The Democratic Party Platform
and the avoidance of the word "Liberal"

Liberals are people who oppose conservatism; that is, they are not bound by traditional values and beliefs and work toward the elimination of many of the moral standards that have been expected by civilized society for centuries.  Calling someone a liberal is usually disparaging, because liberalism is a system of beliefs with which most people disagree.  For that reason, liberal politicians do not refer to themselves as "liberal."

Liberals are sometimes called "progressive", but they appear to make progress in a direction that most people don't want to go.  In other words, liberals are out of step with America.

The Democratic Party platform contains a number of features that most people would find objectionable -- in addition to the obvious.  Allow me to bring some of them to light.



While the Country Crumbles, Democrats Address the Needs of Transgender Illegal Alien Children.  Don't blame Democrats for refusing to address problems like the $18 trillion debt, the erosion of American influence, the rogue nature of the executive branch under Obama, Putin's reconstitution of the Soviet Union, China's expansion into our former sphere of influence, the rise of ISIS, continuing Islamic terror, Iran's race to acquire nuclear weapons, the continuing threat of Ebola and many other exotic diseases from the Third World, our virtually nonexistent border defenses, our crumbling cities and schools, et cetera.  They have more serious issues to address — like providing politically correct housing for transgender illegal alien children.

Democrats demand better protections for transgender illegal immigrant children.  Dozens of congressional Democrats asked federal health officials Monday to take extra steps to protect gay illegal immigrant children from abuse while they're in custody, including ensuring that transgender children are housed with the sex they identify as.  Saying reports of mistreatment "continue to emerge" from federal facilities, the lawmakers asked the Health and Human Services Department's Office of Refugee Resettlement to improve care for the tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children who streamed across the border over the last year, and who are still coming, though in smaller numbers.

About that Senate Report: The CIA and Alinsky's Rule No. 4.  ust in time for Grubergate, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California has decided to horn in on the show with the release of the Senate's report on the "enhanced interrogation techniques" of the Bush administration.  Those would be the same techniques that eventually led to the discovery and killing of Osama bin Laden, but never mind.  Today of all days, the Ugly Truth must be told, in all its media-ready glory.  Still, stop and ask yourself why.  Why now?

Obama just tweeted something that is straight up communist.  Three things pretty much can guarantee you won't permanently live in poverty in this country.  Graduate high school, get a job, and don't have kids out of wedlock.  It's not very complicated.  That is what will improve the standard of living in this country.  Not the government being responsible for everybody.  We've seen how well the DMV operates.  Sorry, but those aren't the people I want being equally responsible for my kids someday.

It's the Branding, Stupid.  Liberalism is nothing if not a constant rebranding effort.  The last century began with statists rechristening themselves "progressives."  But imposing an upward-creeping income tax, nationalizing the railroads, devaluing the currency through the Federal Reserve, and outlawing the liquor needed to cope with such colossal idiocy all damaged the label.  So, progressives regrouped after the Return to Normalcy as "liberals."  But top tax rates confiscating as much as 95 percent of income, a welfare state incentivizing shiftlessness, and a misdiagnosis of criminal behavior as the fault of society rather than the perpetrator made "liberal" a term of derision by the time Michael Dukakis donned a tanker's helmet.

Liberalism Is a Hoax.  Liberal myths propagated to generate outrage and activism, to organize and coordinate and mobilize disparate grievances and conflicting agendas, so often have the same relation to truth, accuracy, and legitimacy as a Bud Light commercial.  Marketing is not limited to business.  Inside the office buildings of Washington, D.C., are thousands upon thousands of professionals whose livelihoods depend on the fact that there is no better way than a well-run public relations campaign to get you to do what they want.  What recent weeks have done is provide several lessons in the suspect nature of such campaigns.

After Ferguson: Yeah, Let's Have a Conversation Mr. President.  [Scroll down]  To the youth I want to say:  When liberals tempt you with talk of pot legalization and gay marriage and climate change, do you understand you are being suckered?  Do you know how much you are exploited by the swingeing taxes on labor and now ObamaCare?  Do you realize how much you have been shortchanged by a lousy government education?  Do you realize how the unjust student debt game — from which there is no escape in bankruptcy — ruins your life so that identity-studies college professors and sexual-assault administrators can live the Life of Riley?

Gruber, the Grey Lady, and Gullibility.  Deception has always been essential to the marketing of the ACA.  A health-care mandate was originally a Republican idea.  The plan was to eliminate the free riders — the folks who didn't buy insurance because they knew they could show up at the nearest ER with a gunshot wound or a cold and get treated gratis.  By definition you can't mandate responsibility, but you could lower the costs for those who were conscientious and had forked over the cash for their premiums.  This was not at all what the Dems wanted.  They had something much bigger and braver in mind — a new National Health Board and an expanded Department of Health and Human Services dictating the provision of health care, what was once called "socialized medicine."

Leftist organizers are using Ferguson to rehearse the Big Ugly.  [L]eftist, community organizing groups — meaning those that openly define their guiding ideology with socialist/communist language (quoting Marx & Lenin, while avoiding any mention of Stalin) — have been using Ferguson to stretch their muscles, largely unused after the 2008 election of an ally in the White House.  For them, the Ferguson protests have little to do with Michael Brown's death, and more to do with anti-capitalist rants, punctuated by chants against police brutality against young, innocent, black men.  Their stage setting is Brown's death — the play is about anti-capitalism.

Not working for the working class.  [Scroll down]  So if Democrats want to win back the white working class — and they kind of need to, if they want to win elections, because it's an enormous demographic — maybe they need to start thinking about honoring and encouraging work, rather than talking about race or class.  One person who has some ideas in this direction is Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who suggests that the government invest heavily in infrastructure, which would create a lot of blue-collar jobs.  That was actually an original part of Barack Obama's stimulus plan, but it was derailed by feminists within the Obama coalition who thought it would produce too many jobs for men.

The needs of the one outweigh the needs of the many.  In the leftist worldview, the individual doesn't matter except as part of a group.  They are all about manipulating differing groups against each other to consolidate their hold on power.  Look at any leftist movement in history and it's front and center in all of them. [...] Today's Democrats are all about pigeonholing people into one or more groups:  black, gay, female, Hispanic, whatever.  It doesn't matter anything about a given individual, they are slotted into one or more group identities and assumed to have a certain set of beliefs, desires and behaviors depending on which group they are in.

Groups Behind Closing Gitmo.  Just dig a little deeper into who has been driving the anti-Gitmo disinformation campaign these past 12 years, and we discover an international, fervently anti-American, far-left coalition attacking the nation through a savvy propaganda effort.  This includes those linked to Al Qaeda financiers, communist groups, anarchist movements — backed by sympathetic press and politicians.  Regrettably, it's a coalition President Barack Obama has sided with in his priority to release as many Al Qaeda, Taliban and "affiliates" as humanly possible.  Let's take a look at the key players: [...]

Aren't these the same people who defended Bill Clinton by saying, "everybody lies about sex"?
Proposed Legislation Would Make 'Rape By Fraud' A Crime In New Jersey.  A New Jersey lawmaker has a plan that would make it a crime to lie in order to sleep with someone.  As CBS2's Jessica Schneider reported, Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-Mount Laurel) calls it "rape by fraud."  Women and even men have been lured into relationships with people who aren't who they say they are.  "You probably would not consent to someone who purported to be a million different things other than they are," Singleton said.  The assemblyman has introduced a bill that would make lying to get someone to have sex equal to rape.

Understanding the Nihilist in the White House.  In what does Obama believe, and what does he wish to create?  His beliefs are those of the left:  America must be punished and humbled for its crimes, which include colonialism and racism.  And what does he want to build?  He is dedicated to the idea that America must be remade into a leftist welfare state of the European type (or the Chavez type).  Purposely encouraging illegal immigration seems a great way to further those goals, as well as (he believes) to gain the future votes of such immigrants and their offspring for the left.

The Forgotten Americans.  Note that the new progressive coalition was largely abstract.  In their own personal lives, the upscale denizens of Santa Monica, Chevy Chase, and the Upper West Side did not put their children in diverse public schools, much less live among undocumented immigrants or give up their Mercedeses and Volvo SUVs for fleets of Priuses.  None promised to take two fewer trips by jet each year.  Ideally from its point of view, the new progressive partnership would end up with America looking something like California.  Sky-high income, sales, and gas taxes and soaring electric rates, coupled with prohibitive housing costs along the state's 700-mile-long coastal corridor, have turned the once golden state into two cultures strangely united by a common Democratic party.

Watching the Democrats Commit Suicide.  Here's the thing about energy:  we need as much of it as we can get as cheaply as possible.  Are you worried about "the environment," "peak oil," etc.?  Then you should be an aivd supporter of fracking, the Keystone pipeline, and any other means of extracting fossil fuels from the bounty of the Earth.  Why?  Because what the United States needs is cheap, abundant energy, period (as the president might say).  The reason is that if you want to help the downtrodden, save the environment, preserve the wetlands, and make the world safe for unbearable gasbags like Elizabeth Warren, then you need money.  And to get money you need energy, lots and lots of energy.

Democrats "should thank God every single day that we are a peaceful, law-abiding people".  You heard Donald Berwick, who flat-out stated that the purpose of government-run health care is to redistribute wealth, is to redistribute services.  Then you heard Obama lie about every aspect of this law that they were constructing and promoting, every piece of it — you could keep your doctor, you could keep your policy, your costs will go down $2,500 a year per family, it would reduce the annual deficit and the overall debt — just absurd.  Now you're going to hear from Gruber, Professor Gruber again with one additional audio, telling you, bragging about how he lied, how Obamacare as told to you was a fiction, and how the statute itself, its complexity, its length, was used to bamboozle you.  And I want to add this — not only was the President of the United States behind this, the entire Democrat party, the entire media, they were all behind it.

Brit Hume brilliantly ties Gruber to liberal ideology in less than 30 seconds.  While the left-wing media tries to cover up the Gruber comments for the sake of the Obama administration, Brit Hume brilliantly puts it all into the best and most explanatory context:  [Video clip]

It's Time to Save the American Family; A Joyless Experiment Strained to the Limit.  [Scroll down]  Related to the demise of the father is the astonishing, disfiguring and wholly curious rise of perversion in the arena of personal identity.  Individual identities which could not have been fathomed a generation ago are beginning to flourish across the cultural wasteland.  Societal standards appear, to our children, as a seamless web of truths, metabolized by the young and taken into the mind as natural pillars of the culture, simply accepted as "truth."  So, for example, if polygamy is taught as a principle in a nation, then the members naturally accept and adapt, regardless of any negative impact on individual family members.  Yet, learning false standards often causes lifelong havoc, as seen in the existence of survivors of childhood sexual abuse, who often have no felt understanding of sexual mores, and therefore struggle to adapt to stable relationships.

The Liberals Are Going To Lose If We Just Let Them.  As Napoleon taught, never interrupt your enemies when they are making a mistake.  Exhibit A:  Barack Obama is about to use his executive power, or his perverted version of his executive power, to effectively legalize about five million illegal aliens.  He wants to do that in spite of just having an election where exit polls showed about 65% of Americans don't want five million illegal aliens legalized.  Does anyone still think that Obama is some sort of political evil genius, dwelling in a volcano lair and plotting world domination?  This isn't a brilliant masterstroke.  It's insanity.

Is This the End Game for Liberal Racism?  Every day in every way corporations are converting your tired and your poor into middle-class workers glad to serve the stranger, make the customer king, act friendly with everyone.  No wonder lefties hate corporations; they are teaching people how to break out of liberal tribalism and join the global middle class.

Amnesty and Impeachment.  [Scroll down]  If the president refuses to enforce the immigration laws and grants something close to a blanket amnesty, we will be on an inexorable course toward citizenship — and, crucially, voting rights — for millions of illegal aliens, also known as Democrats waiting to happen.  It is the Left's dream of a permanent, unassimilated, post-American governing majority.  Is that where we are headed?

Democrats Still Hate Dirty, Greedy Businesses.  Hillary Clinton sniffs, "Don't let anyone tell you that, um, you know, (smirk) corporations and businesses create jobs."  Barack Obama chastises, "If you have a business, you didn't build that.  Somebody else made that happen."  Analysts around the country have correctly noted that Obama and Hillary were trying to be Elizabeth Warren, Lioness of the Leeches, Princess of Thieves.  Here's the way Warren said it: [...]

Mormon bishop: Harry Reid unworthy to enter temples.  A Mormon bishop in Los Angeles is under fire for his assertion that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is unworthy to enter the faith's temples because of his support for Democratic Party positions.

The Leftist and Islamic War on the Family.  While liberalism's War on Women meme and the sexism of Islamic law may seem like two opposites, they are actually mirror images of each other.  Muslims teach men to hate and fear women.  Liberals teach women to hate and fear men.  Liberalism promotes paranoia about the intentions of men while Islam teaches men to be paranoid about the intentions of women.  Liberalism treats masculinity as a pathology.  Islam treats femininity as the root of all evil.  Both ideologies insist that one gender and everything related to it is inherently tainted and that the only way to maintain a good society is to purge that gender and everything it represents from the public square.

The 'War on Women' Failure Is a Very Bad Omen for Democrats' Future.  As things started to look really bad for Democrats in the waning days of the midterm election, we started to hear complaints that Democratic candidates had focused too much of their effort on flogging the idea of a Republican "war on women."  Colorado's Mark Udall returned to this theme so often that he was dubbed "Mark Uterus," and you can see where that got him:  he lost by a five-point margin.  And that's not the worst of it.

The Democratic Party's Civil War Is Here.  There are really two Democratic parties.  One is the old corrupt party of thieves and crooks.  Its politicians, black and white, are the products of political machines.  They believe in absolutely nothing.  They can go from being Dixiecrats to crying racism, from running on family values to pushing gay marriage and the War on Women.  They will say absolutely anything to get elected. [...] The other Democratic Party is progressive.  Its members are radical leftists working within the system.

A Democratic Waterloo.  Obama and the Democrats chose not to defend the administration's record of the last six years.  On foreign policy, no Democratic chorus seconded Obama's 2013 claim that this chaotic period in world affairs has been the most stable time in recent memory.  No Democratic senator insisted that Obama's Russian reset had calmed Vladimir Putin.  Democrats did not argue that Obama had rightly distanced the U.S. from Israel.  Could Democratic candidates have pointed to the Middle East — the Iranian bomb-making efforts, the civil war in Syria, the collapse of post-surge Iraq, the rise of the Islamic State — to confirm Obama's diagnosis that these were mostly manageable problems?  On the home front, why didn't Democratic candidates run on their own prior overwhelming support for the Affordable Care Act, which passed without a single Republican vote?

Losers.  [In the 2014 election,] Race/class/and gender baiting lost out to the dismal recovery, a foreign policy in shambles, a ruined health-care system, an alphabet soup of government corruption, and an Islamic State/Ebola/open border miasma of incompetence.  The bankrupt idea that an amoral Al Sharpton was to be consulted on matters of race, while someone like a Senator Tim Scott would not be was always surreal.  And the idea that a Wendy Davis or a Sandra Fluke was a model of feminist achievement in a way Joni Ernst was not was equally absurd.

You're not paranoid, Dems actually do want FEC to silence internet speech.  This is just another case of Democrats doing something they would be outraged about if Republicans tried it.  In this instance, they want to use the power of government to silence opposition.

Obama Wants the Democrats to Lose.  [Scroll down]  But Obama hears the clock ticking.  Six years have gone by, and the American economy, though crippled, is still intact.  The food stamp rolls, though expanding exponentially, have still not swamped GDP.  The Federal Reserve, though printing money faster than it ever has, has still not flushed the value from the greenback.  Attempts to incite racial revolutions in Florida and Missouri stalled because of the pesky persistence of facts.  Israel, far from being enslaved to its Muslim neighbors, rightfully ignores Obama, and defends herself more forcefully than ever.  The EPA still does not have the power to socialize the means of energy production in the United States.  Oil and natural gas still flow out of the ground, enriching American companies.  Obamacare has not yet killed off American medical research and advancement.  And Christians still do not have to choose in mass numbers between jail and Christ.  There is precious little time to bring all of these aims to fruition.

Obama's post-election plans for a secret radical agenda.  He's the Staller in Chief — President Obama has punted almost every hot-button issue past the key midterm elections on Nov. 4.  Obama has postponed decisions on a raft of contentious issues related to ObamaCare, Gitmo, immigration and his Cabinet.  This is partly to protect Democratic candidates and hold onto the Senate.  But it's more than that.  Obama plans a number of radical moves later this year when the administration believes the media, and the public, are paying less attention.  This includes a forced transformation of our neighborhoods, a huge influx of immigrants and billions of dollars in additional taxes.

This is Not a Joke, This is the Left.  So many amazing policy prescriptions from the guys who have been fixing the world since 1973.  That was the beginning of our golden age.  An age of unlimited possibilities and wonders.  Now the future extends all around us.  Big oil will be replaced by big windmills.  Womb rental will help the poor out of poverty.  Cheap food will be defeated and Naomi Klein will rock the boat by pretending that ISIS is a bunch of CIA guys in beards filming beheadings in the same studio where they filmed the moon landing.  Could anything be better?

The fevered political plague.  The merry-go-round of evasion and unaccountability is well-known.  First, never-ending investigations are launched promising to hold people accountable.  Then governing elites blame budget hawks — even amid increasing budgets — not misplaced priorities and misspent taxpayer money.  Finally, to protect the governing agenda, appointed mouthpieces run interference, rambling incoherently at oversight hearings to run out the clock.

Obama: They Still Don't Get Who He is.  Fundamentally transforming America as founded requires open borders and granting amnesty to several millions of unskilled needy illegals.  Eventually, illegals will be granted amnesty and the right to vote.  Then, the Democrats' insidious deception will begin; convincing the new faux Americans that they are victims of racist white rich Republicans.  Step two is to seduce/addict them to government handouts.  The Step three is a promise to keep their supposed evil Republican Nemesis at bay.  And presto, millions of new Democrat voters.

RINOs are not the Enemy.  It is easy for Democrats to line up in a very neat row because they all subscribe to the same talking points.  For instance, they believe that a massive federal government collecting a massive amount of tax dollars, running up a massive debt and controlling everything from the economy to education, from health care to the climate, is the answer to every problem.  In spite of the fact that states that allow their citizens to carry concealed weapons, liberals are convinced that the Second Amendment should be made null and void.  In spite of falling temperatures, they believe that Al Gore's warnings about global warming are as close to gospel as they care to get.  In spite of his lies about ObamaCare, Benghazi, the IRS and Ebola, they are convinced that Obama is an honest man.

Obama's Enablers in the Senate.  Barack Obama isn't running merely the worst American presidency since James Buchanan's, but the worst imaginable presidency in this day and age.  And every single Senate Democrat is thoroughly complicit in Obama's horrendous record.  Is there a single Obama initiative that has actually worked as advertised, or even one that has improved the lives of most Americans or improved the U.S.'s standing in the world?

What a Waste it is to Prevent Waste.  Denizens of Massachusetts, displeased with the state legislature repeatedly balking at expanding the bottle bill to apply to flimsy water containers, have taken their campaign directly to the people.  Question 2 seeks to compel consumers to pay an extra tax when purchasing a Gatorade, Snapple, or other non-carbonated beverage not currently requiring a deposit charge.  The state now charges a nickel.  The initiative directs increases automatically tied to inflation.

Liberals Wage War on the Truth.  In the history of our nation, only the pro-slavery Democrats of the 19th century rival the political deception employed by today's liberals that lead the modern Democrat Party.  Support of everything from abortion, to gender perversions, homosexuality, pornography, a redefinition of marriage, wicked climate policies, and an enslaving welfare state have made today's Democrat Party little more than a modern-day Mephistopheles.  Instead of magic to lure their Faustian targets, today's Democrats employ, among other things, bribery, class warfare, fear, greed, lust, propaganda, scientism, vengeance, and violence.  This is really unsurprising.  When your politics regularly conflict with absolute truth, constant deception is required.

Dem Gov. Martin O'Malley: 'WiFi Is a Human Right'.  Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has raised some eyebrows this week by suggesting that "WiFi is a human right."  In a CNN profile piece, the Democratic governor (oft-mentioned as a possible presidential candidate) explained that he sees a political "renaissance" emerging with young people and a more technological future.

Here is the left's secret plan to turn America into Sweden.  Democrats continue to dream up new entitlements.  To Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, we now have Obamacare.  Next up on the wish list is universal pre-K.  After that, perhaps a universal basic income.  On taxes, some prominent left-wing economists are arguing the US economy would be just fine with sharply higher top tax rates of at least 70%.  Put it all together, and it seems like the left is quietly working toward a future America where government spends more, intervenes more, taxes more.  A whole lot more.

Labor Secretary: Obama Wants Amnesty Because He Believes America Is Part of Global Universe.  Wednesday at his speech to members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Labor Secretary, Thomas Perez said President Barack Obama will fulfill his promise to use an executive order to grant amnesty for up to 6 million illegal immigrants already living in the United States because he "has someone who has lived overseas, he understands that we are a global universe here in the United States and everywhere."

Trust in Government is Pathological.  [Scroll down]  The Barnacles are the folks that have fixed themselves on the government teat. Whether they are lifer bureaucrats counting the days till they can retire on that government pension or single mothers on welfare or crony capitalists sucking up green subsidies, they have to believe in government.  Otherwise they'd have to get a life.  Then there's the liberal professor at a government university, or the diversity dean, or the trainers teaching men not to rape.  Of course they all believe in government.  They are Barnacles; they have to fix themselves to a host. [...] Every day in every way the liberal shills out on the midway invite Americans to become Barnacles and attach themselves to the free-stuff substrate.

Poll: 51% of Democrats support criminalizing hate speech.  Note: Hate speech not hate crimes.  YouGov asked people about hate crimes for its poll too and found bipartisan support for the federal law that provides steeper penalties for crimes motivated by hatred of the victim's race, religion, gender, or national origin.  Sixty-four percent of Dems gave thumbs-up to that versus 54 percent of Republicans.  A plurality of Republicans also support expanding that law to target hate crimes committed against gays:  44 percent say yes versus 30 percent who say no.

Wrong Ideological Choice has Cost Obama Dearly.  Liberalism, as an ideology, insists that government can do good and great things for the people and the world, if the people running the government are smart liberals.  The Democratic Party says the exact same thing.  But liberalism is an ideal, while the Democratic Party is that ideal's representative here in the real world, and in the real world political parties disappoint.

Leading Dem Insider: Save America, Scrap The Constitution.  Harry Reid is a determined radical, intent on limiting freedom, overturning American traditions, and remaking our institutions in the name of crushing the opposition and empowering the left.  His attempt to amend the First Amendment to curb free speech is a natural extension of his obliteration of longstanding Senate rules that promote deliberation and minority input.  But Reid seems almost moderate by left-wing Democrat standards.  Take Donna Brazile, vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee for voter registration and participation.  For her, eviscerating the First Amendment is small potatoes; she wants to scrap the entire U.S. Constitution.

Why Conservatives Shouldn't Believe in 'Climate Change'.  Have you ever wondered why conservatives don't talk more often about nationalisation of industry, wealth redistribution, affirmative action, the need for higher taxes and more government intervention, Islamophobia, the glories of multiculturalism, the "war on women", and the urgent need to rein in economic growth in order to give the planet a more sustainable future?  Me neither.  Conservatives don't talk about these things because they are idle leftist preoccupations which have no place in a political philosophy based on personal responsibility, liberty and empiricism.

Brown signs package of bills to encourage voting.  Months after statewide voter turnout hit a historic low of 25% in this year's primary election, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday [9/26/2014] signed eight bills aimed at getting more Californians to participate in the political process.  He also signed dozens of other bills Friday — a hodgepodge that included new rights for gay and transgender Californians, a requirement that state prisons expand the availability of condoms to inmates and measures that promote the "farm to fork" movement to increase consumer access to fresh food.

L.A., Houston, Philadelphia mayors vow more action on climate change.  Mayors of three of the nation's largest cities are pledging to take more action against climate change by implementing new projects to curb greenhouse gas emissions and persuading other leaders to do the same.  Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will announce the new initiative Monday in New York in advance of a United Nations climate summit being held this week.

The Attractions of Paradise.  Back in the 1930s intellectuals sometimes advised each other:  don't give to beggars, you'll delay the revolution.  Socialism has been described as a method of loving humanity so that you can be indifferent to your actual neighbor.  The idea has been around a long time.

Democrats' Push to Criminalize Dissent.  Free speech just won an important victory in a federal courtroom, though it is shameful that the case ever even had to go to court.  Ohio had enacted a plainly unconstitutional law that empowered a government panel to determine whether criticisms offered in political advertisements were sufficiently true to be permitted in the public discourse.  Those who have followed the IRS scandal, the Travis County, Texas, prosecutorial scandals, or Harry Reid's recent effort to repeal the First Amendment will not be surprised that this measure was used as a political weapon against a conservative group, in this case the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List.

NY Democrats Pushing Hard to Grant Citizen, Voting Rights to Illegal Immigrants.  Democrats in New York are pushing for — and openly hoping for — a chance to grant citizen and voting rights to illegal immigrants, making the Empire State a sanctuary state.  A bill titled the New York Is Home Act, [...] has received little attention from the media because it seems so far-fetched.  In fact, we personally had a reporter from ABC News respond to an e-mail asking if illegals were being given a path to citizen and voting rights through the municipal ID program, scoffing at the suggestion.  Admittedly, even during our report we also scoffed at the idea, saying the New York Is Home Act has "no chance of passing."  Unfortunately, that may not be true after all.

The Religion of Liberalism and the 'Killing of Innocents'.  Liberalism's basic tenets, or "particular set of beliefs and practices," if you will, center on race-baiting, pushing illegal immigration, harping on "climate change," and furthering unbridled promiscuity.  Adherents of the religion of liberalism evangelize proselytes to hate the U.S. Constitution, despise capitalism, and fervently revere the holy sacrament of abortion.  As defined, liberalism is a faith to which the president is wholeheartedly devoted.  The fact that high priest Barack Obama, as a central tenet of his religion, condones and even funds abortion serves to discredit the very assertion he made about religion and killing innocents.

Ted Cruz: 'Saturday Night Live' Skits Illegal Under New Campaign Finance Proposal.  A new proposal for campaign finance reform would make Saturday Night Live's political skits illegal, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has warned.  The Senate is debating a proposal to add a constitutional amendment allowing Congress reverse a 2010 Supreme Court decision and restore limits on corporate campaign spending.  Republicans say the proposal, put forward by Dems, is an attack on free speech.

The Trojan Horse of Campaign Finance Reform.  Senate Democrats at a press conference on Monday [9/8/2014] unveiling a constitutional amendment designed to alter First Amendment freedoms argued that their effort is both nonpartisan and absolutely essential to advance the agenda of the Democratic Party.  "We are here today to overturn Citizens United," said Sen. Tom Udall (D., N.M.), the amendment's author.  However, the language of the amendment does not specifically address Citizens United, and would not require Congress to address the issues raised in the case.

The Distraction of Obama's Character.  The idea that the government should be allowed to seize private property and "spread the wealth" for the good of all; the idea that mass equality is more important than individual liberty; the idea that all cultures deserve the same respect; the idea that white Christianity is to blame for the ills of other nations; the idea that America — America as it was founded — is the problem rather than the last, best hope of earth...  These ideas are all untrue and the policies that arise from them are always disastrous.

Kerry: God Wants Me to Save Muslim Countries from Global Warming.  No really.  That's what he said.  Secretary of State John Kerry today [9/3/2014] deployed logic to the effect of, God "created the heavens and the earth" and therefore God wants him to stop global warming and especially to do this to help Muslim countries, which are particularly imperiled.

John Kerry: Scripture Commands USA to Protect Muslim Countries Against Global Warming.  Last Wednesday [9/3/2014], at a ceremony to appoint Texas lawyer Shaarik Zafar to be special representative to Muslim communities, Secretary of State John Kerry said it was the United States' Biblical "responsibility" to "confront climate change," including to protect "vulnerable Muslim majority counties."  Kerry said Scripture, in particular the Book of Genesis, makes clear it is our "duty" to protect the planet and we should look at Muslim countries "with a sense of stewardship of earth," adding, "That responsibility comes from God."  And here you thought all along that "Uncle Joe" was the resident crazy in the Obama administration.

Biden Tells Union Workers They Deserve 'Fair Share' of Corporate Profits.  Speaking during a Labor Day event in Detroit, Vice President Joe Biden told a crowd of hundreds that union employees deserve a "fair share" of corporate profits.  The notion goes, if companies earn more, so should their employees. [...] By virtue of the fact that you work for someone, your success should track proportionally with theirs.  Never mind the true value of a given contribution.  If your boss gets richer, you should too.  Like so many attractive notions, it falls apart upon deeper examination.

The Incompetence of Leftist Ideology.  Many perfectly intelligent people have been labeled "incompetent," particularly by conservatives, when actually they are or have been quite competent — at achieving disasters.  We have such a person sitting in the White House — quite intelligent, but committed to disastrous ideology.  Our present administration is not incompetent in the way its officials go about achieving their goals, using as they do the incredible powers of bureaucracy and executive orders to bypass Congress and override the Constitution.  They are perfectly competent in promoting and putting their toxically incompetent leftist ideology into effect.  To put it another way, people who are competent at creating disasters are not necessarily dimwitted, though some are.  The problem is not their stupidity.  The problem is that their core ideas about how the world works are wrong.  If their basic ideas are wrong, everything else goes wrong.

Democrats More Afraid of Global Warming Than ISIS.  Democrats are more afraid of global warming than the threat posed by the Islamic State terrorists, according to a new Pew Research Center poll.  The poll shows that 68 percent of Democrats believe that global climate change is a major threat to the United States, compared to just 25 percent of Republicans.

The Democratic Shift to the Left.  In short, the Democratic Party is torn between a liberal establishment that wants more government, and an even more liberal wing that wants the same thing squared.  At bottom, both wings believe the formula for perfection is simple:  Put the government in charge of everything, and put the right people in charge of the government.  Then just sit back and wait for Shangri-La.  History has falsified that premise time after time.

"Liberal" Is Just A Synonym For "Smug".  It's astonishing that an ideology which such an unbroken track record of failure has adherents who are so incredibly pleased with themselves. [...] You'd be better off discussing ethics with your terrier.  At least your dog isn't going to come up with excuses for Ted Kennedy.  They're delusional in that they really believe they're somehow better than people who actually contribute to society.

Rep. DeLauro Wants SWEET New Soda Tax.  Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) introduced this week the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax (SWEET Act), which aims to institute a tax of one cent per teaspoon — 4.2 grams — of sugar, high fructose corn syrup or caloric sweetener.  The measure (HB 5279), introduced Wednesday [7/30/2014] says, "A 20-ounce bottle of soda contains about 16 teaspoons of sugars.  Yet, the American Heart Association recommends that Americans consume no more than six to nine teaspoons of sugar per day."  Even though the manufacturers' of the sweet drinks are targeted to pay the tax, the text of the bill itself notes that the goal is to reduce public consumption through a price increase.

Harry Reid just made sure the Senate will deal with amending the Constitution first thing when it gets back from recess.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Friday scheduled a Sept. 8 procedural vote on a constitutional amendment to limit the amount of money that can be donated to campaigns, a measure that's likely more about curbing donations to conservative candidates than it is about about cleaning up politics. [...] It's rather remarkable, really, that with all the problems currently facing the nation, Reid moved to ensure that the Senate's first order of business when it returns in September will be to debate amending the First Amendment.  This is the issue that he wants to address first thing?

Democrats, the Constitution and the Rule of Law.  [A]s much as it pleases some to invoke moral equivalency excuses when caught in wrongdoing, it simply isn't true that Republicans and conservatives are anywhere close to being as culpable as Democrats and liberals in thwarting the Constitution and the rule of law to achieve their ends.  There is a simple reason for that:  Liberals believe, as a matter of their ideology, that the ends justify the means.

Automation [is] the Joker in the Deck.  At the same time that the political Left is agitating for the minimum wage increase, it is seeking legalization, or normalization, of millions of illegal aliens, most of whom fall into the low-skilled category.  In effect, they are promoting one measure that would reduce low-skilled employment while at the same time increasing the number of people seeking those jobs.

Why liberals will try to outlaw spanking.  Prediction:  In 10 years, it'll be illegal to spank your kids.  Progressivism's never-ending zeal to intrude into our lives, bust up families and force us all to march to its grim beat means that yesterday's absurdity turns into today's hot topic in lefty opinion magazines, which turns into tomorrow's law.  If the people resist such a change — if an actual statute can't be passed — that matters little.  Judges will simply impose their vision on us, chiding us all for not having the imagination to recognize that what looks like a radical new policy was there all along, lacking only a wise interpreter to come along to clarify it.

Rep. Steve King Predicts Impeachment if Obama Grants Executive Amnesty.  The Congressional Hispanic Caucus has given Obama a six-page wish list of executive actions, and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) said Obama may give temporary amnesty and work permits to five million more illegal immigrants by expanding the Deferred Amnesty for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to the parents of illegal immigrants.  King called that program lawless and unconstitutional.  The Congressional Hispanic Caucus has even recommended that Obama give amnesty, by executive fiat, to every illegal immigrant who would have received it under the Senate's comprehensive amnesty bill.  In other words, amnesty for nearly all of the illegal immigrants in the country who are not hardened criminals.

Luis Gutierrez to La Raza: Obama Assured Steps to 'Stop the Deportation of Our People'.  On Saturday [7/19/2014], Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) said President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was a "down payment" to the Hispanic community before more grants of amnesty for illegal immigrants.  Speaking at the National Council of La Raza conference in Los Angeles, Gutierrez said that Obama assured him during a White House meeting with Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus last week that he would be as "generous and broad" as he can to "stop the deportation of our people each and every day."

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Common sense would tell you that those who are eligible for deportation are not "our people."  But if you have common sense you probably don't vote for Democrats.

Moral Equivalence Is Usually Moral Negligence.  I don't know a single conservative who supports muzzling leftist thought or speech, no matter how repugnant he may find it.  Yet leftists are strongly supportive of various measures to suppress, even outlaw, conservative speech, from campus speech codes to the Fairness Doctrine.  There is no way to describe this disparity in terms of moral equivalence.  I sincerely believe there is a reason liberals engage in this behavior far more than conservatives.  It is because many of them believe that their ends, which they believe are vastly superior, justify their means.  I've seen it so much that I suspect it is inherent in leftist ideology.

20 Examples of What Liberalism REALLY Is.  [#11] Liberalism is saying you're for "choice" because you support abortion while opposing giving Americans choices about their health care, schools, whether they want to bake cakes for gay weddings, or even the light bulbs they have in their house.

Back to Work.  White House policy is being driven by an über-left version of social justice that has deep roots in liberation theology and Marxism.  Pope Saint John Paul II worked with Ronald Reagan to bring down an evil empire.  Now Pope Francis appears to be working with Obama to bring down capitalism.  Expect the left to demand equal sainthood for what they consider to be comparable work by their new friend.

The Political Left Is Deconstructing The Middle Class.  Progressives see property and control seated more appropriately in the collective, and not limited by Judeo-Christian "middle-class" values like private property and personal responsibility.  Such ideas are bedrock for the middle class but a bane for Progressives; Progressives approve of limits for individuals, but not for government.

The murder of the middle class.  Lies and fraud are at the center of this "murder of the middle class."  President Obama and various big government politicians need to distract the middle class from their real agenda.  Lies are their WMD — weapon of mass distraction.  So they claim ObamaCare is about "saving the sick and uninsured[,]" when the real objective is income redistribution (through higher taxes and higher premiums) to make the middle class poor and dependent on government.  They claim environmental regulations and green energy will save us from global warming[,] when the real objective is bankrupting the middle class by tripling utility bills, gas bills and grocery bills.  They claim immigration reform is about "protecting innocent children[,]" when the real objective is to create 12 million new low-wage employees in the labor force[,] depress middle class wages for generations to come[,] and create 12 million future Democratic voters.

Democrats take aim at First Amendment rights.  Democrats said their amendment was a response to two Supreme Court rulings in recent years:  one to allow interest groups to spend freely on issue ads, and another that canceled limits on how much a person can give to federal campaigns overall — though the dollar limits to individual candidates remain in place.  If ratified, the new amendment would give Congress the power to ban campaign spending altogether, and would specifically target the 2010 Citizens United decision that freed interest groups to run ads.  "We can't fail to act," said Sen. Chris Coons, Delaware Democrat and an author of the new proposal.  "I want to restore the previous balance."  He acknowledged that amending the First Amendment was "arguably extreme" but said the court decisions have forced Congress to this point.

A Window Opens Onto the Left-Wing Conspiracy.  The Democracy Alliance is not a famous organization, but it deserves to be.  The Alliance consists of approximately 100 rich liberals who have taken upon themselves the task of coordinating America's many left-wing organizations to promote a single radical agenda.  The Alliance does not publicize the names of its members, but it held a conference for its "partners" and membership prospects in April, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel (naturally) in Chicago.  Someone who attended the conference unfortunately (heh) left his or her copy of the documents passed out by the Democracy Alliance behind, and they eventually fell into the wrong hands.  Ours.

Hobby Lobby Deceit.  Liberals typically use religion like they do corporations (and most other things, for that matter):  only when it is politically convenient or profitable.  Whenever conservatives use their morality as a basis for making business decisions or passing legislation, liberals, seemingly unaware of their hypocrisy, love to note how conservatives are "forcing their religion" or "forcing their morality" on others.  When liberals talk in terms of the "evils" of corporations and the "one-percent," or the "rights" of women (or men) to have all the sex they want without any of the consequences, or how "wrong" it is to deny homosexuals the privilege of "marrying," they are also making moral and religious arguments.  Of course, when one's "morals" allow for the killing of children in the womb, marriage perversions, and the like, it is rather easy to deceive others into thinking that your arguments are rooted not in some perverse morality but in "science" and "reason."

The Blood of Liberty.  Liberals encounter no hazardous side roads or dead-ends on their grand highway to perfection.  From claiming that Social Security funds are safe in a lockbox to insisting that government control of the medical system will provide superior health care to arguing that throwing money at climate change will make it stop changing, they can't foresee that attempting to solve one problem can lead to more problems.  When new problems arise, they blame conservatives.  They can scoff at conservative faith because they have "science."

New York Dem: Illegals Should Have The Right To Vote.  New York state Sen. Guestavo Rivera wants to pass legislation to give illegal immigrants the right to vote in local and state elections, Reuters reports.  In terms of the broad benefits available to non-citizens, this bill is the first of its kind in America.  The main objective of the New York Is Home Act, according to Rivera, is to integrate illegal immigrants, who are estranged from participation in civic, economic and political life.  The legislation not only gives illegal immigrants the right to vote, but establishes a kind of second-tiered citizenship on a state level, in which illegal immigrants can apply for tuition assistance, health insurance and driver's and professional licenses, among other benefits.

Beware a beneficent government.  The president is an ardent progressive.  This dastardly philosophy of government was brought into the American mainstream 100 years ago by a Republican, Theodore Roosevelt, and a Democrat, Woodrow Wilson.  Its guiding principle is the belief that government — not individuals — is the chief engine of human progress.  If that means government tearing down rich persons to help poor persons, if that means the massive redistribution of wealth, if it means federal regulation of every conceivable occupation or productive endeavor, if it means fighting an unjust war, progressives are for it.

5 Disastrous Obama Policy Decisions That Have Already Blown Up In His Face.  The only reason liberalism survives is because there's usually a good bit of lag between when a policy is being implemented and the time when the American people get to see the results.  If Americans could somehow magically see what would happen in a decade or two after a liberal policy has passed, there would be no liberals left.  Instead, back in the real world, liberals create or exacerbate disasters with their policies, blame everyone other than themselves, and then demand more government action to fix the problem they screwed up in the first place.

Iraq Civil War Is Exactly What Democrats Wanted.  The chaos that is unfolding in Iraq is being portrayed in the media as an unexpected development.  It certainly is an unnecessary fate for a country that had, until recently, a chance of survival.  Yet it is not only the predictable, but in fact the desirable, outcome in Iraq for Democrats, who in 2006 were pushing for as quick a withdrawal from Iraq as possible — never mind the foreseeable consequences, including genocide and a terrorist takeover.

38 Points From 1963 — It Is Happening — The Communist Takeover of America.  Of course this isn't new information, but it is even more critical today than it was then with the passage of time.  It is now fifty-one years later and the hard work of the communists seems to be paying off — for them, and they aren't through.  Every American should be clamoring in the streets over what is taking place.  The fact that we aren't is frightening.  While some of those 45 seem irrelevant now, most are clearly in play in today's Democrat Party as well as American politics and government.

The New Regressives.  We should not use the word "progressive" or "liberal," given that on issues like abortion, affirmative action, the environment, illegal immigration, censorship, and a host of others, the left is reactionary to the core.

The Perplexing Durability of Keynesian Economics.  Keynesian economics is a failure.  It didn't work for Hoover and Roosevelt in the 1930s.  It didn't work for Japan in the 1990s.  And it didn't work for Bush or Obama in recent years.  No matter where's it's been tried, it's been a flop.  So why, whenever there's a downturn, do politicians resuscitate the idea that bigger government will "stimulate" the economy?

A Performance Review.  Obama has [a vision].  It's a left-wing vision, and it's mostly coherent.  He's for raising taxes, redistributing the wealth, giving federal regulators and bureaucrats more power than they've ever dreamed of, and reducing America's sway in the world.  For all his complaints about gridlock, he's achieved a good bit of this.  Oh, and he wants the national political discussion to focus on race, poverty, sexism, and fairness.

The VA and the Limits of Liberalism.  Many have noted, including our own John Fund, that the VA scandal poses an acute threat to the Obama administration because of how much its problems resemble the criticisms of Obamacare itself.  But let's imagine there was no Obamacare.  Let's imagine that Obama had actually followed through on his occasional promises to focus on the economy and jobs first and foremost and didn't blunder into the huge wasteful distraction that is the Affordable Care Act.  The lessons of the VA would still be a problem for Obama and for liberals generally.  Why?  Because the Democratic party simply is the party of government.  It is the party that insists on the nobility, efficacy and intellectual superiority of government.

The Democratic Party makes war on free speech.  The proposed amendment is astonishingly radical.  It would allow Congress to ban any spending on federal elections, which means that a challenger could beat an incumbent in only the most extraordinary circumstances.  (Campaign finance regulation has always been mostly about incumbent protection.)  Or Congress could ban all contributions or independent spending by individuals or corporations in excess of, say, $10, while allowing unlimited expenditures by unions.  This would guarantee that if the Congress is once controlled by Democrats, the Republicans could never win it back.

Another Noble Quest With No Solution.  Just as the left has no practical solution for global warming it has had no solution for arms control, universal healthcare, in fact, the expenses of the welfare state.  Arms control always depended on the United States, a nation that abides by its treaties, signing a treaty with Russia, a nation that does not abide by its treaties.  Universal health care's costs are proving to be catastrophic and will be unsustainable.  The welfare state runs up bills that in the end will bankrupt us.  Yet the dutiful leftists plods on, insisting that the answer to all our problems are readily available.

The Height of Utopianism.  A political battle that is shaping up in San Francisco has implications for other communities across the country.  The issue that will be on the June ballot is whether voter approval shall be required to change the height restrictions on buildings along the San Francisco waterfront.  Like so many other political issues, this one is being debated in runaway rhetoric bearing no resemblance to reality.  Former San Francisco City Attorney Louise Renne, for example, says that "the people" own the waterfront and therefore should be "consulted."  Really?  Can one of "the people," who supposedly own the waterfront, decide that he wants to sell his share of it and pocket the money?

What Conservatives Want from Washington.  Washington has become an exclusive province of leftism, a place in which all variety of conservative positions and values are subverted, corrupted, or compromised.  Is there any aspect of established leftism that could survive without the power centers of Washington?  No, there is not.

The Ten Commandments Of Liberalism.  [#6] Liberalism is a jealous god and it will not tolerate anything, especially Christianity, being put before it. [...]
[#7] It's better to bankrupt a city like Detroit, cause the deaths of millions in Africa by banning DDT, or destroy the American health care system with Obamacare than to be called "mean" for choosing policies based on whether they work or not.
[#8] Not only should you go ahead and covet your neighbor's possessions, you should encourage other people to do it, too.  Then, you should call for the government to take their possessions and redistribute them.

Why True American Conservatives Cannot Be Extremist and How Progressives are Ultimately Tyrants.  [Scroll down]  The unspeakable crime of conservatives?  Their heartless desire to live their own lives and to be left alone by the bullying U.S. government.  What has been the conservative outcry since disco was still a thing?  Follow the Constitution, be fiscally responsible, and restore limited government.  Not to impose their will on anyone; and if anything, simply to work, prosper, express themselves freely and be allowed to watch the new season of 24 in peace.  Unfortunately, this doesn't jibe with the progressives' plans for control over Americans' lives — regarding everything from education to dish detergent.  There is no natural barrier to the left's powerlust:  the "progressive" seeks no less than to control the social and physical environment of all mankind.  Their philosophy is the very essence of extremism, [...]

Torquemada Invades America.  This nation of free and open inquiry has been seized by totalitarians who refuse to entertain other points of view.  The debate about global warming is over[,] say adherents of this position.  When, if ever, has the debate about any scientific issue been over?  That is the least of it.  So complete is the feminist assault on the culture that one can no longer say men and woman aren't interchangeable.  Should a military officer challenge the faith, he can be sure promotion is not in his future.  Common sense is in retreat before the gods of cultural reformation.  It is now part of the orthodoxy to contend that all nations and cultures are equally good, with the possible exception of Israel.

Advice to Democrats: Don't say 'recovery'.  Election-year memo to Democratic candidates:  Don't talk about the economic recovery.

Dem consultants telling candidates not to use the word 'recovery'.  You can't spin the failure of Obama's economic policies.  Too many people are still hurting while a majority believe we're still in a recession.  Since the Dems won't mention "recovery" it's up to Republican candidates to bring up the fact that there has been no recovery after 6 years — and bring it up often.

A Lesson in Liberal/Democratic Party Hypocrisy.  What do Herman Cain, Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Tim Scott, Michele Bachmann, Condoleezza Rice, Allen West, Dr. Ben Carson, and TW Shannon all have in common? [...] They are hated by liberals and Democrats. [...] They are women and minorities who honor God, family, and country.  They are self-reliant, extremely successful and do not view themselves as victims.  Liberals and Democrats will not tolerate such liberated independent thinking by women and minorities.  It threatens the foundation of the Democratic Party which is built on insidious evil lies, class envy, and victimhood-ism.

First, Stop the Train.  Currently, there are two major visions for America.  Liberals envision an overarching central government that controls all of the resources and ensures "equitable" redistribution in a way that prevents anyone from suffering hardship, regardless of their lifestyle and life choices.  The conservative vision emphasizes personal responsibility and a governmental role confined by the U.S. Constitution.  This is the vision that was embraced by our Founders.  The liberal vision, however, seems to be rapidly gaining momentum, even though many of its proponents would argue that either the government is not really trying to take control, or authority is a necessary function in its role of determining qualifications for licenses, setting standards, and establishing such things as age requirements for public-school attendance.

The Progressive March to the Future is Destroying America.  The progressive march to the future is destroying America.  What the Democrats and the progressives are doing behind the scenes is a more frightening and unjustified power grab than Putin's on the Ukraine. [...] [I]n spite of the dysfunction of our House and Senate there is a more pervasive danger — and it is the people who are behind the scenes — people who in the dead of night write laws and bills that no one seems to know what [...] is in them.  Or decisions that give up America's sovereignty to an organization that has now changed what its initial purpose once was to an institution preparing for a one-world government, The United Nations.  So the freest, most stable nation in the world gives up the Internet to forces that could advance it being stifled?  Does this make sense?

More proof liberals are the new intolerants.  Silicon Valley liberals spent millions of dollars funding President Obama's re-election and have been some of the left's most ardent supporters of progressive causes.  And they are just getting started.  After helping give America ObamaCare, medical marijuana and a feeble foreign policy, the young tech geniuses are now trying to purge conservatives and those who support conservative causes from corporate board rooms.

GOP Blows Chance To Nail Another ObamaCare Failure.  The original plan for ObamaCare was to force every business with 50 or more employees to provide "affordable" coverage or pay a stiff fine, [and] to sharply restrict the plans they could offer by, among other things, capping deductibles at $2,000 for workers.  The cap was little more than a stealth attempt by Democrats to wreck Health Savings Accounts, which trade off high deductibles for tax-free savings accounts that can be used to pay out-of-pocket health costs.

Fish Instead of People, Ideologies without Consequences.  There is a great sickness in California, home of the greatest number of American billionaires and poor people, land of the highest taxes and about the worst schools and roads in the nation.  The illness is a new secular religion far more zealous and intolerant than the pre-Reformation zealotry of the Church.  Modern elite liberalism is based on the simple creed that one's affluence and education, one's coolness and zip code, should shield him from the consequences of one's bankrupt thoughts that he inflicts on others.

We Have Become the Communist States of America.  In 1963, U.S. Rep. A.S. Herlong Jr., D-Fla., read into the Congressional Record a list of "Current Communist Goals" as enumerated by Dr. Cleon Skousen in "The Naked Communist," penned in 1958.  I encourage you to read the whole list, but for now let's focus on those goals that most closely align with the seditious agenda of America's "progressive" movement.  It's actually most of them.  Though Herlong was a Democrat, the list reads like today's Democratic Party Platform.

Why Not Just Get Rid of the Immigration Law Altogether?  The former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, John Sandweg, published an op-ed this week calling, in effect, for the abolition of immigration law.  Sandweg, a criminal defense attorney and Arizona crony of Janet Napolitano, wrote in relation to President Obama's directive that ICE reexamine enforcement policies with an eye toward making them more "humane."  To that end, he says ICE "should eliminate 'non-criminal re-entrants and immigration fugitives' as a priority category for deportation."

Democrat Wants His Party to Officially Come Out Against the Second Amendment.  The Daily Surge has a clip of Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) on Bill Maher's HBO show.  Ellison says the Democratic Party should just be honest about its stance on guns. [...] For some reason, Americans murdered by drug cartel members along the border never came up.  Neither did the victims of Chicago's gang violence.

Obama and The Democrats Plot To Control America.  The entitlement crisis has been a crisis that has not been allowed to go to waste.  Under Obama's feeble economy and sputtering "recovery" (the weakest in modern history), spending on welfare, food stamps, and disability payments have soared.  Hooking people onto the government IV line is an excellent way to increase dependency and the number of future dependable Democrats.  It is also an excellent way to bankrupt America. [...] [T]hey can then consider their mission accomplished:  the permanent weakening of America.  Obama and Congressional Democrats have handcuffed all future presidents and endangered Americans yet to be born.

'You have no idea how bad it is,' says ex-spook on destruction of US.  On Wednesday it was reported that America's enemies within, mainly those who are part of the "progressive movement," are very close to their ultimate goal of the complete demise of the Republic has envisioned by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  Today there is even more disturbing news.  An "ex-spook" as they are known, in other words a retired member of the CIA, stated concerning the effort to destroy the U.S., "You have no idea how bad it is."  The enemies of freedom and the Constitution within the country, he said, have now succeeded in putting most of their goals in place.  "Think of how far they have come since 2008," he continued, "Most Americans don't even recognize their own country anymore.  They feel like foreigners in their own land."

Hedge Funds, K Street, and the Ugly Underbelly of the Democratic Party.  In case you missed it, Senate Democrats staged an all-night talkfest on Monday to promote higher taxes and increased government regulation to address the scientific theory known as "climate change."  Hopefully you did miss it, because most well adjusted people have better things to do than stay up all night watching a bunch of senior citizens talk about solar panels and wind turbines.  At least one person was paying close attention:  liberal billionaire and reluctant democracy advocate Tom Steyer, who has pledged to spend $100 million backing Democrats who support aggressive government action to reduce carbon emissions.  Democratic senators want Steyer's money, they just don't want anyone to think their stance on "climate change" is based on anything other than a genuine concern for Gaia.

The Black Book of the American Left: Volume 2 — The Progressives.  We have entered a surreal political landscape where a radical left — a left that supported Communism during the Cold War either directly or under the guise of "anti-anti-Communism" — now occupies the commanding heights of the culture and has redefined the political center.  Now radicalism — Marxism and its socialist variants — is referred to by arbitrators of the culture as the political center — liberalism.  What was once "centrism" — the liberalism of the Democratic Party in the Kennedy era is now referred to as right-wing extremism.  John F. Kennedy now long dead can still be carelessly referred to as a liberal icon thanks to the general amnesia, but Kennedy's actual politics were identical to those of Ronald Reagan — militant anti-communism, hawkish on defense, for a capital gains tax cut and a balanced budget.

What the Senate's all-nighter on climate change is really about.  Dozens of Democratic senators plan to speak out Monday night [3/10/2014] into early Tuesday morning about their growing concerns with climate change.  Adopting a strategy used in the past year to great effect by Republican senators  — Ted Cruz, anyone? — at least 28 Democrats plan to use floor time to raise their concerns on the lack of attention being paid to climate change — although there is no single bill or even set of bills for which they will be advocating.

