Friday, January 13, 2017

“America Will Miss Barack Obama's Decency”


The rose-colored glasses of Ezra Klein

No doubt we’ll all be filled with glee when we can finally stop talking about Barack Obama, but unfortunately that time hasn’t quite come.  In the waning days of the Obama presidency, with his so-called signature “achievements” ostensibly slated to be undone to the best ability of the next administration, those on the Left are busy misremembering things as only liberals can do, as in this charming piece by liberal columnist, Ezra Klein:


Obama's "decency?"  Isn't this the same guy who wouldn't vote 'no' against partial birth abortion?  “Decency,” it seems, is about to join the ranks of so many other words redefined by the Left in their quest to shape reality as they want it to be.  The proof of Obama’s decency, according to Klein, was:

“…[Obama’s] scandal-free administration. The seriousness with which he approached his job. The faith he had in the American political system, and in Americans.”

Scandals aren’t limited to being caught with your pants down in the Oval Office, Mr. Klein.  Don’t forget about the “phony scandals” (a lie which in and of itself was a scandal) which indisputably occurred.  The IRS DID target conservative groups, the V.A. DID mistreat our veterans, the Obama Administration DID lie about Benghazi, Obamacare WAS based upon falsehoods, and that’s just off the top of my head.

As for “the seriousness with which he approached his job,” is Mr. Klein unaware that the number one job of a POTUS is to uphold and protect the Constitution?  Based upon the record number of challenges Obama lost with respect to the constitutionality of his actions, clearly he didn’t take his job seriously at all.  And by all rights he should have lost on Obamacare as well.  Nor did Obama take his job as Commander-in-Chief very seriously, as he worried far more about the detainees at Gitmo and the futures of our illegal immigrants than he did about winning our military conflicts.  Obama took plenty of things seriously, but his job wasn’t one of them.

Mr. Klein then said:

“Hope was the basis of Obama’s politics. It’s the basis, in ways I did not truly appreciate until the end of his presidency, of Obama’s personality. His political career is built on a vision of who we could be, and the absence of that vision will be felt as he is succeeded by a man whose politics are built on a nostalgia for who we were.”

You know, there are a lot of preachers in this world, some good, some bad.  The way we distinguish who’s who is not by the loftiness of their rhetoric, which any practiced salesman can manage, but by whether or not their actions live up to their words.  The reality of Obama’s actions as POTUS routinely belied his soaring words.  He governed with duplicity against the American people and presided over the least transparent presidential administration in modern history.  He dealt with genuine scandals where real people were hurt by mocking his critics and dismissing them as “phony.”  Instead of providing a forum for open, serious debate on climate change – a cause which threatens to inspire sweeping changes for all Americans -, Obama unilaterally announced “the debate is over.”  He proudly bypassed the will (and therefore the democracy) of the American people with his pen and his phone.

But there’s an even bigger point to be made here.  Klein waxes poetic about Obama’s unfulfilled vision of “who we could be.”  What gives Obama the right, within the limits of his sworn duty to uphold and protect the Constitution – our Constitution – to treat us as if we are all of one mind lining up behind him like children behind the Pied Piper?  We are individuals living in autonomous states, and that’s what the Constitution sought to preserve and protect.  It was never meant to be used to herd us around like sheep.

Klein continues:  “…Obama remained popular to the end of his presidency.”

The Left are really clinging to Obama’s personal popularity as if his ability to charm is some grand achievement and validates their faith in him despite the message of the massive political losses they’ve suffered since he took office.   Obama’s popularity, which at times dipped into the low 30’s, by the way, is a testament to how childlike Americans have become in their ability to separate one’s rhetoric from one’s real motives.  Time to grow up.

Klein goes on:  “This is, and was, Obama’s theory of campaigning. Politics often brings out the worst in us, but there’s no reason it can’t bring out the best.”

Obama has a gift, that’s for certain.  The gift of reflecting his own behavior onto others and then lecturing us about it as if he himself was pure as the driven snow.  But the jokes, toothy smiles and friendly waves didn’t change the reality of the incessant ridicule and the clever lies shrouded in strawman arguments (the last refuge of intellectual cowards) that were his trademark on the stump.  Politics brought out the worst in Barack Obama.

