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White House Rebuffs Calls for a Special Prosecutor

Despite calls from Senators John Cornyn, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, the Justice Department continues to resist calls for appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate national security leaks said to be coming from inside the White House. The Senators view Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to appoint two Justice Department legal insiders to the investigation as insufficient.

The White House remains in support of Holder. The official word from press secretary Jay Carney is that “there is no need for a special counsel. These things have consistently been investigated when that’s appropriate”.

Holder’s troubles are not isolated to the national security leaks investigation. Holder is also under legal attack for the failed Fast and Furious firearms fiasco. Despite Holder’s possibly facing contempt of Congress charges next week, Carney relayed the “absolute confidence” the White House still has in Holder.

This “no special prosecutor” position stands in stark contrast to the position held by then Senators obama and Biden when it came to investigating the Iraq war policy. Or when it came to calling for the firing of U.S. attorneys. Or reviewing conditions at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. And especially when it came to discovering who leaked Valerie Plame and Joseph Wilson’s identities. All of which took place during George W. Bush’s presidency.

Not to mention special prosecutor Archibald Cox, who was appointed to investigate the Watergate scandal.

It would seem that, as usual, when the left commits perceived offenses, it’s perfectly appropriate for them to police themselves. But when there are similar perceptions of offenses committed by those on the right, that’s a completely different story.

Holder’s stonewalling of the Fast and Furious congressional investigation is not only straight out of the Richard M. Nixon play book, it is more egregious. Although ultimately the ongoing investigation resulted in the removal of a sitting President from office for his role in the Watergate burglary and ensuing cover-up, nobody died due to decisions made or actions taken by Nixon and his lieutenants.

It is alleged that by allowing hundreds of highly sophisticated automatic weapons to walk across the U.S./Mexican border and into the hands of criminal drug cartels, the Holder led Department of Justice contributed to the death of hundreds of Mexican civilians and murder of U.S. Border Agent Brian Terry. This is an extremely serious charge. The truth must be uncovered. If this allegation is true, Eric Holder should go to prison, instead of being allowed to harass multiple state governments with frivolous, racist lawsuits. To hold to the notion that Eric Holder is capable of dispassionate logic in pursuit of fact in the face of such a clear conflict of interest is incongruous.

That the White House is standing behind Holder in stone walling the cover up of information is not surprising. When are the college records, medical records, travel records, etc of the current White House occupant going to be brought to light?

Will obama and Holder agree to appoint a special prosecutor? If they do and the going gets dicey, is the United States going to be submitted to a replay of the Archibald Cox firing drama? Will there be the Saturday Night Massacre, part two?

It would not be in the least bit surprising to see the White House let this drag out through the summer as a means of distracting from their own dismal record. It would also be true to form to see Holder go the way of many of obama’s once political allies. The moment Holder’s presence becomes too much of a political liability to the full time, win at all costs candidate he will become persona non grata faster than you can say: “Our long national nightmare is over”.

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Does Holder need a time-out?

Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice have quite a To-Do list these days.

The Fast & Furious hearings

Sue Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona over immigration patrols

Lawsuit against the State of Arizona over HB 1070 now in the hands of the Supreme Court

Sue the State of Florida for attempting to purge dead and illegal voters from their voter registration rolls

Deal with the subsequent counter-suit from the State of Florida over the DOJ’s frivolous lawsuit

Anti-trust lawsuit against Apple and other eBook sellers

Sue Texas, South Carolina and other states over state voter ID laws

Potential contempt charges

… and then there’s those pesky national security leaks that he has to deal with.

The Department of Justice seems to be quite busy creating crime and stirring up lawsuits at a time when the department itself claims annual crime data shows a decrease in crimes across the nation.

Attorney General Eric Holder may need to take some time off.  Perhaps he should follow the request of Texas Senator John Cornyn and others who have called on Holder to resign his post.

Eric Holder Demonstrates His Contempt for Congress!

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Contempt is defined as: An act of deliberate disobedience or disregard for the laws, regulations, or decorum of a public authority, such as a court or legislative body.

It is no wonder that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will consider holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress on June 20 relating to the ongoing Fast and Furious ATF gun trafficking scandal.

During the House Judiciary Justice Department Oversight committee hearing on June 7th, it became abundantly clear that Attorney General Eric Holder has complete contempt for congress.

Setting aside for a moment the topic of Fast and Furious – a disastrous ATF operation to allow guns to cross the border into Mexico, and then determine at which crime scene they re-surfaced thereby tracking their purchasers – Mr. Holder’s contempt became clear as congressperson after congressperson asked Mr. Holder why they had not received an answer to a prior inquiry. Mr. Holder made it clear from his answers that he had made little or no effort to follow-up on congressional inquiries, whether they came from republicans or democrats.