Senate Democrats' donor-friendly global warming show.  Senator after senator will undoubtedly join [Hawaii Democratic Sen. Brian] Schatz in insisting that Congress must act.  But the Democratic talkathon is not about any action in particular.  It's not being staged in support of, or opposition to, any specific legislative proposal.  And if there were proposed legislation under consideration, Democrats could just pass it, or at least bring it up for debate and a vote, because they control the Senate with a 55-seat majority.  But that, apparently, is not the point of the all-nighter.

Dinesh D'Souza: Obama Believes in 'Moral Indictment of America and Free Market'.  President Barack Obama believes in the central argument of modern progressivism, according to Dinesh D'Souza. [...] Obama, he said, knows exactly what he is doing.  "The point about Obama is that he is someone who wants to shrink America's footprint in the world," he said.  "He wants to remake America."  Modern progressives like Obama, D'Souza said, believe that "America and the wealth of America is based on theft."  He said they fundamentally believe that America stole land from Native Americans, took the labor of Africans, stole a part of Mexico, and is currently taking oil from the Middle East.  "This is what we are up against," D'Souza said of the "moral attack against capitalism."

Obama's $4 Trillion Budget: Liberalism's Last Hurrah?  Barack Obama keeps saying there isn't a government program for every problem in America, but you wouldn't know it from reading his new 2015 federal budget.  This nearly $4 trillion document would spend more federal dollars on everything from climate change to green energy to transit systems to welfare state expansion to federal land purchases to day-care subsidies.  The spending blueprint is a back-door scheme to bust the budget caps that already were raised just last December.

Obama's Bizarro World Budget For Fiscal 2015.  Despite its relative insignificance in the grand scheme of things, the annual White House budget proposal does provide a window into the president's thinking on the size and scope of government.  The fiscal 2015 budget — released a month late on Tuesday — also manages to showcase Obama's worrisome detachment from reality.  The budget rests, for example, on the assumption that real GDP growth this year will be 3.1%.  The Congressional Budget Office pegs it at 2.7%; the consensus in the financial sector is 2.5%.

Boxer: 'Absolutely No Way We're Going to Cut Spending'.  While discussing federal spending and transportation funding last week, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said "there is absolutely no way we're going to cut spending."  Boxer was discussing the Highway Trust Fund with members of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in Washington on Feb. 26, when she addressed various tax increases that may be used to raise money for the program.

Tax-and-spend liberalism does not work.  Here is the proof:
President Obama's Growth Gap Hits $1.31 Trillion.  [A]nnual growth during Obama's "recovery" has never topped 3%.  By comparison, it never fell below 3% during the Reagan recovery.  And in the nine years following the 1990-91 recession, GDP grew faster than 3% in all but two.  [Indeed], even Jimmy Carter had some strong growth years.

Obama: the Pen, Phone, and Failure.  [President Obama's] EPA is trying to regulate the coal industry out of business.  Coal provides 37% of our electricity.  Do not be alarmed, he is replacing that generating capacity with... well, nothing.  You see, skyrocketing the price of electricity was an objective not a side effect.  If you can't afford it, you won't use it.  The goal is to push Americans out of single-family homes into high-density cities, where tiny, cubicle-like apartments, clustered around mass transit will become the norm.  In these progressive Shangri-Las, no one will own a car, which is a good thing since Barry has doubled the price of gasoline in his first term and will probably double it again before the end of his second.

Dem Sen. Wyden: Give Every Child a $500 College Savings Account.  Sen. Ron Wyden, (D-OR) is intending to draft a law that would entitle every child born in the United States to a $500 savings account of their own.  Wyden stated that if there were universal savings accounts for newborns, it would "really put a dent in the poverty rate."

The Editor says...
This is nothing new.  Hillary Clinton had the same idea 6½ years ago, except her idea was to give every newborn $5,000.  The money wouldn't come out of her pocket, or Senator Wyden's pocket, so why not offer $50,000?

Obama calls homosexuality one of our 'fundamental freedoms' in statement slamming Ugandan bill.  President Barack Obama has elevated the right to have sex with a member of the same sex to the level of universal "fundamental freedoms" in a new presidential statement criticizing Uganda.  But critics say his promotion of homosexuality in a continent that overwhelmingly opposes that behavior amounts to a form of liberal "cultural imperialism."

Time to hold Democrats in Congress responsible for the mess they created.  [Scroll down]  A more appropriate target for the current sorry state of affairs would be Democrats in Congress who have been loyally marching behind this president as he leads this country into the abyss.  Democrats from red and purple states like to tout themselves at home as "moderates" or "independents" in line with the interests and values of their voters.  But a closer look at many of their actual votes paints a much different picture.  Their record is far different than their campaign rhetoric, and a careful examination shows that when President Obama needed them to advance his liberal agenda, they fell in line.  All the big ticket legislative items under his watch only happened because of Democratic unity.

Progressive Democrats are Going to Bankrupt One State at a Time.  Time to start watching U.S. cities go bankrupt.  Prior to Detroit, there was Stockton, California, and, according to Stephen Moore, now the chief economist with the Heritage Foundation, there are more than sixty of the largest cities that "are plagued with the same kinds of retirement legacy costs that sent Detroit in Chapter 9 bankruptcy" last year.  "Keep an eye on 'too big to fail' cities like Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York," he warned.  Among the twenty cities he listed in an August 2013 Newsmax article, he cited Compton and Oakland, CA, Harrisburg, PA, and Providence, RI.  What these and other cities have in common is that "the vast majority are located in states with forced unions, non-right-to-work states." [...] At the time it declared bankruptcy, Detroit had 47 different public employee unions.

The Democrats' New Rallying Cry: Work Is a Trap and We Applaud Those Who Can Avoid It.  The modern Democrat Party looks at government the same way little kids view Santa.  Liberals seem to believe the government has infinite resources that can be used to hand out free gifts without ever having to worry about how they will be paid for.  However, back in the real world, "gifts" aren't free.  The money for those "gifts" has to be confiscated from people who work for a living and all too often these days, it's given to people who don't.

A Nation Governed by Traitors.  Liberals and 'progressives' want so desperately to change America into the kinds of nations others flee from by the millions.  Yet, they're constantly proclaiming America as great and wonderful ... but truthfully, they don't believe it.  If they did then why the desire to change her?

65 of 70 biggest spenders are Democrats, led by Congressional Black Caucus members.  Democrats in Congress sponsored 618 bills in 2013 that would have spent at least $1.35 trillion, and Republicans sponsored 147 bills worth $635 billion, according to a Washington Examiner analysis.  The figures provide an unusual insight into what members of Congress would do if they ran the show and had a free hand to spend tax dollars.  Of the 70 members who sponsored the largest number of spending bills, 65 were Democrats, four were Republicans and one an independent.

Farewell to Henry Waxman, maker of bad laws.  After 40 years in Congress, California Democrat Henry Waxman is calling it quits.  His legacy includes a toxic fuel additive (a boondoggle known as ethanol), a failed pork-fest of a climate bill and the devastation of small businesses — to name a few of his legislative accomplishments.

Waxman Retirement A Sign Of The Times For Troubled Dems.  If you've never heard of Waxman, he's one of the farthest-left members of the House of Representatives, a key member of the chamber's way-beyond-liberal Progressive Caucus.  The Democratic Socialists of America claim him as one of their own.  In his long career, he's never met a big-spending, high-taxing program he didn't either back or push himself.  It was Waxman who, among many other damaging endeavors, championed an industry-destroying cap-and-trade bill, helped expand Medicare and Social Security and push them into bankruptcy, held endless hearings to harass businesses and conservatives, tried to impose net neutrality on the Internet and advocated a ruinous carbon tax.

Progressives Without Progress.  There isn't very much progress in the progressive movement.  Progress is the expansion of possibilities.  Progressives, however, have a Malthusian obsession with the scarcity of all things.  They believe that we are about to run out of everything from energy to water to wealth and education and that like starving survivors on a lifeboat we have to redistribute everything.

In Their Own Words: Lenin, Stalin, Obama, and Hillary.  It is beneficial to remind ourselves periodically of the realities in the struggle between Constitutionalism / Capitalism and Marxism-Leninism.  It is a continual struggle, whether we acknowledge it or not.  And the enemy of America as a constitutional republic with a capitalistic economic system is Marxism-Leninism, whether it be characterized as communism, socialism, progressivism, leftism, statism, or liberalism (in its current state).

Fact-Free Liberals.  President Obama seems completely unaware of how many of the policies he is trying to impose have been tried before, in many times and places around the world, and have failed time and again.  Economic equality?  That was tried in the 19th century, in communities set up by Robert Owen, the man who coined the term "socialism."  Those communities all collapsed.

Why Don't We Merge These Disasters and Call It "ClimateCare"!  We shouldn't be surprised that something called the "Affordable Care Act" would be anything but.  And the number of uninsured Americans is now likely higher because of this law. [...] [W]e have a health care policy and a climate policy both falling short of "ambitions."  And for the exact same reason:  reality just won't conform to the will of liberalism.

Global Citizens of the World, Obey!  The political left never rests in its drive to transform the U.S. into a more statist, more collective society.  Its adherents are always scanning the status quo for openings and vulnerabilities to exploit, and they tirelessly produce a wide array of initiatives to advance their cause.  It is hard to always know what they are up to; these initiatives are often veiled to look benign, or they contain rewards for special interests that defuse likely opposition.  When closely examined, however, the initiatives are embedded with plans for major fundamental changes.  Well-known recent examples include the Common Core, the Affordable Care Act, and Agenda 21.  One such initiative with the hidden potential for sweeping transformation is the "internationalization" of higher education.

Dems want detained immigrants to be informed of their legal rights.  Reps. Bill Foster (D-Ill.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) have proposed a bill that would require U.S. officials to ensure that immigrants who are detained are made fully aware of their legal rights.  The Immigrant Detainee Legal Rights Act, H.R. 3914, establishes an Office of Legal Access Programs, which would educate illegal immigrants about their rights.  The program would also help detained immigrants make "informed and timely decisions regarding their removal and eligibility for relief from removal."

Obama is 100% right about inequality.  America was not built around fighting inequality.  Never.  America was not built around equality, fairness, or social justice.  Those have never been the cornerstones of our economy.  Those have never been the central tenants of our country, or our Constitution.  [...] Yet somehow we managed, even with inequality not even on our radar screen, to build the greatest nation in world history — and the greatest economy in world history.  Coincidence?  We built an economy more powerful than most of the world combined.  An economy so great that people the world over tried to escape their countries to come to ours.  An economy so great the world gave it a name:  "the American Dream."

The Idol of Equality.  Gun-control laws and the use of the bully pulpit and government protocols to prevent law-abiding citizens from obtaining traditional firearms did not curb the murder rate in Chicago or Detroit.  It only drove up the price of bullets, created panic buying, and ultimately will result in more, not fewer, guns in the hands of citizens who are now angry that their government slanders them as quasi-criminals.

You've Been Warned.  Most every president hopes for a second term, but this bunch understood from the jump that the second term is everything.  Harry Reid sounds and acts like a man who never expects the Democrats to lose another election.

California Democrats will push background checks for ammunition.  Following passage last year of some of the strongest gun-control laws in the nation in the wake of the school shooting in Newton, Conn., leading California Democrats will open a new front in the fight against gun violence this year with a proposal to conduct background checks on people who purchase ammunition.  State Senate Democrats will push to require a comprehensive background check on anyone seeking to purchase ammunition, and to require a one-year permit for ammunition purchases.

NY Times and the Left: Champions of Polygamy.  The New York Times, ever eager to push any meme that undermines the Judeo-Christian devotion to traditional morality and the single heterosexual family unit, has progressed from championing LGBT rights to its newest passion:  polygamy.  The Times is not alone; other leftist media outlets such as Huffington Post are leaders in the effort, too.

Leftists Committed To Getting Their Grubby Paws On Your Kids Early.  Progressives will trot out study after study to prove to you that your child will never learn to write his name without sticking the pen in his eye if you don't get him to a preschool STAT.  (One wonders how all of the scientists who got us to the moon were able to do so without the benefit of having gone to preschool.)  It's all garbage, of course, but it's purposeful garbage.  The sooner they can get your kids out of your hands and into those of a government employee who will say anything for a pension, the better.

DeFazio: U.S. Must Regulate Carbon Emissions and 'Force' Regulation on Other Countries.  Blasting Republican "climate-change deniers" as well as "blathering idiots on talk shows" who joked about the "Arctic vortex," Rep. Peter DeFazio urged Congress to tackle climate change in 2014.  He called it one of the "biggest challenges of our time."  He wants the Obama administration to regulate carbon emissions as pollution.  And "even if we take strong measures here, we've got to force those measures on other countries," he said in a five-minute speech on the House floor Wednesday [1/8/2014].

The Bleeding Obvious.  [T]he push for "gun control" in this country has almost nothing to do with safety (something every responsible gun owner is entirely in favor of) and everything to do with the Left's innately fascist impulses.  Restrict it!  Ban it!  Outlaw it!  These people never stop, they never sleep, they never quit, even in the face of all the evidence.

Progressivism Is A Move Backward, Not Forward.  Progressivism.  It sounds positive and uncontroversial.  After all, we all want to progress, don't we?  But progressivism isn't what its advocates want everyone to think it is.  It is not a road to progress or any attempt to make progress.  It is a return to a tribal existence in which groups fight among each other for government-distributed resources.  Progressivism dates back to the late 19th century.  Its animating objective is to use the power of government to design, order, mold and control society.  Under this idea, professional politicians and master bureaucrats identify what they believe to be societal flaws and use government to "fix" them.  It results in the practice of unlimited government and the supremacy of the state, which has the duty, according to progressive political scientist John Burgess, to perfect humanity.

The Progressive Agenda Crashes into Complexity.  [T]he destruction of the American coal industry is moving right along, a product of Obama executive decrees and EPA regulations.  And if we were to look deeper we'd find plenty of others.  The attempted transformation of the economy that we are witnessing is by no means limited to a handful of isolated and unrelated programs.  What does this transformation look like overall?  It involves drastically cut energy sources, seriously limited forms of transportation, 19th-century (or even more primitive) health care, less food, expensive light sources, seriously truncated job opportunities, and higher education too expensive for any but the elite.  In other words, Americans are to become poor, cold, hungry, and stupid, while sitting in the dark.  That's the progressive plan for the wealthiest nation in the long human record.

A Left-Wing America Stands Alone.  America's massive wealth and resources have allowed the left to act as if it could borrow against them indefinitely to finance its big government schemes.  Imagine a billionaire's fortune falling into the hands of his idiot wastrel son who has no idea that money ever runs out.  Smaller countries don't have the luxury of running up infinite debts and not worrying about how they will be paid back or pretending that impossible rates of economic growth will compensate for trillion dollar deficits.  America is the left's economic fantasyland because it has so much that they imagine that it will take a long time to bankrupt.

The Four Freedoms: 75 Years of Liberal Betrayal.  The point is that liberals today stand foursquare against any speech that hasn't been pre-approved by the liberal censors, and they operate blacklists against people that violate liberal speech codes, according to the principle that you'll never get a job in this tinsel-town again.  Liberals have utterly betrayed their belief in Freedom of Speech.

Do Democrats really need to promote religious persecution?  Democrat politicians do not want respectful disagreement between evangelicals and gays.  War between homosexuals and evangelicals is important for them.  The Democratic Party, in order to raise money from gays and lock in millennial votes, is attacking freedom of thought, speech and religion.  This is a basic community organizing tactic:  encourage grievance, divide the community, fan the flames of conflict, and inject government power into social problems.  By putting their own political interests before every other value, Democrats have pushed our country into a culture clash that is becoming unresolvable.

Why Obama and Obamacare may be the death of American liberalism.  It's almost impossible to exaggerate the absurdities that have attended Obamacare, beginning with the president's infamous lies about keeping your present plan and your doctor, and continuing through the 11,000 pages of implementing regulations written to date, according to USA Today's Jayne O'Donnell.  Incredibly, thousands more Obamacare regulations are yet to be written, many of the horrendous problems with the program's healthcare.gov website remain unsolved and 2014 promises to add millions more people to nearly six million who lost their coverage in 2013.

National Renewable Electricity Standard: Why raise electricity prices?  Earlier this month, Representatives Jared Polis (D Colorado), Ben Ray Luján (D New Mexico), and Ann Kuster (D New Hampshire) introduced the National Renewable Electricity Act of 2013 (RES Act) into the US House of Representatives.  The act mandates that all US retail electrical suppliers buy an increasing amount of electricity from renewable energy sources, or pay fines for the shortfall.  If the law is passed, it will raise electricity prices for Americans for questionable environmental gains.

The Decline and Fall of Political Discourse.  The majority of the American people, asleep during the past sixty years of overwhelming peace and prosperity, are gradually waking up to the massive deception that has been perpetrated by the Left and their inability to solve the almost insolvable problems they, in large part, created.  Unfortunately it has taken the election of Barack Obama and the imposition of ObamaCare, among other policies aimed at concentrating power in the hands of the American Left, to achieve this epiphany.

On the Road to Itascas.  Martin Luther King Jr. said, "We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." [...] Was Reverend King referring to the infinite hope for more food stamps, Medicaid, and Obamaphones?  That is all socialist entitlement offers.

No Moral Grounds for Obamacare.  Obamacare, like all redistributionist programs, turns morality on its head by holding need as the moral standard.  This subjects anyone to the force and whim of a thousand masters, or a hundred thousand, or as many who declare such need.  That is the antithesis of a moral system.

Democratic Party has no more centrists.  The Democratic Party has gone so far left that late Senate stalwarts like Henry "Scoop" Jackson and Pat Moynihan, lions of liberalism but also of common sense and a strong military, must be spinning in their graves.

Progressives & patience: A look at how we got Obamacare.  Obamacare didn't happen overnight.  For the last 75 years, progressives have trotted out the idea of compulsory health care or subsidized national health insurance every decade or so, been defeated, and then gone back to the drawing board.  Their tenaciousness finally paid off in 2010 when Congress by the narrowest of margins passed a bill with no Republican votes, and President Obama signed into law his "signature" achievement.

Comprehensively Yours.  [B]ecause liberalism (or "progressivism," as they now prefer), when taken to its nth degree, must and does end in fascism.  In order to achieve the liberal paradise, and since the common folk cannot be trusted, coercion must be part of the solution; the generation that screamed "off the pigs" now controls most of the levers of the federal government, and have become the pigs themselves.

Howard Dean: Employers Have No Right to Make Health Decisions, But Gov't Does.  Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, a liberal Democrat, says decisions about health care should rest with the federal government, not with individual employers who pay for their workers' health insurance.  "So, you know, this is one country," Dean told CNN's "State of the Union" with Candy Crowley on Sunday [12/1/2013].  "We all have to live by a set of things that are passed in Washington and agreed to by the court.  We'll see what the court does, but I don't think a particular employer has a right to decide what kind of health care their employees are going to get.  That's now in the hands of the federal government, and that's where it should be."

Morality, Anti-Morality, and Socialism.  Since the founding of America, personal choice has been organized around the teachings of Judeo-Christian morality.  But this psychology of personal choice has been upended by a vast reaction against the idea of morality itself.  Today in America the psychological process of personal choice is influenced by anti-moral experimentalism, the end stage of which is socialism.

Masking Totalitarianism.  One of the oldest notions in the history of mankind is that some people are to give orders and others are to obey.  The powerful elite believe that they have wisdom superior to the masses and that they've been ordained to forcibly impose that wisdom on the rest of us.  Their agenda calls for an attack on the free market and what it implies — voluntary exchange.  Tyrants do not trust that people acting voluntarily will do what the tyrant thinks they should do.  Therefore, free markets are replaced with economic planning and regulation that is nothing less than the forcible superseding of other people's plans by the powerful elite.

The 'fatal conceit' of President Obama and Kathleen Sebelius.  The book is called The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism.  Although the language and discussion of the book is not all that simple, the basic point is, I think, pretty straightforward.  Hayek summed it all up in his acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize.  He noted the critical importance that we know what we don't know.  Thinking you know what you don't and can't know, the illusion that men can plan, organize, and control things far beyond their understanding is the "fatal conceit" of socialism.

Don't Forget the Other Entitlement Monsters.  Like Obamacare, the SNAP program takes a small problem that in the past was addressed by churches, families, mutual aid societies, and fraternal organizations, inflates it into a crisis by hyperbolic rhetoric, and then claims only a massive federal entitlement and regulatory regime can solve the problem.  That has been the progressive playbook for nearly a century, and the result has been a bloated federal bureaucracy, ruinous debt, and taxes appropriated from the producers of economic growth.

Legalizing illegal immigrants is the solution to Obamacare: Democrat.  Rep. Jared Polis said Friday [11/15/2013] the key problem with health care right now is that illegal immigrants aren't included in Obamacare, and said part of the solution is to pass a bill granting them citizenship rights.  The House is debating a GOP-written bill that would allow Americans to keep their health plans that have been canceled under Obamacare, but Mr. Polis, a Colorado Democrat, said the chamber should instead be looking at ways to make sure everyone in the country is covered by the Affordable Care Act — including illegal immigrants.

House Democratic Leaders: We Will Not Apologize to Americans Losing Their Health Insurance.  Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, the top four House Democrats — Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Assistant Leader James Clyburn, Whip Steny Hoyer and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra — were asked if they would apologize to any constituents who felt misled by Democrats.  Each declined.

Why Obama lied about health care.  [E]very lie is planted for a single end:  to justify increasing the power of the federal government, and with it the clout of its Number One champion, the Democrat Party.  That's why it's important to remember that it wasn't just Obama who told the Noble Lie about ObamaCare, it was the entire Democratic party.  Every member of Congress who voted for the Affordable Care Act knew its provisions would be a disaster for ten of millions of Americans already holding health insurance policies.  They knew the idea that people would be allowed to keep their existing policies was a fiction, just as they knew that far from making health care "affordable" ObamaCare would send insurance premiums skyrocketing — an average of 43 percent around the country.

MA Politician Wants Unannounced Home Searches by Police to Enforce Gun Law.  Swampscott, Massachusetts Selectman Barry Greenfield is pushing a measure to give police the authority to conduct home searches to check proper storage of firearms.  Greenfield said "state law requires Massachusetts gun owners to keep their firearms locked away or rendered inoperable."  There are "600 registered gun owners in [Swampscott]," and the selectman wants police to be able to drop in unannounced, enter the homes of each gun owner, and verify compliance.

The Editor says...
The 4th Amendment very clearly prohibits blanket searches of every house in town, looking for guns, drugs, cash, or whatever the cops can find.  If an idea like this were to be met with no resistance, those unannounced searches would become a daily routine, and the 4th Amendment would be an archaic technicality.  Even the mere proposal of such a law (by the state of Massachusetts) is what one would expect to see only in Cuba, North Korea or East Germany.

Debbie Does D.C.  Leftists wishing a complete treatment of progressive chants, tics, talking points, sacraments, secret handshakes, and calamitous policies can find them in For the Next Generation, a tedious and repetitious 300-page walk through the entire catalogue of leftist delusions.  Every failed idea since Rousseau is here lovingly lifted up as part of the path to an American paradise.

Democrats Want Doctors To Be Owned By The State.  Don't think that ObamaCare is the Democrats' last word on health care.  They won't be content until both patients and doctors are under their command.

Democrats considering bill to lift minimum wage by 40 percent.  Senate Democrats, hoping to move beyond the disastrous rollout of the new health care law, plan to pivot to legislation that would increase the federal minimum wage by nearly $3, to over $10 an hour.  Democratic lawmakers met privately Thursday [11/7/2013] to discuss proposals, including one by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, a nearly 40 percent increase.  It would also would tie wage levels to inflation.

Obamacare Is Obama Unmasked.  [A]fter five years of unconscionably reckless federal spending, a wholesale assault on our domestic energy industries, endless abuses of executive authority and other lawless incursions on the Constitution, unprecedented divisiveness and polarization across economic, racial and gender lines, America's declining power and prestige in the world, an explosion of the welfare state, and the worst economic recovery in 60 years, how can anyone who cares about this nation's future and the well-being of our children and grandchildren keep supporting this man's policies?

Winners and Losers: ObamaCare Exposes the 'Soylent Green Liberals'.  America is learning that under ObamaCare there are losers — millions of them — and almost all among the working and middle class.  Up to 20 million will lose the insurance President Obama reassured them they could keep, and as the cost of premiums and deductibles spike, they will find their health care choices limited.  But the only reaction to this human carnage from America's "Soylent Green Liberals" is that it is all for the greater good.

Reid Hopes to Pass LGBT Workplace Protections.  The search is on for one last senator to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees from workplace discrimination.  Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will bring the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to the Senate floor for the first time in 17 years next week, a statistic that both awes and infuriates advocates who say the vote is long overdue.  "People realize this is the next big civil rights step in America," says Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.  "It is a historic step forward."

The Editor says...
It's the next big step, he says.  Not the last big step, just the next step in a long series.

If America blames Obama, Obamacare dies.  Democrats will not be satisfied with anything short of full government control of healthcare.  Like good disciples of Saul Alinsky, they will use any means necessary to get to this desired end.  In order to achieve the holy grail of single-payer healthcare, Democrats must do three things, almost simultaneously:  First, Obamacare must fail; second, destroy the private insurance market by putting private health insurers out of business; third, in conjunction with their partners in the mainstream media, they must persuade America that private insurance companies, not the federal takeover of healthcare, are responsible for rising premiums, lack of access, and the cancellation of tens of millions of Americans' healthcare plans.

Obamacare laid bare.  [Scroll down]  Obamacare is the largest transfer of wealth in recent American history.  But you can't say that openly lest you lose elections.  So you do it by subterfuge:  hidden taxes, penalties, mandates and coverage requirements that yield a surplus of overpayments.  So that your president can promise to cover 30 million uninsured without costing the government a dime.  Which from the beginning was the biggest falsehood of them all.  And yet the free lunch is the essence of modern liberalism.  Free mammograms, free preventative care, free contraceptives for Sandra Fluke.  Come and get it.

Obama orders government to prepare for impact of global warming.  President Obama issued an executive order Friday [11/1/2013] directing a government-wide effort to boost preparation in states and local communities for the impact of global warming.  The action orders federal agencies to work with states to build "resilience" against major storms and other weather extremes.  For example, the president's order directs that infrastructure projects like bridges and flood control take into consideration climate conditions of the future, which might require building structures larger or stronger — and likely at a higher price tag.

The Editor says...
By now it should be obvious:  Obama's goal is to make everything more expensive.  Electricity, gasoline, medical insurance, and, as we see here, everything else.  In order to justify preparations for the "impact of global warming," Mr. Obama would have to prove that there is (or will be) any global warming, and prove that one or two degrees of warming would be hazardous.  Neither he nor anyone else will never accomplish such a goal.  As usual, Mr. Obama is meddling in everybody's business for no reason except to impede capitalism.

Liberalism = Unhappyism.  Think about how our president campaigned and won.  "Hope and Change" was his slogan for the 2008 election.  Prior to his first swearing in he quipped, "We're just five days away from fundamentally changing America."  Why the need for all this change?  You typically want to change something if you're not happy about its current state.  This is the mantra of left-wing liberalism, "We've got to change all this because the way it is now stinks."  This seems to be how they feel about virtually everything.

Can We Finally Stop Pretending?  The president is incapable of telling a truth, and what conservatives have been predicting for three years about ObamaCare has been entirely correct. [...] We've seen a website and estimates of premium and deductible figures which have been panic-inducing all on their own.  There is not one single fact about this monstrosity that has been truly presented by the president, and his law, its destruction of lives and fortunes, and the pattern of fraud that have accompanied it rest solely and squarely on the Democratic Party.  They did this to the United States of America and they did it on purpose.

Is Obama a Dupe or a Totalitarian, Megalomaniacal Liar?  [Scroll down]  In the progressive era 100 years ago, that presidential attitude brought us the Federal Reserve, the federal income tax, Prohibition, World War I, prosecutions for speech critical of the government and the beginnings of official modern government racial segregation.  That same attitude in our era has brought us the Patriot Act, which allows federal agents to write their own search warrants, government borrowing that knows no end — including the $2 trillion Bush borrowed for the war in Iraq, a country which is now less stable than before Bush invaded, and the $7 trillion Obama borrowed to redistribute — and an NSA that monitors all Americans all the time.

Obamacare is a River of Lies.  How many Republican votes were for it?  Zip, zero, nada, zilch.  In either chamber of Congress.  The Democrats, and their little sycophants, own this.  They were all prepared to bask in the glory, set up a permanent Democrat majority, and pulverize the Republican party.  But ObamaCare is a river of lies, with headwaters in hell.  It was falsely conceived, falsely legislated, falsely adjudicated, falsely reported, falsely coded, and, unexpectedly, enjoyed a false rollout.

Ban on Gay Bias Gains Ground in Senate.  Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, said Wednesday [10/30/2013] that he would vote for a nondiscrimination bill that protects gay men, lesbians and transgender people, putting the measure within one vote of gaining the support it needs to overcome a filibuster.

The ObamaCare Awakening.  The millions of Americans who are receiving termination notices because their current coverage does not conform to Health and Human Services Department rules may not realize this is by design.  Maybe they trusted President Obama's repeated falsehood that people who liked their health plans could keep them.  But Americans should understand that this month's mass cancellation wave has been the President's political goal since 2008.  Liberals believe they must destroy the market in order to save it.

Senate Democrats back automatic debt limit hikes.  The move by Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, is aimed at heading off future Washington confrontations over increasing the government's borrowing cap.

The Editor says...
That's the same as no debt limit at all.

Obamacare's Media Mandate.  [Scroll down]  But, my friends, the Affordable Care Act may turn out to be the best thing that's happened to our country in decades, because it has so definitively crystallized the difference between our two political parties.  The coming failure of the ACA is only more proof that big government can do nothing right; that its intrusion into the private sector forebodes nothing but disaster; that the greatest healthcare system in the world will end up in shambles thanks solely to the Democratic Party, because, as officially noted in the Congressional Record, not a single Republican cast a vote to enact this doomed monstrosity.

ObamaCare Schaden-Fraud.  [Scroll down]  We did not grossly overpay cronies of yours to put the website together, and we did not forget the simple step of obtaining similar domain names to prevent cyber-squatting and identity theft.  You tech geniuses, you!  We did not hire ACORN and other known criminals as navigators to help get around the failing website, and we did not bring on sixteen thousand new IRS agents with the notion that they would help Americans stay healthier.  And we did not fire a polite operator who simply took a phone call from Sean Hannity.  Nope, this was all you.  And by "you," I mean the president and his economically ignorant cabinet and advisor team, the mainstream media, and the low-information bloggers and message board trolls who are going more silent by the second.  No, you guys did all this.

Obamacare's Rollout Is a Disaster That Didn't Have to Happen.  Obama promised open innovation and transparency.  Yet startups and hackers are forced to take a backseat to state-run websites, a mediocre government contractor secured the lucrative deal to build the federal exchange, and both HealthCare.gov's code and enrollment numbers are locked up by tight-lipped bureaucrats.

The Editor says...
Obamacare will inevitably implode, because Marxism fails every time it is attempted, and the Obamacare scheme is just a collectivist middle man between you and your health insurance company.  There is no value added by Obamacare — it is a tax collection mechanism that siphons money out of the health care industry, and it does this under threat of imprisonment.  Obamacare is a meddling parasite at best, and heavy-handed tyranny at worst.  In that regard, it is a reflection of Obama himself.

Broke U.S. Resumes Spending.  What would you think of a person who earned $24,000 a year but spent $35,000?  Suppose on top of that, he was already $170,000 in debt.  You'd tell him to get his act together — stop spending so much or he'd destroy his family, impoverish his kids and wreck their future.  Of course, no individual could live so irresponsibly for long.  But tack on eight more zeroes to that budget and you have the checkbook for our out-of-control, big-spending federal government.

Obama's Immigration Pivot Is Politically Self-Serving.  For a leader who's dispensed so much bad medicine to his country — from the botched rollout of health reform to the endless debt debacle over government spending — it's almost surreal to see him make his next priority amnesty for illegal immigrants, an idea about as popular with the public as ObamaCare.  But that's Obama's agenda, and the only thing we can conclude is that immigration reform is something that he thinks will help him, not the country.

Making a God of Government.  Liberals love to quote Scripture when they think it might help them further their Big-Government social agenda.  They also love to talk about compassion and morality but would prefer it if you left Scripture out of it.  Perhaps if more liberals were for posting the Ten Commandments in every public school and post office in the U.S., more Americans would feel comfortable putting health care in the hands of the federal government.

"I Am The Guilty Man".  No liberal policy is rational.  No liberal proposition ever makes logical sense.  Yet we press on despite smaller margins, higher regulations, higher taxes, and further vilification by the American Left.  You see, liberals are not guilty for destroying this country.  I am guilty for accepting their agenda and pushing forward even in the face of more people that choose to produce nothing... yet consume everything.

Treasury Secretary Lew: Stop lying to the American people.  Since January 2009, the federal government has thrown money out the window then burned it once it hit the ground.  Starting with spending for non-existent "shovel ready jobs," your Administration bilks taxpayers and future generations blithely and continuously.  Federal spending under President Obama's watch soared upwards from 2007 levels by approximately one trillion dollars each subsequent year.  This huge increase funds ineffective and "extraordinary stimulus" outflows that the Obama Administration apparently seeks to lock in as a permanent, growing base even as we unwisely shrink our military.

The Threat We Face.  The president, his chief operative Valerie Jarrett and his chief political strategist David Axelrod all came out of the same Communist left and the same radical new left as I did, and all have remained heart and soul a part of it.  As someone who turned his back on that destructive movement, I can say with confidence that they have not. [...] Instead of calling themselves communists or socialists they call themselves liberals and progressives.  This camouflage is very old.  I never once heard my parents and their party friends refer to themselves as Communists.  They were progressives — and registered Democrats.

What Democrats Really Care About.  To understand what motivates Obama, it's important to understand a critical aspect of liberalism:  liberals are all about a will for power, not about caring for the poor.  A key core attribute of most liberals is a sense of smug superiority:
  •   Atheist liberals believe they are better than those fools who believe in God.
  •   Liberals who give little of their own money to charity believe they are better than Christians who sacrifice to help the poor.
  •   Liberals who have no children believe they know better how to raise children than do families who actually have children.
  •   Racist liberals believe that they are better than blacks, which is why white liberals believe they can define who is authentically black.
  •   Liberals who've never run a business or created a job believe they know better than American businessmen how to run a business.

Bankrupt ideas lead to bankrupt governments.  There is nothing left to cut," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi last week when referring to the federal budget.  Again, she displayed a complete disconnect with reality — a disconnect reinforced by all those other fantasyland souls who make her their leader. [...] [F]ederal spending is at record levels in nominal terms and near the all-time high as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP), except during World War II.

Wendy Davis favors driver licenses for immigrants here illegally.  The Fort Worth Democrat, who is due to announce her plans Thursday, said in response to questions at the Texas Tribune Festival that she favors:
  ·   Granting driver licenses to immigrants in the country illegally, citing business backing for the idea.
  ·   Re-regulating college tuition only if the state steps up to the plate with the money needed to subsidize the move.
  ·   More investment in public education, including making pre-kindergarten available to all students.

Patient Privacy Goes Out the Window and Into the ObamaCare Data Hub.  The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — "ObamaCare" as it will be forever known in the annals of failed, big-government policies — wants to know what you've been up to in your sex life.  It's ironic that ObamaCare, passed in the dead of night with only Democrat votes, should make such an egregious attempt to violate the privacy rights of medical patients.  After all, wasn't it the Democratic Party that held a national convention in 2012 celebrating abortion and claiming a woman's "choice" should be a private matter between her and her doctor?

Dem Rep. Alan Grayson Praises Rise of 'Stealth Socialism' in America.  Asked about the Fed's expanding balance sheet, the Florida Democrat said:  "We've had a government takeover of the bond market.  Stealth socialism's been created.  Government simply ends up owning more and more and more."  "If government had taken over the steel industry, maybe it would have been more noticeable," he added.  "They've taken over the financing of housing industry as well, with a desired result."

Surprise CBO report: United States on an "unsustainable" budget course.  Here's some oh-so-pleasant news to keep in mind as Democrats casually insist that we should simply raise the debt ceiling again and again and again, with no end in sight, and fiercely rip Republicans for even daring to suggest budget cuts to federal programs.

Freedom of the Press is now an Entitlement?  Diane Feinstein and a few other well meaning Senators are in the process of defining who qualifies for 1st Amendment rights, or privileges as she put it, as the Senate Judiciary Committee attempts to iron out a "shield law for reporters or journalists" from having to divulge their sources.  This rush for an immediate fix regarding the press has nothing to do with a recent scandal in which the NSA ran rough shod over individual rights or private records and which the Justice Department claimed to have no knowledge; no there's no connection, move along.

Study: 114 Out Of 117 Global Warming Predictions Wrong.  The Left is habitually on the wrong side of any issue.  I've maintained that if these people were blindly flipping a coin to decide their policy positions, over the long term they'd be right half the time.  Clearly they deliberately choose positions that are carefully calculated to cause harm. [...] They been to the drawing board and they have conspired to promote a lie calculated to cause maximum harm to industrialized nations to fulfill a political agenda.

California Legislature OKs minimum wage boost.  A bill that would boost California's minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2016 won approval by the state Legislature on Thursday [9/12/2013] and was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, who said he would sign it.  The measure would raise the current $8 minimum wage to $9 an hour next July 1 and to $10 on Jan. 1, 2016.

Senate Panel OKs Measure Defining a Journalist.  A Senate panel on Thursday approved a measure defining a journalist, which had been an obstacle to broader media shield legislation designed to protect reporters and the news media from having to reveal their sources.

There Ought To Be No Law.  As I've written elsewhere, under the guise of "protection," the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party is moving toward its real goal of licensing journalists and creating an American version of Britain's Official Secrets Act.  The Senate bill has nothing to do with protecting journalists, and everything to do with the Government Class protecting itself from those who would expose its activities.  Having successfully co-opted what used to be the national media — so much so that there is now a veritable revolving door between Washington and old-media institutions — Congress now seeks to shut down via exclusion all those who do not toe the party line.

Who's a journalist?  The bill is supposed to protect journalists by defining who get the protection accorded to the Fourth Estate.  I get that.  But it's not up to the government to define who is, and who is not, a journalist, especially in an era when "reporting" covers everything from being a beat jocket at a paper to being a guy who records something on his cellphone and distributes the news via YouTube.

The Colorado recall was about more than gun control.  There was much more going on in Tuesday's recall elections Colorado than an up and down vote on Second Amendment Issues.  We may be looking at a bipartisan rebellion against a problem that afflicts both parties:  lawmakers passing laws that make them feel virtuous but which are either ineffectual or actually make life worse for the voters.  It was arrogance and overreaching that deposed the leader of the Colorado State Senate and a female Hispanic Democrat from a district where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by 24 percent.

The Myth of Live-and-Let-Live Liberalism.  [Scroll down]  Seriously, who else do people think are behind efforts to ban big sodas or sue hairdressers for charging women more than men?  Who harasses little kids for making toy guns out of sticks, Pop Tarts, or their own fingers?  Who wants to regulate the air you breathe, the food you eat, and the beverages you drink?  Who wants to control your thermostat?  Take your guns?  Your cigarettes?

Syrial Losers.  Americans unsure what to think about President Obama's plans for Syria should remember that all military action undertaken by Democrats for the last half-century has led to utter disaster.

Three-and-a-half More Years of Obama!  We will not win this round.  We have a national security system that is run by wannabe trannies and later-day beatniks.  We are operating under the delusion that major military units can be led in battle by gays, transvestites, and what have you.  We have convinced ourselves that the 21st-century world can be mastered by weapons purchased in the 1980s.  We have sown the wind.  We will reap the whirlwind.

Are Liberals Misanthropes?  Individual freedom is a low priority for liberals.  In fact, they see individual freedom as a problem, not a blessing.  Liberals fear freedom.  They don't like freedom because they don't like what people do with their freedom.  If you don't like humans and don't approve of their behavior, you will not want them to be free.  If you dislike humans, you'll dislike liberty. [...] That's why most of liberalism involves constriction of individual freedom.  Liberals love government.  They advocate taking choice away from individuals and putting it in the hands of politicians and bureaucrats.  That is a dehumanizing process.

Rangel: No Young Person Should Have to Pay for College.  Congressman Charlie Rangel (D-NY), offered a modest proposal in response to Barack Obama's suggestions on education policy Thursday.  Speaking on MSNBC's Martin Bashir show to substitute host Joy-Ann Reid, Rangel opined that no young people should have to pay for their college education.

Tolerance, Health and Fascism.  In the name of tolerance, girls' high school teams in California and elsewhere must now accept male players who feel female.  In the name of tolerance, businesses cannot fire a man who one day shows up on the sales floor dressed as a woman.  For the left, tolerance does not mean tolerance.  It means first, acceptance.  And second, celebration.  That is totalitarianism:  You not only have to live with what you may differ with, dear citizen, you have to celebrate it or pay a steep price.

America the Trivial.  At the end of two years of near-record drought in California, the fate of hundreds of thousands of acres of irrigated farmlands, which feed millions of Americans and earn billions of dollars in critical foreign exchange, hinges on a snow-filled winter in the Sierra Nevada.  You might never know of that razor's edge from the state legislature.  Rather than discussing new dams and canals, it debated whether transgendered youth in public schools could use the bathrooms of their choice and whether residents should need a permit to buy ammunition.

You don't need a license to exercise a right.
California's State Senate Passes 'Ammunition Purchase Permit' Bill.  As I write [8/13/2013], California's state legislature is attempting to regain for the state the lost title of Most Anti-Gun Place in the Union.  The senate has just passed a provision that would require residents to get hold of a "Purchase Permit" before buying ammunition.

SoCal Senator Pushes For Ammunition Buying License.  A controversial gun measure proposed by a Southern California lawmaker that would require background checks for all ammunition purchases statewide is moving forward in Sacramento.

Hot air in Las Vegas.  What happens in Las Vegas, despite what they say, does not always stay in Las Vegas.  Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, has invited Democratic politicians and liberal activists to gather there Tuesday [8/13/2013] to sit still for sermons about global warming and to think big thoughts about clean energy.  The congregation will hear how it's not so much about taking control of the weather as about how to promote more government subsidies for impractical sources of power that nobody else wants.

State asks insurers: Are you ready for climate change?  Minnesota has joined four other states in requiring its insurance companies to discuss how extensively they've prepared for climate change.  About 70 companies have until Aug. 31 to respond to an eight-question survey.

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The temperature in Dallas changes about 25 or 30 degrees between night and day.  Sometimes the high temperature is at least 100°F. for a week at a time.  How hot would it have to get before the effects of global warming would justify an insurance claim -- in Minnesota?  Insurance provides coverage against unlikely losses.  A tornado might hit Dallas this year, but it won't wipe out every house in town.  So the insurance companies can provide coverage knowing that relatively few people will file claims.  Global warming, on the other hand, is a change with a projected rate of one or two degrees per century, and right now the global warming rate is zero.  In other words, if it ever happens, we will have had plenty of warning.  The whole idea of demanding proof of readiness from the insurance companies has only two purposes, as far as I can tell:  [#1]  It is harrassment of the insurance companies, which are second only to oil companies as the liberals' most reviled villain, and [#2]  it is an attempt to substantiate liberals' claims that global warming causes everything, when in reality there is no global warming and therefore global warming has caused nothing.

Green Jobs: Surely You're Joking, Mr. President.  In his speech at Knox College, President Obama laid out his plan for the Detroitification of America:  higher taxes, higher spending, increased minimum wages, more mandates, and rerouting the path of upward mobility through tried-and-failed social programs.  He blames unfettered markets for taking America away from the halcyon days of the 1950s and 1960s, ignoring the phenomenal growth of taxes, spending, and regulation since then.  His promise for more of the same makes you wonder if his teleprompter has been inverting his charts and tables.

Dem Rep: We're Not Broke; Gov't Just Doesn't Have Your Money... Yet.  The 'Inclusive Prosperity Act' is the latest in a long string of "transaction tax" proposals.  Essentially the act would levy a sales tax on the trading of stocks, bonds and derivatives.  And while the tax might be ill-conceived, and economically damaging, it was the sales pitch for the tax that proved to be most disturbing.

The Death of Populism.  Gas has gone up about $2 a gallon since Barack Obama took office.  Given average yearly rates of national consumption, that increase alone translates into an extra $1 trillion that American drivers have collectively paid in higher fuel costs over the last 54 months.  Such a crushing burden on the cash-strapped commuter class is rarely cited in the liberal fixation on cap-and-trade, wind and solar subsidies, and the supposed dangers of fracking.

Democrats' Assault On Filibuster Would Alter Our Republic.  Democrats, led by Majority Leader Harry Reid, seem intent on pursuing the so-called nuclear option on the Senate's filibuster rules.  Someday, they might even win.  They should be careful what they wish for.  Given the low esteem of Congress in the public's eye and the slow-motion collapse of the Democratic Party's Big Government agenda, Reid and his allies no doubt believe that changing the Senate's decades-old filibuster rules is a good idea.

Hate Crimes Indeed.  We are forever being told by the left about how awful this country is for anyone who is not white.  Blacks are being gunned down in the streets by non-blacks.  Except they're not.  Muslims are being discriminated against wholesale, and are afraid to leave their homes.  Except they're not.  Gun owners are violent crazies bent on mass murder, except they're not.  Christians are trying to force their religion on us.  Except they're not.  Tea Party members are racists and violent.  I believe the Breitbart reward for evidence of the accusations of tea party racism remains unclaimed, even in this day of cell phone cameras and video.

Homes, Businesses to Pay 'Rain Fees' In Nine Maryland Counties.  Despite a Republican filibuster attempt in the Senate, the Maryland General Assembly has passed legislation that would implement a stormwater pollution fee to raise revenue to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.  Approved by the Senate and House of Delegates minutes before the end of the legislative session, HB 987 requires nine counties and Baltimore City to establish a watershed protection and restoration program.  Senate Republican Leader E. J. Pipkin proposed 12 amendments, none of which were adopted.  Pipkin said the bill was essentially an attempt to tax rain water.

The New 'Pro-Choice' Mantra: 'Hail Satan!'  Not surprisingly, as the pro-abortion side loses legislative battle after legislative battle, its "true colors" are coming into focus.  Those colors are darker than many might have imagined. [...] Understandably, many leftists now complain that this frank display of "pro-choice" allegiance to the prince of darkness has hurt the multi-billion dollar baby-killing biz.  They're right.  It has.  It's blown away the smokescreen of euphemistic "pro-choice" rhetoric and propaganda to expose, naked beneath, that which lies at abortion's inglorious core:  Death, death and more death.

In some cases, when a Leftist Democrat makes a statement, exactly the opposite is true.
Harry Reid: Insufficient Government Spending Hurts U.S. Economy.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a press release Friday [7/5/2013] that insufficient government spending, caused by Republican "austerity policies" is hurting the U.S. economy and preventing a quicker recovery.  "We need to continue advancing policies that spur growth and create jobs," Reid said.  "It's time for Republicans to let go of their failed austerity policies that weigh down our economy and prevent a speedier recovery.  We simply can't cut our way to prosperity."

Who is a Journalist?  Sen. Dick Durbin thinks it's time for Congress to decide who's a real reporter.  In The Chicago Sun-Times last week, he wrote:  "Everyone, regardless of the mode of expression, has a constitutionally protected right to free speech.  But when it comes to freedom of the press, I believe we must define a journalist and the constitutional and statutory protections those journalists should receive."  How do you decide who is a journalist?

Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin Wants Government to Decide Who Qualifies as a Real Journalist.  What qualifies as "legitimate journalism" or a "news website" in Durbin's mind?  Anyone can tweet something that constitutes news and the broadcast of which can be deemed journalism.  Tweets of ordinary citizens molested by the TSA have become news stories.  As we've seen repeatedly over the past several decades, so-called journalists can bury stories harmful to powerful politicians or pet causes.

Memo To Dick Durbin: All Americans Are Journalists.  Congress, when controlled by Democrats, already has the mainstream media under its thumb.  So it's not ABC, NBC, CBS, the New York Times and the Washington Post that Durbin is worried about.  It's the bloggers, tweeters and Facebook users that he wants to control. [...] With the mainstream press in their pockets, what Durbin and others truly fear are citizen journalists and the free and open dissemination of ideas that threaten the political class' agenda.

Another brilliant idea from the people who brought you the Autopen President:
Dem resolution would let 'mobile Congress' cast votes from home.  A freshman House Democrat filed a resolution Friday [6/28/2013] that would allow members of Congress to vote remotely on bills from their home districts.  Rep. Eric Swalwell's (D-Calif.) proposal for a mobile Congress would amend House rules so lawmakers can take care of business using the latest communication technologies, including video conferencing.

Oh, really?  Somebody does, and it's not the Republicans.
Wasserman Schultz: Dems have 'no gay agenda'.  Supreme Court decisions are fast becoming the Democratic National Committee's BFF because for a second day the Democrats have drafted off a court decision with a fundraising pitch.  This time Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is cheering the end of the Defense of Marriage Act in her fundraising memo feature a picture of a beaming President Obama.  On Tuesday, the Democrats blasted the court's decision to gut the Voting Rights Act.  In her note, Wasserman Schultz said that the party has "no gay agenda."

Now the defense of marriage begins.  A couple of hours after the decisions were announced, President Obama's Organizing for Action sent an email to supporters stating that the rulings were "a call to action."  "This is a fight we will win," Mr. Obama's team announced.  "We will go state by state if we have to.  And OFA is going to be there every step of the way."  With each court decision in favor of same-sex marriage, the country takes another step away from the vision of our Founders, who understood that American exceptionalism is rooted in Judeo-Christian values — values that include the biblical definition of marriage.  They understood that our freedom is based not on the liberty to do what we please, but on liberty that comes from God, who teaches that only a virtuous people can remain free.

Why Liberals Kill.  Generally speaking, like all relativistic people, liberals don't have principles.  They have feelings.  And feelings change with the wind.  Of course, some have learned the hard way — mostly through debating liberals, only to find they're virtually immune to reason — that the left isn't intellect-oriented but emotion-oriented.  But the question is, why do liberals deify their own feelings?  The short answer is that they have little else to deify.

Dem bill would require companies to give workers paid time off to vote.  A group of House Democrats has proposed legislation that would require companies around the country to give workers two hours of paid time off in order to vote in federal elections.  The bill, from Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.), is co-sponsored by 17 Democrats, including many from states or U.S. territories without laws in place to guarantee paid time off.

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And of course as long as you're on the Democrats' payroll for those two hours, you know how you're expected to vote.  The Democrats haven't bought your vote, strictly speaking, but you owe them two hours of your pay, which could be quite substantial in the 30-hour work week under Obamacare.

Immigration reform to gag on.  Sometimes the only antidote for poison is more poison.  The body politic just can't take it any more and throws up everything.  The result would suit the Democrats just fine.  The Democrats pushing immigration reform want the issue, not the reform, and they think a defeat they could hang on the Republicans could give them a shot at keeping the Senate and taking the House next November.  Then they could enact a law to give everybody who wants one an American passport.  This would guarantee unanimous election results, like those in the squalid places the illegals are fleeing.

Fascism In America.  Progressivism is a harbinger of fascist collectivism.  Omnipotent central government, economic regulation — sometimes known as "crony capitalism" — redistribution of wealth; all these are consistent with fascism.

Obama calls Democrats 'common-sense folks'.  President Barack Obama told a fundraising crowd in California Thursday night [6/6/2013] that Democrats represent the moderate party.  "If you talk to us ... it turns out we're pretty common-sense folks," he told a crowd of 75 in Palo Alto, Calif., at a fundraiser for Senate Democrats.

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Is that right, Mr. Soetoro/Obama?  Is it common sense to suspend a five-year-old from school for pretending a pencil is a gun?  Is it common sense to give 1.3 billion dollars to Egypt -- secretly?  Is it common sense to take half of the U.S. corn crop and turn it into a gasoline additive instead of food?  Is it common sense to impede offshore oil drilling when gas is $4.00 a gallon?  Is it common sense to let Mexican drug pushers walk off with thousands of guns?  Is it common sense to strip-search little old ladies at the airport?  Is it common sense to spend billions of dollars on solar panels and windmills that nobody in the free market wants?  Is it common sense to spend billions of dollars fighting global warming -- even though global warming stopped, all by itself, in 1998?  Do people with common sense attend TUCC more than once?  Do people with common sense vote for a black candidate just because he's black?  Do people with common sense want illegal aliens to get food stamps?  Do people with common sense think Guam is going to capsize if too many people go there?  Do people with common sense welcome Sharia law to the United States?  Do people with common sense kill unborn children?

The epic implosion of hope and change.  With scandals engulfing the Obama administration, I'll happily reiterate what I've been saying since 2008 (and even earlier).  Namely:  liberalism has no limiting principle.  It exists to attempt to create utopia, and considers evil anyone who doubts the attainability of that dream.  To the left, the only truly unethical thing is to question the rolling tide of progressivism and the rise of the state.

A Gender-Neutral Army.  The proposal to put women into combat is a transparently bad idea for reasons of common sense.  Without an ongoing conflict and with deep cuts to the military, there is no shortage of manpower that requires desperate measures and compromised standards.  There is no reasonable reason for it all except the need to transform the military from a warfighting force into a beacon of liberal values.

