“Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall”

On June 12, 1987, the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, speaking in Berlin, said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” It fell in 1989 and, in 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed. From the end of World War Two in 1945, the United States had stood strong against the Communist empire’s effort to extend its power and influence around the world.

Today, however, we have a President who not only swapped five Taliban generals, men whom the United Nations regards as war criminals, but likely also paid a yet unreported ransom as well. We have a President who made it clear that he intended to close Guantanamo where jihadist enemies have been detained because he thinks the United States is provoking the Islamic fanatics by maintaining it.

President Obama’s mindset is so favorable to Islam that he seemingly cannot grasp that jihad is a sacred duty for Muslims and nothing the U.S. or any other nation does will cause their holy war to end. Or maybe he does understand that and his true sympathies are with the growing army of Islamists?

The Rand Corporation, a think tank, recently released a report noting the accelerating rate of jihadist groups worldwide and the number of jihadist fighters which it estimates at 100,000. The number of attacks by al Qaeda affiliates between 2010 and 2013 rose to approximately one thousand from an initial 392.

The five Taliban generals were sent to Qatar, a small Arab state that borders Saudi Arabia, with the understanding they would remain there for a year. That is unlikely. Muslims are permitted to lie to infidels to advance Islam and jihad. The practice is call taqqiya. I have little doubt we will see them return to Afghanistan and Pakistan, both of which are still home to al Qaeda and allied groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Taliban.

At the heart of the deal struck to get the return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a deserter from his unit in Afghanistan, bespeaks the utter weakness of American foreign policy that has been the hallmark of the Obama administration. In a recent commentary,”Meet Obama’s Kissingers”, Wall Street Journal columnist, Kimberly A. Strassel, spelled out the alarming fact that Obama’s key national security and foreign affairs advisors are all politicians as opposed to experts in those respective fields.

Presidents dating back to Harry Truman who initiated the National Security Council have relied on it for decision-making, but Obama’s first advisor, Marine General and NATO Commander, Jim Jones, left after just two years “following clashes with Mr. Obama’s inner circle.” Today, the most visible member of the NSC is Susan Rice who has established a reputation for appearing on Sunday television news programs to lie about the cause of the 2012 Benghazi attack and now the character of Sgt. Bergdahl.

Obama has never made a secret of the fact that he wanted U.S. troops out of Iraq and is looking forward to removing them from Afghanistan. It is true that Americans had grown weary of these long military engagements. Even the ancient Romans felt the same way in their time. The Iraq withdrawal has left behind a nation besieged with bombing attacks in its major cities that are ceding control to the Iraqi branch of al Qaeda and Afghanistan will return to the horrors of Taliban control once our troops are gone.

There are times when a President must use his powers as Commander-in-Chief to demonstrate that those who kill Americans or pose a significant threat must be reminded of our power. Reagan did this in Libya with a bombing that got the attention of its dictator Muamar Gaddafi and Clinton did this with a strike against a suspected chemical weapons facility in Sudan. Obama’s weapon of choice has been armed drones, but his use of them against al Qaeda leaders has diminished to zero since last December.

It was not lost on anyone that the Iranians released captive American diplomats the day Ronald Reagan was first sworn into office. They knew this was a President who would respond in ways that would make them pay for this outrage. As he once said, “Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.”
Obama, by contrast, exudes weakness. His speech at West Point was universally deemed an ineffectual response to the realities of the threats the U.S and its allies face around the world.

At one point he told the graduating cadets, “But as I said last year, in taking direct action we must uphold standards that reflect our values. That means taking strikes only when we face a continuing, imminent threat and only where there is no certainty — there is near certainty of no civilian casualties. For our actions should meet a simple test: We must not create more enemies than we take off the battlefield.”

In reality, a nation creates enemies when they feel they can triumph against it. A strong nation creates caution.

I began with a Reagan quote and will conclude with one.

“It was leadership here at home that gave us strong American influence abroad, and the collapse of imperial Communism. Great nations have responsibilities to lead, and we should always be cautious of those who would lower our profile, because they might just wind up lowering our flag.” — February 3, 1994.

© Alan Caruba, 2014

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Time is Blood and Money: The Soviet Mafia

Time is the substance of eternity, beyond human power. Time like a gravity–you can’t escape it.  Yet it is a catalyst for the wise, efficient, and successful homo sapience to use it. Time is the indefinite continued process of existence the events in the past, present, and future.Time plus human intelligence is the driving force of the progress in civilization. And of course, time and knowledge are inextricably intertwined. The recent international predicament  confirms misunderstanding of both  and the global quandary forces me to remind you about the TIME, as a monumental factor in our lives.

In my time, there were two American Presidents who grasped the significance of time: John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. The former brought the United States into the space, the latter destroyed our number one enemy – the Soviet Union. Both Presidents made our country successful, improved the human lives of millions in the world, and confirmed our exceptionallism, achieved by the free people. President Reagan has identified the main factor -Time: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s, children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

Moreover, without knowledge not a lot could have been accomplished by President Reagan. He and his administration had a sense of the time, being enough educated to know the enemy. The phenomenon of an inextricable connection of the Time and Knowledge help them to identify our enemy. In the light of our numerous recent scandals, I have to acknowledge the absence of both within the current administration. Hence willingly or unwillingly the President and his administration are avoiding to identify our number one enemy and playing game with the people of America and the world…  The American saying “Time is Money” was a correct one in the past. I have changed it and introduced a new one:Time is Blood and Money. The concept had been presented in detailed description in the Chapter 11, What is Happening to America? Xlibris, 2012.

On April 23, 2014, the White House has received a Petition to include Russia in the list of the terrorist countries as a Sponsor of International Terrorism. During one month  the Petition was signed by more that one hundred thousand people.  I have been writing about Russia as a Sponsor of International Terrorism since 1984; it means during the last thirty years. Others were warning about Russia since the 1950sthousands have been killed since. . That is the reason I have changed the old saying Time is Money to Time is Blood and Money. Furthermore, I purposely gave you a preceding article about Arafat and the KGB to show you the root cause of a lot of blood shed around the world.

The term Time is Blood and Money is valid today as ever, and I am continuing warning you. The sub-title of the article The Soviet Mafia is a catalyst of the time in the sea of global blood, but this new term  doesn’t belong to me. We, Russian immigrants, found out it by reading Arkady Vaksberg’s book The Soviet Mafia,  St. Martin’s Press 1991. Vaksberg is my colleague, a celebrated defense attorney and journalist in Moscow. There are profound and  distinct differences between the ethnic mafia and a political one. The Russian or Italian mafias are the pockets of criminals within the state. The political mafia is a regime of the government that running the entire state by using organized crime and its tactics.  Vaksberg’s book represents a profound historical research of the Soviet politics during several decades and gives us a perspective for the world’s dangerous future.

There are three main concepts in the book. First, the Evil Empire may be dead, but not the evil that drove it—the Soviet mafia.  Second, the book gives us a new definition of political forces and their leaders previously known as the Communists, the KGB, and the Soviets.  Vaksberg redefines those old terms with a new collective identity: the Soviet mafia, the nucleus of organized crime.  Third, the Soviet mafia is a multinational political force with no limit to any ethnicity, religion, or race.  All former Soviet republics, currently so-called independent states, have different cultures, religions, and speak different languages. Nevertheless, Vaksberg defines all their governments as the Soviet mafia—the thugs have no ethnic identity; they all speak Russian and belong to the same criminal clan.  It is enough to read the first two chapters to grasp close ties of the top Soviet officials with organized crime, plotting against Khrushchev in the early 1960s.  This connection explains the title The Soviet Mafia.

Vaksberg identifies an ideological remake of the Soviet mafia chronologically. To him Leninism/Alienist established a regime of political tyranny.  Khrushchev had softened that regime into its new shape.  Brezhnev, yearning nostalgically for the days of Stalin, completed this process, finding support for political gangsters in an economic mafia, knitting both strands closely together.  He concludes that “power and criminality mingled, the rulers of the country became . . . quite literally criminals.”

A conclusion made by Vaksberg in 1991 means one definite fact–Russia runs by the MOBSTERS. Yes, if you read the book, you will be horrified by the brutality of the  Soviet mafia’s regime, the methods of gangsterism, countless murders it uses for taking over or keeping the power, and a pervasive black market undermining county’s economy.  Regrettably the book is a difficult read: it is riddled with Russian names hard for the foreigner to pronounce and remember. I have reviewed the book in The Russian Factor: From Cold War to Global Terrorism, Xlibris, 2006.

There is no need to explain two first points of the Vaksberg’s book, listing the  elements of the Soviet mafia: the Soviets and the Communists are known to the people, both had been sharing the same ideology of fighting Western civilization. The KGB is also an integral part of the Soviet mafia, I would say the major one and the title of the book could have been The KGB Mafia as well. The history of the KGB was presented in the Chapter 4, What is Happening to America? Xlibris, 2012. Please, read it.