In his efforts to obfuscate, delay, or outright refuse to answer questions, Mr. Holder made it clear that he holds himself beyond the reach of congressional oversight, and possibly even believes that the law is whatever Mr. Holder thinks it is at any given moment.

Ms. Lofgren (D-CA) began her questioning by saying “When you were last before us in December, I asked you about a case involving the seizure of a domain name called Jazzone.com for alleged copyright infringement. In December, you said you were unfamiliar with the case, but that you would look into it. Since that time, not only have not heard from you, but new details have surfaced.” It was clear from his answer that Mr. Holder had not looked into the case.

Chairman Lamar Smith then asked Mr. Holder, “Mr. Attorney general a number of members today have made requests from you of information. When can they expect those requests to be responded to, two weeks or so? To which the Attorney General replied, “We will do the best that we can as quickly as we can, I’m a little surprised that we have not responded to at least some of the things in connection with the last time I was here.” Indicating that he had not followed up on any of them.

Mr. King (R-IA) said “Just in picking up on the chairman’s remarks, I point out that I had a series of questions that I asked on December 8th here, and although we haven’t pressed relentlessly for those responses, I haven’t seen them and so I’m going to be submitting a new request from December 8th and additionally for this today.”

Mr Franks (R-AZ) quizzed, “Mr. Holder on April 27, 2011 members of this committee asked you to give us information surrounding the decision by justice to forgo prosecution of the un-indited co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation case. This is the largest terrorism financing case in US history. You refused to comply with this request and you still have not prosecuted despite there being what many consider to be a mountain of evidence against these jihadist groups, at least one of which now says it is working inside your agency to help advise on the purge of counter terrorism training materials. We are told that this mountain of evidence which outlines the jihadist network within the United States amounts to 80 bankers boxes full of documents. This evidence was turned over to the court and much of it was given to the jihadist’s defense lawyers. Members of this committee and other committees would like to review this evidence, whether it has to be on a classified basis or not. Would you commit today to give us provide us with those documents which comprise the government’s case in the Holy Land Foundation trial?”

Eric Holder replied, “It’s hard for me to answer that question.”

Mr. Franks responded, “No it’s not, it’s just will you or will you not?”

Holder: “I will take a look at your request and see if it is appropriate or not….”

Franks: “Well we made the request on April 27th of last year and ah so far it hasn’t happened”

Louie Gohmert (R-TX) also asked Mr. Holder if they would get the documents the government provided to the defendants in the Holy Land Foundation trial, and again Holder evaded. Gohmert then asked if Holder ever demanded to know who authorized Fast and Furious. Holder replied that he asked the Inspector General to look into it.

Mr. Chaffetz (R-UT) asked if Mr. Holder would make himself available to four members of the committee to sit down and answer some questions about what they have seen in the Fast and Furious evidence.

“I’m not sure there is a lot more I can say,” was Holder’s response.

Chaffetz then asked, “did you personally read the letter Speaker Boehner sent to you?” Holder replied, “Yes I got that letter.” Chaffetz asked again, “Did you read it?” “Yes.” Then Chaffetz followed up “Did you respond to it?” Holder replied, “The deputy attorney general replied to it.”

It is evident from his evasionary tactics that the Attorney General of the United States has no intention of being straightforward or forthcoming in providing any detailed information to congress about the activities of his office, and that they ought to just leave him alone to do what he sees as his job.

Congress has no choice but to vote on contempt charges. We will see what the oversight committee decides on June 20th.

Contempt Charges To Be Brought Against Holder

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Katie Pavlich, News Editor for Townhall, released today that contempt charges will be brought against Eric Holder on June 20th.  Pavlich has been covering the Fast and Furious scandal and has written a book about this egregious episode in government ineptitude.

Fast and Furious was a botched “gunwalking” operation headed by the ATF that allowed thousands of guns to cross into Mexico in the hopes of capturing key drug cartel kingpins in the ongoing narcotics war.  It is a conflict that has already claimed over 30,000 lives since it began in 2006.  What makes Fast and Furious horrific is the fact that the guns used in the operation were responsible for the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.   Holder was given the option to have a contempt charge tossed if he complied with the October 2011 Congressional Subpoena.  He did not.  Here is Chairman Darrell Issa’s statement compliments of Katie Pavlich and Townhall.com:

 

For over a year and a half, the House Oversight Committee, with Senator Chuck Grassley, has conducted a joint investigation of reckless conduct in Operation Fast and Furious. With the support of House leadership, the Republican Conference, and even some Democratic Members who have expressed concern to the White House over the Justice Department’s failure to cooperate, this investigation has yielded significant results. The Attorney General has acknowledged that the operation was fundamentally flawed and he has committed to take steps to ensure that it does not occur again. Evidence found in applications for wiretaps shows that although senior officials were given information about reckless tactics, they still signed affirmations that they had reviewed the investigation and determined that electronic surveillance of phones was necessary.