The Burden Is on Us.  The Obama administration is drowning in the tsunami of its lawlessness. [...] What were [Ambassador] Stevens and others in the U.S. diplomatic corps doing at that Temporary Mission Facility in Benghazi in the first place?  Was the Obama administration running a Middle Eastern version of Fast and Furious?  Were we arming terrorists?  Why were particular organizations investigated and harassed by the IRS, and on whose say?  For what purposes did you snoop on the communications of the Associated Press?  They weren't pliant enough?  The responsibility is on Democrats everywhere, who must, once and for all, put aside their maniacal loyalty to a man who is finally being widely exposed as a tyrant.

In Praise of Schadenfreude.  Why is anybody surprised by the tactics of this administration?  Starting with the 2008 campaign, some of us have been warning about the fundamental nature of a crew whose explicit goal was the fundamental transformation of the United States of America.  Today, as scandal piles upon scandal, the press finally seems to be waking up to the fact that it's been had.

25 Reasons To Dislike Liberals.  Is every liberal an immoral, nasty tempered, habitual liar who accuses people of racism for fun and trashes his own country because he thinks it makes him look sophisticated?  Of course, not!  On the other hand, is that a fairly accurate description of most liberals in politics?  Yes, it is.

"Progressive" Action List — Destroy the Military, Defeat the "Right".  In a speech delivered last Saturday [4/27/2013] to a members conference of the Communist Party USA, Sam Webb, the party's Chairman, acknowledged that "it is easy to become frustrated with the pace and scale of change in recent years," but laid out an approach he believes has the "potential to shape a bright future for the majority of Americans."  Webb noted that the election of President Barack Obama in 2008, which gave people the hope that things would change for the better, but has left them with that hope not fully realized.

Dems propose minimum 45 percent tax rate on income above $1 million.  Several House Democrats on Thursday introduced legislation that would impose a minimum 45 percent tax rate on taxable income above $1 million, and would set a 49 percent rate on income above $1 billion.  The Fairness in Taxation Act, H.R. 1723, was proposed by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), who said the bill would help put the nation's wealth back into the hands of middle- and lower-income workers.

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That was the original idea of the income tax — to skim a little off the wealthiest Americans and spread the wealth around.  Right now, the ceiling is at a billion dollars — above which the Democrats would like to help themselves to half your income — but I predict the ceiling will gradually drop until the 45% rate affects most of us.

Clinging to Guns — and Abortion.  Atop the quotable Barack Obama there will be this:  "And it's not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them."  Everyone clings to something.  But when it comes to criticizing unseemly political dependencies, it's almost always liberals accusing them of clinging to positions and ideas that an enlightened society would have abandoned.  But what do liberals cling to? Recent events have revealed two things.  Gun control and abortion.

1984 + 29.  Imagine if, during the campaign of 2008, someone had written the following:  "If Barack Obama is elected president, then each year from now on the federal budget will be a trillion dollars in the red.  He will pile up in two terms more debt than all previous presidents combined.  Interest rates will stay at near zero; 7.6 percent unemployment will be proof of progress in creating jobs.  Record use of food stamps, unemployment, and disability insurance will be hallmarks of recovery.  The government will take over health care, and the costs will skyrocket.  During Obama's second term, ammunition will vanish from America's store shelves in panic buying.  Gay marriage will become uncontroversial.  Women will be eligible for infantry combat. [...]" Obviously, such a conspiracist would have been dismissed as an unhinged nut.

Obama's plan hatched at Columbia University.  My time at Columbia made it crystal clear:  liberals always believe they are morally superior.  While they publicly state that their mission is to save the world from prejudice, patriotism, racism, greed, and inequality, they are, in fact, hostile and resentful towards anyone who has achieved self-made success through American values.  It is in this cesspool of intolerance that Obama and his Marxist cronies hatched a secret plan to destroy our country.

Exclusive: Obama's budget raises taxes by $1 trillion.  President Obama's 2014 budget calls for a trillion dollars in new taxes, almost twice as much as previously thought, The Washington Examiner has learned.  "Of the more than $1 trillion in new taxes, about $800 billion is raised through the individual income tax system, about $125 billion comes from new excise taxes — including new taxes on tobacco and financial companies," a source familiar with the president's budget explained.

The Obama Budget Proposal: Tax Increase on Charity.  President Obama's long-awaited budget proposal, to be released today, does not come right out and say that it intends to reduce contributions to charity — but that is almost certainly what would happen were it to become law.

Apparently the ultimate goal is to commandeer your children at birth.  This is just an incremental step in that direction.
Obama: Put Nation's 4-Year-Olds in 'Public Preschool;' Will Save on 'Child-Care Costs'.  In the message he issued along with his budget proposal on Wednesday morning [4/10/2013], President Barack Obama said he wants to see 4-year-old children in the United States enrolled in public schools.  Obama said America needs to start enrolling 4-year-olds to make sure the children are "better prepared for the demands of the global economy" and to help parents save on "child-care costs."

Where's the Progress in Progressivism?  [Scroll down]  Progress, in this special sense applicable to politics for the past century and a half, does not mean growing prosperity, technological development, increased understanding, or any of the other things we might regard as progress in the limited, contingent world of history understood (properly) as the product of the choices and actions of individual men. [...] But Progress, as this word is used by progressives, means the inescapable logic of History, leading mankind "forward," ultimately by means of the historical dialectic's peculiar means of drawing logical conclusions, namely violent upheaval, aka "revolution."

Wisely and Slow.  The Nancy Pelosi approach to lawmaking — pass the bill to find out what's in it — is no way to go about repairing our defective immigration system.

Obama's Alinsky Tactics Go into Overdrive.  One day it's voting rights; the next day, gun control and immigration reform; then health care; then student loans; then climate change; then oil drilling; then the coal industry; then gay marriage; then minimum-wage and living-wage laws; then a brain research initiative. [...] Above all, it is vital to understand that none of this "hyperactivity" is random or accidental.  Every single, solitary bit of it has been carefully planned and orchestrated by Obama and his political allies, for the purpose of advancing the transformational change the president so zealously seeks to impose on America by means of the tactics taught by the late, famed godfather of community organizing, Saul Alinsky.

Liberals accomplish massive changes through innocuous incremental steps.  Note the steps:
  •   Ask for more than you know you can achieve.  In fact, ask for something you don't even want.  Then everyone will be focused more on that than on your real goal.
  •   Use all media and educational tools to inculcate your view in the public and low-information voters.
  •   Develop your own lexicon, redefine words, and then keep pounding those words into the psyche each time you speak.
  •   Attack your opponents not on logic or facts, but by name-calling and emotion, and accuse them of being "obstructionist."
  •   When you concede, always be sure you've moved the marker a little farther toward your goal.
  •   Reset the measures so that the new position is now considered "normal," which makes it impossible for anyone to argue against or reverse.

Obama Budget to Cap Retirement Accounts at $3 Million.  The budget President Barack Obama will submit on April 10 will contain a proposal that would prohibit individuals from accumulating more than $3 million in Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and tax-preferred retirement accounts.

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Remember, the income tax originally affected only the wealthy, and affected them only a little.  Tyranny starts small and grows incrementally.

Here are the 46 Senators Who Voted to Turn Your Gun Rights Over to UN.  The anti-gun senators are all Democrats or so-called Independents.

The Coming Global Warming Voter Backlash.  News is breaking out all over:  global warming stopped 20 years ago. [...] While our economy is struggling and our nation in debt, Democrats squandered tens of billions on a climate change hoax.  How many voters are unemployed due to climate change polices?  Unnecessary regulations are strangling people's jobs and their lives.  And then one must wonder:  what else were Democrats unbelievably wrong about?

Is the Republican Party America's Achilles Heel?  There is a war going on in the United States — as survivor of World War II I do not say that lightly.  It is being waged by the current incarnation of the Democratic Party in order to transform the most successful nation in the history of mankind into another secular socialist state permanently ruled by an oligarchy made up of the establishment in their party.

New York approves $9 minimum wage.  The New York Legislature approved a $135 billion budget that included a $9 minimum wage and a middle-class tax rebate paid for by the "millionaires tax."

Taxpayers to subsidize NY's higher minimum wage.  A hike in New York's minimum wage is a big win for Democrats, but a provision buried inside the tentative state budget shows taxpayers will be paying much of the bill.

Senate Democrats unite to defeat balanced budget motion.  Senate Democrats stuck together on Thursday night [3/21/2013] to oppose a GOP floor motion that would have required them to rewrite their budget to make it balance.  The motion was defeated on a 46 to 53 vote.  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) joined with the united Republican Conference to support it.

Clintons' Progress.  No progressive 100 years ago could have imagined their ideology and Democratic Party embracing gay marriage.  Woodrow Wilson and William Jennings Bryan are rolling over in their graves.  [In fact], merely a decade-and-a-half ago, the entirety of the Democratic Party supported traditional marriage, codified under law.  And yet, Democrats turned on a dime in faithful obedience to Barack Obama's mountaintop-message sanctifying gay marriage a year ago.

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No progressive 100 years ago could have imagined the word "gay" meaning "homosexual."

The Abolition of Sex.  The Massachusetts public school system has taken the tired mantra "You can be whatever you want to be" to new heights of absurdity.  It is now possible for any student to declare what his sex is regardless of whether it is the biological opposite of what she was born as.  The new transgender manifesto, which includes punishments and counseling for students who object to the idea of changing one's sex by fiat, can be found here.  The basic premise is that a student has the right to decide what sex he or she is, and the school is required to support the child's self-proclaimed identity in every respect.

Universal Background Checks: the Liberal Holy Grail.  The goals of the left have always been shrouded in deception and misrepresentation.  Hide your true agenda behind a deceitful argument and then, after grabbing power, do what you really meant to do all along.  That is what Hitler, Lenin, Mao, Castro and Obama have all done.  By controlling the terms of the discussion, the left controls the argument.  Actual Assault Rifles are not sold to the general public.  The left invented the term "assault-style rifles" and the next thing you know assault-style rifles become assault rifles.

Progressive Democrat Control Came Via Welfare State Voters.  The U.S. populace has simply become too ignorant, stupid and weak (qualities reflected in those it chooses to send to Washington) for the nation to survive.  The country is committing slow-motion assisted suicide — maybe not so slow anymore.  It must be said because the tipping point has been passed:  The liberal Democrats are literally destroying America.

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House Dem calls for penny-a-gallon increase in the gas tax.  Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) on Tuesday [3/19/2013] said Congress needs to pass legislation increasing the federal gasoline tax in order to pay for increased and ongoing demands on U.S. infrastructure.  DeFazio warned on the House floor that the federal highway trust fund will fall to zero by next year, and said the government is spending billions less on infrastructure each year, which is hurting job creation.

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If the government is "spending billions less on infrastructure," what happened to the trillion dollars of "stimulus" money spent in Obama's first term?

Obama Wants to Invest in Infrastructure and Make it Impossible to Build Anything.  If you heard one theme that Obama has been on about at the beginning of both of his terms, it's infrastructure. [...] All the bridges, we were told, were seconds away from falling down.  The highways were full of potholes. [...] The infrastructure pitch sounds good to a lot of people.  But it's coupled with an environmentalist anti-infrastructure pitch.

House Dem budget includes $1.2T in taxes, $200B new stimulus.  House Democrats on Monday unveiled a 2014 budget proposal that includes $1.2 trillion in new taxes and $200 billion in stimulus spending.  That's about twice the level of stimulus spending that what was in the Senate Democratic budget, which included $975 million in new taxes.

Outsourcing the Poor.  [Scroll down]  Meanwhile, secular liberals, opinion leaders, and the news media want to remove the Catholic Church as a moral obstacle to abortion, homosexual marriage, and other liberal goals.  They embrace Islam, although Muslims also oppose abortion, homosexuality and homosexual marriage.  They oppose the Catholic Church because Catholics oppose abortion, homosexuality, and homosexual marriage.  Thinking things through has never been a liberal strength.

Karl Marx and the American Dream.  You cannot use Karl Marx's ideas to help the middle class.  You can't do it.  Anyone who claims otherwise is stupid, ignorant, crazy, a liar, or some combination of the above.

Senate Democrats Want Unnecessary $1.5 Trillion Tax Increase.  It has been nearly four years since the last time the Senate passed a budget.  In that time, it hasn't as much as proposed a budget.  That at long last changed yesterday when Senate Budget chairwoman Patty Murray (D-WA) released a budget plan for next year.  Now that the Democrats in control of the Senate have at least proposed a budget, passing it through the senior chamber will be the next challenge.  Doing so will be no small order.  It could be difficult because, to no one's surprise, Murray's budget includes a massive tax increase.  She wants to raise taxes by $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years.  She would do so by "closing loopholes."

Hoyer warns GOP to abandon efforts to repeal healthcare law.  House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) warned his Republican counterpart on Friday [3/15/2013] that the GOP will have no hope of finding bipartisan agreement on any issue if it continues to insist on repealing the 2010 healthcare law.  "If we want to do something in a bipartisan fashion, if we want to get to an end here, we ought to stop pretending that we're going to repeal the Affordable Care Act," Hoyer told Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).  "We had an election about that.  We won.  The president won."

Senate Democrats' Budget Hikes Spending 62%.  Federal spending this year will top out at $3.6 trillion.  At the start of the recession in 2007, federal spending was just $2.7 trillion.  Under the Democrat's plan, however, over the next ten years spending will rise sharply to $5.7 trillion, an increase of 62%.

Pelosi Will Balance the Budget Over Her Dead Body.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Thursday that she would like to see a balanced budget, "in a number of decades."  During her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill, CNSNews.com asked Pelosi if she agreed with President Barack Obama's recent remarks that America does not have an "immediate" debt crisis.  The U.S. debt as of Wednesday stands at $16.7 trillion.

Senate Democrats' budget includes nearly $1 trillion in new taxes.  The first budget from Senate Democrats in four years includes nearly $1 trillion in new taxes but would not balance the budget.  The blueprint unveiled by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on Tuesday to her Democratic colleagues would also turn off the next nine years of the sequester and replace those spending cuts with a 50-50 mix of tax increases and spending cuts.  The budget would dedicate $100 billion to economic stimulus in the form of infrastructure spending and job training.

Senate Democrats release first budget in four years, includes $1 trillion in tax increases.  The Senate on Wednesday [3/13/2013] presented its first budget in four years, a proposal by leaders of the Democrat-controlled chamber that calls for nearly $1 trillion in tax increases but includes no strategy to make federal revenue match spending in the coming years.  The plan calls for $975 billion in new tax revenue through closing loopholes and ending deductions and credits benefiting corporations and the country's highest wage earners.

America's New Theocracy.  Guns.  Soda.  Salt.  SUVs.  Trans Fats.  Plastic bags. [...] Styrofoam.  Fracking.  The Bible.  Rush Limbaugh.  Conservative talk radio.  Fox News.  Plastic bags.  Smoking.  Shark fin soup.  Bacon.  Paper Bags.  Oil.  Coal.  The internal combustion engine.  Incandescent light bulbs.  And don't forget the Foie Gras.  One could keep going, but suffice to say these things are on the short list of things liberals in America either have banned or seek to ban.

Schakowsky Busted: Assault Weapons "Absolutely" Just the Beginning.  The Marxists Dems in control of the party can never be honest and up front about what they're trying to do — whether it be moving from a free market driven health care system to a government run healthcare system, or a ban on only certain, dangerous high-powered assault weapons (that only dangerous gun nuts own) to a complete ban on guns — they have to lie about their goals, lest the general public catch on.

Schakowsky: Assault Weapons Ban 'Just the Beginning'.  Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), a member of the Democratic Party's leadership in the House of Representatives, suggested to Jason Mattera at a Feb. 13 women's rights rally that plans for an assault weapons ban and private-sales background checks were only the beginning of a broader gun control agenda extending to handguns as well.

Making the world safe from armed Mallards.  Dianne Feinstein is the absolute, living demonstration in support of the concept of term limits for Congress.  No pol has been more aggressive than Old Dame Feinstein in seizing on the recent school shooting tragedy in Connecticut to advance her über liberal, gun-grabbing agenda.  This old Left Coast tool has recently advanced her silliness to the point of making herself the subject of outright ridicule.

The Obama Credo.  I believe that the federal government should confiscate guns from law-abiding Americans, but give thousands of guns to Mexican drug gangs to kill our Border Patrol agents.  I believe the president should stay up late partying with Jay-Z and Beyonce, but hit the sack when our Libyan consulate is under attack and our Ambassador is missing.  I believe that plastic bags are a menace to the earth, but Iran's nuclear weapons are no big deal.  I believe that mankind controls the weather, but is helpless to get a job.

Phoenix mayor, council open the women's bathroom door for men.  On Feb. 26, the Phoenix City Council passed the so-called "Bathroom Bill," which will allow not only "transgendered" men, but also any man who thinks he is a woman to use many of the same public restrooms that women and young girls use.  The bill, which passed 5-3, is a sterling example of how a mayor and city council can quickly forego their duty to protect women and children in order to win the praise and support of special-interest groups in the community.

Why Is America Facing Economic and Societal Turmoil?  [Scroll down]  The nation now has the most radical government in its history.  The victors are unabashedly brazen in their triumph.  While still assuming that the general public is asleep, they do not hesitate to openly advocate and implement policies not wanted by the electorate.  Among them:  so-called green energy, health care restructuring, amnesty for illegal aliens, gun control, gay marriage and expanded welfare and social spending.  The Left does so, not as a benefit for the country or its people, but to enhance and make permanent government power, regardless of the long term consequences to the nation.

Agenda: How Marxists Are Grinding America Down.  Though he uses the term Communism more pointedly and for a reason, [Curtis] Bowers['] research is a good overview that traces the history of Marxism (in all its variants) in America from Karl Marx and the Fabian Socialists in England to their philosophical progeny today — from the radicals of the 1960s to those radicals who mentored Barack Obama.  He shows in a simple and visual way how hard-core radicals have taken over our culture through many of the major institutions in our country — including unions, education and, finally, government — and the Agenda they have.

Nancy Pelosi demands $10.10 per hour minimum wage.  Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that recent Wall Street gains mean one sure thing:  The minimum wage should be hike to $10.10 per hour.  "This week, we saw something quite remarkable — the stock marking soaring to record heights," she said, Raw Story reported. [...] So, she suggests, why not raise the current minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour — even more than the $9 per hour proposed by the president?

The Low-Information Voter's Guide to Politics.  Are you typically lost when co-workers discuss current events around the water cooler?  Do you have trouble figuring out the national debt or who that Ben Ghazi dude is, but you know what's on Kim Kardashian's grocery list?  If you think you only deserve fun answers to all life's questions ... you're right!  This primer will help you look smart and morally superior in any political discussion.

The Logic of Liberalism.  The serious issues of immigration and naturalization are tricky, particularly in a weakened economy.  Neither liberals nor conservatives know quite what to do.  The liberal idea is, as usual, to spend more money, but even they are uncertain the net result — except probably the accrual of more votes.

Popular Standard Shotgun Could Be Banned Under Proposed Bill.  A popular hunting shotgun could be banned under one of the bills moving through the state Capitol.  A pump or semi-automatic shotgun is the gun most hunters in Colorado use.  It's a gun state Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, says could be banned under a bill that's already passed the House and Gov. John Hickenlooper says he'll sign.  "They're coming after the standard shotgun," Brophy told CBS4 Political Specialist Shaun Boyd.

Just what this country needs:  Another permanent cabinet-level bureaucracy.
Dems pitch Department of Peacebuilding.  House Democrats led by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) have introduced legislation that would create a federal Department of Peacebuilding, which would be tasked with everything from finding ways to scale back U.S. military actions to ending bullying at schools.  Under her bill, H.R. 808, the new department would be led by a Cabinet-level Secretary of Peacebuilding, who would have a seat on the National Security Council.

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There is already a department of peace (through strength) building, known as the Department of Defense.

Would-be tyrants taking over Democratic Party and they want your guns!  Yes, leftists really are seeking not only to ban your guns, but to confiscate them as well.  These freedom-hating tyrants are taking over the Democratic Party and trying to turn it into not only the party of gun control, but the party of gun confiscations!

Warrantless Searches Proposed — for the Third Time — by WA Democrats.  In this case, liberal Democrats in the legislature have introduced an assault weapon ban that includes annual inspections of the homes of people that already own assault weapons to make sure that they are being safely stored.  There is no need for a warrant; there is no probable cause requirement; and the Seattle Times columnist writing about this clearly unconstitutional law observes that the sponsors include "Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle, a lawyer who typically is hyper-attuned to civil-liberties issues."  After a stream of criticism, the author withdrew the warrantless search section of the bill, calling it a "mistake."

MO Democrat Proposes Gun Ban, 90 Days to Turn in 'Assault Weapons'.  Missouri Democrat state Rep. Rory Ellinger has put forth H.B. 545, which would ban "assault weapons" and many semi-automatic pistols.  It would give owners of said weapons 90 days to either turn them in or get them out of the state.  After 90 days, those in possession of such weapons would face class "C" felony charges.

But Don't Rule Out Malice.  What kind of person would want to do harm to America?  Well, besides Islamists there are people that believe that "The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States."  That quote is from George Soros, who is using his billions to create a global "open society" (more correctly called a global Marxist police state).  But Soros is just one of many who hold the same negative beliefs about America. [...] These utopianists, more commonly known today as progressives, who have been active in both of our two major political parties, are really just renamed Marxists who seek to weaken America in every possible way in order to hasten its collapse, and some of them have infiltrated our government at the highest levels.

Misstep in gun bill could defeat the effort.  Forget police drones flying over your house.  How about police coming inside, once a year, to have a look around?  As Orwellian as that sounds, it isn't hypothetical.  The notion of police home inspections was introduced in a bill last week in Olympia.  That it's part of one of the major gun-control efforts pains me.  It seemed in recent weeks lawmakers might be headed toward some common-sense regulation of gun sales.  But then last week they went too far.  By mistake, they claim.  But still too far.

WA Dems Sponsor Bill Allowing Police to Search Gun owners' Homes.  In a mistake that probably wasn't a mistake, a Washington state bill sponsored by liberal Democrats contained a little-noticed provision that would have called for the police to have the right to search private citizens' home once per year if they own certain types of guns.

Waxman: Obama Should Regulate Oil Refineries, Household Appliances to Stop Global Warming.  Representative Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said the Obama administration should regulate oil refineries, household appliances, and even renegotiate climate treaties if Congress does not pass legislation dealing with global warming.  "The president will be taking action by executive order through his administration," Waxman said at a press conference on Friday [2/15/2013] unveiling his Safe Climate Caucus, which will work to pressure House Republicans to take up a climate change initiative.

Here's a news bulletin for Mr. Waxman:  Global warming has already stopped.

So total is the Left's cultural ascendancy that we dare not mention the socialist roots of fascism.  The Nazis could hardly have been more open in their socialism, describing themselves with the same terminology as our own SWP:  National Socialist German Workers' Party.  Almost everyone in those days accepted that fascism had emerged from the revolutionary Left.  Its militants marched on May Day under red flags.  Its leaders stood for collectivism, state control of industry, high tariffs, workers' councils.  Around Europe, fascists were convinced that, as Hitler told an enthusiastic Mussolini in 1934, 'capitalism has run its course'.  One of the most stunning achievements of the modern Left is to have created a cultural climate where simply to recite these facts is jarring.

What Our Society Has Become.  Today's democrats are often called "socialists" by their opposition, and though that is probably true, what today's progressive liberals truly are is something worse.  These people are statists, which are people who believe that only the ruling elite understand how a society should be run, and that it is up to them to engineer that society so that eventually it becomes a peaceful utopia equipped with equality, fairness, and a share-and-share alike attitude. [...] Samuel Adams called the concept "utopianism."  Karl Marx called it communism.

20 Reasons America Is Becoming An Increasingly Nonfunctional Society.  [#18]  The Democratic Party's entire electoral strategy is based around giving people money and goods that they didn't earn and ginning up hatred between different groups of Americans.

Brainwashed by Obama.  One would think with a soaring youth unemployment rate, a $16 trillion national debt, rising costs of higher education and health care, and more taxes, young Americans would come to their senses.  Yet we continue to subscribe to the destructive, progressive agenda the president has pursued during his first four years and has laid out for his next four.

The Democratic Disgrace.  [Scroll down]  Congressman Hank Johnson used a House Armed Services Committee hearing to ask an admiral whether Guam might tip over if too many Marines land there.  Congresswoman Shirley Jackson Lee delivered a speech on how well North Vietnam and South Vietnam were getting along.  Johnson followed that up by calling for a new constitutional amendment to control free speech and Jackson did her part by accusing the Tea Party of being the new KKK and demanding that black people's names be represented in the naming scheme for hurricanes.

Nancy Pelosi: Push for Gun Control While We Have the Chance.  The measures, which largely reflect recommendations by President Obama and Vice President Biden, include universal background checks, "high capacity" magazine bans, an "assault weapons" ban, a "crack down on gun trafficking," laws against "straw purchases," and mandatory gun safety training programs.  It should be noted that none of these would have prevented the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Killer Dorner's Supporters Are Par for the Left's Course.  It hit me like a bolt of lightning:  Liberalism is what evil is masquerading as in our time.  I won't go into the labyrinthine details of the matter here, but it was a life-changing epiphany that ultimately led to a transition from secular-conservative/libertarian to man of faith and walking, talking anachronism.  And it made me realize that liberals aren't just misguided, which they are — they're also in bed with evil.

Adolf Hitler — Progressive Pioneer.  [Scroll down]  Hitler revamped Germany's healthcare system and made it truly universal as well as state subsidized.  Hitler and the Nazis considered healthcare to be the right of all Germans, and there were numerous public-health campaigns in Nazi Germany urging healthy eating and exercise, and even no smoking campaigns at a time when cigarettes and cigars were being puffed with abandon worldwide.  Water supplies were cleaned up, lead and mercury were removed from consumer products, and women were urged to undergo regular screenings for breast cancer.

New York's 'SAFE' Act: The 'Rape' of the Second Amendment.  In January, the New York State Legislature passed the Orwellian-sounding "SAFE" (Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement) Act.  The act was debated in closed session without committee hearings, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed it into law within an hour of its passage — after waiving the required three-day public comment period.  Cuomo bragged that New York now has the "toughest assault weapons ban" in the country but claimed that the law respects the Second Amendment and preserves the rights of "hunters and sportsmen."  The former is true; the latter is a bald-faced lie.  Even if you do not live in New York, you should be very worried, because the SAFE Act is a harbinger of what Democrats in the federal government will do nationwide if they can.

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Any time a major new law is rushed through a legislative body, it is for the purpose of deception, especially if the law is fundamentally unpopular, and if the law includes a lot of unsavory provisions.  This is one example.  Previous cases include the recent Fiscal Cliff bill, the Patriot Act, and the Obamacare law.

D.C.'s minimum wage folly.  The nation's post-election leftward lurch is gaining momentum.  Six states, including New York and California, are agitating for a boost in the minimum wage.  Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa Democrat, wants the federal government to set a nationwide wage floor that will automatically rise each year.  Not to be left out, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson on Tuesday circulated his proposal for a 55 percent increase in the minimum wage over the federal level, which he would only apply to employees of the "big box" retailers that liberals love to hate.

Helping Misguided Democrat Voters.  [The purpose of this web site is] to help misguided Democrats learn the truth about how they are being hurt by uninformed or manipulating Liberal/Democrat/Progressive politicians, because their goal is to create laws that move us ever closer to their ideal form of government — the distributed-wealth government-controlled socialist state — which will greatly impinge on our freedoms and enslave us to taxes.

The Canary in the Culture.  The HHS mandate is [...] making it clear that liberals believe in an all-powerful government, not the government empowered by the people that is enshrined in the Constitution.

Conservatism for the Masses.  Obama and company are swiftly making socialism the dominant philosophy, leading to the end of America's role as the Land of the Free.  Far too many Americans believe that individual rights and pursuits are evil.  They hate the rich and believe that it is morally correct for government to confiscate and redistribute their money.

Krugman: 'We Can Print the Money'.  Responding to House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's warning that if the federal government continues to run annual $1 trillion deficits we will eventually face a debt crisis, liberal economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman said Wednesday that that is not a legitimate worry because the U.S. government can always print money and weaken the buying power of the dollar.  Weakening the dollar, Krugman said, would be a good thing.

Did God Exalt Obama to the Presidency?  [Scroll down]  The Democratic Party rejected God by a voice vote.  That happened at their convention in 2012.  Then the chairman had to outflank them.  It may be true that apparently Obama requested putting God back in the platform, but how did things deteriorate so far?  In any event, God was dropped at the inaugural prayer.  Fighting like this about God does not inspire confidence.

White House: Schools must open sports to disabled.  The Obama administration for the first time is telling school districts across the USA that they must give disabled students equal access to extracurricular sports, a move that advocates say has been years in the making.  In a letter to schools due out Friday [1/25/2013], Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Seth Galanter of the Department of Education says schools should provide "reasonable modifications" to allow disabled students to participate — for instance, providing a deaf track athlete with a flashing light that goes off simultaneously with the starter pistol that others hear.

Is Liberalism Doomed?  Liberals are feeling triumphant these days, but in the backs of their minds there must be a sense of foreboding.  They won this year by demonizing Republicans and by bribing various demographic groups with government largesse.  But the Left's tactical victory can't conceal the fact that its ideology is bankrupt.  The left's real enemy isn't Republicans, it is arithmetic.

The Democracy Initiative: a Coup in Plain Sight.  Matthew Continetti [...] picks up on a report by Andy Kroll in Mother Jones about a coordinated effort by about 36 different interest groups with reported revenues of no less than $1.69 billion, pledging millions of dollars to work together to attack conservative supporters and organizations, to intervene directly in Democratic politics, to push for filibuster reform to better enable a push through their agenda without any input from the opposition, and expanding "voting rights" and fighting voter registration laws to further grease the skids for their legislative agenda.

Obama 2.0: Destroy the GOP as National Party.  Since winning reelection, President Obama has been aggressive, combative and supremely confident in his public appearances.  Like many reelected Presidents, he enters his second term believing he has a personal mandate from the voters.  Unlike many others in their second term, however, he seems focused not on achieving specific policy results, but in reshaping the American political landscape.  He is set to use the next four years to make the Republican Party a toxic brand in many parts of the country.

Obama is Sinking America.  Our enemies, both foreign and domestic — some of whom have "The Honorable" before their names — are laughing themselves silly.  Indeed, "progressives" are a caricature of themselves, fully given over to pseudo-utopian, relativist ideals that remain ludicrous — hopelessly unattainable — by any objective standard.

Tax dollars for gun control.  The directives on gun violence President Obama signed Wednesday were meant to seem harmless.  A closer look at the president's first memorandum reveals it to be a sneaky assault on congressional authority in order to fund gun-control propaganda.  Getting this done has been on the White House "to do" list for some time.

Dangerous Times.  When the media openly question the right of Tea Parties to exist, they are telling us they really want single-party rule.  That's why they want to abolish the free political opposition.  They are political control freaks, totally contrary to American history and tradition.  That is why they want to dump the US Constitution.

Zimbabwe, here we come.
Dems offer bill to abolish debt limit.  A group of House Democrats accused Republicans of having "weaponized" the debt ceiling Wednesday, and are pushing to abolish it.  The lawmakers blasted GOP members as taking the economic wellbeing of the nation hostage to achieve political victory, and are hoping to scrap the debt limit once and for all as a danger looming over the economy.

America Should Declare Bankruptcy: Doug Casey.  This week started with President Obama Monday [1/14/2013] demanding lawmakers raise the U.S.'s $16.4 trillion debt ceiling, warning Republicans not to insist on spending cuts in return.  The same day, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke advocated getting rid of the debt limit altogether.  The Washington Post reports in a conversation at the University of Michigan Bernanke said the debt ceiling has only "symbolic value."

Democrat: Please Don't Release Our Gun Confiscation Plans.  [Scroll down]  The list of proposals that Democrats would rather you didn't see, can be seen below.
   1.  Confiscation of "assault weapons"
   2.  Confiscation of ten round clips
   3.  Statewide database for ALL Guns
   4.  Continue to allow pistol permit holder's information to be released to the public
   5.  Label semiautomatic shotguns with more than 5 rounds or pistol grips as "assault weapons"
   6.  Limit the number of rounds in a magazine to 5 and confiscation and forfeiture of banned magazines
   7.  Limit possession to no more than two (2) magazines
   8.  Limit purchase of guns to one gun per person per month
   9.  Require re-licensing of all pistol permit owners
 10.  Require renewal of all pistol permits every five years
 11.  State issued pistol permits
 12.  Micro-stamping of all guns in New York State
 13.  Require licensing of all gun ammo dealers
 14.  Mandatory locking of guns at home
 15.  Fee for licensing, registering weapons

Control politicians, not guns.  If laws were enough to deter criminal behavior prisons would be empty. [...] President Obama put Vice President Joe Biden in charge of the task force.  Biden calls his gun control effort a "moral issue."  Does Biden suffer from selective morality?  For him, same-sex "marriage" and abortion don't appear to be moral issues, as they are for his Catholic church, but gun control is.

Disinviting God to the Inauguration.  Liberals booed God at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte last year after skittish party officials reinserted a mention of him in the platform.  Nothing has changed since then.  The latest secularist push of the party is to remove God from the inauguration.  Prominent liberals are questioning the use of the Bible for the presidential oath and the use of prayers in the ceremony.

Soros: 13 New Gun Laws Needed Now.  Soros & Co. undoubtedly believe guns are the problem.  Rational people, on the other hand, know that criminals are the problem.  If we create registries, pass bans, and give the government a greater share in our daily lives than they already have, we will soon realize that we ourselves have infringed on the very right our Founders marked as sacrosanct — private gun ownership.

The Real Gun-Control Consensus.  By this week, the elites were calling for a gun-control agenda unmatched in modern times.  The closing of the gun-show "loophole"?  Restrictions on large-capacity clips?  An "assault weapons" ban?  They want all that, plus a national gun database, and a background check for every gun sale, and similar checks for ammunition sales, and regulation of Internet transactions, and Michael Bloomberg crowned emperor.  (A position for which Mr. Bloomberg no doubt believes himself suited.)  The media have reported all this as rational, reasonable and doable.

Enron and the Trillion Dollar Coin.  I couldn't help but think of Enron as I read the Business Insider piece Gabe linked yesterday [1/9/2014], where the Smartest Guys In The Room are saying that the government can do this trillion dollar coin trick and keep the checks going out the door forever with no negative or unforeseen consequences.  "It's a one time thing", they say, ignoring the fact that we'll run a trillion dollar deficit this year that eats up the newly-minted room under the debt ceiling.  Then what?  Mint another coin, I guess.

Why can't Senator Reid be forced to submit a budget?  It's the law of the land that the Senate must submit a budget by April 15, but the last time Harry Reid was in compliance was 2009.  Why isn't Reid being punished for being a budget scofflaw?

Why can't Republicans enforce law against Harry Reid?  The answer is the law requiring Congress to pass an annual budget, the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, doesn't have an enforcement mechanism.  Lawmakers are required by law to pass a budget each year by April 15, but there's no provision to punish them, or even slightly inconvenience them, if they don't.  In Reid's case, the Senate last passed a budget in April 2009, 1,351 days ago as of Wednesday [1/9/2013].

What Crime Has Harry Reid Committed?  Majority Leader Harry's transgression is that for over 1300 days he has failed to pass a budget.  In fact, there is no evidence he has even tried.  This is against the law.

Blumenthal introduces new legislation on gun ammunition.  Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced legislation on Tuesday that would require background checks for buying gun ammunition.  It's currently illegal to sell ammunition to fugitives, felons and people suffering from mental disorders.  However, while background checks are required for selling firearms, they are not required for selling ammunition.  Blumenthal's legislation would require background checks for selling ammunition as well.

The Left's Greatest Mind-Trick: Politicizing Emotion.  Is it right or wrong to help a poor person?  What about providing for children's education?  Or making sure that everyone has health coverage?  These things appear self-evidently right, and therefore the cost doesn't matter to the left.  Scarcity and how resources are employed don't enter into the equation.  Voluntary or involuntary, it doesn't matter how these things are done.  So it doesn't matter if government forces people to do something or not.

Texas AG Proposes 'Double-Barreled' Lawsuit Challenge if City, County Ban Gun Shows.  According to the Austin American-Statesman, the City of Austin, Texas and Travis County are both looking at proposals to limit gun shows in their jurisdictions. [...] This is Texas, but Austin and Travis County are the blue dot in the red sea here.  They're more than a little out of sync with the rest of the state.

Three completely unrelated news stories that vintage media somehow forgot to report.  [#2]  Dianne Feinstein's true stated goal is the unconstitutional confiscation of all firearms from civilians: [...] "If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States, for an outright ban, picking up [every gun]... Mr. and Mrs. America, turn 'em all in."  Note she doesn't mention the Constitution as an obstacle; only the vote tally.  As Obama's economic policies make ever more Americans dependent on government largesse, vote tallies will soon cease to be a problem for authoritarian statists like Feinstein.

Left's Desire To Weaken Constitution Endangers American Freedom.  During the debate over ObamaCare — a massive, budget-busting entitlement funded with money our country doesn't have — former New Jersey Judge Andrew Napolitano pointedly challenged then-U.S. Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., regarding the constitutionality of this socialized medicine monstrosity.  Clyburn's response?  "There's nothing in the Constitution that says the federal government has anything to do with most of the stuff we do," he said.  Therein lies the root of our problem.

Iowa lawmaker calls for retroactive gun ban, confiscation of semi-automatic weapons.  In an interview with the Daily Times Herald in Caroll, Iowa, state Rep. Dan Muhlbauer said governments should start confiscating semi-automatic rifles and other firearms.  Muhlbauer, a Democrat from the western Iowa town of Manilla, is a cattleman and farmer.  The newspaper reported that he owns a .410 shotgun, a .22 rifle and a .22 pistol.

Senator Feinstein's All-Out Assault On Gun Rights.  According to a December 27th posting on her website and a draft bill obtained by the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action, the legislation would define "assault weapons" to comprise a much larger variety of firearms than ever before, require current owners of those included to register them with the Federal Government noting locations, impose a $200 tax per firearm, prohibit their transfer to other people, and require that those weapons be forfeited and destroyed upon the owners' deaths.

America's Coming Gun War.  To most Americans, an armed guard in a school is a good idea in our too-violent nation.  Most Americans realize that when shooting breaks out in a gun-free zone — a school, movie theater, mall — the first call goes to 911 to get cops with Glocks and a SWAT team with black rifles there as soon as possible.  Most folks understand why air marshals on planes might have to be armed.  Most folks know that the people running up the death toll in murder capitals like Chicago are not using AR-15s.  And many Americans yet accept that in the last analysis it is a man's duty to be the defender and protector of his wife and children.

Obama Exploits Sandy Hook to Push Gun Control Agenda.  The Obama administration and Democrats in Congress are launching a massive gun control campaign as the President begins his second term and a divided Capitol Hill returns to work.  Billed as a response to the Sandy Hook shootings in December, the campaign includes ten gun control bills that were introduced on the first day of the 113th Congress — none of which would have prevented the shootings from taking place.

Former NYC Mayoral Candidate Wants Megan's Law Equivalent for Gun Owners.  Did you know that if you own a gun you are equivalent to a child molester?  According to Mark Green, who has run for the mayoralty of new York on the Democratic ticket, your right to own a gun grants you the same right to privacy as a child molester:  none.

The single dumbest gun-control measure ever proposed.  With extraordinary shortsightedness, Connecticut lawmakers want to publicize the addresses of handgun owners.

Connecticut Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Publish Names, Addresses of Gun Permit Holders.  Connecticut State Representative Stephen D. Dargan (D-New Haven), co-chairman of the state's Public Safety Committee, has introduced a bill that would make public the names and addresses of gun permit holders in Connecticut under the state's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Democrats Drop Eight Anti-Gun People Control Bills On First Day.  Of course, the vast majority of ammo dealers require that people who place orders pick up said orders at licensed firearms stores, just like with gun orders.  And the proof is in the details of what the legislation says, and none of them are available to read as of yet on Thomas or at [Carolyn McCarthy's] webpage.  Bobby Rush, Rush Holt, Jim Moran, and Sheila Jackson Lee also submitted legislation.  Lee's would raise the eligibility age to carry a handgun from 18-21.  I'm sure the young criminals who break the law regarding murder in Chicago will quickly ignore her.

Pelosi says upcoming fiscal deals should include greater tax increase.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Sunday [1/6/2013] that recent tax increases are "not enough" to solve the country's fiscal problems and argued that additional hikes should be included in upcoming deficit-reduction deals.

New York congressman introduces bill to abolish presidential term limits.  New York Democratic Rep. Jose Serrano reintroduced a bill in Congress on Friday to repeal the 22nd Amendment, which places term limits on the U.S. presidency.  The bill, which has been referred to committee, would allow Barack President Obama to become the first president since Franklin Roosevelt to seek a third term in office.

Dem House Proposal Would Allow Obama to Run For More Than 2 Terms.  Before you take up arms against the government, keep in mind this has been proposed before in 2011 and died in committee.  It would have to get two-thirds support in both houses, including our radical right-wing hostage House of Representatives, and after that, three-quarters of the states would have to ratify it, or 38 states, which is nearly impossible.

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Or Obama could bypass the Congress and implement it himself, which is entirely possible.  It's worth noting that some Congressmen are willing to introduce bills which have no hope of passing, thus wasting everyone's time.  A law of this sort would require an amendment to the Constitution.  The only reason a Congressman might introduce such a futile bill is if he or she knows the Constitution has been ignored and bypassed for so long that anything goes.

Illinois Dems advance ban on most modern firearms.  Illinois Senate Democrats advanced legislation late Wednesday to restrict semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines, pressing forward with new gun control measures in the waning days of the session over the objections of firearms groups.  Amid the developments, the Illinois State Rifle Association issued an "urgent alert" to its members warning them that Democratic legislators were trying to push through last-minute anti-gun legislation.

On First Day, Democrats Propose Eight Anti-Gun Bills.  With the left looking for its next big cause, Congressional Democrats have latched onto the Sandy Hook massacre as an opportunity to push gun control.  Yesterday alone, eight new bills were introduced relating to gun control.  Two conservative bills were introduced relating to ending "gun free zones" under federal law.

Cliff Deal Only Whets Obama's Appetite For More Taxes.  Anyone who thinks the fiscal cliff deal will end President Obama's soak-the-rich campaign isn't paying attention.  Even before the ink had dried on his $620 billion tax hike, Obama was talking up his desire for more.

My Belated List of Things for Which I Am Thankful.  [I'm] Especially thankful for those millions of Americans who blindly support policies and politicians that impoverish us, destroy economic opportunities, wage war against innocents, create a police state, take away our liberty, and generally brutalize the innocent, since everyone knows that what we really need is a strong government that can tell us what to do.

Progressives and the Phony Gun Debate.  Progressives do not want individuals disarmed because they believe the result will be less violence and less danger; no, they push disarmament because they believe that a "good society" can come about only when individuals live in constant fear of the State and when the State is so powerful that it can do anything it wants to anyone.

The Socialist Mind Game: A Brief Manual.  Conservatives have their Constitution.  Progressives have their Narrative.  The current battle for America is between these two concepts, and each side uses different rules to fight it.  One set of rules is consistent with an unchanging objective:  limited government and individual freedoms.  The other side's rules are as fickle as their goals, which are never fully disclosed beyond the equivocal references to fairness and hyphenated forms of justice.  They will have to remain vague and deny their true allegiances until a time when American voters will no longer squirm at the word "socialism."

Communist Revolution: I Never Thought It Would Come to This.  How could anyone believe in a totalitarian tyranny that destroys freedom, starves millions and executes millions more?  Apparently, a lot of people do — or at least, believe in their version of it.  The long march through the institutions was completed some time ago, and both academia and media have a near monopoly on the transmission of biased news, cultural demolition and the ability to affect public attitudes.

HuffPost Parrots Communist Propaganda.  To the public, the Communist Party USA tries to appear moderate and even occasionally at odds with Obama and the Democrats.  In reality, the Communists and Democrats are working hand in glove, mainly through the Congressional Progressive Caucus.  To their own membership, the communists emphasize their commonality and call Obama their "friend."

Best Dog Whistles of 2012.  "Affirmative action" usually means racial or gender quotas.  "Revenue" usually means taxes.  Calling "addiction" sickness is a dog whistle that allows drunks and addicts to think they are ill, not irresponsible.  Glaucoma treatment has become a dog whistle for legalizing pot.  "Title IX" is a dog whistle that signals football and basketball to carry all those sports that don't pay their own way — or subsidize sports that nobody wants to watch anyway.

Gun confiscation raised by rising star Democrat.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo publicly declared the death of the US Constitution yesterday, December 20, 2012.  Cuomo, in few short sentences, has begun laying the essential groundwork for the possible mass deportation of undesirable civilians to government "work" camps, re-education camps, and even death camps.  After all, only disarmed Americans can be herded and shipped off in cattle cars to their uncertain fate.

Kerry Backed LGBT 'Immigration Equality' to Stop Deportation of Gay Partners.  For the last two years, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the nominee to be the next secretary of state, has called for "immigration equality" to prevent the deportation of illegal alien same-sex partners of legal U.S. residents.  In May, shortly after President Barack Obama announced his support for homosexual marriage, Kerry and 16 other Democratic senators sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Proof the Left Wants All Guns Outlawed.  If the "assault rifles" (that aren't) are too deadly to be legal, and the handguns are equally deadly, it follows that the handguns are also too deadly to be legal, no?

The right states of mind.  People like the idea that Obama is president.  As a politician and president, he has only one failing — he is the wrong man at the wrong time to be leading this country.  He is out of sync with his age and its crises.  There is more proof every day — here and abroad, in nation-states, states and even some cities — that his political theories will lead to disaster, and do so every time they are tried.

The God Complex.  As the non-liberals among us know, socialism and communism are and always will be utter failures.  As Winston Churchill said, "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery."  An all-powerful government never can fix the ills of the world. [...] Everywhere a communist government has been tried, it has failed — and at great pain to the citizens of that country.

Ramping Up Government Control of the Energy Sector.  To understand the president's thinking, or what passes for thought, all that's necessary is to grasp one simple fact:  that for the left, profits are evil, and therefore businesses that make a profit and succeed are evil.  Only businesses that fail are virtuous.  A corollary of this is, of course, that all businesses must be made to fail.  The function of government, as the left sees it, is to transfer control of the economy from the private sector to government.

Democratic congressman urges legislation to renew ban on plastic guns that don't exist.  New York Democratic Rep. Steve Israel is calling for legislation to renew the federal ban on plastic guns, according to his official congressional website. [...] 3-D printers, which have been available since the 1980s, take two-dimensional plans and convert them to three-dimensional objects, which are then usually made from plastic.

Let's Be Honest And Call The Modern Democrat Party The Socialist Party.  The Old Democrat Party has been folded into the new one led by those who support socialist policies, this is not breaking news and it is not meant as a derogatory slur either.  When you look at a recent poll it shows that those that do support the Democrat Party also lean in the direction of socialism and when you look at those in charge today of the party they emulate it through policies and verbiage.

Obama voters love socialism.  While 90 percent of liberal Republicans and even 51 percent of moderate Democrats oppose socialism, 59 percent of liberal Democrats view socialism positively.  This is Obama's base:  liberal Democrats, the young and African-Americans.

Democrats (Heart) Socialism.  A majority of people — 53 percent — who describe themselves as Democrats or leaning Democrat, admit to Gallup's pulse takers that they have a positive image of socialism.  Only two percent more — 55 — say they are positive about capitalism.  A robust 75 percent of Democrats say they have a positive image of the federal government.  These numbers should not surprise anyone who has talked to a Democrat over the last couple of decades.

Rep.-elect from Florida pledges support for climate change legislation.  Rep.-elect Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.) said he is ready to come out swinging on climate change.  Murphy, who will replace Tea Party favorite Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), said he would support climate change legislation, according to The Miami Herald.  "Unfortunately we have far too many politicians who continue to bury their heads in the sand and pretend it's not happening," Murphy said Thursday [12/6/2012] at the Southeast Florida regional climate leadership summit in Jupiter, Fla.

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No sand is required.  I will gladly "pretend it's not happening" because it isn't!  Years of measurements indicate no warming.

Mark Steyn: Obama aims to finish the work of FDR and LBJ to create 'a big Sweden'.  With last month's electoral loss for the Republican Party, President Barack Obama is one step closer to fulfilling an 80-year vision for the United States first put in place by former President Franklin Roosevelt, Mark Steyn said Tuesday [12/4/2012].

I'll See Your Economic Collapse and Raise You National Demise.  A scorpion stings, a cuttlefish expels ink, a skunk sprays mercaptan fluid, and a liberal spends.  It's what the species does.

45 percent of US Democrats favour socialism.  Rasmussen has just published a major poll on US voter attitudes towards socialism.  It reveals that Democrats are evenly divided in their views on socialism, with 45 percent viewing it favourably, and 45 percent negatively.  This is a strikingly high level of support for socialist ideology within a political party in the United States (and the ruling party at that), and strongly suggests that Democrats are increasingly moving towards a continental-European style approach to economic issues, advancing a big government agenda that resembles that of European Social Democratic governments.

Socialists Outline Democrat's Agenda for Next Two Years.  Contrary to popular opinion, the US Democratic Party does not set much of its own policy.  Democrat policy is actually dictated by the labor unions and radical think tanks, such as the Center for American Progress, and the Institute for Policy Studies.  The unions are dominated by the US's largest Marxist organization Democratic Socialists of America — which also works closely with the C.A.P. and I.P.S.  So, by a process of osmosis and deliberate orchestration, D.S.A., and their friends in the Communist Party USA, effectively dictate Democrat policy at state and national levels.

Liberal Democrats: Higher rates for wealthy 'just the beginning'.  The group says "low and moderate-income Americans are already contributing to deficit reduction," and that "progressive tax reform is the only way that wealthy Americans can share significantly in that sacrifice."

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Exactly the opposite is true.  The "low and moderate-income Americans" who expect taxpayers to make up for their shortfalls are the ones who are dragging the country down.  The budget deficit exists because of (unconstitutional) payments to individuals, many of whom pay no income tax.

White House: Obama 'Will Not Sign' a Deal Unless It Increases Taxes.  White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today that no matter what else happens President Barack Obama — who is the only modern president other than Franklin Roosevelt to serve in four years when federal spending topped 24 percent of GDP — will not sign a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff that will arrive at the end of this year unless that deal increases taxes.

Obama's Santa Claus Presidency.  Every time the left invents a new "right," it creates a voting bloc demanding government protection and provision of new benefits.  Welfare cheats driving Cadillacs, students demanding free college education, double dipping government employees, crony capitalists feeding at the government trough, corrupt SEIU thugs, and lazy people on disability are not phantasms of hardhearted conservatives.

Obama didn't win on turnout alone.  Our country has changed.
We're Not in 1980 Anymore.  In 1980, Americans would not tolerate rising unemployment.  In 2012, not only is high unemployment accepted as a fact of life but receiving food stamps is encouraged.  There was also no concept of gay marriage in 1980. [...] Thirty-two years ago, being wealthy and successful was considered something to aspire to and be proud of.  Today, it is a source of bitterness, envy, resentment and, in some quarters, the very epitome of evil.

Left's Newest Inquisition: Deny Your God or Be Declared Unfit.  [Scroll down]  Do you believe in the Virgin birth?  Then how can we trust you with oversight of HHS programs and youth sexual education?  If you won't swear allegiance to the principles of biological reality and sexual autonomy then you are a freak and a menace.

The Democrats' Dog Whistle Slogan.  For example, "liberal" was once used to mask and aggrandize a worldview hostile to any form of individual freedom apart from the absence of moral restraint.  Now everyone understands this once-masked meaning; phrases such as "Hollywood liberal" (i.e., a libertine with no concept of moral order) demonstrate the death of the euphemistic value of the word "liberal."  That is why most leftists run from this label, which was once meant to serve as their public shield.

Why Accept Tyranny and Ruin?  The modern left has shed faith in God.  God — who is foundational to our rights and being as a nation.  The left seeks, in fact, to infringe on the rights of churches and their agencies regarding the provision of contraceptive and abortion services.  That's a first step in subordinating religion to the state.  It has sought to drive and largely succeeded in driving out faith from the public square.  It pushes to impose a smothering political correctness — a tyranny on expression and action.  It acts to hobble and punish enterprising and productive citizens and nurture government dependence.  It's debauching the nation's currency, plundering the treasury, and adding debt atop debt.  The left has moved over the decades, and now with accelerating speed, to centralize and consolidate its power in the national government.

The Struggle for Obama is Really a Religious Battle Over the Soul of the Republic.  Progressive forces are trying to birth into being a neo-pagan kingdom, with all that implies, symbolized by the Democrat National Convention dropping Israel and God from the party platform.  Those on the right are struggling to balance the original outline of US colonial theory with ever present demands for modernization — which will be our demise if carried too far.  The ultimate war revolves around freedom and liberty — and whether our rights will be finally handed over to the godlike state.

Update:  What happens when God is expelled?
Democrats Stole $75K Worth of TVs During 2012 Convention.  Once again we get proof that Democrats are criminals, that they think others' property is theirs for the taking, and that they cannot be trusted with the story that they stole $75,000 worth of TVs after their national convention last year.  LG Electronics, one of the world's biggest sellers of televisions, joined with Democrats to help supply the flat screen monitors that the Party needed throughout the convention center in Charlotte, NC in 2012.  But once the party was over and all the delegates went home, along with those delegates somehow 72 of LG's large screen TVs also walked out the door never to be seen again.

