Thursday, March 26, 2015
Posted by TLCoston at 4:34 PM
A couple of years ago, I was shopping for books on military occupation of the South; or, as the victors like to call it, “Reconstruction.” Before investing time and money on such a purchase, I research the author for leftist biases, especially if they’re from academia. I want facts; not propaganda. Sure enough, I came across Eric Foner’s, “Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution.”
Eric Foner is exactly what I suspected: a communist. Both his father and uncle were blacklisted from academia for being “activist.” The acorn didn’t fall far from the tree. Here is a quote:
"In the course of the past twenty years, American history has been remade. Inspired initially by the social movements of the 1960s and 1970s – which shattered the ‘consensus’ vision that had dominated historical writing – and influenced by new methods borrowed from other disciplines, American historians redefined the very nature of historical study." ~ Eric Foner.
Yes, Eric Foner has redefined and distorted American history. I ended up buying his work at a used book store for a fraction of the retail price. God knows I didn’t want to offend a communist by enhancing his bank account. After all, capitalism is the evil of the world, so they tell us.
Sure enough, this “respected” historian berated and dismissed others as racist propagandists for reporting the failures of the Northern occupation. James S. Pike, in particular, raised Foner’s ire.
James S. Pike was a journalist for the New York Tribune. He was a radical republican and an outspoken abolitionist who served as ambassador to the Netherlands during the Lincoln administration. After the war, he wrote a series of scathing articles on the corruption of public officials which later became “The Prostrate State: South Carolina Under Negro Government.” This did not sit well with Mr. Foner.
Pike was hardly a model of objectivity – he had long held racist views, had taken an active part in the Greeley campaign in 1872 (when his brother campaigned for Congress as a Liberal Republican), and had incorporated essentially the same critique in articles written before ever visiting the state.
I’ve read “The Prostrate State.” Some of Mr. Foner’s assertions are plain false. He attributes the pejorative “Sambo…” to Mr. Pike’s work. I couldn’t find it. As for being a racist, that kind of attitude was prevalent at that time. Most, if not all, abolitionists were racist. Even Lincoln could be considered a racist.
Mr. Foner admits this during a recent interview on C-SPAN. By the way, I could have swore I heard him during the course of this interview make a Freudian slip by admitting he distorted history, but caught himself in mid-sentence. I don’t know if this video was edited, but I’m sure he said it when broadcasted on television.
Mr. Foner would whitewash “Reconstruction” by declaiming critics as racist or white supremacist. We could counter that “red diaper babies” have a fascination with oppressive governments that enjoy lording their power over a prostrate state.
Posted by TLCoston at 8:48 AM
Conservatives are starving for a voice that can articulate their values, while shining a mirror on the ugly face of liberalism. It shouldn’t be hard to point out progressive failures. We are living their dystopian nightmare where common sense is a villain, facts are fraudulent, and opposite day is a never ending national holiday.
When Senator Ted Cruz announced his candidacy, Democrats and establishment Republicans alike, pounced on him. They know this man is prepared to shake their grafting trees. Here he is exposing the fraud that is Obamacare:
“Well, you know, those numbers don’t tell the whole picture,” Cruz responded. “For one thing, the bulk of those numbers are coming from expanded Medicaid. And Medicaid is a program where a lot of people who are on Medicaid are not getting health care. Medicaid is a system that is already overburdened and more and more people are just getting waiting lists and not actually getting health care.”
He continued: “Beyond that, remember six million people had their health insurance canceled because of Obamacare. You are not doing someone a favor is you cancel the health insurance they like, and then force them to buy new health insurance at higher premiums that covers less.”
It’s time to lop some gorgon heads.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Barack Obama is a constitutional scholar. How many times have we been told that? Yet, it seems every day his administration violates the tenets, or should I say, ‘the spirit’ of the law of our land. One must wonder what constitution he and his minions are referring. I thought the U.S. Constitution had co-equal branches that checked and balanced each other. I guess it was all a lie.
