Another Slap in the Face to Our Military by Obama!

by Richard H. Frank

This afternoon my wife and I had the honor to line the funeral route and show our respect for a young Marine Corps Sgt. Jason D. Calo of Mancelona, MI along with hundreds of grateful citizens for his ultimate sacrifice to his Country.  The funeral procession, escorted by several police cars and an honor guard of marines, family and friends, was trailed by no less than 100 members of Rolling Thunder in a show of respect for the service of a young man to his Country.  The sight is something those present will never forget and is being repeated across this great nation almost daily.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to every hero, their families and friends that have and are yet to experience such a sad but proud occasion.

Upon our return home we were greeted with the news of the Obama Administration’s latest insult to our military men and their families in the form of an announcement that the Justice Department had shelved (dropped) all charges against Abd Al-Rahim al Nashiri, the alleged mastermind behind the suicide bombing of the USS Cole in 2000.  Seventeen American sailors were killed in this unprovoked attack along with wounding of dozens of other servicemen.  Al-Mashiri was captured in 2002 and has been held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Camp 7 since 2007 awaiting trail by military tribunal.  The delay in proceeding with his prosecution was first affected by the review and reform of the system of military commissions and further placed on hold by Obama’s January 22, 2009 Executive Order to freeze all military tribunals at GITMO.

According to military prosecutors at GITMO, they have been prepared to proceed but the stay order to halt all referrals for trial of GITMO detainees by Secretary of Defense Gates has not been lifted.  The continuing argument concerning jurisdiction of the military or a Federal Court seems moot as this attack took place outside the US and against a military vessel and surely falls within the province of our military justice system.

However, once against we see Eric Holder and Barack Obama’s political philosophy and ideology taking precedence over the law.  “Social justice” politics taking precedence over justice under our law and our Constitution.  Confessed members of Al Qaeda, enemy combatants and traitors would all be afforded the rights of all Americans if Holder and Obama are to prevail. What of the rights of those brave members of our military and their families to see those that committed heinous crimes against them brought to justice swiftly?  Holder and Obama would sooner prosecute a member of our military over those that have committed crimes against America.  At what level does this Administration’s actions approach “high crimes and misdemeanors?”  The Federal Government’s refusal to enforce existing immigration law and secure our borders and their procrastination with regard to prosecution of enemy combatants seem to walk a narrow line for charges of impeachment.

We may all mark August 27, 2010 on our calendar as just another slap in the face by the Obama Administration to those that serve our Country in the military and their families.  This Administration lacks honor and has no shame.  In case you can’t guess, I am “mad as hell” and we should all be “mad as hell” and Remember in November and again in 2012.

Who is Going To Have to Be Killed for this Government to Care About Border Security?

by Jayne D. Frank

Today, we received news that another stray bullet hit the University of El Paso from drug cartel violence in Juarez.  Citizens reported hearing at least 40 gunshots lasting 30-34 minutes, but the reaction of the El Paso Mayor and many of his cronies was that they were not concerned and that there was nothing they could do about it.   Oh really?  This is the second stray bullet in El Paso in a couple of months, the other hitting City Hall.  Who is going to have to be killed for Americans to get outraged and for the Obama Administration to say enough with insufficient security at our borders?  Will it be someone’s baby, your son or daughter at that university, a border security guard, or perhaps an American rancher?  Oh, I forgot, we have already had a rancher killed, and that wasn’t enough.  There have been 1,920 violent murders in Juarez this year and  6,160 murders since 2006.  This violence and infiltration into our country isn’t decreasing and isn’t going away.

Border violence has been so prevalent and increasing that Arizona border sheriffs have  pulled many of their deputies back from the border.  Sheriff Paul Babeu from Pinal County, AZ, in a letter to President Obama on August 19, has begged the President to meet him in Pinal County to hear the truth about border security after a deputy of Sheriff Babeu was shot on August 17, 80 miles north of the border by a drug smuggler with a violent criminal history, who since is loose to shoot again.

God knows, America is beseiged right now with horrible economic and job loss woes, with strife and tension over the widsom of erecting a Mosque on the graves of several thousand souls in New York, and growing overseas tensions, but securing our borders NOW and stopping the infiltration of criminals and drug smugglers into our Country to keep Americans safe is the Number One Priority for this President, and no amount of dancing around the issue or fancy words from the President over this issue is going to take this off the front burner.

Mr. President,you said you’d rather be a “Good One-Term President than a Mediocre Two-Term President” so for once do what is right, come back from your vacation in Martha’s vineyard, and personally spend some constructive time with Sheriff Babeu and officials in El Paso and put the full force of your Office behind some action before this problem escalates any further.