Despite what the investigation has uncovered through whistleblowers and documents the Justice Department had tried to hide, the Committee’s work is not yet complete.  Attorney General Holder has failed to meet his legal obligations pursuant to the October 12 subpoena.  House leaders reiterated this failure in a May 18, 2012, letter. Specifically, the Justice Department has refused to turn over critical documents on the grounds that they show internal Department deliberations and were created after February 4, 2011 – the date Justice issued a false denial to Congress.  Contempt will focus on the failure to provide these post February 4th documents.

The Obama Administration has not asserted Executive Privilege or any other valid privilege over these materials and it is unacceptable that the Department of Justice refuses to produce them.  These documents pertain to Operation Fast and Furious, the claims of whistleblowers, and why it took the Department nearly a year to retract false denials of reckless tactics.  The Justice Department’s actions have obstructed the investigation. Congress has an obligation to investigate unanswered questions about attempts to smear whistleblowers, failures by Justice Department officials to be truthful and candid with the congressional investigation, and the reasons for the significant delay in acknowledging reckless conduct in Operation Fast and Furious.

While the Justice Department can still stop the process of contempt, this will only occur through the delivery of the post February 4, 2011, documents related to Operation Fast and Furious and whistleblower accusations subpoenaed by the Committee.  If the Attorney General decides to produce these subpoenaed documents, I am confident we can reach agreement on other materials and render the process of contempt unnecessary.”

 

 

House Set to Bring Contempt Charges Against Holder

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The Republicans are set to bring ‘contempt’ of Congress charges against Attorney General Eric Holder next week for his testimony on Operation Fast & Furious. This answers the question if last week’s hearings with Eric Holder on the Hill was just a dog-and-pony show (with apologies to President Obama for the culinary clash of register).

There may be some Republican voters who want Eric Holder’s official standing in the Obama administration delivered, John Baptist-like, on a silver platter to the thunderous applause of the American mob. But if the GOP proceeds with caution and aplomb, they can make the contempt trial of Eric Holder into a no-lose proposition.

Certainly, Attorney General Holder merits worse than contempt charges for his administrative responsibility in the Operation Fast & Furious debacle, which led to the deaths of thousands of Mexican citizens, and memorably for the American public, border agent Brian Terry. The ensuing cover-up in the Department of Justice and “ATF” are their own scandals, deserving of censure in their own right.

But at this stage in the investigation, contempt is the most justice that can be served against an appendage of a Head of State whose staunch ideology, hubris, and cold calculation of election politics forbid anything as drastic as removing Holder from office. If Barack Obama had a conscience, Holder would have been sacked after his intervention in the New Black Panthers’ voter intimidation case.

Instead, the public will have to settle for the highly visible trial of an Attorney General who has provided the Republicans with ample firepower over the course of an investigation that has seen no less than eight separate hearings with Holder himself.

The highest law enforcement official in the land has stonewalled by refusing to turn over more than a hundred thousand requested documents. He has insulted the intelligence of the House Republicans by feigning that  references to “Fast and Furious” in departmental emails and memos do not refer to “Operation Fast and Furious.” Holder has lied countless times, such as when he first learned of Fast and Furious, and has pretended not to remember inconvenient facts.

Recall that such inability to remember is what led to Scooter Libby’s perjury charges, even though Libby was not a part of the Plamegate leak. In addition, Bush did not fully pardon him, he only commuted his sentence.

Ideally, due to the scope of this bloody international incident, the buck should stop with President Obama. But since the struggle to hold the president accountable for his corrupt and reckless actions through the voting process is ongoing, the Republicans must hold back appearing overly political in this highly sensitive political season.

If they can accomplish that, they will put themselves in a no-lose situation. If Holder proves himself indubitably to have engaged in dishonest actions, then a vote of contempt would become a negative blight upon the administration. The more public this forthright and fair process is, presumably to be held on C-SPAN (barring a gag executive order), the better.

Secondly, if Holder is exonerated, this will show that the Republican Party is not filled with the kind of hyper-partisans that the Obama administration is full of. If  Republicans pursue justice and accountability on behalf of the American people with the utmost of integrity, this will aid them in this election year, regardless of result.

Conservatives may bridle at this presentiment. But the argument turns on attitude.

While we conservatives would savor the image of Eric Holder in an orange prison jumpsuit… that is not going to happen. Not only would it be impossible to muster the political capital to get Holder forcibly removed from office, there is the matter of going after high-ranking officials in a sitting administration and the precedent it would set. Such vindictive actions are common fare in banana republics; even if in this case, it might be warranted.