The Real Enemy.  The list of flacks for leftism is drearily familiar:  academia, public school systems, the entertainment industry, professional organizations, nonprofit foundations of vast wealth, the bureaucracies dependent upon social grievance and mind-numbing regulations (which includes not only federal and state bureaucrats, but "experts" in private industry who would have spent their careers mastering the arcane arts of regulatory compliance), and, of course, the media.  It is this establishment which is our true enemy.

Power Grab.  Today's liberal agenda is more akin to the corporatist vision of the 1920s and '30s — an economy in which the state directs the activities of the private sector to achieve ideologically desired ends.  But even that description doesn't quite get to the nub of it.  Liberals today seek to create a stable, and what they perceive to be a socially just, society via rule by experts — in which most of the activities of society are micromanaged by technocrats for the economic and social benefit of the whole.

Shame.  The people who booed the God of love, now rush to the defense of a hateful Allah.  The people who p***ed on the Christ of redemption, now bewail the hurt feelings of a damnable Islam.  The people who denounced the death of civil liberties under the Patriot Act, now make rationalizations as brown-shirted cops drag a man from his home at midnight for the crime of posting a video on YouTube.

Liberalism has no fixed goal.  We will never reach a point at which the liberal will say, "enough."  Grant all his demands today, and tomorrow the liberal will return to demand more. [...] The liberal concept of "progress" fuels a remorseless shark-like hunger for more, until eventually we find ourselves watching an illegal immigrant being celebrated on the stage of the Democratic National Convention with rhetoric suggesting that only hateful bigots can be in favor of enforcing our nation's immigration laws.

Depending on Dependency.  The theme that most seemed to rouse the enthusiasm of delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte was that we are all responsible for one another — and that Republicans don't want to help the poor, the sick and the helpless. [...] Belief in the superior compassion of the political left is a worldwide phenomenon that goes back at least as far as the 18th century.  But in all that time, and in all those places, there has been little, if any, effort on the left to check this crucial assumption against facts.

Peter Schiff Baits DNC to "Ban Corporate Profits".  Free-market financial analyst, author and radio talk-show host Peter Schiff made some waves online with his baiting of delegates at this week's Democratic National Convention. Schiff, microphone in hand, trotted down to the DNC confab in Charlotte, North Carolina, and asked delegates to agree to a platform change to ban all corporate profits.  About half of those filmed on his YouTube video, which already has more than half a million views in just a few days, did agree.

Willful Blindness at the DNC.  I spent a fair bit of time walking around and asking delegates to the DNC three questions:  What was the deficit?  What was the unemployment rate?  And how many net jobs had President Obama created?  Not a single delegate got all three questions right.  Most couldn't even answer a single question correctly.  But they cheered wildly when President Obama entered the arena, because knowing the facts would have ruined their day.

Obama: 'You Belong to Me'.  "Government is the only thing we all belong to."  That assertion was the theme of a now infamous DNC video that aired during the Democratic convention in Charlotte.  After it was lambasted by everyone from Rush Limbaugh to the Romney campaign, Obama staffers distanced themselves from the video, blaming it on "the host committee of the city of Charlotte."  That should make North Carolinians ecstatic — now they're under the bus with everyone from Larry Summers to the Rev. Wright.  But no matter how the DNC attempts to disown the video in question, it can't disavow the message.  For this president, government is the only thing that matters.  We all belong to government, and Obama is the government.

DNC Opens with the Declaration 'Government Is The Only Thing We All Belong To'.  Tonight [9/4/2012], the Democratic National Convention officially got under way — and the party of "You Didn't Build That," "We Made It Possible," record food stamp enrollment, nationalized health care, and record deficits opened its gala with a video declaration that "Government is the only thing we all belong to."

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No, no, no.  The government belongs to us.  You and I don't belong to the government unless we are slaves, and I am not a slave.

"Government Is The Only Thing We All Belong To".  You could not have a more clear statement of the Democratic Party philosphy of government supremacy.

Democrats Derail Their Message.  The Democrats clearly intended to have a focused message for tonight's coverage of their convention:  Democrats won't bend an inch in their support of universal access to abortions, Republican obstructionism is responsible for all the country's ills, Mitt Romney was callous towards the military by not mentioning Afghanistan in his acceptance speech, and the GOP war on women is unending.  But some flies landed in the ointment.  A curious party video intoned, "Government's the only thing we all belong to."  Talk about worshiping the omnipotence of the state.

Obama Camp Disavows 'Government Is The Only Thing That We All Belong To' Video.  A video that aired Tuesday night [9/4/2012] at the Democratic National Convention proclaiming that "government is the only thing that we all belong to" is getting strong reaction from conservatives, and the Obama campaign is disavowing involvement in the production, BuzzFeed reports.  The video, entitled "Welcome to Charlotte," includes other proclamations like:  "We do believe you can use government in a good way."

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Are we supposed to believe that Obama's team didn't see that video clip before the convention?

DNC video: "Government is the only thing we all belong to".  One of the worst monsters from the Democrat id unfortunately escaped to rampage across the forbidden planet of their convention on Monday, and had to be brought down with concentrated blasts of denial.  The DNC played a video that included the unfortunate line, "Government is the only thing we all belong to."

Dem. Video: 'Government Is the Only Thing that We All Belong To'.  A promotional video played this afternoon at the Democratic convention in Charlotte states, "Government is the only thing that we all belong to."  [Video clip.]

Charlotte Motto for DNC: We Make It Possible.  The Obama campaign is completely tone-deaf.  The DNC will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, and guess what mantra is featured in Charlotte's banners all over the city during the convention?  "We make it possible."  The last time a four-word phrase became the Obama mantra it didn't do so well:  You Didn't Build That.  Now, that insult to the independent-minded American has been given new impetus by telling people that "WE" make it possible.  YOU need OUR help.

Hide your guns.  You didn't hear the word "guns" voluntarily pass the lips of any Democratic speaker at this week's convention in Charlotte, N.C. Liberals may be smart enough to avoid alienating the almost half of all Americans who have guns in their homes, but the same can't be said for their party platform.

Dems abortion shift.  Why has the Democratic Party removed the sentence "Abortion should be safe, legal, and rare" from its platform?  It was in the 2004 document but not in 2008's or this year's.  Can't Democrats just throw a crumb to the many millions who are pro-choice but not pro-abortion?

Disappointing speech, jobs report, presidency.  What a sham that was in Charlotte, a long series of diversions best remembered for Antonio Villaraigosa's now immortal "In the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it," a spectacular show-and-telling of the core of the new Democratic Party overflowing with Alinskyite ruthlessness tethered to the old New Left's agenda of nonsense.

The First Refuge of Scoundrels.  The president and his fellow-travelers, the vast majority of whom are disciples of Saul Alinsky, have brought the Marxist strategy of unbridled personal destruction of their political opponents into the mainstream.  They know no other way to achieve and retain power, as historically their left-wing policies and beliefs have never succeeded in bettering the lives of the people — only those of the proponents.  Thus, they must unleash the dogs of demagoguery, bigotry, and hatred.  Many of their mind-numbed followers, such as those in the entertainment community, willingly, and with no forethought, regurgitate these accusations in order to be part of the supposed in-crowd.

The $10 Million Per Minute Platform.  On Friday [9/7/2012], former Comptroller General of the United States David Walker will launch his "$10 Million Per Minute" bus tour, reflecting in its name the true speed at which America's future is being mortgaged.  The bus tour is an important part of the "Comeback America Initiative" which Walker heads; and it will spend the next month touring battleground states and impressing on American citizens, businesses, and media outlets, the genuine urgency with which the national debt burden must be understood and dealt with.

Sluts and condoms for Obama.  You only have to step outside the Democratic National Convention center in downtown Charlotte where vendors and special interest groups are hawking their goods to realize that the Democrats have become the party of hard-edged social issues, not the GOP.  While the Republicans have largely tried to follow former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' suggestion that they stick to economic issues, the Democrats have gone hog wild on social issues like abortion, contraception and same sex marriage.

Democrats Embrace Sandra Fluke, Not God And Jerusalem.  On the same night God and Jerusalem were booed, Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student who couldn't afford nine bucks a month for contraceptives unless religious institutions were forced under Obama-Care to violate their First Amendment right to freely exercise their religion, was cheered.

God was merely an afterthought.  The Democratic Party didn't quite succeed in banning God from its platform, but it did its best to ensure that no one would listen to him by putting a liberal clergyman who talks about anything except God in front of a deserted stadium.  That checked the God box without allowing the Maker of Heaven to get a word in edgewise.

The Godless Democrats.  In just the last decade or so, extremist elements within the Democratic establishment have lodged a successful secular-socialist coup.  The alarming consequences of this "progressive" triumph have become manifest throughout the pages of the DNC's 2012 platform.  They were also on display at the recent Democratic convention.

How the Media Misrepresents the Race.  The gap between the way the media characterizes the presidential race and what is actually happening is growing larger by the day.  In particular, we see a systematic emphasis on news items that favor the president and a discounting of evidence that disfavor him.  The mainstream media's recent coverage of the Democratic National Convention was fawning — little or no mention was made of the extremist abortion plank or the decisive defeat on the floor of the motion to reinstate a reference to God in the platform (nevertheless gaveled through by the party establishment) and an acknowledgment that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel (pro-Israel language that had been included in previous party platforms).

Will Democrats Booing God Cost Obama the Election?  It all began when the people framing the party platform decided to delete all references to God. [...] If the Republicans don't remind potential voters about this a few hundred times between now and the elections, they're making a huge mistake. [...] There was another lulu on opening night, when a Hollywood-style video greeted delegates with the news that "government is the only thing we all belong to."

God and Jerusalem.  Previous Democratic Party platforms had mentioned God and referred to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  After both were initially missing from this year's platform, someone apparently realized that this was likely to raise questions about Democrats that they could ill afford to have raised in an election year.

Obama's Disdain for Democracy and Free Expression.  Ironically, one of the most brazen examples of the President's propensity to ignore the wishes of the electorate occurred just recently at the Democratic National Convention.  I refer, of course, to the infamous floor vote that resulted in the reinsertion of the words "God" and "Jerusalem" in the Democratic-party platform.  Obama and his accomplices belatedly realized that the absence of those words would be a liability during the final weeks of the election season, so they ordered their hapless convention chair to remedy the problem.  But a funny thing happened when Antonio Villaraigosa tried to nail down these two seemingly innocuous planks to the platform — he couldn't get the Democrat delegates to cooperate.

Political Conventions Perfectly Defined Their Parties.  [Scroll down]  There were so many misleading remarks by speakers that even the media noted the discrepancies but what really defined the party's agenda was the removal of the words God and Jerusalem in the Democrat platform.  Both words are included in the Republican one and the resultant criticism forced the DNC to reinsert them.  The delegates booed and hollered at this and their anger was caught on video and outraged the nation.  Although many conservatives believed that this confirmed the anti-religious secular bent of the party, I felt that it was more indicative of the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel sentiment and the influence of the Muslims community on the Democrats.

Convention Intentions.  What to say about the Democratic Party's convention problems?  Specifically their infamous decision to remove the word God from their official party platform?  It's hard to say which is more risible; their sloughing the whole thing off by calling it an oversight, or the raucous floor vote to correct the supposed faux pas, which proved to anyone with eyes and ears that it was no such thing.

Democrats reinstate Jerusalem language in party platform.  Democrats amended the party platform Wednesday afternoon [9/5/2012] to include language supporting Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  The quickly approved changed came in the wake of mounting criticism from Democratic members of Congress incensed that the 2008 platform's declaration backing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel had been removed from the 2012 text.

DNC Overrules Delegates, Rams God and Jerusalem Back into Platform.  Tonight [9/5/2012], the Democratic National Committee suspended the rules of the convention and inserted language regarding God and the State of Israel back to its platform.  They had to vote three times to do it — and they had to lie to deem it passed, even though it was clear that the measure did not pass a voice vote in the chamber.  The original 2012 Democratic Party platform had excised all mention of God and Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.

Multiple votes amid boos as Dem platform is amended.  The RNC captured the messy moments in which the Democratic platform was amended to reflect the words "God" and "Jerusalem," which finally happened after a few votes and a lot of boos.

Pinkerton's Amusing Take on How Media Would Have Reacted If GOP Had Platform Dispute.  How would the media — which barely noticed the platform dispute at the Democratic convention in which the chair clearly didn't get the required two-thirds majority from the floor to revise embarrassing platform gaps by adding a reference to God and identifying Jerusalem as the capital of Israel — react if such an incident occurred at the Republican convention?

Democrats Ignored Advice Against Radical Changes to Platform Language on Israel.  Video obtained from C-SPAN suggests that as Democrats discussed their party's emerging new position on Israel this past summer, few seemed concerned about the party's radical new direction on Israel policy.  Those who advised against making drastic changes from past party planks on Israel were evidently ignored.

Politico Catches Team Obama in Double-Talk Over Boss's God-Jerusalem Platform Knowledge; AP Whitewashes.  In a rare moment of reluctant semi-journalism which didn't name names, the Politico's Reid Epstein, in reporting about the God-Jerusalem debacle at the Democratic Convention Wednesday night, buried the lede, waiting until his third paragraph to tell readers that "While the campaign at first said Obama had seen the language prior to the convention, it later said he did not learn of the issue until Wednesday morning, when he became aware of seeing news coverage of the issue."

Platform Chaos and Class Warfare at DNC.  On Tuesday [9/4/2012], the DNC confirmed their party platform that included no mention of "God" or of Jerusalem being the capital of Israel.  This provided much ammunition for Mitt Romney, who only one month ago visited Israel and proclaimed Jerusalem as her capital.  This also concerned a number of Democrats, so they moved to re-vote — three times — to put these two issues into the platform.  At least half the crowd yelled "No" and booed loudly when the motion was adopted.  In the beginning, these issues were merely missing from the party platform.  Now we know why.

The Editor says...
Why bother to attend the party convention and cast your vote, when the party establishment has shown that they can make whatever changes they want regardless of the delegates' votes?

Proposed changes regarding Jerusalem and the mention of God are met with boos by convention delegates.
The night the Democrats lost control of the Israel message.  In calling for the voice vote from delegates to reinstate the term "God" — in an excised phrase from 2008 that "gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential" — and the sentence about Jerusalem as Israel's capital into the platform on Wednesday, Democratic leaders were taken aback by vociferous shouting of "boos" and "noes" in the half-empty Time Warner Arena in Charlotte.

Angry Democratic Delegates Booed As The Party Added 'God' And Support Of Jerusalem To The Platform.  Democrats added mentions of the word "God" and recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital today in a testy vote that left angry delegates booing on the floor.  It took three votes to pass the resolution in what was an extremely tense and divided vote.

And All the Democrats Said, 'AMEN!'.  Godless Democrats worship at the altar of Big Government.

Obama's party says no to God.  The most memorable moment of the Democratic National Convention was when the delegates denied God three times from the convention floor.  It was the latest blunder in an Obama re-election effort that increasingly looks like it doesn't have a prayer. [...] Democrats compounded the platform blunder by not getting their story straight.  The Obama campaign claimed omitting God and Jerusalem was a "technical" error, whatever that means.  It was reported that Mr. Obama had seen and signed off on the original godless platform, but then the campaign denied he had approved it.  Either way, the platform bears the mark of Mr. Obama, who is mentioned by name 38 times and cited more than 200 times in the 40-page manifesto.  Voters are left with the conclusion that either Mr. Obama saw the platform in advance and thought it was fine or the president simply isn't on top of things.

Dems Quickly Switch to Include "God," "Jerusalem".  Moments after convention chairman Antonio Villaraigosa gaveled in day two of the Democratic Convention, the hall burst into chaos as Democrats voted to amend their party's platform to include the word "God" and name Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. [...] When Villaraigosa announced "the ays [sic] have it," loud boos erupted across the arena.

A Godless party expels the Creator.  The authors of the Democratic platform have inadvertently revealed to the world the sea change that has taken place in that party we once knew.  For the first time — and in the longest Democratic platform in history, 26,000 words — there was not a single mention of God, the Creator, whom Thomas Jefferson himself, father of the party, proclaimed to be the author of our right to life and liberty.  The convention had approved the new platform, but when a firestorm erupted, a panicked Barack Obama hastily ordered "God" reinstated.

Source: Obama Saw Platform Language Prior to Convention.  The Democratic National Convention, reeling from today's chaotic fiasco surrounding the reinsertion of pro-Israel, pro-God language into the party platform, has announced that President Obama personally intervened to ensure that that language was revived.  But Politico is now reporting that President Obama approved the original, Jerusalem-less, Hamas-less language less than a fortnight ago.  He didn't try to change the platform "until after Republicans jumped on the omissions of God and Jerusalem late Wednesday."

New Democratic Party Platform Betrays Israel.  Despite some introductory bromides proclaiming the "unshakable commitment" of President Obama and the Democratic Party to Israel's security, the 2012 Democratic National Platform, titled "Moving America Forward," mirrors perfectly President Obama's decision to turn his back on our closest ally in the Middle East.  It represents a radical break with prior Democratic Party platforms, not to mention its counterparts issued by the Republican Party, that have expressed unequivocal support for the Jewish state.

Democratic convention: God is thrown out, then brought back in.  Unusually in this age of super-produced, carefully manipulated political events, the Democrats suffered a catastrophic fit of mismanagement yesterday.  The ever-vigilant press noticed that this year's Democratic party platform not only failed to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but also pointedly ommitted any reference to God — which was unprecedented in a national party manifesto.

Democrats Bring Platform Debacle on Themselves.  [Scroll down]  There's little doubt that the party appears to be lurching leftward at this year's convention, especially compared to 2008 when the party and Obama made serious outreach efforts to faith groups and pro-lifers.  This year, the heavy emphasis on abortion and other liberal social issues is undeniable, and it's also hard to argue that the party base's positions here — such as advocating taxpayer subsidization of abortion until birth — are way out of step with the mainstream.

Jerusalem change puts DNC at odds with W.H., delegates.  A Wednesday voice on the floor of the Democratic convention put the party in two awkward binds — pitting them against both official U.S. policy and many of their own delegates.  The Democrats restored language affirming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and putting mentions of God back into their platforms in a quick voice vote that the Democratic chair declared had passed.  A Democratic source says that President Obama personally interevened to change the language.

Waiting for Obama.  As the Democrats unveil their 2012 party platform, they will be for the first time officially endorsing same-sex marriage. [...] As a candidate, Obama cynically attempted to split the difference between appeasing social liberals, who have a very large footprint in the Democratic party, and working to disguise himself as a moderate.  He is in fact a garden-variety leftist of the sort familiar to anybody who has spent any time on a college campus, which is President Obama's natural habitat.

Sen. Durbin Picks Fight With Fox And Bret Baier.  During Tuesday's [9/4/2012] edition of Special Report, Fox News host Bret Baier asked Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin about the news that the Democratic Party removed all mention of the word "God" from their party platform, and have removed mention of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  Durbin did not take kindly to the questioning, and unfairly accused Baier and the network of "harping on" a narrative that doesn't focus on the "real issues" facing Americans.

Democrats Platform: We're Gonna Close Gitmo Someday, We Swear!  Shouldn't the party pay some price for having a pledge in its platform that everyone knows it will never keep?

The Democrats' Anti-Israel Party Platform.  This year's Democratic Party Platform is an interesting document to read.  Aside from radical stances on things like same-sex marriage and unlimited, government-funded abortion on demand including partial birth abortion, it's noteworthy in that it focuses on attacking Mitt Romney by name rather than merely stating the party's position on the issues.  This use of platform planks as attack vehicles is something unique in the history of platforms from either party.  One interesting part of this year's Democrat party platform is its anti-Israel language.

Democratic Platform Calls for Constitutional Amendment Limiting Free Speech.  The 2012 Democratic Party platform includes language calling for a constitutional amendment restricting free speech rights during elections, saying that the Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case should be overturned.  "Our opponents have applauded the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United and welcomed the new flow of special interest money with open arms.  In stark contrast, we believe we must take immediate action to curb the influence of lobbyists and special interests on our political institutions," the 2012 platform says.

The Editor says...
Really?  When discussing "special interests", does that include abortion providers like Planned Parenthood?  Are labor unions providing "special interest money"?  Would you say the Center for American Progress is a special interest group?  How about the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or People for the American Way?  Are the homosexuals a special interest group?  How about the immigration activists, and environmentalists?  Isn't there a lot of "special interest money" coming from Hollywood celebrities this year?  Have Solyndra and First Solar and SunPower and the Solar Energy Industries Association and the American Wind Energy Association and General Electric and Boeing and MoveOn.org and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting done any lobbying in the last few years?  I could go on and on (and I have already).

Narcissist-in-Chief: Obama Most Cited Term in Dem Platform.  Platforms are where the national parties lay out their guiding philosophical and policy positions on the major issues of the day.  They are meant to suggest where the party will move the country's policies if they are entrusted with the responsibility.  This year's Democrat platform, however, is different.  The collective voice of millions of Democrats across the country have been reduced to "whatever Obama says."  Barack Obama is the most cited term in the Democrat platform.  Out of the 40 pages that make up the platform, Obama is cited by name on 38 of them.

Democrats Remove Pro-Israel Language from Party Platform.  In the 2008 Democratic party platform, there was this language on Jerusalem, Israel:  ["]Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel.  The parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations.  It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths.["]  This year, however, that language has been removed.  Indeed, there is no mention of Jerusalem in the 2012 party platform adopted by Democrats.

Democrats have removed God from the Democratic National Committee platform.  David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network noticed the omission and compared the language in the 2012 DNC platform to the language in the 2008 platform.  In 2008, the DNC platform read: ["]We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values, and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.["]  In 2012, the words "God-given" were removed, [...] In addition, there is no mention of "God" in the "Faith" section of the platform as well.

Democrats Drop 'God' From Party Platform.  Guess what?  God's name has been removed from the Democratic National Committee platform. [...] Some critics will suggest that when you have planks in your platform that support abortion rights and gay marriage then it's no wonder that God's name would be dropped as well.

'God' also absent from Democrats' platform.  Democrats omitted the word "God" from their 2012 platform, a change from the party's 2008 document and a noticeable split from Republicans, who mention God ten times in their official party stance.

In Obama We Trust.  Speaking of the the Democrats' platform:  They've dropped God from it.

Democrats Remove Pro-Israel Language from Platform.  The Democrat Party has removed a section of its 2008 Party Platform in the 2012 version recently released online — some key language in expressing support for the state of Israel.

Democrats poised to embrace gay marriage.  Eight years after California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said the push for legalizing same-sex marriage was "too much, too fast, too soon," the Democratic Party will make history Tuesday [9/4/2012] when it is expected to be the first major party to endorse same-sex marriage in its platform.

Democratic platform on Obamacare: 'No law is perfect'.  The health care plank of the Democratic Party's platform, released on Monday [9/3/2012] ahead of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., praises President Barack Obama's 2010 health care reform law, but admits, "No law is perfect."  A 15-person committee prepared the draft platform.

20,000 Muslims Warm-Up Act for Democratic National Convention.  Will what Barack Obama calls "one of the prettiest sounds on earth at sunset", the Muslim call to prayer end the first day of the kickoff to the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, NC?  According to the Charlotte DNC homepage, 'The Jumah at the 2012 DNC' will welcome some 20,000 Muslims to Charlotte, DEM-dubbed an "official event".  'Jumah at the 2012 DNC' starts Friday afternoon, Aug. 31 jumah prayer followed by a myriad of other as yet unidentified programs and events, but leading up to the Islam Regal Banquet.

Jihad At the DNC.  It is no surprise, after four years of Obama Administration pandering, Muslim groups have a prominent role at the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.  The Charlotte Observer reports that organizers expect as many as 20,000 Muslims to attend the "Jumah at the DNC" series of events being organized by the Bureau of Indigenous Muslim Affairs (BIMA).  Among these events is an all-day "Islamic Cultural & Fun Fest," which will include a "TownHall Issues Conference" that will address "issues such as Islamaphobia, Anti-Shariah, Middle Eastern Crisis, Patriot Act, National Defense Authorization Act and more."

Just imagine the uproar if this had been a Christian event at the Republican convention.
The DNC Embraces Radical Islam.  The Democratic National Convention will commence from August 31st through September 1st with a focus on Islam.  Jumah at the DNC will begin Aug. 29th.  20,000 Muslims are expected to be in attendance.  This is according to the Bureau of Indigenous Muslim Affairs (BIMA), led by one of the un-indicted co-conspirators in the World Trade Center bombing.  The DNC has come full circle since 9-11 and they are now embracing the enemy from within and joining with radical Islam and their hatred of America.

Update:
Islamic Jumah Disappears From Official DNC Schedule.  Back on Monday [8/27/2012] the Obama Campaign listed an "Islamic Jumah at the DNC" as an "official function" at the DNC convention in Charlotte next week.  But now it's gone.

President Infanticide: Dem Abortion Platform Does Not Exclude Partial-Birth Abortion.  President Clinton believed abortion should be "safe, rare; and legal."  But Clinton also believed in a work requirement in his welfare reform bill.  President Obama apparently disagrees on both counts.  After unilaterally allowing states to waive the central pillar of the landmark and bipartisan 1996 welfare reform act — the work requirement — Obama has also proven himself to be a wild-eyed extremist on the issue of abortion and way out of step with at least two-thirds of the American people.  And his convention platform backs this extremism up.

The Democrats plan for 9 percent unemployment.  The Congressional Budget Office released its Update to the Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2012 to 2022 today [8/22/2012], showing that if Congress and President Obama do nothing to stop Taxmageddon and the sequester unemployment will rise to 9.1 percent next year.  Sounds bad right?  But guess what?  This is the preferred plan of a growing number of Democrats.

The Herd of Independent Minds.  Just about any gregarious conservative can register the same complaint:  his friends of a liberal persuasion firmly believe in evolution, the hydrocarbon menace, technogenic global warming, and the virtues of green energy; they are convinced that racism is still rampant in America, that all the ills of inner-city schools can be cured by throwing more money at them, that criminals are actually victims of society, that voter fraud is a myth concocted by evil conservatives, that cheating at the polls is a sacred right of minorities, that illegal immigrants have committed no crime even though the word "illegal" is self-explanatory, that George Bush attacked Iraq at the behest of Halliburton to grab Iraqi oil...

Democrats continue to beat up Christians.  Inch by inch, the Democratic Party continues to ostracize Christians.  Its latest attack consists of forcing any Christian who would like to support the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) platform to betray his deeply held religious beliefs on the issue of marriage. [...] For the first time in history, the DNC's platform committee voted on Aug. 12 to endorse same-sex "marriage."  The language calls for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which, for federal purposes, defines marriage as the union between a man and a woman.  The language is set to go for approval at the Democratic National Convention in September.

Religious, Pro-Market Ryan Is Dems' Worst Nightmare.  The Republican vice-presidential candidate, Congressman Paul Ryan, is the Democrats' political version of the Anti-Christ.  He believes in self-reliance; the left believes in reliance on the state.  His moral values are shaped by religion (Catholicism); the left is frightened by religious Christian politicians (and athletes, and members of the armed forces, and talk-show hosts, and, for that matter, clergy).  He believes in individualism; the left believes in collectivism.  He believes in small government and powerful citizens; the left believes in large government and dependent citizens.

The Childishness of the American Left.  [Scroll down]  To the true believers on the left, re-electing Barack Obama is not a matter of what is or is not good for the country; rather, for the majority on the left, the primary motivation is geared solely toward defeating their sworn enemy:  conservatives and Republicans, whom many falsely believe are a right-wing horde determined to create a theocracy and impose old-fashioned morality.  But what they fear most from the right is a determination to reinstitute unfettered individual freedom and concomitant economic growth, which would relegate the American left to the back bench of American society.

Gay marriage headed to DNC platform.  Democrats are set to include a pro-gay marriage plank in their convention platform for the first time in history, party sources confirm to POLITICO.  The language was approved unanimously by a 15-member platform draft committee, and now heads for approval by the full platform committee in August.

Detroit: The Moral of the Story.  The Left's answer to the deficit:  raise taxes to protect spending.  The Left's answer to the weak economy:  raise taxes to enable new spending.  The Left's answer to the looming sovereign-debt crisis:  raise taxes to pay off old spending.  For the Left, every deficit is a revenue-side problem, not a spending-side problem, and the solution to every economic problem is more spending, necessitating more taxes.  The problem with that way of looking at things is called Detroit, which looks to be running out of money in about one week.  Detroit is what liberalism's end-game looks like.

Barney Frank, Deval Patrick to help draft national Democratic Party platform.  Two Massachusetts Democrats will help draft the Democratic Party's national platform.  Retiring U.S. Rep. Barney Frank will be a member of the platform drafting committee.  Gov. Deval Patrick will be an ex-officio member.  The Democratic National Committee and Obama for America announced the committee on Thursday [7/12/2012].

The "People United" Go Down In Flames.  The public sector unions are critical to what remains of the American left.  The power of the public service unions in Democratic politics pulls the entire party to the left and gives ideas that are important to the left an access to power that they would otherwise lack.  But more important than that, they provide a kind of center to a movement that otherwise threatens to fragment into antagonistic cliques.  The New Left of the 1960s and 1970s rapidly devolved into different factions.  There are environmentalists, civil rights and Black activists, poverty activists, feminists, intellectuals in the academy and the arts, gay rights advocates and many other groups whose agendas often don't overlap and sometimes conflict.  Two big things unite them:  a general sense of being on the same side in opposition to the economic and social right, and the belief in a strong, well-funded state.

The Speed of Progressivism.  [Scroll down]  Progressivism is chaos.  It is a force that is constantly destroying old things to make way for new things and with so much destruction, it can't be expected to tell the new old things and the old new things apart.  Progressivism is a contrary talker, a teenager who knows everything, it doesn't know a whole lot, but it knows that everything you know is wrong.

Liberal Bigotry.  American progressives hold these truths to be self-evident:
  •   All cultures and religions are equally meritorious (except for Christianity)
  •   There is no objective truth (until and unless progressives declare the truth)
  •   You cannot legislate morality (Therefore, everything is "moral" — except Christian morality)
  •   Progressives celebrate diversity and are tolerant, inclusive, and accepting of all fellow humans (except conservative, white and Christian people)
  •   Progressives are intelligent, thoughtful, reality-based, and benevolent

Obama's Share-The-Wealth Mantra Is A Threat To Freedom.  In Obama's view, wealth is mere money that the government must step in to share since we won't.  But in reality, wealth is always shared.  There is no wealth created in a vacuum, because it all comes from capital.  In places where wealth creation is forbidden, such as Venezuela, the country's natural oil wealth has done nothing to enrich its citizens.

Democratic Party platform group backs gay marriage.  The national Democratic Party's platform committee endorsed gay marriage Saturday [8/11/2012] for the first time and called for the repeal of a federal law that recognizes marriage as between a man and a woman.

The Ignorant, the Pets, and the Dead: That's the Plan.  Obama, it seems, can count on newly swollen armies of bureaucrats; the vast majority of black voters; frightened people who perceive themselves principally as clients and beneficiaries of government; crony capitalists; sleazy investment advisers who cross their fingers for more quantitative easing to keep the game going; non-married women; ObamaCare bitter-enders; distributive, social, and environmental justice-hustlers and their marks; Prius and Volt owners; public-employee union bosses; and anybody with whom Anna Wintour would not mind breaking arugula...

George Orwell, Call Your Office.  The Atlantic has an article this month with the title "Americans Want to Live in a Much More Equal Country (They Just Don't Realize It)."  I am always curious when intellectuals announce that the people (who in the American constitutional system serve as the sovereign power) don't know what's good for them or don't even know what they want.  Implicit in all of these revelations, of course, is the firmest, if never directly expressed, belief of the Left:  That the average person is too stupid to run his own life, let alone make public policy decisions.  Those few, those happy few, that band of liberal intellectuals, must do that for them.

Obama's Calculated Deception.  The Obama campaign is trailblazing new realms of dishonesty in the history of American politics, bringing to America for the first time Soviet-style propaganda that flies in the direct face of reality, buttressed by dishonest, party-controlled media operations.  Moreover, it is a classically abusive Saul Alinsky trick to accuse your opponent of planning to do exactly what you have done, as Obama does in continually accusing Romney of proposing to raise taxes on the middle class.  Only an idiot can fail to see that the entire Democrat party's spending plans require sweeping tax increases on the middle class.

Sen. Schumer Seeks Ban on High Cap Mags and Assault Weapons Next Week.  The Cybersecurity Act, which the Senate will vote on next week, will not only contain measures for cyber security but also quite a bit of gun control, if a coalition of Democrats led by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) get their way.

Dems Push Gun Control.  Whenever a major crime takes place, liberals cannot help but politicize it.  George Zimmerman's killing of Trayvon Martin became an excuse for liberals to push against "Stand Your Ground" laws and, for some odd reason, voter ID.  Jared Loughner's shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) turned into an excuse for the left to attack the "political tone" of the country in general and Sarah Palin in particular, despite the fact that Loughner was a leftist and an insane person.  Now, in the aftermath of James Holmes' horrifying massacre of moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado, Democrats are pushing for gun control.  This despite the fact that the theater in question was reportedly a gun-free zone.

Obama's copper curtain.  President Obama wants this election to be a debate about outsourcing. [...] If the president understood anything about outsourcing, he probably would run from it as if it were the plague, or worse.  That is simply because the policies of the modern Democratic Party — in particular, those that the president champions — are at the heart of the outsourcing problem.

Of Marx and Men.  Election 2012 is shaping up to be the most clearly defined clash of political ideologies since FDR's New Deal.  The heart of the matter is the long-overdue awakening of a slumbering majority of constitutional traditionalists.  This awakening has been triggered by a surge of authoritarian socialism, or more accurately, cultural Marxism advocated by a radical Obama administration to fashion a "fundamentally transformed" America.  If the 2008 election was about dumping free-market capitalism and America's constitutional liberties for a nascent Marxist police state, probably not too many people understood the issue.  The 2012 election will be about ratifying or rescinding that choice, hopefully, without ambiguity.  What's at stake is the preservation of America's unique ethos of creative individual liberty or a continuation of our accelerating descent into a coercive statist regime derivative of Marx.

Americans' Ignorance About Socialism Is Unbelievable.  Socialism has never worked but it is easy to sell to those who refuse to study history which is why progressives use academia as their base of operations.  I'm willing to bet that "Animal Farm" and "1984" are no longer recommended reading in today's high schools.  Big Brother is only a TV reality show to many of the young today who regard socialism and big government as a good thing because that's how the mainstream media presents it.  If this country is to survive the disastrous results of socialist experiments in government, we need to educate our citizenry on what socialism actually is which is neither benign nor without hazard.

Pandering to His Base.  The usual strategy for presidential candidates is to appeal to the political center in hopes of broadening their support.  President Obama isn't doing that.  He is tilting sharply to the left on issue after issue:  immigration, religious liberty, welfare, gay marriage, the environment, race, the role of government.  Why?  The simplest answer is that his bid for reelection is in trouble, and he's going where he has the best chance of finding friendly faces.

The Truth Behind President Obama's Attack on Success.  [Scroll down]  Yes, the President was wrong, [...] but he was also boring.  What he said is what progressives have said for more than a century.  It wasn't true in Soviet Russia, in Nazi Germany, in fascist Italy, in poor and oppressed Cuba, or in starving and shivering North Korea.  It has not been true anywhere nor at any time.  Free markets bring innovation, health, and prosperity for any who will work hard enough to get it.  Collectivism brings stultification, sickness, and desperate want for everyone.

The Professor, the Ballerina, and the Public Enemy.  Not since the Copperhead Democrats tried to appease the South and derail the Lincoln presidency have the Democrats been such an explicitly anti-American party.  The relatively moderate party of JFK and Hubert Humphrey was hijacked in the streets of Saul Alinsky's Chicago in 1968 and at the Miami Beach convention of 1972, which nominated George McGovern, and was transformed into a radical group that can no longer contain its animus against our country, our history, and our Constitution.

How Statists Are Getting Away with It.  It's an awesome strategy.  It's about 80 years old now, and working like a charm.

Communists appear to be right at home in the Democrat party.
CPUSA Says Re-electing Obama is "Absolutely Essential".  A writer for the Communist Party USA says that "...re-electing Obama is absolutely essential," and warns that "divisions among Democrats and a potential wave of bad economic news can combine to threaten President Obama's reelection." [...] Since 1988, the CPUSA has not run its own candidates for president and vice-president, preferring instead to work through the Democratic Party.  Its support for Obama in 2008 and again this year has been open and outspoken.

Black pastors target Obama.  A large coalition of African-American pastors, snubbed by President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder in their demand for a meeting to discuss same-sex marriage, are calling on blacks to boycott the president and sign a petition demanding that the administration withdraw support for gay marriage.  "By embracing gay marriage, President Obama is leading the country down an immoral path," said Rev. William Owens, president of the 1,300-member Coalition of African-American Pastors.  "Some things are bigger than the next election."

The Editor says...
I've got news for you, Reverend Owens.  The next Democrat nominee for President won't be any better than Barack Obama.  You should consider switching to the Republican Party if you believe the Democrats are headed down an immoral path.  And they are.  And you said so.  So what are you waiting for?

The Mandate Represents What's Wrong With Democrats.  The individual mandate is the apotheosis of the modern Democratic party's way of doing business.  In particular, it is the quintessential example of how, hiding behind a smokescreen of egalitarian rhetoric, the party has become deeply, perhaps hopelessly, anti-republican, happy to dole out favors to privileged groups while the rest of the country is left with nothing.

Democrats Next to Move to Unionize Obamacare Doctors.  In another sign that our healthcare industry is soon to be just another arm of the Democrat Party, Chicago are Democrat Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky thinks it's a great idea if doctors unionize.  This will completely end any chance that doctors will care about patients.  They will instead become just another uncaring, slipshod union hack that won't much care about the excellence of his work because he's protected by union rules.  Patients will no longer matter.

Democrat Controlled Senate Votes to Keep Costly EPA Restrictions.  The U.S. Senate yesterday [6/20/2012] voted to keep costly EPA mercury restrictions on power plants.  The Senate voted largely along party lines, with just a few Senators from each party bucking their party leadership.  The EPA restrictions are so severe as to effectively ban the future construction of coal-fired power plants.  Coal powers nearly half the nation's electricity and is substantially less expensive than alternative power sources, so the EPA restrictions will necessarily cause steep increases in energy prices that will act as a punitive economic tax without generating any tax revenues.

The Mind of a Marxist.  Marxists like Obama and Harry Reid can't connect dots that the overwhelming majority of the bureaucratic tyranny they call government is a cancer on the economy.  They are an impediment to prosperity and until we figure this out, we will never (and I do mean never) restore the kind of prosperity that only free market capitalism can produce.  Government, for the most part, produces nothing and every dollar transferred to them from the productive sector is a dollar that is tragically wasted, unable to be invested, saved, spent, or used to hire people to grow their businesses.

Legislating self-control.  Too often, Americans are willing to cede control over their lives to politicians.  If the government can force us to use mercury-filled light bulbs, ban smoking in bars, outlaw plastic bags in grocery stores and even prohibit Happy Meals at McDonald's, it should come as no surprise that something as innocuous as a carbonated drink would be next on the list.  Feel-good proposals of this sort are evaluated according to the intentions of their proponents, not their likely result.  The public tends to give it a pass because it's a matter of health and safety.  Such busybody ventures never achieve their stated goals.

Government as God is Liberalism's Idea — Stolen From Ancient Pagan World.  Of the central core of ideas from socialism and Marxism, none is more important than erecting a government to operate as a kind of default god.  While this could seem an accidental effect of Marxism's war against religion, a better informed explanation exists.  This reveals the real purpose of leftism as one of waging war against, and trying to murder God, Himself.  After God is removed from the scene, imposition of a humanistic cult allows mankind to pursue all his desires unfettered.  More importantly — it erases the history of man's sins against God.

Watch out: Democrats are trying to implement Obamacare at the state level.  If you think the Supreme Court's upcoming verdict on Obamacare will be the final word, you're in for a surprise.  Here in Delaware, the Democrats who control the state legislature and governor's mansion have just floated a bill to mandate single-payer health care in the state.  If your state government is controlled by the Democratic Party, brace yourself.  It's clear Democrats have decided that if Obamacare doesn't survive a federal court test, they'll battle it out state by state.

Liberal and Incompetent.  [Scroll down]  The liberalism part is widely understood and easily documented.  After running a clever campaign in 2008 where he positioned himself as a centrist, President Obama has been the most liberal president since Jimmy Carter.  He jammed through a government takeover of health care that has never enjoyed the support of a majority of Americans, not on even one single day.  It is bad policy and it is unpopular and he jammed it through anyway.  It cost the Democrats control of the House, but President Obama considers that a small price to pay.  This Administration lurches America every day toward a model of government that is patterned after European style socialist policies.

It's the public sector "doing fine".  After recently letting it slip that he believes the private sector in the United States is "doing fine," many looked to President Barack Obama's economic speech Thursday in Cleveland, Ohio, as a potential defining moment of his reelection effort and, perhaps, as an opportunity to negate some of the backlash resulting from his "doing fine" remark.  Yet, in a swing state as important as Ohio and at a critical juncture in his campaign, President Obama failed to break new ground or outline an agenda for economic growth.  Instead he offered up the same tired approach that he has employed throughout his presidency:  more government spending.

Crowds gather as today's expanded [homosexual] Pride Parade kicks off.  Crowds gathered along the newly re-routed path of the annual Chicago Pride Parade as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn were at the front of the parade as it began its march from the Uptown neighborhood.

Obama hosts LGBT Pride reception, vows to be 'advocate'.  President Barack Obama promised a roomful of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) activists on Friday [6/15/2012] that he would be their "fellow advocate" as long as he is in the White House.

Sherrod Brown: "Everybody knows that government creates jobs".  Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), who last year tied Socialist Bernie Sanders for the title of the Senate's most liberal, has always voted in a manner that suggests that more government is the answer to every problem.

Obama's Hope ... And Climate Change.  'Obama has an ambitious second-term agenda," wrote Ryan Lizza in this week's New Yorker.  "The President has said that the most important policy he could address in his second term is climate change," supposedly to "improve the world."  So forget about the abysmal jobless numbers above 8% for over three years, or the $15 trillion deficit that threatens to turn the U.S. into Greece.  No, amid those very real calamities, climate change is more important.  If this isn't a sign of a president out of touch with reality, what is?

Socialist or Fascist?  What socialism, fascism, and other ideologies of the left have in common is an assumption that some very wise people — like themselves — need to take decisions out of the hands of lesser people, like the rest of us, and impose those decisions by government fiat.  The left's vision is not only a vision of the world, but also a vision of themselves, as superior beings pursuing superior ends.

President Obama Proclaims June "Gay Pride Month".  Every year he has been in office President Obama has made it a point to cozy up to America's tiny homosexual activist minority by officially recognizing June as "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month."  This year, of course, was no exception.  Having just come out officially in favor of legalizing same-sex "marriage," the President followed up on June 1 by issuing this year's proclamation setting aside the entire month to commemorate the valuable contributions that gays, lesbians, transvestites, and an odds-and-ends assortment of sexually- and gender-confused individuals have made to American society.

Obama Forced a Change Nobody Wanted.  Barack Hussein Obama promised to transform America with an ill-defined message of change during his 2008 campaign.  As Americans discovered what that change involved, they began to reject it.  It was a change to the Left, to liberalism, to socialism.  The first sign of rejection was the 2010 election when voters returned power in the House of Representatives to Republicans.  Since the 2006 midterm elections that gave the Democratic Party a sweeping victory and elevated Nancy Pelosi as the first woman to become Speaker of the House, Americans have had an opportunity to experience the liberal agenda and they don't like it.

Dems Can't Make it Without Government Worker Unions.  The Wall Street Journal today reports that the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the largest part of the AFL-CIO, has been shedding members even faster than overall public-sector job losses.  A 50,000-member drop from March 2011 to February 2010 may not sound like a big deal for an organization that boasts 1.37 million members and is surpassed in size only by the Service Employees International Union, which represents service workers, such as busboys and hospital orderlies, as well as government workers.

Party Loyalty and the Future of America.  Does loyalty to a political party trump the well-being of a nation?  That question now confronts many Democratic Party activists, financial contributors, and elected politicians, particularly because Barack Obama has no loyalty to the party he leads.  In 2008, the Party went on a blind date with someone they did not know and made no effort to investigate. [...] Barack Obama has made clear by his disdain for elected Democrats everywhere that his is a dictatorial and narcissistic mindset.

Obama hails LGBT Pride Month.  [Quoting from Barack Obama's proclamation:] From generation to generation, ordinary Americans have led a proud and inexorable march toward freedom, fairness, and full equality under the law — not just for some, but for all. [...] The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community has written a proud chapter in this fundamentally American story.

Progressives Without Progress.  On the economy, it is hard to think of policies that have done more harm to the future of the United States than those that have come out of left field.  Every day more and more debt is put on the shoulders of future Americans at a record pace.  Of course, Democrats argue that this is all done in order to save the economy and get us out of the economic crisis.  If government spending was the clear solution there wouldn't be any economic problems in Europe.

Gay Marriage: The Hidden Agenda.  It is the iron law of "progressive" movements that having achieved their goals, they refuse to fade away.  Rather than disbanding upon completion of their mission, these movements, now fully institutionalized, keep chugging along, and the farther they go, the more they resemble their sworn enemies, the rationale for their existence.

'Left'-over tactics to lie, smear.  Same-sex marriage has replaced abortion as the biggest hot potato on the list of social issues, and the President of the United States has ensured that it will be front and center to divide America right down to Election Day.  Toward that end, hardcore liberals are in the process of smearing and destroying everyone who believes that traditional marriage is worth saving.

Barack Obama's 15 Minutes of Fame.  The Obama re-election campaign is attempting to hold together a fragile coalition of minorities almost solely on the strength of Obama's now endangered celebrity status. [...] They include the following:  radical environmentalists; those heavily dependent on the federal government for their subsistence; illegal immigrants who favor continuing the administration's policies of providing sanctuary and funding for those here illegally; women bent on convincing other women that being a woman consists precisely of not doing those things that women have traditionally done to maintain and define their families; the rapidly shrinking number of union members; and gender-based minorities.

Why Wright Matters: Obama's on a Mission from God.  [Scroll down]  What motivates Obama is so simple to explain, if only a free media would bother to expose it.  Cockamamie, but simple.  Obama believes he is on a mission from God to upend our oppressive free-market system and replace it with mystic utopian "fairness" as yet to be determined by enlightened ruling-class elites like him.

DOJ pressures university to allow 38-year old man access to women's restrooms.  Watch out, you ladies at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith:  Those feet under the stall next to you might just belong to a 38-year-old man.  Despite opposition from female students, UAFS has decided on "advice of counsel" to allow a 38-year-old anatomically-male, transgendered student access to the women's bathrooms on campus.  According to a report from the conservative Campus Reform, the university decided to reverse its transgender policy after receiving a letter from the Department of Justice.

Never Call Socialism by Its Right Name.  Allen West was the latest to get his knuckles rapped for saying there were "about 78 to 81" members of the Democratic Party who are members of the Communist Party.  His crime, like McCarthy's, was in raising an uncomfortable subject.  We may never know who is or isn't a communist, socialist, Marxist, Stalinist or Leninist in Congress, since all socialists work by deception, define words with obscurities, and refuse to identify themselves, with exceptions like Dohrn and Van Jones.  Even in the heyday of communism, the most influential of its comrades were never "card carrying members" and lying was a way of life, which included obligatory perjury.  But regardless of their nuances, deception is an integral part of their political ideology.

Socialism, by Any Other Name, Is Still Socialism.  Isn't there something conspicuously familiar about Hollande's proposed initiatives?  Doesn't his plan to "soak the rich" in France sound like that of Barack Obama?  Our president has vilified corporations, alleging that they do not pay their fair share for the collective good, and has suggested that million-dollar-earners be taxed more heavily to finance his platform of "social justice."  He has waged his own war against the world of finance, hailed as "the biggest shake-up of the financial industry since the reforms following the Great Depression."  And setting wage prices, increasing federal spending on education, and expanding entitlements of all forms are staple ambitions of the Democratic Party as a whole.

When you ride alone, you ride with Hitler

Propaganda that was supposed to target foreigners could now be aimed at Americans, reversing a longstanding policy.
Congressmen Seek To Lift Propaganda Ban.  The new law would give sweeping powers to the State Department and Pentagon to push television, radio, newspaper, and social media onto the U.S. public.  "It removes the protection for Americans," says a Pentagon official who is concerned about the law.  "It removes oversight from the people who want to put out this information.  There are no checks and balances.  No one knows if the information is accurate, partially accurate, or entirely false."  According to this official, "senior public affairs" officers within the Department of Defense want to "get rid" of Smith-Mundt and other restrictions because it prevents information activities designed to prop up unpopular policies — like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Apparently We're Too Stupid To Run Our Own Lives.  It's incredible that so many learned and educated journalists are unable to view socialism as less harmful than communism.  The USSR stood for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.  Nazis were members of the National Socialist German Workers Party.  Those immigrants who have lived under these systems invariably become arch conservatives.  The liberals still believe that once we get rid of our capitalistic, free enterprise, democratic (small d) government and empower the state with more intelligent leaders, it will be better for the nation.  That's why we get the ignorant media articles proclaiming the brilliance of President Barack Obama.  He's too brainy for us and we're too stupid to appreciate how his policies will be best for us.

Alias Marx and Alinsky.  Calling socialists liberals is as deceptive as calling goose gizzards foie gras.  It fools no one but the epistemologically blinkered.  The term liberal allows liberals to pose as concerned, generous and forward-thinking individuals and to act under what was once an honorable term for anyone who advocated or endorsed liberty.  And as any well-read American knows, liberals do not advocate liberty.  Quite the opposite.  The subject here is the devolution of the term liberal, not its evolution.  Even out-and-out communists are called liberals.  President Barack Obama is called a "liberal."  The late Senator Ted Kennedy was called a "liberal."  Barney Frank is a liberal.  Obama's cabinet is largely staffed by liberals (unless outed, as self-confessed communist Van Jones was).  Communism and socialism still carry a bad reputation, so everyone, including the Main Stream Media, and even well-intentioned pundits and commentators friendly to liberty, use the term liberal.

Barack Obama in the Twelve-Step Program.  [Scroll down]  This is the kind of "change" an antiestablishment, anti-American liberal secretly hopes for:  to bring our longtime successful nation, powered by personal responsibility, to its knees so it can be blown up once and for all.  And from the ashes will rise a new, progressive, pluralistic utopia, where perpetual motion machines, manufactured by green government agencies, are possible.  Where automobiles run on algae and everything is free for the taking.  Or so goes the socialist's Grand Delusion.

Follow the Money: One in Six Top Obama Bundlers Identify as Gay.  Heeding the journalistic adage to "follow the money," the Washington Post has found that every one out of six of President Obama's top fundraising "bundlers" who have hauled in $500,000 or more publicly identify themselves as gay.

A Manifesto on the "Manifesto".  In another illuminating section [of the Communist Manifesto] (page 75), Marx interrupted his meandering sophistries with a 10-point program of specific policy recommendations.  I'm not going to shy from stating the obvious:  Marx's list is chillingly similar — in some respects, certainly not all — to what the American left has pushed for decades, from progressive income taxes, to inheritance taxes, to centralization and nationalization.  Here they are, in direct quotation:
   1.  Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
   2.  A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
   3.  Abolition of all right of inheritance.
   4.  Confiscation of all property of emigrants and rebels.
   5.  Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.
   6.  Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state.
   7.  Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
   8.  Equal obligation of all to work....
   9.  ... gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equitable distribution of the population over the country.
  10.  Free education for all children in public schools....
That's what the Communist Manifesto really says, and, worse, desired for not one country but the whole world (page 91).  It's a prescription for despotism, as Marx himself conceded, prefacing his 10 points:  "Of course, in the beginning, this cannot be effected except by means of despotic inroads."  Marxism wasn't hijacked by despots; Marxism demanded despots.

Big Enviro Push Coming to End All Coal, Oil, Gas Subsidies.  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) will announce legislation today to end every last subsidy for oil, coal and natural gas production.  "The measure would do away with tax breaks, financial assistance, royalty relief, direct federal research and development and many loopholes that benefit the fossil fuel industry," Sanders' office said.

How President Obama, in Six Days, Decided to Come Out for Gay Marriage.  Vice President Biden torpedoed the White House plan to endorse gay marriage before the Democratic convention.

Mocking derision:
Another Gutsy Call!  This now puts Barack Obama in the same reviled category as the Hollywood elite, the New York Times editorial page, the American professoriat, his Wall Street fundraising bundlers, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, readers of the Nation, the cast and crew of The Daily Show, and the majority of residents on New York's Upper West Side.  And lest we forget:  He now risks the wrath of zealots, extremists, partisans, and ideologues.

Gay for Pay.  President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage less than 48 hours after the Washington Post reported that prominent political donors were threatening to withhold donations over the president's position on gay rights.

President Obama's calculated gamble on gay marriage.  President Obama's decision to express support for gay marriage in an interview with ABC's Robin Roberts is a decision that comes with real political risk.

Oceguera makes case for ... Heck.  The inescapable conclusion after congressional candidate John Oceguera's performance on television this week is either he believes in nothing or is scared of everything.  Or both.  Either way, if there are any Democrats who can defend his spectacularly evasive and all-too-revealing appearances on "Face to Face" and "The Agenda," they should be ashamed of themselves.