Dear Leader doesn’t need Article One Section Eight which states Congress sets the rules for immigration. Barack Obama now determines that. Millions of illegal aliens will receive work permits, Social Security cards, and the concomitant benefits that entails, and all with a stroke of a pen.
Even the judiciary is finding out how irrelevant they’ve become. A U.S. District Court judge in Texas ordered a preliminary injunction on key parts of Obama’s illegal alien amnesty. The Anointed One ignored it.
Even house rules under Article One Section Five are now dictated by the Obama administration. The Senate is supposed to decide when it’s in session. Not according to the Anointed One. He determined they were in recess and appointed radicals to the NLRB without that body’s advice and consent. The Supreme Court ruled against the administration. Oh well, too late.
Now, the American dictator will once again ignore Article II Section Two. Obama has decided he doesn’t need the advice and consent of the Senate when cutting a deal with Iran. He, instead, will follow the advice of the mullah’s by agreeing to a nonbinding deal through the United Nations.
“Iran and the administration both know that the deal they are forging is not acceptable to the U.S. Congress and probably to the next administration,” said Saeed Ghasseminejad, an Iranian dissident and associate fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD). “As a result, both Iran and the administration are trying to come up with creative ways to bypass the Congress and check mates the future presidents.”
Is this the United States of America, or the United States of Barack Obama?
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
We’ve all suspected that Barack Obama and the Democratic Party want to flood this country with third-worlders who have the same authoritarian and ideological bent as they. What’s frightening is how deceitful and methodical they’ve been. Their goal is to create a country within a country and push American citizens into the shadows.
Here is an excerpt from the Independent Sentinel:
The White House has plans to legalize 13 to 15 million illegal immigrants who will then establish a “country within a country.”
Here is the interview:
This is treason.
These people vote.
Posted by TLCoston at 7:20 PM
Just as I suspected, Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC) joined 74 other Judas’ in passing the Democratic Party’s DHS bill. This bill funds Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty, and by extension allows illegals to raid the U.S. Treasury with the Earned Income Tax Credit.
Go govern, Robert Pittenger. You’re doing a bang up job on representing the Washington D.C. establishment.
How refreshing it was to watch a leader of a country defend his people with a certitude and moral clarity that Americans haven’t seen in years. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before a joint session of Congress on the dangers of a nuclear Iran. He believes, as does any reasonable person, that this apocalyptic regime can’t be trusted. The Mullahs are hell bent on obtaining a nuclear weapon, and will do so, treaty or no treaty.
The Obama administrations willful blindness for a “deal” is an existential threat to Israel and could end up killing millions of Westerners. Yet, they persist in believing they can deal with a people whose prophet declared it a moral obligation to lie to the infidel in order to advance Islam.
This administration will not even let our representatives see this deal. No one knows what’s in it. Once again, we are told they have to pass something in order for us to see what’s in it. And as you can expect, this will end in disaster just like Obamacare and everything else this administration has touched.
That’s why truth and candor received over 20 standing ovations today. Prime Minister Netanyahu was only the vessel.
The American people have been stuck on the other side of looking-glass for too long. We’ve been confounded by an administration and a political party that have created an alternate universe where everything is a shade of grey: words have lost meaning; morality is subjective; predators are victims; a nation with no borders; Christians are the bane of society; and the world’s oldest democracy has an undeclared king.
It didn’t take long for the Democratic Party to shove our heads back into the looking-glass. Here is one congressman’s assessment:
And of course, House Speaker Boehner took this opportunity to pass a “clean” DHS bill against the will of the American people in the hopes no one was paying attention. Chalk up another win for the Democratic Party, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and millions of illegal aliens.
Look in the distance. Can you see the white rabbit laughing and flipping us off?
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Barack Obama and the Democratic Party were handed another short term victory in their quest for executive amnesty for illegal aliens via short term funding for Homeland Security. Granted this would have been only a partial shutdown and the nation’s security wouldn’t have been compromised.
