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Donald Trumpís eminent-domain empire
Michell Malkin's Notes (Facebook) ^ | 4/22/2011 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 04/23/2011 6:30:27 PM PDT by Springfield Reformer

Don’t be fooled by The Donald. Take it from one who knows: I’m a South Jersey gal who was raised on the outskirts of Atlantic City in the looming shadow of Trump’s towers. All through my childhood, casino developers and government bureaucrats joined hands, raised taxes and made dazzling promises of urban renewal. Then we wised up to the eminent-domain thievery championed by our hometown faux free-marketeers.

America, it’s time you wised up to Donald Trump’s property redistribution racket, too.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: birther; eminent; president; trump
Just sayin' ...
1 posted on 04/23/2011 6:30:43 PM PDT by Springfield Reformer
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To: Springfield Reformer
Don't need a REPEAT
2 posted on 04/23/2011 6:36:43 PM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: Springfield Reformer

Hello!

Check out this article I read on GOPUSA. Here is the link:

http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/2011/04/22/malkin-donald-trumps-eminent-domain-empire/


3 posted on 04/23/2011 6:38:29 PM PDT by Paperdoll ( On the cutting edge)
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To: Springfield Reformer

Already posted


4 posted on 04/23/2011 6:42:07 PM PDT by vigilante2 (Reelect nobody)
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To: Paperdoll; Springfield Reformer

The long knives from the origin of the “old” GOP establishment are being sharpened!

It’s more important to kill the messenger and CYA than trying to throw an illegal alien in the Whit-Hut off the perch!!

Karl Rovian gave us GWB who thanked us by giving us Barry Soetoro, who they knew was NOT a NBC!!!


5 posted on 04/23/2011 6:56:22 PM PDT by danamco (-)
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To: Springfield Reformer

As I’ve previously posted:

Number one, Trump cannot ‘take’ anything or invoke eminent domain. This is a government function and while it may be appropriate to be upset with the expanded use of this tactic, it is the governments who are whores for the tax dollars and will use whatever methods they see fit. Without the tax contributions of the developers, property taxes in a lot of areas would be significantly higher for all citizens, so perhaps they should be appreciative of the tax contributions and thousands of jobs the developers are providing.

Number two, There is a large degree of wink and nod deals in nearly every government function. The VOTERS are the ones who tolerate or look the other way when their local government is involved. They are quick to suck up the benefits of the deals, and quick to point fingers at the backroom deals that got it done in the first place. I for one think we must have someone who knows how this machine operates in order to effectively handle it. A naive newbie is going to be eaten alive - a shark will get things done and knows when they are getting screwed.

The local governments wanted the development as much or more than Trump and other developers - it was quid pro quo. To lay all of the actions of local governments at the feet of Trump is a foolish argument and an unenlightened perspective.


6 posted on 04/23/2011 7:10:40 PM PDT by RobertClark (Coming 2013, Barack Obama to host new MSNBC game show, ¬ďMinute To Spin It¬Ē.)
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To: Springfield Reformer

Michelle Malkin is the best.


7 posted on 04/23/2011 7:13:11 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (President Obama's approval ratings are so low now, Kenyans are accusing him of being born in the US)
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To: harpu; All
Don't need a REPEAT

True. I tried looking for it before posting, but nothing showed up. Don't know what I'm doing wrong. Gotta work on that. Sorry.

8 posted on 04/23/2011 7:22:33 PM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: Springfield Reformer

The biggest problems facing America:

1) UNemployment & how manufacturing jobs stolen by China

2) Foreclosures

3) Food prices

4) Gas prices & how OPEC is fleecing Americans

5) Illegal aliens costing Billions & lowering wage levels

This domain business is nowhere near the top, and even more pertinent, Trump can not decide which property will be acquired under domain rules. I was just tutoring my high school kid on US Constitution and one of the amendments says that the government shall not confiscate private property without JUST COMPENSATION. In other words the government can acquire property so long as proper compensation is paid?


