Archive for March, 2013

America’s Obituary

 

Do you know what the average age of a prosperous nation is? 200 Years.

Alexander Tyler was a Scottish history professor at the University of  Edinburgh and made the following statement in 1887, about the fall of  Athens.

“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a  permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the  time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the  public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the  candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the  result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy,  (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.”

Sound chillingly familiar to our current circumstance?

Tyler pointed out that in the course of 200 years, the world’s greatest  civilizations followed the same pattern.

Read the rest at Young Patriots

 

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Even More Warning Signs: Obama Poised for Hostile Military Takeover of U.S. – Part 2

War on America3jpgA  week ago, I laid out a list of things President Obama has put in place to set  the nation up for his hostile  military takeover.

After my first post about Obama’s hostile military takeover, I received an  email from a reader that offered an explanation to my pondering of why NOAA  (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) would also be ordering  millions of rounds of ammunition and assault rifles.  He offered the idea  that it is an ironic twist to Obama’s relationship with terrorist Bill  Ayers.

Ayers was a wanted domestic terrorist back in the 1960s and 1970s.   Ayers was a co-founder of the terrorist group known as the Weather  Underground.  Now, Obama is using NOAA, a federal weather agency to  stockpile weapons and ammunition for his terrorist assault on the American  people.

Today, I would like to add a few more items to that list that makes the case  for his hostile military takeover even more compelling.

It has now been confirmed that the goal of the Department of Homeland  Security is to purchase a total of 1.6  billion rounds of ammunition.  A portion of that ammunition is hollow  point bullets, which have been banned from use in war by international  law.  Another portion is specialized sniper ammunition.

In case you have a difficult time comprehending the significance of 1.6  billion rounds of ammunition, allow me to give you a couple of  comparisons.  During the height of the war in Iraq, the US  Army fired less than 6 million rounds per month.  That means DHS has  enough ammunition to supply the US Army for 266.67 months (22.22 years) of  intense war.

Currently, the DHS uses approximately 15  million rounds of ammunition every year at their various training  facilities.  At that rate, they have enough ammunition for 106.67 years of  training.

So ask yourself, what is the justification for the purchase of 1.6 billion  rounds of ammunition by the Department of Homeland Security, especially when  some of it is illegal to use in war?  Now ask yourself why Sen. Dianne  Feinstein is so concerned about private citizens stockpiling ammunition, weapons  and using high capacity magazines when the federal government is doing the same  time only a thousand times more?

Perhaps the abundance of ammunition goes along with the purchase of ‘Mine  Resistant Protected’ MaxxPro MRAP vehicles that are scheduled to be deployed  on the streets of America.  The number of vehicles they are purchasing has  not been released, but they are part of the 2,717 that have been recently  retrofitted by the manufacturer.  The DHS appears to be taking delivery of  the armored vehicles through the Marine Corps Systems Command located in  Quantico, Virginia.

The scary part of the DHS acquiring MRAP vehicles is that they have been  already been spotted in a number of cities throughout the country.  DHS  cannot deny their existence since a number of them have been photographed and  videoed by citizen observers.  Why would DHS need so many, assuming they  are purchasing over a thousand, MRAP vehicles deployed throughout the US, unless  they are preparing for a war of some kind.  Now add to that question the  fact that the MRAP vehicles are equipped with gun ports.

There can be no doubt that Barack Hussein Obama is preparing for the  bloodiest war in American history and it’s going to take place here on American  soil.  When?  It has to be prior to the 2016 election, unless he  manages to force a constitutional amendment allowing himself to run for a third  term.  However, I truly don’t think the amendment will be necessary,  because he plans to forcibly take control of the country prior to the  election.  Everything points to the conclusion that this is all in  preparation for a hostile military takeover.

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For the Record : Gun Control

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Senior Moments by Golf Brooks – with Lyrics Closed Captioned

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Obama, Martin Luther King’s Worst Nightmare

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Obamacare Draft Application Is Online with 60-Pages of Description!