Update: Seems President Obama is going to go to El Paso next Tuesday to only have his photo op at Fort Bliss with the soldiers so he can claim success for the Iraq War, which is only due to the surge that went forth under President Bush.  Despite urging from other Texas politicians, the President is NOT scheduled to meet with anyone about the increased Juarez violence spilling over the border or the news today that just 100 miles from the border several dozen immigrants were found dead as a result of this violence.  Why is is he not meeting with El Paso?  Because he won that city with 68% in 2008 and doesn’t want to make waves to change that statistic for the next time around.  Talk about transparency.  If anyone is waiting for the money to be spent from the recently passed Border Security bill in Congress, keep in mind that there is nothing in the bill REQUIRING that the money be spent except in the case of an emergency, determined by President Obama.

Obama’s Summer of Recovery is Really a Summer of Despair for Americans!

by Richard H. Frank

President Obama, Vice President  Biden, Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid must all be drinking from the same bottle of spirits or smoking the same stash of medical marijuana.  The script they have committed to memory is wearing thin with Americans. They credit the stimulus with creating or saving 3 million jobs when in reality we have seen a substantial loss of jobs since Obama’s coronation approaching 6 million.  Despite the Democratic Congress passing legislation that extends unemployment compensation for up to 99 weeks, we have seen new claims increase from 450,000 to half a million each week over the past month.  Even the least educated among us knows that the numbers do not agree with the claims being made by the Obama Administration.

In spite of all the evidence to the contrary, Obama sees the summer of 2010 as the Summer of Recovery.  He cites the creation of green jobs such the Holland, Michigan plant expected to employ 200+ people to produce batteries for the Government Motors all-electric car, the “Volt.”  A car that will travel a meer 40 miles on a charge and cost the consumer $41,000.

During 2011 the Volt production is planned for 10,000 units with future volume expected to reach 40,000 units.  That’s 40,000 units for an industry “pre-Obama” producing up to 15 million units.  More importantly, for Michigan with unemployment approaching 14% (28.9% in Detroit), the green jobs amount to a drop of rain in the Great Lakes.

The Democrats have contended that trickle down economics did not work under the Reagan Administration.  The only trickle down we see from Obamanomics is misery and despair on the part of upwards to 20% of Americans.  Anyone living in a city or state dependent upon manufacturing, energy production or tourism has felt the devastating impact of the mis-guided policies of the Obama Administration. Businesses that have thrived for decades are gone leaving entire communities to struggle for survival.

For many Americans, whose only wealth was invested in the value and equity of their houses, that equity has evaporated largely due to Government interfering in the free market associated with acquiring a real estate mortgage.  Home purchases are down in July, 2010 27%, and foreclosures are at an all time high as unemployment holds at 9.5% (actually more like 18%).  The prospect of finding work for many is non-existent.  The next shoe to fall under the Obama Administration is the expiration of the Bush tax cuts.  Today there are 40 million Americans receiving food stamps and we may expect to see that number increase in 2011.

History tends to repeat itself and the 2010 Summer of Recovery may descend into the Summer of Despair where big cities such as Detroit, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Chicago and New York may be faced with civil disturbances rivaling those of 1967.

The only thing that may have thwarted this situation are the continued expansion of welfare and unemployment by the Administration and Congress.  Unfortunately, there is a limit to government support of those non-productive programs.

Barack Obama would have us believe that his policies “have brought our financial system back from the brink.”  Passage of TARP was supposed to save the financial markets and rid the system of toxic assets.  What it has accomplished is to make many banks and companies rich and not addressed the toxic assets situation.  Additionally, banks were encouraged to lend to small business in order to stimulate hiring to increase the levels of employment. The banks have achieved solvency through TARP but are not lending.   Established businessmen I have spoken to claim banks they have dealt with for years are so encumbered by Government regulation that the hurdles they have established to qualify for construction or expansion loans are insurmountable for the average successful small businessman.  Some banks are requiring up to 45% down to qualify for a construction loan and has drastically reduced or virtually eliminated the business prospects for acquiring new contracts or increasing sales.

Government finds itself desperate to impose taxes and fees where they think they will raise revenue to support their existence.  The truth is such oppressive actions only serve to suppress economic activity and thus result in even less revenue to support government services.

Barack Obama’s “change we can believe in” and promise to “fundamentally change America” has led to his Summer of  Recovery tour. Unfortunately that change is despair for more and more Americans and a death spiral for our free enterprise system.

