Whatever Happened to “One Nation Under God” ?

By: Richard H. Frank

Something has changed radically in the “United States of America” that my brothers and I grew up in and served in our military to protect. Politically there seems to be no respect for the positions taken by opposing parties and the principles upon which this nation was founded. Instead we are living in an age where demands are made to strip our history of anything viewed as racist or objectionable to some particular minority or class of individuals in the country. Freedom of speech is somehow being turned upon its head and becoming freedom from speech. Respect for the very institutions that made this nation great is undermined by anarchists and supported by many members of the elite media. No longer are ideologies vastly different between only the North and the South, but are now between the East and West Coasts, leaving the vast center of the nation isolated in pursuit of the prosperity they are equally entitled to under our Constitution.

Viewing America from the outside an observer would think the country has evolved into two separate nations neither of which is sovereign unto itself, nor has definable borders that may be defended. These are the makings for a bloody civil uprising that will eventually pit Constitutionalists against anarchists and a failing of the rule of law in America. Those of us old enough to remember Nikita Khrushchev’s prediction in the 1960’s that “America would be destroyed from within” may live to see that day is at hand.

Then there is “Social Media” the product of the digital age we live within. Designed as a communication tool with which people could communicate and find common ground to foster friendships and understanding between the races and other nations, Facebook and Twitter have become the digital mega-voice for everyone with an opinion to vent their feelings. No matter how constructive theses social communication tools were envisioned to be there are those that choose to abuse and subvert their intended use. Take for instance the unsubstantiated sexual abuse charges against dozens of celebrities, media personalities and politicians causing them to lose their careers without being able to face their accusers and without a day in court. So much for innocent until proven guilty. Tweeting anonymously has become the art of slandering another person without the fear of repercussion. Somewhere along the way we have lost our moral compass not to mention any religious doctrine “to do unto others as we would have them do unto us”.

Unfortunately, for those of us that remember a much different America we are placed in a category of those that will not accept change according to Barack Obama’s saying that we “cling to our guns and bibles” as opposed to relinquishing our hard-fought for freedoms. The liberal progressives would surrender to the Orwellian vision of having “Big Brother” cater to our every need. Big Brother being the all-powerful Federal Government. Today we find ourselves trapped halfway between a rock and a hard spot with the Federal Government controlling the livelihood of over 61 million senior citizens dependent upon Social Security and Medicare for our existence and health care. The political elites in Washington D.C.leverage their bargaining position to achieve power using seniors as pawns in their game of political chess. Threatening a government shutdown is the favorite ploy of both political parties in order to achieve some politically expedient objective. They would risk withholding entitlement payments to 17% of the population to get what they want. The more government controls the individual the better the liberal progressives like it and their march for Big Brother and total domination. Draining the swamp in Washington D. C. is just the beginning of what the founders envisioned for our nation. The slippery slope of issuing executive orders in lieu of legislation created in congress and signed into law by the President moves one step closer to Big Brother having total disregard for the Constitution of the United States of America.

If the Chief Executive (the President) doesn’t like the constraints the Constitution places upon the government, then he should champion an amendment to the Constitution and refrain from legislating through issuance of Executive Orders. Thank God we have term limits on the Office of the President. Any single Presidential term would more than likely expire before amending the Constitution in most cases could be accomplished.

As for “One Nation Under God” I fear that the liberal progressive creation of “separation of Church and State,” never mentioned in the Constitution, may in fact have become a defacto construct in law. The acknowledgement of God in the public square or any petition to the deity in our schools is now viewed as a cardinal sin against the state. Given time and the direction of our courts it will not be long before the mention of God will be stricken from the very documents upon which this great nation was founded. I can only hope for posterity that I am wrong.

I wonder how future generations will honor this country should it no longer be required to recite the “Pledge of Allegiance” or, to stand while singing “The National Anethum”? Maybe the pledge and song will be as depicted in Orwell’s 1984 to Big Brother.

Intolerance by Liberals in America!

By: Richard H. Frank

If the “Constitution of The United States” doesn’t suit the ideology of liberals in this country they will attempt to use the judiciary to rewrite the Constitution. For example, I cannot find language in the document specific to demand the separation of Church and State. Yet liberals have subverted the language contained in the First Amendment to insist that the “Ten Commandments” not be displayed on any public property. Public schools are forbidden from conducting prayer or using the term “God” in any manner that might offend the agnostic. And heaven forbid if any community across this vast nation should dare to display the Nativity Scene during the Christmas season. Just how far will America stray from the founding principles contained in our “Declaration of Independence” and those clearly stated in the “Constitution?”