We can applaud the 52 congressmen who defied the establishment. They are the following:
1. Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas)
2. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.)
3. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas)
4. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)
5. Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.)
6. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.)
7. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.)
8. Rep. Curt Clawson (R-Fla.)
9. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.)
10. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas)
11. Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.)
12. Rep. John Fleming (R-La.)
13. Rep. Randy Forbes (R.Va.)
14. Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.)
15. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
16. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.)
17. Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.)
18. Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.)
19. Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.)
20. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas)
21. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.)
22. Rep. Robert Hurt (R-Va.)
23. Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas)
24. Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.)
25. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)
26. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)
27. Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho)
28. Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.)
29. Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.)
30. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.)
31. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.)
32. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.)
33. Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas)
34. Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas)
35. Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.)
36. Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.)
37. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas)
38. Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas)
39. Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.)
40. Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.)
41. Rep. Thomas Rooney (R-Fla.)
42. Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.)
43. Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.)
44. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas)
45. Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.)
46. Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio)
47. Rep. Roger Williams (R-Teas)
48. Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.)
49. Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kansas)
50. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.)
51. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.)
52. Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.)
Only 4 of the 10 republican delegates voted to defend the U.S. Constitution, the rule of law and American citizenship. Of course, Robert Pittenger voted with the establishment.
Thanks for the representation, Congressman Robert Pittenger. Remind me again, why I shouldn’t vote for a democrat.
Posted by TLCoston at 1:23 PM
Isn’t it odd that an FCC commissioner lauds the internet in the United States as “the envy of the world,” while at the same time demanding to control it with federal regulations? Does anyone find that odd?
STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER JESSICA ROSENWORCEL
Re:Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet, GN Docket No. 14-28.
Our Internet economy is the envy of the world. We invented it. The applications economy began here—on our shores. The broadband below us and the airwaves all around us deliver its collective might to our homes and businesses in communities across the country. What produced this dynamic engine of entrepreneurship and experimentation is a foundation of openness. Sustaining what has made us innovative, fierce, and creative should not be a choice—it should be an obligation.
We also have a duty—a duty to protect what has made the Internet the most dynamic platform for free speech ever invented. It is our printing press. It is our town square. It is our individual soapbox—and our shared platform for opportunity. That is why open Internet policies matter.
That is why I support network neutrality.
The internet will no longer be open and “free” when these government thugs takeover.
Posted by TLCoston at 12:09 PM
Leave it to a foreign company to succinctly demonstrate the consequences of net neutrality and how the Obama administration colluded with the FCC in this naked power grab of the internet.
Even millennials should be able to comprehend a depiction of Barack Obama dressed in a C cup gladiator suit sucking up U.S. dollars with a vacuum.
Where are Democrats priorities? It’s definitely not our security, or the sanctity of U.S. citizenship. Their concerns have to do with millions of illegal aliens who have the same ideology as they. Both have no regard for the U.S. Constitution, rule of law, or the general welfare of the American people.
The Department of Homeland Security will face a partial shutdown because Republicans refuse to fund President Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty program. You’d think this would be lauded from every corner of the United States. You’d be wrong. The media has, once again, portrayed Republicans as the ones compromising our national security. Shocker, I know.
Now, Nancy Pelosi is crying over potential lost wages for federal government workers.
“I don’t know about you, but I think almost everybody I know cannot live without having a paycheck on time–members of Congress, even. And yet they’re (Republicans) asking the Department of Homeland Security people to do that.”
Funny, how she’s so concerned for federal government workers who will end up getting a paid vacation at taxpayers’ expense. Who in the hell does she think she’s kidding?
I don’t see Nancy Pelosi crying over lost wages because the job market is flooded with illegal aliens; nor will she shed a tear when the average American has to compete with illegal aliens in the work place, schools and social services. Her hanky is pretty dry when it comes to the general welfare of an American citizen.
I guess members of Congress can have that attitude when the majority of them are millionaires. By the way, Nancy Pelosi is the 14th richest amongst her fellow lawmakers.