The preceding article The Strange New Leaders, has showed the war in the Middle East and the tied connection between the KGB and Arafat. And this is the crux of the matter–an unquestionable leadership of the KGB in a global war. I called this war-WWIII. Established by the Socialist Revolution in 1917, the KGB mighty apparatus had been developed during Stalin’s reign for thirty some years and had become the leader of the bureaucratic machinery of the police state. Stalin armed the agency with the ideological foundation a platform and a banner under which all crimes were committed. Its moral corruption started with  the constant changing of the name to cover-up the crimes committed .The cover-ups have become the major tool of the KGB since.

Vaksber wrote his book in 1991, yet to assess the contemporary predicament in the world, there is the third point you should pay close attention:  ”Third, the Soviet mafia is a multinational political force with no limit to any ethnicity, religion, or race. “ Vaksberg is warning you for the possibility of multiplying this force globally.  Completing his book in 1991, Vaksberg asked: “Is there any hope that a serious blow can be delivered at the main mafia centers?  Hardly.  Who would now be interested in that, when . . . republics are torn asunder by very different conflicts, which could lead to global political changes with all the consequences thereof?  Thus it is perhaps not far from the truth to suggest that the reawakening of nationalist feeling with its deep historic roots and potential for international overspill may in effect save the Soviet mafia and all those ”dear comrades” in its leadership, because public attention is diverted to those very difficult nationality problems.” (p. 230)

What Vaksberg predicted, has happened: the Soviet mafia had been saved, and  international over-spill occurred. The question is how did it happen? The answer is by many different means, tools, and devices developed for the years of Stalinism: military force, intelligence using deception, fraud, sabotage, cover-ups, and espionage with a global reach. Much time has past. The term the Soviet mafia has been revealed twenty three years ago. Have you ever heard a discussion addressing the existing of the Soviet mafia by the media? I haven’t.  What about objective analysis of the Russian KGB government which has been running the country since 2000. Do you know the agenda of its foreign policy? No.  Have you heard about WWIII? You are witnessing it now…

I have deliberately brought a discussion of The Soviet Mafia. The American foreign policy has been lacking  knowledge of this international force for the last twenty or so years and we all are witnessing a detrimental result in our country and the world.  As a matter of fact, nothing has changed in the contemporary Russia–the KGB government runs the county the way Stalin had done it seventy years ago, the same people, the same mentality, the same agenda with Stalin’s strategic tactics and tricks. Putin is Stalin’s heir, he knows that Socialism doesn’t work and implemented a Crony Capitalism with its institutional corruption. The objectives are the same–a war against Western civilization…

Nevertheless, our incompetent and irresponsible Democrats are engaging in a constant appeasement of the Russian KGB government, arranging reset, asking for the space, and promising “flexibility.” Instead of isolating Russia or disengaged with it, we are witnessing the opposite.  The ignorant left has missed at least twenty three years to be aware of the existing enemy and be prepared for fighting it in the future…. In the last sentence of the Introduction to The Russian Factor I wrote in 2004: “By ignoring or appeasing that force, we enable the criminals to perpetrate more destruction and cause more deaths on our planet.”  Unfortunately all my predictions for the world came true, especially in America during the last six years–the criminals used the Time “productively,”they wage WWIII–the annexation of Crimea indeed confirms that …

Look at the March-May 2014, saturated with the negative, strange events in the world and America after Russia occupied Crimea;  the mysterious Malaysia flight 370, the endless school shootings, and finally the crush of the plane that killed among many others Lewis Katz, a co-owner of Philadelphia Inquire who had some information exposing the criminals… Those who know the Soviet mafia will recognize immediately the familiar handwriting on the wall:  All of that was an attempt to divert public attention from the Russian aggression in Crimea, than  later, the usual cove-up…

The world have already witnessed the Soviet mafia in action. Have you seen the masked green men, with machine guns and without insignia in Ukraine? They were crushing with brutal intensity urns for the ballots during the presidential election in Ukraine on May 25, 2014.  They are pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk and Lughansk, among them the Chechen terrorists –all of them are the Soviet mafia in action… The new Ukrainian government has announced an Anti-Terrorist operation against pro-Russian separatists. As a matter of fact–Ukraine knows the Soviet mafia and terrorism…

Those who saw the video from Ukraine could be puzzled by a striking similarity in the behavior of  pro-Russian separatists and Jihadists of Radical Islam around the world. It is not accidental–the Soviet mafia is a monolithic threat to the entire world…

Those who know the Soviet mafia understand that all recent scandals in America have derived from the same root cause, and  LTC Don O’Nesky, US Air Force (Ret.) is correct writing the following:

Seems The Government Does Run Crime: VA, IRS, NSA, Fast & Furious, Benghazi, Etc., Etc.

President Obama repeatedly claims to know nothing about scandals, blames others for problems. I would surprise you by my conclusion: Maybe for the first time in his life, Obama tells the truth. He does not run America–the Soviet mafia does, aiming at bankrupting our country and discredit capitalism… The release of the five extremely dangerous Taliban’s leaders testified to that and there is  a lot of more going on behind the scene connecting to Russia. All five terrorists will join their comrades on a battlefield. I can guarantee it, because I know the Soviet mafia and its agenda in Afghanistan….

To be continued  www.simonapipko1.com.

Bergdahl outed as Gay Muslim — Critics Shamed into Silence

As if cheers and glorification that Bowe Bergdahl received from the White House, as well as from ESPN, MSNBC, and other media outlets were not enough, the returning POW has just come out of the closet as a gay Muslim, giving his fans yet another reason to celebrate his courage and heroism.

Rachel Maddow devoted an entire episode of her show celebrating the “marriage of the world’s most tolerant religion with the world’s most tolerant lifestyle.”

“I can’t tell you how happy I am to see the glorious day when gays and Muslims stand hand in hand,” said Maddow, “This is just more proof, not that we needed any, that right-wing Christian Nazis are not only out of the mainstream, but fading away in our culture altogether. Maybe we can even deport Ken Ham back to Australia.”

Shortly afterwards, Bergdahl received a congratulatory call from the U.S. President, who offered him the position of Secretary of Defense, a nomination he was sure to pass the Senate.

“Sgt. Bergdahl represents everything I believe about America,” said the President from the Rose Garden the following morning. “I’m sure he’ll do even more for our men, women, and transgendered persons in uniform than the outgoing Chuck Hagel. What Bowe has already done for our military and for boosting the confidence of our Afghan allies is without parallel in modern times.”

Bergdahl_mom_Obama.jpgMichelle Obama and the visiting Danish Prime Minister looked on in apparent shock as Bowe’s mother, Mrs. Bergdahl, embraced the president, kissed him several times, and began loosening his tie, while Bowe’s father repeatedly chanted “Allahu akbar.”

Mr. Hagel was seen nodding the entire time with visible approval.

Senate Majority leader Harry Reid issued this televised statement: “Bergdahl’s nomination sends a strong message to the extremists in the Tea Party and to the Koch brothers: you have failed and your influence is dying. On the positive side, we finally have a Secretary of Defense who has a track record of reaching out to the other side and working together in a bipartisan fashion.”

Republican senator Lindsey Graham said that he tentatively endorses the nomination, but warned that if Bergdahl ever again betrayed his oath, abandoned his post, endangered the lives of his former comrades in arms, committed treason, or gave the enemy information that led to the deaths of more U.S. servicemen, he would tell him to stop.
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Halfway around the world, there was celebrating in the mountains of Afghanistan, as a previously obscure al-Qaeda affiliate, Rainbow Jihad, received the news of Bergdahl’s reception and promotion. “Allah be praised!” exulted an RJ warrior Ibrahim, repeatedly shooting in the air with his Pink Kitty automatic rifle. “Allah knows how I miss our Bowe.”

Bergdahl also received a surprise phone call from the St. Louis Rams offering him a starting position as quarterback. Rams owner, Stan Kroenke, said, “It has nothing to do with him being a gay Muslim or us being fearful of media outrage if we don’t draft him. He’s just the man we’re looking for to put on the field; someone who has a knack for understanding what the other side is up to. Besides, we might just be able to trade him for five better players next season.”

“I’m really overwhelmed,” said a tearful Bergdahl. “If I had known I would have gotten this much support and publicity, I’d have betr-, uh, reached out to the citizens of Afghanistan much sooner.”

To celebrate the tidal wave of affirmations and good news, Christian baker Jack Phillips has been ordered to bake a special cake complete with rainbows, crescents, crossed swords, and verses from the Qur’an. “To me, that’s just icing on the cake,” commented a cheerful Bergdahl with a wink.

Attempts were made to contact members of Bergdahl’s platoon for their reaction to the news, but so far none have been found or seem to have existed.