Obama: Michelle influenced gay marriage decision.  First Lady Michelle Obama contributed to the president making his long-delayed declaration of support for gay marriage, which he positioned as an outgrowth of his Christian faith.  "I think same sex couples should be able to get married," Obama told ABC today.  He explained that his wife, Michelle Obama, influenced his thinking on the issue.

Obama's same-sex evolution.  Adopting an evolving position is a classic political dodge, allowing Mr. Obama to claim to be sympathetic to the concerns of homosexual activists while not offending traditionalists.  His stance is calculated to grab centrists whose votes he needs in November.  It gives him wiggle room with leftists who are curious why he won't be more explicit.  But when Mr. Obama says he is evolving, he does so with a wink.  His liberal supporters know where he really stands.

The Left's National Vote Fraud Strategy Exposed.  The Left seeks fundamental structural change to our entire form of government.  In keeping with their amoral, means-justifies-ends philosophy, they will register any voters, dead or alive, legal or illegal, who will then vote as many times as possible, in order to establish a "permanent progressive majority."  As two New York Democrats recently caught in a vote fraud scandal told police, "voter fraud is an accepted way of winning elections..."

The Patriot's Handbook: a Practical Guide for all Activists.  The events of the Obama administration's first two years have brought this crisis into sharp focus.  Never in recent memory have any President and Congress attempted to move so far, so fast to radically transform our country.  They have sought to impose vast new regulatory regimes against our will, and engaged in a budget busting spending spree — robbing a flagging economy of much-needed resources and raising the specter of rampant inflation.  And while threatening economic stability at home, the administration pursues a foreign policy of indulging our enemies and undermining national defense.  But this radical leftist administration and Democrat-controlled Congress are only a symptom of a larger systemic problem.  The radical Left represents an indescribably destructive system of thinking and philosophy of government that has gradually been "mainstreamed" over the past century.  It infests our grade schools and college campuses.  It pervades the thinking of most among our media elite, the political class and even the church.  It must be expunged from our national psyche if we are ever to rescue ourselves from this crisis.

Missing: $400 purse holding $800 cash, plus food stamp cards.  It bears repeating, as both a critique and a warning of things to come, that the great project of the American Left involves teaching the middle class to think of itself as "poor."  That way, they'll vote themselves into servitude.

Let's just say it: The Democrats are the problem.  "The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics," they wrote.  "It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition."  But just take a look at the number one issue facing America domestically:  our looming entitlement crisis.  If we don't radically change our entitlement programs and put them on a sustainable course, our country is in deep, catastrophic trouble.  We face in the neighborhood of $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities.  That's trillion with a "t."

The Two Lefts.  It is impossible to understand politics in the world today without grasping the fundamental fact that there exist two different lefts.  I propose that the two be referred to by everyone as the Stupid Left and the Satanic Left.  The two are very different, although they work together.  People who are part of the first are simply stupid people.  People who are part of the second may in fact be quite shrewd, but are evil and nefarious.  There is no third type of leftist.

Celebrating our "Warrior President".  Not only the Democratic Party, but also its progressive faction, is wildly enamored of "one of the most militarily aggressive American leaders in decades."  That's quite revealing on multiple levels.  Bergen does note that irony:  he recalls that Obama used his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech to defend the justifications for war and points out:  "if those on the left were listening, they didn't seem to care."

Europe: From the Welfare State to the Totalitarian State?  Thanks to the voters who put Obama in the White House and Democrats in charge of Congress in 2008 the hard-line left has been able to determine the course of America over the past 3.5 years.  In the 2010 election a majority of voters issued a restraining order on the runaway leftists who thought they were invincible after 2008.  But so long as we have a radical in the White House and a Democrat Senate majority that gives the president a pass on every decisive power grab he wants, we are going to continue down the path that the hard-line left staked out in '08.  That path goes straight into the murky backwoods of big-government Europe.

Obama's Nakba.  [Scroll down]  Obama is historic — not because he is our first black president, but because he is the first president who believes in a war ideology.  Abraham Lincoln did not believe in war, and neither did George Washington or FDR.  Normal Americans don't, but Obama believes in class warfare, racial warfare, ideological warfare, religious warfare.  This is Jerry Wright and Louis Farrakhan thinking.  How could it not be?  When you spend 20 years learning at the feet of Jerry Wright, you can't think outside of that box.

How to Keep the Poor Poor.  Media personality Tavis Smiley and Princeton philosophy professor Cornell West have just published their latest contribution to American poverty propaganda, "The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto." [...] Smiley and West's message is simple.  America today consists of a few powerful, rapacious rich people and a lot of unfortunate, exploited poor people.  The rich are rich because they are lucky.  The poor are poor because they are unlucky.  And the only way to solve the problem is activist government to manage the American economy and redistribute wealth.

Top five cliches that liberals use to avoid real arguments.  [#3]  'The living Constitution'[:]  It is dogma among liberals that sophisticated people understand that the Constitution is a "living, breathing document."  The idea was largely introduced into the political bloodstream by Woodrow Wilson and his allies, who were desperate to be free of the constraints of the founders' vision.  Wilson explained that he preferred an evolving, "organic," "Darwinian" Constitution that empowered progressives to breathe whatever meaning they wished into it.  It is a wildly ideological view of the nature of our political system.

First Lady Hails Free-Contraception Mandate.  First Lady Michelle Obama boasted at a campaign event in Omaha, Neb. on Tuesday [4/24/2012] that "we made history" when the president's health care proposal was enacted and the administration issued a regulation mandating that insurance companies provide women with free contraceptives.

Democrats Have Nothing to Offer But Fear Itself.  The Senate hasn't produced a budget since 2009 and refuses to this year, which means that once again the red-ink hemorrhaging federal government will be operating without any spending guidelines.  Obama's budget plan was so ludicrous that not one House Democrat would vote for it.  The Democrats' refusal to govern hardly ends here.

Senate Democrat: We Can Save the Postal Service with Wind Farms?  Is Sen. Tom Carper's (D-DE) argument even logical?

Taking a scythe to the Bill of Rights.  Controversies can be wonderfully clarified when people follow the logic of illogical premises to perverse conclusions. [...] Now comes Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) with a comparable contribution to another debate, the one concerning government regulation of political speech.  Joined by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), 26 other Democrats and one Republican, he proposes a constitutional amendment to radically contract First Amendment protections.  His purpose is to vastly expand government's power — i.e., the power of incumbent legislators — to write laws regulating, rationing or even proscribing speech in elections that determine the composition of the legislature and the rest of the government.

Jim McGovern's War on the Constitution.  It is hard to overstate how radical and dangerous the People's Rights Amendment would be.  It would overturn Citizens United, all right — along with much of the freedom Americans have always taken for granted.  All of them would lose their constitutional rights, including freedom of speech and of the press, if US Rep. Jim McGovern's "People's Rights Amendment" were adopted.

Rep. Bob Filner calls for Navy to name ship for Harvey Milk.  Rep. Bob Filner (D-San Diego) has called on the Navy to name a ship after slain gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk, who served as a Navy officer in the early 1950s.

Dem Rep. Admits Party Expects Votes in Exchange for Gov. Handouts.  When Democrats are actually honest with the American people, they usually say things they wish they hadn't.  Like the time Michelle Obama told a Wisconsin crowd in 2008 that she was "really proud of her country ... for the first time in [her] adult life," or when John Kerry (D-Mass.) equated our military with terrorists, or more recently, when Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Penn.) admitted that Democrats expect votes in exchange for all the free stuff that pass out to people via the government dole.

Keep the First Amendment.  The phrase "stunning development" is used far too often in our politics, but here is an item that can be described in no other way:  Nancy Pelosi and congressional Democrats, frustrated by the fact that the Bill of Rights interferes with their desire to muzzle their political opponents, have proposed to repeal the First Amendment.  That is precisely what the so-called People's Rights Amendment would do.

The Inequality Obsession.  If it were learned that the car driven by the average American is 10 times more likely to burst into flames than the car driven by the richest 1%, what should the policy response be?  Should it be to mandate that cars driven by the rich burst into flames more often?  Income inequality is a strange obsession, at least to the extent the obsessives focus their policy responses on trying to adjust the condition of the top 1% rather than improving the opportunities of everyone else.

Geithner: U.S. Fiscal Situation 'Unsustainable' — But We Can't 'Just Cut Things'.  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said that the U.S. government's long-term fiscal commitments are "unsustainable," but that they should not be the country's top priority, because the government still needs to "do things."  "Our fiscal commitments are unsustainable over the long run, but we cannot put our long-run fiscal challenges above all others," Geithner told the Economic Club of Chicago on Wednesday [4/4/2012].  "We have to be willing to do things, not just cut things."

Progressive Caucus Budget Proposes $2.9 Trillion Spending Hike.  [Quoting Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.):]  "This budget responds to what the people want, what the economy requires and what the Progressive Caucus believes in.  I look forward to a national discussion about what's in this plan, and I'm excited to stand behind it."

Liberals' budget would raise taxes to an all-time high.  If you want to know why House Democrats lost 63 seats in the 2010 elections — the largest political defeat since 1938 — look no further than the budget put forward this week by the 83-member Congressional Progressive Caucus.  Perhaps unsatisfied with the title they used last year — "The People's Budget" — the CPC calls this one the "Budget for All."  It raises taxes to levels never seen before — not even during World War II — guts defense spending and splurges on a number of liberal priorities.

President Obama, his 'evolving' stance on gay marriage, and the 2012 campaign.  Interviews with gay rights advocates and people close to Obama's campaign suggest it is no longer a matter of if, but when the President publicly voices his support.

Biden: "We Want To Create A Global Minimum Tax".  "We want to create (what's called) a global minimum tax, because American taxpayers shouldn't be providing a larger subsidy for investing abroad than investing at home," Biden said at a campaign event.

House Dems propose raising taxes by 40%, including on middle class.  A new budget proposal from liberal House Democrats suggests what Obama's "dream agenda" might be.  And if Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan is the "Path to Prosperity," the Congressional Progressive Caucus has offered the "Road to Ruin."

Faith-Based Energy Policy.  Americans remember that [President Obama's] team boasted about wanting higher energy costs in 2008, when Obama was still basking in hope-and-change adulation.  Energy Secretary-designate Steven Chu, who doesn't own a car, pontificated about wanting higher American gasoline prices, hoping they would somehow reach European levels.  Candidate Obama breezily warned of skyrocketing energy prices — the necessary cost of his planned cap-and-trade, anti-global-warming legislation.  Senator Ken Salazar of Colorado, who was soon to become interior secretary, bragged that even if gas reached $10 a gallon, he would not vote to open up new federal offshore oil leases.

Congresswoman: We're Not 'Promoting Sterilization' of College Girls, We're Just Making It Free.  Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D.-Ill.), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee which has oversight over the Affordable Care Act (AKA "Obamacare"), said Monday that a new Obamacare regulation announced on Friday afternoon [3/16/2012] that requires all student health insurance plans to offer college women free sterilizations does not mean the government is "promoting sterilization."

5 Reasons Socialism Is Inferior To Capitalism.  If you have an open mind, a good grasp on human nature and economics, and a passing knowledge of world history, there's absolutely no question that capitalism is superior to socialism.  Unfortunately, this lesson has been lost on a lot of people because our school systems have become so mediocre, there are no pure capitalist and socialist systems, and there are a lot of people who promote socialism for reasons that have nothing to do with economics.

Barack Obama & the corruption of the American Left.  Defending a corporate welfare agency.  Attacking the critics of intrusive federal anti-terrorism measures.  Giving a President the benefit of the doubt regarding the jailing of journalists critical of U.S. foreign policy.  Ignoring multiple, deadly, ongoing, unauthorized wars.  Celebrating military victory over a weak country as if creates moral legitimacy.  Keeping Guantanamo Bay open.  What has happened to the American Left?  Barack Obama happened, that's what.

Obama's Energy Lies.  President Obama is spewing lies and distortions on America's energy capabilities, and attempting to paint political opponents as medieval.  The president's agenda is anti-American and anti-progress.  It's driven by a statist ideology.  Frankly, the country's not likely to expand domestic supply and reduce foreign dependence while the Democrats are in power.

Mary Jo Kopechne was unavailable for comment.
The Left's Long-Time War on Women.  It should be shocking, by the conventional narrative, that the White House of a "liberal" president would be a hostile work environment for women, but it is not at all a surprise to anyone familiar with the history of the Democrats and the Left, going back at least to the 1960s, when a prominent Democrat politician got a pass from the media for abandoning a young woman (possibly pregnant by him) to drown in his car.

Oust Obama.  Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta recently gave congressional testimony saying that the United States no longer needs the approval or consent of Congress before launching a major military offensive.  In particular, Mr. Panetta — to the amazement of Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican — argued that the administration needs only "international permission" to engage in war.  In other words, Mr. Panetta stressed that international approval from the United Nations or NATO trumps the sovereign authority of Congress.

White House doormat.  [Scroll down]  The latest, and one of the most ominous, examples of Mr. Obama's low regard for the Constitution came to light in congressional testimony last week by Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta.  He told incredulous senators that the United States would only go to war in Syria if it got international permission.  Wherever you come down on the advisability of America engaging militarily in yet another Middle Eastern nation, if we decide it is in our national interest to do so, it should be up to our elected representatives, not the United Nations, the Arab League or some other multilateral entity.

The Left's War on Christianity.  Liberalism is so unrelentingly hostile to Christianity that it's virtually impossible to be both a devout Christian and a devout liberal at the same time.  To be a liberal Christian means you either have to completely gut your religious beliefs to make them compatible with your political inclinations or alternately, you have to spend your days cowering with your eyes down while your fellow liberals demean, smear, and mock everything you should hold dear.

The Left Finally Goes for the First Amendment.  The short-sighted may see Mr. Obama's 1st Amendment challenge as a botch politically, an election year goof that's going to cost Democrats in November.  That may well be, but that estimate fails to appreciate that the president and the left aren't about one election; they're about radically altering the nation — its morality, society, culture, and adherence to faith.  That's a long-term project, with its beginnings in the early 20th century.

Dying to be Green.  Americans complaining about high gas and oil prices can buckle up because what is happening in Europe is only a taste of what is coming this way.  Last year UK petrol prices hit 6 pounds per gallon.  That's nearly 10 dollars, though for the imperial gallon, which is greater than the US gallon.  If you think it costs a lot to fill up a tank now, consider that the UK has a better ratio of production to population than we do.  The high prices aren't an accident; they're part of the green program.  The Obama agenda isn't to make energy prices affordable.  It's to make them so horribly impossible to afford that we'll use less energy.

Is this still America?  Our land of the free is under assault by control freaks, most of whom call themselves "pro-choice" but simply don't trust you to choose your own light bulbs, salt intake or home thermostat settings.  They even want to regulate how much methane gas your cow can expel.

A Guide to the Liberal Mind.  As a great fan of Jeff Foxworthy, it occurred to me that it might be a good idea to use his hilarious you-might-be-a-redneck comedy routine in an attempt to characterize the liberal mindset (tweaking Jeff's formula a bit to convert it from the suppositional to the unconditional). ... [For example,] If you believe that Obama is an intellectual giant whose IQ is off the charts even though you have no idea what his IQ actually is, you are a liberal.

President Obama's Theology: Is It Phony?  Liberal politicians rarely cite Bible verses that teach that poverty can be the fault of the individual, that governments are often arrogant and ungodly, that government's power should be limited, that God created marriage for one man and one woman, or that God rejects abortion and homosexuality.  You will rarely hear a liberal politician invoke a Bible passage when speaking of the personal morality required of a free people.  Instead, their interpretation of the Bible always seems to require the government to assume more power — godlike power.

Why Do Democrats Want to Protect Voter Fraud?  As many as 24 million registrations are invalid or contain significant errors, including almost 3 million who are registered in two or more states and 1.8 million dead people still listed as active voters.  Obviously this is a problem states must fix, and the sooner the better.

White House Economic Adviser: 'We Need a Global Minimum Tax'.  Gene Sperling, director of the White House's national economic council, said today [2/13/2012] at an official meeting that "we need a global minimum tax".

'We don't have shared goals with the Democrats'.  "The democrats can't cut spending.  Their whole platform is based on promising more from government," [Senator Jim] DeMint told activists gathered in Washington, D.C.  "Every time we compromise with Democrats, we spend more, we borrow more, we grow government," he said.

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There is no reason to agree with socialist tax-and-spend baby-killing Democrats on any issue.  If I were to run for Congress, my entire platform would consist of voting against whatever the Democrats want to do.

Bigoted Barack, Red in Tooth and Clause.  The essential character of secularism is totalitarian.  For all of its chatter about religion as a "private" matter, for all of its nonsense about the "privacy of the bedroom," nothing under secularism in the end is actually private.  The social engineers of Obamacare will determine the birth control methods of the unwashed.  They will dictate the terms of man's beginning through eugenic abortion and his end through death panels.  And to gratify the bloodlust of bigots, they will leave the stained bill for the reviled religious to pay.

Liberals are the true aggressors in culture wars.  They see nothing wrong with imposing their views about diet, exercise, sex, race and the environment on Americans.  What outrages them is resistance, or even non-compliance with their agenda.

Government demands we keep our Catholic Beliefs out of their realm yet forces their beliefs into ours.
Separation of Church and State:  Secular progressives are a curious bunch.  They will vehemently protest the use of public school classrooms for after school Bible Study.  They will sue to keep high school valedictorians from mentioning The Deity during graduation addresses.  They will ban prayer before sporting events, and suspend children from sports teams who kneel in thanks after scoring points.  These same supposedly non-judgmental secularists will approve of prayer rooms for Muslim students in public school buildings.  I find that odd.  Displays of Christianity are to be actively erased, but religious institutions that have begotten millennia of bloodshed are both coddled and encouraged.

God bless Jan Brewer.  Obama is the ultra-left-wing president who sometimes tries to hoodwink those of us who know better — that would be those of us who didn't vote for him and never will — into believing that he's some sort of moderate.  Obama is the guy who tries to pretend he's tough on illegal immigration, while chiding us for having a "broken" immigration system and making it easier for illegal immigrants to become citizens.  And he's also the man who believes the horrendous 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision is nothing less than God's 11th commandment.

Barack Obama is trying to make the US a more socialist state.  Obama is clearly living the Left-liberal dream, which still survives in small pockets of American life.  He wants to import the democratic socialism that Europe embraced after the war, which was, for European cultural reasons, imbued with aristocratic paternalism and Marxist notions of bourgeois guilt.  But neither of these things are part of the American historical experience.  The Left-wing intellectuals, including Obama himself, who adopt this language are talking dangerously uninformed rubbish.

Destroying America by Denying Access to Energy.  It is the crime of the century that America, home to some of the world's greatest reserves of coal, natural gas and oil, is being deliberately destroyed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Interior as they do everything in their power to restrict access and drive energy producers out of business.  It is common sense that a nation that cannot produce sufficient electricity to turn on its lights and power its manufacturing sector will be destroyed if current Obama administration regulations and actions continue.

I Finally Understand Democrats.  In order to believe that Democrats have the answer today, you would have to believe:
  •   That you can grow the entitlement class beyond the taxpayer class and never hit critical mass where there is no money left.
  •   That using the military to oust a murderous thug dictator in 2003 was criminal, and using the military to oust a murderous thug dictator in 2011 was noble.
  •   That the best way to grow the wealth of the private sector is to take all the money out of it.
  •   That the best way to make us energy independent is to block any effort to produce more petrocarbons in this country.
  •   That more unemployment checks create more jobs.

What We're Learning about Obamacare isn't Good — Especially for Seniors.  The Republican Party isn't perfect by a long shot and neither are its candidates, but the party is trying to undo the damage done by Obamacare; it's the party that supports the right to life; and it's the party that is attempting to reduce needless spending and trying to solve our deficit and debt problems.  President Obama and like-minded Democrats in the House and Senate are principally responsible for creating and exacerbating those problems.  Trusting them to solve those problems is ridiculous.

Mark Levin's 'Ameritopia'.  Mark Levin's hard work in researching, organizing and writing his new book, "Ameritopia," will be a blessing for all who read it.  Countless books chronicle the forward march of the liberal agenda and attempt to deconstruct the fallacies in modern leftist thinking.  Many critique the statist policies the left has imposed on us the past half-century and their disastrous effects on our culture, our economy and our national security.  Few modern books, however, direct our attention to first principles, perhaps assuming people implicitly understand the philosophical and ideological underpinnings of conservative thinking, and even fewer truly explore the anatomy of the liberal vision.

Harry Reid's 'Extreme'.  Mr. Reid's call of Tea Party extremism comes most peculiarly, at a time President Obama is under scrutiny for his illegal appointments of people who could not be approved even by a Democrat controlled Senate.  Could Mr. Reid's call of Tea Party extremism be nothing more than a diversion to Mr. Obama's appointments of people too extreme even by the standards his own party?  Or perhaps is Mr. Reid's extremist rant a diversion from Mr. Obama's call to increase the debt limit, by yet another $1.5 trillion?  Extreme?  Let's take a look; $16.5 trillion in debt vs. a balanced budget.  Zealots at the EPA circumventing Congress by making a law fining companies $6 million for not using a fuel that doesn't exist vs. smaller government, transparency and accountability.

Behind the multicultural push is an effort to degrade American culture.  Diversity is America's greatest strength, according to the left and its socialist, Marxist, commie cohorts and co-conspirators running rampant across the country.  If you listen carefully to these America-hating, social-engineering liberals, virtually all behavior, conduct, morals and beliefs make America stronger.

The Left's Rights Scam.  The left invariably frames its policy pronouncements under the mantle of so-called "rights" that only the government can guarantee.  The implication being that all citizens are entitled and guaranteed, by virtue of living in the United States, to what is defined as a "right."  Much of this current approach by the so-called Progressives stems from the State of the Union address delivered by Franklin Roosevelt in 1944 in which he laid out what is commonly referred to as the "Second Bill of Rights."  It is a consolidation of socialist thinking begun in the mid-nineteenth century.

Obamanomics By The Numbers:  Every day, the U.S. government takes in $6 billion and spends $10 billion.  This means that every day the federal government spends $4 billion more dollars than it has.  The real unemployment rate is a jaw-dropping 11 percent.  Every fifth man you pass on your way to work is now out of work.

The Jews, the Communists, and the Democratic Party.  The ACLU's activities have been characterized as anti-God, anti-American, and anti-family, all notable communist goals.  Yet the ACLU did what it did in the name of individual rights.  Although the ACLU lobbies Congress and state legislatures, its accomplishments derive chiefly from judges who share the ACLU's view of the Constitution as a "living document."  There is little if any daylight between them and the Democratic Party and Barack Obama.  And they are all pro-uncontrolled immigration.

Rush on how to fix Detroit: 'Get rid of every liberal in government'.  In an appearance on Fox News Channel aired on Thursday night's [12/29/2011] "On the Record with Greta Van Sustren," conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh explained, in no uncertain terms, how to fix Detroit, where unemployment and poverty are rampant.  His solution:  End liberalism.  "Get rid of every liberal in government," he said.  "What is the one constant in Detroit, all of these years?  Been run by liberals.  Liberal ideology.  Liberal economics.  Liberal belief system.  Detroit, other places:  A microcosm of where Europe is, and where we are headed — unchecked, unstopped liberalism.

Obama's Freeloader Economy.  Whether it is bullying people to buy mercury-filled light bulbs, or bullying Boeing to sign up for more union labor, or bullying people into government health care, or forcing the American people to pay good money to crony solar and wind capitalists, or jacking up the price of energy to save the planet, or bullying millionaires and billionaires into coughing up more taxes, it's the new dance at the predator's ball.

Obama's Kind of Immigrants.  Of course Obama wants illegal immigration.  Illegal immigrants will depend on the federal government for subsistence, if the federal government offers it.  That's the whole purpose of the Democratic Party in the first place:  To create dependents and enhance their own power.  But think about what this means.  The Democratic Party, and its standard bearer Obama, can only survive politically if millions of people depend on them for their livelihood:  Their food, their shelter, and what passes for medical care and education when run by the government.

What Is a Progressive?  When is the last time you heard a liberal describe himself as a "liberal"?  It's probably been a long time.  These days, those on the left are more likely to call themselves "progressives."

The Corporate Psychopaths Among Us.  A return to a culture of corporate stability and long term employment would help.  We certainly cannot continue in the direction the Democratic Party is taking us without becoming as broke as Greece, or the Soviet Union.  All tools, including the ballot box, should be used to correct the financial disaster that threatens.

Most Americans don't buy Obama's class warfare rhetoric.  President Obama believes the greatest threat facing our country today is income inequality. ... According to a Gallup poll conducted just days before Obama's speech, only 46 percent of Americans believe it is important that the federal government do something to reduce the income gap between the rich and poor. ... A closer examination of the numbers shows that income inequality is little more than a perennial obsession among liberal Democrats like Obama.  Just 43 percent of independents, and only 21 percent of Republicans, say the gap between the rich and poor is an important issue, whereas 72 percent of Democrats say that it is.  Maybe Obama's Osawatomie speech maybe wasn't written to appeal to most Americans but rather to fire up the Democratic base for his 2012 re-election campaign.

Is Liberalism a Religion?  Whether the beliefs are true or false, if people didn't come to their religious convictions by means of reason, then reason isn't going to convince them to change their minds.  This same principle applies to collectivism and health care.  If people didn't come to the false religion of collectivism by means of reason, you are not going to talk them out of it by means of reason.  If you remember this principle, you will save yourself the agony of many, many pointless conversations.

Our Marxist Wizard of Oz.  This is the man the Democrat party took off the streets of Chicago, then pursuing a career as a Marxist street agitator, and launched into the White House, favoring him over Hillary Clinton because she was too moderate for the party.

They Mean Well. Really?  The progressive cause has all the trappings of a quasi-religion, and its adherents are every bit as fervent in their beliefs, every bit as intolerant and hate-filled, as any religious fanatic.  Seeing themselves as the holy warriors of progress, they are absolutely single-minded and ruthless.  Conservatives view them as "our friends across the aisle," as honest, well-meaning opponents.  But liberals don't reciprocate.  For them, conservatives are enemies devoid of humanity and deserving only of pitiless destruction.  Does anyone doubt the sincerity of Democrats when they castigate their Republican opponents as Nazis?

The Rich Are Not Conservative.  [Scroll down]  Leftists do not want "Hope and Change."  They want, instead, glacial immobility.  That is why saving every single species on the planet really matters to leftists, even though species quite naturally die out all the time.  That is why climate change troubles the left so much; climate change, man-made or not, may actually improve our lives, but any real change terrifies the left.  This is also why the left still spouts Keynesian nonsense fifty years after Keynes died and long after this economic theory was empirically disproved, and it explains why Obama still seems to idolize that misanthropic quack, Karl Marx, more than 150 years after his proposed "science."

Malnourished Muppets and the Indoctrination of America's Children.  After an extended interlude, America finally has another liberal buzz phrase to add to the country's politically correct vernacular:  "Food Insecurity."  Food Insecurity is right up there with "man-caused disaster," not to mention the long, ever-growing list of 'ities':  neutrality, inequality, inequity, accessibility and ethnocentricity.

The Differences between Corporate Greed and Government Greed.  There are two recent examples of exploitation of working people by political elites.  Both come from states that have been dominated by Democrats for decades:  California and Illinois.  It is important to keep in mind that the longer a political party remains in control, the more time its political elites have to form strategies and partnerships in corruption.  The simple fact is that while it is easy to state that "both parties are the same," the great majority of big cities in the Midwest and Northeast have been controlled by Democrats since FDR.  And since 85 percent of people live in cities, Democrats have controlled most of the country's population for the past eighty years.

Organizing the Takers Against the Makers.  The Democrat party is throwing in the towel on economic growth and prosperity, because even Obama's people recognize they cannot credibly sell themselves as delivering on that.  What they are going to sell in 2012 is taxes and redistribution from those that have more to buy the votes of those they think will sell their vote for government handouts.  That marries perfectly Marxist philosophy with Chicago political machine politics.

Sundays with Sherrod: Union Reform is Unchristian.  Sherrod Brown (D-OH) isn't merely the most extreme Progressive in the U.S. Senate, he's also a religious scholar.  Week in and week out, Sherrod preaches the Gospel of Progressivism:  Greater love hath no man than he who gives generously from his neighbor's purse.

For Democrats Class Warfare Trumps Job Creation.  Admitting that their big-spending stimulus failed is the first step to getting to work with Republicans on a jobs policy that actually produces jobs.  But Obama, Reid and Pelosi, with their unconscionable record of incompetence and corruption in handling the economy over the past five years, refuse.

Spending Wars.  The ideas that federal spending exploded under George W. Bush, that "Bush's wars" account for our spending explosion, that Reaganism died with Reagan, and that we are on a spending binge that started decades ago are all nonsense.  Our current spending binge is a very recent phenomenon with a very specific starting point:  the year Democrats started writing budgets (or continuing resolutions), compounded by Barack Obama's inauguration.

Senate Approves Bill that Legalizes Sodomy and Bestiality in U.S. Military.  The Senate on Thursday evening [12/1/2011] voted 93-7 to approve a defense authorization bill that includes a provision which not only repeals the military law on sodomy, it also repeals the military ban on sex with animals — or bestiality.

Race: The Ultimate Weapon of the Left.  If Herman Cain were elected president of the United States, racial politics, far from waning, would, if anything, gain in intensity — and so would be the case if any other Republican wins the presidency, or even if Obama is reelected, for that matter.  Whatever happens, the hardy perennial of race politics will survive and thrive.  It is utterly unreasonable to expect the left to lay down its tools and walk away from a claim it has been mining with such spectacular success for so many years.

Why Do Catholics Keep Funding the Radical Left?  Every November, including this one, American Catholics — who constitute approximately 25% of the U.S. population — are asked to contribute to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).  The Catholic faithful have been told that their donations will go to fight poverty.  Little do most of them realize what their money will actually fund.  CCHD is the brainchild of Saul Alinsky, the "father of community organizing."  Alinsky (1909-1972) had numerous connections in the Catholic community of his native Chicago, some of them nearly as radical as he was.  He helped start CCHD in 1969.

The Democrats Were Not For Me.  [Daniel Patrick] Moynihan was prophetic about the hazards of good intentions and the flaws of social democracy, in the same way that Orwell had been prophetic about the dark side of Communism.  The specter of sovereign default for Western social democracies today might well be the ghost of Pat Moynihan.  Like old school Communists, the Left created a social Ponzi scheme in America, making promises they cannot possibly keep.  My disillusionment with Democrats in particular, and liberal thought in general, didn't make me a Republican, but it did make me realize that "progressive" America had somehow become regressive at its best and suicidal at its worst.

The Dems Target Defense and Your Wallet Again.  With a debt ceiling deal mandate to find $1.5 trillion in savings over the next decade, what have the Democrats on the Super Committee proposed?  The same old policies from the Democratic playbook:  massive tax hikes and defense cuts.

What Change Looks Like Under Obama.  This was their moment.  This was their time.  And they've had their chance.  The Obama record is one of almost undiluted failures.  And no group of Americans have been hurt more by his failures than the poor, the weak and defenseless, and those living in the shadows of society.

Detroit's Liberal Nightmare.  Detroit, once known as "the great arsenal of democracy," has made headlines of late for its notorious fall from grace.  The "Big Three" automakers are no longer the biggest, falling behind their overseas rivals, and the Michigan economy lost 450,000 manufacturing jobs over the past 10 years all while Detroit lost population.  And while the Motor City suffers unemployment from a decimated automotive industry, it suffers crime, high taxes, poor city services, plummeting home values, and a public education system in shambles with a $327 million budget deficit and a 19 percent dropout rate.  Is it any wonder people are leaving in droves?

Want to See Pictures From America's Cheapest Zip Code?  The distinction of being the absolute cheapest zip code, well below the median price of $15,000, belongs to a neighborhood located in southern Detroit.  How "cheap" is this neighborhood?  Home prices in the 48208 zip code are about $6,388.

Time to Break Apart the United States?  What the liberals have done to Detroit they do most everywhere that they go.  The only reason that each and every liberal enclave has not imploded under the weight of liberal stupidity, greed, and cupidity is the constant influx of revenue from the more conservative and responsible (and yes, honest) citizens in America.

Connecting the Obama-Communist Dots.  [Scroll down]  The book sheds light on certain activities and affiliations of certain members of the government such as U.S. representatives Maxine Water (D-CA) and John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI).  These two, along with former Oakland mayor Ron Dellums, are sponsors of MECA (The Middle East Children's Alliance), an organization founded originally by activists Barbara Lubin and Howard Levine.  Lubin, as it turns out, is allied with the Workers World Party, a Marxist-Leninist sect aligned with North Korea.

Progressives and Their Taxes Kill Cities.  High taxes are bad for cities.  Low taxes encourage growth.  In fact, between 1980 and 2007, compared to the ten most-taxed metropolitan areas, America's ten least-taxed metropolitan areas experienced three times faster population growth, 2.7 times faster employment growth, and twice as great an increase in personal income.

Do the Democrats want to create jobs — or red tape?  A new video produced by the Republican Study Committee (RSC) for the Internet this week opens with Rep. Cynthia Lummis standing beside a Caterpillar tractor and pointing to a stack of new federal regulations that is taller than she is.  It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that an economy is less able to create new jobs when it costs more than $1 trillion a year to comply with federal regulations.

'Change' and Marxism.  Occupy Wall Street is an un-American movement generated by an un-American depiction of our country.  In 2008, the leaders of the Democratic Party painted the United States as a "decaying, racist, capitalist realm," unable to provide medical care for the poor, to rebuild her "crumbling schools," or to replace the "shuttered mills that once provided a decent life for men and women of every race."  A young generation of Americans, who had never been taught real history in school, became galvanized by the Democratic Party's pledge to "change" that rotting America.

Progressive America.  Unemployment stands at 9.1 percent, with real unemployment closer to 20.  Nearly 50 million Americans are on food stamps.  We've added $4 trillion in new debt in less than three years.  And there's no sign any of this will change soon.  The seriousness of the times require serious leaders... and all we have is Barack Obama, Congressional Democrats and a sea of unwashed "gimmie-crats" sleeping in parks demanding more.  Welcome to Progressive America.

Dems' 900 Days Of Irresponsibility.  Over the weekend, Senate Democrats passed a dubious milestone — going 900 days without fulfilling their legal obligation to pass a budget.  Worse is the fact that this gross dereliction of duty has gone largely unnoticed.

Shouldn't We Need Fewer Police Officers Mr. Biden?  The enormous spending on the war on poverty as well as education was supposed to get to the very roots of most of the crime problems and prevent their very occurrence in the first place.  At least that's the bill of goods that the Democrats sold us.  The rehabilitation of criminals would "save" us money by reducing the prison populations as well as create "experienced" role models for our children to learn from.  Gun control laws would keep the streets safe and also prevent "underprivileged" kids from being shot by little-old-ladies. ... The point is that we've been spending more money and enacting more laws over the last several years than at any time in history, so how is it that we still have a need to "invest" even more money into these police programs?

Democratic Party Full Of Nuts As Well As Flakes.  For example, regulatory adviser Cass Sustein believes those promoting what the government categorizes broadly as "conspiracy theories" should have their freedom of speech curtailed. ... Science adviser John Holdren believes sterilants should be put into the public drinking water in order to decrease fertility rates.  However, Holdren is not the only Obama minion wanting to do away with what Ebenezer Scrooge dismissed as the "excess population" before this famed miser's Yuletide change of heart.  Obama Healthcare Adviser Ezekiel Emanuel thinks that those below or above a certain age range should be denied medical treatment.  Basically put a bullet in granny's head.  Obama's Secretary of Energy believes you should be permitted to color your roof any color you want so long as it is white.  And speaking of colors, Obama's FCC appointment Mark Lloyd believes White folks should be denied FCC licenses.  Obama's State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh believes that Sharia law should be consulted as a source for American jurisprudence.

Dems' Stimulus Idea: More Regulations.  Last week, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., issued a report defending the Environmental Protection Agency from GOP attacks.  Not only do EPA rules protect the environment, the report says, they are an engine of economic growth.  After all, somebody has to do the work of complying with the rules, and "industries that provide environmental protection," the report says, have "created more than a million jobs."  And new rules are creating still more jobs, according to the report — issued by Boxer's Environment and Public Works Committee — like the 54,000 jobs it says will result from tougher auto fuel economy standards.

Dem Congressman Keith Ellison: Regulations Create Jobs.  Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) tells MSNBC regulations create jobs because a business will have to hire people to help them comply with the new requirement.  "I think the answer is no," Ellison said when asked if he believes regulations kill jobs.  "And here is why:  When we talked about increasing fuel efficiency standards, the industry responded, and they need engineers and designers and manufacturers, and they need actually more people to help respond to the new requirement."

The Left's Love of Rights-Stripping.  [Scroll down]  For example, take Everson v. Board of Education's opinion (supported by amicus curiae ACLU, by the way), written by the KKK-member, rabid anti-Catholic, and statist Hugo Black.  It's not quite the incarnate leftist support for the individual rights guaranteed by the First Amendment that any sort of a moderate would argue for.  Justice Black and the majority created ad hoc a "separation" between church and state which discriminates against all who wish to freely exercise their religion in the public sphere (specifically in public schools).

Obama's Contempt Bordering on Treachery.  Under the banner of "progressive thinking," a plurality of the American population has arbitrarily rejected the fundamental concepts that made the United States the most successful country in the history of mankind:  respect for the uniqueness of each individual, and self-determination.  The death of over 50 million since 1973 from legal abortions, the open promotion of euthanasia, the abandonment of traditional behavioral guidelines, and the active denigration of religion, together with the successful indoctrination of the entitlement mentality and its concurrent belief in an all-powerful government, have unalterably frayed the ties that bind all Americans and greatly eroded the ability of the society as a whole to successfully weather an overwhelmingly severe financial or societal crisis.

A Frivolously Destructive Presidency.  Obama's presidency lurches from fad to fad — from gays in the military to "green jobs" to the "Buffett rule."  Hyped as a profound presidency, it has turned out to be an embarrassingly frivolous one.  Sober historians of the future, not cowed by political correctness, will no doubt look back and say that Obama fiddled while America burned, indulging his sophomoric socialism, environmentalism, and social engineering at a time of terrorism and economic crisis.

Obama Might Be a Socialist.  [Recently], Howard Dean gave a speech where he insinuated that anyone who says "Obama is a Socialist" is crazy, ignorant, racist, or extreme.  Funny, a recent national poll shows that a majority (55%) of Americans believe "Socialist" best describes Obama.  Another poll shows the Democrat Party is filled with people who identify with Socialism.  I say, it's time for them to come out of the closet.  I ought to know.  I was Obama's college classmate at Columbia University Class of '83.  Our college was dominated by Socialists and Marxists who hated capitalism and America.

Obama's Fascist Economy.  Barack Obama and his minions in the administration as well as many Democrats in the Congress are often described as Socialists, or in the extreme as Marxists.  However, their actions and strategy are straight out of the fascist economic playbook. ... Socialism/Marxism seeks the total control of a society's economy through complete state control of the means of production and income.  Fascism seeks that same control, indirectly by the state domination of private ownership, as well as controlling individual income and wealth through taxation and regulation.

Loud And Clear, And Repeated.  The American people vehemently oppose the program of massive government expansion and intrusion the Obama administration has undertaken.

The Postmodern Party.  Yes, today's Democratic Party is profoundly infected by postmodernism — at its root, an outrageous fraud cleverly covered up by a fog of arcane gibberish and deceitful, euphemistic code words that permit its adherents to imagine that they are members of a superior, elite gnostic coterie when in fact they are intellectual eunuchs and just plain lazy.  It's so easy to be a postmodernist, since we no longer have to suffer the onerous mental toil and exertion required to be right.  That's one of the chief reasons for its appeal to ignorant people.

Quit Coddling Everybody.  One of the main planks of progressive politics is to have government be the common bond between everyone.  They would destroy many of the very things [Obama] touts as American.  As an example, he wants to reduce tax deductions to charitable institutions.  Why?  He wants to take the money generous Americans give to churches and non-profit community groups and let the government receive it instead.

Top 10 Scary Things About Living in Washington, D.C..  [#10]  Liberals are everywhere:  This is a city that voted more than 92% for Barack Obama in 2008.  Washington, D.C., has been run by liberal Democratic mayors and city councils for years, and it shows, with high taxes and terrible schools, poverty and crime.

A New Obama Milestone: ZERO Jobs Growth.  President Barack Obama made history again today, as today's new Labor Department report shows zero net jobs created for August.  CNBC notes this makes "the first time since World War II that the economy had net zero jobs created for a month."  Thank you, Obama voters!  We couldn't have done this without you.

The Democrats' Invincible Ignorance.  I'm hearing from a disturbingly high number of people who apparently buy the Democratic Party line with no question whatsoever.  They exhibit a remarkable, frightful willingness to act against their own interests in blind service to partisanship and ideology.

7 Reasons Why Liberals Are Incapable of Understanding The World.  [#2]  Liberals sources of information are ever present.  Conservatives are regularly exposed to the liberal viewpoint whether they want to be or not.  That's not necessarily so for liberals.  Imagine the average day for liberals.  They get up and read their local newspaper.  It has a liberal viewpoint.  They take their kids to school, where the teachers are liberal.  Then they go to work, listen to NPR which has a liberal viewpoint on the way home, and then turn on the nightly news which also skews leftward.

The Left Owns the Election Law Industry.  Leftist foundations, litigators and organizations have established permanent structures designed to alter election outcomes through policy advocacy and strategic litigation. ... They bring lawsuits under federal and state statutes ranging from the Voting Rights Act, Motor Voter law and the Help America Vote Act.  They station teams of election observers in polling places around the nation every election to fuel their litigation and their media efforts.  Almost nobody opposes their efforts.

A Nation That Honors Sin.  The increasingly intrusive apparatus of bureaucratic control forces many people to act as if they approve of sins they oppose.  Think of the college professor who would suffer professionally if his companions knew that he opposed "gay rights," of the nurse who would be fired if it were known that she opposed "reproductive rights" (i.e, abortion); of the college student whose grade would be arbitrarily lowered if he expressed opposition to the favoring of nonwhites at the expense of whites.  The mandatory approval of sin forces many people to hide their true beliefs, and they often become demoralized at this erosion of their integrity.

Facts? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Facts.  Progressives just like feeling good about what they believe in.  Thus, it completely eludes progressives why companies refuse to hire, or ship jobs overseas at every opportunity.  In prog-world, companies exist primarily to re-distribute wealth, not make a profit or turn out a product.  In prog-world, every business owner is suspect until proven otherwise, even as thousands of rules and regulations must be substituted for common sense and common decency.

The Democratic Party and the Language of Bankruptcy.  What does a political regime do when its philosophy doesn't work and is leading to ruin?  It can't scrap the philosophy, which is its raison d'étre and the basis of its power.  Were it to chuck the philosophy, its core constituencies would abandon it.  So instead it blames those who have most cogently pointed out the defects of the philosophy.  It calls them liars and haters.  The strategy is evidently one of desperation, and a confession of the bankruptcy of the regime in question.

Democrats Own the Stock Market Crash.  Now, I am one who happens to think S&P's downgrade is a bunch of garbage. ... Nevertheless, if we can believe S&P about the reason for the downgrade, then who is to blame (or should I say most to blame) for the failure of a timely agreement?  Dems.  No question about it.

Democrats Are Obsessed With Raising Taxes.  The House-passed spending control plan rejected by the Senate is exactly what Republicans were elected to do last November.  The president's obsession with tax increases repudiates the will of the people.

Big Government Means Small People.  While liberals are certain about the moral superiority of liberal policies, the truth is that those policies actually diminish a society's moral character.  Many individual liberals are fine people, but the policies they advocate tend to make a people worse.  Here are ten reasons:  [#1] The bigger the government, the less the citizens do for one another.  If the state will take care of me and my neighbors, why should I?

With the country on the brink of bankruptcy, is this a major priority?
House Democrats renew battle against cafeteria Styrofoam.  House Democrats are once again attempting to do away with Styrofoam products in congressional cafeterias, this time with an amendment to a fiscal 2012 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill.  Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) introduced an anti-Styrofoam amendment on Wednesday [7/13/2011] during an Appropriations Committee markup.

Democrat Moran Fails to Ban Styrofoam from House Cafeterias.  Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) has failed in a bid to secure a proposed amendment to the 2012 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill that would ban Styrofoam products from congressional cafeterias.  The amendment, introduced Wednesday, failed to pass the House Appropriations Committee on a 26-18 vote, along party lines.

Reagan Gets No Credit, Obama Gets No Blame.  The top priority of the left isn't "jobs, jobs, jobs."  Andy Stern, the former head of the Service Employees International Union and hero to the left, makes this clear:  "Western Europe, as much as we used to make fun of it, has made different trade-offs which may have ended with a little more unemployment but a lot more equality."  The goal of the leftist is social justice — using government to close the gap between the have and the have-nots, to secure the "right" to health care.

Happy Dependence Day from Your Community Organizer Friends!  What's that?  July 4 is called Independence Day, you say?  Not to the radical mob-o-crats of ACORN, La Raza, SEIU, and the legions of other socialist groups that are swinging a wrecking ball at the foundations of this great republic.  America is under siege as extremists determined to pulverize the U.S. Constitution deliberately bankrupt the nation, destroy the electoral system, and drive the economy into the ground.

Senators Appear in 'It Gets Better' Video.  Thirteen Democratic senators have added themselves to the chorus of people telling young gays and lesbians that "It Gets Better."  At a Wednesday [6/30/2011] news conference, several of the Democratic lawmakers unveiled their nearly five-minute entry to the nationwide video series that reaches out to bullied gay and lesbian youth — with a message that not only is the best yet to come, but that momentum was on their side.

The Education of a Compassionate Conservative.  [Scroll down]  Indeed, the "compassion" card is the Holy Grail to a progressive Democrat.  It's a philosophical ace in the hole that has allowed Democrats to rhetorically smother and intimidate Republicans for generations.  It's an idea, as Ronald Reagan should have known, more formidable than the Soviet military.  It's the reason a socialist like Barack Obama was swept into office in America a mere twenty years after communism was "defeated."

Residing In Speechworld Lets Obama Fake Reality.  The Democrats seem to have given up on budgets.  Hey, who can blame them?  They've got a ballpark figure:  Let's raise $2 trillion in revenue every year, and then spend $4 trillion.  That seems to work pretty well, so why get hung up on a lot of fine print?

Singing the Climate Blues.  [Scroll down]  The referee at a wrestling match is a populist portrait of the FCC, the NLRB, NPR, the New York Times editorial board and everyone else who does exactly what Al Gore would like to spend his whole life doing:  judging mankind impartially and ruling them well.  The referee is part of the entertainment who is funny in part because he thinks he is above the fray.

Democrats' Tax-And-Spend Insanity.  You have to wonder who's advising Democrats these days.  With the economy stuck in a two-year, Obama-dug rut, their only new economic growth idea is to raise taxes and hike federal spending.

The states with the least freedom are the states where Democrats rule.
Lights Of Liberty.  The Mercatus Center at George Mason University has for three years compiled "An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom" that "comprehensively ranks the American states on their public policies that affect individual freedoms in the economic, social and personal spheres."  The rankings are based on fiscal policy, regulations and personal freedoms.  Gun control, the latitude to home school, alcohol and tobacco laws, and asset forfeiture rules are among the standards used to determine personal freedom.  Based on these criteria, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Indiana, Idaho and Missouri are the freest states, while New York is the least free "by a considerable margin," followed from the bottom up by New Jersey, California, Massachusetts and Hawaii.

A New Paradigm for the Left?  More and more people believe that government exists not just to perform essential services as delimited in the Constitution, but as a grand equalizer of economic outcomes.  It's one thing to argue that those who earn more should pay a higher percentage of their earnings in income tax.  But it's a completely different idea to suggest that the government should use the tax code and other legislative schemes not just to ensure sufficient revenues to operate the government, but to more equitably distribute people's remaining income — or, possibly, assets.

Disgraced pol embodies values Democrats have embedded in American culture.  Democrats are willing to sacrifice ruthlessly one of their rising stars to serve a larger objective — retaining their grip on power.  Yet, for decades, it has been liberals who have pushed for condoms to be distributed to high school kids, homosexuality and bisexuality to be taught in schools, the murder of unborn infants to be tolerated, and pornography and permissiveness to be accepted as part of the mainstream.  The result has been a coarsening of our culture, the breakdown of the family and the disintegration of a moral consensus.  Mr. Weiner is simply a product of modern liberalism — self-absorbed narcissism combined with an obsession for sexual gratification.

The Socialist Phobia of Scarcity.  If you are a socialist, chances are you believe that there is only a limited amount of wealth in the world.  People are impoverished only because rich capitalists are hoarding it.  You probably also believe that global natural resources are scarce, the world's water supply is drying up, and irreplaceable species are becoming extinct.  This irrational fear of scarcity is what drives the socialist advocacy for abortion of the unborn and euthanasia of the aged and infirm.  As it turns out, the "population bomb" has thus far been a dud.  Paul Ehrlich's 1968 book of the same name predicted mass starvation and global social upheavals by the 1980s.  Although this never happened, it has not deterred true believers.

When Government Jumps the Shark.  [Scroll down]  Progressivism itself, and not simply the individual government programs it spawns, is moving through the same cycle of life.  The most urgent social problems that progressivism set out to solve have been dealt with.  Child labor and lynch mobs are no longer common in the United States.  The greatest natural and scenic treasures of the country are protected by the National Park system.  Food is much less dangerous, buildings are better built, cars are safer, the air and water is in better shape and the charismatic megafauna (big interesting animals) have been saved from extinction.  Many more people have much more access to education today than was true 100 years ago; ditto for lifesaving medical treatment.  The progressive vision morphed from Great White Hope and Great White Father into Great White Elephant over the years.

There's No Stimulant In Stimulus.  The Democrats' response to the grim jobs data from May is typical.  They believe they should spend more taxpayer money.  But that's no solution.  Government activity can't pull an economy out of a ditch.

Liberal vs Conservative: A Spiritual Battle.  The left has a huge problem with the concept of right and wrong.  Their religion of liberalism embraces Moral Relativism. ... There is definitely an anti-wholesome, anti-goodness vibe coming out of Hollywood.  Hollywood leftists are vehemently anti-death penalty.  They rally around convicted murderers. ... Liberals always cater to man's lowest base instincts.  They hate standards for behavior, labeling all rebuke of bad behavior as being intolerant and judgmental.  And yet, they believe without divine influence, man is capable of someday achieving universal peace.  Totally absurd.

All liberal debt plans raise taxes to historically unprecedented levels.  This January Peter G. Peterson Foundation paid six think tanks $200,000 each to produce long-term budget plans that would reduce our nation's debt.  Today all six plan were revealed. ... The six tanks are the American Enterprise Institute, the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Center for American Progress, the Economic Policy Institute, The Heritage Foundation, and the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network.  All but the only conservative groups in the mix (Heritage and AEI) call for raising taxes to levels unprecedented in American history.

Debt Limit: 'It's A Great Government, Why Not Be Big?'  Democratic Congressman Charlie Rangel appeared with Judge Andrew Napolitano last night [5/17/2011] and they respectfully disagreed with one another on the issue of whether the government should be able to tax and spend more money.

The Democrats refuse to cut spending.
Reid rejects Boehner proposal for $2 trillion in spending cuts.  Battle lines in federal debt talks sharpened markedly Thursday [5/19/2011] when the Senate's top Democrat rejected a proposal for $2 trillion in budget cuts as demanded by House Speaker John A. Boehner, saying any cuts must be accompanied by action on closing tax loopholes.

Superficiality: A necessary part of liberal-progressive-socialism.  [Scroll down]  This combination of presumption and superficiality was prominently displayed during the Democrat-Socialist Party's ram-rodding Obamacare through Congress.  Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrat-Socialists were unconcerned that hardly anyone had even read the entire bundle of Obamacare legislation, and that no one could foresee all of its destructive effects.  When asked whether certain aspects of Obamacare are unconstitutional, Mrs. Pelosi said, in effect, that there are no limits on government power; the Federal government (provided that it is in the hands of liberal-progressives) can do whatever it deems desirable.

Ravening Wolf at America's Door.  In open societies where the masses go about the daily grind of getting by, the Marxists are out there turning society upside-down.  Wrong is presented as right; evil as good.  Once enough tables have been sufficiently turned upside-down, the Marxists turn around and blame it on the other side.  Above all else the Marxists excel at the fine art of projection.  Because they lack empathy of others, and like textbook psychopaths have no conscience, they don't even mind getting caught.

Libs Always Put Government First.  Edmund Burke said that "The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse," and also that "the people never give up their liberties but under some delusion."  Liberals today suffer under the delusion that giving more power to the government somehow advances human happiness, without recognizing the abuses that come as a result.

Geronimo and Osama.  In Religious Left mythology, the U.S. is an endlessly and uniquely hegemonic power whose crimes began with the suppression of the original tribal peoples, for which we should endlessly seek atonement.  As with many myths, there's a bit of truth here.  But this particular myth neglects to admit that the original tribal peoples were themselves perpetually warring against each other, and exterminating each other, many centuries before any European arrived.  All nations and cultures everywhere were founded amid conquest and blood, for better or worse.  While traditional Christians can readily acknowledge the sinfulness of all humanity, Religious Left utopians struggle with this admission, preferring to demonize impersonal systems:  militarism, imperialism, capitalism, Western Civilization.