Next:

“…[Obama] managed to ask the right questions of the country. Did we want to feel less divided by political party? Did we want to feel less divided by race? His candidacy wasn’t just hopeful, it was aspirational — it was a statement, at least at the beginning, more about the kind of country we wanted to be than the kind of country we were.”

But Klein concedes:

“He was the most polarizing president on record, and on his watch the blue states became bluer and the red states redder.”

Yep, in fact I just saw polling which showed that just after Obama took office in 2009 60%+ of Americans thought race relations were getting better but now that number has dropped to 30%+.  Maybe you’d like to explain that, Mr. Klein.  If Obama was so aspirational and so determined to do the right things, how did it all go so wrong?

The truth is that your wonderful president has done everything he could to sow the seeds of hostility between blacks and whites in this country.  He ignored the epidemic of black on black violence at the same time that he brought national attention to a handful of racially charged cases before the facts were in.  He staked out his favorites, and his behavior has inspired hate groups like BLM and brought on an unprecedented increase in hostility towards our nation’s police.  His actions were with purpose and intent and proved his “aspirational” candidacy to be a myth from the very beginning.

I wonder if you really are so na├»ve as to believe that our country’s polarization under Obama was an accident?  Have you never heard of Saul Alinsky or of Cloward and Piven?  It’s no unlucky coincidence that Barack Obama’s actions as president have followed the advice given by these foes of American liberty practically step by step.

“There is an America that sees its growing diversity as a strength, that refuses to believe in the limits set by its own past, that yearns to be less divided than it is. It’s not the only America. But it’s a real America.”

What are these boogeyman “limits” you speak of?  America, the nation where so much of the world longs to immigrate to, puts no limits on what a person can do and be and achieve, the living proof of which is Barack Obama himself.  How’s that for irony?  The only caveat is that you can’t infringe upon the rights of others to get there, so I can only presume that these are the limits that offend you.

America was a great country long before anyone knew the name, Barack Obama, and it will persevere in spite of him because of the foundation for freedom and prosperity laid by our Founders in the Constitution.  They were the great ones, not Barack Obama.

“I think Obama will be missed by many Americans who didn’t agree with his policies but agreed with his sense of hope about America, and his daily efforts to be worthy of the country he saw before him.”

I think Obama will be remembered by many Americans as a liar, a fraud and a divider who, in his temporary role as father of the country, treated his child with cruelty and disdain.  We won’t miss him but will celebrate the end of his presidency with a giant sigh of relief.  If only he were going away for good.


~CW


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Monday, January 9, 2017

The Obama Legacy: A**hole Extraordinaire

Generally speaking I don’t punctuate my blog posts with a lot of expletives, but there are times when only an expletive can sufficiently convey the level of disgust one needs to convey.  Summing up the legacy of Barack Obama counts as one of those times.

From the moment that he first began his campaign for the presidency and throughout the long eight years of his two terms the word that consistently popped into my head when it came to the words and deeds of Barack Obama is “a**hole.”  You all know what an a**hole is.  It’s that cocky guy at the office who throws his co-workers under the bus in order to make a name for himself, or the guy who cuts people off in traffic because his time is more important than anyone else’s.  It’s the neighbor who has to be a trouble-maker in an otherwise peaceful neighborhood.  Barack Obama, as POTUS, has been a bona fide a**hole.

Let’s review:

After taking office Obama wasted little time in letting the British people know how he felt about the late, great British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, rejecting Britain’s offer to allow a bronze bust of Churchill to remain in a place of prominence in the Oval Office where it had been since it was loaned to George W. Bush following 9/11.  The unceremonious return of the sculpture was clearly meant to send a message of disdain for what the Brits had given as a gesture of friendship and support.

A**hole.
  

During the January, 2010 State of the Union Address, to which Supreme Court justices were cordially invited in observance of long-held tradition, a petulant Obama defied the usual rules of etiquette and protocol to scold the justices in front of the entire nation because the court’s majority had had the audacity not to see the issue as Obama saw it.

A**hole.


At the 2010 occasion of what was billed as a “health care summit,” Senator John McCain raised valid concerns in his capacity as a representative of the people of Arizona, rightfully complaining that the bill had been produced “behind closed doors” and included a number of “special deals for the special interests.”  A decent POTUS would have respectfully answered those concerns.  Instead, a visibly annoyed Obama dismissed McCain’s objections as “talking points” and smacked down his former campaign rival by condescendingly stating, “We’re not campaigning anymore. The election’s over.”

