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When the government fears the people

29 Jan. 08,       2014 05.54“When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”

– Thomas Jefferson

Given the stunning advances Western society made over the last hundred years both socially and technologically, most Americans grew up with the belief that things would always “turn out for the best” in the long run, and this was a chief underpinning of our worldview. Despite having fought such foes as Adolf Hitler and weathered the prolonged tensions and fears of the Cold War, even these had come to inspiring conclusions. I think that until very recently, few Americans ever considered a fundamental paradigm shift for the worse.

Our positive worldview has been a two-edged sword of sorts. On the one hand, it tempered our resolve and conviction; when you believe you’re going to win, it can go a long way toward manifesting that victory. On the other hand, given such an outlook, one – or a nation – might get lulled into a false sense of security. I believe that this is, in part, precisely what occurred with regard to the American people and the enemies from within against whom we are now engaged.

We believed that given the promise the future and our aggregate potential held, and our ability to contribute to the betterment of those around the globe, who would even want to stand against us?

Those who have a desire to foment or prolong human suffering – that’s who.

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Posted by Erik Rush in Columns

Stop apologizing: America’s New Year’s resolution

american-eagle-day_120612I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions in general, because they tend to set people up for failure. I know I’m not unique in this, but my rationale might be; this is because the sorts of things that people typically resolve are often outside of their direct control. That might sound a little cryptic, but many who have attempted to quit a harmful habit will know what I’m talking about.

The resolution that I herein recommend for America (or Americans, as the case may be) is indeed within our direct control. It is also an imperative if we are to arrest the progress of the Obama administration, the criminality that exists within the culture of our federal government and the general advancement of progressive socialism.

The resolution is as follows: Stop ceding ground to America’s enemies.

Ceding ground to America’s enemies is something that we have been encouraged to do, under various pretexts, for decades. Usually the rationales for doing so have been such things as tolerance, compassion, egalitarianism and, of course the old standby, for our own good. The latter differs from the “common good,” by the way, in that it is invariably defined by the government, rather than the common people.

While some of the people or interest groups ostensibly benefiting from said tolerance, compassion and egalitarianism may not necessarily be advocates of the tyranny that their interests are helping to advance, sometimes they are; their leaders and spokesmen almost always are. Yet, the “wedge” issues with which those leaders and cultural influencers mislead us have invariably been employed to incrementally modify Americans’ behavior. In the end, complete enslavement will be realized.

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Posted by Erik Rush in Columns

Stop pretending Obama is our president

obamas-puppet-masterWhen are we going to stop pretending that the individual representing himself as Barack Hussein Obama and currently holding the office of president of the United States is anything other than a foreign-backed, Marxist operative and Islamist whose objectives include the effective destruction of America as we know it?

As I advised my streaming show audience this week, I – or anyone else, for that matter – could crack the façade concerning our president’s motives in seconds on any one of the national television news shows on which I’ve appeared by asking one simple question:

“Why is it that everything – everything – Obama has done has had a detrimental effect on America?” Enumerating them and clarifying said motives would, of course, be child’s play.

Nobody is that stupid, save for those shuffling around in institutions or under lock and key in the care of loved ones. Nor do I believe anyone is as incompetent or unlucky as one would have to be to have consistently botched everything from America’s economy to national security. In light of the developments of the last few months, the evidence of Barack Obama’s sabotage and treason has not only become agonizingly clear, but it convicts both those in the press who still consider themselves journalists, as well as anyone who has taken an oath to uphold our Constitution.

The elephant in the room – which even conservative pundits seem to be skirting – is that it has all been done deliberately.

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Posted by Erik Rush in Columns

Conservative lawmakers’ secret Mideast trip could foreshadow Obama downfall


bachmannkinggohmert1Apparently, there are at least three American lawmakers who have determined to do their jobs, this being to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. Unlike the craven, egocentric, self-aggrandizing majority of our congressmen and senators, at great personal risk, Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), and Steve King (R-IA) conducted an off-the-record trip (“mission” might actually be a better description) to the Middle East this past week.

As reported by the Washington Times, the three utilized commercial flights “into high-profile danger zones like Beirut, Cairo and Tripoli,” meeting with top-level officials in the region.

According to The Washington Post, Bachmann, Gohmert, and King met with embassy officials in Tripoli “to receive updates on the Benghazi attack and on the general situation in Libya.” The attack on the compound in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 has led to a myriad of questions on the part of Congress and the American people, but none of these have been answered satisfactorily by the administration. The ostensible efforts of the State Department to determine what occurred have been perfunctory at best, yet information coming out of Libya, Egypt, and certain independent parties has all but condemned Obama and his State Department, suggesting everything from a cavalier abandonment of the personnel there, to premeditation and complicity in their deaths.

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Posted by Erik Rush in Columns

Do Democrat lawmakers anticipate treason trials?

hanging1According to a report by Breitbart’s Elizabeth Sheld, eight Democrat lawmakers have proposed a bill that would eliminate the death penalty as a consequence for individuals convicted of numerous federal crimes, among them espionage and treason. Nothing happens in Washington without a reason, so The Federal Death Penalty Abolition Act (HR 3741) gives rise to a bevy of questions and suspicions.

What motivation would congressional Democrats have for wishing to neutralize the death penalty option for such serious crimes? While the average news consumer is conditioned to summarily dismiss the machinations of government unless it directly impacts their pocketbook, or their sensibilities are deliberately targeted by the press, common sense dictates that elected officials proposing such a law could be anticipating the requisite conditions, thus necessitating the law in the first place.

So, who do these lawmakers suppose might be tried for treason, espionage, or the host of other federal crimes now punishable by death in the not-so-distant future?