Government by the “Ruling Class” No Longer “Of, By and For the People”

By: Richard H. Frank

Following the Constitutional Convention of 1787,  Benjamin Franklin replied to a question as to what sort of government had the representatives given America. His reply was a “Republic, if you can keep it.” In fact, the Constitution established a “Representative Republic” with specific enumerated powers delegated to the Central (Federal) Government leaving all other matters to the States and to the People to govern.

The Federal Government today, embodies all of the elements that were adverse to the values and principles enumerated in the Constitution and were warned against by the Founders as being destructive to the Republic. States’ rights as specified in the Tenth Amendment have virtually been eliminated by judicial misinterpretation of the language contained in the Constitution. Those that read Article VI, clause 2 of the Constitution as the “supremacy clause” allowing Federal law to trump any and all State laws , fail to recognize the Constitutional restraints placed on the Federal government to enact legislation not specifically enumerated in the document.

The Progressives in Congress have expanded the original intent of the commerce clause to the point of imposing legislation upon “we the people” not only against our will, but to a degree far exceeding the charges leveled against the King of Great Britain as specified in out Declaration of Independence.

Our Federal Government has replaced our Representative Republic with a ruling class intent upon legislating against the will of those citizens that elected them to office. Never before in our history has a legislative body been so intent on creation of onerous law that reaches into every aspect of American life. Almost every issue that arises is labeled a crisis that can only be resolved by Government through mountains of legislative restrictions, rules and in many cases through administrative fiat.

All this without regard to intended or unintended consequences for individual Americans or to the continuation of the Republic. Political ideology overrides the restrictions placed on our legislators by the Constitution. They don’t care if their actions are Constitutional or not. Just pass a law and we will figure out what’s in it later. Should problems arise we will leave it to the courts to work out. This is not the philosophy subscribed to by the architects of our Constitution.

Unfortunately, politics has become a profession in America. Congressmen and Senators are allowed to seek reelection decade after decade. Power, not representation of their constituents is what drives these professional politicians. Yet “we the people” are content to return them to office election after election without regard to the damage they have done to our free enterprise system, our liberties and to the Republic. No longer can we assure that Abraham Lincoln’s vision that, “a Government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from this earth.”

Detroit Laid Waste by Multiculturalism and Political Correctness!

By: Richard H. Frank

Those of us fortunate enough to have been raised in the City of Detroit during the 1940s and 1950s carry memories of a vibrant, warm, industrious city with thriving civic centers and a downtown area possessing museums, theaters, luxury hotels, fine department stores and elegant restaurants. Some of the finest public parks were located within the city limits and along the riverfront where Bell Isle provided Detroiters an escape from the drudgery of work and the impact of World War II and The Korean conflict that followed.

The public education system within the city was superior and prepared their graduates with a solid foundation in the three “Rs” as well as a thorough understanding of accurate and “unedited” World and American history, social studies and civics. The High School curriculum gave students the option to pursue three fields of study. The offerings included a General Education program or a vocational -geared curriculum and of course a College Preparatory program. Those students that did not meet standards for advancement were held back and required to repeat their studies until meeting the minimum standard. Upon graduation from high school and entering college I found that most all required freshman courses had been covered during high school and made the transition to college life particularly easy.

Opportunity for young people to embark upon a career was varied and unlimited particularly in the Automotive Industry or other supporting businesses. Detroit was truly the Motor City with great companies such as General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Chrysler, Packard, Hudson and Kaiser-Frazer all having headquarters or operations in the Metropolitan Detroit Area. Machine tool builders thrived during the war and continued to grow as demand for American made automobiles continued to increase. All seemed bright for the future of this the fourth largest city in America up until 1967 and the civil unrest that ensued then and for years that followed.

The City became the model for Lyndon Baines Johnson’s “Great Society” which flourished in Detroit. Welfare took root within the minority segment of the cities population and was spurred on with Aid to Dependent Children that rewarded women for birthing children with no male to provide support. Today hundreds of thousands exist on Federal Well fare, free housing and food stamps.

Frosty Wooldridge a US Journalist chronicles the demise of this once great city under the banner of “Multiculturalism: a perfect method to kill our language, culture country and way of life.” He writes that between 1970 and 1990 he watched Detroit descend into the abyss of crime, debauchery, gun play, drugs, school truancy, car-jacking, murder, gangs and human depravity. Urban renewal came in the form of burning entire city blocks on each October 30 in celebration of Devil’s Night. All of this occurring under the leadership of a corrupt city government headed by Mayor Coleman Young.

