“Working Towards the Führer”

by Richard H. Frank

I never thought in the 75th year of my life I would bear witness to the destruction of America as I have known it. Barack Obama and his administration, aided by loyalists such as Harry Reid and the Democratic-controlled Senate, have done more to “fundamentally change America” in a mere five years than the Communists could achieve in 50 years of the Cold War.

The hypocrisy demonstrated by Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Harry Reid and the endless list of Democrats who bitterly opposed the threat of invoking the nuclear option by Republicans in 2005 as a power grab is astounding. Now in 2013 with the President under pressure from vulnerable Senate progressives seeking re-election in 2014 and the fallout for his deliberate lying to America on Obamacare, he endorses the use of the nuclear option to save his Presidency by Harry Reid. You cannot help but make comparisons to the loosely organized, highly effective propaganda machine that surrounded Hitler and guaranteed his agenda.

Congress and We the People have stood by and watched as the President trampled the Constitution over and over again and usurped Constitutional powers specifically reserved for Congress. He refuses to enforce laws he considers contrary to his ideology and imposes his will to rewrite laws he is sworn to uphold.

For those of us that are students of history the parallels between Barack Obama and his administration’s rise to power are frighteningly similar to that of Adolph Hitler and the Nazi Party. When Obama’s agenda is stifled by the Minority in Congress, the majority, like a child unable to get its’ way Obama suddenly defends changing Senate Rules that have been in effect for over 200 years to allow a simple Majority vote of 51 Senators to approve Judicial Appointments instead of the traditional Super Majority required in the Federalist Papers by our Founders.

If allowed to stand, the nuclear option will surely be extended to passage of any legislation and ultimately to Supreme Court appointments. This action by the Senate virtually eliminates the voice of the Minority in the Senate from demanding debate on Presidential appointments. Obama and his loyalists will go on to push through ill-conceived legislation on a whole myriad of topics such as amnesty, redistribution of assets, gun control and climate and energy, all designed to finish Obama’s vision of his “fundamental change.”

The list of Constitutional abuses by Barack Obama and his Administration goes on and on from his use of Executive Orders to Rules and Regulations imposed by various Governmental agencies by unelected political appointees and career bureaucrats that adversely restrict economic growth and rob every citizen of our unalienable rights.

I, like many Americans, believe in the tenants of our Representative Republic and have championed using the ballot box as the vehicle to take back our Country from the sinister group of Alinsky progressive liberals and their socialist agenda. However, I am no longer certain We the People can wait for the two and four-year election cycle to change the makeup of Congress such that checks and balances can be maintained to prevent Obama’s quest to “fundamentally change America!”

We the People should embark upon an immediate PETITION DRIVE TO RECALL every Senator that voted in favor of the nuclear option. The message must be sent now in a loud clear voice that unless the Senate Rule for a Super Majority vote is reinstated that those responsible for supporting the nuclear option are in peril of RECALL notwithstanding their status in the upcoming 2014 mid-term elections.

The argument that the only way to break gridlock in Washington is to eliminate the threat of filibuster in the Senate and move the Administration’s agenda forward is the nuclear option is fallacious. A perfect example is how devastating legislation such as the “Affordable Care Act” or “Obamacare” is passed using a simple majority vote by manipulating the Senate Rules.

We have a Federal Government and an Administration completely out of control and out of touch with We the People. The action taken by the Senate on November 21, 2013 is one more nail in the coffin of our Representative Republic and the move to a European-style democracy where mob rule replaces the Rule of Law.

The Miracle of Obama’s Arithmetic!