A**hole. 


Obamacare.  They lying, the secrecy, the schemes, the brute force politics.  ‘Nuf said.

A**hole. 


Throughout his presidency Obama has lavishly helped himself to your tax dollars for personal travel and vacations for he and his family.  According to Judicial Watch, as of December 29, 2016 the total spent by the Obamas on annual vacations to Hawaii, Martha’s Vineyard and places like Aspen, Morocco, Spain, and Liberia, as well as trips to fundraise for their political party and their political friends has cost the U.S. taxpayers $96,938,882.51.  By the time all the receipts are in for 2016 JW estimates the final tally will exceed $100,000,000 for the personal enjoyment of Barack Obama and his family and friends.  Most Americans don’t begrudge the POTUS a vacation now and then but Barack and Michelle – who wallow in the false lore of being the champions of the little people – really stuck it to the taxpayers.

A**holes.
  

While our military has been busy trying to protect us from terrorism worldwide, Barack Obama has made it a top priority to shut down the prison at Guantanamo Bay which houses some of our dangerous enemies.  He uses the ridiculous excuse that Guantanamo is a recruiting tool for terrorists (apparently drones are not), but of course the reality is that he enjoys getting under the skin of his political enemies and if he can do so by letting the enemies of our country make their way back to the battlefield, then what does he care?  He is well-protected.

A**hole.

  
In January of 2014, frustrated by his stalled effort to “transform” America after the 2012 congressional elections rebuked him by withdrawing power from his party, Barack Obama announced that what he could not force upon us legislatively he would force upon us using his pen and his phone.  The Constitution and the will of the people be damned.

A**hole.
  

Obama was in a unique position to be a uniter, but he thrives on division and throughout his presidency has picked and chosen his words and his battles in order to foment racial hostilities at every opportunity.  He went out of his way to insert himself into every instance where there was the appearance of white on black racism, carefully choosing his words to taint each case with a presumption of guilt often long before all the facts were in. Whenever there have been instances of black on white racism that garnered national attention, he’s kept his thoughts to himself unless pressed on it.  He’ll leave office with race relations at their worst in many decades, and he’ll be inwardly smiling as he does.

A**hole.

  
We pay his salary and for all the perks of the office, but Barack Obama has repeatedly stabbed us in the back and degraded our sovereignty by putting the interests of illegal aliens and refugees first.  We have seen countless stories about aliens pouring unimpeded over our borders and trespassing into our nation in defiance of our laws, and we’ve seen insult added to injury as our own tax monies – our childrens’ wealth – are being squandered on these invaders.  In May of 2014 CBS News reported that a report by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) “shows that 36,007 immigrants in the U.S. illegally who were convicted of crimes were freed from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody, including those who had multiple convictions. Those numbers include 193 homicide convictions, 426 sexual assault convictions, 9,187 dangerous drug convictions, 16,070 drunk or drugged driving convictions and more.”

A**hole.

  
From the moment he took office Obama has been on a mission to put the U.S. on a path to death by socialism.  The number of Americans on disability, food stamps, Medicaid, student loans and other welfare programs have skyrocketed, with Obama fully understanding  what chaos will ensue if Republicans dare to try and turn off the spigot.

A**hole.
  

As a parting shot to Benjamin Netanyahu and the state of Israel, Obama conspired with anti-Israel forces in the U.N. to orchestrate a damning condemnation of our ally in the 11th hour of his presidency.  Why? Because he doesn’t like Netanyahu.  And because he could.

A**hole.

  
If there’s a dictionary for the words we don’t use in polite company, next to the word “a**hole” there should be nothing else except a photo of Barack Hussein Obama.

A**hole

  


~CW


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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Just say “NO” to Federal Money for Chicago


The madness of liberalism has created a “state of emergency” in Chicago.  That’s according to Father Michael Pfleger, the uber-leftwing Catholic priest and “social activist” who’s been a longtime fixture on the more violent side of Chicago.  Actually, Pfleger only said there was a state of emergency in Chicago (just like a fire or a flood, he informs us).  It was I who added the part about the madness of liberalism being the cause, because what else can you call it when people double down on Democrat leadership and policies that are ruining their cities?  Sounds like madness to me.