March 12, 2013

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Obamacare morass

Obamacare is now 20,000 pages long and they’re still writing rules!  Sequestration won’t slow any of this down – aren’t we lucky?

Unsurprisingly, the application for Obamacare is a bureaucratic mess. The draft version of the Obamacare application and the 60-page description appeared online without any warning. They can be found here.

It is 15 pages with 21 steps, some steps having additional questions. Three government agencies including the IRS will scrutinize the application for identity, finances, and citizenship. If approved, you then have to pick a health plan. In order to pick a health plan, you have to be familiar with healthcare jargon.

We can’t ask people to get photo ID’s to vote because it’s too confusing and difficult, but we can make them fill out confusing bureaucratic paperwork before they can even pick a health plan. Picking a health plan is also confusing.

The government has to know all about your financial situation because of the subsidies. Lower income people will be forced onto Medicaid, a very poor healthcare system. Medicaid pays doctors so poorly that people in the program must rely on the charity of doctors. Middle class people will get subsidies for a better plan.

The government gets to go into your bank accounts to check on your answers any time they want so you’d best not make a mistake.

People will need CPAs to figure out some of the questions.

Here is a sample statement that should prove confusing:

If the child’s relationship to the applicant hasn’t already been provided and the state has taken up an option to limit the allowable relationships of a caretaker relative to a dependent child, skip to item 4.

What the heck are they talking about?

If you apply online, you will supposedly get almost instant approval. However, if your income has changed in the last year and you need financial assistance, be prepared for even more paperwork.

All you need to do to prove citizenship is to have an ID such as a social security number. If a person is here illegally and doesn’t apply for Obamacare, are hospitals really going to turn them away? Of course not and we will end up with the same problem this plan was supposed to resolve – the burden of the uninsured on taxpayers.

You’d better fill it out if you need healthcare because it’s mandated under the law. When the Obamacare law was first drafted, Pelosi and her buddies wanted to imprison violators. Do not be surprised if jail time doesn’t come back.

 

Let’s hope the Chinese hackers get busy downloading our tax code and Obamacare. It will surely cause all the Chinese systems to crash.

There is their very condescending informational video for people who need assistance. It won’t get them through the process.

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Official Newsletter of the Dixie Republican Forum

The Dixie Republican
Official Newsletter of the Dixie Republican Forum
March 2013
Chairwoman’s Message
 
Living Our Lives
By Mary Burkett, DRF Chairwoman
Liberals seem to use any event as reason to push their constitution-destroying agenda forward (never let a crisis go to waste?).  Sequestration? Undermine the military and the secret service. Newtown? Gun control. It never seems to end. Budget deficits? Tax increases. The high cost of health care? Obamacare.
After all that the greatest generation went through to give us the most powerful economy the world has ever seen, how did we get here? It’s a question we all ask. Perhaps the better question is how do we change it and maybe the answer to that is more simple than we think.
Is it possible that the answer lies in how we live our lives each day?
Are we good neighbors? Are we volunteering in our communities on a regular basis? Are we kind to the point that our children and grandchildren want to be like us? Are we informed and offering opinions based on fact and in a way that others WANT to listen? Are we willing to be a bit frugal with ourselves so we can be generous with others? Would those around us recognize, by the way we live, that we are a people of faith?
Is it possible that solutions are within our grasp? I’ll leave that up to you to decide. I know I have work to do and growth to accomplish.
Let’s all spend a little time in reflection and find places where we can act and we CAN make a difference and then DO IT!
Those places do exist. We need only to seize the opportunity to do those things, sometimes very little things, to create change.
 
 
 
March Luncheon
 
          Our March luncheon on March 19th will feature Washington County Sheriff Cory Pulsipher.  Sheriff Pulsipher supported the Utah County Sheriff’s Association in standing up against President Obama’s attempts at gun control.  Gathering begins at 11:30 am, with the program beginning at noon.  RSVP by email or to Marge at 628-1646.
 