But let us keep the big picture in mind, even as we are aggrieved of the human damage Operation Fast & Furious caused and are threatened by the Constitutional assault the scandal implies.  The adept and judicious managing of a Holder contempt trial would help lead to the ultimate conclusion for conservatives: Not only Holder, but Obama removed from office.

Instead of concentrating on a tempest in a tea cup, which is what an entertaining and explosive Holder contempt trial would be, even as it resulted in self-inflicted damage among moderates and independents, let’s ‘go meta’ on the political situation.

In November, millions of citizen jurors will turn out to render a verdict on the lawlessness of the Obama administration. By contrasting themselves with the shameless Democrats, the GOP will make it easier for Americans to render a decision on the Obama regime: Guilty, as charged.

Update: This blog post was updated to reflect the House Republicans’ scheduling of a contempt vote next week.

Was “The Private Sector is Doing Fine” Really a Gaffe?

When obama uttered the words “the private sector is doing fine” speculation ran rampant, declarations occurred and questions abounded.

Obedient spokes-fools within the “progressive” Party Pravda remained largely mum, dutifully neglecting or downplaying the story. Conservatives pounced on the statement, speculating aggressively about obama’s lack of perceptive abilities while declaring it to be the biggest gaffe in his presidency. Questions were asked as to why standard operating procedure had been abandoned and a presidential press conference was being held in the White House when no major announcement was being made.

That obama followed up the initial remark by saying the problem with America’s economy is a loss of government jobs at the state and local level suggests various possible explanations. One is that it’s a sign of his commitment to growing government as the sole solution to each and every one of the world’s problems. Another is that he is so out of touch with economic reality that the remark really was a gaffe.

But there is at least one other possibility to consider.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is coming under heavy congressional scrutiny for his role in the failed Fast and Furious gun running scandal. Hard questions are being raised on both sides of the aisle about the risks posed to the country through national security leaks possibly emanating from the White House. obama’s been accused of allowing the leaks to occur for personal political gain. There are ongoing discussions and mounting evidence regarding obama’s membership in Chicago’s extremist “New Party”, coupled with continuing avoidance of or denials about it among obama’s political apparatus. There is major embarrassment about obama’s “entire grassroots machinery” being resoundingly drubbed in the Wisconsin recall election. There is growing “progressive” left wing extremist frustration with obama’s perceived inability to deliver on his pledge to “fundamentally transform the United States of America”.

Go back to the question: Why was a presidential new conference being held when there was no major announcement being made? Even given that there was only the remotest possibility that the “progressive” Party Pravda might actually uncover a hitherto undiscovered ounce of journalistic integrity within itself and ask hard questions on a myriad of topics, why was this press conference being held?

Is it possible that the biggest gaffe in obama’s presidency was committed on purpose? That it was an intentional diversion? A coldly calculated politically driven distraction away from other bad news that had been dominating the weekly news cycle?

Was it an accident that it occurred on a Friday morning, contributing to the likelihood that the weekend political talk show discussions will focus on this rather than the myriad of other, more damaging news about obama’s failed attempt to be the nation’s Chief Executive?

If so, it was an extreme abuse of the power of the presidency.

Given that this “gaffe” originated from a once humming along firing on all cylinders well oiled political machine that has repeatedly engaged in “the art” of misrepresentation, distortion, distraction, diversion and smoke and mirror parlor trickery, is pondering such questions an unreasonable activity?

With obama in the White House, do you now consider such a line of questioning to be unpatriotic?

Do you really?

You may wish to reconsider come November 6th.

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Failing the smell test: DOJ to monitor Wisconsin election

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Something stinks! Obama’s Department of Justice issued a press release stating that the agency will be keeping close tabs on the Wisconsin recall elections brought about by the labor unions. Unfortunately, they won’t be looking for voter fraud.

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced today that it will monitor elections on June 5, 2012, in the following jurisdictions to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and other federal voting rights statutes: Alameda, Fresno and Riverside Counties, Calif.; Cibola and Sandoval Counties, N.M.; Shannon County, S.D.; and the city of Milwaukee.

The Voting Rights Act prohibits discrimination in the election process on the basis of race, color or membership in a minority language group.  In addition, the act requires certain covered jurisdictions to provide language assistance during the election process.  Fresno County, Riverside County and the city of Milwaukee are required to provide assistance in Spanish.  Cibola, Sandoval and Shannon Counties are required to provide language assistance to Native American voters.  Alameda County is required to provide language assistance to Hispanic, Chinese, Vietnamese and Filipino voters.