SecDef Chuck Hagel Run Over By Bus

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was unexpectedly run over by a bus in Washington, DC today as he was reaching for a buck President Obama was trying to pass him.

No word on whether the Secretary was injured or not, as journalists are having trouble extracting him from the pile of other individuals caught under the same bus.

“The wheels of the bus go round and round,” one rescuer said. “It’s difficult to get close to the vehicle because you’re afraid of getting hit by a spinning wheel yourself.”

Witnesses said it appeared as though the driver of the bus was intentionally trying to run over Mr. Hagel, or at the very least, did nothing to try and avoid the Secretary as he stepped off the curb. A composite description assembled by authorities described the driver as a tall, skinny guy with big ears and a huge ego.

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“I got the feeling he couldn’t throw a baseball very well but was good at golf,” noted an eyewitness on the scene.

Other witnesses had the feeling that Mr. Hagel simply did not see it coming.

“It’s not unusual for him, given his performance so far as Secretary of Defense,” said one defense expert.

Sources said Mr. Hagel may have been preoccupied by recent stories in the media naming him as the official who made the final decision to go ahead with the prisoner swap with the Taliban for Bowe Bergdahl:

Now the White House says Hagel made final call on Bergdahl as criticism of Obama over prisoner swap mounts. Congress learned on Monday that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel gave final approval for the prisoner exchange that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Last week, Hagel said the swap was a unanimous decision made by senior officials. Hagel is expected to defend the prisoner exchange on Wednesday in an appearance before the House Armed Services Committee.

The man’s memory is not very good if he doesn’t remember important decisions,” noted a White House insider. “It’s no wonder he forgot he shouldn’t walk in front of buses.”

Whatever the ultimate cause, this latest episode continues an odd string of bus accidents involving Obama Administration officials dating back to January, 2009.

“It’s like there’s a curse,” observed one journalist. “I’m not a superstitious woman but if I worked in the Obama White House, I’d be really careful about buses.”

America becoming largest Banana Republic due to Illegal Alien Invasion

Four Central American Banana Republics Join to Protect Migrants.

One catalyst causing the current invasion was a meeting in February 2011 of four banana republic leaders conspiring to offload their poverty on to the United States.

(Tegucigalpa, Honduras) Representatives from Central American countries and the Dominican Republic agreed late Friday to create a “Network of Protection of Migrants” in their journey through Mexico toward the U.S., official sources reported on Saturday. “The network is composed of the countries working together in protecting human rights of migrants; Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua,” noted one Honduran Foreign Ministry statement, issued after the meeting.

A second catalyst was the passing of a bill in the U.S. Senate (S 744) to give amnesty, dramatically increase worker visas and double legal immigration as a form of throwing citizens under the bus in order to satisfy the criminal illegal alien employers in the country.

We can thank Senators Rubio, Leahy, McCain, Graham, Flake, Bennet, Menendez, Bennet and Schumer for ignoring citizens in their quest to overwhelm the country with evermore poverty. Perhaps those senators should go back to the first amnesty granted which was to be the only one ever and check E-Verify was to be mandated as well to secure the border as we do in Korea. McCain and Leahy were there in 1986 but undoubtedly don’t think promises to the citizens are meant to be kept.

A third catalyst has been lax border security ordered by President Obama allowing dramatic increase in the chaos and anarchy with illegal alien kids as young as three years old flooding the country.

Fox News reports, “The flood of illegal immigrants — particularly children — crossing into the U.S. along the southern border is at a ‘crisis’ level, creating a humanitarian emergency that both immigration officials and lawmakers are putting at the feet of the Obama administration. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer called the overload a ‘crisis of the federal government’s creation.'”

Giving these kids food, shelter and an opportunity to hook up with others in the country will only encourage more to come until we empty out all of Central America’s population. Don’t forget, behind the kids will be the parents wanting to reunite with them.

Here is how to solve the problem:

  1. The kids came across or from Mexico to get here. Process the kids and put them back across the border into Mexico. They allowed the problem to happen so let them solve it in Mexico.
  2. End all aid to Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Nicaragua until they end this stupidity.
  3. Seal the border the way we do in Korea as promised in 1986 by Congress.
  4. Mandate E-Verify as promised by Congress in 1986 as promised by Congress
  5. Make it a felony to overstay a visa or to enter the country illegally.

The illegal aliens will stop coming immediately if you really smart people in Washington grow some backbone and start defending the citizens of this country. America can’t be a nanny to the world.

Try to remember who elected you and who you represent! Is there anyone left in our government that gives a hoot about the legal citizens?

Lamenting the First Black President

I’m happy that the American electorate showed the world that we are not racists; that we can elect a black person to be president of the United States. Too bad the first black president had to be Barack Obama.

I am one American who is utterly embarrassed having a president who is either a bumbling incompetent fool or is deftly working against the best interests of America, whether on the international front or the domestic side. The issues are infinite. I have written endlessly from the beginning of his presidency to the present time, pointing out the array of broken campaign promises and actions taken (or not taken) which harm our country, and our credibility abroad.

We can belabor each “scandal” to death, but when we form the aggregate of all the failures and bunglings, like assembling the tiles of a mosaic, they form an undeniable picture. We either have a president who is way out of his league, or he is working for the destruction of America as we know it…which might very well be a kept promise from the first night he won the 2008 election, saying, “We are going to fundamentally transform America.”   Now, we know what he meant…and it’s not good.

Assuming Mr. Obama might be innocently incompetent, we have only our voters to blame. They fell for a line of crap from a man who never even held a job, though his history was marinated in socialism. Voters were buffaloed into believing “hope” and “change” had some kind of substantial definition, when it had none. It was merely a slogan to lure the fish to the boat.

Though we don’t hear much about it any more, his entire history is still unresolved, how he traveled to Pakistan in 1981 when American passports were not being accepted; why and how he made so many friends in the Islamic world; how his college educated was financed; why he never releases his college admission records for review by Americans; why he withheld releasing a birth certificate for three years spending millions for lawyers fighting subpoenas before coming up with a document which has been deemed a forgery by numerous graphics experts; how he was raised Muslim until the age of ten and what impact that had on his perspectives of America; what influences did Frank Marshall Davis, his long-time childhood mentor and devout communist, had on his psyche; why he had backing from Saudi Arabia before entering Harvard law school; why and how he never held a regular job nor ever tried a case as an lawyer…a community organizer being nothing more than a fund raising machine to usher himself into power. Nothingqualified him to be a president other than a college degree.

The first few months gave us signals; the dismissal of federal charges against the New Black Panthers for voter intimidation activities which indicated that Mr. Obama might be a racist in his own right. Then the reach-out speech in Cairo to the Muslim world which has accomplished the reverse results…which signaled his partiality toward Islam and employing people connected to the Muslim Brotherhood in the highest levels of government.

Later, all the scandals, which…if it were any other president…would have signaled violations of his oath of office. But Mr. Obama, with his protective coats of arms in Harry Reid and Eric Holder, and wishful president, Hillary Clinton, — not to mention a lap-dog media – has gotten away with transgressions for which no other president would have been excused. The best known, of course, are Fast and Furious, selling arms to terrorists in Mexico for which no one has been held accountable; supporting Arab Spring which was nothing other than a power move by the Muslim Brotherhood to take control of the middle-east.; deploying military forces – without congressional approval – over Libya to help depose Moamar Ghadaffi when, in fact, he was posing no threat to the U.S; calling for the removal of Egypt’s Mubarak – our ally who also supported Israel – in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood; calling for Israel to return to their 1967 borders, an act that would be suicide to our dearest ally in the Middle East. Does anyone still wonder where Obama’s heart lies? Has he once decried the systemic annihilation of Christians and churches in the middle-east?

The list is seemingly endless. The IRS scandal targeting political opposition, the VA broken promises paying no attention to the avoidable deaths of veterans, the NSA’s intrusions, Benghazi’s crimes and cover-ups, and then negotiating with terrorists to secure the release from Gitmo’s five detainees who are the Taliban’s equivalent to Hitler’s Martin Bormann, Herman Goerring, Heinrich Himmler, Joseph Goebbels and Rudolf Hess.

The United Sates has had black leaders, past and present, who would be a credit to the office of president should they ever be elected. Sure, they have all had their flaws, but they could have brought bring dignity to the office with resumes that highlight their life’s accomplishments, solving problems, working and holding jobs.  Here are a few:

 Deval Patrick, Democrat.

Current governor of Massachusetts since 2006.  Graduated Harvard Law School Cum Laude, serving as a law clerk for a federal judge, then linked up with the NAACP to work on civil rights issues. Trial lawyer for a Boston firm for nearly eight years before being appointed as a U.S. Ass’t Attorney General by Bill Clinton in 1994. After three years in the public arena, he returned to private practice until 2005 when he ran for governor. People may dispute his political views, but Governor Patrick is respected and admired by folks on both sides of the aisle.