The political elites see themselves as a ruling class “all knowing” and better equipped to determine what is best for the citizenry. They view history as something that must be altered in an manner consistent with their ideology and that is politically expedient for them to remain in office. What hypocrites!

Suddenly there is a movement among the left in this country intent on removal of any symbol that historically records the actual history of this nation. It seems to have started with State legislators deciding that displaying the Confederate flag on public property was somehow racist. Wasn’t the Confederacy real? Didn’t over 500,000 Americans die during the Civil War? I guess we should pull any reminder of that historical period in America from view, just as protesters are tearing down statues commemorating leaders of the confederacy during that time.

What would the response of the media and far left be should the far right attack the memorials erected in memory of Martin Luther King? Their attack on organizations such as the KKK and Neo Nazis and White Supremacists would be unrelenting and rightly so. The same should be the case for any attack on individuals or memorials depicting the true historical roots of this Nation. If we allow those in power to subvert free expression in speech or memorials we are surrendering our very freedom as a people.

Unfortunately, we have very short memories and are too lazy to study history unless it is depicted in a three-hour series on television or an movie that becomes the true basis of our understanding and must be accepted as fact. Thus we are destined to repeat the same mistakes of the past that cost millions of lives around the world. Politicians stand up and denounce the Holocaust of the twentieth century yet condone abortion as a right under the Constitution that has claimed a hundred times the lives taken by the Nazis during World War II.

On college campuses we see demonstrations against free speech where conservative values may not be aired for fear that they may change someone’s mind or ideology. Speakers are shouted down and property destroyed with no accountability for those committing these intolerances nor the institutions allowing them to take place. Whatever happened to justice under the law? If we don’t like the law we just ignore it. Thats Anarchy! Next if liberals don’t like the books in University libraries I guess we will just burn them. Sound familiar? Read the history of Germany in the 1930’s.

I fear we are becoming a nation of illiterates content to accept whatever the media presents to us in a 30-second sound bite as gospel. We are on the road to teaching our children to become mind-numbed robots entering a period of history akin to Orwell’s “1984”.

Revenge of the Swamp People!

By: Richard H. Frank

Seven months have passed since Donald J. Trump was sworn in as our 45th President. The Libertyssong Blog has remained silent with regard to the circus created by the media, Democrats in Congress, the RINOS in the Republican Party and, yes, the Trump administration including the President himself. Charges of collusion with the Russians by the Trump campaign and the ensuing Congressional investigations are nothing more than a smoke screen and delaying tactic to prevent the administration from pursuit of the agenda for America upon which Trump was elected. Millions upon millions of dollars are being spent by the Special Counsel Mueller to pursue a which hunt in search of some infraction by anyone associated with the Trump Campaign in any manner whatsoever. Meanwhile the media has lost all credibility whatssoever with the public in their effort to overturn the vote of the people by publishing uncollaborated reports of unconstitutional actions taken by the President that rise to the level requiring his impeachment.

To make matters worse President Trump uses his twitter account to respond to the BS and loses the focus on that which is important to the American people.

The real scandal lies within the hallowed halls of Congress and rests squarely on the shoulders of the Republicans who for seven years shouted for the immediate repeal and replacement of “The Affordable Care Act” better known as “Obamacare”. All their excuses for being unable to fulfill their promise to repeal this disastrous law disappeared with the election of Donald Trump. Yet suddenly when it comes to putting their money (or future reelection) where their mouths are, they have choked. Whatever happened to all the plans they put forward when the ACA was being forced down the throat of those they were supposed to represent, such as being able to purchase insurance across state lines, making insurance transferrable from job tho job, and tort reform all of which were supposed to reduce premiums for the average American.

So here we sit seven months into the Trump presidency bogged down in Russian investigations for interfering in our elections, alleged collusion by the Tump campaign with Russia to defeat Hillary Clinton when it is she and her campaign that should be investigated for the numerous felonies committed on her behalf.

So let’s turn to the “Swamp People” for a minute. These are the Establishment in Washington D.C. that are members of the ruling elite class that includes members of Congress from both parties, agency bureaucrats, and government professionals. For these individuals Trump represents a threat to their very existence and power. They view Trump as an outsider having no business mettling in their affairs nor how they should decide to conduct the business within their own agencies. They will not only resist any form of legislation that moves the Trump agenda forward but will challenge every executive action in that liberal court system to block efforts to uphold federal law including immigration, sanctuary cities and law enforcement.