The Danger in Severing God from America's Identity.  It is beyond dispute that there is a link between socialism and American progressivism.  Both flawed ideologies are predicated upon the soundness of a large and powerful government designed to disperse the fruits of labor by seizing means and property from the productive.  And as many conservatives are quick to point out, nothing could be more antithetical to the ideals scribed in the Constitution.  But beyond the insidious application of socialism under the less condemning titles of "progressivism" and "social justice," the liberal left poses another threat to America that is less defended.  It has, for over a century, laid perpetual siege upon Christianity, seeking to excise all Christian influence from American government and its institutions piecemeal, from banning prayer in schools to seeking taxpayer-funded abortions.

Why Liberals See Taxes as a Holy Sacrament & How This Destroys America:  Perpetual deficits can only lead to fiscal insolvency.  Yet, liberals claim towering public debt is efficacious, a sacred talisman, magically creating prosperity and peace.  But, if better societies resulted simply from massive government wealth confiscation, paradise would have flourished in Russia, instead of the smoldering hell on earth the Marxists created.  Bizarrely, leftist politicians warn we cannot stop spending tidal waves of borrowed money or unacceptable injustices will occur.  The misuse of tax policy to create certain economic death for America meant to push us into socialism is the topic of this essay.

Trump and Obama's Brittle Narrative:  [Scroll down]  I do believe that since the Democratic Party has become a full-fledged socialist party, Republicans do a grave disservice to this Country by continuing to believe that this is not the case and that Democrats can be compromised with, in the matter of just how fast they get us to the end goal of complete socialist utopia.  I truly believe that it is insane to continue to pursue the same policies which have literally destroyed the once-great Western European democracies.

The Toxic Influence of Progressive Education Schools on K-12 Curricula.  [Scroll down]  Progressive politicians came to view society as a hodge-podge of racial, ethnic, gender-based, and now also sexual orientation-based groups locked in zero-sum combat with Western whites.  Generally speaking, cultural Marxism's indoctrinees have learned to view morality and knowledge as "constructs" and social and economic power as commodities to be transferred from "oppressor" to "oppressed."  Progressives routinely label minorities as oppressed and anything that benefits minorities as moral.  Such thinking dominates the Democrat party platform.

Taxes On Everything.  As Americans scramble to file their taxes, the second-ranking Senate Democrat plans legislation to tax cyberspace.  Liberals seem willing to tax anything that moves — and even some things that don't.

The Democrats' Shameful Rhetoric.  For the left in recent years, none of these legitimate forms of argument have been an option.  This is because the left is fundamentally lacking in ideas.  The "truths" that the left relies on are intellectually specious.  These fraudulent ideas include the notion that all human beings have a right to an equal share of society's wealth; that government exists to control the lives of its citizens and to redistribute wealth; and that these principles are universal and so must involve the redistribution of wealth from rich nations to poor ones.  None of these truths are self-evident to anyone except ideologues on the left.

Blind Leftist Devotion to Obama Results From Marxist Critical Theory.  Obama's willing army of imbeciles, who see the world through self-righteous and simplistic lenses, are everywhere in universities, media sites, and in the corridors of power.  They have already jettisoned logic and traditional ideas eons ago, and now simply long to be of use to our intellectually-challenged commander in chief as he plots his inane assault against the history, mission and future of the USA.

Inflating Our Way to a Government-Controlled Economy.  Spiraling food prices, record energy costs and federally mandated health insurance reflect this Administration's slavish ideological devotion to the centralized planning of key sectors of the American economy.  So, what are the current results of Obama's indoctrination of America into progressive collectivism?  Global food costs have risen an astonishing 29% in the past year, and almost 4% a month between October and January of 2011.  Retail prices for gasoline have doubled in the 26 months since Obama was inaugurated.  And the Democratic majorities in Congress passed a mandated health insurance bill that is not only unconstitutional, but also riddled with exemptions, political payoffs while adding 159 new boards, commissions and programs.

Some Want Their Freedom, Some Fear It.  The conflict between liberals and conservatives in America is an ideological one.  When our Founders came to this continent, they created a country where all men could live free and unimpaired by an all-powerful government.  But living free also requires every adult to accept personal responsibility for his or her own lives and well-being.  This is where conservatives and liberal part company.

On the Road to An Idiocracy.  If we are to avoid killing off all our brain cells we need to start asking "why" more often than we do.  Why do we have to replace incandescent light bulbs with ones that contain toxic mercury?  Is it because they are made in China?  Where is the word "abortion" in the Constitution?  The taxpayers fund Planned Parenthood abortions — why?  The constitution does include the right to bear arms so why are there so many laws against them?  Why do we spend so much money on bottled water when our city has the best tasting water anywhere and is perfectly safe?  Who's making money off of these health scares?

Clash for America's soul.  The left is lobbing nukes into the institution of marriage and the military.  Obamacare is going forward, complete with funding for abortion and massive increases in the size of the already enormous Department of Health and Human Services.  Defunding this increasingly unpopular power grab should be in every budget bill — but it's not.

Sen. Lautenberg: GOPers "Don't Deserve Freedoms In The Constitution".  U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) stood with, and was applauded by, Planned Parenthood supporters and state lawmakers and said, "They [Tea Party Republicans and the majority of Americans who don't want their tax dollars funding Planned Parenthood] don't deserve the freedoms in the Constitution, but we'll give it to them anyway."

Democratic Socialists of America reach their goal ahead of time.  DSA (Democratic Socialists of America) is the largest socialist organization outside of the CPUSA (Communist Party U.S.A.) honest enough not to masquerade as something other than what they are.  In 1997 DSA goals to attain by 2017 included:  ["]A U.S. President from the Progressive Caucus, a 50 member socialist caucus in Congress, successful programs of the likes of universal health care, progressive taxation, social provision and campaign finance reform.["]  Little could they have known that almost a decade before their deadline, they would have practically achieved every one of their stated goals.

The "redevelopment" hoax:  If development is considered to be so bad, why is redevelopment considered to be good, by many of the same people?  Redevelopment imposes the supposedly superior wisdom and virtue of an elite on the rest of us.  That is its ideological appeal to self-congratulatory elites.  Its political appeal is more mundane.  By bulldozing low-income neighborhoods and replacing them with upscale malls and condos, local political leaders get more tax money into their coffers, offering more opportunities for them to do things that enhance their chances of being reelected.

The bullies' many pulpits:  Rep. Jackie Speier is on a crusade to use the U.S. government to stamp out bullying in America. ... I'm not sure where the Constitution legitimates such a sweeping directive, but it's probably in one of the penumbras emanating from the Preamble's General Welfare Clause.  Once you create giant Washington bureaucracies, you can use the clause to justify almost anything — from forcing poison light bulbs down our throats to dictating schoolyard behavior.

Just sit in the dark.  For "progressives," few things are as virtuous as sacrifice.  Especially if it's someone else doing the sacrificing.  Thus, in the wake of Japan's nuclear crisis, you just know they'll be calling for less nuke power and greater energy-conservation efforts (preferably, by you).  Oh, the glory of deprivation.  It's music to a monk's ears:  We'll all have to make do with less!  This is progressives' idea of "progress."

Confiscate Americans' Wealth to Pay Government Workers?  Even the most jaded of true-believers on the Left knows that confiscating the wealth and taxing what they consider to be unjust income would be self-defeating.  What could be done one time can never be repeated and there would be no one to create jobs or a higher standard of living for the overall citizenry, particularly those on the left side of the ruling class.  A cursory study of the experiences in the Soviet Union, Mao's Red China and Cuba among others reveals that government control of the means of production and wealth creation is a massive failure.

Gov't That Governs The Least Is One Americans Want Most.  Overall, nearly six in 10 (59%) Americans surveyed in February think the federal government has too much power, 31% believe it has the right amount of power and 7% say it has too little power.  Not surprisingly, 83% of Republicans and 72% of conservatives believe the government is too powerful.  But 64% of independents and 62% of moderates feel the same way.  Majorities of Democrats (52%) and liberals (54%) think the government has the right amount of power.

The Vanishing Constitution.  The federal government has increasingly assumed unlimited powers and acted against the will of the people.  When they can't legislate, they regulate.  The attitude is:  We know you don't want it, but we are going to force it on you anyway.  Who are you to know what is best for you?  You are just a pesky voter.  We are entitled to discount what you say because you cannot possibly grasp our progressive agenda.  Progressives began the gradual erosion of constitutional principles around the beginning of the 20th century.  The goal?  To impose their superior wisdom on the rest of us.  The way progressives measure progress is by moving up from the vision of the founding fathers.  But the Constitution gets in the way with its restrictions on the arbitrary powers of government.  So it must be bypassed.

The Cheesehead Rubicon.  In 2008, 56 percent of Wisconsin voters supported Barack Obama for president.  In 2009, Wisconsin's Democratic governor and Democratic Legislature passed legislation that raised taxes and fees by about $1.2 billion over three years.  State lawmakers approved the bill on the very day it was introduced, with no public hearing.  Remember that.

What will they call themselves if they can't use 'liberal' or 'progressive?'  Uh oh, this is bad news for folks formerly known as "liberals," then as "progressives."  Seems Rasmussen Reports finds that "conservative" is the most positively viewed political label, while "liberal" and "progressive" are in the negative.

Unionized Public Servants Meet Their Enemy.  Upon reflection, we find that the liberal policies that led to these generous civil service compensation time bombs are in many ways the very reason that that they have become unaffordable.  Consider:  [#1] To fund a huge civil service, you need a huge tax base, but the crippling red tape and rules produced by this huge civil service of regulation-generators have driven employers and jobs overseas at a frenetic pace, stunting the growth of that critical tax base.  [#2] To finance a pension plan, you set aside money every year, and invest it in the stock market; but the recent assault on the private sector has robbed those Wall Street investments of their expected growth...

Government Worker Unions: The Long Good-bye.  The Democratic Party has sold its soul to the public sector unions.  In the 2010 mid-term election, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees poured over $87 million dollars into the election.  (A new spending record).  AFSCME's $87 million was greater than the campaign spending by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ($75 million) and American Crossroads ($65 million).  Other public sector unions also ratcheted up their spending such as SEIU ($44 million) and the National Education Association ($40 million).  The three major public sector unions spent over $171 million in the 2010 election plus an estimated $250 million equivalent value of so-called volunteer activity such as get out the vote efforts, door-to-door campaigning and poll watching.

How to Get Rich from Liberal Delusions.  Global warming fraud is now in the midst of a slow collapse.  The Chicago Carbon Exchange just closed, because the investors figured out the scam.  But the list of liberal crazes is long, and we can expect the media to make up ever-new headlines to keep their business model alive. ... It was socialist Europe that made up global warming, and turned Mad Cow into a mass hysteria.  You can bet that the big investors had it figured out long before things got rolling.  Then there is the Chevy Volt, a fantasy "hybrid," financed in part by thirteen trillion tax dollars from Obama.  There will be huge government subsidies for electrical charging stations to juice up your golf cart every forty miles.  So invest in golf cart technology.  Then there is ZeroCare, Bee Colony Collapse disease, and flesh-eating bacteria.

Outwitting Lethal Government Policies.  Over the past fifty years, at least a half-million Americans, and perhaps many more, have died prematurely due to ill-designed and badly executed liberal programs.  The causes, as I reveal in detail in Death by Liberalism, range from the criminal justice "reforms" of the 1960s, which triggered a crime wave that that killed up to 268,000 Americans, to government-mandated fuel standards responsible for up to 125,000 lives.  At least a thousand people are murdered each year by the derelict insane, with many deinstitutionalized lunatics dying as well, giving us a total of as many as 70,000 deaths.

Ceteris Paribus:  The hidden killer in Washington.
The Tragedy of CP.  Consider the following short sample of outcomes resulting from CP naïvité and the numerous variables that (predictably) refuse to remain constant:
  •   Legislation requiring increased auto mileage reduced the cost of driving and doubled miles driven, leaving oil imports unaffected;
  •   The same legislation requiring increased auto mileage resulted in lighter cars and increased traffic deaths, specifically an additional 7,700 deaths per gained mile per gallon;
  •   Welfare policies prescribing greater welfare payments for single mothers with more children resulted in an increase in out-of-wedlock births;
  •   ObamaCare's requiring numerous costly additions to health insurance policies and capping insurance rates resulted in insurance companies' dropping coverage and beneficiaries;
  •   The Illinois legislature's raising state income taxes 67% resulted in surrounding states' courting Illinois businesses and a likely contraction of the Illinois tax base; and
  •   Finally, in a still developing but particularly sad example, a group of critically ill CP patients at the East Anglia Research Unit apparently ignored the sun and clouds in an attempt to explain temperature changes.  These poor patients went to all lengths of fraud to perpetuate their delusion.  If asked, any healthy person would have certainly cautioned against assuming away the sun.

The Taming of the Masses.  One of the most dangerous strategies of the totalitarians in our midst is the deliberate confusion they create around the notion of totalitarianism.  Only a fraction of "educated" people know that so-called "right-wing" fascists and "left-wing" socialists historically occupy the same end of the sociopolitical spectrum.  The reason most people don't know this is because for eighty years, the "left" has engaged in a campaign to disguise the fact that it is fundamentally a totalitarian movement.

Socialism Is Back.  Even in its more dispersed modern forms, socialist central planning is fairly easy to spot, because it has an easily identifiable signature:  failure.  Socialism reliably produces economic failures when applied nationally (the USSR, China, India, Chile, Vietnam), when applied in modified forms across mixed economies (post-war Britain's nationalized industries), and when applied to particular sectors within largely capitalist economies (national health-care programs).

Progressive Education:  Of all the misnomers of our political vocabulary, "progressive" is the most abusive and the most abused.  "Progressive" is the accepted term for the political left today, just as it was 50 years ago, when it was used as a self-description by Communists and fellow-travelers who sought its protective cover even as they supported the most oppressive regimes in human history.  In the later years of the Cold War, it was the term of choice for liberals as well, who thought that the Soviet system was "converging" with Reagan's America, just before the Communist fall.  One of the more interesting characteristics of progressives is the way they seem to learn nothing from their experience, confounding the very idea of progress as a process of escaping from the myths of the past and acquiring knowledge.

Government as a Criminal Enterprise.  How long can a nation survive when its east and west coasts are occupied by liberals who are so out of touch with reality they cannot understand why the rest of the nation would disagree with them about anything?  Two States alone, California and New York, are so broke and so laden with red tape they exist by mercy alone.  Liberals are people who still think bigger government, more regulations and more spending is the answer to every problem and need.  These are people who still talk about "global warming", often in the midst of a raging blizzard.

Roll Back the Hippie Damage.  Conservative America has been witness to the cultural damage and decay perpetrated on it by the left since the 1960s.  We have stood back with jaw agape at the horrifying images of the American family disintegrating and drug use soaring, while the liberals nod approvingly and call it "progress."  This is astonishing.  Without further investigation into their motives, you would think that they are simply trying to destroy our culture simply because they are hateful.  It makes one wonder.  Who in his right mind would consider rising drug use and overdoses "progress"?  Who in his right mind would consider an epidemic of broken homes "progress"?  What woman in her right mind would consider the over-sexualization of females a good thing?

Getting Back On The Bicycle.  In a genuinely moral society, progressivism would be dead in the water.  This is why the "anything goes," overwhelmingly secular model on which progressivism relies, must be kept alive at all costs.  Religion codifies morality, which is why, especially in the case of Christianity, it is treated with contempt by so many on the Left.

Liberal Seek Ban on Metaphors In Wake of Arizona Shooting.  After the monstrous shooting in Arizona last week, surely we can all agree that we've got to pass Obama's agenda immediately and stop using metaphors.  At least I think that's what the mainstream media are trying to tell me.

Chafee to Issue Talk Radio Ban.  State officials in Rhode Island will soon be ordered to stay off the airways, provided the interviewer happens to be a talk show host.  A spokesman for Gov. Lincoln Chafee tells the Providence Journal that talk radio is essentially "ratings-driven, for-profit programming," and "we don't think it is appropriate to use taxpayer resources" to have state employees use work time to "support for-profit, ratings-driven programming."

Plan would treat animal abusers like sex offenders.  People convicted of felony animal cruelty offenses would have to register just like sex offenders do under a proposal being pushed by Houston Rockets owner Les Alexander.  Alexander is one of the advocates hoping lawmakers take time to focus on animal welfare in the upcoming legislative session.

The Stealthy Spread of Socialism in the U.S..  The biggest challenge facing Republicans in the 112th Congress is not Barack Obama.  It is not Harry Reid and the Democrat-controlled Senate.  It isn't high unemployment, repealing ObamaCare, the threat of Islamism and shariah in America, the deficit, or the looming insolvency of several (mostly blue) states.  These, broadly speaking, are symptoms.  The disease is socialism or, at the very least, a pervasive socialistic mindset.

Bootleg Lightbulbs Coming to California.  Old reliable, the 100-watt light bulb — safe, cheap, and bright enough to read, write, cook, shave, and put on your makeup by, will be gone January 1.  The California Energy Commission in September 2010 published its 226-page Appliance Efficiency Regulations, whereby the 100-watt incandescent light bulb will be outlawed at midnight on December 31, 2010.  Californians with self-imposed rationing, running out of both energy and common sense, have declared that consuming electrical power is a social vice.  Electric power must be curbed, along with banning Dr. Pepper and Happy Meals.  And it's not just light bulbs.  These appliance standards will regulate and ban hundreds of products including...

What to Ask Progressives.  Dear Americans, these are some questions I have collected in 16 years of living in your country.
  • Ever noticed that for the past thirty years, we've been hearing we have less than ten years to save the planet?
  • When the media portrays the killing of terrorists as "slaughter of civilians," while slaughter of civilians is portrayed as "resistance to occupation," is the media really being neutral?  Whose side are they really on?
  • If Hollywood types are so opposed to capitalism, why is there a warning against unauthorized distribution of their movies?
  • Why is experimenting on animals cruel, but experimenting on human embryos compassionate?
  • How come industrial logging is a crime against nature, but the destruction of forests by wildfires is a natural cycle of life?

To congressional Democrats:  Merry Christmas, and thanks for nothing.  Dear Pelosi/Reid Congress — In the words of the monotonously repetitive holiday song, I want to wish you a merry Christmas.  What a distinguished record you have amassed:  The stimulus, which added, oh, about $1 trillion to the deficit and did not, as heralded, either end the recession or drive down unemployment.  [And] Obamacare, which, if it ever takes full effect, will impersonalize and socialize medicine along the lines of the European model and create government medicine with the regulatory hammer of the Internal Revenue Service and all the efficiencies of the Postal Service.

What Do Liberals Have To Show For 50 Years Of Horrible Policies?  [Scroll down]  When President Lyndon Johnson launched his "War on Poverty," the poverty rate was trending down.  When he offered money and benefits to unmarried women, the rate started flat-lining.  Women married the government, allowing men to abandon their moral and financial responsibilities.  The percentage of children born outside of marriage — to young, disproportionately uneducated and disproportionately brown and black women — exploded.

More about Poverty and Dependency in America.

Nancy Pelosi: A Ruler of Fools.  Nancy Pelosi doesn't have much longer as Speaker of the House.  But if there's one constant in our ever-changing world, it's that Pelosi will remain unconscionable until the gavel is wrested from her hand.  During a recent speech on the House floor, she expressed opinions about unemployment insurance and tax policy that seem irrational even for her.  Pelosi supports extending unemployment insurance beyond the current 99-week limit.  To substantiate her position, she touted unemployment benefits as a burgeoning economic catalyst.  All we need do is and tap into their power.  Pelosi informed Congress that "[u]nemployment insurance ... returns two dollars for every one dollar that is put out there."  A two-dollar return for every one invested is a lofty promise.

The Left's Politics of Retribution.  Disproportionately taxing the wealthy is a critical plank in the ideology of the left, and the reason for that is simple.  When liberals think of George Bush, they think of big business destroying society.  When they think of big business destroying society, they think of rich, corporate fat cats.  And as much as they would love to, they are unable to send George Bush to the poor house, so settling the score with the rich, corporate fat cats is the next best thing.  That's what it is all about:  retribution.

The Constitution keeps getting in the way of the left's agenda.  On December 13, 2010, U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson signed a Memorandum Opinion declaring unconstitutional a key provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 — better known as ObamaCare. ... The core issue examined by Judge Hudson was whether or not Congress has the power to regulate — and tax — a citizen's decision not to participate in interstate commerce, to wit, the purchase of insurance.  Judge Henry correctly points out in his decision that no reported case from any federal appellate court in history has extended the Commerce Clause to include the regulation of a person's decision not to purchase a product — notwithstanding its effect on interstate commerce.

Behind the broccoli: Liberalism's war on liberty.  ObamaCare and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 are the things that expose modern liberalism for the iron fist in the velvet glove.  Can't feed yourself?  Dinner's on us.  Out of work?  We'll pay you to stay unemployed.  After all, you're too stupid to make your own best decisions in what used to be personal matters.  All we ask in exchange for your freedom is your vote.

Reid threatens to keep Congress into next year.  Forget about going quietly into the night.  Senate Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a broad agenda for an end-of-session sprint that, in other years, could be a whole year's worth of activity — ranging from an arms-reduction treaty with Russia to a major immigration bill to overturning the ban on gay troops.  And that's not to mention the nearly 2,000-page, $1.1 trillion massive spending bill Senate Democrats said they'll try to push through.

The Modern Left (Unmasked).  The left embraces "social justice," a concept in which the State — not the individual, guided by the Constitution or any god — is the ultimate authority to determine the best interest of its wards.  The intent is to subvert the "evils" of the marketplace and create an "equal opportunity" for all citizens to be entitled to a piece — not merely a chance at a piece — of the pie.  Further, top proponents hold that the State should manufacture the condition through legislation, progressive taxation, and the redistribution of wealth.

Leasing Your Life From The State.  One of the many beneficial side effects of driving Democrats out of power is that they become more open about their beliefs when they're panicked.  Such a moment came on Megyn Kelly's Fox News program on Wednesday [12/8/2010], when Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) freaked out over the estate tax. ... This is one of the purest expressions of reflexive Marxist impulse in recent memory.  You don't own anything in the mind of the Democrat Party.  It all belongs to the State, and it always did.  You are allowed to keep what our wise and benevolent masters decide to let you keep, and when you die, they're entitled to take it all back.

Eco-Diplomacy, The Chicago Way.  Confronted with a demonstrably cooling planet and a corrupt and fraudulent global climate-change bureaucracy, our government is reduced to bribes and coercion to cobble together a new agreement.  In the absence of sound science and a rationale for committing global economic suicide, we are quite simply trying to make the world an offer it can't refuse.

FCC proposal to regulate news draws fire.  Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) pushed back on Monday [12/6/2010] against a contention by a Democratic FCC commissioner that the government should create new regulations to promote diversity in news programming.  Barton was reacting to a proposal made last week by FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, who in a speech suggested that broadcasters be subject to a new "public values test" every four years.

The Unemployment Crisis Catch-22.  The historical facts are quite clear on the subject:  lowering tax rates always results in economic growth by leaving more investment resources in the private sector, where real jobs must be created.  Lower tax rates have always resulted in increased tax revenue streams by way of economic expansion.  So why are Democrats so committed to raising taxes?

The Great Weaponless Conquest of America.  An ambitious man or men, need not shed blood anymore, to conquer a nation.  They only need to exploit man's ignorance and stupidity and his inability to be aware of what goes on around him.  First, they infiltrate government at every level with their trained followers and set their agenda with new law, after new law.  Increasing control of the masses, over a long period of time is their goal.  They don't need guns to control the people, they only need willing subjects who are looking the other way.  Second, they take control of the news media and the venues of information and feed the people what the patient, silent conquerors want them to know.  Third, with the help of the government that they now control, they establish "their" curriculum in the public schools and colleges, pumping out brainwashed converts with each graduating class.

Union Member Advocates for End of Capitalism, Private Property Rights.  Calling for civil unrest and the end to private property rights, Sharon Black of the Baltimore All-Peoples Congress, tried desperately to rouse communists and socialists everywhere at the Workers World Party's annual conference on November 13th and 14th in New York City.  Black — whose name is a fitting one for her dark agenda — wants an end to capitalism and the United States of America and yearns for a return to the glory days of the Soviet Union.

Thirty-six Reasons to Vote Democrat.  [#5] If you want to pay through the nose in taxes until you are 70 so union thugs in purple shirts can retire in security at age 50 — vote Democrat.  [#6] If you like the fact that people who actually know the Constitution get laughed at by people who are ignorant of it — vote Democrat.  [#7] If you want the entire country to be like Detroit, Philadelphia, New York, New Orleans, Chicago — vote Democrat.

Waiting for the King's Return.  In post-election reality, it does not really matter how many seats the Republicans won, it matters only if they will do something meaningful to halt the progress of the Socialist Transformation of America to One World Government.

'Progressive' Is a Funny Name for Poverty!  The slogans of Big Brother's ruling party in George Orwell's 1984 included Love is Hate and War is Peace.  Today's leftists unwinding the country back to pre-constitutional poverty call themselves Progressives.  They are truly Regressives, but perhaps truth is too hard for politicians.  The original thirteen colonies encouraged using free-standing timber for energy to promote development; later governments promoted coal, then oil and hydroelectric power for the same reasons.  That, along with promoting roads and railroads, provided for the industrialization of North America, the process that produced American wealth.  Our Progressives despise all that.

Incrementalism:
Conservatism's Boll Weevil.  Initially defined during the Cold War, the salami principle is an analogy reflecting the way in which liberals have historically advanced their agenda.  No sensible individual would eat an entire salami in one sitting.  By cutting it into thin slices and feeding it to a person over time, though, it can be entirely consumed.  The same has been true with liberal policy.  Although the complete platform would be repugnant to the majority of the people, much of it has been achieved through small steps over time.

Obama's Grand Strategic Error.  The grand strategy of the Chicago socialist community was Leninist:  the worse the better.  Lefty thinkers at the Midwest Academy dreamed up plans that would destabilize capitalism and then destroy it.  Community-organizing outfits like ACORN would bully the banks and flood the mortgage market with dead-beat borrowers.  Same thing on health care.  They would load up the insurance companies with mandatory benefits and crash the health care industry.  A frightened populace would demand a government takeover of housing or health care, and bingo:  full socialism in America.

Unions target your private retirement savings.  Will the government outlaw your 401(k) plan?  It seems like an absurd possibility, yet earlier this month two Democratic senators, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., held a hearing on Capitol Hill exploring the possibility of doing exactly that.

Obama Battles Reagan.  One suspects that Ronald Reagan would not be surprised by the rise of Barack Obama.  Nor would he ever believe that the fight is over, regardless of who wins and who loses on Election Day of 2010.  The human urge to grimly control others, to force, to dominate, to suppress personal freedom and individual excellence in the name of the common good has always been and will always be among us.  He would surely not be surprised to know that the American people in 2010 — now understanding the Obama agenda for exactly what it means — are in open rebellion against that agenda.

The Inexplicables.  Barack Obama entered office; nationalized health care; ran up record $1 trillion deficits; promised to hike taxes on the rich; pushed cap and trade through the House; took over large chunks of banks, insurance companies, and auto corporations; made hard-left appointments from Van Jones to Sonia Sotomayor ... Yet if one were to read mainstream Democratic analysis, there is almost no acknowledgment that the party has become far too liberal.

You Just Might Be a Marxist.  While [these] are intrinsically Marxist notions, many hold them who do not consider themselves Marxists.
  •  If you believe, as the president does, that "it's good for everyone when we spread the wealth around," you might be a Marxist.
  •  If you believe that "the rich" don't "need" tax rate reductions, you might be a Marxist.
  •  If you believe that, at some point, other people have "made enough money," you might be a Marxist.
  •  If you believe that there is a floor on the value of everyone's labor, and it is a single number applicable in every state of the union, regardless of the cost of living, then you might be a Marxist.
  •  If you believe that unemployment checks are the surest, fastest way to stimulate the economy, you might be a Marxist.

Time to rebuke the radical Democrats.  The Democratic Party is now an agent of European soft socialism — not the sort that wishes to own the means of production, but the model that wants taxes very high, and to make public benefits ubiquitous, if not very satisfactory.  It is run by an elite with more than enough personal assets to enjoy comfort and ease despite the double-digit unemployment their policies have brought about, and to avoid the lines that Obamacare imposes while accessing whatever drugs and surgeries aren't available on the non-Cadillac health care plans they have mandated.  This is the Democratic Party of anti-Israel gestures and pro-ground zero mosque declarations.  Its enemies are the Fox News Channel, Catholic bishops who believe in their catechism, entrepreneurs who want to reinvest their profits, and parents who want their kids out of the classrooms of lousy teachers and out of the schools of lousy principals.

An Open Letter to Rush Limbaugh and His Listeners.  [Scroll down]  This was solidified for me on Christmas Eve of last year, when Democrats rushed Obamacare through the Senate in the dead of night, through various secret channels, and every single Democrat voted for its passage (even supposed moderates like Evan Bayh in Indiana, who quickly realized his vote would cost him re-election ... so the coward retired rather then face angry voters over what he did).  I just don't believe Democrats should be given elected office by voters because they cannot be trusted to even read bills before they vote on them, not even when said bills seek to permanently alter the entire American economy.  This is reckless and reprehensible to the point of treason.  I was a Democrat for 32 years before the heavy-handed push for Obama alienated me from the party...

Outsourcing Myths.  In the 2004 election, with the economy in full recovery mode, Democrats launched an all-out attack on outsourcing to win votes.  It didn't work.  This year, in a much weaker economy, they're trying again.

Liberals at War With Liberty.  Liberals have been seducing Americans out of their liberties for decades with false promises of security.  Prior to Obama, we were on a slow march toward statism, but now we are on a rapid gallop.  That's mostly what next week's congressional elections will be about.  Ordinary Americans are horrified and outraged that Obama and his enablers in Congress are fundamentally transforming America from a beacon of liberty to a bankrupt socialist state.

Socialism and RealityThey Hate Our Guts and They're Drunk on Power.  Democrats hate Democrats most of all.  Witness the policies that Democrats have inflicted on their core constituencies, resulting in vile schools, lawless slums, economic stagnation, and social immobility.  Democrats will do anything to make sure that Democratic voters stay helpless and hopeless enough to vote for Democrats.

Those Dirty Democrats.  The Democrats have been the ones who, with a mandate after the 2008 election, contributed and exacerbated the economic crisis.  Barack promised unification, but has divided.  The Democrats slammed a healthcare travesty down our throats without any hesitation or consideration and thought that the American people would just take it.  But, as polls show, we simply won't.  The Democrats have no agenda and with their backs against the wall, they must lash out and denigrate and smear their way to Election Day, in the hopes of preventing an outright slaughter.

They're Not Socialists.  All statism is built upon a rationalization of apparently noble ideals; perfecting human nature, helping the oppressed, lifting the poor out of misery, alleviating unemployment, and so on.  Some people see themselves as doing good through the use of force, benevolent dictators, so to speak, and the more good the better, according to their line of thinking.  The more sincere, helpful, and energetic the statist sees himself or herself, however, the more people suffer.  Stalin, Mao, and Hitler all thought they were doing humanity, or at least a portion of humanity, a tremendous favor.  Robert Mugabe and Fidel Castro justify the poverty and oppression of the people in Zimbabwe and Cuba on the basis of fairness and equity.

Keen Graphs of the Obvious.  Not to put too fine a point on it:  liberals have been wrong about almost everything, and conservatives have been right about almost everything, at least in my lifetime (half a century).  That goes not only for the economy, the role of government, and climate change, but also for many "social issues" as well.
 •  The death penalty seems to actually deter murder.
 •  Higher rates of handgun ownership do not appear to cause more crime.
 •  Putting more people in prison seems to reduce crime.
 •  Increased concealed carry of handguns by law-abiding citizens coincides with reduced homicide rates.
 •  The nuclear family is disappearing, yet the safest place for a child is in the home of her married, biological parents.  A child is also less likely to be poor if her parents are married.

Sherman's March.  A California congressman wants to eliminate right-to-work laws in 22 states where workers don't have to join unions.  If even-higher unemployment is his goal, he has the right idea.

Obama's Post-Election Attack Plan.  Just in case you have not heard the news, Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are gearing up for the mother of all battles just after the election.  They know that the American people are about to go to the polls and hand them a massive repudiation of their left-wing agenda, and they're not happy.  Refusing to accept defeat, these three are planning a counter attack.  Instead of taking to heart the unmistakable message of the American people, they're moving, full steam ahead, in the opposite direction.

If You Are Not a Leftist, Why Are You Voting Democrat?  The Democratic Party is now America's version of a European Social Democratic or even Green Party.  In domestic policy, there is no significant difference between the American and European parties.

Interview with Sally Pipes on ObamaCare at Six Months.  [Scroll down]  "I would say the mainstream media, of course, always likes to increase the role of government in our lives, and Obama, Pelosi, and Reid believe that government can make decisions for the American people better than we can make for ourselves.  It's an ideological vision that they have, and that is not the American way.

The Biggest Target is Liberalism.  The [Obama] administration has reached back to the New Deal, the British National Health Service, and the Great Society for its "new, unheralded policies" to overcome our current problems.  It seems that no policy or concept is too antiquated, over the hill, or moribund for the Obama administration.  All these programs have been repeatedly discredited.  Like other collectivist, state-oriented ideologies, liberalism degrades by encouraging the lowest expressions of behavior — greed, hatred, and envy.  Liberalism robs all levels of society to fund its efforts — and not only contemporary society, but generations to come, yea, even unto the grandchildren's grandchildren.  Liberalism destroys entire social networks — unions, the educational system, and today, even the military, along with neighborhoods and cities such as Detroit, Newark, East St. Louis, and Camden.

'Crazy' Or Finally Wise To Elite Agenda?  'Liberalism under siege is an ugly sight indeed," said Charles Krauthammer in a recent column, pointing out that overwhelming majorities of Americans have repudiated liberal agenda items such as:  ObamaCare, Obama's stimulus, building an Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero, redefinition of marriage to include same-sex marriage, lax immigration law enforcement and vast expansion of federal power that includes unprecedented debt and deficits.  The nation's elite and the news media see being against the Obama-led agenda as being racist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, mean-spirited and insensitive.

The Gospel of Obama.  My story is not an unusual one; it is typical among most of the liberals I know.  I see the same behavior patterns and mindset in those around me.  Thus, liberals are determined to become model, global citizens.  They've morphed into politically correct zealots, the ones who proselytize their faith with hardcore fanaticism.  By doing so, they wash away their sins.  When a culture banishes God as the ultimate arbiter, a guilt-ridden populace is the inevitable outcome.  And stripped of God, what other path is there to liberation than liberalism?

Reaping the Whirlwind.  There is a sense of foreboding rising in this country. ... Our prosperity, our security, and even our safety are fast fading away.  Our own president and his party are facilitating our demise.  The signs are everywhere.  Every new piece of backroom congressional legislation chips away at a few more freedoms, undermining our republic by preventing open and honest debate.  Behind the scenes, Obama's henchmen wield sledgehammers against free commerce, gun ownership, freedom of speech, and energy.  The billions in taxpayer money going to leftist and socialist organizations cement their toxic influence into the very fabric of our government.

By Any Means Possible — The American Civil War of 2010.  For readers not so inclined to delve into the history of Marxism, while the theories of setting the working class free at the demise of the rich may sound glamorous in theory, the application of true Marxism by Communist countries — dating as far back as the turn of the twentieth century — has resulted in the loss of millions of lives, as well as ecological ruin.

Words sugarcoat politicians' bad ideas.  [Scroll down]  Take the simple phrase "rent control."  If you take these words literally — as if they were money in the bank — you get a complete distortion of reality.  New York is the city with the oldest and strongest rent control laws in the nation.  San Francisco is second.  But if you look at cities with the highest average rents, New York is first and San Francisco is second.  Obviously, "rent control" laws do not control rent.

Send In the Clowns.  When liberal Democrats hold to their views that higher taxes and more government spending are the way to revive an economy, they acquire no negative labeling.  In fact, they are no longer referred to as liberals, but as "progressives."  Who could be against progress?  Which is the point of the word.  When their policy fails to produce the announced results, they are not called fanatics, but remain progressives.  Liberals who refuse to admit their misplaced faith in Keynsian economics when it doesn't work are like cult members whose misplaced faith has been exposed as bogus.  In fact, liberals dig in their heels claiming it isn't that too much has been spent, but too little.

Barack Obama Vs. Majority Public Opinion.  Obama chose the most left-wing Supreme Court justice in history, Elena Kagan.  He ignored the Gallup poll showing that 42% of Americans wanted a new Supreme Court justice who would move the court in the conservative direction, while only 27% wanted it to move more liberal.  Obama is even pressing for "card check," one of his many payoffs to the unions, even though 61% of Americans oppose this, according to Voter Consumer Research.  Card check would make it easier for unions to organize workplaces by getting rid of the secret ballot.  Obama is still pushing cap-and-trade, which the voters have dubbed "cap and tax" because it will make electricity and all kinds of energy cost every American thousands of dollars a year.

Barack and Hillary:  Ideologically Identical.  The security of our nation is in danger as a direct result of the policies, ideology, and affiliations of our president.  Those who clamor for socialism despite its miserable track record invariably defend it by saying it simply wasn't implemented correctly.

Liberals Losing the Culture Wars.  This year, liberals demanded Americans respect the triumphalist mosque near Ground Zero as an expression of American commitment to religious freedom.  At the same time, liberals sued to remove a cross in a remote area of California's Mojave Desert and sponsored hate crime legislation that would put Christian pastors in jail for reading Biblical passages condemning homosexuality.  The hypocrisy had gone too far.

Socialist Party of America reveals 70 Democrats as belonging to their caucus.  Two things of note in this revelation.  The first is the astonishing number of Democratic House members who not only belong to the Socialist Party of America, but even more incredible, don't mind if people find out about it.

Obama Continues Pushing Absurd College Agenda.  Just like the notion that federal deficit spending will revive the economy, the idea that getting more young Americans through college will make the country more competitive and prosperous is utterly mistaken.  Of course, Obama will never abandon it.

The Unhealthy Motivations of Liberals.  In general, low self-esteem and a lack of self-love are the basis for the ideology of liberals.  Liberals are those who would use government to reduce the freedoms of some people to provide benefits for others.  Liberals argue for fairness and equality for all people, but neither is possible.

A Liberal Judge Lights a Fuse.  Look what the culture war has done to liberals.  Seventy years ago liberals set out to fight against the white Southern obsession with race.  Now, after America elected a black president, liberals can think of nothing but race.  An African American acquaintance confidently told me recently that opposition to President Obama was all about race.  Liberals have been fighting for half a century against "homophobia" by which I think they mean hatred rather than fear of homosexuals.  But a gay acquaintance recently told me how he "loathed" Sarah Palin.  Then there are the feminists.  It was the marginalization, the humiliation of women that brought them into the streets and the lobbies.  So what do they do?  They have gamed the education system to humiliate boys.

The Danger of a Government with Unlimited Power.  The fundamental thrust of governments such as that of President Obama is to abrogate the rights of private property, aiming at the holy grail of their secular religion:  redistribution of income and wealth to reduce everyone to an equally low state of economic equality.

Liberals?  Progressives?  Just Call Them Control Freaks.  Some advocates of big government now call themselves progressives — without specifying exactly where it is they want America to progress.  When that question is answered accurately, a better new name for liberals suggests itself:  Control Freaks.

America on the Brink.  When I read the title of [Terence P. Jeffrey]'s new book, "Control Freaks:  7 Ways Liberals Plan to Ruin Your Life," I didn't much care for the title.  Control Freaks  — a little too hyperbolic, maybe?  Then I read it.  There is no hyperbole here.  If anything, the problem's with the subtitle.  Liberals aren't planning to ruin our lives.  They're well on their way.

Reality and the American Left.  The 20% of the population who consider themselves Liberal or Progressive have succeeded in dominating not only government, but most of our institutions.  It is this domination that has led the United States to the brink of bankruptcy and societal upheaval.  Yet as a group, they are oblivious to the damage they are causing to a country which has given them so much and asked for so little in return.

Of Course Obama's a Socialist.  A hundred-odd years ago, everyone in the educated class from Boston Transcendentalists in the east to hard-drinking Jack London in the west wanted to be called socialists.  Then they decided they wanted to be called Progressives.  When "Progressive" became a dirty word, then the educated class wanted to be called liberals.  Of course, after a generation of liberal programs, liberal corruption, and liberal failure, "liberal" became a dirty word.  So liberals renamed themselves back to "progressive."  In the Vietnam War, liberals were proud to sneer at patriotism.  Now they throw a fit at anyone who questions their patriotism.

Will Senate Democrats Stifle Free Speech?  The DISCLOSE Act is a desperate attempt to influence the November elections, and minimize Democrat losses.  Senator Schumer and the legislation's other sponsors aim to have a law on the books that will take effect prior to November regardless of whether a regulatory system is in place to enforce the burdensome new reporting requirements.  The Act, its reporting burdens, and penalties are set to take effect 30 days after it has been signed by President Obama.

Beware The Dems' Lame-Duck Agenda.  As John Fund reports in the Wall Street Journal, Sens. Jay Rockefeller, Kent Conrad and Tom Harkin are already looking forward to what they might get passed in a lame-duck session.  Among the major items being considered are card-check, budget-balancing through major tax hikes and climate-change legislation involving heavy carbon taxes and regulation.  Card-check, which effectively abolishes the secret ballot in the workplace, is the fondest wish of a union movement to which Obama is highly beholden.  Major tax hikes, possibly including a value-added tax, will undoubtedly be included in the recommendations of the president's debt commission, which conveniently reports by Dec. 1.

When Did the Rules Change?  [Scroll down]  In 2008, American liberalism seemed poised for its comeback.  The pendulum of Arthur Schlesinger's "cycle of history" was swinging back toward a new progressive era.  Obama would be the liberal Reagan.  Now that all looks preposterous.  Of course, considerable blame can be laid at a White House that seems confused about how to relate to the American people when the American people don't share the White House's ideological agenda.

The myth that the border can't be secured:  Why does the left perpetually offer the excuse that what is necessary and right can't be done?  Liberals famously make lame excuses to explain away personal responsibility and defend defeat.  Take for instance the liberal mantra, "Kids have sex anyway might as well hand out condoms."  The left is of the belief that those divinely bestowed with a free will are powerless to control natural impulse.  Human beings are reduced to beasts, devoid of ability to choose right from wrong.  Thus, in liberal land, lack of a standard fosters the promotion of mediocre expectations and accomplishes the goal of excusing failure.

Gallup:  Majority of Americans Don't Know What "Progressive" Means.  Today [7/12/2010], Gallup released the results of a recent poll which quantifies why so many on the left have eschewed the liberal label in favor of progressive.  It finds that while just 12 percent of Americans say they would describe themselves as "progressive" and 31 percent say they would not, a majority of 54 percent are unsure about the meaning of the term.

The Editor says...
Until the American public finds out what "progressive" means, it's a great place for socialists to hide.

Sour Grapes.  The Left and the media have been exposed for the frauds they are, and they've spent too much time in the sunlight now to ever go back into hiding.  They have shown themselves to be wolves in sheep's clothing, and they have no one's interest at heart save their own.  They've proven repeatedly that party loyalty is more important to them than the prosperity of their own country.

Hello, I'm a Racist, Pleased to Meet You.  [Being politically correct] means doing what's fashionable in our time, what makes you popular.  A man who believes in Truth, such as Thomas More, will die for his principles, alone, twisting in the wind.  A liberal goes the way the wind blows and will die for nothing.  Stand up to leftists en masse, and they'll fold like a tent.

The Inhuman Government.  The embrace of big government in the United States was driven by the belief in scientific government as a perfectible system.  This creepy worship of elitist technocracy lingers around the more idealistic liberal administrations, from FDR to JFK to Obama. ... The idea of a perfected government is at odds with democracy, which treats political chaos and voter misjudgments as valid tradeoffs for a leash on government.

A Socialist on the High Court?  Part Two.  As a student, Obama Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan was so interested in the socialist movement that she wrote a thesis about its history in New York City from 1900-1933.  But the history of the Progressive Party, which ran FDR's former vice president Henry Wallace as its presidential candidate in 1948, helps bring the subject up to date and explains the current direction of the Democratic Party.  The Progressive Party was controlled by the Communist Party but efforts to work through the democratic process did not die out with its election defeat in 1948.  Communists and "progressives" then targeted the Democratic Party for a takeover from within.

A silver platter of GOP talking points for November.  Let's review some tasty silver platter entrees:
  •  Over $800 billion in stimulus spending that hasn't worked,
  •  Using TARP funds to cherry-pick which banks survive and which don't
  •  9.7% unemployment when Obama promised it wouldn't go above 8%
  •  A "pay czar" deciding how much corporate executives can earn

Are Democrats the New Whigs?  In dealing with the two major issues of the day, both yesterday's Whigs and today's Democrats created a platform in which the solution to one issue conflicted directly with their solution to the other issue.  The history of American political parties shows that a party relying on counterproductive solutions to solve the challenges of governing the country has stood, and will always stand, on shaky ground.

The Left-Fascist Axis Again.  [Scroll down]  So here are two ways to simplify the daily media circus.  First, the media are the cult of the Left, trying to twist your mind.  The "Left" equals global totalitarianism, which is Stalinism, which is Leninism, which is radical feminism, which is the hateful racism of the Reverend Wright and Louis Farrakhan.  Same story, different labels.  Keep it simple.  Whatever mask they try on, radical leftists are internationalists — meaning that they are against America as a sovereign nation.  That's Obama's real beef against us, and it's why he will never enforce our borders.

When Lame Ducks Bite.  This year, for the first time since modern budgeting began, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has simply refused to pass a budget resolution.  Presumably, the failure even to take up a budget would free plenty of time for the Congress to complete the rest of its work.  But remarkably — and disturbingly — plans are already in the offing to postpone important legislative business until after the November elections.

You Vote, They Don't Listen.  It's official.  There will be a lame duck session of Congress even after voters have rendered their verdict on the work of the current incumbents in November.  This week, the House voted down a resolution opposing a lame-duck session to tackle hot button issues such as new taxes and climate change.

Second attack on the First Amendment.  Democrats are committed to attacking our First Amendment rights by passing a bill that will limit freedom of speech for groups with whom they disagree. ... The most troubling aspect of this is that the Democrats are fully aware that this legislation will not hold up to the scrutiny of the Supreme Court but, if passed, would have major implications on the upcoming elections because the court probably would not address the issue before November.  This Saul Alinsky-type approach is obvious:  Its goal is to take away our rights as Americans.

Which political party wants to take away your right to own a gun?
Ohio Democratic Party unsuccessfully tries to get gun records.  The Ohio Democratic Party tried unsuccessfully this week to get information on all people licensed to carry concealed weapons in the Buckeye State.  The state party sent letters to Ohio's 88 sheriffs requesting the names and addresses of permit holders and the dates the licenses were issued.  Ohio has about 211,000 permit holders.

The Secret of America:  The entire goal of the Left is to murder the idea of the goodness and righteousness of freedom, of self-reliance, of independence, of merit, of virtue, of hard work, of honor, of courage, of sacrifice, of loyalty, of morality, of faith, of the inalienable rights to life, liberty, and property.  The Left, in politics, media, education and entertainment, despise the idea that is America.

Democrats' budget plan:  Tax and spend more.  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday [6/22/2010] that Democratic congressional leaders have opted not to propose a budget this year.  "It isn't possible to debate and pass a realistic, long-term budget until we've considered the bipartisan commission's deficit-reduction plan, which is expected in December," he said.  This means Congress won't pass an annual budget plan for the first time since enactment of the Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974.

Commie Watch, Updated.  [Scroll down]  Just to recap, the Communist Party USA is in favor of
  •  President Obama, his win in 2008 (which the CPUSA takes some credit for) and his reelection in 2012.
  •  A Democrat majority in both houses of Congress.
  •  Charlie Crist, the AFL-CIO, Rick Nagin, Rudy Lozano, Organizing for America and MoveOn.
  •  ObamaCare, unemployment compensation, the Harkin education jobs bill, the Miller Local Jobs for America bill, the Murray bill.
  •  FDR and LBJ.
On the other hand, the CPUSA is against
  •  The Republican Party.
  •  The Tea Party movement.
  •  Arizona's immigration law.
  •  And, of course, free markets and limited government.

Are the Communists Coming?  It is getting increasingly difficult to distinguish between the agenda of the Democratic party, and the agenda of the Communist Party.  Joelle Fishman, Chair, Political Action Committee, CPUSA, says, "Our Party has an important role to play in keeping the focus on the fight for a new direction in our country for jobs, healthcare and an end to the war.  That is how the 2008 elections will be won." ... Does this sound like a Democratic rally or what?

Residents get 6 votes each in suburban NY election.  [Arthur] Furano cast multiple votes on the instructions of a federal judge and the U.S. Department of Justice as part of a new election system crafted to help boost Hispanic representation.

The Editor says...
Why stop at six votes?  Why not give a dozen votes to everyone who is not (for example) a white male?  How about allowing ten votes per Democrat, and one vote per Republican?  All in the interest of fairness, of course.

Goodbye to One Man, One Vote.  If you thought that "one man, one vote" reflected the full flowering of representative democracy, think again.  In the village of Port Chester, N.Y., just a few towns north of my locality in Westchester County, there is a new system.  It's "one (minority) man, six votes" — brought to us courtesy of the U.S. Department of Injustice and a lunkhead of a federal judge named Stephen Robinson.

More about activist judges.

Democrat 'Suicide Bombers'.  [Scroll down]  Let's just think this through, which the Democrats obviously haven't.  Both the Cap-and-Trade bill, and a VAT imposition, would raise taxes on everyone in the country. ... These new taxes are not the type that can be withheld from a paycheck, or tacked discreetly on everyone's phone bill.  They are the type that will be paid every day.  They will be paid at the gas pump.  They will be paid at the checkout line in every store in the country.  They will be paid every single day.

Obama isn't radical enough for some Democrats.  Borosage knows that Obama is the most liberal president since Johnson.  He knows that Obama is moving the left's agenda more successfully than any president in the past 40 years, and yet he is "dismayed and disaffected."  How on earth can that be?  How can one see one's own ideology sustain its greatest movement forward in close to half a century and be... disappointed?  It takes a particularly extreme and rigid ideologue to consider President Obama insufficiently liberal.

Boxer Declares Climate Change as the Greatest Threat.  Terrorism.  Nuclear weapons.  Corrupt and oppressive regimes.  Sen. Barbara Boxer said last week that climate change — not any of that other stuff — will stand as the "leading cause of conflict" over the next two decades.

Today's PC police would arrest Abe Lincoln for sedition.  During his first inaugural address in 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously but inaccurately claimed that "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself."  Leaving aside the fact that 77 years later, many of Roosevelt's socialist leanings serve as a roadmap for President Obama, the inescapable reality of 2010 is that the only thing we have to fear is political unaccountability, an unethical media, liberal judicial activists, and those among us who want and demand something for nothing.

Which is the racial, profiling party?  Because liberals consciously notice the color, the ethnicity, the gender, the class, the physical ableness of an individual before anointment as candidate, friend, colleague, employee rather than the person the answer is... liberals!

QUIZ:  Who said it — Democratic leaders or Communist Party USA?  Comrades flocked to New York City two weeks ago for the 29th national convention of the Communist Party USA.  While reviewing materials from the event, we had a sudden sense of déjà vu: the feeling that we had heard these talking points before.  Maybe you have as well — they're espoused, in near identical form, by the president and his fellow Democrats.

The Real Reason the Left Loves Illegals.  The history of the left in this country is a history of division.  Whatever conflict was current — labor vs. management, class vs. class, race vs. race — there you'd find the left, stirring things up in order to derive as much political benefit as possible.  A workable democratic system demands a willingness to seek consensus and engage in compromise.  The left prefers Balkanization and permanent conflict.

Why Radicals Matter.  Like Barack Obama, Bill Clinton also campaigned as a moderate.  Once elected, however, he surrounded himself with some of the most radical leftists ever appointed to the Cabinet.  (Many of them have re-enlisted with this administration.)  Behind the scenes, they worked furiously to undermine the system.  And now, decades later, we're seeing the results.  Clinton's policies — not just his unethical conduct — were recipes for disaster.

The Leftist 'Purification' Movement.  The purificationist dream is a world without borders, governed by a global network of NGO's.  Almost all current activist organizations containing the words "green", "justice", "peace", or "solidarity" would find a position in the ruling structure.  These NGO's would gravitate toward forming a totalitarian regime since, as [Ernest] Steinberg points out, they are "unaccountable to an electorate and escape political checks and balances..."  Even more disturbing is the increasing coalition between progressivism and radical Islam.

Modern Liberalism & Islam:  An Uncanny Resemblance.  Both Neo-Liberalism and traditional Islam present unmistakable hallmarks of Fundamentalist thought.  (Neo-Liberalism defined here as the early 20th century attempt to hide socialism behind the term "liberalism.")  Arguably, the main fixation behind both ideologies is controlling others, seeing to it they obey all the rules.  In other words, both have a predilection towards totalitarianism.