9 posted on 04/23/2011 7:29:00 PM PDT by Bridge_toofar (Trump/Palin in 2012)
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To: danamco

My FRiend, as an attorney who thinks for himself and has no love for the “old” GOP establishment, I am able to look at the relevant body of law (of which Kelo’s the capstone), compare it with the principles of individual rights, including property rights, enshrined in our founding documents, and draw the conclusion, for myself, that Trump is clueless about conservatism, and is far more comfortable with Soros, and the ideology that birthed him, than he would be with Jefferson or Madison. Trump is baiting conservative votes away from true conservative candidates because that serves the purpose of the people he goes to dinner parties with, which happens to include Soros. This is 3D chess, and they are playing for keeps. Beware of hasty conversions and old friends. Or have we learned nothing from Barak “Bill Ayers Who?” Obama?


10 posted on 04/23/2011 7:33:44 PM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: vigilante2
Already posted

Post that on one of the 40 or so McDonald's beating threads.

11 posted on 04/23/2011 7:51:16 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Be the kind of man that when you get up in the morning, the devil says, "Oh crap, he's UP !!)
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To: RobertClark

Number two, There is a large degree of wink and nod deals in nearly every government function.

Exactly, and everyone involved should be punished by the legal system or otherwise.


12 posted on 04/23/2011 7:55:27 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: Bridge_toofar
Then it’s possible you've missed the point of the Malkin article. Trump is pushing his way around and taking the property he wants, and for private purposes, not public purposes, despite what you have learned and correctly stated as the proper constitutional process. That's what was so evil about the Kelo decision. They threw away two centuries of protecting individual property rights against powerful private individuals acting through government agencies to take property by force for private use. Malkin calls it theft, and it is.

So, despite your list of other woes, that's a big freakin deal in our struggle with the left, because the heart and soul of socialism/Marxism is the abolishing of individual property rights. Any individual claiming to be the conservative savior, who is in practice on the same page as the socialists with regard to property rights, can offer no real resistance to the corruption of our system, and thus all the symptoms you list will continue unabated. The cure is not more of the same, but someone who understands and believes in those things that protect our individual rights to life, liberty, and property as against the collective. Anything less is just anther way to waste a vote.

13 posted on 04/23/2011 8:01:42 PM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: Springfield Reformer

I did not know Malkin grew up by AC. Maybe I saw her in Ocean City or Somers Point. We are about the same age. Wow, that’s kinda hot.


14 posted on 04/23/2011 8:30:20 PM PDT by MattinNJ (Will a hero rise in 2012?)
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To: Springfield Reformer

Trump can NOT unilaterally force any private property to be acquired under eminent domain. If your private property is located where a proposed hi-way will go through, of course the government can force you to sell the property to government. It is asinine to think some individual can hold up the construction of a public facility because that individual wants to hold on to that property.

This is not a left wing or a right wing issue. It is an issue where the ELECTED government officials have the decision making power. I see nothing wrong with that, so long as the government pays fair compensation.


15 posted on 04/23/2011 9:09:48 PM PDT by Bridge_toofar (Trump/Palin in 2012)
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To: Springfield Reformer
Trump should really be donating some serious coin to FR with all the support he's getting here. It's one thing to say you're going to keep quiet while he hammers Obama or you wouldn't vote for him in a primary. But I see so many here defending his positions (the ones we know). Romney gets ripped here (rightly so) for his flip-flops. But with Donald we're not supposed to care what he's said in the past.

He must be laughing his arse off at how easily he's playing the sheeple. Some political consultant/pollster tells Trump to pander to a specific segment of the conservative base and he'll have them eating out of his hands, which he does. People say what does Trump's rise in the polls say about the rest of the potential Presidential field, I wonder what does it say about the Conservative base that they can be so easily taken in by this charlatan.

