Barack Obama & The West: Weakened by Fatal Narcissism
A sovereign nation was being invaded and occupied by another country's military while the rest of the world stood by and puffed a bit of smoke. After the meeting in Brussels of EU heads of state, David Cameron said that Russia had committed a flagrant breach of international law, that what had happened was simply "unacceptable" and that this was "the most serious crisis in Europe this century." So what followed from that? Not a lot. Most of what was immediately proposed came under the heading of non-cooperation, what sports commentators would call time-wasting tactics: delays to discussions about visa liberalisation, putting off preparatory talks for the next G8 meeting, blah-blah. There were also would-be ominous warnings about more terrible things that might happen if Russia continued on its relentless march but, at this moment in time, they remained obscure and firmly in the locker.
Using Your Vote
Back in 2012, nearly 4 million eligible American voters did not vote in the Presidential Election. While their reasons varied, they lost their right to complain about the end result of that election by not voting. I am hearing from all across America from voters who are upset and angry with both political parties. This comes as no surprise as there’s enough blame to go around for many of the things we’ve seen the past several years when it comes to Politics. The main objection seems to be the “my way or the highway” approach coming from the leaders of the Democrat and Republican Parties, as well as by President Obama’s same approach. To put it simply, this is getting America “nowhere.” There has to be a compromise of some sort if the politicians Americans elect can do the business of “We the People.” Gridlock, stalemate and just not getting along with each other are not The time has come for all eligible voters to get out and vote for the candidates of their choice! what we send our elected officials to City, County, State and our National Capitols to do.
A Revolution for the Constitution
Our Constitution is being hijacked, and it's time to reclaim it. I spent my entire career fighting for the Constitution, for limited government and regulation, lower taxes and less government in our lives. We're losing that battle right now, and it's not because the other side has the better arguments. We have to show voters that the debate here can be conducted on a very high level, that the Constitution embodies a form of government that reflects the principles laid out in the Declaration of Independence. In America's formative years, our nation adhered to that Constitution. But about 130 years ago, the Progressives, progressivism philosophy and a new world view started coming out of Europe, reflecting a mentality in which social welfare trumped individual freedom. Our first progressive president was Theodore Roosevelt. Our biggest progressive president was Woodrow Wilson. There was only one hitch: It doesn't work.
Russia’s Propaganda Warriors Are On the March
Anne Elizabeth Applebaum
'Russian television news is reporting..." Nowadays, when I hear those words pronounced on the BBC or ITN, I can't help but wince. Over the past 10 days, Russian television news has reported, among other things, that 675,000 Ukrainian refugees have flooded over the Russian border; that extremists and neo-Nazi militants have illegally taken over the Ukrainian government in Kiev; and that Crimean "self-defence forces" or "pro-Russian forces" have spontaneously gathered in front of the Crimean parliament in order to defend it from those same Nazis. Each of these statements is a lie: there are no refugees flooding into Russia. The queues of cars that appeared on broadcasts were found to be taken at a Polish border point, which thousands cross in any case every day. Nor have extremists and neo-Nazis taken over in Kiev: the elected parliament has now formed the government in Ukraine, following the president's extraordinary decision to discard a negotiated agreement and flee the country.
Today Crimea, Tomorrow ‘Palestine’
Over the past few days, Russian President Vladimir Putin has made various military moves which presage an imminent invasion of the Crimea. Such moves have included Russian forces occupying Crimean military and civilian airports, and landing thousands of highly armed Russian special forces into those airports. The overwhelmingly Russian-majority parts of the Crimea are welcoming the regular Russian forces with Russian flag-waving. In the face of what is clearly is a lead-up to a likely Russian invasion, the Obama regime has simply waffled. All the European countries are horrified by Putin's very blunt and naked aggression. If Georgia is any precedent, Putin will soon have opened a land corridor from Russia to Russia's key naval base in Sevastopol. Events have moved with lightning speed, and will be presented as fait accompli. The UN will be paralyzed.
Obama, Russia & The Wages of Weakness
Vladimir Putin is a lucky man. And he's got three more years of luck to come. He takes Crimea, and President Obama says it's not in Russia's interest, not even strategically clever. Indeed, it's a sign of weakness. Really? Crimea belonged to Moscow for 200 years. Russia conquered it 20 years before the US acquired Louisiana. Lost it in the humiliation of the 1990s. Putin got it back in about three days without firing a shot. Now Russia looms over the rest of eastern and southern Ukraine. Putin can take that anytime he wants -- if he wants. He has already destabilized the nationalist government in Kiev. Ukraine is now truncated and on the life support of US and European money (much of which -- cash for gas -- will end up in Putin's treasury anyway). Obama says Putin is on the wrong side of history and Secretary of State John Kerry says Putin's is "really 19th-century behavior in the 21st century."
What Freedom of the Press?
Paul R. Hollrah
In a February 10 op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, who occupies one of the Republican seats on the commission, broke the news that the Obama administration was planning to place inquisitors in the newsrooms of television and radio stations across the nation. Titled the "Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs," or CIN, the FCC program proposed to send researchers into TV and radio newsrooms to interview reporters, editors, and station managers about how they decide which stories to cover... or not cover. As Pai described it, the stated purpose of the CIN was to "ferret out information from television and radio broadcasters about 'the process by which stories are selected,' and how often stations cover 'critical information needs,' along with 'perceived station bias' and 'perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.'"
The Return of ‘The Horror of History’
While condemning the actions of Russia in Crimea, John Kerry said that the time of Empires is long gone; we live in the "21st century, and not in the 19th century." After speaking with Putin, Angela Merkel told that he lost touch with reality and that he lives "in another dimension." In my opinion the time of Empires has not passed yet and Putin is in full harmony with reality. United States, and with their assistance a significant part of Europe have created an isolated civilization: extremely successful and advanced, but isolated. Geography played a great role in it, because US and Britain are island states and mainland Europe is a peninsula. From a cultural stand point, this civilization has been based on ancient models of Greek democracy and Roman law; ethnically – on a relatively homogeneous population in a very limited space.
The Cool War Cometh
Sol W. Sanders
No, Russian President Vladimir Putin has not ushered in the return to The Cold War with his assault on the integrity of Ukraine. But he has confirmed that the United States and his Russian regime--very likely as long as he lasts--is engaged in a bitter new geopolitical contest. The Obama Administration--and its predecessor Bush II--had refused to acknowledge the onset of this conflict. Washington now finds itself wrong-footed in Ukraine, a crowning blow to an already growing perception of US foreign policy failure and general retreat across a worldwide screen. That's leading to a replay of old rivalries, if on a more temperate scale. But the situations of both countries--especially Russia--has changed dramatically in the almost three decades since the Soviet Union imploded. But its hold on Germany and the rest of Central and Eastern Europe under Communist domination is gone if not forgotten.
Calling the Global Warming Charlatans ‘Nazis’
On February 20th, the noted meteorologist, Dr. Roy W. Spencer, fed up with being called a "denier" of global warming, posted a commentary on his blog titled "Time to push back against the global warming Nazis." "When politicians and scientists started calling people like me 'deniers', they crossed the line. They are still doing it," said Dr. Spencer. "They indirectly equate (1) the skeptics' view that global warming is not necessarily all manmade nor a serious problem with (2) the denial that the Nazi's extermination of millions of Jews ever happened." The Holocaust happened, but global warming's latest natural cycle ended about 17 years ago and, as a lot of people have noticed, it has been getting cold since then. "Like the Nazis," said Dr. Spencer, "they advocate the supreme authority of the state (fascism), which in turn supports their scientific research to support their cause..." In the case of global warming, this huge hoax was put forth by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.