Calendar of Events
March
19  DRF Luncheon, 11:30 am, guest speaker:  Sheriff Cory Pulsipher
April
4    DRF Executive Committee meeting, 7 pm
16  DRF Luncheon, 11:30 am, Legislative Recap with our local legislators
27  Washington County GOP Organizing Convention
May
2    DRF Executive Committee meeting, 7 pm
18  Utah GOP State Organizing Convention in Sandy, UT
21  DRF Luncheon, 11:30 am
If you have ideas for DRF activities for 2013, please email us at dixierepublicanforum@yahoo.com.
Renew Your DRF Membership
 
Dues are $25 for a single membership and $30 for a couple.  Dues include membership in the Utah Republican Assembly and the National Federation of Republican Assemblies, plus voting rights in our elections and endorsing conventions.  Best of all, our Socials and Christmas Party are for members only!
Dues can be paid at the March luncheon or mailed to our treasurer, Ken Nagel, at 1547 W. Songbird Drive, St. George, UT 84790.  Please make checks payable to “DRF” or “Dixie Republican Forum.”
Editorial
Limits Needed on Government Drone Use
By Larry Meyers, Newsletter Editor
Originally published in The Independent, March 2013
Over the past decade, the US military has vastly expanded its use of remote-controlled aircraft, commonly called drones, in the “war on terror.”  These drones, ranging in size from tiny to massive, can be equipped with high-tech cameras, other imaging and listening devices, and guided missiles.  Presidents Bush and Obama have used the drones for targeted missile strikes on enemy forces and known-Al-Qaeda terrorists in the Middle East.
          One concern that has been raised about these drone strikes is that the missiles sometimes kill innocent civilians who are with or near the enemy targets.  It is morally imperative that our military avoid such collateral damage as much as possible.
          Opposition to drone strikes reached a fevered pitch last year when it was revealed that the military had used a drone to target and kill a US citizen living in Yemen who was suspected of being affiliated with Al-Qaeda.  Such extremes raise the question:  what limits should there be on government use of drones?
          The simple answer is that our government, at all levels, must continue to respect our rights, as American citizens, to life and liberty.  For starters, the Fifth and Fourteen Amendments to the US Constitution prohibit the government from depriving any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.  This “procedural” due process has been defined by the courts as, at minimum, the right to notice and a hearing prior to the government action.  Thus, the government may not kill an American citizen without notice of the alleged crime and without giving the citizen an opportunity to defend himself in court.
          The surveillance capabilities of drones also challenge our privacy rights.  The Fourth Amendment, which protects individuals from unreasonable searches, must be applied to prohibit the government from using drones to spy on Americans in private places.  The same probable cause and warrant standards that apply to wire taps and search warrants should apply to drone surveillance in the United States.
          The military and federal agencies are not the only ones using drones.  State and local government agencies have recently purchased and used drones for law enforcement purposes.  These local agencies must also be prohibited from violating citizens’ rights through local ordinances that limit the use of police drones and through court enforcement of constitutional protections.
          In February, the city of Charlottesville, Virginia, passed a resolution banning the use of drones by the city for two years.  St. George and our other Washington County cities should pass similar ordinances to place reasonable limits on the use of drones in our communities.  While drones can certainly be an appropriate tool for search and rescue, manhunt, and other similar situations, their use to harm or spy on citizens should be prohibited.

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Explosive Throw Down Between Cruz and Feinstein Over Guns

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For Some Americans, Poverty Is Better Than Winning The Lottery

If the average American family won a one million dollar state lottery prize, they would receive—after the government confiscated the obligatory taxes— an estimated $25,000 in annual prize money every year for 26 consecutive years. Today, a family with a household income of $23,000 consisting of a father, mother, and two children, live in America at or below the U.S. poverty threshold, and qualify for State and Federal assistance. That assistance can total $25,000-$50,000 per year and unlike the lottery pay-off, entitlements may never end.

I am a benevolent person. Yet I have to take pause to consider the necessity of such obscene amounts of government assistance. Contrary to popular liberal opinions, no one in America dies from lack of access to food. Starvation is not an epidemic problem in the United States. America’s most vulnerable families— specifically those with minor children and elderly dependents—are not writhing in pain from malnourishment. I would go as far to say that more people die annually from energy drink overdoses rather than from starvation in America. Our first Lady, Michelle Obama might even back me up, considering she believes we are all too fat and need to go on a diet.