In response to the latest news on Chicago’s ever-rising violence, Donald Trump tweeted on January 2, 2017: 

“Chicago murder rate is record setting - 4,331 shooting victims with 762 murders in 2016. If Mayor can't do it he must ask for Federal help!”

Actually, if the Mayor can’t do it he should resign, and he should take his Democrat cronies with him.



I’m not sure what Mr. Trump has in mind but as a taxpayer whose money helps fund the federal government and pay for the resources that Mr. Trump is so generously offering, I would like to suggest that we institute a policy of not using federal money to rescue people from perpetually making bad decisions.  Mr. Trump is always free to offer up a piece of his own personal fortune if he sincerely believes it will be money well spent.  It is not the responsibility of taxpayers, who are already paying to police their own communities, to save Chicagoans from their own mistakes.  In fact, rescuing them with federal money will only reward and embolden the stupidity, and ensure a bottomless pit of need.  What ails Chicago is an absence of common-sense (read:  conservative) leadership, and you don’t need money for that.  You just need people to suffer the consequences of their own decisions and to finally get tired of the pain.



~CW


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Monday, December 12, 2016

The Russians Stole the Election!

The leftwing media, unofficial arm of the Democrat Party, is proving once again why they’ve earned the disdain of Donald Trump and much of the American population.  Based upon interviews with anonymous sources in the CIA regarding unofficial, secret reports, the following headlines are breathlessly appearing on the front pages of “mainstream” news sites:

From CBSNews.com:  Clinton campaign supports briefing Electoral College on Russian interference

From ABCNews.go.com:  Trump Engages CIA in War of Words Over Russian Election Hacking

From Cnn.com:  Hacking Standoff.  U.S. Intel says Russia interfered with vote; not so, Trump says

From the Huffington Post:  CLINTON CAMP POUNCES: BRIEF ELECTORS ON RUSSIA HACKS!

(Emphasis theirs)

What is this new news of Russian hacking I wondered?  Well it seems it all stems from an article December 9th in The Washington Post which reported the earth-shattering revelations under the headline:  Bombshell Secret CIA Report Says Russia Aimed To Steal White House For Trump

What does this “bombshell” report say, you wonder?  Here it is:

“A shocking secret CIA assessment has concluded that Russia interfered with the U.S. presidential election expressly to help Donald Trump win, according to an exclusive report Friday by The Washington Post.  Until now, intelligence sources have indicated that Russian hacking throughout the campaign that repeatedly exposed information overwhelmingly embarrassing for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was an effort to undermine Americans’ faith in their government.”

So the “bombshell” news is not that the CIA has confirmed Russian hacking of the voting system or any other new allegation.  It’s the same old allegation about hacking into DNC and HRC emails.  But while we previously thought Russia merely wanted to undermine confidence in our government, now we think Russia wanted Trump to win.  Oh boy.  Apparently someone has finally crossed a red line that Obama is willing to defend, and our pacifist-make-love-not-war Democrats are ready to wage war with the Russians over it.

Moral to the story:  It’s all good until it happens to a Democrat.

Suddenly the Left is awash in patriotic feelings.    “How dare an outsider mess with our elections!” they cry.  Apparently foreigners can only mess with our elections if they sneak across our border first or funnel the money through the Clinton Foundation.  Hey – anyone remember Chinagate?

The Washington Post piece goes on to say:

“Though U.S. intelligence agencies were skeptical that hackers would be able to manipulate the election results in a systematic way, the White House feared that Russia would attempt to do so, sowing doubt about the fundamental mechanisms of democracy and potentially forcing a more dangerous confrontation between Washington and Moscow.”

The Obama Administration was worried that people would doubt the integrity of the election.  Isn’t that special?  Of course that was when they expected Hillary to win, so they didn’t make too big a deal about their purported concerns before.  But that was then and now that Hillary has lost, it’s okay to sow those doubts, you see?  It’s for our own good, I’m sure.

Look folks, the bottom line on this anonymous interview about a secret report is that we still don’t know for a fact who hacked into Hillary’s emails, but more importantly, the worst we can say so far is that if the email leaks brought Hillary down, she was ultimately done in by her own words as well as those of her colleagues.  Truth killed the Clinton campaign.  Furthermore, the people who are now righteously enraged over the leaking of authentic DNC emails are the very same people who routinely attempt to damage conservatives with false or misleading reporting, so all I can say is:  cry me a river.

