Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Great Speech!

The best speech given yesterday unfortunately was not the State of The Union address, but a speech given by Governor of Indiana Mitch Daniels. Rather than dilute his message I'll let you read/watch the speech verbatim from the man himself and welcome comments of below.

01/24/2012 Mitch Daniels in response to President Obama's 2012 State of the Union Address.

"The status of 'loyal opposition' imposes on those out of power some serious responsibilities: to show respect for the Presidency and its occupant, to express agreement where it exists. Republicans tonight salute our President, for instance, for his aggressive pursuit of the murderers of 9/11, and for bravely backing long overdue changes in public education. I personally would add to that list admiration for the strong family commitment that he and the First Lady have displayed to a nation sorely needing such examples.
"On these evenings, Presidents naturally seek to find the sunny side of our national condition. But when President Obama claims that the state of our union is anything but grave, he must know in his heart that this is not true.

"The President did not cause the economic and fiscal crises that continue in America tonight. But he was elected on a promise to fix them, and he cannot claim that the last three years have made things anything but worse: the percentage of Americans with a job is at the lowest in decades. One in five men of prime working age, and nearly half of all persons under 30, did not go to work today.
"In three short years, an unprecedented explosion of spending, with borrowed money, has added trillions to an already unaffordable national debt. And yet, the President has put us on a course to make it radically worse in the years ahead. The federal government now spends one of every four dollars in the entire economy; it borrows one of every three dollars it spends. No nation, no entity, large or small, public or private, can thrive, or survive intact, with debts as huge as ours.
"The President's grand experiment in trickle-down government has held back rather than sped economic recovery. He seems to sincerely believe we can build a middle class out of government jobs paid for with borrowed dollars. In fact, it works the other way: a government as big and bossy as this one is maintained on the backs of the middle class, and those who hope to join it.
"Those punished most by the wrong turns of the last three years are those unemployed or underemployed tonight, and those so discouraged that they have abandoned the search for work altogether. And no one has been more tragically harmed than the young people of this country, the first generation in memory to face a future less promising than their parents did.
"As Republicans our first concern is for those waiting tonight to begin or resume the climb up life's ladder. We do not accept that ours will ever be a nation of haves and have nots; we must always be a nation of haves and soon to haves.