16 posted on 04/24/2011 7:23:41 AM PDT by ejdrapes ("Trump is NO conservative." - Jim Robinson)
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To: Springfield Reformer
My FRiend, as an attorney who thinks for himself and has no love for the “old” GOP establishment

I'm glad to hear from an attorney FRiend who also should know that we have an illegal alien and usurper as p-Resident in the Whit-Hut that should have been removed long ago, or better never have had access to that residence at all!

I don't care a whit what Donald Trump's "conservatism" is, but he are able to throw the criminal off his "perch," then I will use Boehner's phrase: "Then he's good enough for ME,"!!

It just seems that the long knives being exposed by the Rino farm members is to cover their own petty asses. Period!!!

17 posted on 04/24/2011 12:23:35 PM PDT by danamco (-)
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To: Bridge_toofar

You may consider it asinine that such a thing could happen. I am here to tell you that it does. The law is a structure that is populated with a fallible and often perverse humanity. Kelo is bad law; it sanctions what you say is impossible; only the formalities must be maintained. The (new) substance of the law, courtesy of Kelo, is that powerful private individuals can steal specific properties for their own use via the puppetry of local governments, providing the thief offers an illusory promise that they will put the stolen property to good use. Seriously. Look it up. Disbelieve me if you wish. I am an attorney and I’m telling you, your notion of how things work doesn’t square with either my experience of the law, or the large and growing body of commentary on the new and (un)improved doctrine of eminent domain:

“In the end, the United States Supreme Court held, five to four, that the city could take her home and transfer it to a private developer for private profit, despite the fact that the Fifth Amendment only allows government to take property ‘for public use.’” From http://americandreamcoalition.org/landuse/Sandefur.pdf

Also see http://gonzagalawreview.org/files/2011/02/NicholsonMota.pdf

Many other sources abound.

Bottom line, Trump likes Kelo. He has said he agrees with it 100%, and when he explains why, it is entirely in collectivist terms. He is therefore not a conservative, and voting for him is equal to voting for Obama.

I am not much of one for repeating myself in a conversation like this because I charge a lot per hour and can make better use of my time than stating the obvious ad infinitum. If you wish to move the conversation forward by actually addressing the legal reality of Kelo and how Trump is in fact using it, fine. If not, we have reached an impasse and I will not proceed further. The choice is yours.

Peace,

SR


18 posted on 04/24/2011 7:11:35 PM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: danamco

Look, you can’t pick and choose which part of the Constitution you will support and which you will not. That’s what the amendatory process is for.

So three cheers for demanding Obama prove his eligibility, and if he can’t, then it’s the perp walk for him. I’m all for it, and I have the posting history to prove it.

But if you support Trump you are empowering his anti-constitutional penchant for stealing private property for private use via eminent domain. A vote for Trump is a vote for the very heart of the evil that is destroying this country, the socialist/Marxist intent to destroy private property rights for ordinary individuals like Vera Coking et al.

As one who has sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution, I am willing to take on both fronts. Why aren’t you? Because you’ve been cowed by Rove and the leftists into believing that a real conservative can’t win this election? So it’s OK to trash the part of the Constitution that doesn’t concern you?

Keep this in mind. If you and your Trumpoids make that bed, you’ll have to sleep in it, and all of us who didn’t waste our vote on Trump will be in that bed with you, and we won’t be happy. Don’t be dragging me and my family into a future none of us will like, just because you’re afraid no one but another socialist can win this election.


19 posted on 04/24/2011 7:32:48 PM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: ejdrapes

No kidding. lol. I do have some hope that as people get to know the ideological Trump, they will finally recognize the trap and back away. We are in a heightened state of awareness, and as long as we continue to show the Trump Kool-Aid drinkers what’s really in that Kool-Aid we may win back enough of them to keep Trump from costing us a conservative victory in 2012. There is still time. We have work to do.


20 posted on 04/24/2011 9:26:30 PM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: Springfield Reformer; LucyT
Look, you can’t pick and choose which part of the Constitution you will support and which you will not.

Wow, are you telling me that the p-Resident meets every corner of the Constitution's requirements to steal that building?