Well, take your pick. President Obama himself committed a treasonable offense in supplying military aid to rebels fighting against the Assad regime in Syria, first clandestinely and then overtly after circumventing laws expressly prohibiting same. What other treasonable offenses he may have committed attendant to this process (including those related to the 9/11/12 attack on the Benghazi compound) remains to be seen.

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Posted by Erik Rush in Columns

The Domestic Abuse of Lady Liberty

libertyabusedOn Nov. 27, National Public Radio ran a story entitled “Conservative Groups Would Take Hit From New IRS Rules, ” citing that new Internal Revenue Service rules “aimed at clarifying what constitutes political activity for tax-exempt” organizations were likely to affect conservative groups more than their liberal counterparts. This move comes on the heels of the now-infamous scandal in which the IRS illegally targeted conservative nonprofits during the 2012 election cycle.

While the actions of the IRS in 2012 are still being spun by President Obama as a “screw up” (his words), even the establishment press acknowledges that it was an organized, deliberate effort that came from the top down. It is also widely accepted among conservatives that these policies were intended to stultify the political activity of conservatives in their efforts, which it did succeed in doing.

As the reader may also recall, Lois Lerner, the former senior IRS official at the center of the decision to target tea-party groups for onerous tax scrutiny, personally and retroactively green-lighted a 501(c)3 application for Malik Obama, the president’s half-brother (if one buys the narrative of his origins), a bundler for the Muslim Brotherhood. This despite the fact that Obama’s organization had been operating in violation of the law over the previous two years.

So how is it that the administration has the gall to promulgate yet more burdensome IRS regulation of nonprofits that is likely to affect principally conservative groups with the body of the last IRS scandal not yet cold?

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Posted by Erik Rush in Columns

American Spring, anyone?

Icelanders-overthrow-governmentThere’s a story that was largely ignored by the establishment press (an oddity, I know) this past spring which should have been one of the biggest news items of the year. In America these days, the press typically has one reason for ignoring or spiking stories, of course: If it doesn’t fit the narrative of the political left, it isn’t covered.

The particular nature of this one, however, speaks volumes as to why it was glossed over and why the one buried mention mischaracterized the item entirely.

In April and May of this year, citizens of the nation of Iceland essentially overthrew their government, establishing a new constitution and a citizens’ oversight framework intended to check the actions of their government in the future. The impetus for this was a major banking scandal that emerged in 2008 and whose repercussions have carried through to the present. This involved the collapse of all three of the country’s major privately owned commercial banks following their inability to refinance their short-term debt and a run on deposits. It is said to have been one of the worst aspects of the global economic meltdown that had its roots in the machinations of radicals in the U.S., complicit lawmakers and unscrupulous mortgage banking officials.

Now, the Icelandic banking scandal itself did come to light and was widely reported, but the ultimate result – the government being ousted – was not. In fact, a New York Times piece on the uprising (the “buried mention” to which I referred) framed the Icelanders as ingrates for disrespecting the political factions that had graciously navigated them through that turbulent period of time. It also did not cover the Tahrir Square-style demonstrations that gave rise to the subsequent elections.
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Posted by Erik Rush in Columns

Is that the sound of a constitutional resurgence?

resurgencePeople who know me but who are in other lines of work often comment about how the current political landscape must provide such a wealth of material with regard to political, social, and cultural analysis. At times I find it a bit strange; it’s almost as though there’s a tinge of envy to it, like I’m an athlete who gets called in to every game, while they get to sit on the bench.

Sometimes I wish that this was not the case, because the fact that there is so much to address is indicative of the dire straits through which America is currently passing. What truly frustrates is the fact that a lot of the passengers on this proverbial ocean liner are wholly oblivious to the icebergs littering our path, and to the slavering, smelly mutineers attempting to intentionally run the ship into them.

Lest I digress entirely: The plethora of grave material, this fodder for my commentary efforts, is also providing the public at large with at least some of the data they need to determine that we are indeed in grave danger. Having made this determination, we shall be able to welcome them – or some of them, at least – to the table with the solution-oriented people.

In the recent past, too few perceived the symptoms of the disease. Now that they are experiencing pain and discomfort, they’re palpitating the affected area to see what might be the matter. Such things as the bevy of political scandals involving the Obama administration, the implosion of the “democratic” Arab Spring, and the sluggish economic recovery provided more latent symptoms. The acute symptoms came about through the NSA domestic spying scandal, Obama’s dictatorial measures during the partial government shutdown and finally, the revelation of his grand deception with regard to Obamacare.

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Posted by Erik Rush in Columns, Politics
Holder & Obama: A 1-2 impeachment punch

Holder & Obama: A 1-2 impeachment punch

obama-holder1On the one hand, I’d hate to be a fly on the wall of the White House these days, considering the palpable tension that must certainly exist given the pressures from mounting scandals, the ire of the American people over the chaotic Obamacare rollout and President Obama’s serial deceptions concerning same.

On the other hand, I might quite enjoy being a fly on the wall of the White House these days.

As was widely reported, on Nov. 19, a group of House Republicans introduced a resolution to call for the impeachment of Attorney General Eric Holder. The resolution alleges that Holder committed “high crimes and misdemeanors” during his tenure as head of the Justice Department, specifically relating to Holder’s lack of cooperation during their investigation into the Operation Fast and Furious gun-tracking scandal, his refusal to prosecute individuals involved in the Internal Revenue Services’ targeting of conservative political nonprofit groups, his failure to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act and alleged false testimony regarding the Department of Justice investigating Fox News reporter James Rosen.

Last year, the House voted to cite Holder for contempt of court after he refused to turn over documents relating to Fast and Furious. Holder filed an appeal to prevent that case from going forward last week, but early this week, a federal judge denied his request.
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Posted by Erik Rush in Columns, Obama