Douglas Wilder, Democrat.

Wilder served as governor of Virginia from 1990 – 1994 and later as mayor of Richmond from 2005 – 2009.  Considered a “moderate” democrat, Wilder was known for his fiscal conservatism while extolling liberal ideas on the social/civil rights side of politics. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War earning a Bronze Star. After earning a law degree from HowardUniversity, established a law practice in Richmond for ten years, then entered politics as a state senator in 1969.  In 1985, be became Lieutenant Governor, then governor in 1989 for one term.

Edward W. Brooke III, Republican

Served as the senator from Massachusetts from 1967 – 1979 after serving four years as the state’s Attorney General. After serving honorably as an Army captain in WWII, Brooke went to BostonLawSchool in 1948. In 1950, he won a seat in the state’s House of Representatives and went on to become appointed as the Chair of the Financial Commission of Boston. From there, he was elected Attorney General of Massachusetts where he worked five years until his election as governor in 1967.

 Tim Scott, Republican

Tim Scott is the current U.S. Senator from South Carolina, filling a vacancy by appointment the state governor. Previously, Scott served as a member of the state’s House of Representatives. From 1995 – 2009, Scott served on the Charleston County Council. Generally considered a staunch conservative, he is often criticized by black democrats. He holds a degree in political science from Charleston Southern University. His early personal life is replete with years of poverty and struggle.

Thurgood Marshall, Democrat

Marshall, whose grandfather had been a slave, graduated Howard University Law school, first in his class of 1933.  Eventually, he served as the first black Supreme Court justice from 1967 -1991. Before that, he was a U. S. Solicitor General. As an attorney affiliated with the NAACP, he worked on numerous cases for the advancement of civil rights.

Colin Powell, Republican

Born in Harlem, raised in the Bronx, Powell is best known for his military service to the U.S., as the first black four-star general and head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. A Vietnam veteran and full of decorations throughout his career, Powell was also the first black Secretary of State under President G.W. Bush. He was considered by many as a viable candidate for a presidential run, but chose not to. He also mysteriously supported Barack Obama’s campaign, despite remaining a republican

Condoleeza Rice, Republican

The first female National Security Adviser and then first female Secretary of State, appointed by President G.W. Bush, Ms. Rice grew up in Birmingham and later earned masters and doctorate degrees in political science at Notre Dame and University of Denver. In 1993, she was appointed provost of StanfordUniversity. Known for her intellectual skills, she also speaks Russian and French, plays concert piano and was one of the first women to be accepted into the August National Golf Club.

Let’s keep our eye on Doctor Ben Carson, pediatric neurosurgeon from Johns Hopkins, a rising star politician whose career is laden with real accomplishments, including the saving of many lives, bringing joy and honor to his service.  Something we cannot say for Barack Obama who cannot correctly pronounce the word “Corpsman.”

Dr. Carson is one of many black dignitaries who I would happily vote for president. Better yet, maybe he’d nominate Allen West to be his vice president. That would suit me fine, I trust them both. The loathing that millions of Americans have for Barack Obama has nothing to do with his color. It’s about his character, which has been exposed over and over again. The sooner he is gone, the better for America.

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Will the 2014 Midterm Elections Repeat History?

As Americans go to the polls in primary elections to select the candidates that will run in November, the question is how many Tea Party candidates will be among the winners. If there are a significant number among them, my feeling is that the November midterm elections are going to be a bloodbath for the Democratic Party.

There is a point at which even Democrats realize that their President, their party and their policies are harming the economy in general and themselves in particular. Very few families in America do not have someone who is out of work because of what Obama has done at this point. What he has not done is put the economy on the road to recovery.

Ultimately all elections are about jobs and the economy. With 92 million Americans out of work or who have just stopped looking for work, that’s a lot of unhappy voters. Elections tend to work in cycles. When times are good, politicians take credit for it and get reelected. When times are bad they blame the other party and are often rejected.

As we approach the November midterm elections the Obama administration’s political strategy has been to offer an increase in the minimum wage, to talk about equal pay and infrastructure, and to claim that the Affordable Care Act is working.

Raising the minimum wage will reduce new jobs because, at some point, a business needs to make a profit, but If they don’t pay enough, no one will work for them. For all the complaints about Wal-Mark and McDonald’s, these and other corporations employ thousands. Workers at a Toyota manufacturing facility were given the choice of joining the auto workers union and they rejected it.

A nation that has $17 trillion debt Is in no position to talk about spending billions on infrastructure. And the Affordable Care Act—Obamacare—has proven to be an unmitigated disaster for millions who were insured, lost their insurance, and then required to purchase plans they did not like and which cost more.

So, yes, voters, Democratic and Republican, are ready to reject incumbents in Congress seeking reelection if they voted for Obamacare and are giving evidence of liking candidates who express Tea Party movement ideals. And let’s not ignore the growing role of independent voters who are deciding the outcome of elections.

There is, moreover, a vast, often unspoken, dissatisfaction with President Obama for a variety of reasons. Chief among them is the realization that he lies about everything. Second term Presidents have received so much public exposure that it is human nature to grow tired of them. This aversion, in Obama’s case, is heightened by a long succession of scandals, the latest of which is the failure of the Veterans Administration to provide the services and care expected.

When you add the gun-running fiasco of “Fast and Furious”, the first scandal to erupt and those that followed, voters are less inclined to be forgiving. The 2010 midterm elections increased the Republican control of the House of Representatives. The 2014 elections are likely to cede control of the Senate to the GOP. The Republican Party will have a relatively short window of time to take dramatic action such as the repeal of Obamacare to make its mark before 2016.

Rarely mentioned by political pundits is the rot which the Obama administration has engendered throughout the whole of the federal government. The spending by various elements of it has demonstrated an indifference to the massive debt run up by failed programs such as the stimulus, the crony capitalism billions wasted on green energy companies—wind, solar, biofuels, and batteries—that taxpayers ended up losing.

Another unspoken element of the Obama message to voters is its obscene emphasis on “climate change” as the all-purpose cause of weather-related events that have always existed. This is exacerbated by the Secretary of State’s claim that climate change is an even greater threat to the nation than Islamic terrorism or actions being taken by Russia, China and Iran, among others. The climate change message is intended to distract voters from the economy and issues based in reality. Climate change barely registers as a concern among voters.

The President’s lavish lifestyle that has included hugely expensive family vacations, lots of golf, and his non-stop fundraising, particularly among the “one percent” wealthy, has not gone unnoticed by voters. The role of the First Lady plays into this as she promotes nutritional programs that have not found favor, particularly in the nation’s schools.

Nor have voters found the issue of race which seems to dominate the Attorney General’s views and actions to correlate with reality. Fifty years past the Civil Rights Act of 1964 has demonstrated considerable improvement in the lives of black Americans. Talking about school segregation as the Attorney General recently did seems oddly out of place to many voters who are far more concerned about the general deterioration of the nation’s education system that has led to a call for more and more charter schools.

We have a President who has endorsed both same-sex marriage and the legalization of marijuana, neither of which appeals to the vast majority of Americans. His open rejection of the Defense of Marriage Act is contrary to the oath he took to enforce all laws. His use of executive orders to alter Obamacare’s implementation for purely political reasons raises more questions about his indifference to the oath he took.

The swap of five high-ranked Taliban detainees for a U.S. soldier who reportedly deserted his post in Afghanistan is just the icing on the cake this primary day.

The voters have many reasons in November to express their dissatisfaction with Obama and the Democratic Party. They did so in 2010 and despite Obama’s reelection in 2012 they appear ready to do so again in November of 2014.

© Alan Caruba, 2014

Because He is Black, Americans Suffer and Die

Clearly, no amount of unprecedented unlawful power grabs, narcissistic behavior, blatant lies and ignoring of the Constitution will sway the mainstream media and the Democrats from their loyalty to Obama. Why? The answer is Obama is black which makes him their ultimate weapon of mass destruction able to nuke traditional America. Obama’s mission is to cram his radical socialist/progressive dream for America down our throats.

Obama’s reign of terror is but a mere preview of things to come if the MSM and Democrats are successful in duping American’s into handing Hillary Clinton the keys to the Oval Office. Just as Obama has ruled as America’s first king, Hillary will be our first Queen. Anyone who dares to criticize or oppose Queen Hillary’s radial liberal agenda will be branded a sexist and severely punished; subjected to a high tech lynching; their politically battered carcasses left on public display to ward off other outspoken conservatives/Republicans.

The frightening inconvenient truth is the MSM, Democratic Party and Obama consider American suffering and loss of life acceptable collateral damage to protect Obama and implement his agenda. His black skin provides Obama perfect political cover, similar to an impenetrable suit-of-armor, providing the Left with a unique golden opportunity to implement all of their unsellable liberal Utopian fantasies. The best interest of the American people even takes a backseat to the Left’s and Obama’s obsession with appeasing our enemies.