Islam and the Left — Two Sides of the Same Coin.  The Islamists and the Leftists have the same goal.  Absolute power.  Islam like Communism is a means to that end.  This is what makes them so dangerous.  Their goal is to create absolute tyrannies based on ideologies that promise a better world.

Socialism: The New Feudalism.  The left should study history and the rhetoric of a distance political system called Feudalism.  Many people have a misconception that the early socialist thinkers like Jean Jacques Rousseau, Karl Marx, and Friedrich Engels were original thinkers, writing ideas about collectivism and equal sharing of property.  But one only has to look back a few centuries to see they were simply recycling old failed ideas with some new jive attached.

They're All Obama Liberals Now.  Liberals have always denied they intend to unduly shackle the free market.  They say America is exceptionally prosperous — though it never occurs to them why — and can afford robust entitlement and redistributive schemes.  But in no way would they favor anything extreme that would push the market to the tipping point.  Well, now that they are completely in charge, we've seen what they will do.  Obama liberals believe not in America's promise (and Martin Luther King Jr.'s hope) of equality of opportunity, but in equality of outcomes.

What Motivates Obama:  Leftist Turnout.  Why is Barack Obama vilifying Fox News?  Why does Harry Reid push an immigration bill he knows can't pass?  Why won't Chuck Schumer compromise on regulatory reform, and why does he try to hang Goldman Sachs around the GOP?  Why did Bill Clinton blame conservatives who oppose big government for the Oklahoma City bombing?  All share one motivation:  to increase their base's turnout in the off-year elections of 2010.

Obama Has Enraged the "Citizen Class".  Those of us among the citizen class generally agree that the United States is a good country.  While far from perfect, we see our nation as being a place of tremendous opportunity, and a force for goodness around the world.  We also agree that being a U.S. citizen is a significant and distinct thing.  While we respect the notion that all human beings are worthy of their "basic human rights," we see the rights imparted to citizens of the United States as being something different, something "over and above" the category of "basic human rights."

Where are the "separation of church and state" people now?
Pelosi Told Catholic Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops to Push Immigration Reform.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she has told Catholic cardinals, archbishops and bishops that she wants them to speak from the pulpit for immigration reform and tell Catholics who oppose it that reform "is a manifestation of our living the gospels."

Defining Dumbness Down.  Having no substance of its own, the left is inherently parasitic; like a cancer cell or virus, it survives by posing as a healthy member of the same host it then attacks and ultimately destroys.  This pattern of "mimic-attack-conquer" has given us liberty-hating "liberals," leftist mainline churches that publicly embrace what their own teachings explicitly prohibit, and educators whose goal is to ensure that all children get left behind.

The Progressive Assault on America.  For over a century, liberal-progressives have focused on replacing our Constitutional republic with a statist, social welfare state.

Transgender anti-discrimination bill is a tough sell for centrist Dems.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic leadership are pushing legislation, written by Rep. Barney Frank, that would made it illegal for employers to discriminate against transgendered people.  The bill scares centrist Democrats, who don't want to be forced to vote on a hot-button issue popular on the left as they approach November congressional elections in which heavy Democratic losses are expected.

Wake up, America:  Democrats aren't Democrats Anymore, They're Communists.  Each and every Democrat political priority can be broken down to a simple concept:  they are all designed to take money and power away from individuals, families, communities, businesses, charities, and states and transfer it directly to the federal government.  Centralized government control of vital national resources, which pretty much means everything when you break it all down, is practically the definition of communism.

20 Examples of How the World Would Look if Big Government Worked.  If you ran into people who insisted on trying to pound nails with a screwdriver no matter how many times they were shown a better way, wouldn't you think there was something wrong with them?  What if those people not only used a screwdriver, but demanded that everyone else use a screwdriver instead of a hammer, too?  Worse yet, what if those people did this for decades on end?  Well, guess what? We have people like that in this country.  They're called liberals and the screwdriver they're using to try to fix America's problems is called big government.

Last Binge Of A Condemned Congress.  Having nothing to lose as they tumble toward November's electoral cliff, Democrats have gone into legislative overdrive.  With the hangman ready, the condemned are ordering the whole menu.

Marx, Keynes, Pelosi.  [Scroll down]  Keynes has given us a glimpse into the heart of modern progressivism:  For now, progress requires a respect for work, for jobs, for economics.  So the left embraces the use of government for economic ends.  But ultimately all of this is for the sake of transcending "pseudo-moral principles" like precaution.  So the left embraces big government while disdaining the need for self-government.

What the world needs now is more real liberals.  There were many who came before us, including John Stuart Mill, the British philosopher whose "conception of liberty justified the freedom of the individual in opposition to unlimited state control."  (For convenience' sake, I am again quoting Wikipedia.)  That's my kind of liberal, and why — for the first 45 years of my life — through the Kennedy era, in opposition to the Nixon era, and even into the Clinton years ("The era of big government is over!") I considered myself a liberal.

Liberalism is no longer about freedom.  We know that conservatives want government to conserve traditional values.  They say they're for limited government, but they're pro-drug war, pro-immigration restriction and anti-abortion, and they often support "nation-building."  And so-called liberals?  They tend to be anti-gun and pro-choice on abortion.  They favor big, powerful government — they say — to make life kinder for people.  By contrast, libertarians want government to leave people alone — in both the economic and personal spheres.

Progressive Death.  Progressivism is all-the-rage nowadays, with liberals having jettisoned the "liberal" label for the less maligned tag of "progressive." ... One of the only things we really know about progressives, and that they know about themselves and their ideology, is that they favor constant "change," "reform," an ever-shifting, ongoing "evolution," or, yes, progression.  And therein is an inherent, significant difficulty:  progressivism offers no clear, definable end.

Without the Consent of the Governed.  Now that Obama & Co. have found the legislative mechanisms to subvert the Law of the Land on the federal health care grab, they intend to rush forward with the passage of "financial reform" — "energy reform" — and "Immigration reform" — none of which are any type of "reform." ... They plan to advance their anti-American agenda no matter how many stand opposed, and in such a manner that it can never be reversed.

Liberals and the Violence Card.  Liberals are perfectly comfortable with antigovernment protest when they're not in power.  From the halls of the Ivy League to the halls of Congress, from the antiwar protests during the Vietnam War and the war in Iraq to the anticapitalist protests during International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings, we're used to seeing leftist malcontents take to the streets.  Sometimes they're violent, breaking shop windows with bricks and throwing rocks at police.  Sometimes there are arrests.  Not all leftists are violent, of course.  But most are angry.  It's in their DNA.  They view the culture as corrupt and capitalism as unjust.

"Give Me 'Niceness' or Give Me Death".  I believe that one of the greatest obstacles facing opponents of the socialist agenda of Obama Democrats is this misguided insistence that we always have to give them the benefit of the doubt — as if it were virtuous not to be vigilant in safeguarding our sacred liberties.  Only if we first recognize and then clearly speak out against what they're truly about will we have any chance of stopping their suicidal blueprint for America.

The Naked Left.  The left loves to hide.  This is why leftists reject the label "liberal" in favor of "progressive" or some other meaningless term.  This is also why leftists must describe their opponents as the "hard right" or "right-wing extremists," rather than simply respond to the serious policy issues their opponents raise.

Ivy League Useful Idiocy.  [Scroll down]  And yet ironically, it is the activist community organizers who are the community destroyers, as they pit their followers against the policies that would otherwise help them advance in society into the productive positions I mentioned.  They advocate for the minimum wage, creating unemployment.  They advocate for green jobs, jobs that destroy wealth and by extension greater real job creation as dictated by consumers.  They advocate for labor unions that end up wrecking the companies that created the labor in the first place.  They advocate for socialized medicine, which like all experiments in central planning produces a worse and more costly service.  They advocate for artificially cheap credit for things like homes that end up distorting and crushing the economy.  They advocate for affirmative action which institutionalizes reverse racism and denigrates the people it purports to help by implying that those of a certain background cannot make it on their own merits.  In sum, they attack the free market and individual liberty and as a result punish their communities with bankruptcy and decay.

Socialism's Downfall.  Socialism has failed everywhere it has been tried, and it will continue to do so despite the best efforts of the die-hard true believers in the Obama administration and the rest of the world.  The most recent example of this failure:  Euro-Socialism is presently bankrupting the countries that embraced it in Europe.  This will result not only in more social and economic upheaval, but also the ultimate demise of the ill-conceived European Union.  The original and current proponents of socialism fail to take into account one very basic but immutable factor:  the fundamental nature of the human race.

Marxism:  A Study In Slacker Mentality.  Marx is dead.  Marxism on the other hand keeps coming back, like cancer, under a government controlled health care plan.  It is the carrot on the stick the elite uses to beat the people on the head with.  It is called many different things including progressivism.  If America chooses this path, the people are choosing to abandon the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and freedom.  There is a difference between a Marxist and an Anti-Marxist; Both have read the Communist Manifesto but only the Anti-Marxist understood it.

KGB Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.  [Scroll down]  Most people believe that [communism] is dead.  Some people, particularly in the United States, believe that the idea of global socialism is dead.  But it is not.  If you look at its development in Europe and Latin America, you see that there is now more socialism than ever before.  Because of public opinion, or rather, the media, political parties, political movements, parliaments, and institutions are all becoming more and more socialist.

A Good Night For Tyranny.  The people who pledged to unite America have divided it to a point not seen since the Civil War.  The battle lines are drawn — not geographically, but ideologically.  On the one hand we have the "progressives" — leftists who align themselves with other infamous Marxist tyrants who use the power of government to subjugate, tax, and control its populace.  Leftists who use class-envy warfare and promise free goodies to parasitic masses who think the world owes them a living simply because they draw breath.

America's Political Crisis:  The American people instinctively sense that there is something terrible happening, something that is antithetical to the indomitable spirit of benevolence, self-reliance, independence, and freedom that has characterized our nation from its beginning.  Our government has been hijacked by collectivist radicals whose every act is designed to expand their power and chip away at our freedom.  One never knows what new government fiat may emerge on any given day, what its effects will be, and whose lives will be damaged for the benefit of what purportedly needy segment of the population.  This is the nature of the real crisis.

Reflections on the Revolution in America:  The present attempt to remake America is the effort of the liberal well-to-do — highly educated at mostly private universities, nursed on three decades of postmodern education, either with inherited wealth or earning top salaries, lifestyles of privilege indistinguishable from those they decry as selfish, and immune from the dictates they impose on others.

The Truth About Progressives — aka Marxists:  To fully understand the progressive movement and their current rush to grab one-sixth of the US economy via unconstitutional federal health care mandates, one must follow the trail that leads from the Maoist Movement of the 60s that started in Berkley California, and the Marxist Movement that has culminated in the joint venture between the Communist Party USA and Socialist Party USA, today's Democratic Socialists of America.

It's Not Socialism, It's Communism.  If you felt a frisson of fear on news that the Senate had passed Obamacare the day before Christmas, then you now know what it was and is like to live in a dictatorship.  The voice of the people was ignored in a demonstration of raw political power. ... Healthcare "reform" is not about uninsured Americans.  It is not "socialism."  It is Communism, effectively putting the entire nation's healthcare system under state control.

Turning America Into a Banana Republic.  America was a democratic constitutional republic, governed by the rule of law, a beacon of liberty to the entire world.  But no more.  After just one year of Barack Obama's fundamental change, aided by the far left House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from San Francisco, and the easily confused Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, America has been transformed from a Constitutional Republic into a Banana Republic.

Does Obama Employ the Marxist Doctrine of Creative Destruction?  [Scroll down]  Does Obama have something like a Cloward-Piven principle in mind for shaking out resistance to his economic plans to force Americans to accept socialism by necessity?  The "Cloward-Piven Strategy" was designed by Columbia University professors Richard Cloward and wife Frances Piven.  Their strategy was simply a method used by leftists to encourage as many eligible people as possible into signing up for all the social welfare programs available.  This is meant to then bankrupt the system.  After this occurs, the plan is to push a country towards socialism.  But the general strategy can also be adapted to other methods of bankrupting a nation.

America's 20 Most Miserable Cities.  Guess what they all have in common.  They're all controlled by liberal Democrat politicians.

Why Democrats Don't Care about $9.7 Trillion Debt:  [Scroll down slowly]  Most Americans do not understand the difference between liberal and left.  They do not realize, for example, that there is no major difference between the American Democratic Party and the leftist social democratic parties of Western Europe.  They do not know that from Karl Marx to Obama, the left (as opposed to liberals) has never created wealth because it has never been interested in creating wealth; it is interested in redistributing wealth.

An Orwellian redefinition of the Constitution:  The proponents of the most regressive idea of government on the planet (Centralized control by a small group of elites who rule "for the people's own good") are now relabeling themselves as "Today's Defender's of the Constitution."

The Cut-and-Paste Doctrines of the Left:  Why is it that the doctrines of one leftist cause can be obtained from another by simply cutting and pasting a few phrases?  Because each activist is an anti-capitalist who blames bourgeois privilege for the institutional oppression directed against the proletariat.  In American society, the left has decided that our proletariat should include people of color, women, homosexuals, animals, and the environment, while the face of the bourgeoisie is that of a white, capitalist, Christian male.  Each leftist identifies with a specific cause, and collectively, they work to bring about a revolution which will usher in our own imitation of the former Soviet Union.

The 'Progressives' Are Really 'Oppressives'.  [Scroll down]  Take the word "progressive," for example.  The very word is positive.  Who can possibly be against progress, and how can stagnation or regression be better than progress?  While many of us know that Progressivism has led to some of the most brutal, violent, oppressive regimes in the modern world, those who apply the term to themselves obviously do not see it in a negative way.

Socialism and Stuff:  Socialism is the easiest thing you can romanticize, because it's a big fat exaggeration of "sharing."  As kids, we were always told to share, because sharing is good. ... Socialism has always piggybacked on this notion:  that it's just not right for you to have so much, when others have so little.  Never mind that you've earned what you've got, while the others sit around watching [television].  Socialism is government forcing you to share your stuff with jerks.

The Left's Great Motivator:  Leftist ideologues comprising environmental extremists, progressives, liberals (the hijacked definition), socialists, and communists believe that the ends justify the means -- that governance may use any means necessary to achieve predetermined outcomes.  Characteristics of the leftist ideology include a heavily regulated economy and/or government owned industry, equal outcomes and economic leveling, multiculturalism, moral relativism, and the perfection of mankind.

Progressives and Conservatives.  When the Founders were drawing up plans for the Republic they looked at the history of past republics and concluded that democracy was the least problematic form of government but that it posed the danger of a populist tyranny.  So they instituted a system of checks and balances to guard against tyrannies of the majority and to provide the public with a cooling off period in which their emotion driven agendas could be corrected by reflection.  Progressives, by contrast, ... have in their heads an image of what the future should look like based on emotion (hope and change), and they discount the experience of past and present as products of ignorance, prejudice and selfish interests, which they are determined to overcome.

Big Brother, can you spare a dime?  They say you can't put the genie back in the bottle, and the same goes for presidents.  The voters summoned President Obama into existence with their chant of "Hope and Change" and now he is poised to grant three wishes held dear by liberals:  Unlimited health care for all American citizens ... Unlimited citizenship for all American residents ... And unlimited government for all time.

Is the Southern Poverty Law Center Terrorizing Decent American Patriots?  The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is very influential in the current administration, almost single handedly responsible for defining "domestic terrorists" for the Department of Homeland Security and ratcheting up the racial rhetoric like never before in U.S. history, in the name of so-called "social justice."

The Transformation of the American Dream into the American Nightmare:  The left has made a specialty of demeaning the American Dream as bourgeois, capitalist, exploitative, consumerist and middle classist.  There is a reason for that since the entire idea of the American Dream competes with the entire agenda of the left.  The American Dream is premised on the idea that social and economic mobility can be accomplished through less government and more industry, rather than more government and less industry.

From this moment on.  The Left is not about principles.  It is about itself.  It is about power.  Now that President Obama has been politically weakened, look for the mask to come back on.  The words of sweet reason, the entreaties to "make a deal," and feigned affection will now make a surprise reappearance.  When the Left cannot rule, it will try to govern.

Crisis of the Government Party.  Democrats are the Party of Government.  They feed it, and it feeds them.  The larger government grows, the more agencies that are created, the more bureaucrats who are hired, the more people who become beneficiaries, the more deeply entrenched in power the Party of Government becomes.  At the local, state and federal level, there are 19 million to 20 million government employees.  And if one takes only Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and earned income tax credits, we are talking of scores of millions who depend on government checks for the necessities of their daily life.

Liberal Economic Illiteracy:  It doesn't matter one iota that there have been three major tax cuts initiated by three different presidents since the 1960s — and every one of them resulted in increased revenue flowing into federal coffers.  It doesn't even matter that the largest one was passed, not by a Republican president, but by Democrat John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Environmentalism Refuted:  [Scroll down]  Ignorance of the ideas of [Ludwig] von Mises — the willful evasion of his ideas — has enabled the last three generations of intellectuals to go on with the delusion that capitalism is an "anarchy of production," a system of rampant evil, utter madness, and continuous strife and conflict, while socialism is a system of rational planning and order, of morality and justice, and the ultimate universal harmony of all mankind.

What Does 'Racial Socialism' Sound Like to You?  The United States today has slipped toward race-based socialism:  That's the true name for an overwhelming bias for one race above others, in employment, promotion, and educational opportunities.  Our media are constantly stirring the witch's brew of racial grievances, constantly making black people feel aggrieved and white people feel accused.  Our schools drive that lesson home with young and innocent kids in a totally ruthless way.  Repeat that for twelve years of schooling and TV, and you have a brainwashed kid.

The Government Still Hasn't a Clue.  Last month we saw the scientific climate experts exposed as conniving manipulators in Climategate.  On Christmas Eve, the United States Senate passed a health reform bill with 2,000 pages of undigested expert ideas on gaming the health system with untested administrative rules and commissions. ... These liberals, Progressives, or whatever they want to call themselves next are clueless.

The Left's End Times.  The global warming cult, in one sense, is the left's last stand:  It's a lashing out at the human race for all its perceived deficiencies, avarice, narrowness, and failings — or at least, that portion of the human race that resides in the west.  The human race stands in the docket accused of degrading the world with the intent of destroying it.  But the evidence doesn't bear out the charge.  It is instead the accuser who has and continues to destroy human life.  It's the left that's intent on making the end times a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Laughing at the Left.  If the consequences for this great nation of ours weren't so serious and the policies preferred by the left weren't so dangerous, one would really laugh, almost uncontrollably, at the beliefs and (il)logic of American liberals.  Based on things they have actually said or done, here are some of the things they really, truly seem to believe.  They believe we can spend our way out of debt.  They believe taking money from one part of the economy to give to another part somehow makes the economy bigger.  They believe people who have never run a business can run a business better than people who have spent their whole lives running businesses.

The Great Hate of the Left:  Why is it considered "hate" to oppose the left but considered "civil rights" to oppose the right? ... Why is the Fairness Doctrine fair only if it shuts down the voices of conservatives?  Why do the left call themselves pro-choice when the only thing they choose to endorse is to kill an unborn or partially born baby?

The Long March From California to Copenhagen.  On the one, are those who believe personal freedom and liberty trump egalitarianism and fraternity. ... On the other side are those who wish a large government to ensure an equality of result.  Their notion is that personal responsibility, talent, behavior, luck, fate, etc. do not so much determine why one is well off and another not so.

Democrats trying to criminalize citizen journalism.  An amendment to a bill currently being considered by the Senate would deny ordinary citizens doing vital investigations in the public interest the same legal protections as professional journalists.  If it were to become law, the change could significantly stifle important citizen journalism efforts similar to the recent ACORN exposé.

The Silver Lining of the Left in Power.  There may be a major silver lining for conservatives and for America's future thanks to the foreign and domestic policies of President Obama and the Democrat-controlled House and Senate:  For the first time in their lives, millions of Americans are coming to understand the left.  It is difficult to overstate how important this is.

Spare The Rod, Destroy America.  [Scroll down]  Liberalism is a public cancer, and the sooner it is halted and their upside down policies are made extinct, the sooner society can go about the business of building a better, more vibrant, and safer America that provides unlimited opportunity for those who want to celebrate it.

The shocking lesson from the climate scandal.  Liberalism, progressivism, post-modernism or whatever you want to call the pathology, originated out of and is perpetrated upon fantasy far removed from reality.  The counter culture revolution which produced the current phenomenom known as liberalism was based entirely upon make-believe.  Specifically, the youth of the 1960s fancied themselves somehow smarter, wiser and morally superior to their elders and all the tradition that preceded them.

Democrats' Quiet Changes Pile Up.  While President Barack Obama still faces stiff headwinds on a range of major legislation on his agenda, he has been signing into law a slew of smaller initiatives that had gathered dust on the Democratic wish list for years.  Many of the bills had been blocked by Republicans who considered the measures unnecessary expansions of government or too costly.

Secondhand Hate:  Another step downhill for modern liberalism.  The left, which invented first "hate speech" (opinions they didn't like) and then "hate crimes" (crimes judged less on the criminal's actions than on what he was presumed to be thinking), has now gone on to its epiphany, which is "hate" defined not by your words or deeds but by what other people have decided you really think.  "Hate" is no longer what you do or say, but what a liberal says that you think and projects on to you.

When Is a Person Not a Person?  [Scroll down slowly]  When legal decisions come down to philosophical theories, it means there is no fixed answer.  That is why most socialist ideas rely on 'relativism'.  It is an attitude to life that refuses morality, refuses to penalise murder, and refuses to acknowledge that anyone other than yourself has a right to life.  It also refuses to accept there are absolutes, which, in itself, is an absurdity.

What's Wrong With Socialism?  In the late 1930s, the noted economist Friedrich Von Hayek wrote his landmark pamphlet "Road to Serfdom," laying bare the diseased skeleton of socialist/utopian thought that had permeated academia and the salons of his day.  With an economy of words that showcased the significance of his conclusion, he pointed out the Achilles heel of collectivist dogma:  for a planned economy to succeed, there must be central planners, who by necessity will insist on universal commitment to their plan.  How do you attain total commitment to a goal from a free people?  Well, you don't.

Augean Socialism.  If you don't think heavy regulation, elephantine bureaucracies, union rule and runaway spending amount to poison for an economy, take a gander at what decades of such socialist policies have done to Greece.

Divide and Conquer.  The current Democratic Party overwhelmingly comprises interest groups that believe a powerful central government is essential to guarantee their predetermined "equitable" outcomes.  The Republican Party membership, in even greater numbers, is dominated by those who believe government (per the founders) should be limited and the rights of the individual paramount.

The Myth of the Moderate Democrat.  Don't assume that the 38 Democrats who voted against Nancy Pelosi's extremist version of health care reform wouldn't have supported it if their votes had been needed.  The days before the final passage on Saturday were not filled with stirring appeals to get Democrats to back the bill so much as an auction to decide whom to let off the hook.

We're Governed by Callous Children.  [Scroll down]  Our federal government, from the White House through Congress, and so many state and local governments, seems to be demonstrating every day that they cannot make things better.  They are not offering a new path, they are only offering old paths — spend more, regulate more, tax more in an attempt to make us more healthy locally and nationally.

Freedom is Hard Work.  The great irony of America is that the maintenance of freedom is awfully hard work and with few exceptions, it's the work of individuals, not the government.  The Constitution was drafted to ensure that this was the case.  It was drafted to make government subject to the governed.  Of course that means that the governed must do the hard civic work of keeping government in check.  That work is made all the harder by those who are determined, in their vast ignorance, to have government impose equality-of-outcome across the social landscape.  In short, those that argue for wealth redistribution lead us toward tyranny.

Republicans Should Just Say 'No' to Democrats.  There is nothing wrong with Republicans sticking to their principles and thwarting Democrats attempts to grow government, increase taxes, socialize health care, and burden generations with deficit spending. ... Without the Republicans rising up against the "my way or the highway" governing by the Democrats, we would most certainly would have had a socialized health care system in place by now as well as a cap-and-trade bill that would slap a tax on every American with increased energy costs.

The Saints of Socialism and the Religion of Radicalism.  The phenomenon of the quasi-religious worship of Obama is only shocking to those who fail to understand that socialism is itself a religion.

Democrats and Job Creation ... or Not.  I wonder what level of unemployment Democrats need before they start considering actual rate cuts.  A cut in the payroll tax would stimulate the economy instantly by cutting the cost of employing people.  Is that really too hard to understand?

Obama and the Last Hurrah of Liberalism.  The Democratic Party, at one time the self-declared defender of the little guy, has openly declared war on small business and capitalism.  The Democratic members of Congress have been revealed to be indifferent to the voters, incapable of reading bills and fully in the pockets of liberal special interests groups.  Further the Administration has blithely declared a tripling of the national debt over the next 10 years as if it were immaterial.  President Obama has championed "health care reform" and a "carbon tax" in an attempt to control the day-to-day lives of the American people.  There are now 32 advisors (czars), to the President, most being left-wing ideologues, with the power to implement his agenda, none of whom have been approved by the Senate.

Obama And The Great Weaknesses Of Reasonable Men.  The people who run the Democratic Party today are radical liberals and Obama himself has more in common with Castro or Brezhnev than he does with, say John Kennedy or Harry Truman — but a lot of the negatives about Obama, but those things are so alien to their way of thinking that they can't truly believe he means what he says.  He wants skyrocketing energy prices?  Can't be!  He wants to bankrupt the coal industry!  No way. ... He supported a complete ban on handguns.  That must have been a mistake!

5 Things That Republicans In D.C. Need To Understand:  The Democrats are methodically destroying the future of this country.  They're running up an astronomical debt, they're taking over huge segments of the economy, and they're going to annihilate the quality of medical care in this country with this health care bill.

Don't Call Them Progressives.  The Lefties are at it again.  Having completely destroyed that fine word, "liberal," along with the enlightened 18th century sensibilities that went with it, they have now moved on like locusts through the lexicon, and want to be called "progressives."  An astonishing number of conservative commentators are going along with it.  Not me.

Liberalism:  Because We Know What's Best For You.  [Scroll down]  Liberal philosophers almost always believe there is a need for a government solution to problems — a solution that they will design and that all average people should be happy to follow.  Their glass is almost always half-empty:  America is broken, people are struggling, we must look to Canada and Europe rather than inward for our solutions.  The American dream?  It is lost for future generations unless we have more government involvement.

How Liberalism Exploits The Vulnerable.  Not knowing that she was on camera, this "community organizer" gave away the dirtiest of the dirty secrets of the left.  Herein lies the explanation of how and why major segments of America, particularly in urban areas, upon becoming increasingly liberal over the past several decades, have become more lawless, more hopeless, and more helpless.  While claiming to "help the little guy," liberalism has a vested interest in keeping the "little guy" oppressed and dependent.  Only in such a state can he fulfill his intended role as a "resource" of the liberal machine.

Obama:  Legalize illegals to get them health care.  President Obama said this week that his health care plan won't cover illegal immigrants, but argued that's all the more reason to legalize them and ensure they eventually do get coverage.  He also staked out a position that anyone in the country legally should be covered — a major break with the 1996 welfare reform bill, which limited most federal public assistance programs only to citizens and longtime immigrants.

The Immoral Agenda Of A Liberal Congress:  Some people in government have a very strange sense of morality.  They think that stealing from the wealthy to give to the poor is somehow a good thing to do.  It is actually highly immoral because not only is it theft pure and simple but it also punishes achievement, rewards imprudence, strips ambition, and creates dependency.  Too bad this ideology is held by those who are irreligious yet use religious guilt to sell their agenda.

Infatuation with Crisis.  Periodically we are informed that there is an infrastructure crisis — roads, bridges, water lines, school buildings, etc. are wearing out because they are getting older.  The largely mythical "Hunger in America" in the 1960s was a crisis which produced the Food Stamp Program, and now — with a straight face! — Leftists' planners warn us that obesity is the most serious health problem of the poor.  Monumental levels of government "stimulus" spending was supposed to end the economic crisis (which could never — of course — be the consequent of monumental levels of government spending in the first place!)  And now, of course, we face (whether we are deemed "smart" enough to see it or not) a health care crisis.

How to Defeat the Left.  The only way to defeat the left — and I have failed in twenty years of arguing this to persuade conservatives — is to turn the table around and attack their moral self-image.  Leftists are in fact the enemies and oppressors of women, children, gays, minorities and the poor, and conservatives should never confront them without reminding them of this fact.

Incentivizing Irresponsibility:  It is almost irresistible for conservatives to snicker as Democrats in Massachusetts hold hearings and seek ways to justify an attempt to change the law in Massachusetts to allow the Democratic governor of the Commonwealth to appoint a Democratic senator — presumably available to vote for President Obama's initiatives.  It was just a few years ago when Senator John Kerry was running for president and the governor was a Republican that the Democratic state legislature thought it imperative to change the law to prevent governors from appointing senators.  It is just too delicious, the hypocrisy too obvious, for conservatives to ignore.

They think you're stupid.  If you vote for them, they're right!
Obama's Quest into the Magic World of Anti-American Mythology.  Short of stating it explicitly, elitism implies that "the masses" are mindless, spiritless creatures without free will, always in need of the largesse of the state, and for their own good the state ought to nationalize the country's resources in order to feed its subjects.  There is a reason why snobby elites on the Upper East Side of Manhattan generously donate to leftist causes and support leftist politicians.

What's Obamamania?  Domestically, it's a heart beating hotly for throttling American industry in the name of a cleaner environment.  For "energy independence" without expanded nuclear power.  For a "stimulus package" (etc.) causing (in for instance the fiscal year ending this fall) record-setting $2 trillion annual deficits.  And for the government running "reformed" banks, insurance companies, automobile manufacturers, and the nation's health delivery system with all the efficiency of Amtrak and the Postal Service.

White House Character:  It is certain that many on the left who voted for Obama are pleased with his performance.  After all, he has moved this country toward socialism in more ways, at a much faster rate, and at far greater expense than any American president in history.  For those who idealize the redistribution of wealth, the dismantling of capitalism, the hobbling of our industries with taxes and restrictions, the takeover of private companies by the federal government, and total state control of our health care system, Obama has delivered in spades.

Finally, Change We Can Believe In.  On Sunday [8/16/2009], administration officials started backing away from their demand for a public insurance requirement.  That's nice.  But it is very possible that something much bigger is afoot.  As the woman said at the town hall, "I don't believe this is just health care."  Bailouts to banks, huge stimulus payoffs to special interests, nationalization of auto companies, trillions in new debt, the ideological taxing of our great carbon energy supplies, unconscionable deficits stealing from our grandchildren, Washington talk of health rationing, forced abortions, compulsory sterilization, eugenics.  Are you all Eurosocialists now?

Calibrating the President:  [Scroll down]  On matters of social policy and attitudes, President Obama has not deviated even a half step from the sentiments he expressed as Candidate Obama.  Abortion is a right.  Equality means affirmative action.  Our judges need to empathize.  Racist words and actions are exclusively the province of whites.  Profiling is used against minorities.  It is the liberal litany with which we've been bombarded for about 40 years now, but never before have we heard it in such stark terms from the man occupying Theodore Roosevelt's bully pulpit.

Us Versus Them.  We are for freedom, they are for coercion.  We are for personal choice when other lives aren't at stake.  They are for choice only when the choice involves other lives being snuffed out.  We are for personal responsibility enforced by self-restraint and social norms.  They are for responsibility imposed from without by government bureaucrats.  We conservatives are for the ideals that make America America.  They, the liberals, are for transforming America into an imagined utopia enforced by command and control, based on values alien to the great American tradition.

Organic Failure.  Henry Waxman is at it again.  The Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade-climate change bill, which has been called the largest tax bill in history because it would levy a national tax on energy use, narrowly passed the House in late June and is still pending in the Senate, but the California Democrat has already moved on to his next bad idea:  trying to save the nation's populace by making farmlands sterile, so that only organic foods can be grown.

Running on empty.  American energy policy is in limbo.  "Drill, baby, drill" still articulates a good policy direction, but the Obama administration is outsourcing that policy, and our tax dollars, to Brazil.  This is all while the White House is ignoring public opinion by blocking domestic energy production.  The mind boggles when trying to figure out why the energy issue is still at issue at all.

More about Democrats obstructing the flow of oil.

'Let them eat cake' Democrats:  The majority Democrats, intoxicated with power, are brimming with a haughty self-righteousness that is now veering into a prideful arrogance and self-destructive narcissism.  Having misread their 2008 election victory as a mandate to push through liberalism on a grand scale, they are now stunned by opposition to their radical plans.  To them, the depth and intensity of the dissent is unexpected and shocking.  One thing about liberals:  It doesn't even occur to them that there is another side to an argument.  They are so convinced of the righteousness of their own position that it doesn't dawn on them that a reasonable person might have a different viewpoint.

Extort thy neighbor, or how to ruin a nation.  [Scroll down slowly]  The other villain and the master at this extortion game is the modern Democratic Party, which might as well rename itself the Parasite Party.  The road to power for the Democratic Party is by creating parasites of different groups, in essence, buying votes from the parasites by extorting from the hosts.  By doing so, they pit one group of citizens against another.  They manipulate the human emotions of compassion, greed, and envy for political gain.  They make the claim to be compassionate, but never to anyone who has worked hard to produce wealth for themselves, instead promote hatred and envy of them.

Islam and Monoculture:  Some of the most dysfunctional states and municipalities are the victims of single party arrogance and mismanagement.  The District of Columbia, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Newark, Cleveland, San Francisco and possibly all of the state of California are examples.

Does someone have answers to the questions?  I am perplexed about so many issues in the news that I can only ask questions today.  Maybe someone else has the answers.
 •  Why are the 10 poorest cities in America the ones that always elect Democrats to public office? Is it because their solutions to problems is welfare, not work?
 •  Why is it considered desirable to register every uninformed voter to cancel out the votes of informed, well-educated people?
 •  What does it mean when cities with strict gun control laws, like Chicago and Washington, D.C., can't control gangs, drugs and shootings?

Obama's birth debate:  It's about loyalty.  Obama is a socialist, which means that his deepest commitment is not to our nation but to the Internationalist Ruling Class.  That is why the Left always has to argue that Americans' love of country will kill off the rest of the world -- by global warming, by overpopulation, any excuse will do.  The fact that it's all lies proves the point:  The Left must lie in order to convince millions of Americans that their normal feelings of patriotism are evil.

Americans Are Beginning to Understand the Left.  The left everywhere seeks to make as big and powerful a state as possible.  It does so because only the state can redistribute society's wealth.  And because only a strong and powerful state can impose values on society.  The idea of small government, the American ideal since its inception, is the antithesis of the left's ideal.  The cap-and-trade bill's control of American energy and the ObamaCare takeover of American health care will mean an unprecedented expansion of the state.  Added to increased taxes and the individual becomes less and less significant as the state looms ever larger.

Liberalism and the Dumbing Down of America.  As Barack Obama spends day after day touring the world (how many days has he spent in the Oval Office?), trashing America and taking the country on a trip to hell in a hand basket, the liberal electorate and fawning media for the most part remain completely enthralled by the One.  Although his poll numbers have dropped considerably, liberals have yet to abandon ship as they remain strong supporters of the Dictator-in-Chief despite his anti-American agenda.

Cronkite Was A Leftist, Not a "Liberal".  The modern Left is the stalwart champion of:  1) group rights rather than individual rights, as exemplified by its support for collective preferences — affirmative action — based on such categories as race, ethnicity, gender, or national origin;  2) the circumvention of law rather than the rule of law, as exemplified by its support for the edicts of activist judges who legislate from the bench, and by its opposition to the enforcement of laws pertaining to immigration and nondiscrimination;  3) the expansion of government rather than its diminution (by means of ever-escalating taxes to fund a bloated welfare state, and to authorize government control over virtually every aspect of human life — education, health care, day care, energy, etc.);  and 4) the redistribution of wealth (through steeply progressive taxes and mushrooming welfare programs), rather than its creation through free-market capitalism.

None Dare Call It Marxism.  Though global communism has been defeated, there remains a strong contingent among us, whose nerve center is the Democratic Party leadership under President Obama, committed to obliterating America's free market.  Without getting into the intricacies of Marxist theory, suffice it to say that at the core of this political and economic philosophy is a belief in the historical class struggle.

Socialism is really cannibalism.  When I work, I use up hours of my life... my limited, mortal, human, physical life.  The money I am paid represents the life I expended to earn it.  My pay — my wealth — is my labor.  It is the expenditure of some of my body's short, precious life on earth.  So when someone takes my money, they steal my hours of labor.  They consume not only the fruits of my labor, but my labor itself, that labor which is the very expenditure of my life.  When someone loots and consumes the money I have earned, they consume the part of my life devoted to producing what hey have taken.

The Liberal Dream Agenda.  The liberal onslaught comes in four parts:  government-run health care, a cap-and-trade carbon tax, a vast array of personal and business tax increases, and government authority to seize financial institutions in addition to banks.  This is the liberal dream agenda.  If passed, it would do what conservatives fear most.  It would make America more like Europe, with growing nanny statism and more reliance on government, considerably less on individuals.

Obama and the Liberal Freeloader Culture.  If you are a moderate — and that usually means you are not that engaged in politics — why would you argue with a president who wants to improve access to health care, expand educational opportunities, and do something about climate change?  Don't we all want health care, education, and a habitable planet?  Of course we do.  But isn't there a better way than turning the United States into a nation of freeloaders ever searching for a "free" government program to meet its needs?

2010.  Next year's elections are going to produce a political earthquake.  That is because we currently suffer the most left-wing government in our nation's history.  After just 6 months in office, the flower children that rule Washington in overwhelming numbers are already smashing through all records regarding federal taxes, spending, deficits, and debt.  Obama and his ultra-left Democrats adopted a so-called stimulus bill raising spending a trillion dollars that never had a prayer of actually creating jobs and promoting long-term economic growth, because it was based entirely on old-fashioned, brain dead, proven to fail, Keynesian economics.

Cap Taxes, Trade Congress.  While these Roman throwbacks [in Congress] attempt to save the planet, pagan style, so they can set up their Darwinian nirvana on earth, the rest of us have enough sense not to try to make the state our church.  While we, in the other America, use reason to guide our decisions, Nancy Pelosi actually seems to think she's the reincarnation of some pagan goddess on a mission to save the planet. ... Meanwhile, New England has just reported the coldest June on record, while the Global Warming hoax is revealed as a pile of pure poppycock by more real scientists every single day.  This Congress and their pagan-god delusions have got to go.  Has ever a more witless group reigned from on high in such vainglorious fashion?

The Plan For Socialist World Government.  While meaningless United Nations hand-wringing over the North Korean nuclear weapons program garnered the headlines, the world body is moving ahead with a global conference to lay the groundwork for world government financed by global taxes.  The communist head of the U.N. General Assembly is leading the effort, but he is getting crucial support from "progressive" economists who advise the Obama Administration and the Democratic Party.

20 Hypocrisies Of Liberalism:  Liberals believe that... [#1] ...it's impossible to come to any sort of reasonable compromise with conservatives on anything, but that we can fix our problems with nations like Iran and North Korea by just sitting down and talking things out.  [#2] ...they're the most compassionate people in society.  Yet, in study after study, you find that conservatives give more of their money to charity than liberals.  [#3] ...they're not racist despite the fact that they consistently support policies that have been several orders of magnitude more devastating to black Americans than the Ku Klux Klan.

Our New President's Three Top Priorities: Government Cures for Problems Caused by Government.
The liberal solution is always more government.  President Obama repeatedly emphasized as a candidate that his three top priorities as President would be health care, energy and education. ... This would seem to relegate to secondary importance such "minor" issues as:  Islamic fundamentalism and its assault on Western Civilization; runaway entitlement programs that threaten to bankrupt the nation; a bloated federal government, massive deficits, a rapidly expanding money supply that portends severe inflation and a crippled economy, all of which threaten to do likewise; out of control illegal immigration, augmented by tens of millions of poorly assimilated minorities that weaken the cultural fabric of our society; and a profound ignorance among our citizens of the founding principles upon which our country was established.

The Era of Bipartisan Support for Israel is Over.  The best days of Democrat support for Israel have now passed.  The evidence is abundant and clear that the importance of Israel's existence and well-being has become secondary to the political idolatry of many Jewish-American Democrats.  Furthermore, many Jewish voters who do have Israel's best interests among their priorities are too often duped by the maze of activists and institutions that use Jewish concepts and credentials to manipulate support for their liberal agenda.

Powerful Democrat Calls Illegal Aliens 'Free Loaders and Scam Artists'.  Most liberals regard illegal aliens as "Undocumented Democrats" and a veritable gold mine of opportunity for holding on to political power by coddling to those here unlawfully.  For that reason, most Democrat politicians have abandoned patriotic concern about homeland security, the rule of law, stability of the American economy and social order, and preservation of American language and culture.  In fact, one can search high and low for a liberal with a patriotic, pro-America stance on illegal immigration, and that search will usually be futile.

Conservatives Aren't the Extremists.  Conservatives are not the ones who sermonize about tolerance yet demonstrate intolerance toward conservative and Christian thought; support exterminating babies in the womb; apologize the world over for America; or gut the military and missile defense because of some dangerously egotistical notion that they have the magic to turn evil into goodness with their charisma and eloquence or, even worse, because they refuse to recognize evil in the world, except as emanating from the United States.

Mandatory paid-vacation bill introduced.  Mandatory paid sick leave has been grabbing headlines, but now Florida Democrat Congressman Alan Grayson has introduced a bill that would require employers nationwide to provide paid vacation.

Anti-American Party in Power vs. Whom?  At this point, every American knows that today's Democrat Party is the anti-American political party in the United States.  Run by the Democratic Socialists of America and their Progressive Caucus, funded by the anti-free market international proletariat cabal, DNC collectivism for the greater communal good rules the day.

You Might Not Be A Republican.  If you think a presidential campaign revolving around "hope", "change" and "yes we can" is the mark of intellectual gravitas, you might not be a Republican.  If you think the man who called his own grandmother a "typical white person" has transcended race, you might not be a Republican.  If you think a $459 billion deficit under a Republican is irresponsible, but a $1,845 billion deficit under a Democrat is responsible, you might not be a Republican.

California is Liberalism's "Canary in the Coal Mine".  If residents of the other 49 states haven't focused on California's plight yet, they should.  In a real sense, California has become liberalism's "canary in the coal mine."  It is an instructive — and frightening — warning of the toll exacted by the kind of leftism now in vogue in Washington, D.C..  Put simply, California is in desperate fiscal straits because it has become a place where government works for only two constituencies:  Those who need public assistance, and unions.  Sacramento is so busy responding to the needs of the one and the demands of the other that the legitimate expectations of regular, taxpaying citizens have been completely ignored.

Liberals: The Enemy Within.  Feeling as I do about Barack Obama, it's only natural that I would look for people to blame for putting him in the Oval Office.  I mean, aside from the 63 million oafs who actually voted for the guy.  The first villains who come to mind are members of the media who are still, in the words of Bernard Goldberg, slobbering over him.  But I have come up with another group of troublemakers.  They're the folks who came up with the cockamamie primary system.

What's in a name?  Liberals, er, progressives, hope victory.  About as many left-of-center political groups in the nation's capital call themselves liberals these days as say they're Whigs.  Instead, they call themselves "progressives."  What progressive means is "pretty murky," political historian Alan Brinkley said.  Still, murky is a big improvement over "liberal," a mainstream term in the '60s that conservatives reduced to a dirty word in the '80s.

Not Gonna Write About It.  Everywhere one looks in Congress there are bills being lined up with tiny provision after tiny provision that harm entrepreneurs, enrich union bosses and plaintiffs' attorneys at the expense of the rest of the populace, punish productivity, undermine our cultural heritage and cultural literacy, expand the leviathan state, eliminate private choices and responsibility, and whittle away at free speech or other rights and privileges of citizenship.  And the vast majority of those provisions will pass, by hook or quite often by crook, with our president and our speaker and Majority Leader Harry Reid ignoring every rule or pledge or promise they need to ignore in order to get their way.

Alan Grayson to introduce Paid Vacation Act.  Rep. Alan Grayson was standing in the middle of Disney World when it hit him: What Americans really need is a week of paid vacation.  So on Thursday [5/21/2009], the Florida Democrat will introduce the Paid Vacation Act — legislation that would be the first to make paid vacation time a requirement under federal law.

Now Is the Time to Put Aside Childish Things.  Today's Democratic party is overwhelmingly made up of interest groups that believe a powerful central government, overseen by them, is essential to guarantee equitable outcomes.  The Republican party membership, in even greater numbers, is dominated by those who believe government (per the founders) should be limited and the rights of the individual paramount. ... The membership of the Republican Party is overwhelmingly conservative leaning, the Democratic Party socialist.

Bachus says there's 17 'socialists' in House.  Rep. Spencer Bachus, the top Republican on the Financial Services Committee, told a hometown crowd in Alabama today [4/9/2009] he believes there are several socialists in the House.  Actually, he says there are exactly 17 socialists in the House of Representatives[,] according to the Birmingham News.

Obama's liberal arrogance will be his undoing.  The most remarkable, or certainly the least remarked on, aspect of Barack Obama's first 100 days has been the infectious arrogance of his presidency.  There's no denying that this is liberalism's greatest opportunity for wish fulfillment since at least 1964.  But to listen to Democrats, the only check on their ambition is the limits of their imaginations.

How to Wreck the American Economy:  Instead of creating a positive business environment in the United States, we are doing everything possible to become fully uncompetitive in the world market.  [1] The corporate income tax (state and federal) is among the highest in the world.  [2] Litigation and legal costs are unprecedented anywhere and yet the current administration passes and proposes more measures which will result in additional expenses from the filing of specious lawsuits.  [3] The prospect of the "Union Card Check" bill passing is real and will result in placing even more financial and operational burdens on U.S. businesses.

There Are Two Irreconcilable Americas.  The left wants America to look as much like Western European countries as possible.  The left wants Europe's quasi-pacifism, cradle-to-grave socialism, egalitarianism and secularism in America.  The right wants none of those values to dominate America.  The left wants America not only to have a secular government, but to have a secular society.  The left feels that if people want to be religious, they should do so at home and in their houses of prayer, but never try to inject their religious values into society.

There Will Never Be a Middle Ground.  President Obama campaigned on uniting the country and creating a post-partisan environment.  Watching the differences displayed this past week regarding the release of the CIA memos about interrogation techniques; it is quite evident we will never bridge the gulf that divides us.

White House Becomes Gay Rights Central.

Evil Concealed By Money.  Evil acts can be given an aura of moral legitimacy by noble-sounding socialistic expressions such as spreading the wealth, income redistribution or caring for the less fortunate.  Let's think about socialism. ... This is why socialism is evil.  It employs evil means, coercion or taking the property of one person, to accomplish good ends, helping one's fellow man.  Helping one's fellow man in need, by reaching into one's own pockets, is a laudable and praiseworthy goal.  Doing the same through coercion and reaching into another's pockets has no redeeming features and is worthy of condemnation.

A Brave New America.  If you wanted to turn the United States of America into a socialist country, what strategy would you adopt?  Joseph Stalin, the world's top communist from 1924 to 1953, is reputed to have advocated the following strategy to William Z. Foster, leader of the Communist Party U.S.A.:  "Work for more government intervention and control of the business activities of the people.  In this way the American people will accept Communism without knowing it."  Stalin would be pleased with the trend in America since he dispensed that advice.  He would be positively delighted with the recent partial nationalizations of the housing, mortgage, financial, and insurance industries during the Crash of 2008.  He would be even more thrilled by the future prospects for socialism in America.

Freedom and the Left.  Most people on the left are not opposed to freedom.  They are just in favor of all sorts of things that are incompatible with freedom. ... One of the most innocent-sounding examples of the left's many impositions of its vision on others is the widespread requirement by schools and by college admissions committees that students do "community service."  There are high schools across the country from which you cannot graduate, and colleges where your application for admission will not be accepted, unless you have engaged in activities arbitrarily defined as "community service."

Defending American Liberty:  It's still about Communism.  Hard-boiled revolutionaries are predominating the Left-wing of the Democrat Party.  Progressivism, Environmentalism, Higher Education, Teachers' Unions, Activist Organizations like ACORN, the AARP, Organized Labor and Government Workers' Unions have all adopted the "mass" politics techniques of classical Marxism.  Examples, Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, are just a tip on that iceberg; extreme Leftists in powerful and prestigious positions in American Education.

Why I Am Not a Liberal:  I believe that the levels of taxation advocated by liberals render those taxes a veiled form of theft.  "Give me more than half of your honestly earned money or you will be arrested" is legalized thievery. … I believe that the United States of America, from its inception, has been based on the Judeo-Christian value system, not secular Enlightenment values alone, and therefore the secularization of American society will lead to the collapse of America as a great country.

25 Reasons You Might Be a Liberal.  You'd be more upset about your favorite candidate being endorsed by the NRA than the Communist Party.  You think the same criminals who use guns in the commission of a crime will just hand them over to comply with the law if guns are made illegal. ... You put a higher priority on oil pipelines possibly inconveniencing a few caribou than you do on lowering the price of gas for everyone in the country by drilling ANWR.

A President Who Needs Misery.  Democrats are, more than anything else, power junkies.  The morals of society, the welfare of others, the hopes of posterity — all these mean nothing next to the pure political power of right now.  The normal assumption is that political parties that create prosperity win political power, but that is not an entirely accurate assumption.  FDR gained more political power when the nation careened into deeper dependence, deeper poverty, and deeper debt.

The Coming War on Sovereignty.  While the term "sovereignty" has acquired many, often inconsistent, definitions, Americans have historically understood it to mean our collective right to govern ourselves within our Constitutional framework.  Today's liberal elite, by contrast, sees sovereignty as something much more abstract and less tangible, and thus a prize of less value to individual citizens than it once might have been.

Grow Up.  It is hardly surprising that young people prefer the political Left.  The only reason for rejecting the Left's vision is that the real world in which we live is very different from the world that the Left perceives today or envisions for tomorrow.  Most of us learn that from experience — but experience is precisely what the young are lacking.  "Experience" is often just a fancy word for the mistakes that we belatedly realized we were making, only after the realities of the world made us pay a painful price for being wrong.

Mixing It Up With Left-Wingers.  The fact is, I am always dealing with issues, be it the left's adoration of the U.N.; their cockeyed belief in man-made global warming; their constant attacks on the first two amendments; their intolerance of Christian traditions and symbols, which, by the way, relies entirely on an intentional misreading of the Constitution, a document which does not and never has contained the words "separation of church and state"; their contempt for the U.S. military; the alleged supremacy of gay, Islamic and illegal alien, rights; their opposition to capital punishment; their support of judges who legislate from the bench; and their affinity for professors and journalists who feel their duty is to indoctrinate rather than educate or report.

Accounting for California's Suicide.  [Scroll down]  Californians count on the wealth of farming but would prefer their rivers to remain wild rather than tapped.  They like tasteful redwood decks but demand someone else fell their trees for the wood.  Californians drive imported SUVs but would rather that you drill for oil off your shores rather than they off theirs.  They pride themselves on their liberal welfare programs, but drive out with confiscatory taxes the few left to pay for them.  Californians expect cheap imported labor to tend their lawns and clean their houses, but are incensed at sky-high welfare and entitlement costs that accompany illegal immigration.  Lock 'em up, they say — but the state is bankrupted by new prisons, constant inmate lawsuits, and unionized employees.  In short, after Californians sue, restrict, mandate, obstruct, and lecture, they also get angry that there is suddenly not enough food, fuel, water, and money to act like the gods that they think they have become.

The Plundering and Looting of America's Roots.  The core of the American people still believe in the foundation of constitutional freedom. With few exceptions, the heartland of America is predominantly conservative.  It is only in the high-dense urban centers, in big cities, on our three coasts and in and around the Great Lakes region, who are hopelessly dependent on government, that continuously vote to keep the socialists in office, who continuously pass legislation to keep the big city's "pig trough" full.  Big cities are also bastions of radical environmentalism and multi-culturalism.  Their heavy vote-majority perpetuates these un-American and in many cases, unconstitutional policies.

This Week's Endless Global Warming Sitcom.  Liberals have created a catastrophe from which only they can save us.  But an actual solution would ruin all the fun — and destroy liberal employment prospects in the mass hysteria industry.  So the goal of global warming proponents is to give the issue a cameo in every possible scene playing out on the world stage.

We Can't Afford the Democrats' Platform.  Most of the Democratic Platform consists of promising benefits that will cost already burdened taxpayers aplenty.  There's no mention of how these extravagant handouts will be paid for.  For example, the Democratic Platform enthusiastically endorses the incredibly extravagant worldwide handouts in the bill sponsored by Barack Obama called "the U.S. Millennium Development Goals, which aim to cut extreme poverty in half by 2015."  The Platform promises to "double our annual investment in meeting these challenges to $50 billion by 2012."

The New Landlord.  Get ready for national park access by mass transit in order to minimize automobile usage.  Yosemite, Zion, and Grand Canyon have already instituted shuttle bus services, with Yosemite boasting nine routes.  Nothing scares the Chambers of Commerce of "Gateway communities" around Yellowstone more than the idea of having to tell tourists they can't drive on the Park's extensive highway system.  But the green dream calls for car-free national parks.  [No snowmobiles, RVs, or motorcycles.]

Change Our Public Schools Need.  Democrats are fervent supporters of public education, and the party genuinely wants to help disadvantaged kids stuck in bad schools.  But it resists bold action.  It is immobilized.  Impotent.  The explanation lies in its longstanding alliance with the teachers' unions — which, with more than three million members, tons of money and legions of activists, are among the most powerful groups in American politics.  The Democrats benefit enormously from all this firepower, and they know what they need to do to keep it.  They need to stay inside the box.

