Skip to comments.Obama’s Shutdown Campaign
Posted on 10/07/2013 4:18:37 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
In the old days, if you wanted to see master propagandists at work, you looked to Moscow, where none honed the craft as crassly as the boys in the Kremlin. The Soviets were so excellent at manipulation and disinformation, at agitation and propaganda (read: agitprop), that they had a government department that specialized in the work. Entire elements of the arm of the state were employed in the ignoble task.
Here at home, Communist Party USA wasnt too shabby either.
...This tactic is precisely what Barack Obama and his allies are doing right now. Obamas exploitation of the government shutdown (never let a good crisis go to waste) is a classic old method mastered by the likes of CPUSA. Its standard operating procedure. What youre witnessing is Barack Obamas shutdown campaign and with the liberal media dutifully on his side to amplify the effort.
Here today, in our new America, our own federal government has gotten into the propaganda business full throttle. Its exploitation of the shutdown is shameless. Sure, we expect congressional Democrats to accuse Republicans of starving children, old people, kittens, puppies, fish, and birds; of wanting to kill your grandmother; of gleefully polluting the atmosphere; of hating black people, gays, Latinos, women; of hoping no child gets an education or a school lunch. You know the drill. Democrats do this regardless of whether they have the White House. Its the air they breathe. When they have the White House, the cacophony is even shriller. Recall the shutdown follies during the Clinton years, when Commandants Clinton and Gore joined the ugly performance. Al Gore was superb at demonizing Republicans; he had a remarkable talent for doing so.
But the performance has reached a higher, uglier decibel level under the Obama administration. This is hardly a surprise, given............
(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...
Obama and his minions, and of course the MSM who would put Pravda to shame with it’s censorship and propaganda techniques.
The only people whining about the ‘shutdown’ in my town are the heifers that are on EBT SNAP, WICs, Section 8, EITC, et al.....not many FedGov workers here since we’re about 50-60 miles away from that kind of thing.
I’d argue that it is in the interest not only of freedom and Constitutionality, but also national security that we use this opportunity to identify what parts of our economy are needlessly tied to the federal government—and go about severing that connection.
Why should virtually all mortgages get funneled through national guarantee programs that create moral hazards left and right?
Why should agriculture be dependent on federal market information and market prices?
Whatever does boating in the open water need to be contingent upon federal operations for?
What grants do we have distorting what markets that should simply be eliminated?
Let all this silly noise from areas crying for federal continuance through the shutdown become the sensor for where there’s federal excess to be cut.
If Paul Ryan were an actual tea partier rather than a GOPe fake, he’d already have identified all this stuff without our needing the crisis to make it obvious.
But I could see this becoming a project of various tea parties. Or maybe DeMint’s Heritage Foundation.
Someone has got to focus on how needless and expensive and dangerous for our economy all of this regulation and financial support and whatnot is and begin to pull it out—root and branch.
“Here today, in our new America, our own federal government has gotten into the propaganda business full throttle. Its exploitation of the shutdown is shameless. Sure, we expect congressional Democrats to accuse Republicans of starving children, old people, kittens, puppies, fish, and birds; of wanting to kill your grandmother; of gleefully polluting the atmosphere; of hating black people, gays, Latinos, women; of hoping no child gets an education or a school lunch.”
This can only happen with uninformed and apathetic voters. Americans ALMOST have the government they deserve... they slowly, over decades, walked themselves up to the abyss and then jumped in!
I wonder if the First Lady is waking up real PROUD of her country this a.m. Probably in some town called Obamaville the people are really, really proud.
MO made herself completely irrelevant the day she said that!
US Constitution timeline / scholastic.com
May to September, 1787
A group of men, now known as the Founders, meet to discuss and write the U.S. Constitution.
The 4,543-word document explains how the country's new government will work. It is drafted in less than 100 days. Ben Franklin, George Washington, and James Madison are among the 55 delegates responsible for the document. More than 200 years later, the Constitution remains the highest law of the United States.
September 17, 1787 --- The U.S. Constitution is signed.
Some feared the original Constitution gave the federal government too much power. They demand that changes to the Constitution be made to protect the basic liberties of the people. The first 10 changes to the Constitution are known as the Bill of Rights.
December 15, 1791 --- The Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments, is ratified.
Among the many liberties guaranteed under the Bill of Rights are the freedom of speech, the freedom of the press, and the freedom of religion.
Over time, 17 more amendments will be added to the Constitution....from 1795-1992.
Most of the left’s tactics come from Moscow or Hitler’s regime. Most importantly “...if you tell a lie long enough, with loudly enough and with enough conviction it becomes truth.”
The Constitution was devised with an ingenious and intricate built-in system of checks and balances to guard the people's liberty against combinations of government power. It structured the Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary separate and wholly independent as to function, but coordinated for proper operation, with safeguards to prevent usurpations of power. Only by balancing each against the other two could freedom be preserved, said John Adams.
