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Archive for March 11th, 2010

The following excerpt is taken from Megyn Kelly’s interview with U.S. Congressman Ron Paul about the proposed national ID card for American workers. (See the 5:12 video Congressman Paul discusses NationalID with Megyn Kelly below.) 

Megyn Kelly:  “What’s the problem with the National ID card because its proponents say this is it; this is the thing that’s going to finally help us stop illegal immigrants from coming in here and taking jobs.”

Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX):  “Well, we do have a problem with illegal immigration, but the problems of every citizen carrying their papers wherever they go is a much worse problem than illegal immigration. … It’s part of an authoritarian society, dictatorships have this, but not a Republic.”

Megyn Kelly:  “What do you think the government might do to us if we all had a national ID card?

Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX):  “Well, they would monitor everything that we do! Surveillance. A lack of privacy.  It’s always for good purposes, everything is for good and they’re going to get rid of illegal immigration; they’re going to find the criminals, but they’re also going to monitor every single person, everything they do.

It’s sort of this idea, why don’t have cameras everyplace on every street corner because we’ll catch the bad guys. Well, why don’t they have cameras in our house in case there is child beating or wife beating? I mean that’s where one thing leads to another.

You either believe in freedom or you don’t if you think you need the supervision and surveillance constantly by your government. And right now the degree in confidence and trust in our government is quite low.

To turn this additional tool over to the government, to me, should outrage the American people, and so far the people I hear from are outraged.”


 

Congressman Paul discusses NationalID with Megyn Kelly

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“I attended the University of North Carolina with the great movie- and TV star Andy Griffith. When he became a national favorite, those who knew him slightly pretended they knew him well. Those who knew him well pretended they’d roomed with him. That’s for a Hollywood star, mind you; not a president. Isn’t there one mainstream journalist who finds it odd that, quite literally, nobody recalls going to Columbia University with Barack Obama? – or Barry Soetero?

“As King Christian of Denmark spat in Hitler’s face by wearing the Star of David (which only Jews were obligated to wear), let me quickly don the label of a “birther,” and then I’ll move on.”—Barry Farber


 

Call me a ‘birther’

By Barry Farber

No single snowflake ever feels responsible for the avalanche. It’s not just the “birth certificate”; President Obama has given us blizzards of reasons to question his autobiographical accuracy.

At my journalism school there were no lessons on how to ignore 800-pound gorillas. How did this current crowd get so good at it? Example: I attended the University of North Carolina with the great movie- and TV star Andy Griffith. When he became a national favorite, those who knew him slightly pretended they knew him well. Those who knew him well pretended they’d roomed with him. That’s for a Hollywood star, mind you; not a president. Isn’t there one mainstream journalist who finds it odd that, quite literally, nobody recalls going to Columbia University with Barack Obama? – or Barry Soetero?

Jack Cashill’s literary sleuthing has convinced millions that Obama never wrote his own books. Interview yourself: Do you believe the president, after 20 years in his pew, was surprised to learn of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s racial views? Or that the president had no clue as to William Ayers’ background beyond his being “a guy in the neighborhood”? I forgive myself for being reminded of a guy in my neighborhood whose relationship to the truth suffered perpetual estrangement. He never told the truth. Never! Well, once, I must concede, he did tell the truth, but he thought he was lying! Among my unalienable rights is the right to question everything about the president’s past as presented to us.

I remember when American newsmen used to ridicule their French colleagues for their obsequious softball questioning of President Charles de Gaulle at Paris press conferences. Those French reporters were water-boarders compared to the American White House press corps today.

The treatment, by the president’s political bodyguards, of those who believe he’s not eligible to hold the office is an American disgrace. As King Christian of Denmark spat in Hitler’s face by wearing the Star of David (which only Jews were obligated to wear), let me quickly don the label of a “birther,” and then I’ll move on. Or, let the president “show it” and we can all move on!

Remember the Sherlock Holmes tale of “The Dog That Did Not Bark”? That’s a theme that may be worth moving on to.

Among the items in President Obama’s biography, I hear a dog not barking. And, to me, the non-barking is quite loud. Obama’s handlers have, naturally, enhanced his image by highlighting things that humanize and enlarge the man and impress the masses. The White House PR minions managed to enlist professional basketball stars who straight-facedly praised the president’s ability and agility on the court. The famous “beer with the boys” after the Cambridge police incident comes to mind. So do his breakaway visits to the gym, his rapport with ordinary people whose hero-worship of the president could cause radioactive burns, and his tenacity in jack-hammering legislation through, “not because it’s politically advantageous, but because it’s right!” So what about the non-barking dog?