If you doubt the existence of the “Swamp People” just look at what has occurred in the Senate with regard to repealing Obamacare. We have the Freedom caucus, the Tuesday caucus, Rand Paul, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski the entire Democrat minority and don’t forget John McCain casting the deciding vote against a bill that was designed to forge a compromise between the House and Senate that allowed for amendments in an effort to give relief to those Americans that can neither afford the massive premiums or deductibles resulting from the Affordable Care Act.

Congress by virtue of the entrenched ruling class no longer represents the people that elected them. To hell with the American voter! They will tell us whatever we want to hear at election time and then do whatever the hell benefits themselves most when it comes to passing legislation. If you doubt what I am saying just wait until “Tax Reform” and “Infrastructure Spending” comes before them for a vote. I won’t hold my breath waiting for them to adopt the “Trump Agenda.”

It’s long past time for we the “American Voter” to “Drain the Swamp” and insist upon term limits in Congress. Four terms in the House of Representatives and two in the Senate followed by a mandatory one term interval before a candidate may seek reelection will do wonders to drain the swamp of corruption and dead wood resulting from an institution made up of professional politicians sucking off the teat of the taxpaying citizenry.

Although I don’t agree with all of Trump’s methods I do agree with the objective of his agenda “To Make America Great Again”.

How do you spell Corrupt? – CLINTON!

By: Richard H. Frank

Just how stupid does Bill and Hillary Clinton along with the Obama Justice Department think we American Citizens are? If you believe the chance meeting Between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch , in a private hangar, at the Phoenix Airport was by accident I have some magic beans to sell you. Followed by todays statement by Attorney General Loretta Lynch wherein she did not recuse herself from the two ongoing investigations against Hillary Clinton but asserted she would accept the recommendation of the Director of the FBI is a classic Obama use of smoke and mirrors.

I cannot believe that our government has under the Obama Administration sunken to the level where the rule of law and the rules in place to regulate those charged with enforcing the law and rules are so blatantly disregarded. Our Nation is on the road to tyranny and we are moving downhill toward the abyss at a speed never experienced before in our history. The Washington elites within both political parties are to blame and it’s time that “We the People” take our country back.

When in your wildest imagination did you think we could have a Democrat Candidate for the Presidency facing possible indictment for placing our national security at risk and corruption with regard to her influencing contributions to the Clinton Foundation, all because she believes the rules and the law does not apply if your name happens to be Clinton. If this is the best our country has to offer I feel for the future of our children and grandchildren who may never know the true meaning of “liberty and justice for all”.

How many times must Hillary Clinton be caught in a lie before she is disqualified from holding government office of any sort in the United States of America? Unfortunately, for those of us that served our country in the military, worked and contributed to the security of our families and America, and now are witness to the decline of our Nation across the world, we can only harbor disgust for those elected to power in our government. The ultimate power in this nation resides with “We the People” as vested to us within our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. No person is entitled to become president of the United States of America because of their race, religion, heritage or gender. Hillary Clinton believes she is entitled to the presidency because of her twenty years of service and because of the historical significance of being the first woman to secure the nomination of her party.

Her record as First Lady has no bearing on her being qualified and her record in the Senate and as Secretary of State are disastrous. She claims to be a Progressive Democrat. In reality she is a left leaning tyrant set upon dismantling the tenants upon which our country was founded and rewriting the meaning of the Constitution.

Should she survive the FBI investigation and proceed to become the Democratic Candidate for President the only thing left standing in her way will be “We the People”. As we enter this July 4th celebration of our independence we need to take a minute from enjoying the food, fireworks and celebrations to remember that we all are responsible for the direction our country takes and for examining the character of those we place in office to administer this exceptional Nation of ours.

