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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

Obamacare: Best chance to defeat the left –– for good

obamacare-420x350Well, it’s finally happened. We have reached the point where it has become so evident that President Barack Hussein Obama is just this side of evil incarnate and that his administration and radical leftists in Congress are constitutional criminals that those who continue to support them and their policies are either ideologically kindred (and thus, enemies of the republic), or so pitifully dim that they may not merit rescue from a burning building. No … I think I’ll save that dog over there; at least he may wind up being of benefit to humankind someday …

Thus, I believe that these supporters – whether politicos, press, or rank-and-file voters – have forfeited the right to be taken in any way seriously.

The ongoing controversy relative to the Obamacare rollout provided another recent object lesson in this vein. The president’s attempt to blame health insurance companies for soaking customers in direct response to regulations enacted in keeping with his health-care law is not only beyond craven, but presumes an almost incomprehensible level of stupidity on the part of American consumers.

The people to whom I’ve referred in recent weeks as those who are waking up but not yet sure what they’re waking up to are the ones it is now our responsibly to reach. The catalyst for their current discomfort is of course the “sticker shock” they are experiencing – or will shortly experience – as a result of their health insurance policies being canceled and their premiums skyrocketing due to Obamacare. Despite their profound vexation, these individuals are still potentially susceptible to the aforementioned spin being advanced by the administration, Democrats and the press.

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Posted by Erik Rush in Columns, Tyranny

Is Obama about to create a race incident?

jesse-jackson-obama-7-15-08I don’t know if the following simply reflects standard operating procedure or, given past contrivances of the radical left and the current administration, a harbinger of things to come. In either case, we should probably know one way or the other in fairly short order.

Last Wednesday, in one of the most despicable displays I’ve heard in a long time, racial provocateur Jesse Jackson outlined a paranoid vision of America pertaining to race relations, misrepresenting the politics of one conservative politician and one conservative president, neither of whom were able to counter his slander because they’re long-deceased.

At Furman University in Greenville, S.C., Jackson claimed that former President Ronald Reagan and former presidential candidate Barry Goldwater had been proponents of segregation. “Goldwater and Reagan – had they been successful, it would have been illegal for blacks and whites to play together on a Saturday afternoon,” Jackson said, claiming that the American South is “the land of the free, the home of genocide.”

Where the hell he gets off spewing such incendiary and inaccurate calumnies at this point in our history is anyone’s guess. That some still heed, let alone respect this creature is the real problem.
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Posted by Erik Rush in Columns, Racism

Obama’s thugs and the left’s projection

obama_police_state1On Oct. 25, the Washington Times reported that on Aug. 6, Maryland State Police and federal agents used a search warrant in an unrelated criminal investigation to seize the private files of Audrey Hudson, a former investigative journalist for the Washington Times. Earlier, Hudson had exposed problems in the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Air Marshals Service.

Arriving at 4:30 a.m. in full body armor, agents confiscated several small arms during the raid, although no charges were filed in connection with them. These were seized pursuant to a warrant issued for unregistered firearms supposedly belonging to Hudson’s husband, although he was not charged with a crime. The Washington Times is in the process of preparing legal action against the government.

While this raid was obviously a blatant violation of the First and Fourth Amendments as applied to a free press and unlawful search and seizure respectively, the Times also pointed out that this action raises concerns over one of the seizing agencies having been a target of the reporter’s investigations. Ms. Hudson said that the identities of some of her confidential sources were now in the very hands of those people from whom she was attempting to protect said sources.

All of this is but more escalation in the process of the Obama administration exercising increasingly more tyrannical measures. In addition to illegally neutralizing a threat, they sent a message to journalists and their potential sources alike: There is no longer any safety, protection, nor expectation of privacy under the law for members of the press, their confidential informants, or government whistleblowers.

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Posted by Erik Rush in Columns, Tyranny

No checks, No Balance

blind_justiceThis week I had a chat, as it were, with a prominent pundit with whom every reader is probably familiar. Although this person is unabashedly liberal, I was still somewhat mortified at how far he was still willing to go in his defense of the Obama administration in light of recent developments.

While some liberals have come to acknowledge that the new health-care program (Obamacare) rollout has been a multi-craft commercial airliner disaster, the president has engaged in overreach with regard to his foreign policy, and that his economic policy is at least wanting, this fellow had an excuse – or a deluded interpretation – for absolutely everything: President Obama’s poll numbers are great, Americans think Sen. Ted Cruz is a fool, and the tea party is on its way out.

In the foreground, of course we have the disastrous Obamacare rollout, which is not only a technical clusterbungle, but it has given rise to rude awakenings with regard to lost coverage and fiscal impact – and we haven’t even gotten into the neutralization of personal liberties therein that will take hold incrementally.