"In our economic stagnation and indebtedness, we are only a short distance behind Greece, Spain, and other European countries now facing economic catastrophe. But ours is a fortunate land. Because the world uses our dollar for trade, we have a short grace period to deal with our dangers. But time is running out, if we are to avoid the fate of Europe, and those once-great nations of history that fell from the position of world leadership.
"So 2012 is a year of true opportunity, maybe our last, to restore an America of hope and upward mobility, and greater equality. The challenges aren't matters of ideology, or party preference; the problems are simply mathematical, and the answers are purely practical.
"An opposition that would earn its way back to leadership must offer not just criticism of failures that anyone can see, but a positive and credible plan to make life better, particularly for those aspiring to make a better life for themselves. Republicans accept this duty, gratefully.
"The routes back to an America of promise, and to a solvent America that can pay its bills and protect its vulnerable, start in the same place. The only way up for those suffering tonight, and the only way out of the dead end of debt into which we have driven, is a private economy that begins to grow and create jobs, real jobs, at a much faster rate than today.
"Contrary to the President's constant disparagement of people in business, it's one of the noblest of human pursuits. The late Steve Jobs - what a fitting name he had - created more of them than all those stimulus dollars the President borrowed and blew. Out here in Indiana, when a businessperson asks me what he can do for our state, I say 'First, make money. Be successful. If you make a profit, you'll have something left to hire someone else, and some to donate to the good causes we love.'
"The extremism that stifles the development of homegrown energy, or cancels a perfectly safe pipeline that would employ tens of thousands, or jacks up consumer utility bills for no improvement in either human health or world temperature, is a pro-poverty policy. It must be replaced by a passionate pro-growth approach that breaks all ties and calls all close ones in favor of private sector jobs that restore opportunity for all and generate the public revenues to pay our bills.
"That means a dramatically simpler tax system of fewer loopholes and lower rates. A pause in the mindless piling on of expensive new regulations that devour dollars that otherwise could be used to hire somebody. It means maximizing on the new domestic energy technologies that are the best break our economy has gotten in years.
"There is a second item on our national must-do list: we must unite to save the safety net. Medicare and Social Security have served us well, and that must continue. But after half and three quarters of a century respectively, it's not surprising that they need some repairs. We can preserve them unchanged and untouched for those now in or near retirement, but we must fashion a new, affordable safety net so future Americans are protected, too.
"Decades ago, for instance, we could afford to send millionaires pension checks and pay medical bills for even the wealthiest among us. Now, we can't, so the dollars we have should be devoted to those who need them most.
"The mortal enemies of Social Security and Medicare are those who, in contempt of the plain arithmetic, continue to mislead Americans that we should change nothing. Listening to them much longer will mean that these proud programs implode, and take the American economy with them. It will mean that coming generations are denied the jobs they need in their youth and the protection they deserve in their later years.
"It's absolutely so that everyone should contribute to our national recovery, including of course the most affluent among us. There are smart ways and dumb ways to do this: the dumb way is to raise rates in a broken, grossly complex tax system, choking off growth without bringing in the revenues we need to meet our debts. The better course is to stop sending the wealthy benefits they do not need, and stop providing them so many tax preferences that distort our economy and do little or nothing to foster growth.
"It's not fair and it's not true for the President to attack Republicans in Congress as obstacles on these questions. They and they alone have passed bills to reduce borrowing, reform entitlements, and encourage new job creation, only to be shot down time and time again by the President and his Democratic Senate allies.
"This year, it falls to Republicans to level with our fellow citizens about this reality: if we fail to act to grow the private sector and save the safety net, nothing else will matter much. But to make such action happen, we also must work, in ways we Republicans have not always practiced, to bring Americans together.
"No feature of the Obama Presidency has been sadder than its constant efforts to divide us, to curry favor with some Americans by castigating others. As in previous moments of national danger, we Americans are all in the same boat. If we drift, quarreling and paralyzed, over a Niagara of debt, we will all suffer, regardless of income, race, gender, or other category. If we fail to shift to a pro-jobs, pro-growth economic policy, there will never be enough public revenue to pay for our safety net, national security, or whatever size government we decide to have.
"As a loyal opposition, who put patriotism and national success ahead of party or ideology or any self-interest, we say that anyone who will join us in the cause of growth and solvency is our ally, and our friend. We will speak the language of unity. Let us rebuild our finances, and the safety net, and reopen the door to the stairway upward; any other disagreements we may have can wait.
"You know, the most troubling contention in our national life these days isn't about economics, or policy at all. It's about us, as a free people. In two alarming ways, that contention is that we Americans just can't cut it anymore.
"In word and deed, the President and his allies tell us that we just cannot handle ourselves in this complex, perilous world without their benevolent protection. Left to ourselves, we might pick the wrong health insurance, the wrong mortgage, the wrong school for our kids; why, unless they stop us, we might pick the wrong light bulb!
"A second view, which I admit some Republicans also seem to hold, is that we Americans are no longer up to the job of self-government. We can't do the simple math that proves the unaffordability of today's safety net programs, or all the government we now have. We will fall for the con job that says we can just plow ahead and someone else will pick up the tab. We will allow ourselves to be pitted one against the other, blaming our neighbor for troubles worldwide trends or our own government has caused.
"2012 must be the year we prove the doubters wrong. The year we strike out boldly not merely to avert national bankruptcy but to say to a new generation that America is still the world's premier land of opportunity. Republicans will speak for those who believe in the dignity and capacity of the individual citizen; who believe that government is meant to serve the people rather than supervise them; who trust Americans enough to tell them the plain truth about the fix we are in, and to lay before them a specific, credible program of change big enough to meet the emergency we are facing.
"We will advance our positive suggestions with confidence, because we know that Americans are still a people born to liberty. There is nothing wrong with the state of our Union that the American people, addressed as free-born, mature citizens, cannot set right. Republicans in 2012 welcome all our countrymen to a program of renewal that rebuilds the dream for all, and makes our 'city on a hill' shine once again."

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What the NDAA 2012 means for You

"To have Liberty, or to have Security...that is the Question."

"We pledge allegiance to the Federal Government of the United State of America, and to the Republic- for which it used to stand, one nation, divided, without Liberty or Justice for anyone."

 The bill was drafted in SECRET by Senators Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), before being passed in a closed-door committee meeting without any kind of hearing. The language appears in sections 1031 and 1032 of the NDAA bill.

“It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.” ~ Joseph Stalin

"It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder."
~Albert Einstein

What is the NDAA?

  The NDAA is an acronym for the "National Defense Authorization Act" which is an annual proposal regarding the Defense budget for the Department of Defense. This legislative process has been around since 1963- a year marked by the death of President John F. Kennedy, and also including his June 10th speech at the American University in D.C. regarding a new "Program for Peace": a proposed plan to ban nuclear weapons (Speech), and 2 of the most overrated films of all time: Hitchcock's "The Birds" and "Bye-Bye Birdie". This was a year that started with great promise for Americans and ended with several monumental tragedies and failures, the NDAA process being one of the latter.