Under the Voting Rights Act, the Justice Department is authorized to ask the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to send federal observers to jurisdictions that are certified by the attorney general or by a federal court order.  Federal observers will be assigned to monitor polling place activities in Shannon County based on the attorney general’s certification and in Alameda, Riverside and Sandoval Counties based on court orders.  The observers will watch and record activities during voting hours at polling locations in these jurisdictions, and Civil Rights Division attorneys will coordinate the federal activities and maintain contact with local election officials.

In addition, Justice Department personnel will monitor polling place activities in Fresno County, Cibola County and the city of Milwaukee.  Civil Rights Division attorneys will coordinate federal activities and maintain contact with local election officials.

Taking a stance eerily similar to that taken against Florida’s efforts to clean up illegitimate voters, the Justice Department seems to be totally unconcerned with the voter fraud that Wisconsin election officials have already discovered.

On Monday, it was reported that Wisconsin officials discovered a large number of absentee ballots being requested by someone not living at the known address of the voter. Further investigation turned up what appears to be an organized effort to steal votes by illegally obtaining absentee ballots to fill out as they please later. Eric Holder’s justice department has no interest in that matter. Instead, their putting “an army of lawyers” into Wisconsin to observe so that should Scott Walker and the Senate Republicans win their recall elections, the Obama administration can use the courts to seek the outcome they feel they deserve.

Two Cheers For the House of Representatives

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Cheers for Indiana Democratic Rep Joe Donnelly, who broke rank with “progressives” to support the Fast and Furious subpoena in Congress. Rep Donnelly expressed support for the Oversight Committee’s subpoena of Attorney General Eric Holder over documents related to the failed Operation Fast and Furious scandal. This was a big step taken by Donnelly since it means that “progressive” Democrats like Rep Elijah Cummings of Maryland can no longer claim that the investigation is a wholly partisan issue.

“One of the duties of Congress is to provide oversight of the Executive Branch,” Donnelly said “There has been a serious allegation of federal law enforcement misconduct and we need to get to the bottom of this issue without playing partisan politics.”

“Attorney General Eric Holder could end this today if he gives us the documents,” Utah Rep Jason Chaffetz said. “Fast & Furious has become Slow & Stonewalling and it really makes you wonder what they’re hiding. We were promised those responsible would be held accountable and that has not happened.”

GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, issued the documents subpoena in October 2011 and suggested days ago that the next option to get Holder to release additional documents might be declaring him in contempt of Congress.

When it comes to Stonewalling, Holder has now entered into direct competition with Richard Nixon’s Watergate era White House. The big difference being, the Watergate scandal never resulted in death. Since for “progressives” the ends always justify the means, the loss of several hundred Mexican civilian lives and that of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent is a small price to pay when defrauding the American public into believing restricting their Second Amendment Rights is a good idea.

Having Eric Holder as U.S. Attorney General is like having a fox guarding the hen house. Despite all of Holder’s “get tough” rhetoric against Wall Street, as of today, there has yet to be a single criminal charge filed by the federal government against top executives of elite financial institutions like UBS, MBNA Bank, MF Global, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, or Bank of America. Certainly it can’t have anything to do with top officials at the Department of Justice who had strong ties to Wall Street being big fundraisers for obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Perish the thought. There’s nothing to see here folks, keep moving along.

Additional cheers to the entire U.S. House of Representatives, for voting to defund the obama administration’s lawsuits against state immigration laws.

“Instead of using tax dollars to sue states, the Department of Justice and other branches of this government should start focusing on enforcing existing immigration laws,” said Rep. Lou Barletta, a Pennsylvania Republican. “Until they do, the Department of Justice should not receive one federal tax dollar to sue states.”

The 238-173 House vote emphasizes the popularity of state immigration laws. Recent polling shows that a majority of voters overwhelmingly support the idea of states being able to act.

The amendment still needs approval from the Senate and from obama, neither of which is likely. The current administration and their Senate allies have zero interest in enforcing existing immigration laws. Were they to do so, it would interfere with their partisan, divisive, race baiting “comprehensive immigration reform” rhetoric. If Americans are allowed to see that enforcing existing immigration laws works, obama will lose one of the many highly emotional, politically charged, manufactured identity politics issues “progressives” use to sway uninformed sound bite voters to their side.

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Eric Holder Spanked by Congress

The US House of Representatives passed H.R. 5326, a bill providing funds for the Justice Department and other agencies in 2013 in a 247-163 vote on Thursday.

Several amendments attached to the bill provide a major spanking for Attorney General Eric Holder. In addition to reducing his budget by one million dollars, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) offered an amendment which passed 381 – 41 (142 democrats in favor) to prevent the Justice Department from using taxpayer funds to lie to congress.

The bill also includes language which prevents the Justice Department from using funds to defend Obamacare, bring suit against states for their immigration laws and from taking action against states that pass voter ID laws.

