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North Iowa Tea Party billboard (L-R) Adolf Hitler, Barack Obama, and Vladimir Lenin

A billboard created by an Iowa tea party group comparing Brother O to Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Lenin is being condemned by tea party activists including Vander (Good) Hart, who thinks the sign counterproductive and doesn’t help the tea-party cause.

Shelby Blakely, a spokeswoman for the national Tea Party Patriots, also doesn’t think the sign appropriate and says her group opposes any comparisons of Brother O to Hitler or Lenin.

Finally, a group has the guts to put out the truth about the country’s socialist dictator and tea party twit nits seethe with indignation and summarily try to ingratiate themselves with the elitist-minded who pride themselves on being above “this sort of thing.”

Such gutless, mealy-mouthed, wishy-washy wimps seem to care more about personal celebrity than saving the country from despotism and totalitarianism. The fools haven’t figured out that there’s an ongoing war to wrest America from the steely grips of a progressive regime, and patriots don’t need Neville Chamberlain types to give the battlefield atmosphere.

During an interview, Phil Donahue once maligned Milton Friedman for supporting a free market system that rewarded greed instead of virtue. The exchange is remembered fondly as the battle of wits, to which Donahue came unarmed:

Donahue: When you see around the globe the mal-distribution of wealth, the desperate plight of millions of people in underdeveloped countries, when you see so few haves and so many have-nots, when you see the greed and the concentration of power, did you ever have a moment of doubt about capitalism and whether greed’s a good idea to run on?

Friedman: Well, first of all, tell me is there some society you know that doesn’t run on greed? You think Russia doesn’t run on greed? You think China doesn’t run on greed? What is greed? Of course none of us are greedy; its only the other fellow who’s greedy.

The world runs on individuals pursuing their separate interests. The great achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus. Einstein didn’t construct his theory under order from a bureaucrat. Henry Ford didn’t revolutionize the automobile industry that way. In the only cases in which the masses have escaped from the kind of grinding poverty you’re talking about, the only cases in recorded history are where they have had capitalism and largely free trade. If you want to know where the masses are worst off, it’s exactly in the kinds of societies that depart from that. So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear: that there is no alternative way so far discovered of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system.

Donahue: But it seems to reward not virtue as much as ability to manipulate the system.

Friedman: And what does reward virtue? You think the communist commissar rewards virtue? You think a Hitler rewards virtue? You think – excuse me, if you will pardon me – do you think American presidents reward virtue? Do they choose their appointees on the basis of the virtue of the people appointed or on the basis of their political clout? Is it really true that political self interest is nobler somehow than economic self interest? You know I think you are taking a lot of things for granted. Just tell me where in the world you find these angels who are going to organize society for us? Well, I don’t even trust you to do that.

I.M. Kane


 

Iowa Billboard Compares Obama to Hitler & Stalin

By Shane Vander Hart

I’ve attended tea party events.  I am a constitutional conservative.  I believe that the Obama administration is pushing a socialist agenda, along with 55% of Americans so I’m not alone.

I don’t think signs like the one on the left are helpful however.  More than that I think they are counterproductive.   The AP reports:

A billboard created by an Iowa tea party group comparing President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Lenin is being condemned by other tea party activists.

The North Iowa Tea Party began displaying the sign in Mason City last week.

The sign includes photos of Obama, Nazi leader Hitler and communist leader Lenin with the statement: “Radical leaders prey on the fearful & naive.”

North Iowa Tea Party co-founder Bob Johnson says the sign highlights what the group argues is Obama’s support for socialism. He says the pictures might be overwhelming the intended message.

Shelby Blakely, a spokeswoman for the national Tea Party Patriots, says the sign isn’t appropriate. She says her group opposes any comparisons of Obama to Hitler or Lenin.

While both Hitler and Lenin were socialist, that isn’t the image that comes to mind.   They think instead – concentration camps, holocaust, Red Terror, gulags, and mass murder.  I think it would also be a mistake, as I’m sure some will be prone to do to call this race driven.  No, this is about policies, not race.

I’m glad the AP was on top of this just as I’m glad they covered displays like the ones below when President George W. Bush was in office.

Oh wait, I guess they never did cover these tolerant people at left-wing rallies.  This must have been ok since the media overlooked it.  Thanks to Liberty Pundits for helping me stroll down memory lane.

The fact that there is a media bias and inequity in reporting doesn’t excuse the billboard.  This hurts, not helps, the tea party cause for tax cuts, smaller government, and fiscal responsibility.  It distorts the message and gives the opposition ammunition.  Let’s do better than this.

HT: Memeorandum

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“I laid out a very simple principle, which is, this is a health care bill not an abortion bill. We are not looking to change what has been a core principle that has been in place for a very long time, which is federal dollars are not used to subsidize abortions. And I want to make sure the provision that emerges will meet that test.”—Brother O in an ABC News interview November 9, 2009

Abortions are being funded despite the claims from Brother O and Democrats that language in the ObamaCare bill would prevent abortion funding and despite the smoke-and-mirrors executive order Brother O signed to stop abortion funding.

