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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Dear Mark Zuckerberg




Dear Mark,

In your recent commencement address to Harvard, you said:

“We should explore ideas like universal basic income to make sure that everyone has a cushion to try new ideas.”

Mind if I ask a question?  Here it is:

What gives you or anyone else the right to treat other people’s money as if it is your own to do with as you please?

Please satisfy my curiosity.

When I was growing up we had a word for the type of thing you’re suggesting.  We called it “stealing.”  Nowadays conservatives call it “wealth redistribution.”  The leftists euphemistically call it “social justice.”  That sounds so much nicer than “stealing.”  But it’s all the same thing.

If the late, great Founders of this awesome country had had a crystal ball to see the names and faces of the enemies of liberty we would face within our own nation, they might have dealt with you and your ilk specifically.  But they had no way of knowing that a clever young man with the mental maturity of a 13-year old child would become a powerful billionaire by virtue of a popular social media website, and that this would seemingly entitle him to arrogantly and openly suborn nationwide theft.  The times may change but human nature never does, and the Founders knew you would come even if they didn’t know who you would be.  You are one of the wolves that Ben Franklin so wisely warned us about.  The Constitution our Founders gave us was meant to protect us from people like you.  You are a party to that “social contract” by virtue of your citizenship here, and being a party to the contract myself I’m here to say you have no right to propose what you’re proposing.  Do whatever you want with your own money, but keep your mitts off everyone else’s.  That goes for your friends too.

I could talk about all of the incredibly bad and predictable consequences of an idea like “universal basic income,” and back it up with centuries of history.  I could bring up all of the liberal programs that are riddled with fraud and corruption, that start out small and grow like the most aggressive cancers.  I could list all of the human parasites that feed off of ideas like yours and then multiply like zombies in the movies, beginning with the politicians.  Or I could point to the vast quantities of amazing innovation that we have somehow managed to produce without this brilliant idea of a “universal basic income.” That’s what conservative bloggers typically do when liberals share their great ideas.

But I won’t because I shouldn’t have to.  I am simply saying “No,” because you have no right to suggest what you’re suggesting.

If Republicans wanted to do anything useful while they control the three branches of our government they would make it a crime to do what you did in your speech at Harvard, just as it would be a crime, I presume, for me to suggest exploring the idea of taking Mark Zuckerburg’s fortune.  Regardless of how I feel about how you made your fortune or how you waste it, I would never do such a thing because I’m not a thief.  That, and billions of dollars, is the difference between you and me.

Lastly, Mark, I just want to point out that your idea for a “universal basic income” isn’t even necessary, because every American already has access to a guaranteed income.  We just have a different name for it.  We call it “having a job.”

Sincerely,


CW


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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Barack Obama was and is Ten Times the Liar Donald Trump Will Ever Be



When James Comey last testifed before the Senate I was struck by the former FBI Director’s unapologetic use of the word “liar” when referring to President Trump in an open hearing.  It’s not that Donald Trump doesn’t lie.  Far from it, unfortunately.  It’s just that for the eight years prior to Trump’s election it was considered a no-no to use the word “liar” when referring to the POTUS in this type of public forum.  In fact, when Rep. Joe Wilson rightfully shouted “liar” while Barack Obama was lying in his State of the Union address to congress in 2009 it sparked disbelief and spitting outrage among the media elites.  Former POTUS Jimmy Carter as well as talking heads at MSNBC, the Daily Kos, the NYT and the Huffington Post, among others, angrily denounced Wilson as “racist,” even though Rep. Wilson was correct:  Obama was indeed lying.  But that was then and this is now, or as I am quickly learning, that was them and this is us.  The standards for what is considered acceptable behavior are rapidly changing, but don’t get too used to them.  They’ll change back if and when a Democrat is POTUS again.