That's the reason of my comment as shown here:

"I don't care a whit what Donald Trump's "conservatism" is, but if he is able to throw the criminal off his "perch," then I will use Boehner's phrase: "Then he's good enough for ME,"!!"

Keep this in mind. If you and your Trumpoids make that bed, you’ll have to sleep in it, and all of us who didn’t waste our vote on Trump will be in that bed with you, and we won’t be happy. Don’t be dragging me and my family into a future none of us will like, just because you’re afraid no one but another socialist can win this election.

Typically from that vocation is putting words in my mouth, and how do you know who I'm going to vote for. Show one person from the Rino farm's candidate I should vote for??

And don't give me your claptrap that you guys are more Conservative than some of us are. If you are so concerned about our nation's future which I do share with you, maybe it would be wise for you to look at a larger picture of the future which which is way that both DNC and RNC are taking us down the rat-hole!!!

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/imf-bombshell-age-of-america-about-to-end-2011-04-25?link=MW_home_latest_news

21 posted on 04/25/2011 7:11:58 AM PDT by danamco (-)
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To: danamco; Springfield Reformer

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/imf-bombshell-age-of-america-about-to-end-2011-04-25?link=MW_home_latest_news


22 posted on 04/25/2011 7:13:41 AM PDT by danamco (-)
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To: Springfield Reformer

Why do we need to wait until 2012 to meet the Constitution’s NBC’s requirements???

That was violated long before the 2008 election, and you know it, and Congress know it including the RNC, and SCOTUS know it, and the Whit-Hut know it ALSO!!!


23 posted on 04/25/2011 7:23:08 AM PDT by danamco (-)
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To: danamco

The process is what it is. Reminds me of the scene from Lord of the Rings, where Samwise says, “By all rights, we shouldn’t even be here. But we are here.” I don’t like this bizarro world we’re in any better than you do, but we’ve all got work together to overturn this coup.

But we have to do what will work in the real world, and in that real world, Obama and his Marxist “transformation” will continue to operate out of our White House until and unless we put up a winning conservative ticket for the 2012 election. If tomorrow something turns up that absolutely convinces even Chris Matthews that the whole 2008 election was a massive fraud and that Obama should be removed at once, it still wouldn’t happen by ordinary legal means. I’m an attorney, and I work with the legal system and with law enforcement and I’m telling you, if you think the Republicans in Congress lack nerve and the spirit to fight, they’re ten times better than the supporting cast in the judiciary.

This hacked state we’re in is a pervasive corruption of the system. There are many players, positioned effectively to block most ordinary efforts at correction. This is the reality. You can deny it if it makes you feel better, but it will not solve the problem at all. Denial never cures. Smoking gun or no, there will be no successful impeachment. The numbers and the spirit simply are not there.

So, although it’s right and beneficial to keep up the attack on his eligibility, and we should keep doing that, we need to stop dreaming and wishing for immediate satisfaction and focus our strength on what might actually make a difference, to unify strongly behind our best conservative candidate and get them to the White House all in one piece, and win back the Senate as well. We can still do that. But that’s the nearest window of opportunity we have, and getting distracted from it by impossible quests, however justified, will only lessen our chances of success in accomplishing either objective.


24 posted on 04/25/2011 10:23:15 AM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: danamco

Hey, you want to follow the left’s latest pied piper in Trump, it’s a free country. Do what you want. Knock yourself out. But don’t try and convince me you’re interested in restoration of conservative, principled leadership, because it’s clear you are not. You can call it claptrap (nice anticipation of my objection, BTW), but words have meaning, and if you can stuff a man like Trump into your definition of “conservative,” I just don’t see how it can work to have someone who routinely abuses individual property rights and the Constitution, someone who is a friend of and does business with the paragon of anti-freedom activism, George Soros, championing the cause of freedom and the conservative principles upon which freedom rests. You’re on your own there. Good luck with that.