We’re told Obama spent several years in school in Indonesia. The Indonesian language is among the most interesting in the world. When they want to make a noun plural they just say it twice. “Man” in Indonesian is “Orang.” “Men” is “orang-orang,” and when they write it they just write one “orang” and put a “2” after it, so an Indonesian newspaper looks like an unending algebraic equation. Indonesian is poetic. Their word for “sun” is “mata hari” (same as the seductive World War I female spy, who was considered the “sun” of Asia).

Literally, “mata hari” means “the eye of the day.” Isn’t that nice? Can you imagine Axelrod and the gang not making sure we knew that this president, instead of uttering non-English grotesqueries like “mis-underestimate,” actually speaks a major Asian language? Wouldn’t you expect at least once to turn on TV and watch the president schmoozing with the Indonesian ambassador in Indonesian? I would; provided, of course, that the president actually speaks Indonesian.

Here’s a whole new player with a spotless jersey.

“Mr. Gibbs, does President Obama speak Indonesian?”

I’ve asked many friends of Obama, including Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois. Nobody so far has a clue. Not producing a legitimate birth certificate is one thing. Refusing to utter a few words in Indonesian is another. By my reckoning, Mr. Obama should speak fluent Indonesian, considering the years he spent in school there.

What magnificent coup would be achieved if we learn of Mr. Obama’s ability or inability to speak Indonesian? None. This has none of the potential combustibility of the birth-certificate issue. It’s just that I’m the world’s foremost authority on what interests me. And I’m excruciatingly curious to know if the president speaks the language of the nation with the largest Muslim population in the world. If he does, why have his image-burnishers failed to harvest some points for that? And if not, what gives?

Dogs that don’t bark can, nonetheless, bite.

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“[W]e are now LIVING through the consequences of the McCain years.  The people he spent a career appeasing and even encouraging are now in the majority.” MrArbitrage


 

My Tough Love response to a McCain Enabler

By MrArbitrage

I received many emails regarding my column on the McCain v. Hayworth Senatorial race.  One reply to which I devoted great solicitude was by a gentleman who wrote under the name “Reformer”.  I found his pseudonym ironic because he is a John McCain supporter and we have seen more “reform” from McCain over the past decade than we can possibly afford.

His comment prompted me to write another column because despite its banality, it is an expression that the McCain enablers will try to cultivate into a full-blown mantra if not quelled in its infancy. 

“Reformer” wrote “The Senate needs the level of wisdom McCain carries, regardless of age.  Age is often the forerunner of wisdom.”

As the Old and New Testament indicate, I believe that wisdom is granted by – God.  Age can certainly be a forerunner of experience but wisdom is certainly not a concomitant of age.  As Clapton sang “it’s in the way that you use it”.  If you HAVE wisdom, you can use the extra experience to your advantage; if not, you’re just an old fool.

McCain & Wisdom?  As I wrote in my reply to “Reformer”, those two words are certainly not synonymous.  I don’t think McCain has ever exuded wisdom in his entire senatorial career.  I can enumerate many examples starting with the Keating 5. 

I remember being appalled by the delusions of John McCain before most Americans ever even heard of him.  I was vexed by him calling himself a Republican back when I was in college, as I read about how he was working with the leftist of Democrats, trying to put price controls on cable television service!  This is a prime example of how you KNOW beyond a doubt that you are either dealing with either an unabated nitwit -or- a socialist:  Politicians who attempt to promulgate such nonsense appeal to the lesser angels of our nature by offering us what is guaranteed to be POPULAR, rather than ethical.  

You see, I did not like paying $45 a month (at the time) for cable TV, so if I were -ignorant- I would like today’s indoctrinated blockheads – get on board with that concept without giving any consideration to the ramifications.  He gave no consideration to the fact that the cable companies were at that time (and for years) BLEEDING RED INK and could have gone bankrupt without price increases.  As they were to spend hundreds of billions upgrading their lines from copper to fiber optics and digital compression, McCain and his left-wing Democrat buddies were doing everything they could to stifle innovation through their senseless vote buying schemes.

Never mind that the snake oil he was trying to sell us on was the entitlement minded concept that cable television was a -right- something essential for human sustenance, therefore should be “price controlled”.  

So if we capitulate to the impetuous whims of politicians like McCain, where does it STOP?  Next, the price of a steak dinner at Ruth’s Chris should be regulated or a Starbucks coffee… Actually, I don’t have to make up examples because we are now LIVING through the consequences of the McCain years.  The people he spent a career appeasing and even encouraging are now in the majority.

There is nothing conservative about this man.  Excuse me for being crass but politicians like McCain have for too many years been defecating in the drinking well of liberty.  It is convenient for them – but it is very short sighted and as experience is teaching us, it has deadly ramifications, deadly to our economic system and perhaps to our Constitution.

This is not my normal tone.  The outrage of Americans who want our country back is fermenting.  It is time for you to go Mr. McCain.

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