By: Richard H. Frank

Barack Obama uses the phrase “it’s arithmetic” to prove his criticism of his opponent’s revenue and tax policies. Yet when it comes to calculation of the unemployment rate in America the rule that 2+2=4 doesn’t apply. There should be no doubt in the mind of any informed American that the real unemployment rate in this country is substantially higher than that reported in the Department of Labor’s monthly statistics. Consider the following:

  • According to the Government between 150,000 and 175,000 new jobs are needed each month just to keep pace with population growth. Their own statistics show that this has not happened over the past year. Yet, the rate has dropped from 9.3% to the September bogus number of 7.8%.
  • Weekly first time claims for unemployment benefits remain above 350,000 or a total of approximately 1.0 million per month which is 4 to 5 times the number of new private sector jobs reported as created by the Department of Labor. Yet, the administration and the President takes credit for 5 million new jobs created in just the past 10-month period. These facts just don’t add up.
  • More importantly the Obama Administrations own figures show that the U-6 under-employment rate remains locked in at 14.1%. This is a direct contradiction to their reported 7.8% for September 2012.
  • The most startling and bogus number in all the calculations used by the administration is the available workforce in the country which has  magically fallen by more than 8 million persons. Where have all these people gone? Have they migrated to Mexico in search of employment crossing the border in the dead of night to become illegal immigrants?

The real answer is that “it’s all about politics and electing  Barack Obama for a second term”. We find ourselves living under an administration headed by a President that will do and say anything to be re-elected. The media dare not call out the administration for the lies and distortions they spew to the American public for fear of being labeled as racist. I for one could care less about the color of the President’s skin, but do care about the color of his character.

President Obama and his administration have repeatedly demonstrated a lack of transparency and a propensity to manipulate the truth to the point of lacking any credibility with the electorate. This was not the “Hope and Change” that many Americans voted for in 2008. Now in 2012 it is time to make a change and replace Obama and his administration with qualified men that have the values and principles that have made America exceptional.

Thugs, Political Hacks, Actors and Muslims to be Showcased at Democratic National Convention

by Jayne D. Frank

Having been a witness to countless speeches at the 2012 GOP Convention by intelligent, serious, substantive people about equally substantive issues of our time such as our economic crisis and our standing in the World, I wondered who might be appearing at the Democratic National Convention next week.

The contrast is so glaring and telling of a failed Administration and the desperate grasping for anyone willing to speak on their behalf.  Most troubling is the fact that outside of the convention and with the blessing of President Obama, will be a prayer session and concurrent conferences headed by Grand Iman Siraj Wahhaj, who called America a garbage can and seeks a caliphate in the Obama Administration.  This is a man who in 1995 said it was his “duty and our duty as Muslims to replace the U.S. Constitution with the Quran.”

Other speakers thus far announced range from has-beens like John Kerry to Sandra Fluke, a student, whose popularity rose when she in essence told the U.S. Congress that the Government was responsible for making sure every woman got contraceptives for free.  You also have Mayors of large african-american regions of the country, most of which are decimated by the unemployment numbers in the black community because of Barack Obama’s leadership failure.  Actors and rock stars as usual have prominent speaking roles at the convention to attract the Millenial crowd because Barack Obama thinks young voters only care about their genius list on their Ipods and Iphones and will support his Administration for another four years despite the fact that they can’t get jobs.

You will see Chicago thugs and politicians throughout the convention whose only responses to the economic and unemployment crisis that Obama failed to fix, is to bad-mouth Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan who actually DO have plans for the next 4 years for restoring this country to economic and foreign policy excellence and strength.  Rahm Emanuel, in particular, who is a real proponent of redistribution of wealth in this Country and said something to the effect of “Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste” (for promoting Obama’s agenda), also has a prominent speaking role.

The Obama campaign’s reaction to last night’s detailed and positive message from Paul Ryan?  A memo circulated to all of its donors saying Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire, or who tweets “This seat is taken.” So undignified and unbecoming of a President that has a great deal of explaining to do to his 2008 voters.  The campaign also has plans to allow people “from the community” to get chances to attend the convention, much the same as his “beer summits” and online beer contests the last year or so.