  Although each year the NDAA proposals have some measure that ends up being scrutinized for earmarks or some other unnecessary "special military project", this year's (2012) was especially criticized for a few of its provisions; namely sections 1021 & 1022. These sections, albeit hard to read without a B.S. degree in Poly Sci, essentially seek to limit the freedoms of the American people if our government decides to label one of us a terrorist by an ambiguous definition of who a terrorist may be. This definition was brought to us by the good folks at The Department of Homeland Security- George W Bush's pet project for political enforcement here in the states. First, I'll provide the sections taken verbatim from the NDAA 2012 below:

  If you feel like you're going to go blind trying to both read and make sense of the lingo, then I suggest you check out the Wikipedia page regarding these sections HERE. The main points you want to understand within section 1021 is this:

Section 1021

NDAA text affirms the President's authority to detain, via the Armed Forces, any person "who was part of or substantially supported AL-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners," and anyone who commits a "belligerent act" against the U.S. or its coalition allies, under the law of war, "without trial, until the end of the hostilities authorized by the AUMF."

  Doesn't sound so bad right? Wrong! In it's ambiguity of definitions regarding the underlined sections, what it is actually say is this:

"Anyone who commits an act contrary to the wishes of the State, shall be held without due process until the governing body deems that all hostilities of any kind, not necessarily related to the detainee themselves, has ceased- in other words, 'indefinitely'."

  So, we've established that through its intentional ambiguity, the NDAA 2012 has an embedded clause that can initiate the indefinite imprisonment under military law of anyone it deems a threat to its purpose. But under our 5th, 8th, & 14th amendment rights to due process we cannot be denied our right to a fair trial, and this clause doesn't explicitly say "US citizens"! It's amazing how little 'half truths' can really confuse and blind people. It's true however, that the bill doesn't say that here and that we have the substantiated Constitutional right to a fair trial governed by our peers, not the federal government or the military. 

Section 1022

The Cliff Notes of section 1022 regarding who may be detained are as follows:

"All persons arrested and detained according to the provisions of section 1021, including those detained on U.S. soil, whether detained indefinitely or not, are required to be held by the United States Armed Forces. The law affords the option to have U.S. citizens detained by the armed forces but this requirement does not extend to them, as with foreign persons. Lawful resident aliens may or may not be required to be detained by the Armed Forces, "on the basis of conduct taking place within the United States."

So to restate the insidious verbiage:

"Anyone who commits an act against the state including US citizens, and probably lawful resident aliens because we hate immigration, if deemed necessary by the military forces of the Federal government can be held indefinitely until such a time that some hostilities decease and when we are in a more favorable position granted that the detainee is still breathing in a Gitmo hole."

  This section clearly opens the door to holding US citizens violating heir Constitutional rights including the right to Due Process and the right to not have to suffer Cruel and Unusual Punishment. Where did I get that last portion from? Please watch below:

  I got it straight from the Ass's mouth. You see 1022 points out that anyone detained under these provisions will be held by the military as someone who acts against the wishes of the state, a terrorist. Military detainees don't go to the county jail or even the state prison, those are for criminals and minorities; no, they go to a military prison. Furthermore, since the detainee will be labeled a terrorist and become a source of possible information for our government, they will do what they've been doing since we invaded Afghanistan- they'll hold them indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay; it's become the status quo. For good reason, it's not on US soil. It's a military occupied zone. This means that the "law of the land" provisions in our constitution can be twisted so that they don't apply, even to US citizens. This is why the international community despises our practices there. It's also why Obama originally tried to close it until both sides of the political agenda showed him who's boss. 

  Again, it doesn't sound so bad- we can trust our government, right? Their not going to deny anyone their civil liberties! Well, just look a few generations ago and ask any African American citizen about their bountiful liberties. But President Barack Obama assured us that US citizens under his administration would not be detained...and government always keeps its word! You're right; he did make a nice quaint little memo that doesn't mean anything, and as for trust- just ask the Native Americans about that. They have a wonderful story to tell that will bring tears to your eyes, in fact a "Trail" of them. Obama said however, that his administration would not abuse the power- this has no bearing on the next president's administration.

"Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth."
~Albert Einstein

  The extreme nature and ambiguity of these provisions is an obvious threat to not just our liberty, but the liberty of future generations- all for the sake of some false sense of security. Denying a man Liberty has never brought security to any society in history. Instead, it's been the catalyst for riots & revolutions, exactly like the revolution that lead to our founding.

I think Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson said it best:

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." 
~Benjamin Franklin, Pennsylvania Assembly: Reply to the Governor, November 11, 1755

"I Would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much Liberty than to those attending too small degree of it." 
 ~Thomas Jefferson

What did they mean?