Corruption By Any Other Name

By: Richard H. Frank

Politicians and the Washington spin doctors are very creative at turning a phrase to avoid calling a particular act by one of their associates exactly what it truly is. For instance the President never tells a lie. He may have misspoken or his words may have been taken out of context or twisted to achieve some particular agenda in support of his ideology. Corruption, High Crimes and Misdemeanors, bribery and outright graft are all ignored and classified under the heading of “crony capitalism” or “it’s the right thing to do” in the case of such perceived social injustices as illegal immigration, gay marriage and abortion. When something goes wrong or takes an unexpected turn for the worse as the result of Government action “unintended consequences are always to blame and not the ideology behind the action. Take Obamacare for example. The law was to provide health care for over thirty million uninsured Americans at reduced costs for every family. Instead after five years of confusion in the medical industry accounting for 1/6th of the economy we find premiums and deductibles have skyrocketed and real care diminished with over thirty million Americans still uninsured. Obama has ignored the provisions of the law and by fiat altered the language without congressional action to meet his political initiatives. All of his actions are in direct violation of the Constitution. The same is true for Obama’s executive actions with regard to immigration and if not for the action of one Federal Judge we would be on the verge of amnesty for every illegal immigrant presently in the United States and establishment of an open border policy for the country. “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” The nuclear negotiations underway with Iran for the past two and one-half years are the perfect example of this foregoing quotation. We have a President obsessed with creating his legacy having failed to do so in his Presidency for the past six years. His statement that “Iran would never possess a Nuclear weapon on his watch” did not include any provision against his providing them with the path to acquiring that weapon after he left office. When pressured by Congress to give them final approval of any agreement (treaty) reached during the negotiations the talks are suddenly characterized as being a non-binding agreement not subject to Congressional approval as required by the Constitution. Additionally, Obama seems to think he can unilaterally remove sanctions imposed by act of Congress without their legislating that action. Now we have Hillary Clinton’s in-your-face violation of State Department rules and law regarding disclosure of her emails while serving as Secretary of State. She arrogantly contends that she was entitled to use a non-governmental controlled server to archive her emails and she alone had the authority to determine which of those communications were private and those that belonged to “we the people”. She holds herself above the law and takes refuge behind the Clinton Foundation on matters having the appearance of corruption. The Justice Department turns a blind eye to her actions contending that others in prior administrations disregarded the rules and protocols in place and thus it is no big deal. The latest revelations about Hillary and the Clinton Foundation involved in influence peddling while she held the position of Secretary of State have all the earmarks of corruption and enhancing the financial rewards to the Foundation and of the Clintons personally. Coincidence, I think not but without any evidence to the contrary the Clinton’s will just hunker down and wait for this storm to pass just as they have before on other scandals. Unfortunately, corruption is not the sole provence of the Democrats in office but can be found on both sides of the aisle in Congress and in the massive Federal bureaucracy consisting of agencies within our government. As long as the electorate in America remains apathetic and does not insist that our laws are to be enforced we open ourselves and this country up to corruption for which we must bear the expense. An expense not only in the form of dollars but in the loss of our very liberty. Corruption by any other name still stinks.

Obama’s Speech on the NSA – Like Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic to Avoid the Iceberg

by Richard H. Frank

Today President Obama spent the first 20 minutes of his speech lecturing us on the nation’s need for intelligence since the Revolutionary War up to and including the attack upon the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Five minutes into his first shaking finger-pointing lecture I wondered just how stupid he thinks “We the People” really are.

Every thinking American understands that our nation’s security and spying on our enemy is not only necessary but paramount in protecting us and our families against the unthinkable; a nuclear attack on some U.S. city or major event. In fact, We the People also know that it is one of the few authorities that the President has been delegated by an Amendment to the Constitution. Additionally, we are aware that in today’s cyber world intercepting communications between potential enemies, foreign or domestic, must be part of our arsenal for use by the NSA. The balance, however, between protecting individuals against unreasonable search and seizure (the 4th Amendment of our Constitution) and providing for the nation’s security was not dealt with in Obama’s lengthy speech today. He danced all around the topic but never directly addressed the wholesale collection of our telephone and text messaging by the NSA. He expects us to believe that only telephone numbers associated with suspected terrorist activities and those contacting those numbers are examined for trends and suspicious frequencies without access to the actual conversations or texts themselves. His claim that the investigation of the NSA by his Administration has found no instance where access to our communications have been unlawfully violated. That statement is worth as much as his saying “If you like your health care plan you can keep it.” He also never mentioned what was going to happen with the multi-million square foot data storage compound being built in Utah by the NSA if they were in fact going to stop collecting all this data and outsource much of it.

Now listen to his proposed changes:

1. A Presidential Directive to every agency having access to our information that in essence must not house that access.

2. That the NSA will continue to collect data on every America but not store that data by the Government with a caveat that the Government will look at the data collected when it needs to.