The Unbearable Lightness of Barney.  One reason nobody takes Democrats seriously on matters of national security are statements like those of Representative Barney Frank (D-Mass.) to the effect that he wants to cut the Defense budget by a mind-numbing 25 percent in order to reduce the deficit and to pay for programs he and his Democratic colleagues hold near and dear to their hearts.

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For those of you who attended public schools and have never read the Constitution, let me clarify one point:  National defense is one of the few federal activities authorized by the Constitution.  Other authorized functions include delivering the mail, making coins, conducting a decennial census, and fighting piracy.  Such things as food stamps, homeless shelters, Social Security and even education are supposed to be left up to the states, or to the people, according to the U.S. Constitution, as amended.

Democide:  It will come as no news to readers of this site that liberal policies tend to fail.  But some of them fail catastrophically.  And when they do, they kill.  They kill in large numbers.  They have been killing for decades, and they will continue to kill for as long as we allow it. ... Liberals have turned their backs on the price of their gaudy little dreams.  They have walked away from their failures and their victims, all the while posing as the humane, the decent, the moral superior.  It's time for that mask to come off.

The Department of Peace: National Suicide or a Joke?  Congress soon may add a new bureaucracy to the Federal Government.  And this would not be another run-of-the-mill bureaucracy but a perilous threat to America's future.  Representative Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH) has proposed H.R. 808, the Department of Peace and Non-Violence Act.  The bill would establish a "Department of Peace and Non-Violence ... headed by a Secretary of Peace and Nonviolence appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate."

Why Obama's socialism matters.  Regardless of Obama's presumed good intentions, socialism always brings a society to a bad ending.  I don't want to believe that Americans who live in a free society that allows people to think what they will, do what they want, and succeed if they can, will willingly hand themselves over to the socialist ideology.  They must therefore be reminded, again and again and again, that socialism isn't just another political party; it's the death knell to freedom.

You Can't Spread the Wealth Around.  By now everybody has heard of Joe the plumber. It was Joe that Barack Obama told that it was government's job to "spread the wealth around" — Joe's wealth — in order to build the economy from the bottom up. ... The only problem is that economies don't really work that way.  Job creation and the real sources of wealth generation have never and will never come from government taking money from some people in order to give it to others.

Financial Affirmative Action:  After [the Community Reinvestment Act] came into effect, Saul Alinsky-inspired "community organizer" groups such as Greenlining, ACORN, and National Council of La Raza got into the shakedown business.  They preach the hateful class-warfare rhetoric of their fellow community organizers Jeremiah Wright, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Michael Pfleger.  They rage against capitalism and demand crushing taxes and aggressive wealth redistribution programs.  They demand more government spending on social programs, a higher minimum wage, and gun control.

Democrats Move Left On Abortion.  It seems as if the Democrats have accomplished the impossible:  They have moved to the left on abortion.  On the party's platform, the Democrats dropped the words "safe, legal and rare," the phrase used most famously by both Bill and Hillary Clinton to signal moderation on the issue.  The Democrats also added the modifier "unequivocally" to strengthen their support for abortion rights.

The Prophet Obama, Global Leader of Godless Leftism.  Obama believes in the god of Marx.  He believes, as well, that he is the great prophet of this secular religion.  People in less sophisticated areas of our nation may cling to the God of the Bible, but Obama, like other European Leftists, knows that Das Kapital is the only Holy Scripture which is eternally and immutably true.  Obama has studied the writings of fanatical monks like Saul Alinsky, and taken to heart their message of winning at all cost.

Investors' Real Fear: A Socialist Tsunami.  Right now it looks like the U.S., which built the mightiest, most prosperous economy the world has ever known, is about to turn its back on the free-enterprise system that made it all possible.  It isn't only that the most anti-capitalist politician ever nominated by a major party is favored to take the White House.  It's that he'll also have a filibuster-proof Congress led by politicians who are almost as liberal.

The Media's Vendetta Against Palin:  What liberals are after today are not the economic liberalism of the 1930s or civil rights of the 1960s.  They want a complete overhaul of American social values.  They want to redefine marriage, the military, the work place, religion — in other words, the nation's values.  The pro-life, pro-gun Palin, age 44, is the first conservative on the scene since Reagan who can threaten that agenda with a political counter-insurgency.  She must be stopped.

Fully invested in your misery.  Obama seems happier these days.  It is almost as if the disembodied spirit of his mentor, Saul Alinsky, is watching and smiling.  Americans are suffering.  Losses in the stock market, panic in the financial market, pain at the gas pump and in the grocery -- all these miseries of average Americans are a delicious narcotic to socialists like Barack Obama.  What was the historic maxim of the Left?  "The worse, the better."  Alinsky said that if there was an afterlife, "I will unreservedly choose to go to hell."  This is the man whose mind guides Obama's thoughts.

Let's See the Votes.  Here is information and a list of votes compiled by Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranging from 1995 to 2008, on off-shore drilling and drilling in ANWR.  Take a look and decide for yourself who is to blame for stopping drilling in the OCS and in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR).

New Jersey is a leading liberal state.  Paid family leave.  The abolition of the death penalty.  An apology for slavery.  Any way you look at it, New Jersey appears to be forging a new path for liberal public policy-making nationwide. … The Garden State is one of only a handful to recognize civil unions for gay couples.  The Legislature is debating universal health care, even in the midst of a debilitating fiscal crunch.

Obama and the 'L' Word:  Mr. Obama needs to inoculate himself against the claim that he's a liberal.  For the past quarter-century it has been consistently the most effective charge made by Republicans against Democrats.  America is a center-right country and in modern times has not elected a thoroughgoing liberal as president (Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton ran as moderate Democrats).  The problem is that, by any reasonable standard, Mr. Obama is an orthodox liberal.

Now, can we call them "socialists"?  Conservatives are suicidally polite.  We feel bound to act nice, and so we go along with whatever euphemism the Left chooses for itself.  On their side, Democrats loudly argue for truth in advertising for baldness cures — but not in the marketplace of political ideas, where telling the truth is a lot more important.  That is why the Left constantly seeks new PR labels to disguise itself.

Just Don't Call It Socialism.  In the survey of 856 adults taken Aug. 4-9, Obama supporters overwhelmingly backed an economic system that "emphasizes private property and free markets" — in other words, the capitalist model we have now. … Obama backers by 59% to 15% turned thumbs-down on a socialist system that "emphasizes government control or ownership of industries and the economy."  Yet, when also asked if they personally believe "the government should control or own key industries such as health care and energy," 40% of Obama supporters said yes and 31% said no.

Obama the Harvard Lawyer.  Americans generally frown upon lawyers (studies have shown only the media ranks below lawyers in consumer confidence).  The Obama ticket consists of not one, but two lawyers.  Senator Joe Biden graduated from Syracuse Law School, which almost expelled him for plagiarism.  In Congress, Senator Biden is also a known ally of trial lawyers, an important Democratic constituency.

Why Do We Call Them 'Democrats'?  We all knew it even though Democrat spokespersons denied it.  Worried that the negative connotations would affect their electability and their eyes glued to the capricious winds of public opinion, they invented new words for the old ideology such as progressivism and communitarianism.  Apparently, the camouflage is no longer needed.  The masks are off.  They now openly call for the nationalization of private business, the establishment of universal entitlements and increased taxation to pay for them.  Why worry about socialist labels?

The Sweet Illusion Of Socialism:  "The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism," said Norman Thomas, a U.S. Socialist Party presidential candidate in the 1940s.  "But under the name of 'liberalism,' they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day, America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened."

Sheep in Sheep's Clothing.  Similar to communism, socialism, fascism, and religious voodooism, liberalism is a political cancer designed to control you, not liberate you.  Liberalism is based upon the theory that government — and lots of it — knows better than you what is best for you.  Liberals believe you are too stupid to make wise decisions for yourself.

Democratic Party is growing more liberal.  The Democratic Party is growing more liberal for the first time in a generation.  It's more antiwar than at any time since 1972.  Support is growing for such traditionally liberal values as using the federal government to help the poor.  And 40 percent of Democrats now call themselves liberal, the highest in more than three decades and twice the low-water mark recorded as the conservative Reagan revolution swept the country in the early 1980s.

When...  When:  A liberal President joins forces with the liberal majority in Congress, your taxes will go up, capitalism and success will be increasingly assailed, wind-fall profits taxes will become doctrine, Jimmy Carter-like interest rates will be revisited, English will become an optional language, the unborn will be at greater risk, terrorists will be treated like criminals, the Patriot Act will be abolished, border security will be even more of an afterthought, the Supreme Court will be gerrymandered left, the 2nd Amendment will come under renewed attack, and political correctness will be the law of the land.

Democratic Platform Calls for Homosexuals in the Military.  The national platform approved at a Democratic Platform Committee meeting in Pittsburgh on Saturday [8/9/2008] includes language that calls for repealing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy implemented by Democratic President Bill Clinton and for allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the military.

Stop the War on Poor Families.  As Democratic Party delegates gather in Denver, America is repeatedly being told that we must transform our economy to "green" energy.  Our future is in wind and solar, liberal Democrats and environmental activists insist.  Oil, gas, coal and nuclear must go.  American citizens vigorously disagree.  They know fossil and nuclear fuels built this country and created health and living standards unprecedented in history.  Over two-thirds support increased drilling.

Pelosi's troubled alliance:  It is now clear that there are indeed three distinct parties corralled under the donkey symbol, including "fiscally conservative" Blue Dogs, traditional Democrats and extreme-leftist liberals, like [Cindy] Sheehan — who touts as her reason for running Mrs. Pelosi's failure to attempt an impeachment vote against President Bush.  There may actually be four if you consider the "Clintonites" wing that still refuses to support Barack Obama's Democratic nomination.

Obama's Naive Berlin Speech:  I have long believed that many liberals recognize evils only after the evil has been vanquished.  Today, Democrats like Obama in his speech, regularly revile Communism.  But from the late 1960s until the end of the Cold War they rarely judged Communism.  They judged anti-Communists.  Liberal Democrats routinely call Communism evil today, but when it was actually a threat, they reviled those who called Communism evil.

A Bleak Future.  Imagine an America where the government decides what profits are acceptable.  Imagine our country with the oil industry nationalized.  Impossible?  Not with Democrats in control of Washington. … Oil industry takeovers are disastrous.  Does [Rep. Maxine] Waters really want the U.S. to go the way of Venezuela, Iran, Bolivia or Mexico?  Those nations that have nationalized their domestic oil operations and have suffered economically because of it.

Windfall-Profit Nonsense:  Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama want to raise the price of oil, as well as most everything else, and lower the value of the pension and mutual funds that union members and retirees depend on.  Of course, they don't describe their plan that way.  Instead, they call for a windfall-profits tax on the oil companies.  But it's the same thing.  Taxing a "windfall" sounds appealing, but stock prices are based on expected profits.

Oil companies spend more on taxes than on oil supply development.  If I didn't know better, I would think the Democrats are really trying to lose this election.  First they offered up the cap and trade global warming bill in the Senate that was quickly withdrawn when they realized what a debacle they were creating for themselves.  Then this week they planned to use a windfall profits tax to vilify the oil companies and distract the public from their negligence and malfeasance for failing to enact laws and make policies to encourage the production and distribution of the life-blood of the nation — oil.

The Marxist tactic of Crisis revolution:  Sadly, this practice of creating a crisis in order to implement a solution has become a staple in today's Democratic Party. Although each individual Democrat may not hold Marxism/Leninism as his or her political and ideological paradigm, many Democrats in Congress hold to the resulting methodology and have adopted passing legislation as their method for revolution and their solution for every type of crisis known to man, be it healthcare, the environment, gun violence or energy problems. For the Democrats, every crisis is but a segue toward the passage of more and more legislation, furthering the revolution while enslaving the very people they claim to be liberating.

Deconstructing Obama:  Perhaps nowhere outside academia itself have the deconstructionists had more powerful sway than within the once-august body that calls itself the Democratic Party.  I have, myself, for years now refused to bestow the adjective, democratic, upon the Democrat Party.  It has been so thoroughly infiltrated since the early 70s by leftist deconstructionists that it has become a thoroughly undemocratic institution, giving heaps of advantage to everyone other than white males, and has thusly reduced itself to a committee dictatorially run by a rainbow proletariat.  The dictatorship of the minorities.  How democratic is that?

Paid sick leave bill latest assault on business.  Who are these San Francisco Democrats kidding?  There is a reason no state has adopted such a law:  It would place a vast burden on small businesses.  It's not just the cost of having to give one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked.  Paperwork bills alone would wipe out the profit margin for many employers with a handful of workers.

Farewell, New Democrats.  Listen closely to all those cheers for newly crowned nominee Barack Obama, and in the background you'll catch the notes of a funeral march.  Resting, if not in peace, are the New Democrats.  The Illinois senator's primary victory marked the end of many things, and one looks to be his party's 20-year experiment with ideological centrism.

From Breadbasket to Basket Case:  As the presidential campaign drones on, Barack Obama and the Democrats are fleshing out the promise of "change" with some specific, big-government policy proposals.  Many are familiar, perhaps because they already have been tried — in Argentina.  That country has gone from South American breadbasket to world-class basket case. … From nationalized health care and government-owned refineries to punishing taxes on the rich, Argentina has been there, done that.

Obama, Shaman.  Unlike the English Whigs and the American Founders, the modern liberal regards suffering not as an unavoidable element of life but as an aberration to be corrected by up-to-date political, economic, and hygienic arrangements.  Rather than acknowledge the limitations of our condition, the liberal continually contrives panaceas that will enable us to transcend it.  Barack Obama, in taking up the part of regenerative healer, is the latest panacea.

Constitutional Literacy at Risk.  Hillary Clinton has said that, "The genius of the Constitution is that it can expand as our hearts do."  Call it Thelma and Louise meet the Constitution.  Her rival for the nomination, who is currently much closer to it than she is, says, "The genius of our founders is that they created a system of government that can be changed."  This is a particularly interesting observation for the putative Democratic standard bearer who frequently reminds audiences of his background in constitutional law.

Obama's Weaknesses Off Limits to Hillary.  Poor Hillary.  She can't afford to attack Obama where he's vulnerable, but she can't afford not to.  Even if she does, it's likely it won't resonate with a leftist base made to order for Obama.  Worse yet, it's probably too late anyway.  The irony is that if Hillary had been willing to be who she really is — an antiwar leftist — she'd probably be in the driver's seat right now.  But her calculated and inconsistent shift to the center several years ago in anticipation of a general election created a gigantic Obama-shaped hole on the left.

Obama:  'Most liberal?'.  The NYT looks at the National Journal rating of Obama as the most liberal member of the Senate and the fallout it could cause.  "In many ways, the Obama campaign is challenging the fundamental political premise that has prevailed in Washington for more than a generation:  that any majority coalition must be carefully centrist, if not center-right.

The Swooner Crooner Election.  I think what we are watching in the Democratic primary is historic.  First, there has not been a candidate nominated for President more liberal than Barack Obama since George McGovern — not Carter, Mondale, Dukakis, Clinton, Gore, or Kerry.  This is unapologetic liberalism in the classic European-socialist sense, and for the first time in many years we will see its envisioned agendas without Clintonian trimming or apologetics — the flip side of the purist Goldwater in 1964.  Obama will put the best face on this ultra-liberalism and the voters can freely decide.  A real cut-and-dry choice.

The Imitators:  Part III.  Some of the people who are most adamant against outsourcing economic activity from the United States to other countries often seem to think we should outsource our foreign policy to "world opinion" or act only in conjunction "with our NATO allies."  Like so many things that are said when it comes to public policy, there is very little attention paid to the actual track record of "world opinion" or of "our NATO allies."  Often there is a blanket assumption that European countries are just so much more sophisticated than American "cowboys."

What Democrats believe:  As the coronation of "The One" draws near, it might be useful to summarize the most important things that Barack Obama and those who will be crowning him in Denver agree upon.

The Disgrace of Liberalism:  The Democrats' 1968 Chicago convention marked the end of classical liberalism.  Media coverage revealed American liberals as incapable of controlling their own constituency, much less directing a country. … Instead of joining the Whigs and Know-Nothings in historical oblivion, liberalism surrendered to its internal rebels, the Democratic Party's left wing, indistinguishable in beliefs and intent from any hardcore socialist party on the international scene.  In 1972, they ran one of their own, George McGovern who in 1948 had served as delegate for communist front-man Henry Wallace) for the presidency.

The End of a Free Republic.  [Scroll down]  Yet this is exactly what today's Democrats have chosen.  They have bought into the ideas of Marx, Lenin and Stalin, that the "greater communal good" of the working class (proletariat) trumps individual freedom and liberty.  Individuals have neither the right to fail or succeed.  As a result, the entire Democrat political platform is built upon the notion that "fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine" — in the name of a greater good, of course.

The Taxpayer Frog In the IRS Pot:  The Communist Party USA openly advocates to "defeat McCain and strengthen Democratic majorities in Congress" and to elect either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton in 2008.  The CPUSA itself says electing more Democrats helps the Communist cause.

The Materialist Faith of Communism, Socialism, and Liberalism:  Having rejected God and the religious heritage of our civilization, [liberals] embrace instead a new order of beliefs of which Communism and Socialism are logical expressions.  A new world order is what they seek, but in order that it can emerge, the existing culture must be completely destroyed.

Book review:
Godless:  The Church of Liberalism.  [Ann] Coulter calls Secular Liberalism ?our official state religion', and what she says about America applies equally to life in modern Britain.  She identifies how this ?state religion' has ?its own sacraments (abortion), its holy writ (Roe v Wade, the US court case which led to abortion on demand), its martyrs (usually … criminals who liberals want rehabilitated [but] never punished), its clergy (liberal-dominated schoolteacher unions), its churches (government run schools, where prayer is prohibited but condoms are free), its cosmology (in which mankind is an inconsequential accident) and its creation myth (Darwinism)'.  In short, a spectrum of God-opposing or God-less beliefs that make up an anti-God worldview.  [DOC file]

This is what's known as cradle-to-grave socialism.
John Edwards wants universal coverage from birth to death.  About 180 people crammed into the Maquoketa Middle School cafeteria to hear the candidate talk about a variety of issues, but Edwards' primary focus for the night was on health care. … Edwards said he will pay for his health care proposal by rolling back tax cuts.

Hillary Clinton:  I'm Not a Liberal.  Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton ran away from the "liberal" tag during Monday night's Democratic debate, claiming instead that she is a "progressive." … The liberal group Americans for Democratic Action gave Hillary a 95 percent "liberal quotient" last year, among the highest ratings in the Senate.

Two Left Feet:  When Ted Kennedy endorsed Barack Obama, he was symbolically passing the Kennedy torch.  But it was Ted's torch of liberalism, not the JFK torch of tax cuts and a fervent defense of freedom.  That the torch would be passed to Obama is fitting, for he's done something few thought possible — compile a record more liberal than Ted's.

Move On, Obama.  There's one little three-syllable word that has been left out of most of the Democratic primary coverage on the TV:  "liberal."  We're constantly told by anchors and reporters how the Republican contenders are fighting over the "conservative" vote and who's more "conservative," and that's true.  But exactly the same fight is taking place on the left side, with the Clintons trying to suggest Barack Obama's not sufficiently liberal….

'Hope' and 'change' a gimmick.  If we just look beyond the attractive Obama package and ourselves for a moment, we might remember that the election is about actual issues.  What are we hoping for?  What is the "change" that the pro-Obama Kennedys are so excited about?  The fresh, young face of Obama represents change, yes.  But he also represents something very familiar:  liberalism.  Government as a permanent, inefficient, out-of-control crutch.

Semantics Lesson:  On the Meaning of 'Moderate' and 'Bipartisan'.  Within the electorate, "conservative" is regarded broadly as an acceptable word, or label.  "Liberal" (or, horrors, "leftist") is not.  Polls suggest that regarding the labels "conservative" and "liberal," about twice the number of Americans describe themselves as "conservative."  Because these days "liberal" carries many negative connotations, those of that ilk have appropriated to their self-descriptive use such words as "moderate," "centrist" and "mainstream" — even "independent."  Practically everybody loves a moderate.

US state wants to tax TVs, video games to fight fat, fund education.  A Democratic lawmaker in New Mexico wants to tax televisions and video games to raise funds to fight childhood obesity and improve education in the state, officials said Friday [1/25/2008]. … "Leave No Child Inside" — a play on the federal education initiative "No Child Left Behind" — is backed by grassroots environmental group, the Sierra Club.

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All the major ingredients of liberal utopia come together in this one news item — a Democratic politician, the Sierra Club, a new tax, the food police, and "it's for the children."

New Mexico tax would target TVs, video games.  Dave Gilligan remembers being pushed outside to play baseball and other sports, but feeling it just wasn't for him.  So the 24-year-old business owner is skeptical about a proposal to nudge kids off the couch and out the door by taxing televisions and video games sold in New Mexico.  The idea could backfire, he says.

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Kids don't pay taxes.  What do they care if there is an additional tax on video games?

Clinton:  $5,000 for Every U.S. Baby.  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday [9/28/2007] that every child born in the United States should get a $5,000 "baby bond" from the government to help pay for future costs of college or buying a home.  Clinton, her party's front-runner in the 2008 race, made the suggestion during a forum hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus.

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Not only is this a brazen attempt to buy votes with someone else's money, it is a classic example of liberal utopian politics, where politicians promise to provide everything to everybody at no cost.

What Kind of Person Calls Himself 'Progressive'?  The word Progressive first became popular in the late 19th century, but has now been adopted as a popular synonym for "socialism."  Americans tend not to like socialism, associating it with the Soviet Union and other bad characters.  But "Progressivism" sounds fine.  So it is a euphemism for something people fear; a cover-up label.  The odd thing, of course, is that real progress in the world is almost never achieved by self-proclaimed "Progressives."  They generally make things worse rather than better.

Liberals Are Now Progressives (Again).  The danger of the progressive-liberal beliefs in a living constitution and the idea that they know better than the rest of us is that the distinction between forced sterilization and universal healthcare rests solely on the degree of government coercion used to achieve the end and the wishes of five justices to see it happen.

RNC Chairman:  Hillary Clinton more liberal than Bill.  U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's politics are quite different from those of her husband, former President Bill Clinton, the chairman of the Republican National Committee says.  "People who think that Hillary Clinton is Bill Clinton are totally wrong," RNC chairman Mike Duncan told The Associated Press in an interview.  "They're mistaken because Hillary Clinton is far more liberal and calculating than Bill Clinton.  Look at the votes she cast."

Are American Democrats De Facto Socialists?  It would do us well to reexamine the teachings of Antonio Gramsci who was a founding member and onetime leader of the Communist Party of Italy.  He, and the early Socialists, believed that the only way to conquer the philosophy of a country like America was not to battle in the streets, but to infiltrate our schools, universities, institutions and churches with strong, left-leaning rhetoric and indoctrination.  Do this and America as we know and love it, eventually, would fall.

Hillary Clinton:  In order to fund her current universal-health-care proposal, whose costs she almost certainly low-balls at $110 billion per year, she would roll back the Bush tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 a year.  She would retain the tax cuts for those earning less than $250,000.  Claiming that the Republican Medicare drug plan, which has created a 75-year, present-value unfunded liability exceeding $8 trillion, was too cheap, Mrs. Clinton supported Democratic alternatives, which were about twice as expensive.

The Birth of the Administrative State:  As a practical matter, the modern state comes out of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, which launched a large bureaucracy and empowered it with broad governing authority.  Also, as a practical matter, the agencies comprising the bureaucracy reside within the executive branch of our national government, but their powers transcend the traditional boundaries of executive power to include both legislative and judicial functions, and these powers are often exercised in a manner that is largely independent of presidential control and altogether independent of political control.

Exposing How Liberals Misread the Bible.  Essentially, they want religious people to care less about abortion, homosexuality and gay marriage and more about poverty, war and the environment.  That is, they want people to support pacifism, environmentalism and socialism — or in terms of specific policies, they want higher taxes to grow a larger welfare state, immediate withdrawal from Iraq and everybody to pay a pollution tax in the form of carbon offsets.  Or, to be even more clear, they just want voters to put Hillary in the White House.

Populist pap:  The word "liberal" lost its appeal after being strangely transformed from describing an advocate of limited government into meaning an advocate of nearly unlimited government.  Collectivists have experimented with alternative euphemisms for their fundamental goal — which is to grant politicians and lawyers the power to run everything and boss everyone. … Early efforts with "economic planning" and "social democracy" (a twist on democratic socialism) were too obvious.  Most recent re-labeling efforts have focused on defining big government as "progressive."  Yet that never really caught on, either.

Why the Democrats are losers:  What a pathetic group of losers those Democrat leaders are.  Complain, complain, complain is all we ever hear from them, but we see very little action.  Although part of America may have spoken in the last election by giving them a slight advantage in Congress, what exactly have they done with that advantage?

A Party Bought And Paid For.  MoveOn's ad disgusted average Americans across the country.  Even the Democrat-dominated Senate couldn't halt a vote to condemn it.  A quarter of the Senate, however, did refuse to condemn the attacks, and curiously, that included all Senate Democrats who seek to become the military's next commander in chief.

Right-wingers really are nicer people, latest research shows.  There is plenty of data that shows that Right-wingers are happier, more generous to charities, less likely to commit suicide — and even hug their children more than those on the Left.  In my experience, they are also more honest, friendly and well-adjusted.  Much of this springs from the destructive influence of modern liberal ideas.

Let's Talk.  Long term victory for conservative ideas means changing the culture.  The Democrats will get back into power sooner or later.  We want an America in which Democrats no longer want to create huge once-size-fits-all government programs that create widespread dependency on the government.  We want an America where no liberal would think of proposing a nominee like Ruth Bader Ginsburg for the United States Supreme Court.

Guns And Butter:  A Primer.  Speaker Pelosi says that for the cost of 41 days in Iraq, 10 million children can receive health insurance for a year.  The Constitution says a lot about national defense.  It says nothing about insurance.  Cut-and run Democrats argue that it's an either/or proposition.

Congressional one-trick ponies.  On taxes especially, Democrats have proven to be one-trick ponies; rather than pursuing real spending reform, they've singled-out tax increases as a "silver bullet" solution to any and every problem facing our nation.  This not only demonstrates an appalling unwillingness to make tough decisions when it comes to the federal budget, and runaway entitlement spending in particular.

The NEA lists its goals and the Democratic Party agrees.  Some critics complain that the issue of education has been conspicuously absent from presidential television debates.  But Democratic presidential candidates did sound off with their pro-federal government, pro-spending policies at the annual convention of the National Education Association, and the nation's largest teachers union liked what they heard.

Did someone mention the Teachers' unions?

The Democrats revive liberalism.  We must understand why welfare reform worked.  It trashed the great lie that government planning and programs can solve human problems.  And it brought clearly to light the truth that when personal responsibility is restored, and life's realities are brought back into focus, people, all people, know what to do and become productive and creative.  Liberals could not imagine that the lives of the poor could improve by getting rid of government and they couldn't have been more wrong.

Left hijacked Democrat party.  It appears the Democratic Party has been hijacked by the desperate left — moveon.org, dailykos.net and other felonious fringe factions of the party.  Furthermore, the party hierarchy is riding shotgun and seems to be enjoying it immensely.  These mega-moneyed moguls have pressured the Democrats into abandoning the parameters of decency and honesty.  They tacitly put their "I approve this message" stamp on the radical ideas of the ultraleft who are now defining the issues of the party.

The 13 Steps of Liberals Anonymous.  [Liberals apparently believe] capitalism is evil; Che was a hero; anthropomorphic global warming is factual and more dangerous than Iran; Al Gore won in Florida; Israel is the "cause" of the Palestinians' problems; the world owes you something; illegal immigration isn't a problem; Islam is a religion of peace, love, and tranquility; all opinions are of equal value; "Hollywood" is real; pro-abortion proponents occupy the moral high ground; there is a dime's worth of difference between Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama;….

Anchors Away.  The [Democrat Party] Platform Committee just concluded a heated but respectful debate over an amendment to add language to the platform in support of a law denying citizenship to so-called anchor babies (babies born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants).  The amendment failed.  The amendment was offered by Kendal Unruh of Colorado.

A challenge for liberals:  Liberals, Democrats, and those who vote for Democrats, and those who promote rewriting history to obliterate America's Judeo-Christian heritage from public schools, "higher" education, and the very fabric of society, instead promote a new American way of life based upon an unnatural family structure that violates "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God."

The debate shifts to the left.  The 110th Congress convened under new management last week, and in the House of Representatives, Democrats got ready to plow through an ambitious pile of legislation.  Among the items on their punch list:  increasing the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour, expanding publicly funded embryonic stem cell research, cutting the interest rate on student loans, and imposing price controls on Medicare prescription drugs.

Tort Tribute:  How Democrats repay the plaintiffs bar.  Democrats devoted their first months in the majority to paying back unions for their electoral support.  Now it's time for the other huge campaign bankrollers.  And don't think the trial bar, beat down by years of GOP tort reform, isn't expecting to feel the love.  Since 1994, law firms and lawyers have thrown a half-billion dollars at getting lawsuit-friendly Democrats back in the majority.

The Vast Left-Wing Establishment:  Today more than a thousand Kossacks — adherents of the left-wing website DailyKos — are gathering for their annual convention in Chicago. … The turnout in Chicago shows that the Kossacks and colleagues from other activist websites have taken their place as the newest wing of the establishment in Democratic-party politics.

Questioning Ted Kennedy's Patriotism:  Over the years, Ted Kennedy has impugned the integrity of our military in time of war; promoted homosexual special rights; championed a radical policy of abortion on demand; attempted to strip the American public of the right to keep and bear arms; worked to cripple small businesses; and done everything in his power to erase the borders of his own country. … Kennedy has been one of the most vocal advocates of same-sex marriage and partial birth abortion over the years.  Anyone who needs further explanation of the wrong-headedness of these two positions cannot be reasoned with.

The Democrats Go Fishing.  Last week, Democratic strategy for the rest of the Bush presidency was rendered transparent:  the Dems intend to impeach George W. Bush by whatever means necessary.  The Democrats need to impeach Bush.  It's not optional — it's something they have to do.  Not simply because of who Bush is or anything he may have done, but as an act of vengeance for Bill Clinton.

The Democrats' irresponsible plan to end war:  This town has always been full of bad ideas, but none worse than congressional Democrats' determination to impose a firm date for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.  Even if there were enough votes in both houses to override a presidential veto of the funding bill in which this nonsense is included — and there aren't — such a mandate is ridiculously irresponsible.

Beautiful People's way -- or the highway.  Brookline is, of course, the ultimate people's republic. ... Incandescent light bulbs have been banned from Town Hall.  See-through municipal trash bags, so the Trash Police can bust anyone who's committing the very serious crime of trying to throw away an aluminum can. ... Roads get icy in winter because no salt is used on roads, in order to protect the "aquifer."  The dump is called the "transfer station."

At its winter meeting, the Democratic National Committee was led in prayer by Imam Husham Al-Husainy of the Dearborn, Mich. Karbalaa Islamic Education Center.  The Imam asked Allah to:  "So guide us to the right path. The path of the people you bless, not the path of the people you doom."  According to the Koran, Islam is "the path of the people you bless," while other religions are the "path of the people you doom."  The dumb Democrats didn't realize they were praying for their own conversion.  And, if they did, would it have mattered? *

The Essence of Liberalism:  Embracing Life's Losers.  The rhetoric of today's left shows that they see society divided between the privileged and the powerless, the favored and the unfortunate, victors and victims.  Liberals feel an irresistible instinct to take sides with the less fortunate.  While the right wants to reward beneficial choices and discourage destructive directions, the left seeks to eliminate or reduce the impact of the disadvantages that result from bad decisions.


The poisonous fruits of liberalism:

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A look at Pelosi's voting record.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi would bring to the office a level of left-wing liberalism that will be unprecedented. … Until she received a 95 percent liberal rating in 2005 from the Americans for Democratic Action (the nation's pre-eminent liberal organization), Mrs. Pelosi had racked up five consecutive years (2000-04) of 100 percent ratings.  Her lifetime ADA rating is 96 percent.  Last year, the American Conservative Union gave her a zero rating.

Senate Vote Reveals Who's in Bed With MoveOn.org.  The MoveOn.org Party was at it again, flexing its muscle in the U.S. Senate.  The issue was a completely symbolic sense of the Senate vote supporting Gen. David Petraeus.  It didn't mention the MoveOn.org attack ad against Petraeus but the resolution didn't have to.  Everybody knew what it was about.

Democrat-Sponsored Bills Tell a Liberal Story.  Various amendments to the Constitution, recently proposed by Democrats, would create a constitutional right to equal public education, a constitutional right to equal health care, a constitutional right to housing, and a constitutional right to full employment.

Power struggle:  The past as prologue if the Democrats win.  Voters seemingly poised to hand control of the House of Representatives and perhaps the Senate to Democrats should be thinking hard about the consequences on an array of defining issues.  The most reliable guide to those consequences is not what Democrats are saying on the campaign stump — or mostly not saying, witness the suddenly missing Nancy Pelosi — but how they have actually voted in Congress again and again on core issues.

The Trouble with Democrats.  The Democrats have become, more and more, largely a coalition of minorities, each with its own special agenda.  The first of these was the African-Americans, who regularly cast about 90 percent of their votes for the Democrats.  Also early on the scene was a large, disaffected segment of the intelligentsia, dominant in the universities and angry at the failure of the country to recognize its superiority and its right to rule.  Then came the ultra-feminists, the abortion supporters, the gay lobby, the environmental extremists and a newly vocal pack of secularists, openly hostile to religion and furious at the alleged efforts of the "religious right" to impose a "theocracy" on society.  These are the groups that dominate the national Democratic Party today.

Fool's Goldwater:  Of course, when liberals say government should stay out of our hair, they mean Uncle Sam should offer an open bar on abortions and gay-marriage licenses.  Beyond that, everything's fair game.  How else to explain the fact that Ms. Goldwater interviews … people who support nationalized health care, smoking bans, gun control, hate-crime laws, and other libertarian wolfsbane — to testify about Goldwater's libertarian enlightenment.

Fifty Years of Fidel.  Castro never stopped hating America:  He just transferred his nominal allegiances when the Axis lost.  This made him the perfect hero to the Far Left.  There is no real "ideology" to the Left.  It is simply a vast, noxious stew of hatreds.  The meat of this hatred is hatred of America, individual liberty that works.  We are honored by the enemies we make, like Fidel Castro, the man who ruined Cuba.

The Cult of Soros:  Has the Democratic Party become a cult?  And is leftwing billionaire George Soros its guru?  The chorus of hosannas with which leftwing bloggers now greet Mr. Soros' silliest utterances — and the faithfulness with which Democratic leaders repeat them — suggests that the answer to both questions is yes.

The Religious Quest of George Soros:  Tivadar Schwartz, George Soros' father, rejected his own Judaism in youth, but found another "religion" at some point in the First World War.  During his years as a Russian POW, Tivadar became enthralled with the obscure, synthetic language, Esperanto. … Esperanto was devised by a Jewish physician in Warsaw during the 1880's.  But it wasn't (and still isn't) just a made-up language; it served as the embodiment of a cult formed around the ideas of "internationalism, anti-sectarianism and cosmopolitanism," in the words of Soros biographer Michael Kaufman.  Esperantists believe that a new world order of harmony and cooperation will be ushered in through the adoption of their made-up, one-world language.

The Democratic Secular Socialist Revolution:  Secular socialists like Lenin and Marx failed to force socialism upon the west.  But plan B, the slow drip of misinformation that would one day cause average American voters to vote themselves into tyranny, is almost complete.  They are five lies from victory and today's Democratic Party is working around the clock to gain general acceptance of all five.

Historical tidbits:  Karl Marx is the hero of some labor union leaders and civil rights organizations, including those who organized the recent protest against proposed immigration legislation.  It's easy to be a Marxist if you haven't read his writings.  Most people agree that Marx's predictions about capitalism turned out to be dead wrong.  What most people don't know is that Marx was an out and out racist and anti-Semite.

All Evil is on the Left.  Nazis, Bolsheviks, American "progressives," and Fascists have all held the same positions.  They have suspicion or contempt for Jews, Christians and the Judeo-Christian moral traditions. … They seek violence and propaganda (violence against truth) as the primary instruments of their power.

The Constitution, Nazis, and the Corpse Man:  [Scroll down]  To understand the roots of Nazism is simplicity itself.  NAZI is an acronym (in German) for Adolph Hitler's political party, the "National Socialist German Workers Party."  Take out the words "National," and "German," and you're left with the "Socialist Workers Party."  The "Socialist Workers Party."  Hello?  That is unequivocally NOT a conservative outfit, folks — that's as Far Left as you can get.

A Liberal's Definition of Liberalism:  Liberalism has become synonymous with any action or doctrine that tends to destroy existing standards of morality and decency. … New Deal liberalism transformed the media, by default, into the the creator and shaper of public morality.  Whatever "wrong" the media chooses to publicize and whatever "remedy" it chooses to support tends to become public opinion.

The Loony Liberal Chronicles:  Chapter 1.  Instead of addressing hard problems with real solutions, today's Liberals spew forth a stream of self-serving, high-minded platitudes and slogans designed to make them appear loving, caring, generous (with other people's money), and above all enlightened.  It's better to be seen as Progressive in the face of a failed policy than support a program that actually works, but diverges from Liberal orthodoxy.

No Terrorism To See Here.  Critics of President Bush's conduct in the War on Terror get testy when they are accused of not taking the threat of terrorism seriously, but with increasing prominence, they are making their true feelings known.  Quite simply, they don't think terrorism is a big deal.

The Sky Is Not Falling.  It's fun to say that the Democrats offer us no solutions on any of the major domestic or foreign policy issues.  The fact is, they have plenty of solutions, and their solutions are exactly what you should expect from liberals — more government control over your wallet and your life, a less secure America that does not want to offend Islamic terrorists and a permanent erosion of our individual freedoms and liberties.

Witch Hunter in Chief.  Other than reducing entire forests to pulp for the paper to print his reports, the American people, in whose name all this is being done, have precious little to show for his tireless work.  Notwithstanding [Rep. Henry] Waxman's billing as a legislator who loves to "write laws, and he has been extraordinarily good at it," only three of the 95 bills he has sponsored in the past decade have been enacted.

A Dialogue with a Liberal.  Job training and welfare are demonstrable failures.  I think that treating a national community like a family is a grave intellectual error.  A national unit is an institution that creates a legal framework for a large group of strangers to interact.  A family is a small group that interacts on the basis of personal bonds.  Strengthening government serves to weaken families and other vital civic institutions.

Issue Assessment:  The Democratic National Convention.  Some specific points from an analysis of the speeches at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.  [PDF]

Don't experiment with 'none of the above' Democrats.  Do we really want Congressman Alcee L. Hastings, who was impeached as a federal judge and removed from the bench due to charges of accepting bribes, put in charge of a committee handling top secret national intelligence?  Do we really want far-left Congressman Dennis Kucinich to be chairman of the subcommittee on national security? … Do we really want Detroit Congressman John Conyers to become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee...?

The Platform Democrats Don't Want You to See.  There's a reason the Kerry Democrats are the political equivalent of a general anesthetic.  They can't risk leveling with us.  If they told the electorate what they really want, voters would run screaming into the night.

Which party supports your values?  Compare the basic principles and values of the two major political parties and decide for yourself.

Are Americans stupid?  How can 59,054,087 people be so dumb?"  That was the headline in the British tabloid Daily Mirror announcing the reelection of President Bush.  American liberals are asking the same question, concluding that the 51 percent of the public that voted against their man is just not smart enough to appreciate the liberal agenda.

The Welfare Debate We're Not Having:  It turns out — apparently to the surprise of many on the left — that working for a living is better than subsisting as a parasite on government handouts.

What transition costs?  The Democratic Party establishment is appalled at the thought of private Social Security accounts turning ordinary Americans into owners of stocks and bonds and, therefore, potential Republicans.  The argument by Democrats that private accounts are too risky fails the test of history.  Nobody can find a 20-year period in America when investments have not gained.

Bankrupt:  Why the Democrats are the party of moral and intellectual bankruptcy.  Sean Hannity says, "Don't ever, ever be tempted to vote for a liberal, even as a protest vote.  David Limbaugh shows you why, in the most devastating critique I've ever seen of just how intellectually and morally bankrupt the Democratic Party has become."

Kerry's scarlet letter:  It seems like a lifetime since July 1991 when Sen. Kerry declared:  "I'm a liberal, and proud of it."  Thirteen years later, the L-word is forbidden language for Kerry.  He is attempting what only Bill Clinton among recent Democratic candidates has accomplished:  covering left-of-center policies with a facade of moderation.  Kerry, less skilled than Clinton as a political dancer, is burdened with a 30-year record of nearly unbroken liberal votes.

It's The L Word, Stupid.  Kerry is the most liberal Senator, against tough competition, the proof of which is that he has a 92% lifetime rating by the Americans for Democratic Action.  Remember, these are the liberals who give the ratings; they think it's a good thing.  They've been rating all members of Congress for more than half a century.  Which leads to the second measure of Kerry's extreme liberalism:  he's the most liberal candidate the Democrats have ever run, with a higher lifetime ADA rating than Al Gore, Walter Mondale or George McGovern (Since Carter, Dukakis and Clinton never served in Congress, they don't have ratings.)

I survived the Democratic National Convention.  For four days, the Democratic Party put on its quadrennial scare-old-people-and-minorities party.  Democrats, of course, rely on the 90-plus percent monolithic black vote.  Thus, a black "non-liberal" poses a direct threat to the party's national prospects.

The vision thing:  Kerry and Edwards are both liberal … in a political sense, which today manifests itself in reactionary policies, such as wealth redistribution, anti-entrepreneur laws and regulations, protectionism and refusing to fundamentally reform Social Security for the 21st century, which is imperative.


    "Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy."

— Winston Churchill, 1948.      


Where Do the Candidates Stand on Abortion?  President George W. Bush promoted and signed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act into law.  Senator John Kerry voted against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act every chance he got — six times.  Dick Cheney has taken a strong pro-life position.  During his 10 years in Congress, he compiled a 100% pro-life voting record.  He opposes partial-birth abortion and he voted against tax funding of abortion.  John Edwards, in his six years in the Senate, has compiled a 0% pro-life voting record.  He voted to keep partial-birth abortions legal and he supports tax funding of abortion.

Top 10 Democrat Sex Scandals in Congress:  [For example, #8] Rep. Barney Frank. The outspoken Massachusetts Democrat hired a male prostitute who ran a prostitution service from Frank's residence in the 1980s.  Only two Democrats in the House of Representatives voted to censure him in 1990.

An Enigmatic Kerry-Edwards Energy Plan.  The eight-page Kerry-Edwards energy plan reads more like a new age feel good tome than a policy program.  Its specific proposals are either self-contradictory or depend on passing unusual legislation that would repeal the laws of economics, chemistry and thermodynamics.

A Vote For John Kerry Is Like A Vote For Ted Kennedy.  One of the first names that comes to mind, perhaps the first name that comes to mind, when you talk about liberals in the United State Senate, is Teddy Kennedy.  And largely because of that liberalism — although leaving Mary Jo Kopechne to die certainly doesn't help — Ted Kennedy would be defeated as badly as Michael Dukakis and Walter Mondale if he were running for President this year.

The Kerry-Edwards Postal Plan Won't Deliver.  In an effort to win the support of America's Postal workers, John Edwards recently announced that if elected, he would "never privatize the U.S. Postal Service."  He further declared that he and John Kerry would defend the current "no-layoff status" of America's Postal employees.  Although the Kerry-Edwards stance may score points with the Postal Service's entrenched unions, it completely ignores the reality of USPS ledgers.  Any serious assessment of the organization's finances shows that it is in desperate need of an overhaul.

Kerry, candidate of the left.  [At the Democratic convention, Senator Hillary Clinton] made clear what she and John Kerry are about by defining the solution to our problems in education as putting more money into the government public school monopoly and opposing vouchers and other attempts to give parents options in finding the best education alternatives for their children.  One has to wonder if Senator Clinton has ever taken note that the inexorable rise in postal rates inevitably means that we simply pay more and more for the same mediocre product.  Monopolies exist to defend the status quo, not to find ways to improve.

Kerry's liberalism prospers in his positions, his votes and the company he keeps.  Ever since he rose to the top of the pile of Democratic contenders for his party's presidential nomination, John Kerry has sought to "introduce" himself to the American electorate — to flesh out his political profile, to present as a dedicated, balanced, evenhanded centrist floating along in the political mainstream.  Evidently it didn't work.

Dead Catsup Bounce.  Omitted from mention in the platform itself were Democratic staples such as partial-birth abortion, gay marriage, capital punishment and the Kyoto Treaty.  Such is the desperation to beat Bush that even hardcore lefties coalesced around this vision of the one (or is it two?) Americas so embraced by their ticket.  This may explain the confusion that seems to be reflected in the poor poll numbers so far.  Voters don't seem to recognize this new flag-waving version of the party and the time to re-re-introduce their candidate is running out.

The strange disappearance of the "L" word:  When did Democrats stop calling themselves "liberal"?  Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., when asked whether he considered himself a liberal, treated the questioner as if she belonged to the House Committee on Un-American Activities during the McCarthy years.

Unappeasable money hunger:  Liberalism is a movement without definable goals.  Drifting ever leftward, it moves toward distant mirages forever vanishing and reappearing on a horizon that is never reached.  Nowhere is this clearer than in the liberal media's incessant push for revenue increases from those already paying the overwhelming majority of federal taxes.

Detroit:  The City That Liberalism Ruined.  Detroit suffers from every possible malady except a plague of locusts, and that's only because they find urban living uncongenial.  The city has a revitalized downtown, but all around it, the city rots.  Forbes magazine declared Detroit "America's Most Miserable City," on the basis of its unemployment and crime rates, among other things.  The unemployment rate of 8.2 percent is the highest of any major urban area in the nation, and its homicide rate is higher than New York's in the bad old days of the early 1990s.  The city has lost 1 million residents since 1950.

Why artists hate conservatives:  Starving artist is not a misnomer or stereotype. … Artists are generally very liberal because they can't afford decent housing, private education for their children, medical expenses, or retirement funds.  They tend not to be religious anymore, so they can't ask such communities for help, so they turn to government.  They generally do not receive the approval of their fathers if their dads are traditionally masculine types, and receiving the approval of dads who are wimpy is not that much better.  In both cases they feel marginalized and inadequate.  Anger at the father leads to atheism, rebelliousness, and animosity to tradition.

Communism Morphed to Socialism and Still Targets America.  It is time to look again at some of the communist goals:
  •   Capture one or both of the political parties in the US.
  •   Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions, by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
  •   Infiltrate the press.
  •   Gain control of key positions in radio, TV and motion pictures.
  •   Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion.
  •   Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in schools on the grounds that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."
  •   Discredit the American founding fathers.
  •   Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage teaching of American history.

Socialism makes people worse.  Enough generations of socialist policies have now passed for us to judge their effects.  They are bleak.  Socialism undermines the character of a nation and of its citizens.

Democrats promise cheaper drugs and a higher minimum wage.  If they retake control of Congress, Democrats will act quickly to increase the minimum wage, lower prescription drug costs and slash interest rates on student loans, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Saturday [6/17/2006].

Idiot Compassion:  It's time we revealed this sham pretension of compassion for what it is:  a reckless disregard for reason and judgment, disguised in the touchy-feely cover of political correctness.

Liberal goal for America:  Gutless socialism.  The United States of America is drifting away from capitalism and its free-market foundations toward a gutless brand of socialism.  Yet unlike the tyrannical dictators who ruled communist nations in the 20th Century, congressional liberals lack the guts to tell the public their true intentions.  Those intentions are motivated by the Marxist philosophy of "From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs."

Riots in the welfare state.  France is a welfare state.  The government controls the economy.  Unions rule.  Bureaucracies fight market forces so as to benefit factory workers, farmers, and civil servants.  Wages are high, vacations are long, and benefits are generous.  That means French businesses cannot afford to hire people who need jobs.

She's serious!
Should Democratic Party merge with Communist Party?  If you belong to the Democratic Party, I urge you to take the time to study the platform of your party and compare them to the goals of the communists.  They are one and the same, although this will bring shrieks from the likes of Marxist Hillary Clinton, it is the raw truth.

The left hates inequality, not evil.  How else can one explain the Left's enchantment with Fidel Castro, the totalitarian ruler of Cuba?  Clearly his evil is of little consequence.  What matters to people on the Left is that there is free health care and almost universal literacy in Cuba.  Whereas non-leftists believe that it is far better to be illiterate but free, leftists believe that it is better to be a literate slave.

Moveon.org Embraces Nazi Defender.  If moveon.org had done its homework — and who are we kidding; of course it did — the George Soros-backed organization would have known that it was embracing a most repugnant "progressive" group.

Ignoring economics:  Part III.  Liberals especially tend to think up all sorts of good things we want — a "living wage," "affordable housing," "universal health care," and an ever-expanding wish-list of things everyone should receive as "rights" — with little or no awareness of the economic repercussions of turning that wish list into laws.

No Leniency For Leftist Hatemongers.  As the event approached, many leftists complained of the timing because it was scheduled on a day to "celebrate" Cesar Chavez.  A city commissioner, faculty members, and others all expressed their outrage that the conservatives would dare schedule a counter program to their events.  This is a typical tactic of campus leftists.  They always create an excuse in an attempt to cancel an event or silence ideas they dislike.  They purport our events' promotional materials to be "offensive" or that the event is held on the wrong date.  These complaints only underscore the Left's insecurities.

Liberals Are Always Wrong.  Liberals don't know what makes capitalism work.  It isn't income redistribution or higher taxes on "the rich."  It isn't rewarding people for their stupidity or laziness.  It isn't more regulation or more government.  There isn't a fixed size pie of wealth that must be carved up and distributed. What makes capitalism flourish is less government and lower taxes.

Mass. exodus:  This is a state in which a tax cut can be decisively approved by the voters yet never go into effect.  In which grocers can be prosecuted for pricing milk too low.  In which archaic blue laws decree when shops may and may not open for business.  In which local officials have been known to heatedly object to opening town meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance.  In which a $2 billion Big Dig ends up costing $14 billion.  In which Ted Kennedy keeps getting reelected.  Is it really any wonder so many people are fleeing Massachusetts?  Maybe the real mystery is why so many of us stay.

Oh, Canada.  If you want to see what an advanced state of moral relativism looks like, if you want to know where knee-jerk political correctness leads, if you want to get an idea of how the mental illness known as "progressive thought" can spread through an entire country, if you want to know where we're headed, look north.

Control of the Future Through Control of the Schools:  Humanists know that the future of our country rests with our children.  Therefore, in order to control the future of our country, they must control the minds of our children.  And the easiest way to control our children is to control the schools.  Radical left-wing writers … incessantly rail against parental "interference" in schools, because, as they openly acknowledge, "The Left can't survive politically without a public school system to spread leftist attitudes."

The Tyranny of Liberalism:  The development of liberalism has reversed its original principles.  Rather than let society control the state, a more ambitious liberalism now makes the state control society.  In spite of claims of neutrality, liberalism establishes an enforceable official morality that supports a definite way of life.  The rational way beyond liberalism is to discuss the questions it avoids and cannot answer.  Intellectually, liberalism cannot survive their free discussion.

Senator Kennedy speaking "clearly":  On the economy, Kerry complained about the deficits, but his domestic agenda would have added billions upon billions of spending increases.  Likewise, Kennedy, on domestic issues, offers the same fantasy panacea across the board.  Read his speech.  From health care, to poverty, to education, we are not spending enough federal money.

A taxing experience:  When liberals in the media or in politics start being alarmed about the national debt, it means just one thing:  They want higher taxes.  The thought of reducing spending would never cross their minds.

Disastrous utopia:  Socialism is a wonderful idea.  It is only as a reality that it has been disastrous.  Among people of every race, color, and creed, all around the world, socialism has led to hunger in countries that used to have surplus food to export.

Collectives, Communities, and The Individual:  During the nineteenth century socialism was but a theory to be debated; during the twentieth century, however, socialism became a reality to be observed.  The bare bones of theory took on flesh, countless variants of the socialist state being established.  The result was unambiguous.  Without exception, the attempt to coordinate the productive activities of men and women by the edicts of central planners proved disastrous.  Dreams of increased abundance were shattered against the reality of experienced destitution.  Today socialist theorists have begun openly to suggest that failure in practice is indicative of a drastic error in theory.

Asleep at the wheel.  In spite of what you hear from your government school teacher, your leftist college professor, or that smiling talking head on television, we are not a democracy.  Never were.  Weren't supposed to be.  You won't find the word "democracy" in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States or in any constitution of any of the 50 States.  There's a reason for that.  Our founding fathers hated the idea of democracy.  They knew that a government of majority rule would dissolve into a tyranny of plunder and chaos.



Liberals believe that the availability of guns causes violent crime.
Conservatives believe that violent crime reflects a lack of values.

Liberals believe that society is responsible for protecting people.
Conservatives believe that a man is responsible for protecting his own family.

Liberals believe that government should be more powerful than the citizens.
Conservatives believe that the citizens should be more powerful than the government.*



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