25 posted on 04/25/2011 10:34:18 AM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: Springfield Reformer
But we have to do what will work in the real world, and in that real world, Obama and his Marxist “transformation” will continue to operate out of our White House until and unless we put up a winning conservative ticket for the 2012 election. If tomorrow something turns up that absolutely convinces even Chris Matthews that the whole 2008 election was a massive fraud and that Obama should be removed at once, it still wouldn’t happen by ordinary legal means. I’m an attorney, and I work with the legal system and with law enforcement and I’m telling you, if you think the Republicans in Congress lack nerve and the spirit to fight, they’re ten times better than the supporting cast in the judiciary.

You see, attorneys and the rest of us have different views of the REAL "world," ethically. If you took a poll from the American people about attorneys, you would be very sad and depressed. We are NOT trained to game the system likewise leaches as Jesse Jackson and the trial lawyers in general. So as that astute attorney you here are bragging about that you are, please name one, JUST one of those Republicans in Congress, or Conservatives there, who have had the nerve and spirit to fight for the Constitution's NBC's issue, JUST ONE!

At first Bachmann had that nerve, but when facing ABC's Stephie, (who BTW never saw or knew the illegal alien while he was at Columbia the same time,) Michelle also then backed off when she was questioned in the same manner Charles Gibson did Sarah Palin!!

Also please tell us your knowledge and experiences of how businesses in the REAL world operates. Take a good look again at post #22 an outcome as the result of the "old" beltway "philosophy"!!!

26 posted on 04/25/2011 11:17:21 AM PDT by danamco (-)
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To: Springfield Reformer

“The process is what it is. Reminds me of the scene from Lord of the Rings, where Samwise says, “By all rights, we shouldn’t even be here. But we are here.” I don’t like this bizarro world we’re in any better than you do, but we’ve all got work together to overturn this coup.”


LOL!!!

http://www.usofearth.com/2011-obamas-coup-fails.php


27 posted on 04/25/2011 11:26:09 AM PDT by danamco (-)
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To: Springfield Reformer
You can call it claptrap (nice anticipation of my objection, BTW), but words have meaning, and if you can stuff a man like Trump into your definition of “conservative,”

Exactly what you did here as an "attorney"(?), CLAP-TRAPPING with words, and keeping blind-folders on!!!

You haven't seen me here or some other places saying Trump is a Conservative, have you???

28 posted on 04/25/2011 11:34:03 AM PDT by danamco (-)
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To: Springfield Reformer
As one who has sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution, I am willing to take on both fronts. Why aren’t you? Because you’ve been cowed by Rove and the leftists into believing that a real conservative can’t win this election? So it’s OK to trash the part of the Constitution that doesn’t concern you?

When I became a U.S. citizen, I had to learn the basic of the Constitution before I could take an Oath to uphold it, and I'm very much in doubt that the criminal or the p-Resident has ever done the same, before he botched it on January 20 & 21, 2009!!!

Here's my reason that I agree with Donald Trump who is doing a job (could be perceived as an illegal alien(?) LOL) that "other" American s have refused to take on???

7. Taitz has presented evidence and court documents to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX-21), House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA-49), Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA-46), and Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA-4), among others who have thus far failed to hold hearings, subpoena Obama's long-form birth certificate, subpoena documents regarding his links to 39 social security numbers, subpoena his college records which Taitz has asserted contain fraudulent information, and subpoena documents related to whether he is a natural born citizen. The congressional cover-up and failure to investigate Dr. Taitz's meritorious evidence raises serious questions as to whether members of congress may have been threatened or even blackmailed by the White House.

29 posted on 04/25/2011 12:16:40 PM PDT by danamco (-)
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To: Springfield Reformer
Because you’ve been cowed by Rove and the leftists into believing that a real conservative can’t win this election? So it’s OK to trash the part of the Constitution that doesn’t concern you

If you have followed my many posts about Karl, and not been so narrow minded as an attorney, your mother really need to wash your mouth with Lysol and brown soap!!!