Please allow me to recap incidents over the past 5 years which confirm that Team Obama (the MSM and Democrats) believes protecting their golden child and his agenda despicably trumps American lives.

While this first example is before his presidency, it does illustrate the cold callous political calculating nature of Obama, the man. As an Illinois Senator, Obama voted against the Born Alive Infants Protection Act “three” times. The law would authorize hospital staff to provide medical assistance and try to save the lives of babies who miraculously survive abortions. Before the law, hospital staff was legally forced to simply place the baby into a room until it died. To secure the radical feminist vote, Obama insidiously voted against allowing staff to assist these feisty infant survivors; acceptable collateral damage to furthering his political ambitions.

Following the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving Boston Marathon bomber, Obama’s DOJ immediately took actions which suppressed vital intelligence-gathering. Why would Obama so swiftly end all questioning of the Muslim terrorist regarding future planned attacks on America? Unconscionably, protecting Obama’s false narrative that terrorism is no longer a threat overrides national security (American lives).

Four Americans, including our brutally tortured U.S. Ambassador, Chris Stevens, were killed during an Al-Qaeda terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The Obama administration’s behavior before and after the attack is the epitome of cold hardhearted political cover-up and posturing.

In a nut shell, the Administration denied Ambassador Stevens’ desperate pleads for extra security before the attack. Following the attack, the Administration blatantly lied to the American people about the cause of the attack.

In a cold calculated act of political deceit, Secretary of State at the time Hillary Clinton lied to the parents of the victims while looking them in the eye and shaking their hands. Hillary vowed to punish the guy who made an anti-Muslim video, knowing full well that the attack had nothing to do with a video.

Why is the Administration hellbent on hiding the truth about the Benghazi attack? One reason is the Administration, Democrats and the MSM will not tolerant evidence disproving Obama’s claim that terrorism is over; particularly right before the 2012 presidential election. One could conclude that team Obama considered the deaths of our U.S. Ambassador and a few former Navy SEALs acceptable collateral damage to secure Obama’s reelection.

Here is another example of the Democrats putting furthering Obama’s agenda above American lives, only this time, we are talking children. During the government shutdown, Republicans wanted to vote to make sure the shutdown would not hinder kid’s with cancer from getting their medicine. Remarkably, Senate majority leader Democrat Harry Reid blocked the Republican’s efforts. Reid placed making Republicans look bad above the lives of children. CNN reporter Dana Bash asked Reid, “If you can help one child, why won’t you do it?” Reid replied, “Why, why, why would we want to do that?” Deplorably evil, cold and politically calculating. 

While we have not yet experienced the true horrors of Obamacare once it is fully implemented, Obamacare is wrecking havoc on American lives. Cancer patients are losing their doctors who have been keeping them alive. Millions have lost their excellent healthcare plans which Obama repeatedly promised they could keep. As Sarah Palin warned, there will be death panels, rationed care and diminished care. Single payer government controlled healthcare is a major component of Obama’s fundamental transformation of America. Therefore, truth about Obamacare will not be tolerated. So, how have the Democrats dealt with testimonies from Americans expressing how Obamacare has devastated their lives? Harry Reid called them a bunch of liars.

If there was any doubt that Barack Obama is a cold hardhearted political calculating megalomaniac, trading deserter Bowe Bergdahl for five major Taliban generals who will surely plot to kill more Americans confirms it. Empowered by Obama’s trade, the Taliban promises more kidnappings. Every political action truly is all about Obama, hmm, hmm, hmm. Once again displaying his unprecedented arrogance, Obama ignored the law which required that he give Congress 30 days notice before transferring detainees out of Guantanamo. 

What has emboldened Obama to continuously boldly go where no white president has gone before? The answer, his black skin suit-of-armor. Despite Obama’s multiple crimes and misdemeanors against the American people and the Constitution, serious opposition to the first black president is simply not an option for many in the GOP and MSM.

It is plain to see the pattern of behavior of Obama and his minions. They protect Obama and further their agenda at any and all cost while engaging in maximum exploitation of his skin color for perfect political cover. Therefore, because Obama is black, Americans suffer and die.

Obama Must Go! (But He Won’t)

Given the collective anger over the exchange of five Taliban commanders for what appears to be a U.S. Army deserter, combined with the anger from the Veterans Administration revelations, one might be tempted to think that Obama would be impeached or would resign, but neither of those options will occur.

He’s not leaving because he doesn’t care what Americans think and only cared when the issues involved forthcoming elections. He was, after all, elected twice. He doesn’t even care what the members of Congress think, relying now entirely on executive orders and by working his way through federal agencies and departments.

He knows that his approval ratings fluctuate between 48% and 51% on any given day—a testimony to the stupidity that liberals embrace while accusing conservatives of being stupid—and he knows that the vast bulk of Americans are too busy trying to hold onto their jobs, if they have one, and that most do not spend much time paying attention to the issues. Large numbers receive some form of federal assistance and that is their sole concern.

Until the Taliban debacle the mainstream media could be depended upon to ignore tragic events like the Benghazi attack and its cover-up. Indeed, some speculate that Obama thought that getting a U.S. soldier back from the Taliban would detract attention from the VA issue, but did not anticipate how badly that would turn out. It was, after all, part of his intention to release all of the Gitmo detainees and close the facility.

It hardly seems accidental or ironic that the spokesperson for both scandals has been national security advisor, Susan Rice, lying through her teeth.

In the 2010 and 2012 elections Republicans gained more seats in the House of Representatives, but made little progress in the Senate. Some Tea Party movement conservatives like Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Marco Rubio now hold office, but they are a minority within a minority so far as the U.S. Senate is concerned. I will take any progress we make and any candidate with a “R” after his or her name.

Even if the GOP were to gain control of the Senate after the forthcoming November midterm elections there will be no impeachment proceedings against Obama because Republicans with long memories will recall how badly that turned out when it was attempted against Bill Clinton. It was rejected and he went on to become the Democratic Party’s popular senior statesman.

Hillary Clinton has let it be known she did not favor releasing the Taliban commanders. A story in the Daily Beast on June 3 reported that “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was personally and intensely involved in the debate over swapping five Taliban commanders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in 2011 and 2012. But she had severe reservations about the potential deal, and demanded stricter conditions for the release of the prisoners than what President Obama settled for last week.”

Should she become the Democratic Party candidate for 2016 Hillary will put as much distance as possible between herself and Obama.

Will Obama resign as this new wave of anger sweeps over the White House? That is not going to happen either.

If we know anything about Obama at this point it is that he has no regard for the oath of office he took, even less for the Constitution. He breaks laws now with virtual impunity.

He knows that his lies have made it possible for him to pursue his agenda for legislation like Obamacare, increasing the national debt to the highest it has ever been, and imposing regulations through the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct his “war on coal.” His “stimulus” to goose the economy was a failure. His “reset” with Russia has been a failure along with other foreign policy missteps.

When Obama leaves office—assuming the worst fears of many conservatives that he will declare martial law and try to make himself President-for-Life will not occur—he will have a long life of considerable wealth awaiting him. He will be gone, but in the same way the Clintons are gone, yet still making news.

So, yes, Obama must go. But he won’t.

© Alan Caruba, 2014

How Many More Unanswered Questions Are We Willing To Accept?

In the exchange of five Taliban commanders from Guantanamo Bay Naval Base did we exchange them for a prisoner of war (POW), deserter, or traitor?

Did the Administration realize their Bergdahl decision makes every active duty soldier and American civilian at large a future added value target for abduction and rapid exchange for Guantanamo prisoners?

Does this release of five high level Taliban Commanders advance President Barak Hussein Obama’s 2009 Executive Order 13492 to close Gitmo at any cost?

What were the real reasons for ordering non-disclosure statements from those on the scene at Benghazi and the Bergdahl affair?

Can the behavior of Bowe Bergdahl be considered serving with “honor and distinction?”

Was the urgency of Bergdahl’s prisoner swap to deflect from the VA scandal and the negative reactions to President Obama’s Memorial Day and West Point speeches?

What was, in 2012, the political reason to declare that Al-Qaeda was decimated?

What are the reasons behind the repeated distorted talking points used by National Security Advisor Susan Rice?

What was the reason(s) the administration consented to unilaterally canceling a negotiated missile defense deal with Poland?

Will we see an exchange of Cuban political prisoners for Alan Gross who has been detained in Cuba since 2009?

How many more unanswered questions are we willing to accept?

Wisdom Not Taught in College: Ten life lessons from a long-time warrior in the battle of ideas by John Blundell

About 30 years ago, I was sitting in a rural roadside diner outside Milwaukee. My host, a wealthy businessman, had chosen the spot close to one of his factories. It was an all-day breakfast type of place.