The LGBT community is less than 1% of the population; yet, they seem to enjoy waving their peckers/strap ons in our face every chance they get. They seem to have an entitlement mentality irrespective of discretion or morality. As one flabbergasted preacher exclaimed, “Everyone’s coming out of the closet, but the Saints!”
I have very few television shows that I enjoy. Last weekend, two of them – The Walking Dead and Black Sails – featured gay men making out. I don’t want to see that. And I suspect the vast majority of the viewing public doesn’t either.
Gay characters have been featured in film and television for decades. This is nothing new. But filming them making out and humping one another is completely different.
One of the reasons I, and many others, stopped watching True Blood was because of all the gay sex. That’s fine if you’re into that thing. But your audience is limited.
The Walking Dead and Black Sails shouldn’t be near their “jump the shark” episodes. They will be if they keep “jumping the gerbil.”
Americans have a come to Jesus moment. Are we a constitutional republic, or not? Are we giving lip service to a federalist system, or, are we to be ruled by an all powerful central government? It seems we’ve opted for the latter.
Time after time, we’ve watched Congress flail about while the Obama administration flouts the federal bureaucracy by enacting rules and regulations without recourse. Recently, the FCC declared the internet a public utility without the required 30 day public comment period. Isn’t that similar to how this whole Obamacare fiasco came about? Does anyone remember Nancy Pelosi’s infamous, “We need to pass it, so everyone can see what’s in it.”
These bureaucracies shouldn’t have the ability to create rules and regulations that have the force of law. The U.S. Constitution specifically states that only Congress has legislative powers. However, this same body abdicated their responsibilities by enabling federal bureaucrats with the passage of the 1946 Administrative Procedures Act.
Can Congress overturn a bureaucratic rule and regulation? Sure, they can. The Congressional Review Act was passed in 1996. Congress granted itself the ability, with permission from President Bill Clinton, to overturn a bureaucratic edict. Here is how Wikipedia described the law:
The Congressional Review Act (5 U.S.C. § 801-808), was enacted by the United States Congress as section 251 of the Contract with America Advancement Act of 1996 (Pub.L. 104–121), also known as the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA). The law allows Congress to review, by means of an expedited legislative process, new federal regulations issued by government agencies and, by passage of a joint resolution, to overrule a regulation.
For the regulation to be invalidated, the Congressional resolution of disapproval either must be signed by the President, or must be passed over the President's veto by two-thirds of both Houses of Congress.
Isn’t that delicious? The Constitution states that Congress can override a presidential veto on one of their bills by that same margin. So, basically, a fourth branch of government has as much power, if not more, as Congress. Isn’t that interesting? In other words, it’s almost impossible for Congress to override a federal bureaucracy’s regulation.
The deck is even more stacked now that progressives rule the judiciary. Liberal judges can flippantly strike down a state’s constitution, or law, by simply declaring it violates the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. They do this by establishing precedence, and eventually, their rulings no longer reflect original intent of the law.
Another progressive favorite is declaring the plaintiff has no standing. It’s no longer fashionable to ponder the legality, or for that fact, the constitutionality of a law, such as Obamacare. Now, judges demand one must show irreparable harm. How convenient is that? Here is an excerpt from a Bloomberg article:
Yet if it’s possible to deduce from the record that the plaintiffs qualify for hardship exemptions from paying for insurance, then it’s within the court’s prerogative to consider the issue. The reason is tricky but interesting. Under the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence, an “injury in fact” is a constitutionally necessary prerequisite for the court to hear a case. If there’s no such injury, there’s no “case or controversy” that the court would be entitled to hear under the Constitution. Therefore, the court has held, the question of standing is what’s called “jurisdictional” – and such a jurisdictional question can be raised by the court even if the parties never mention the problem.
Must the court address the question of standing? Here things get murkier. In theory, if the court knows it doesn’t have standing, it lacks the power to proceed. In practice, the court sometimes hears cases where, in retrospect, standing seems not to have existed.
Does the Constitution still have standing? Not in the Age of Obama.