30 posted on 04/25/2011 12:22:14 PM PDT by danamco (-)
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To: danamco

Well, look. You’re skeptical of attorneys, and well you should be. They have been trained perversely by our law schools (and I can get specific if you like), with disastrous results for our political system. However, I’m a Christian attorney. I received my legal training at Liberty University, which was strongly grounded in the principles of moral and ethical truth as the foundation for law. I believe in that. But I also know what it takes to win a legal fight. So I fight only for good causes, and will not work for what is wrong.

But neither would I tell a client to fight a battle they had no power to win, even if their cause was just. You have to work with what you have. Orly is doing a good thing, and all the eligibility researchers are doing the right thing by keeping up the attack. Truth is good. But the reality is our system will not eject this man from the White House until we have the numbers and the players to do it. The cancer is too deeply embedded. Obama is acting as a dictator. He will ignore whatever the judiciary does and will claim immunity while in office even against felony charges. Even if the House voted to impeach him, the Senate will never convict him because too many of them have been complicit in the fraud. I believe this was always a part of the strategy. Our opponents are skilled tacticians. Apart from a miracle, it ain’t gonna happen that way, and no amount of good news from Orly or Corsi or Trump’s investigators is going to change that.

We have to win those 2012 elections, with people who will support our cause, or we will never get rid of him and his “transformative” experiment on us. That’s the simple truth. And we will not win anything real if we end up replacing one leftist with another leftist, just because the second leftist is really good at attacking the first leftist. Can you see how that just doesn’t make sense?


31 posted on 04/25/2011 11:24:11 PM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: danamco

As a rule, I don’t have time to look up people’s posting history. I respond at face value to your obvious support of Trump. My mother has been dead for nearly two decades, and I happen to know enough about her to know she would approve of exposing Trump for the enemy he is to the Constitution, to which you claim allegiance. If you don’t like what I’m saying, fine, but don’t you dare suggest my mother would oppose me keeping my vow to defend the Constitution. You are out of line.


32 posted on 04/25/2011 11:35:39 PM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: danamco

I’m a lawyer, yes, but I got my law degree when I was in my 50’s. Before that, and even now, I’ve worked as a software engineer, in the REAL business world, making things WORK, mainly in the energy field, natural gas and nuclear. Hard science. You are very concerned I know all about you from your posting history. It would be nice if you would reciprocate by not prejudging the background of a person you do not know at all.


33 posted on 04/25/2011 11:49:44 PM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: Springfield Reformer

I have all due respect for Liberty University as well as Regent University!

1) You say: “But neither would I tell a client to fight a battle they had no power to win, even if their cause was just.”

What do you think George Washington and a “few” others of his peers would have said to that opinion about 235 yrs ago?

2) You say: “But the reality is our system will not eject this man from the White House until we have the numbers and the players to do it. The cancer is too deeply embedded. Obama is acting as a dictator. He will ignore whatever the judiciary does and will claim immunity while in office even against felony charges.”

You are then contradicting yourself!!
What makes you think then that this dictator will leave the Whit-Hut even if he was to be voted out, hmmm??
And as said before, I don’t see any candidate from the present Rino-farm who are able to unseat him???

3) You say: “And we will not win anything real if we end up replacing one leftist with another leftist, just because the second leftist is really good at attacking the first leftist. Can you see how that just doesn’t make sense?”

No I can’t see that making any sense because of what I mentioned above, the “permanent” dictatorship that you yourself are alluding to and too weak candidates from the Rino-farm. Your thinking that’s there is nothing to be done is a total loosing battle that Churchill during his WWII’s V-sign would have scorn you for. We are NOT talking about an attorney’s client, we are talking about the American People being screwd, ethically and morally. You need to go back to Liberty to brush up on those two issues. And IF it comes to chose between two “leftist” I would chose the least evil of them!!!

Here’s some thoughts from an “American Thinker” and as a business owner, I’m one of those!!!!