During the Obama presidency much of the American public and nearly all of the “mainstream” media (MSM) played a game of see no evil, hear no evil when it came to Obama’s rampant dishonesty.  A frustrated Rep. Wilson no doubt felt compelled to defy the usual State of the Union etiquette because the MSM, by and large, certainly wouldn’t call Obama out for his lies and the rest of us were not allowed to according to rules of political correctness established by, coincidentally, the MSM.  Fast forward to today, however, and we are supposed to believe that Donald Trump is so uniquely and dangerously dishonest that the rules must be changed and the censorship – oops I mean civility – that was then the standard must now be temporarily forsaken for the good of the nation.   Will the good sheeple of the United States of America, dumbed down by years of media manipulation, go along with this?  If so, I have a question:   

What is a lie? 

When Barack Obama was accidently caught on camera leaning in to surreptitiously tell Russian President Dmitri Medvedev that he would have “more flexibility” to negotiate the issue of missile defense after his election, would you say this was the act of an honest or dishonest man? 

When a person’s actions often don’t match their words, what does this say about their honesty? 

From The Hill:  “Obama's speech proves hypocrisy of Democrat's anti-Wall Street rhetoric”
From the CNN opinion page:  “Obama administration was hypocritical on UN's Israeli settlements vote”
From Breitbart:  “Obama’s Pathetic Hypocrisy on Trade”
From the New York Post opinion page:  “Obama’s ‘safe space’ hypocrisy”
From Mother Jones:  “Obama Is a Climate Hypocrite. His Trip to Alaska Proves It.”
From MichelleMalkin.com:  “Hypocrisy legacy, part XXIV: Obama was for gerrymandering before he was against it”
From The HuffPost blog:  “Obama’s Climate Change Hypocrisy”
From Politico:  “Spare Me Your Hypocritical Journalism Lecture, Mr. President”
From National Review:  “Scarborough Dings Obama on Private-School Hypocrisy”
From The Toronto Sun:  “Obama's Keystone hypocrisy”

A serial hypocrite is a liar, plain and simple. 

And then there’s Obama’s notorious straw-man dishonesty:

Obama:  “There seems to be a set of folks who -- I don't doubt their sincerity -- who just believe that we should do nothing [about the economic meltdown].” 

Obama:  "…a philosophy that says every problem can be solved if only government would step out of the way; that if government were just dismantled, divvied up into tax breaks, and handed out to the wealthiest among us, it would somehow benefit us all. Such knee-jerk disdain for government -- this constant rejection of any common endeavor -- cannot rebuild our levees or our roads or our bridges." 

Obama:  “In recent days, there have been misguided criticisms of this plan that echo the failed theories that helped lead us into this crisis — the notion that tax cuts alone will solve all our problems… … that we can meet our enormous tests with half-steps and piecemeal measures…… that we can ignore fundamental challenges such as energy independence and the high cost of health care and still expect our economy and our country to thrive.”

Obama:  “Listen, here’s what I say. I say our challenges are too big to ignore.”

Obama:  “Either the issue of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon is resolved diplomatically through a negotiation, or it’s resolved through force, through war.”

Obama:  “But U.S. military action cannot be the only, or even primary, component of our leadership in every instance. Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail.”
Obama:  “Nobody thinks that Bush and McCain have a real answer to the challenges we face. So what they’re going to try to do is make you scared of me.  You know, he’s not patriotic enough, he’s got a funny name, you know, he doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills."

According to Obama Republicans suggested we do nothing about the economic meltdown except dismantle the government and divide the spoils among the rich; Republicans said we should ignore our energy and healthcare, and all other problems; the only options in Iran were the Obama deal or going to war; Republicans want to use the military to solve every problem; and other candidates attacked Obama’s name and race to scare away voters.  The abundance of posts on Obama’s proclivity for straw-man arguments proves that it’s not just a figment of this writer’s imagination:

From The New Republic:  “Obama's Straw Man Argument”
From The Washington Free Beacon:  “Obama’s War on Straw Men”
From The New York Times:  “Some Obama Enemies Are Made Totally of Straw”
From American Thinker:  “Obama, Master of the Straw-Man Tactic”
From The Daily Caller:  “Former CIA Director Blasts Obama For ‘Straw Man’ Arguments In Fight Against Islamic Terrorism”
From National Review:  “How to Ignore Obama’s Straw Men and Override the Terrible Iran Deal
From The Washington Times:  “HUMPHRIES: The liberal bully of the week is … Obama’s straw man”
From American Thinker:  “The President's ObamaCare Straw Man”
From The Heritage Foundation:  “Obama Tax Hikes Defended by Myths and Straw Man Arguments: Summary”
From The American Spectator:  “Obama’s Straw Man”
From PowerLine:  “BARACK OBAMA AND THE HALL OF FAME OF STRAW MEN”

My apologies if you don’t find this particular set of sources persuasive but since the MSM rarely reports the hypocrisy or fallaciousness of Democrats we have to rely largely on conservative sources to see what the facts actually are.  And then of course there were plain, old-fashioned lies.  These were some of the headlines we saw during Barack’s presidency:

That last one documented Obama’s lies with respect to:

  • ·         The real loss of jobs in the American steel industry
  • ·         His changing position on using executive authority on immigration
  • ·         Calling ISIS a “JV team”
  • ·         The number of young Americans not covered by health insurance
  • ·         The number of people newly insured due to Medicaid expansion
  • ·         The number of jobs estimated to be created by the Keystone pipeline
  • ·         His claim of doubling the distance American cars will go on a gallon of gas
  • ·         Keeping Congress fully informed of his efforts to create a legal framework on counterterrorism
  • ·         Mitt Romney’s comments on an Arizona law, and on numerous other topics
  • ·         Obamacare being the reason for slowing insurance premium increases
  • ·         George W. Bush and the recession being responsible for 90% of the increase in the deficit (after Obama was in office for four years)
  • ·          “Fast and Furious” starting under the Bush administration
  • ·         Excluding lobbyists from policymaking jobs in his administration
  • ·         Getting the vast majority of his campaign money from small donors
  • ·         An Illinois man dying because he was denied treatment by his insurance company
  • ·         Health insurance companies making record profits just prior to passing Obamacare
  • ·         What percentage of our oil the U.S. imports
  • ·         A wide range of comments that he falsely attributed to John McCain
  • ·         Saying that he won’t wear flag pins

And please don’t get me started on the Oscar-worthy acting performances we were treated to throughout the Obama years, wherein the Liar-in-Chief would get angry, cry or hoarsely plead with us right on cue.  The MSM, who somehow missed so much of the lies, straw men and hypocrisies that riddled the Obama presidency, were deeply impressed by Obama’s acting:

CNN:  “Barack Obama's emotional evolution on gun control”

“The Mr. Cool in the Oval Office rarely shows emotion.  But on one issue -- guns -- President Barack Obama lets the public mask slip, revealing the ire boiling within.  Before the cameras, moved by the massacres of innocents that have punctuated his presidency, Obama has wept, his voice has cracked, he's visibly shaken with frustration, he's lashed out at lawmakers he sees as cowards and even led a congregation in ‘Amazing Grace.’”

The L.A. Times:  “Obama delivers emotional final speech to the nation: 'Yes, we did. Yes, we can.'"

“President Obama reprised his message of hope and change Tuesday as an antidote to an unstable world…”

The Washington Post:  “President Obama’s amazingly emotional speech on gun control”

“For Obama, who is often criticized for his overly clinical approach to heated issues, his tone -- sad and mad in relatively equal measure -- was remarkable.”

It’s true, Donald Trump lies.  That is in part why he wasn’t my choice for the Republican nominee.  But Trump’s lies pale in comparison to the calculated, holistic approach to lying that we saw for eight long years under Barack Obama.  Obama was so good and so practiced at lying that nearly every sentence could be steeped in dishonesty and still not trigger the Left’s increasingly high bar for technically lying.  Furthermore, weren’t these the same people who wanted Hillary-Pants-on-Fire-Clinton to be POTUS?  So when James Comey and America’s hysterical Left profess such concern and righteous indignation over Trump or complain about his obscene, parasitic presidency, color me completely unmoved.  They were the enablers to much, much worse.


~CW

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