We have Obama’s abject tyranny during the recent government shutdown, which infringed upon the rights of so many that I am astounded it did not result in at least a few deaths stemming from authorities’ reactions to “overzealous” civil disobedience.

The president is in violation of Article III, section 3, clause 1, of the U.S. Constitution; this clearly states that the giving of aid and comfort to the enemy is a treasonable offense. With a wave of his hand, Obama waived that law and is now supplying weapons to al-Qaida and Muslim Brotherhood jihadists in Syria anyway. Then there’s the host of unconstitutional executive orders and under-reported crimes about which Congress remains mute.

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Posted by Erik Rush in Columns, Tyranny

We the People … are winning

vetmarch101313aIt is both surprising and gratifying that some of America’s brave patriots are finally getting their due in terms of recognition and positive publicity of late. While most major media outlets are not likely to counter the Obama narrative on anything until public executions have begun (and perhaps not even then), some that had been slow to cover the truckers’ Ride for the Constitution and the veteran’s protests this past weekend are now representing these as part of a movement among everyday Americans to resist our tyrannical president, his co-conspirators and entrenched progressive elites in our government.

And high time, too, I would say.

Over the last few weeks in print and on my streaming radio show, I’ve articulated my sentiment that it is past the time millions of Americans should have swarmed the Capitol and the White House, demanding the resignation of the president, his Cabinet, and every representative and senator in Congress, à la Tahrir Square in Egypt when Muslim Brotherhood thug Mohamed Morsi was ousted earlier this year.

Granted that much of this will sound preposterous and even seditious to many Americans, but the fact is such persons simply aren’t operating with sufficient information – sort of like the intoxicant aboard the Titanic who didn’t realize the ship was sinking until it was perpendicular to the ocean surface. This criminal administration has the darkest of designs on the nation and its people, and we have every right and the duty at this point to resist it. The attendant necessity to purge the government at large of communists and socialist elites, both Democrat and Republican, would be the second order of business.

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Posted by Erik Rush in Columns, Tyranny

Obama’s a dictator – what more evidence do we need?

obama_dictator1At the White House on Tuesday, President Obama delivered a statement and took questions from reporters on the partial government shutdown and the ongoing fight over raising the federal debt ceiling. I think that the only thing worse than having to endure the interminable effluvia of falsehoods was having to hear them over and again as he flapped his meaty, deceitful lips for an entire hour.

Obama’s oratory was a study in redundancy, fearmongering and demagoguery. Singling out tea-party Republicans for demonization and repeatedly employing such terms as threats, chaos, ransom, catastrophe and even nuclear bomb, he blatantly lied again and again about having been willing to “work with” Republicans all along and fiscal realities in general.

As I have been wont to say in recent weeks, Obama’s message, and that of the Democratic congressional leadership, at this point appears to be tailored for the most intellectually indolent, vapid couch potatoes. Even more disturbing is the militant rhetoric being used by Obama and his surrogates; in recent days, they have referred to Republican lawmakers as “hostage-takers” and “terrorists” with “bombs strapped to their chests.”

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Posted by Erik Rush in Columns, Obama

Why NOT Ted Cruz?

In the midst of the crisis over whether or not the U.S. would execute a military strike against Syria being turned down to simmer, and the impending implementation of Obamacare and threat of a government shutdown, there was one person possessed of a calm voice of reason. Quietly focused on the latter set of circumstances, he prepared his case for the American people rather than to them.

A singularly welcome change on its own, if I do say so myself.

ted-cruz-filibusterIt is unlikely I will ever laud a politician to the degree that might be called “reverence” (the “man crush” liberals accuse people such as myself of having on Ronald Reagan notwithstanding). I won’t shrink however, from giving a politician his or her due when he or she actually does the people’s work, particularly in these days of emerging tyranny, rampant thieves, cowards and outright criminals holding high office.

Texas junior United States Sen. Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz was swept into office in 2012 in a tea party-driven campaign. During its course, he defeat the establishment Republican David Dewhurst, Texas’s lieutenant governor, for the GOP nomination and won against former state Rep. Paul Sadler, the Democratic candidate. Cruz has a stellar record, including having been the first Latino solicitor general in Texas and the first Latino to be elected U.S. senator from Texas. Despite all this, he is not regarded as a political wunderkind or Ivy League god by the press because he is all at once a conservative, a Republican and an ethnic minority.

Even though Obamacare is but an acute symptom of the disease of progressivism, and there are indeed more imminent dangers to Americans’ life, liberty and pursuit of happiness (believe it or not) at present, suffice it to say that any effort to stave off the effects of the health-care law is a worthwhile pursuit. As the reader is likely aware, Mr. Cruz has been the most vocal champion of the Obamacare defunding movement, the hallmark of which was his 21-hour Senate floor speech on the 25th of September.

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Posted by Erik Rush in Columns, Government