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The Truth About Government Ammo Purchases

March 8, 2013

“There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily.” –George Washington

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The last few months have seen troubling news of massive government purchases of ammunition. Agencies from the Social Security Administration to the Department of Agriculture to the Department of Homeland Security have purchased millions of rounds. But is the whole thing more hype than substance?

Ever since Barack Obama was first elected in 2008, he has been selling guns and ammunition at a faster clip than any gun salesman could hope for. And since his re-election, citizens have been faced with severe shortages of both. This can only be exacerbated by large government purchases. The Social Security Administration (SSA), for example, purchased 174,000 rounds and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) bought 320,000 rounds. More understandable in purpose but also perhaps more staggering in scale, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) put in a request for 450 million rounds, while the FBI intends to purchase 100 million.

The headlines are ominous, but some of the hype can be put in perspective by doing a little math. National Review’s Charles C. W. Cooke does just that. The SSA’s request for 174,000 rounds amounts to just 590 rounds for each of its 295 inspector general agents “who investigate Social Security fraud and other crimes.” Some of us might go through 590 rounds in an afternoon at the range. As for the USDA, 320,000 is enough to provide the same number of rounds for 542 agents, and, through the Forest Service, those agents have an area the size of Pakistan to cover.

When it comes to the bigger orders, Cooke writes, “The FBI and DHS’s apparently vast orders are deceptively presented by the conspiracy theorists. It is true that in 2011, the FBI ordered up to 100 million bullets for its 13,913 special agents (which works out to 7,187 per agent). And, yes, the Department of Homeland Security — a composite department that oversees USCIS, Customs and Border Protection, FEMA, ICE, the TSA, the Coast Guard, the Secret Service, and the National Protection Directorate — placed a request for up to 450 million rounds for its 65,000 armed personnel (which works out to 6,923 per agent). But in the real world, ammunition is not divided up and handed out on such a basis. What is bought is stockpiled and then allocated on the basis of need. The DHS’s order is expected to last for at least five years, and it was placed up front primarily as a cost-saving measure.” Indeed, DHS is not even bound to buy that much; they merely have a tab on which to order more rounds as needed.

That certainly doesn’t mean there aren’t questions or that we should simply shrug and look the other way. For starters, the Department of Education recently placed an order for “27 Remington Brand Model 870 police 12-gauge shotguns.” This might lead any reasonable person to ask, as Cooke does, “Whether it is in possession of one bullet or 1 million bullets, should the federal Department of Education be armed in the first place? If so, why?” We would add, should there even be a Department of Education? But that’s a topic for another day. The DoE has been known to botch raids when it was the wrong enforcement vehicle from the start.

The same questions could be asked of any number of bureaucracies. Does the Social Security Administration really need an armed enforcement division? We’ve known some unruly seniors in our day, but that seems to be overkill.

Then there’s the information that’s just plain false. Reports have been circulating that DHS has procured 2,717 Mine Resistant Armor Protected (MRAP) vehicles. The truth is, DHS has had retrofitted MRAPs since 2008, and now has 16 of them for serving “high-risk warrants.” The figure of 2,717 comes from a delivery to the Marine Corps, not DHS. None of that, however, takes away from the problem that these are more properly military vehicles for war zones, not law enforcement tools. The militarization of law enforcement is undeniably troublesome. Furthermore, DHS is the same bureaucracy that claims right-wing extremists pose a threat, and it’s run by an administration that thinks that “weapons of war” shouldn’t be on our streets. Unless they’re the ones driving them, apparently.

There are certainly troubling trends here and very real threats to our Liberty, but we must be careful not to exaggerate. While readers know that we never minimize the outrageous growth of government beyond its constitutional bounds, it also doesn’t seem to us that the government is, as some have put it, “stockpiling bullets in case of civil unrest.” Questions about procurements and functions? Absolutely. Apocalypse? Not ye

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