And another thing (or two)!

Wasn’t it our Genius-in-Chief who told Mitt Romney that the 80’s wanted their foreign policy back when Romney suggested that Russia was our greatest geo-political threat?  Where – in all this outrage – is the apology to Governor Romney?  Wasn’t it Obama who whispered to Russian’s president, “Tell Vlad I’ll have more flexibility after the election.”  Come to think of it, why didn’t Obama just call his old pal Vlad and say, “Dude!  Cut it out!”  And lastly, wasn’t it our brilliant Secretary of State Clinton who oversaw the “reset” with Russia?  Oops.  Looks like the reset didn’t work, Hillary.

Where are the stories about what this says about our leadership if it happens to be true?

Whether the Russians are guilty or not, Democrats’ concern for the integrity of our elections is as phony as Obama’s “shovel-ready” jobs.  These are the very same Democrats who have proven time and again that the integrity of our election systems means nothing to them and winning means everything.
 
But hey, it’ll make a good movie for Oliver Stone.     


 ~CW

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Theft in the Name of “Student Loan Forgiveness”



This nation’s universities are money-making machines for the leftist elites.  From their bloated administrations run by liberals to the predominantly “progressive” faculty and staff, to the liberals who dominate the lecture circuit (a la Hillary and Bill) to those who write the pricey books that are intentionally obsolete after a semester, there is a vast network of people – mostly Democrats – who benefit greatly from the machine.  Consequently they have their cohorts within our government – again Democrats – working tirelessly to find ways to feed the machine more and more of our money.

A century ago the odds were against getting a college education unless you came from a family of strong financial means or you had a sponsor.  At some point people had the idea of borrowing money to attend college, but I’m guessing that this was back at a time when banks were still allowed to expect to be repaid and, consequently, were choosy about who they lent their depositors’ money too.  Naturally this would have left out poorer people who lacked a reliable source of repayment, and naturally this would have offended our liberal friends who, naturally, would look to the government (i.e. the taxpayers) to right this terrible wrong rather than reach into their own pockets and risk any of their own money.  So the federal government was brought into the business of guaranteeing student loans which thus enabled banks to be more generous with their lending policies and – eureka – the golden goose was born!  And all the liberals were happy…..for a while.


Liberals and greed have something in common:  neither one can ever be satisfied.  With a solid income source to tap into, the liberals sought to expand their empire and, of course, increase their salaries and benefits.  They advanced the idea that everyone should have a college education, and their government buddies enacted policies that kept the student loan money flowing.  When the economic crisis of 2008 hit, however, the cost of credit increased and private lenders who weren’t seeing a profit in student loans were getting out of the business.  Ruh-roh!  Government to the rescue!  The feds stepped in with a temporary plan to keep the loans coming by promising to buy the loans.  But the liberals were nervous about the future of their golden goose.  Enter Barack Obama and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.  Democrats figured the passing of HCERA would be a great time to also solve the problem of the threat to the university welfare syndicate, as taxpayers were distracted by the even larger attack on their wealth known as ‘Obamacare.’  With the passing of HCERA the federal government essentially, and quiety, took over the student loan program that previously had worked in conjunction with private banks.




But then came yet another problem.  It seems there is a limit on a person’s appetite for debt when they understand that one day it will all have to be paid back.   So the leftists put their thinking caps on their pointy heads and they drummed their fingers on the tables at the coffee houses and think-tanks where they like to meet.  Hmmm….what to do, what to do….. Until one little liberal pounded his puny fist on the table and cried, “It’s just not right that these poor people, so many of whom can’t find jobs in their chosen fields, should have to pay back these loans!”  I wonder if it occurred to the liberals that it’s even less fair for taxpayers – already struggling with the burden of carrying every other leftwing socialist program on their shoulders – to be saddled with debts they didn’t incur or benefit from, but I digress.  And so was born the grand and noble agenda of student loan forgiveness.  Purely for unselfish reasons, you understand.  Now the socialists would not have to worry until they ran out of other people’s money (which will probably come much sooner than they think).  Tomorrow is another day, as Scarlett O’Hara famously said.