The contrast thus far in speakers, plans for each convention, substance and tone, could not be more striking and it is incumbant on every person who will cast a vote this November, to not only watch Romney and Ryan’s speeches as well as President Obama’s and look at the Democrat’s Convention for the ugly tone it will set. Americans must also be concerned about Obama’s unspoken endorsement for the presence of the Muslim philosophy for America, and most importantly, for what the Convention will fail to say and do about the next four years.  A nation precariously close to being a total entitlement country is doomed to stay subservient to the Government and President Obama’s socialist agenda until each American citizen-young, old, black, Hispanic, poor, and middle class-understands the stark differences between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney’s visions for our future.

Barack Obama’s Unconstitutional Runaround Once Again Usurps the Powers Reserved to Congress!

by Richard H. Frank

It appears as though whenever the President changes his position on political policy or needs to energize his base by making statements contrary to his prior position, it is due to his continuous evolution of thought.  This is evidenced by his changed position toward same-sex marriage and his 180 degree course change on using Executive Orders to further his political agenda.

In 2008 candidate Obama stated “I taught the Constitution for ten years.  I believe in the Constitution.  I will obey the Constitution of the United States.  We’re not gonna use signing statements as a way of doing an end-run around Congress.”

Yet today, he announced he is using an Executive order to implement a portion of the “Dream Act” previously struck down by Congress in effect paving the way for amnesty for illegals between the age of 16 and 30 that were brought to this Country illegally by their parents.  In effect, he is giving Congress the middle finger in his quest to appeal to the Hispanic vote in November.  He is bypassing Congress to grant amnesty by Executive Fiat.

Ron Paul recently wrote in an article “Taking Executive Orders Too Far” the following:

“The vision of the founders was to set up a government that would remain small and unobtrusive via a system of checks and balances. That it has taken our government so long to get this big speaks well of the original design.  The founders also knew the overwhelming nature of governments was to amass power and grow.  The Constitution was to serve as the brakes on the freight train of government.

But the Obama administration, like so many administrations in the 20th century, chooses to ignore the Constitution entirely.  The increasingly broad use and scope of the Executive Orders is a prime example.  Executive Orders are meant to be a way for the president to direct executive agencies on the implementation of congressionally approved legislation.  It has become increasingly common for them to be misused in ways that are contradictory to congressional intent, or to bypass Congress altogether in enacting political agendas.  The current administration has unabashedly stated that Congress’s unwillingness to pass the president’s jobs bill means that the president will act unilaterally to enact provisions of it piecemeal through Executive Order.  Obama explicitly threatens to bypass Congress, thus aggregating the power to make and enforce laws in the executive.  This clearly erodes the principles of separation of powers and checks and balances.   It brings the modern presidency dangerously close to an elective dictatorship.

This administration certainly was not the first to behave in ways that have defied the Constitution to overstep its bounds.  Sadly, previous administrations have set precedent that the current administration is only building upon.  It is time for Congress to reassert itself and its constitutional role so that future administrations cannot continue on this dangerous path.”

Apparently our “evolving President” has a short memory when it comes to his statement in 2008 about the use of Executive Orders.   From 2009 to date, the president has issued 128 Executive Orders dealing with abortion, U.S. Armed Forces, American Indians and Alaskan native educational programs, Bosnia, business and industry, commissions, boards, committees, task forces, etc.  National Defense, energy, environment, faith-based organizations, Government agencies, Haiti, health Care, historical black colleges and universities, Iran, Kosovo, Libya, North Korea, patient protection and Affordable Care Act, Presidential records, regulatory cooperation, Somalia, stem cells, Syria, trade, veterans and Yemen.

These Orders all bypass Congressional view and are entered into the Federal Register where largely unseen they become law after 30 days. In the fall of 2011 Obama stated in answer to a question that he could not just issue an order to implement the “Dream Act” and must uphold the existing laws with regard to immigration. So now he is doing just that very thing.  Whatever happened to our Representative Republic where making laws are the responsibility of Congress and not the provence of the President?