Another writer of the day summarized clearly the reasons for such checks and balances:
"If the LEGISLATIVE and JUDICIAL powers are united, the MAKER of the law will also INTERPRET it (constitutionality).
Should the EXECUTIVE and LEGISLATIVE powers be united... the EXECUTIVE power would make itself absolu te, and the government end in tyranny.
Should the EXECUTIVE and JUDICIAL powers be united, the subject (citizen) would then have no permanent security of his person or property.
"INDEED, the dependence of any of these powers upon either of the others ... has so often been productive of such calamities... that the page of history seems to be one continued tale of human wretchedness." (Theophilus Parsons, in ESSEX RESULTS)
What were some of these checks and balances believed so important to individual liberty? Several are listed below:
HOUSE (peoples representatives) is a check on SENATE - no statute becomes law without its approval.
SENATE is a check on HOUSE - no statute becomes law without its approval. (Prior to 17th Amendment, SENATE was appointed by State legislatures as a protection for states' rights - another check the Founders provided.)
EXECUTIVE (President) can restrain both HOUSE and SENATE by using Veto Power.
LEGISLATIVE (Congress - Senate & House) has a check on EXECUTIVE by being able to pass, with 2/3 majority, a bill over President's veto.
LEGISLATIVE has further check on EXECUTIVE through power of discrimination in appropriation of funds for operation of EXECUTIVE.
EXECUTIVE (President) must have approval of SENATE in filling important posts in EXECUTIVE BRANCH.
EXECUTIVE (President) must have approval of SENATE before treaties with foreign nations can be effective.
LEGISLATIVE (Congress) can conduct investigations of EXECUTIVE to see if funds are properly expended and laws enforced.
EXECUTIVE has further check on members of LEGISLATIVE (Congress) in using discretionary powers in decisions regarding establishment of military bases, building & improvement of navigable rivers, dams, interstate highways, etc., in districts of those members.
JUDICIARY is check on LEGISLATIVE through its authority to review all laws and determine their constitutionality.
LEGISLATIVE (Congress) has restraining power over JUDICIARY, with constitutional authority to restrict extent of its jurisdiction.
LEGISLATIVE has power to impeach members of JUDICIARY guilty of treason, high crimes, or misdemeanors.
EXECUTIVE (President) is check on JUDICIARY by having power to nominate new judges.
LEGISLATIVE (Senate) is check on EXECUTIVE and JUDICIARY having power to approve/disapprove nominations of judges.
LEGISLATIVE is check on JUDICIARY - having control of appropriations for operation of federal court system.
LEGISLATIVE (Peoples Representatives) is check on both EXECUTIVE and JUDICIARY through power to initiate amendments to Constitution subject to approval by 3/4 of the States.
LEGISLATIVE (Senate) has power to impeach EXECUTIVE (President) with concurrence of 2/3, of members.
The PEOPLE, through their State representatives, may restrain the power of the federal LEGISLATURE if 3/4 of the States do not ratify proposed Constitutional Amendments.
LEGISLATIVE, by Joint Resolution, can terminate certain powers granted to EXECUTIVE (President) (such as war powers) without his consent.
It is the PEOPLE who have final check on both LEGISLATIVE and EXECUTIVE when they vote on their Representatives every 2 years, their Senators every 6 years, and their President every 4 years. Through those selections, they also influence the potential makeup of the JUDICIARY.
It is up to each generation to see that the integrity of the Constitutional structure for a free society is maintained by carefully preserving the system of checks and balances essential to limited and balanced government. "To preserve them (is) as necessary as to institute them," said George Washington.
Footnote: Our Ageless Constitution, W. David Stedman & La Vaughn G. Lewis, Editors (Asheboro, NC, W. David Stedman Associates, 1987) Part III: ISBN 0-937047-01-5
The House can stop this madness instantly by refusing to offer any CRs. Provide only budgets for specific departments piecemeal as the Constitution requires. Make this a Constitutional mandate and hold the Senate leadership in contempt for failing to act on them. We get control of the federal government right now by doing what is Constitutionally required.
"Hope is makin' a comeback". I wonder what she meant by that - certainly not what most of us thought given where her America hating marxist crpytomuslim husband has taken us.
At the end of the day Obama is the president it is his job to get the government running and make sure there are adequate funds to pay the debt.
If the MSM and the party leadership of both parties had dug into Obama's background during the 2007-8 campaign, we wouldn't have to put up with this, or at a minimum everybody would have known to expect it.
Obama is a Communist. With Communists, you get Communist guerrilla theater from below, and show trials, arrests, and mass executions from above.
No, he isn't. I guarantee you he is a fraud from top to bottom.
And Article II ineligible.