The bill actually cuts three percent from 2012 spending levels.

President Obama has threatened to veto the bill.

The Successful Desensitization of the American Voter

Of course no good-hearted American wants socialism or communism, but after more than 90 years of progressive desensitization, it’s becoming much more acceptable.

In September of 1919, the Communist Party of the United States (CPUS) was formed as a counter to the Socialist Party of America (SPA). CPUS differed with SPA on one critical issue – the strategy to use to rid the United States of capitalism. While SPA wanted to see organized, militaristic direct action (bombings, armed insurretion, violence against those who disagreed with them), the CPUS wanted to focus on electoral politics – a strategy still used today by America’s Big-Labor unions.

For almost a century, a socialist influence has moved slowly and patiently to bring the last best hope for true economic and social freedom to a cataclysmic end. The tools of class warfare, social justice and false equality have been used to slowly de-sensitize the American populace so that socialistic ideas could take hold and win in election years. Statements like “taking care of our seniors”, “healthcare for all”, “protecting the working poor”, “defending the middle-class”, “making the rich pay their fair share” and more are intended to guilt American voters into trading self-reliance and liberty for government entitlements, dependence and security. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety

Obama’s “fundamental transformation” of the United States is a call to arms for Socialism. Such fundamentalism – as Benjamin Gitlow who was arrested as a communist revolutionary in 1919 – attested at his trial in 1920 is central to the socialist agenda:

The socialists have always maintained that the change from capitalism to socialism would be a fundamental change, that is, we would have a complete reorganization of society, that this change would not be a question of reform; that the capitalist system of society would be completely changed and that that system would give way to a new system of society based on a new code of laws, based on a new code of ethics, and based on a new form of government.

  • The government has gone so far as to first take over an American company (GM), then hand ownership to the Union after stripping investors of their rightful stake.
  • Both GE and GM have been heavily pressured by the government to do its bidding – even to the detriment to each business
  • The blackmailing of Boeing by the NLRB as favor to the labor unions
  • Health Care Reform will be the death of the Health Care industry the way we know it – before long, only the government will be left
  • A late Friday executive order by Barack Obama allowing the government more control over the centralized manufacturing and distribution of goods (see: definition of socialism)

Nothing scary here right?

So while not technically socialism by Merriam-Webster’s definition, Crony Socialism or Socialism-light at a minimum is running rampant in our government – how long until the next step is taken?

Just 10 years ago, did anyone believe that the government would have taken over a public company, raided Gibson guitars without cause, given the President the power to direct manufacturing and output, told an aircraft company where it may or may not build a factory, forced terrible health insurance down American’s throats, subsidized something so awful as the Chevy Volt or turned California farms into desert to save an inedible fish?

But the lights aren’t flashing, buzzers aren’t sounding yet are they?

A recently publicized video of Attorney General Eric Holder stating that the leftists must brainwash American’s against gun ownership is a testament to the strategy of the progressive socialists. Fast and Furious was but one attempt to make the gun industry into a distasteful and hated villain – even though it was the government itself being the terrorist, criminal and facilitator of murder.

Yet, the outcry is minimal. The alarm is only sounding in the deepest corners of the Pro-American right. Even Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has rejected the idea that socialism can be used to describe Barack Obama. Why not call it what is is: a 21st century brand of crony-socialism and go after the current administration? Perhaps because of the backlash from the American voters. The electorate has already been so numbed to the ideals and actions of the administration that they no longer see these activities as a threat to the basic fabric that created the greatest nation on Earth. Voters have been so desensitized to these activities that they no longer see them as reprehensible, wrong and detrimental to the American way of life.

American voters are railing against those who would toe the line against socialism. Falling in-line with the talking points of the left, a large portion of the electorate does not believe that those in Congress should be reversing the growth of government by budgetary restriction. So many now owe a portion of their subsistence to the government or soon will that they have no choice but to bend to the will of the ever more powerful central government – exactly what the founders wanted to prevent, the progressive socialists have worked so hard for and of which de Toqueville warned.

While professing “give-and-take”, socialist progressives aren’t actually giving anything. The right is asking for budget cuts and the left has not been able to even hold the deficit steady while in control of congress. The Democrat-controlled Senate hasn’t offered a budget in the entirety of Obama’s term and the President has not yet demanded one. Despite concerns from the Congressional Budget Office, Americans are not demanding reforms to government spending to prevent America from falling into the same debt trap that has the European Union teetering on the brink of economic collapse.

And again – no sirens, no media outcry, and the size of anti-big government rallies is dwindling. Americans are slowly accepting a long-term, dire fate in trade for self-serving gifts from the public treasury.

Nothing to see here folks, please move along.