During the same timeframe the Federal Government imposed onerous fuel and safety standards upon the Automotive Industry greatly increasing the cost of manufacturing vehicles and impacting market share for the domestic manufacturers. These actions by government coupled with management agreeing to continued union demands for increased wages and benefits were the first crippling blows to an industry following the same path to self destruction as had the Steel Industry in America just a few short years earlier. The seeds to the demise of manufacturing in America were sown during this period and Detroit would be the first casualty among many cities to follow.

The policies of the Coleman Young administration and the Detroit City Counsel set the benchmark for cronyism, incompetence and arrogance. The Mayor is quoted to have said “As a black man, I am the MFIC.” The IC stands for in charge. You can fill in the rest. Detroit was fundamentally transformed from a city with a mix of ethnic heritage including German, Italian, French, Latino and English to a population having 67% African Americans. The change was largely due to the exit of the city population.  Detroit plummeted from the fourth largest city in America to the eleventh and continues to slip each year. At one point the city boasted 1.8 million citizens and now is approximately 912,000. Legal and illegal immigrants have filled the void of those leaving the city. Muslims account for over 300,000 and Mexicans number 400,000 throughout Michigan many of whom are attracted by the numerous welfare programs available in the state.

The call to worship for Muslims is heard over the city and seems to many like America’s Baghdad. High school drop-out rates exceed 75% and classrooms resemble more foreign countries than America where few speak English and illiteracy rate is 50% and rising.

Unemployment within the city hit 28.9% last year as the auto industry left the city. By any quantifiable measure Detroit is on life support left in the grip of incompetent city government and unions such as the Teacher’s Union that make no concessions to improve their situation.

In Time Magazine’s October 4, 2009 article entitled, “The Tragedy of Detroit”, Daniel Okrent stated “That because the story of Detroit is not simply one of a great city’s collapses, it’s also about the erosion of the industries that helped build the country as we know it today. The ultimate fate of Detroit will reveal much about the character of America in the 21st century.”

In Detroit we reap what we have sown. First the attack on our education system and the dumbing down of America, followed by unending welfare programs, well intended but destructive, as we reward people for making no contribution to taking care of themselves or their family. Next, continuing the unrelenting attack on the free enterprise system by government with regulations that stifle economic growth.

We need to take a lesson from countries like the Netherlands where immigrants from Middle East Muslim countries have established ghettos that breed home grown terrorists intent on imposing their radical ideology upon others. We have seen it in Madrid, Spain, London, England, Paris and France with bombing of trains and subways and riots. As their numbers grow so will their power to enact Sharia Law that negates republican forms of government.

You will not find Multiculturalism and Political Correctness mentioned anywhere in our Constitution. These are the creation of the political progressives and liberals in government and if allowed to grow unchecked will make every large city in America follow Detroit to their eventual end as a center of terrorism and tyranny. President Obama has pledged to fundamentally change America. This is not the kind of change Americans want.

I knew and lived in Detroit when it was a jewel. I fear that this once great city will not be able to rise from the ashes and return to its previous status in my life time. Let’s hope and pray that I am wrong.

And by the way, where is any reporting whatsoever on either network news or cable news stations, of the economic conditions of this great city?  You can’t have an honest debate about welfare programs, unions, job losses, or the economic condition of our country without shining the spotlight on what has happened in Detroit.

View of our President’s Anti-Constitution Policies from a UK Telegraph Article by Nile Gardner

by Jayne D. Frank

The following article in the UK Telegraph newspaper is well worth reading and very revealing about how President Obama’s policies and actions are viewed from abroad:

What the great French historian Alexis de Tocqueville would make of today’s Obama administration were he alive today is anyone’s guess. But I would wager that the author of L’Ancien Régime and Democracy in America would be less than impressed with the extravagance and arrogance on display among the White House elites that rule America as though they had been handed some divine right to govern with impunity.

It is the kind of impunity that has been highlighted on the world stage this week by Michelle Obama’s hugely costly trip to Spain, which has prompted a New York Post columnist Andrea Tantaros to dub the First Lady a contemporary Marie Antoinette. As The Telegraph reports, while the Obamas are covering their own vacation expenses such as accommodation, the trip may cost US taxpayers as much as $375,000 in terms of secret service security and flight costs on Air Force Two.

The timing of this lavish European vacation could not have come at a worse moment, when unemployment in America stands at 10 percent, and large numbers of Americans are fighting to survive financially in the wake of the global economic downturn. It sends a message of indifference, even contempt, for the millions of Americans who are struggling just to feed their families on a daily basis and pay the mortgage, while the size of the national debt balloons to Greek-style proportions.