The students feel entitled to their subsidized education, because that’s what they’ve been taught in the leftist-run universities which benefit from their sense of entitlement.  No conflict of interest there, eh?   If little Mindy wants to spend $400,000 to go to law school and become a public defender so that she can make a difference and be happy with herself, who are we to selfishly expect her to repay her debts?  Or what about little Stephan, who racks up $100,000 in loans he can never repay to be a social worker who makes $35,000 a year?  Nancy Pelosi would tell us that people should be what they want to be without having to worry about the cost (or the cost of providing themselves with healthcare).  I guess if they just want to sit and watch the grass grow we should pay them to do that as well.  Why not? 

This is just the tip of the iceberg on this conversation, folks.  Anyone who wants to get into more of the nitty gritty should watch a little weekday documentary called ‘Judge Judy.’  There you’ll see infinite examples of what happens with the money loaned out given away under the student loan program.  “Student loan” is now a euphemism for “free money,” or at least the recipients think so.  These “students” lend the money to their deadbeat friends to buy cars, get caught up on their baby-mama support or be bailed out of jail.  Billions of dollars – perhaps trillions – is being transferred in this way.  I don’t like to say that it’s been “wasted” because this conjures up a picture of money being dumped down a hole or burned in a fireplace.  Alas that would be preferable.  The money has been transferred, with the vast bulk of it going to enrich the leftwing cabal running our universities and to fuel the nation’s growing addiction to other people’s money.



I pray that Donald Trump and his allies in the federal government will make righting this wrong one of their top priorities.  If that happens, you may see a battle like you’ve never seen.  What say you?

~CW


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Friday, December 2, 2016

What Should the Court do With Katie Couric?




In May of 2016 Katie Couric and her associates produced a “documentary” entitled, “Under the Gun.”  Its website describes the film as follows:

“UNDER THE GUN examines the events and people who have kept the gun debate fierce and the progress slow, even as gun deaths and mass shootings continue to increase. Through the lens of families impacted by the mass shootings in Newtown, Aurora, Isla Vista and Tucson, as well as those who experience daily gun violence in Chicago, the documentary looks at why politicians are finding it difficult to act and what is being done at the state and local levels. The film is executive produced and narrated by Katie Couric and directed by Stephanie Soechtig.”

The film’s anti-gun predisposition is clearly conveyed by that description.  Included in the “documentary” is a clip in which Katie Couric interviews the pro-gun rights group, Virginia Citizens Defense League.  Couric asks them, “If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?”  The group’s members are then shown looking around in silence for nine seconds, appearing stumped by the question.  But in reality it was later revealed that members of the group offered responses to her question immediately.  The edited version and a portion of the actual responses can be heard in this news segment on Fox News from May 26, 2016:

http://video.foxnews.com/v/4913171510001

What a devious and unfair thing for Couric and her friends to do.   Couric initially dismissed the criticism of the misleading editing, saying she was proud of the film; but she later (when the criticism wouldn’t go away, presumably) issued the following apology:

“As executive producer of ‘Under the Gun,’ a documentary film that explores the epidemic of gun violence, I take responsibility for a decision that misrepresented an exchange I had with members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL),” she wrote. “My question to the VCDL regarding the ability of convicted felons and those on the terror watch list to legally obtain a gun, was followed by an extended pause, making the participants appear to be speechless.

“When I screened an early version of the film with the director, Stephanie Soechtig, I questioned her and the editor about the pause and was told that a ‘beat’ was added for, as she described it, ‘dramatic effect,’ to give the audience a moment to consider the question. When VCDL members recently pointed out that they had in fact immediately answered this question, I went back and reviewed it and agree that those eight seconds do not accurately represent their response….I regret that those eight seconds were misleading and that I did not raise my initial concerns more vigorously.”

http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/katie-couric-under-the-gun-apology-misleading-epix-1201785392/

So let me see if I understand this correctly.  The makers of this “documentary” thought it would be better to edit out what was actually said and substitute a version that was, in essence, fiction?  Sounds perfectly in keeping with how the Left approaches just about everything.  It is no exaggeration to say that there is always an attempt to mislead and misrepresent in whatever the Left produces, because that is what is necessary for the Left to advance its agenda.