3. He would appoint yet another Commission of public advocates to determine and make recommendations on where and how the data mined was to be stored.

4. Congress in consultation with Attorney General Eric Holder would determine what changes require a Legislative action in order to be Constitutional.

5. He was requiring annual updates by the NSA and Holder on the status of implementation of its proposals and directives.

6. Lastly his Presidential Directive made off-limits spying on foreign leaders of our allies.

Some in the mainstream media, Democrats in Congress and Obama’s Administration will hail this speech as a major initiative to keep America safe while protecting our Constitutional rights to privacy.

In fact it was none of the above but just another diversion to distract the public from those “phony scandals” according to Obama like the IRS, Obamacare, the NSA spying scandal and Benghazi which he hopes to bury once and for all.

Everything he said today is virtually meaningless since nothing will change in the end. It’s all about Obama attempting to shroud the truth from us using tactics from his most “transparent administration” in history. This speech is akin to the analogy of “rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic” in hopes of avoid the iceberg.

Three cheers for Barack Pinocchio Obama and his Administration of half-truths!

Obama’s Case of Foot in Mouth!

By: Richard H. Frank

In an effort to appear tough during his campaign for re-election in 2012, the President declared that the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Assad forces would cross a “red Line” and be a game changer thereby changing his assessment of U. S. involvement in the conflict. That statement was made on August 20, 2012. One year later, August 21, 2013, chemical weapons were used against civilians in Syria. This action was reportedly the third such incident since the President’s declaration a year earlier when his “red line” was established.

True to the Obama form the first two incidents were brushed aside under the guise of having to confirm conclusive evidence of who was responsible and who to hold accountable in the event the allegations were found to be true. Now, the latest incident leaves Obama stranded in a corner trapped by his own words with regard to what actions he will take.

His efforts to form a coalition of willing nations to support him has all but vanished with Britain’s House of Commons vote not to support the United States in any punitive actions against the Assad regime. As for France, don’t hold your breath waiting for any help from them.

Obama can no longer forestall action as he has in Benghazi where he pledged to find those responsible for the September 11, 2012 attack on our consulate and the death of 4 Americans. Nothing has been done to date to bring those responsible to justice.

Instead, like a cornered rodent, Obama has defiantly pledged to strike Syria’s military assets to punish the Assad regime for the chemical attack upon its own civilian population. He assumes that his righteous posture to defend against those forces that endeavour to go against the norms established for the prohibition of the use of chemical weapons under any circumstances will justify his actions. He contends that the use of these weapons poses a threat to the security and interests of the United States and that he alone as “Commander-in-Chief” possesses the authority to initiate action without the approval of Congress or with sanction from the United Nations.

Publicly he appears as the defender of the weak and helpless in an effort to bolster his falling approval ratings among Americans. Internationally he is viewed as the “Mouse that Roared” as evidenced by his failure to garner any support in coalition of the proposed undertaking against Syria.

On Saturday August 31,2013 he stood before the Nation and declared he had decided to strike against Syria; however, he also took a second decision to seek Congressional approval for his proposed actions. This will serve to give him a shield against his critics for having shot off his big mouth in August of 2012 just prior to the Presidential election declaring a “red Line” which Syria must not cross.

Should Congress vote against his proposed action he will contend they will have to bear the responsibility for any further deaths in Syria and any political consequences for their decision. Conversely, should they approve his plan it will give him cover and bolster him politically with his supporters yet providing him with someone else to blame for any unforseen consequences stemming from his action.

The situation in Syria has been allowed to fester beyond the point where any remedial action taken by outside forces other than the Arab States will have any impact upon the civil war being waged there.

When “We the People elect an unqualified, inexperienced President such as Barack Obama to hold office we open the door to the unforseen consequences that are certain to follow. Obama has shown that he will never accept responsibility for any of his policies or actions when they fail, but will always shift the blame to another person or entity for failure. Remember with Obama everything is ultimately about Obama. The “Narcissist-in-Chief” has taken the stage repeatedly and lied to the American people and to date has not been held responsible for his lies and actions.

Now is the time for Congress to assert their power over the Executive Branch of Government and hold the President to the enumerated powers set forth in the Constitution before he is allowed to place our military in harm’s way.

Contact your Congressional Representatives and insist that they vote against Obama for taking any action as he has failed to show how the Nation’s security and interests are being threatened by the civil war in Syria.