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/04/the_chord_donald_trump_strikes.html


34 posted on 04/26/2011 8:07:34 AM PDT by danamco (-)
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To: danamco

I think you are misunderstanding me. I do not see this situation as hopeless, and that is why, unlike you, I am fighting on both fronts, as I said to you earlier. It is right to keep fighting to get to the bottom of his eligibility and other issues of potential criminal fraud. Absolutely agree with you. I just don’t see a mechanism in place where that will get him out of office.

However, that does not mean I think he is so entrenched he cannot be removed by other legal means. One of the true strokes of genius in the way the Founders set up our system is that the electoral process, once it becomes entrenched, is nearly impossible to stop. It carries enormous power that we are a culture designed for and accustomed to frequent, periodic elections. There are ways for a would-be dictator to try to mess that up (phony crises and martial law come quickly to mind), but if the population is on to the game, those tricks become worthless and the good guys can still win without firing a shot.

Let me tell you a little story. My dad, before he became a Christian, was fascinated with performance magic, you know, pulling rabbits out of hats and all that, and he became skilled at it himself. Then, when he became a Christian, he felt that all such showmanship was intentional falsehood, and he gave it up. But he did more than that. He would also go to magic shows with his friends and during the performance he would loudly describe to them all the misdirection and psychological trickery that the magician was using to create his illusions, telling them exactly where and when to look to see the sleight of hand. This had the effect of destroying the illusion, and it didn’t put the magician in a very good mood either. But my dad and his friends were having a great time.

The left is trying now to pull off the biggest disappearing act since David Copperfield seemed to make the Statue of Liberty vanish. They are trying to disappear our Constitution and the government we have with much blood, sweat and tears built upon it. But they can only do so if we can be tricked into looking in the wrong direction. That’s how the Statue of Liberty trick worked. The audience was on a rotating stage, and they were tricked into looking for Lady Liberty where she was not, even though she was in fact still standing close by, where she had always stood.

Our liberty in this country does not depend on the rise or fall of a single person. That is a misdirection. Our liberty does not depend on the recovery of a single piece of paper, or having to weather a storm of artificially manufactured financial crises, or the skill of used car salesmen like Trump trying selling themselves as people of courage and our only possible salvation. All misdirections. Our freedom depends first and most on our fidelity to truth and the God of truth. If our eyes are open, and looking in the right direction, we will not fall for the magician’s tricks. We will not be capable of being manipulated into giving up the elections or the conservative candidates we need to get back on track. That is what will work. And we can do that. There is still time.

As for Churchill and not giving up, I hope you now understand I am nowhere near giving up. I am merely emulating Churchill in my own little way, by urging that our warfare be directed to those battles most likely to achieve real victory. Churchill was a brilliant student of military history. He understood better than most the strategic value of spending limited resources where they are likely to do the most good. He once noted that Pickett’s Charge was among the most furious fights in military history, and might have ended in success, but for “a lack of further reserves.” See If Lee Had Not Won the Battle of Gettysburg by Winston Churchill.

You see, Churchill understood not only the importance of fighting the critical battles but also the science of how to win them. It was Churchill who dissuaded FDR from his urgent desire to launch a premature invasion of France. Germany might have won had we followed our passions over our reason. Churchill believed in fighting spirit and victory, yes, but he also worked within the real limits of the situation. He did not believe in suicide missions. Neither do I. They are not a path to victory.

You may not want to hear this, but I do know how the legal system works, and it is my sincere belief that neither Orly Taitz nor any other legal effort will unseat Obama, or Barry, or whatever his real name is. The best structure we have in place to get him done and out of there is a good old fashioned election where we don’t let ourselves be tricked out of our conservative vote. That’s all I’m saying.

You can respond if you like. I have work responsibilities I must get to, so I may or may not respond in timely fashion. For my part, I think I have said all I care to say for now.

Peace,

SR


35 posted on 04/26/2011 10:07:43 AM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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36 posted on 04/26/2011 10:22:25 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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