America Has “No Confidence” in Holder

As the Attorney General continues to shirk responsibility for ‘Fast & Furious’, Congressional votes against him pile up.

Ginny Simone speaks with Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform investigating Operation Fast and Furious. Rep. Gosar talks about Attorney General Eric Holder’s insistence that he stopped Fast and Furious the minute he learned about it and accusation that the committee is playing political “gotcha games.” Gosar says the nation and congress have turned against Holder as more and more vote “no confidence” in him. Originally aired 2/29/2012.

$25 Million-Dollar Lawsuit Filed Against ATF

U.S. Border agent Brian Terry was murdered on U.S. soil by a Mexican drug cartel member carrying an assault weapon made available to him by the U.S. Government in the Fast and Furious gunrunning debacle. Agent Terry’s parents have been denied any closure in this situation by cover-up king and DOJ Chief Eric Holder and company, so they have decided to sue the ATF, (which is run by the DOJ) in what looks like a case of seeking truth and justice, as opposed to it just being about the money.  The family was denied a chance to speak out against this travesty when they were denied status as crime victims by the very same man who’s office led Operation Fast and Furious, U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke. As Human Events points out:

Agent Terry’s family asked to be granted status as crime victims, so they could talk with prosecutors and speak at Avila’s sentencing.  It’s a routine request… but to the surprise of many observers, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Arizona has denied them.  William LaJeunesse of Fox News reports:

U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke argues because the family was not “directly or proximately harmed” by the illegal purchase of the murder weapon, it does not meet the definition of “crime victim” in the Avila case. Burke claims the victim of the Avila’s gun purchases, “is not any particular person, but society in general.”

Prominent litigator and the former U.S. Attorney in Florida, Kendall Coffey disagrees.

“The government apparently is saying they’re not victims, even though it was a federal crime that put the murder weapon in the hands of the killer of Brian Terry,” says Coffey. “They are simply rights of respect, rights of communication and the right to be heard.”

The Terry family has lost a son that would still be alive today if the U.S. Government hadn’t perpetuated the crime of  ordering the sale of assault weapons to Mexican drug cartels. To add insult to injury, the government is trying to shut them up by denying them crime victim status. The Terry family has taken a stand against big government cover-up, and will now be heard in a court of law, which will also be heavily reported in the media. ( at least the slim part of the media that still actually reports the truth)

Fox News  is covering the story, and is reporting on the reasons for the lawsuit as follows:

In a 65-page complaint, served on the government on  Wednesday, attorneys for the family claim ATF “wrongdoing” in Operation Fast and  Furious.

“ATF’s failures were not only negligent but in  violation of ATF’s own policies and procedures,” the complaint claims.

The family has also filed a claim against the Lone  Wolf Trading Company seeking unspecified damages for negligence in selling the  weapons to the purchaser and aiding and abetting in Mexican drug cartels’ conduct.

The claim says Lone Wolf knowingly sold “hundreds of  weapons” to various straw purchasers and in turn realized “hundreds of thousands  of dollars in profits from these sales.”

The claim alleges that “but for defendants’  negligent and illegal sales … Brian Terry would not have been murdered in the  Arizona desert on Dec. 14, 2010.”

The family is seeking a jury trial.

Finally, as of Wednesday, the ATF was unavailable for comment.  Comment or no comment, someone is going to be held accountable for this terrible injustice, and that should start with DOJ Chief justice-denier and serial liar Eric Holder.  The ATF is in fact, an agency within Holder’s Department of Justice. This happened on Holder’s watch, yet he has refused to comply with congressional subpoenas and has been caught lying to Congress, which has resulted in recently threatened contempt of congress charges.

UPDATE: Democrats release fake report  trying to protect Holder and company. Eric Holder will once again tell Congress how he knew nothing about fast and furious today when he goes before the House Oversight Committee  and Darrell Issa.

 

Letter to Congress: Uphold Your Oath or Resign

January 10, 2012

Sen. Inhofe, Sen. Coburn, Rep. Boren:

I am writing concerning several issues that show a total contempt for the Constitution and We the People of the United States of America by Barack Obama, and more frightening, the Congress of the United States of America. I have just been made aware of S. 1698 which seeks to strip citizenship from citizens “engaged in war against the United States”. I realize the wording is vague and leans towards double-talk on purpose, and that is what I take issue with. It seems members of Congress are systematically stripping We the People of any right to protest, or fight against the tyranny being foisted upon us by our own government, and parsing words to accomplish their sinister task.