While the liberal-dominated US mainstream media have largely ignored the story, it is all over the blogosphere and talk radio, and will undoubtedly add to the President’s free falling poll ratings. As much as the media establishment turn a blind eye to stories like this, which are major news in the international media, the American public is increasingly turning to alternative news sources, including the British press, which has a far less deferential approach towards the White House.

The First Lady’s ill-conceived trip to Marbella and the complete disregard for public opinion and concerns over excessive government spending is symbolic of a far wider problem with the Obama presidency – the overarching disdain for the principles of limited government, individual liberty and free enterprise that have built the United States over the course of nearly two and a half centuries into the most powerful and free nation on earth.

It is epitomised above all by the President’s relentless drive towards big government against the will of the American people, and the dramatic increases in government spending and borrowing, which threaten to leave the US hugely in debt for generations. It is also showcased by Barack Obama’s drive towards a socialised health care system, which, as I’ve noted before, is “a thinly disguised vanity project for a president who is committed to transforming the United States from the world’s most successful large-scale free enterprise economy, to a highly interventionist society with a massive role for centralized government.”

There is however a political revolution fast approaching Washington that is driven not by mob rule but by the power of ideas and principles, based upon the ideals of the Founding Fathers and the US Constitution. It is a distinctly conservative revolution that is sweeping America and is reflected in almost every poll ahead of this November’s mid-terms. It is based on a belief in individual liberty, limited government, and above all, political accountability from the ruling elites. The Obama administration’s mantra may well be “let them eat cake”, as it continues to gorge itself on taxpayers’ money, but it will be looking nervously over its shoulder as public unease mounts.

Barack Hussein Obama – President of Islam?

by Richard H. Frank

Consider the following:

Barack Hussein Obama ran for President on a platform of “hope and change.”  Five days before being sworn into office, he proclaimed that he and his Administration would “fundamentally transform America and the world!”  Since then, in the ensuing 18 months his actions as leader of our Country have produced the following destructive results for our Republic.

  • The financial system bailouts originally established to secure toxic assets to avoid the collapse of the Country’s monitary system.  Taxpayer bailouts to the “too big to fail” institutions that have not used these funds as intended but to prop up and reward mismanagement and pay exorbitant bonuses.
  • The nationalization of two thirds of America’s auto industry with ownership rewards to special interests and unions in lieu of allowing our free market system to function and provide for elimination of the weak and strengthening the strong through reorganization and recapitalization.
  • Takeover of one sixth of the nation’s economy through passage of Obamacare against the will of 70% of the people.  The promise of reduced costs ($2500/family) and coverage for 30 million Americans are being shown for the false hope and change our President represented to all Americans.
  • The promise that his stimulus policy would create 3 million new jobs when in reality the opposite has resulted.
  • Enactment of financial regulations that will ultimately suppress the growth of investment by both large and small business and retard all economic recovery.
  • His refusal to support states’ rights with regard to enforcement of existing immigration law.  Instead, he and his Attorney General elect to sue any state taking the initiative to protect their citizens.
  • Obama’s blatant disregard for our Constitution which he has sworn to protect and defend.

So what has our esteemed President promoted under his campaign banner of “hope and change?”

  • He embarked on his “apology tour” of Europe and the Middle East assigning blame for the world conditions on America’s foreign policies and capitalist system.
  • He declared that America is not a Christian nation.
  • While campaigning, he stated he was a Muslim born in a Muslim country and raised as Muslim.
  • He refused to recognize America’s Day of Prayer and prohibited any such celebration within the White House but instead is celebrating Ramadan with a huge dinner at the White House.
  • He has endorsed building a mosque at the site of the World Trade Center attacks, a sacred burial ground for victims of the atrocity planned and brought about by radical Muslims, citing freedom of religion for his position, notwithstanding the outcry of Americans and the will of 70% of New Yorker’s.
  • His continuing outreach to Islam through the State Department and NASA with priorities to recognize their contributions to the sciences and the arts over the centuries in Europe.
  • His hands off policy with regard to challenging Iran and their unrelenting move to become a nuclear power in the mideast.
  • The strained relations he has created with the leadership in Israel and in support of their right to protect themselves against attack by mulim neighboring countries.

The majority of Americans see our President as a socialist set on destroying the established foundations of our Republic.  In spite of his words, his actions tend to be moving toward Sharia ideology practiced in Muslim countries.  He has exhibited disdain for American tradition and values from his comments about displaying our flag and paying homage to our sacred institutions and his comments abroad degrading our national values.

Barack Obama wraps himself in the flag only when it meets his personal political aspirations.  In retrospect maybe he should have run for President of the Nation of Islam.