The Constitution has no provision wthin it that specifies the use of Executive Orders to achieve a President’s political agenda but it does specifically limit the powers of the President and the Executive Branch of Government.  Between now and November, look for Barack Obama to go all out issuing orders designed to energize his base prior to the election.

His statement that he believes in and will obey the Constitution are not worth the breath he used to utter the words.  He is a man lacking scruples and he has no integrity.  Be aware that with each Executive Order he issues he is “fundamentally changing America” intruding on our freedoms and justifying his changing positions as the evolution in his thinking.

It’s time that “We the People” help him evolve from President Obama to just plain citizen Obama in November 2012.

We Are Now What We Were Then!

by Jayne D. Frank

I have spent the last several months researching my family genealogy and it has been gruesome, exciting and a pain-staking effort.  I started this effort to find more about my elusive dad but ended up intrigued about my mother’s side of the family.  The result is that I have learned more in these few months than a lifetime of having questioned my parents and the life lessons learned are priceless.

What we are going through today in 2012, I have learned, as a middle class, is not much different than my grandparents went through.  In the 1800s they were both peasants in the fields of richer landlords and owners in Austria-Hungary, Vysoka and Dacov to be exact.  They had no choice but to be farmers as there were no opportunities for advancement and putting food on the table for their families.  Adding this to the political strife these people were feeling, they yearned for the American Dream – prospects for a better life, of earning your own way and more importantly achieving personal liberty for themselves.

My grandfather and grandmother made their way to America in 1900 in cramped, unsanitary quarters for many days and some of those sharing their Dream never made it. All of my people of Slovakian ethnicity found jobs immediately, but because they were Slovakian, had to settle for the lowest-paying  jobs in the mines and railroads, often working 7 days a week for 14-16 hours a day, and of course their wages were not the same as other immigrants.  The single women who immigrated from this region were able to get work as servants or maids only. When they married, they most often did not work outside of the home or else ran boarding houses for others like them.   My grandparents slaved for some 60 some years in often low-paying jobs, but still they put food on the table for all 11 of their children without Government handouts.  Eventually they owned their own home, and were able to do their own farming, a reality that would never have been had they stayed in Czechoslovakia as it was later called after the War. Additionally, they unquestionably were able to have the religious freedom they would not have had in Europe, to worship when and how they wanted.   To them, the American Dream had been achieved.  They provided an opportunity for their children and grandchildren to do better, to prosper, and to “never go back” to the subservience they had experienced in their early years.

Indeed, my parent’s generation did do much better.  They started businesses, attended college and many became professionals, both male and female.  Even though they went through the depression, real life lessons were learned of thrift, of saving, of planning for retirement.  And in large majorities, they did not plan on and did not rely on the Government as taught to them by their parents’ generation.

Now we come to my generation.  We worked hard all our lives and prospered, providing many more opportunities for our children to choose the life they wanted to lead, continually blessed with the personal and economic liberty in America so hard-fought for by their ancestors.   We worked just as hard as our previous generations, trying to save, taking care of all of  our own needs, and instilling those morals in our children.

That is where the American Dream ends!  The secular Progressives in this Country and abroad have been planning and scheming for years on how to fundamentally change America into their vision.  One of economic equality for all (no matter how low that equally would push people), having no public acknowledgement or worship of God permitted, and having all Americans rely on the Government for their subsistence.   And how these Progressives have accomplished many of their goals! The younger generation in overwhelming numbers no longer sees the needs to acknowledge  any “god,” record millions of people have no prospects of an economic future of prosperity and freedom, and even more millions are permanently dependent on the government to put food on the table and obtain an education.  Workers in America that are doing well by their own hard work are encouraged, if not forced by excessive taxation and regulation by the Government, to give up their earnings for redistribution for the “good of all.” And my generation has seen any accumulated retirement wealth in the form of investments and home equity  virtually eliminated as a result of Government intervention and regulation.