This is supposedly aimed at “homegrown terrorists” but we all know the definition of that term today. The only parameter of the Homeland Security profile I don’t fit is that I still have all of my fingers. Their definition of “homegrown terrorist” seems to be aimed at patriotic American citizens not the true terror threats, Islamic radicals. As a matter of fact, I haven’t seen Islamic radicals on their list of dangerous people, so-called “potential terrorists”. I fit the profile but Muslim males 18-35 don’t. Oops, sorry, can’t profile Muslim males 18-35, that is racist. This all seems a bit odd to me since we have been attacked by these nuts several times, and can expect even more attacks, including the possibility of a nuclear attack on one or more of our cities.

This comes on the heels of S. 1867/HR 1540, a bill which blatantly broadens the ability of the president to order the indefinite detention of any citizen without charges, at locations within or outside of the United States. I know it has been said that this does not refer to We the People, but Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. John McCain, and Barack Obama have publicly disputed that notion. Sections 1021 and 1022 are in direct conflict with each other as to the meaning of the wording, which lends a great deal of lee-way towards tyranny if one should be inclined and I tend to think one would be inclined based on the actions I see coming from Washington D. C. every day.

The NDAA also provides for the staffing of the FEMA camps, the ones that have been denied to exist. When I wrote about those camps a couple of years ago I was told they are for victims of natural disasters. No one answered my concerns about the design of the camps to resemble the Nazi concentration camps of World War II. I don’t understand the need for 12 ft. high fences topped with razor wire and barbed wire, just to provide temporary homes for flood, hurricane, or tornado victims. Why are they suddenly being staffed by the NDAA, with bids going to Halliburton recently? Are we expecting an unforcasted natural disaster to crop up any time soon or is it in preparation for the imposition of martial law and the suspension of the Constitution as requested by North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr, Rep. Maxine Waters, and others in congress?

Pile all of this on top of S. 679, legislation that takes any away oversight by Congress in presidential appointments and we have the end game of a dictatorship, ala Venezuela. I see Congress deliberately abrogating their responsibilities under the Constitution and giving this, or any, president the right to do as he wishes regardless of the law. When we have United States Senators saying a president should be allowed to appoint anyone he wants regardless of their intentions regarding upholding the Constitution We the People have every right to be concerned. The extension of the “Patriot Act” wasn’t blatant enough so we have to go with even more. That law alone is so unConstitutional that it takes away the very basis of our Republic.

Today, the 10th Circuit upheld the ruling by Judge Vicki Miles-LeGrange that State Question 755, the anti Sharia and International Law bill, as being unConstitutional. This passed with 70% of We the People voting for it. This is more tyranny based on the whining of CAIR, claiming it is unConstitutional because it bars using Sharia Law in Oklahoma. Any idiot should be able to see Sharia Law goes against the Constitution and is therefore not applicable in America. SQ 755 has nothing to do with religious freedom. I fail to see how this can be ruled unConstitutional in the first place, much less upheld on appeal.

Members of Congress, as do federal judges, swear to uphold and defend the Constitution but I don’t see that happening in Congress or the courts much these days. I see bill after bill, judicial ruling after judicial ruling, coming through that denigrates my freedom and no one up there seems to give it a thought. I know bills don’t get read because of the surprise on the faces and in the words of members of Congress when the provisions come out. The two biggest backers of the NDAA, Graham and McCain, didn’t know about the removal of sodomy and bestiality rules for our military. Is that to accommodate Muslims? After all, they are known for their affection for animals. After it was passed and signed, they feign surprise with, “I didn’t know that was in there”. What else did they, or you, not know is in there?

Gentlemen, WE the People are fed up. We are only going to take so much before your rules are going to fall on deaf ears and we will run our nation without you. You are employees of We the People, not monarchs. We decide what is Constitutional and what is not. Government has grown too big for its britches and needs to take a good look at how our nation was designed. When patriotic citizens of this nation are called terrorists and the real terrorists are called victims of bigotry something is very wrong. Our nation is on the verge of collapse and Congress has its foot on the accelerator running us off a cliff.

It is time for you to stand up and publicly call for the resignations of John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. It is time for you to stand up and demand the arrest of Barack Obama, Eric Holder, and Kenneth Melson over Operation Fast & Furious. They should be arrested and held without bond for murder in the death of border patrol Agent Brian Terry, conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to violate gun laws, and treason for conspiracy to subvert the 2nd Amendment by their involvement in Operation Fast & Furious.

They should not be allowed to flaunt any law that I am expected to abide by. What do you think would be my fate if I violated the same laws blatantly violated by them? If you are not willing to do this then you have no right to expect me or any other American citizen to obey any law anywhere. You certainly do not have the right to expect us to honor your legislation if you cannot honor the Constitution. Do your duty, your sworn duty, to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America and stop playing word games with We the People.

I submit this in the name of the Most Holy Trinity, in faith, with the responsibility given to me by Almighty God to honor His work and not let it die from neglect.
In God We Trust,

Bob Russell
Claremore, Oklahoma

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