase imposed on Americans by that evil GOP appointed Chief Justice Roberts.

Tora, Tora, Tora (Look Out Obama)

I don’t know if any of you have seen the movie Tora, Tora, Tora, It was, what I think the best movie made about the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941. The term Tora, Tora, Tora is Japanese for Tiger, Tiger, Tiger, it was said by the Japanese flying commander when he knew that the surprise attack was a success. At the end of the movie the Japanese commander in Japan looks out of the window and with a sad face says, the attacks would only serve to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.

Just like the Japanese knew they awakened a sleeping giant, which was America, the passage of ObamaCare is going to awaken a sleeping giant, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
Since the Supreme Court announcement of upholding ObamaCare the stock market has dropped, and as of this writing, Romney has received over one million dollars in donations. Just like the Japanese underestimated the power of America, the Obama administration underestimates the power of the American People.

If anyone thought the Republicans were energized before this, to quote a well known singer from the 1920’s and 1930’s by the name of Al Jolson, he would say “You ain’t heard nothin yet.” The voices of the American People are going to be heard loud and clear. If Obama was worried about his job before, he better start shaking in his boots, because the people are pissed.

Obama and the Democrats said over and over that the mandate was not a tax, now we find out that it is a tax. Well the so called champion of the middle class has just handed, not only the middle class, but the entire country the biggest tax increase in the history of this country. The upholding of this law is probably the best present that Mitt Romney has ever received. Just like in the 2010 elections, the people are going to rise up and make their disdain for this law known. If you remember the scenes from those town hall meetings, they were nothing compared to what is coming. This could be a blessing in disguise.

This is one man’s opinion

Healthcare ‘Tax’ Constitutional?- The Founders Might Say Otherwise

In today’s completely stunning decision, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. Chief Justice Roberts joined the liberal justices, creating a 5-4 majority that declared the individual mandate  a ‘tax’ and therefore constitutional.

Unbelievable though it may be, because of Chief Justice Roberts, the federal government can now essentially force you to do whatever it sees fit through the power of taxation. For example, let’s suppose the federal government institutes a law stating you must maintain a certain healthy weight and have to work out an hour every day to maintain that weight. Don’t want to? Fine, just pay a tax. According to the Supreme Court’s ruling, that’s completely constitutional.

This is so obviously not constitutional, you can almost hear James Madison and the rest of the Founders weeping. After all, wasn’t one of the primary reasons the Founders declared independence because of ‘taxation without representation’? The Stamp Act, the Sugar Act, the Tea Act which led to the Boston Tea Party- all of these were heavy taxes imposed on the colonists that vastly affected trade in the Colonies. The Founders maintained it was tyrannical for a distant government to impose such heavy, burdensome taxes on its people.

How is this any different?  The Supreme Court has ruled that the individual mandate is Constitutional as a tax- a tax you have no say in. You must either have health care, or pay a tax. Your objection means nothing to the federal government. How is this not tyranny- the tyranny of a government over a voiceless people, of the same sort the Founders objected to?

It is not constitutional as a tax. The federal government’s taxing power is limited to three specific purposes- paying debts, national defense and guarding the nation’s Welfare (interests). An individual purchase ‘tax’ meets none of these requirements.

But you don’t even have to be familiar with the language of the taxing power to know that the Founders would be inherently opposed to this, and would never have given the federal government this type of absolute power over the people. In fact, they rebelled against it. History is repeating itself. The question is, what are We the People going to do about it? Lie down and let the government seize more power? Or let our voices be heard?

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