I was there to pitch him for around $10,000 per year for The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS), and I was batting on a good wicket—to use a cricket term from my native England. I knew I was aceing the “ask” and the food was so good I started tossing easy pitches his way, which allowed him to talk and me to eat.

Out poured a ton of deep frustration with his alma mater. He agreed straight away that he would start giving us $10K, and while he deeply resented the same amount going to his Ivy League alma mater, he felt obliged—not happy—to do so.

On my flight home to Dulles I mulled on this, and back in the office next day I dictated (I realize this dates the incident) a letter thanking him for his $10,000 pledge. I went on to suggest that he also give us the other $10,000 currently reserved for the alma mater for my colleagues to invest in the few good free-market students and faculty we knew there. He loved the idea! (The college involved howled.) Other donors got wind of this and we soon had several college-specific funds.

Now, I could talk about making the same philanthropic dollar do two or three jobs all day long (see in particular the business model of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty) but the lesson here is this:

1. Listen more than you speak.

From that day on I have set a goal of speaking for 30 to 40 percent of the time and listening for the rest when in such one-on-one meetings.

Nine more lessons

Listen more than you speak was the first of 10 lessons I recently sent to Kayla, the daughter of my good friends in Tampa, Florida, as she graduated high school. Her parents, I hasten to add, had had the idea of asking for my input and they transmitted this and 10 other lessons to Kayla on her big day. Today, I would like to share them with other sons and daughters.

So what were my other nine lessons?

2. Do not speak at meetings just for the sake of speaking.

Do not be the person who thinks a meeting did not really take place unless they spoke—and hopefully very loudly and at great length. Be a sniper with a sound suppressor who always hits the target. Don’t be some manic machine-gunner who wastes half his bullets. Team members quickly separate the windbags from those who speak only when they add value.

3. You must treat all people at the same high level.

In one sense there are no VIPs; in another sense we’re all VIPs. Even if you have a mental model of VIPs versus LIPs (less) you will fail to implement it because you cannot obtain or possess the knowledge needed to make such a distinction all the time. You might score 90 percent, but suddenly some hobo will turn out to own 1 percent of Apple and you ignored him (you were even abrupt with him) while I opened the door, brought him a cup of tea, and listened to him.

Here’s a true story:

In 1983, as a director of IHS in Menlo Park, California, I was on the receiving end of a classic crank letter. It was hand-written using multicolored ink on paper that did not fit the envelope. The outside was littered with anti-USPS slogans—it was a miracle it got to me. The author argued that we should go into competition with the Nobel folk in Scandinavia so as to bring attention to liberty lovers.

Well, I scrunched it up and chucked it away. All day it sat there atop my bin and at some point I retrieved it, smoothed it out, and replied.

I wrote that going into competition would blow our budget; that with Hayek (’74) and Friedman (’76) and Stigler (’82) our guys were starting to win Nobels and I was sure more would come; and that there was much better leverage in doing what we were in fact already doing: “discovering, developing, and supporting young people who share our concerns and who have the potential to impact the war of ideas hopefully going further and faster with our support than otherwise would be the case.”

My reply went to a not very impressive address north of us in Washington or Oregon. Roll forward five years and IHS is now at GMU in northern Virginia. One day my mail contained a letter from a bank manager near Atlanta. Could I please confirm in writing that our mission was still “discovering, developing, and supporting young people who share our concerns and who have the potential to impact the war of ideas hopefully going further and faster with our support than otherwise would be the case” and provide already printed backup to substantiate this claim?

I was puzzled but easily and quickly complied. About 10 days later the bank replied that it was satisfied and was pleased to inform me that a client of the bank had used its legal department to write his will and had left IHS every last dollar/piece of land he owned, totaling several hundred thousand dollars. The name of the man rang no bells. I scurried downstairs and over to our ‘Alpha’ files, found his name, and felt my knees go wobbly on me—the only letter on file to this man was my reply to his multicolored crank missive. He was indeed from Georgia; he had kept his banking and will there despite moving to the Pacific Northwest where he . . . wait for it . . . mowed lawns.

4. The worst thing you can do is to make excessive promises and then fail to deliver on time or at the right level.

Don’t get so desperate for the work (or whatever it is) that you become sucked into overpromising, which inevitably leads to underdelivering—and thus a big dent in your reputation. Promise slightly under what you are pretty certain you can deliver. Then when you come in with more of whatever it is and say earlier than promised, watch your reputation soar.

5. Remember my friend Mr. Cadbury (and your cheeks).

Yes, that Mr. Cadbury. Our sons were school chums and his boy’s birthday party sure beat ours. Now, he has to buy raw ingredients in less developed countries where paying bribes is simply built into the local business model. His staff asked what they should do. His reply was that you may pay bribes on two conditions. First, you must get a signed receipt for the accounts department at home. Second, you must ask yourself: “Will I be ashamed if the story of this bribe appears on page 1 of the company newsletter?”  If you answer “no” and can get a receipt, then go for it!

So how does this translate to you? I suggest operating on the basis that, even if something is perfectly legal, you do not do it if the thought of news of your action spreading in your circles makes your cheeks turn red. (This is a variation on the “Front Page Test.”)

6. Learn how and when to say thank you.

Always say thank you, but not too often, and not over the top. These days an emailed thank you is so easy it is seriously devalued. It’s close to meaningless. When my younger son recently started a big new job I bought him a box of high quality notecards and envelopes with a supply of stamps. Keep these on hand, I told him, so when a thank you is in order you have the tools right there on your desk.

Here are two more wrinkles. One: The cards I personally use are unique to me—photos taken either near our place in Florida or near our summer cabin in West Virginia. People attach them to fridges or pin boards—I know because they tell me and then I see them when I visit! It keeps me in mind. Second: I write fan letters on these cards. There’s an old saying that for every 100 folk who think, “I should write that person a fan letter,” only one actually does. I write fan letters and also what I call “cheer up letters” when I read of folks who are down.

7. Only speak well of people.

Let me tell you the story of my friend Randy. Right out of law school he became a public prosecutor. The culture in his whole department was to make life miserable for everyone in the public defender’s office. It was the local year-round sport, a daily matter with all involved—except Randy. He did not complain; he just kept his head down and treated his opponents with respect and in a mannerly way. After a while, Randy went on the law professor job market. He was hired and is still having a brilliant career.

A few months after he started in his new job, the dean of his law school told him some background to the hiring decision. It turned out the dean had roomed at law school with the head of the public defender’s office. They still went to lunch or chatted for an hour every month. When Randy applied, the dean asked his longstanding friend for his view of him—a reference not listed on his CV. Well, the dean got a glowing reply on the lines of Randy is the only person over there who treats my staff with respect. And so on. Even Randy was astonished by the thought that those hiring him would seek out the opinions of the public defender’s office. One simply never knows.

8. Keep your word always.

When you give your word, you enter a contract. Your word is your bond, as they say. I once saw this close up, in action. A young woman named Mary had just graduated in special education, but the market was tight. In August she accepted a job at a small, private religious school paying very little. She signed the contract and mailed the envelope.

Later that very same day the local public school system offered her pretty much the same job at more than twice the salary. Her family was furiously trying to think of ways she could get out of her contract with the private school and she asked my advice.

Your word is your bond, I said. And you do not want to start a 40+ year career by breaking a contract. However, I went on, there’s no reason why you should not reply on the lines of:

  • Thank you;
  • I would love to have that opening;
  • However the the very day your offer arrived I had signed a 10-month contract to go to St. X school;
  • I cannot break my word, so I’m sorry to turn you down; however
  • If there’s an opening in the future please do bear me in mind.

Word of her principled response reached every senior regional educator in her field, and well before her just-signed contract expired, new ones were on offer. She took a short-term hit by doing the right thing, but doing the right thing paid huge longer-term dividends.

9. Work hard on your public speaking and writing skills.

Whatever your career path, you will be communicating. And far too many people just assume they can do it. Or they cop out. The biggest of all cop-outs is to have the lights turned down while the so-called speaker reads aloud from a series of slides. It is embarrassing and rude. If all the speaker is going to do is read, I might has well have been sent the slides and not be there. So work on those skills and watch the investment bring dividends.

10. Have a private internal commitment to excellence.

Never take on a job or assignment unless you can deliver at an A+ level. But even turning down an offer can bring positives—especially if, hand on heart, you can say, “Look, I’d love to help but Jay would do a better job on this one.” Remember: What goes around comes around. Eight A+ results always top 10 A- results.

Now, I had promised you 10 lessons. Remember what I said about overdelivering? In that spirit, here’s one more lesson:

11. Be super-cautious and alert to the dangers of social media.

We are seeing more reputations—rightly or wrongly—damaged more quickly than at any other time in history. Remember that anything you put on social media can spread like wildfire, and anything anyone else puts on social media about you can spread like wildfire, as well.