If my grandparents were alive today, they would be turning in their graves!  How hard they fought to flee from the political and economic oppression of Europe and how much they gave up to see future generations not have to be faced with the same glum prospects for their futures.

We are Now What We Were Then!

National Security and Our Borders-When Will It Become our Government’s Priority?

by Jayne Frank

Now that the mid-term elections are almost history, I know that one of the most contentious and inaccurate debates Congress and the President are going to have in the remainder of 2010 and through 2011 will be about legislation giving illegal immigrants amnesty.  Keep in mind that more than 60% of Americans have repeatedly said that they want legislation passed to secure and protect our borders before any dialogue or debates happens about what to do with the 15-22 million true illegal immigrants here in this Country.

A person could spend days on the internet searching for accurate information and statistics about Americans murdered in Mexico and illegal immigrant crime in the U.S., and it would be safe to say, all of the data available is compromised by the intent or agenda of the person, firm, organization or governmental authority reporting the data.  The U.S. State Department is one of the worst in keeping to itself what is actually happening here and in Mexico as it relates to murder, cartel and human smuggling across the border.  The most serious compilation of material and facts was gleaned from a site called http:usborderpatrol.com.  If you take the more than 45 minutes to read all of the factual and informative sections of this site, you will have your eyes opened to the true devastation happening along the Mexican/American border and the cost in lives and treasure that we can expect to see in the coming years if the U. S. Government does not act swiftly and decisively, without any thought to the political fallout of doing so.

The number of Americans murdered in Mexico is low but growing every year and is often compared to the number of people struck by lightning.  2009 saw approximately 78 people murdered in Mexico, and 90 struck by lightning in the U.S.  So I guess that makes it acceptable.  2008 had 50 Americans murdered and in 2007 there were 37.  What number of American lives snuffed out in Mexico is acceptable to our Government before they will take this threat seriously?  Perhaps we should wait until the number equates to the number of h1n1 deaths per year in the U.S. or 4,000 people or some other similar arbitrary and meaningless number.  There have been 50 kidnappings of Americans in the last two years as well with that number increasing every year.  The State Department says that there are approximately 1-1/2 million tourists going to Mexico every year; again trying to imply a small number of murders is acceptable.

You will also not see any verifiable statistics on the number of deaths in the U.S. attributable to illegal aliens, because our Government will not grasp what the meaning of “illegal” is.   What happened to this Country and this Government that destruction of human life, property rights, living in fear, and more importantly the total disregard of our existing laws does not rise to a point of alarm in which we say “no more?”  Just today, there was little or no coverage about the first beheading of a man in Chandler, AZ, a thriving, populous city adjacent to Phoenix; just thrown aside as just another drug-related murder when this is one of the methods of murder employed by Mexican cartels.

California is almost bankrupt, is mostly an entire entitlement state, overrun in Los Angeles alone with over 400,000 gang arrests made up of Latin American gang sectors, and they have the highest number of crossings, smuggling, and drug problems in the San Diego/Tijuana sector.  Arizona and Texas are not far behind with murders, shootings at our own Border Patrol Agents, bounties on the heads of our Sheriffs, kidnappings, human smuggling and gun running, all at levels not able to be combated with the current resources on the border.

In this coming lame duck session of Congress and in the 2011/2012 Presidential campaign season, all of us must be vigilant and put Border Security and deporting of criminal aliens and those that repeatedly cross our borders illegally, as one of the first priorities of the work for the American People, not only so that our economy will start to heal, but to prevent deterioration of our national security,.  We must hold each and every one of our Senators and Representatives’ feet to the fire to come up with legislation to accomplish this and to make sure President Obama does nothing in the way of “alternative” legislation (e.g., Executive Orders, Bills passed without voting) to appease his base.  The American people are fed up and we must stand with our Border States and make our Federal Government enforce the laws in place for our national security and stop the constant flow of money that America does not have, into illegal aliens’ health care, education and into sanctuary cities.