“The Obama Administration will give Pennsylvania $160 million in federal tax funds, which we’ve discovered will pay for insurance plans that cover any legal abortion.”—Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee

Are senior citizens and Second Amendment advocates paying attention? AARP and the NRA have made deals with lying progressive Democrats and sold out their members. If the progressive Democrats and their minions lied about abortion, could they have also lied about no “death panels” and Supreme Court nominees or Democrat candidates who support Second Amendment protections?  

In the mold of Chavez and Castro, Brother O is another lying, two-faced dictator who seeks power to rule, not govern. The so-called patriotic seniors and gun rights advocates who voted for Brother O and the Democrat progressives have put their nation in the throes of a totalitarian government.

Will they come to their senses and atone for their egregious error in November or continue to swallow and regurgitate the progressives’ lies and propaganda? Based on Democrat triumphs across the country in special elections, they’re Kool-Aid drinkers, not patriots.

I.M. Kane


 

Obama: ‘This is a Health Care Bill, Not an Abortion Bill’ 1:04 Video


 

Obama Administration OKs First Tax-Funded Abortions Under Health Care Law

By Steven Ertelt

The Obama administration has officially approved the first instance of taxpayer funded abortions under the new national government-run health care program. This is the kind of abortion funding the pro-life movement warned about when Congress considered the bill.

The Obama Administration will give Pennsylvania $160 million to set up a new “high-risk” insurance program under a provision of the federal health care legislation enacted in March.

It has quietly approved a plan submitted by an appointee of pro-abortion Governor Edward Rendell under which the new program will cover any abortion that is legal in Pennsylvania.

The high-risk pool program is one of the new programs created by the sweeping health care legislation, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, President Obama signed into law on March 23. The law authorizes $5 billion in federal funds for the program, which will cover as many as 400,000 people when it is implemented nationwide.

“The Obama Administration will give Pennsylvania $160 million in federal tax funds, which we’ve discovered will pay for insurance plans that cover any legal abortion,” said Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee.

Johnson told LifeNews.com: “This is just the first proof of the phoniness of President Obama’s assurances that federal funds would not subsidize abortion — but it will not be the last.”

“President Obama successfully opposed including language in the bill to prevent federal subsidies for abortions, and now the Administration is quietly advancing its abortion-expanding agenda through administrative decisions such as this, which they hope will escape broad public attention.” Johnson said.

The abortion funding comes despite language in the bill that some pro-abortion Democrats and Obama himself claimed would prevent abortion funding and despite a controversial executive order Obama signed supposedly stopping abortion funding.

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The gross incompetence of the Brother O’s Bread and Circuses administration may keep the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team from flying to Manchester, England, for the World Lacrosse Championships, considered the Olympics of the sport.

For over twenty years the upstate New York/Canada team has been using passports issued by the Haudenosaunee, a confederacy of six Iroquois nations, but now its stuck in New York because the federal government refuses to recognize the special passport.

Thomas Kaplan from the New York Times reports that New Mexico Governo Bill Richardson has written to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano about the team’s plight.

They are due to play England Thursday night in the opening match of the World Lacrosse Championship, held every four years.

“Time is running out. Unless things happen quickly in the next 24 hours it’s going to be very difficult to make the game.”—Percy Abrams, executive director of the Iroquois Nationals

The team already has missed its scrimmage match with Scotland.

I.M. Kane


Iroquois Lacrosse Team Stuck in NYC 1:30 Video


 

Iroquois lacrosse team banned from flying overseas: U.S. refuses to recognize tribe-issued passports

By Barry Paddock

A team of Iroquois lacrosse players was stuck in the city yesterday, barred from flying to a tournament in England because the U.S. does not recognize its special passports.

“The boys are ready and we’ve been trying to reassure them we’ll somehow or other make it out,” said the team’s executive director, Percy Abrams.

The Iroquois Nationals – who hail from upstate New York and Canada – have passports issued by the Haudenosaunee, a confederacy of six Iroquois nations.

They have been traveling with the documents for 20 years and expected to use them to fly from Kennedy Airport to Manchester, England on Sunday, team officials said.

On Thursday, the British Consulate told the team it would not issue visas because the U.S. said it would not let players back into the country on the native passports.

The team’s 23 members convened in the city anyway, sharing rooms at the Roosevelt Hotel in Midtown, ready to leave if the snafu is resolved.

They are due to play England Thursday night in the opening match of the World Lacrosse Championship, held every four years.

“Time is running out,” said Abrams. “Unless things happen quickly in the next 24 hours it’s going to be very difficult to make the game.”

The team already missed a scrimmage with Scotland yesterday.

The State Department has offered to get U.S. passports for the Nationals.

“We are standing by to help the team get its passports on an expedited basis,” State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters in Washington.

But the Iroquois say it would be an affront to travel with any other passport but their own.

“It’s a huge deal because these visas mean so much to our sovereignty,” said player Gewas Schindler, 34.

“We’ve always been able to travel and come back.”

As the team’s management continued to search for a last-minute diplomatic solution, the players explored Times Square and practiced at Wagner College on Staten Island.

“We’re trying to keep as busy as possible,” said player Delby Powless, 30, a Rutgers graduate who lives on Six Nations land in Ontario.

“We’re trying to keep our minds focused on the lacrosse aspect. I just want to play lacrosse.” 

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