The Virginia Citizens Defense League has filed a $13 million defamation suit and they are entitled to every penny, in my humble opinion.  This was no accident.  According to her own apology, Katie Couric knew that the film’s selective editing would give viewers a false and unflattering impression of the members of this group, and that is what it intended to do.  One can only imagine what Ms. Couric’s response would be if Fox News, for example, edited an interview with her so as to purposely leave viewers with the false impression that she was stumped for words; but then, fairness is something that leftists believe only they are entitled to.  No expense is too great for someone else to pay for the sake of advancing the Left’s agenda.

A panel of politically-mixed journalists on Fox’s ‘Happening Now’ this morning seem to think Couric’s apology was enough penance, even while they unanimously called the actions of Couric and her film associates “inexcusable.” This remark by Bill McGurn of the WSJ, however, really hit the nail on the head:

“We all know in our business that it’s very easy to skew things with just a little touch here, where we place things and so forth…”

Absolutely they all know.  That little perk is precisely why the Left gravitates to the field of media.

It’s time to send Couric and other elites a message that they aren’t at liberty to abuse anyone else to get what they want.  Give Virginia Citizens Defense League their $13 million.


~CW


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Friday, November 18, 2016

Do You Agree that Healthcare is a Basic Human Right?


Yesterday I posted an essay on how rights become rights.  First there is the declaration, then comes the ability to exercise your “right” either by force or via the absence of, or ineffectual, pushback.  Over the past decade we have seen an increasingly aggressive push by those on the Left to nudge us (more of a shove, really) into accepting their claim (more of a demand, actually) to healthcare as a right.   It’s been very dismaying to me to observe the almost complete lack of pushback by the Right when it comes to this issue and the Left’s attempt (success, to be more accurate) to unilaterally establish a new right/entitlement that heretofore did not exist.  No one, it seems, wanted to look like the meanie who denied “access to healthcare,” as the Left so slyly phrases it, so let me be one of the first (as far as I can tell) to pronounce unequivocally that healthcare is not a right (although in truth I’ve said it for many years).  Let me also point out that, contrary to the myth hysterically cultivated by the Left that refusal to recognize healthcare as a right is tantamount to denying access, the refusal to agree that healthcare is a right only means that people have to provide their own means of obtaining it.  What a concept, eh?  But let’s get back to the subject of rights for a moment.

The wise men credited with the founding of our great nation saw fit to include a Bill of Rights with our Constitution.  If liberals would ever bother to read it they might take note that healthcare is not included on that list.  Not that it would matter much to the bullies on the Left who believe that the way you get what you want in life is to lie, cheat, march, shout and force others to provide it for you.  More importantly, though, thoughtful readers will note that the “rights” protected under the Bill of Rights all have one critical thing in common:   No right guaranteed in the B.O.R. comes at the expense of any other individual.   The same certainly cannot be said about the “right” to healthcare and the multitude of other freebies the Left continually proclaims itself entitled to.  If you have the right to healthcare, then logically it must follow that other citizens have the obligation to provide it for you.  Those citizens become, in essence, your indentured servants, and we become, in essence, the very antithesis of the country that our founders sacrificed to create.

There’s an old joke about a man who asks a woman if she will sleep with him for a million dollars.  The woman thinks it over carefully and, after much agonizing, ultimately decides she will.  When she gives the man her answer, he responds by saying, “Okay.  How about you sleep with me for 50 bucks?”  The outraged woman cries, “What kind of woman do you think I am?!” to which the man says, “We’ve already established what kind of woman you are.  Now we’re just arguing over the price.”

Any time you fail to stand for the Constitution and you allow people to successfully grant themselves rights at the expense of their fellow citizens, you significantly change the nature of your relationship with those people.  From that point forward the question is not whether they can proclaim their own rights and take from their fellow citizens.  The question is only, “How much?”

Freedom, alas, is never free.  The price for preserving liberty, as the Founders defined it and as we so often tout in our posts and comments, is that we must do what’s right even when it’s tempting to give in.  Healthcare as a right sounds nice, I know, particularly when each and every one of us as well as our loved ones will need it at some point.  But the American spirit has a way of finding the path to provide what we need the right way when we are not enticed by the devil’s shortcuts that require indenturing our souls.  A true free market that normalizes costs (rather than the ludicrous pricing that artificial constraints have led to) coupled with the renowned generosity of Americans is the best way to provide everyone, including the truly disadvantaged, with what they need.  More on that in a future post.


~CW


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