ABOUT JOHN BLUNDELL

EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is courtesy of FEE and Shutterstock.

Obama Trades All Remaining Gitmo Detainees for Magic Beans

On the heels of his widely-praised exchange of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five captured Taliban commanders, which Democratic strategists are comparing to trading General George Patton for five taxi drivers, President Obama went them one better and swapped all remaining Guantanamo detainees for a bag of magic beans.

In announcing the trade, Secretary of State John Kerry stated, “President Obama has unloaded hundreds of unskilled laborers and taxi drivers whom we already have enough of, and transported them from Gitmo to Afghanistan where they will be more likely to find jobs that fit their training and aspirations, like driving a cab, or follow their dream of being an artist or a poet.”

“The magic beans he obtained from the Taliban in the trade will grow into large beanstalks which will pierce the cloud cover of Republican obstructionism surrounding the planet, and help alleviate climate change. It’s a win-win,” Kerry said.

“This is a big effing deal,” said Vice President Joe Biden praising the trade. “For years the enemy has claimed our foreign policy was based on magical thinking. This swap is proof that we are guided by practicality and realism,” Biden said, adding in passing that “someone’s been eating [his] porridge.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid also made a supportive statement, noting that the giant beanstalks will help reduce the deficit: “We can send people to climb up the beanstalks and steal gold from the giant Koch Brothers, who have hidden it in a castle in the clouds so they wouldn’t have to pay taxes on it. Fee, fi, fo, fum,” stated Reid.

State Department’s Senior Twitterer, Jen Psaki, preempted any hostile criticism by Tweeting that the idea of growing large beanstalks around the White House has nothing to do with making it difficult to see what’s going on inside, nor is it an attempt to distract attention from alleged “scandals,” such as, the VA and Benghazi. “If anything, President Obama does not give himself enough credit for all his accomplishments in the last five years. He doesn’t need magic plants to hide his successes from the public,” Psaki Tweeted.

UN Ambassador Susan Rice led the Administration’s effort to sell the transaction to TV viewers, telling a Sunday cooking show that “magic beans can be served with honor and distinction, especially with a main dish of fowl, such as crow.”

In a rare public statement, Mullah Omar, leader of the Taliban Taxi Drivers’ Union, called the swap a “victory” for President Obama in his fight against climate change. “Allah willing, we will continue to aid Obama’s jihad against non-believers in global warming.”

“Since he’s clean out of detainees, maybe Obama can trade more of our magic beans for something else he doesn’t need, like spent plutonium, for example. Our mountain caves make excellent toxic waste repositories. Call me if you want to trade, Barack,” stated Omar, holding his thumb and index finger out in the traditional “phone call” hand gesture.

On Immigration: My House is not Your Home

Since the economic crash of 2008, I think everyone has had to make adjustments – except the federal government – including cutting back on discretionary spending, fewer weekends at the beach, eating out less, etc. What I like about Americans is that when times get hard, we have a tendency to reach out to help those around us who are less fortunate. We will share a loaf of bread with a neighbor. We will give a bag of groceries to a needy member of our church. We will pay the fees for our child’s friend to attend summer camp.

Those we have some connection to will always be on the receiving end of our largess when we have the wherewithal and after we have fulfilled the obligations we have to our families. This is the America I love and cherish. But this love is becoming somewhat diminished in light of recent numbers on the level of homelessness among children in the U.S. There are two groups in the U.S. that we should never allow to suffer – children and senior citizens. Children are pure, innocent and totally dependent on us adults. Senior citizens have paid their dues to society and paved the way for us to enjoy the privileges we have.

But those aren’t the only two groups we should be concerned about. A record 1.16 million students in the United States were homeless last year, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education. These were students from K-12 for the school year 2011-12, the latest numbers are available. This was a 10 percent increase from the previous school year. According to the federal government, there were 55.5 million students enrolled in school during this period, meaning about 2 percent of all students were homeless.

The states with the largest increases of homeless students were: California, New York, Texas, and Florida. What is interesting about those states is they are the same states with the largest population of people in the U.S. illegally.

The Obama administration has actually encouraged a flood of illegal children to trek across Central America through Mexico into the U.S. because they have made it perfectly clear that they will not enforce our immigration laws. This public declaration has put our own kids at dire risk.

According to Reuters, “An estimated 60,000 such children will pour into the United States this year, according to the [Obama] administration, up from about 6,000 in 2011. Now, Washington is trying to figure out how to pay for their food, housing and transportation once they are taken into custody.

The flow is expected to grow. The number of unaccompanied, undocumented immigrants who are under 18 will likely double in 2015 to nearly 130,000 and cost U.S. taxpayers $2 billion, up from $868 million this year, according to administration estimates.”

So, if these are the numbers the Obama administration is using, they are probably conservative.

We are already more than $17 trillion in debt and you want to take money (that could be used for citizens) away from our homeless children to take care of those noncitizens who are in the country illegally? Really? I am totally with humanitarian aid, but not at the expense of my own U.S.-born children.

The problem has gotten so bad that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has set up an emergency shelter at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas that can hold 1,000 illegals. That’s right, we are housing illegals on military bases; but our own children are living on the street or in a homeless shelter. We Americans are the most generous, kind, giving people on the face of the earth; but enough is enough. Let’s take care of our own first.

America doesn’t have an immigration problem. We have an enforcement problem. There is nothing wrong with the laws on the books; we need to simply enforce them. The interesting thing that my open borders and pro-amnesty friends will never discuss publicly is this: America accepts more legal immigrants into the U.S. annually than the total of all the other nations of the world combined.

So, I will not allow those who disagree with me to dismiss me as xenophobic, heartless, without compassion, etc. Show me a parent who will take away from his family to give to a total stranger and I will show you an unfit parent. Because you are in my house does not make it your home.

Pro-Sin America Combats Global anti-Sin Movement

Daily we read about new examples of the United States government officials promoting sinful behaviors, both domestically and globally. People are beginning to awaken to this disturbing trend and serious global push back is occurring by US citizens, Christians, Jews, Muslims, states and foreign nations.

In the United States it appears that sinful behaviors are not only promoted, they are enshrined in law, upheld by courts and well funded by government agencies and private institutions.

For example,  wrote, “The Associated Press reported on February 26 that the United States, ‘troubled’ by an anti-homosexuality movement in Uganda and across much of the world, is launching a new effort to combat what Secretary of State John Kerry described as a ‘threat to human rights’. Comparing a Ugandan anti-homosexuality law to oppressive government crackdowns on German Jews in the 1930s, Kerry said that according to the AP report, he was going to direct American ambassadors to look at ‘how we deal with this human rights challenge on a global basis.’ He said 80 nations worldwide have anti-homosexuality laws on some levels, and he called the one in Uganda — which does not apply capital punishment — ‘atrocious’ and ‘flat out morally wrong.’”

“Now, in the definition of the US government, anti-homosexuality movements (groups opposing gay ‘marriage’ and other homosexual perversions) are a ‘threat,’ because US officials see the homosexual behavior as a noble ‘human right.’ Do “human rights” rape and kill? They did so in Uganda. According to Scott Lively, in the past the African nation had a law that required all men and boys in Uganda to submit to the homosexual seduction of its ruler, King Mwanga. By official count 22 young men were executed under this law. When Ugandans began to convert to Christianity in the 1800s, a group of Catholics led by Charles Lwanga refused to allow themselves to be sodomized by the King. Enraged, King Mwanga had them torturously bound, marched 37 miles and then roasted alive in a fire pit. The date of their execution was June 3rd, 1886, and is today a national holiday commemorating Uganda’s rejection of homosexuality and commitment to Christian values,” writes Severo.

When did a sexual behavior become part of and influence US foreign policy? When did homosexuality become a “human right”?

Let’s look at current examples of pro-sin policies. As a benchmark I use the Ten Commandments as written in the Torah the book of Exodus. Exodus 20:

[1] And God spake all these words, saying, [2] I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. [3] Thou shalt have no other gods before me

There are many false gods promoted by government, including the false god of government itself. Governments always error on the side of more control over the individual. That is why the Founding Fathers wrote the US Constitution establishing a Republic. They knew what history teaches: as government grows liberty subsides. The First Amendment put freedom of religion first. For without freedom to worship God, there is no freedom of speech, assembly, the press or right to petition elected officials. That is the First Principle.

[4] Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: [5] Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; [6] And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Today there are many “graven images” in the news, on television and the internet. From sports figures to movie stars, athletes, singers, dancers, and of course politicians. These graven images are false ones and lead those who report on them into a system where criticism is forbidden. We are in a world of “selfies” where even a president feels compelled to take a photograph at the funeral of Nelson Mandela, who himself became a graven image.  With the growth of social media sites like Facebook we have a growing number of people taking selfies and sharing them. Are we in a new golden age of the selfie? Are we our own graven images?

