Monday, June 17, 2013

Executioners, Hell's Lightning Rod, 1984 & More - Conservative on Target

Liberalism's Willing Executioners: What the American Left has done to its enemies is not entirely dissimilar, even while certainly not approaching the crass, deadly level of the Nazis. But whether it's Obama himself, or his campaign, or Media Matters or or any number of left-wing groups and websites and publications and media outlets, the American Left has been merciless in thoroughly demonizing opponents. Liberals don't just politely disagree, or agree that people can disagree; no -- too often they caricature those who disagree as vile reprobates with no possible good intentions or reasoning for their positions. It's a very illiberal thing to do.

Barack Obama, Hell's Lightning Rod:
   The lightning rod (invented by Benjamin Franklin) is a protective device. By "attracting" lightning strikes to itself, and safely conducting the electrical charge to ground, it prevents damage to surrounding buildings. This, I fear, is the function President Obama now serves, and will continue to serve, for the progressive aggressors against American liberty and Western civilization. By attracting all distrust and suspicion of governmental authority to himself, he is protecting a surrounding edifice of ever-expanding, illegitimate power. The removal of Obama will no more undo the structures of unlimited government than would the removal of a lightning rod entail the demolition of the building it protects.
   One can only hope that when this progressive authoritarian lightning rod is finally removed from office, his conservative opponents of the moment will not stop throwing their bolts, under the illusion that he alone was the problem, rather than the broader structure he currently shields. That broader structure -- government with unlimited and insuperable "legal" authority -- is Hell itself, in so far as there is a Hell on earth, because it is the historical home of the devil, the tempter of men, who corrupts by offering men unlimited power "to do good," knowing all the while that such power weakens the will to do good, and in the process undermines not only the corrupted soul, but all men's aspirations to freedom and individual dignity.

Barack Obama’s “Social Innovation” Slush Fund
   We all know now what the vengeful Obama IRS has been doing to conservative nonprofits the past four years: strangling them in the crib. But do you know how much pampering and largesse far-left welfare-state charities have received while limited-government groups suffered? You don’t know the half of it. Before President Obama took office, I warned that Democrats planned to steer untold amounts of taxpayer dollars to his shady community-organizing pals. The Dems’ 2008 party platform proposed the creation of a “Social Investment Fund Network” to subsidize “social entrepreneurs and leading ...
   The Obama administration’s politicization of charity — or the “Solyndra-ization of philanthropy,” as the Manhattan Institute’s Howard Husock calls it — has created a permanent taxpayer-backed pipeline to Democratic partisan outfits masquerading as public-interest do-gooders. There’s nothing “innovative” about underwriting the same failed dependency-inducing community organizing fronts while persecuting others based on ideology.

Is it Still 1984?
   Which of the latest Obama scandals annoys you the most? Me, I haven't gotten over Obamacare yet. Or the Sandy Hook attack on the Second Amendment. But lately my money's on the Big Brother scandal. That bothers me a lot. It's 2013 and we're sliding back to 1984. Big Brother Obama is watching you. But all of the scandals share a common element. They show the pattern -- the signature -- of how this administration operates. And I wonder how many people have picked up on it yet...
   The common element to all these scandals is the administration's constant, deliberate, and arrogant pattern of deception. The goal? Clearly it is to undermine the Constitution and the rule of law to advance his socialist agenda.

Our Enemy the Administrative State
   The vague "fundamental transformation" promised by Barack Obama prior to his first inauguration is nearly complete.  America's political system has been transformed from a constitutionally limited government into a modern administrative state of unlimited government.  A vast, extra-constitutional and unelected bureaucracy has been empowered with broad governing authority, including both legislative and judicial powers.  The unfolding scandals associated with an alphabet soup of government agencies such as the IRS, DOJ, and NSA, along with a myriad of actions taken by the HHS, EPA, DHS, and NLRB, illuminate the fundamental threat that this type of government poses to individual liberty and to the maintenance of a free society...
   When government and its agencies are unbound by the separation of powers and the rule of law and routinely subordinate individual liberty to their arbitrary mandates, to which citizens have little or no recourse, authoritarianism replaces democratic self-rule.
   Such is the legacy of "progress" that Progressives have created with their administrative state.

"In the late 1980s, Soviets were allowed to keep the wealth they created by raising vegetables on their garden plots. Although these plots composed only about 2% of the agricultural lands in the Soviet Union, they produced 25% of the food! When Soviets kept the wealth they created, they produced almost 16 times more than when it was taken from them at gunpoint, if necessary!" -- Dr. Mary J. Ruwart