[7] Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

The entire rap music craze is famous for taking the Lord’s name in vain. The criticism it there but muted because those in rap music are black. Yet most blacks embrace God and are Baptists by their very nature. We see profanity used in movies, in television shows and book, particularly young adult novels. This profanity includes pornographic materials being used in our public schools. The justification is that we should not protect the innocence of our youth, rather we should encourage them to face the realities of the world. But whose realities are they? Perhaps it is better to change these realities and teach our youth the values and morals needed to be good citizens and moral individuals.

[8] Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. [9] Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: [10] But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: [11] For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

How many businesses today, or families for that matter, remember the Sabbath day?  A few major corporations like Chik-Fil-A and Hobby Lobby observe the Sabbath and allow families a day of rest and reflection. Many small businesses do the same. The US government observes the Sabbath with only essential services open. There was a time in America when all businesses were closed by government decree known as “Blue Laws” to observe the Sabbath. Gradually, these laws were changed or have been abolished altogether. Business trumps the Sabbath day across America and the world.

[12] Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

In the United States, government at every level is working to redefine motherhood and fatherhood. Public schools are teaching that mom and mom or dad and dad are perfectly natural and must be embraced by our  children as the “new normal.” Those who speak out against this new normal are demonized and labeled racist or homophobic. Marriage is under attack and its redefinition is touted as a civil right. Those who say that sexual behavior does not rise to the level of being called a civil right are classified as “hate groups” by well funded organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center. The new normal has destroyed entire cultures like in Massachusetts, the first state to recognize homosexual marriage. Even while government health agencies point out the risks of sex between men, the juggernaut moves on. Christians are under assault, even by the IRS, for holding on to their beliefs that sodomy is wrong culturally, a threat to the family and to the health and well-being of the individual. The US Department of Justice has not and will not support the Defense of Marriage Act, even though it is required to do so.

[13] Thou shalt not murder.

The first policy that comes up when discussing the VIth Commandment is Roe v. Wade, which was decided in 1973. The legalization of abortion remains a contentious issue that has split the nation and the world. US federal government policy does not allow directly funding abortions. However, the current administration supports abortion and the activities of Planned Parenthood. We have written about Margaret Sanger and the Eugenics movement, which has transformed itself into the the science of genetics. There are growing concerns that, like Eugenics, genetics is about “racial purity.” Black babies are being aborted at an alarming rate in Georgia, where over 56% of aborted babies are black. Genetics has two branches – negative genetics and positive genetics. It is important to understand how both are creating a “racially hygienic” society in America today.

The second aspect is about self-defense, known as stand your ground laws. The George Zimmerman case in Florida led to a national discussion on the right to self-defense. It must be noted that the Bible allows for killing in self-defense. It does not allow for murder and specifically forbids it.

[14] Thou shalt not commit adultery.

Adultery has become the subject of movies, TV shows and books. The swapping of wives is the basis of the ABC series “Celebrity Wife Swap“, “Wife Swap U.S.” on Lifetime and “Wife Swap UK.” Various notable figures in politics, professional sports, the media, actors, actresses and even leaders of Churches have violated the VIIth Commandment.

[15] Thou shalt not steal.

Stealing is illegal, unless the government does it via the Sixteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. The income tax system in the US has become a tool used by special interests and politicians to reward supporters and destroy opponents. Revelations about the IRS targeting TEA Party groups, Christian and Jewish organizations is both troubling and endemic to a system where thievery is lauded as public policy. Even in films it is the thief who is portrayed as a hero in movies like “Identity Thief“, where a man’s identity is stolen by a Florida woman.

[16] Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

Bearing false witness is lying. The Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution allows for a person to not testify if that testimony would incriminate. A the 9th Circuit court case US v. Alvarez a federal judge ruled that lying is permissible so long at the liar does not benefit from the lie. According to Dalhia Lithwick of Slate, “In 2007, Xavier Alvarez of Pomona, California, was elected to the board of the Three Valleys Water District. At a board meeting, Alvarez introduced himself by saying: “I’m a retired Marine of 25 years. I retired in the year 2001. Back in 1987, I was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. I got wounded many times by the same guy. I’m still around.” Alvarez did not just lie about being a war hero; he lied about many things. His catalog of untruths include playing hockey for the Detroit Red Wings, marrying a Mexican starlet, and rescuing an American ambassador during the Iranian hostage crisis. Xavier Alvarez isn’t just a compulsive liar.” The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that, “The Stolen Valor Act, which makes it a crime to lie about having received military honors or decorations, violates the First Amendment right to freedom of speech.” Lying is free speech?

[17] Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

Income inequality has become a cause being used not only by politicians but also the Holy Pontiff Pope Francis.

Recently Pope Francis restated his wish for world leaders to redistribute the world’s wealth to the  poor. According to Time, “Pope Francis reaffirmed his plea on Friday for world leaders to redistribute wealth from the rich to the poor during an address before top U.N. officials and called for a global initiative to reduce the income gap. Pope Francis on Friday renewed his call on global leaders to redistribute wealth from the rich to the poor. Francis made his plea during an address to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other U.N. leaders gathered in Rome for an audience with the pope, CBS News reports.”  Perhaps Pope Francis can take a lesson from Pope Leo XIII on socialism? Income equality is the all about coveting, until there is no income, due to government controls, left to covet.

QUOD APOSTOLICI MUNERIS (On Socialism) issued by Pope Leo XIII on 28 December 1878 states:

But Catholic wisdom, sustained by the precepts of natural and divine law, provides with especial care for public and private tranquility in its doctrines and teachings regarding the duty of government and the distribution of the goods which are necessary for life and use. For, while the socialists would destroy the “right” of property, alleging it to be a human invention altogether opposed to the inborn equality of man, and, claiming a community of goods, argue that poverty should not be peaceably endured, and that the property and privileges of the rich may be rightly invaded, the Church, with much greater wisdom and good sense, recognizes the inequality among men, who are born with different powers of body and mind, inequality in actual possession, also, and holds that the right of property and of ownership, which springs from nature itself, must not be touched and stands inviolate.

When public policy must be held up to the highest moral standards. The founding fathers understood this that is why they wrote the Constitution and included within it certain unalienable rights granted to each citizen by God, not government. The only control needed is that of God’s will and grace.

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“Separation of powers” useless to stop crimes against the Constitution

When the U.S. Constitution was adopted and the signatories agreed that the powers of the federal government would be divided among the executive, legislative and judicial branches, it was assumed that those running our government were honorable patriots who would faithfully abide by Constitutional law. But that was then when political parties were not around to pervert our leaders and turn government into a struggle for power, wealth and control over the people of the United States.

Back in 1787, few if any thought that elected officials would ever have the audacity to challenge the concept of separation of powers, and so no method of enforcement was ever set in place to compel the three branches to behave, live in peace, and honor their pledge to share power and faithfully support all of the Constitution … not just the parts they liked and that favored their selfish objectives.

Today, the form of Progressivism/Socialism being implemented by the Obama White House holds no respect for the concept of separation of powers. For our president, it doesn’t exist, perhaps because there are no provisions for its enforcement.

The Supreme Court must remain silent regarding executive abuse until someone or some group with “standing” files a suit against the president in response to a particular grievance. But who has standing to sue the president? No one seems to know; not even some in Congress who are reported to believe it has no standing to sue the president for overreaching his executive power.

In a 1999 Hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Rules, it was stipulated that “Congress may seek to nullify, repeal, revoke, terminate or de-fund an executive order, but each such action requires the eventual concurrence of the President (most likely the same President that issued the order in the first place).”

No wonder Congress, itself, doesn’t want to challenge executive orders.

Even if someone were bold enough to claim to be personally aggrieved by a presidential act or executive order, unfortunately, it might take years to establish standing in the courts, especially when the case would have to reach the Supreme Court for a final irrevocable ruling. This would give the Obama White House an extraordinary amount of time for its abuse of power to “fundamentally change” or weaken the freedoms we enjoy today.

Separation of powers has no muscle and no teeth, and Barack Obama knows it. We live in a time when Constitutional amendments are necessary simply to save and uphold Constitutional law … I mean its very existence. But to introduce and pass a new amendment that can enforce separation of powers is doomed to failure by the fact that the major political parties–as they exist and operate completely at odds with one another–will never vote in concert to serve the best interests of the American people by passing such an amendment.

Our Constitution is at an impasse, powerless to provide a means to deliver control of the nation back to the people. Americans are in grave need of an act of God to produce a leader who can show us how Constitutional law can be empowered to deliver us from the Socialist dictatorship that is quickly descending upon us like a cold, dark night. Who will stand against the fall of night?

Pray that there is such a person somewhere out there with the courage to confront dictatorship and preserve our Republic.