 Liberty, which is Personal Freedom as defined in and protected by the US Constitution, is not without its flaws (we have the Freedom to be ignorant like Sen. Graham), but it allows for the greatest good and grants the common man the right to become whatever he wishes; it is far better to have an excess of Liberty, for better or worse, than it is to have less in the name of false security; since the best security is Liberty itself- its natural state is opposing oppression, tyranny and inequality. Once you put a limit on Liberty, you put a limit on the potential of all people, especially those with good intentions, even though you're trying to address the minority who may have bad intentions. Most people, not just in America but also world-wide, are good people. To take away their Liberty and weigh them down with more government in order to deal with the vast minority who oppose the law and abuse those Liberties is essentially Socialism. In Socialism, as with the Public Education system, we are all treated as the lowest common denominator. So therefore, since an overwhelmingly vast majority of people are good and don't abuse their Liberty, but a few are bad and do, then the Liberties of all must be sacrificed to address those few. This is not what America was founded upon; in fact it is what it was founded against. Our Constitution speaks to the limited powers of Government, which have gone abused over the past century, and the undeniable rights of American Citizens, and in abstract all men and women regardless of citizenship.    

"Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood." 
-- John Adams, 1765

"The policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits." 
--Thomas Jefferson

Time magazine called the protester the person of the year for 2011, but if the US government and Obama Administration continue with its campaign against American freedom, defying corruption with demonstration as such will be outlawed in only a matter of time in the USA.

  Concerned over how very real the collapse of the US Constitution is because of Congress’ passing of the National Defense Authorization Act, the NDAA, global activists with the on-line collective Anonymous have proposed a national day of action against the controversial legislation to occur within next month.
Hacktivists had initially proposed a massive campaign against the act for January, but have now moved the protest to launch on February 3. [Gannett]

What Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have to say for themselves


"National Socialism as a matter of principle, must lay claim to the right to force its principles on the whole German nation without consideration of previous federated state boundaries, and to educate in its ideas and conceptions. Just as the churches do not feel bound and limited by political boundaries, no more does the National Socialist idea feel limited by the individual state territories of our fatherland. The National Socialist doctrine is not the servant of individual federated states, but shall some day become the master of the German nation." 
~ Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler.

  Contrary to his 2008 campaign, Senator John McCain has proven that he is a big government fascist who believes that Might makes Right and that the military/government can solve all of our problems. By his drafting in secret the very clauses that seek to 'limit' our freedoms, John McCain has not only reaffirmed his distorted views on personal Liberty and Freedom, but he has also disgraced his record as a defender of those Freedoms as a military vet. This isn't something I say lightly as it carries a lot of weight and consequence, but never-the-less it is he who has proven it true.

"This is turning legislation related to our national defense and military preparedness into a vehicle to force a partisan agenda through the Senate. What's worse, the majority leader is pushing this controversial agenda under the cover of supporting our troops, knowing that the National Defense Authorization Act is a must-pass bill, and whatever else is in it will inevitably become law as a result."
— John McCain about the National Defense Authorization Act / September 16, 2010
Oh the irony!

"The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants."
~Albert Camus

"There’s a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state, the other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend 
to become the people."
 ~ Commander Adama "Battlestar Galactica" - Why not? : )

"The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first."

~Thomas Jefferson

  Senator Lindsey Graham really doesn't need any special introduction to point out his flawed character and unscrupulous views on American Liberty, The Constitution, and Freedom; he does a good job of this on his own.

"To the critics, some of your criticism has been unfounded, but you have the right to be a critic. You live in the state called live free and die; let me remind everybody, being a critic, and being able to speak your mind, sometimes people have to die." --United States Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina (11-29-2011 U.S. Senate Debate regarding NDAA)

“Death solves all problems - no man, no problem.” ~Joseph Stalin

In a clip on Fox News’ show, Freedom Watch, Sen. Lindsey Graham is quoted, “The homeland is part of the battlefield, and people can be held without trial whether an American citizen or not.”

"Under the ‘worldwide indefinite detention without charge or trial’ provision of S.1867, the National Defense Authorization Act bill, which is set to be up for a vote on the Senate floor this week, the legislation will basically say in law for the first time that the homeland is part of the battlefield,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who supports the bill.

“We don't do Lincoln Day Dinners in South Carolina. It's nothing personal, but it takes a while to get over things.” ~Lindsey Graham 

President Bush has shown great leadership. He has said that the 21st century will not be ruled or dictated by terrorists, dictators, and murderers. He is absolutely right. God bless him for his resolve. ~Senator Lindsey Graham

"A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader." -- Samuel Adams, 1779

"Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it."
~Adolph Hitler

"Any excuse will serve a tyrant."

"All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it."
~Alexis de Tocqueville

"Violence as a way of gaining being camouflaged under the guise of tradition, national honor and national security."
~Alfred Adler

"Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" -- Patrick Henry 

Other World Leaders who did the same thing


What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? 
~Thomas Jefferson

Joseph Stalin
                      Muammar Gaddafi

Notice they're all wearing Military Uniforms?
King George III
Adolf Hitler

"Beware the Military Industrial Complex"
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower 

  “An evil exists that threatens every man, woman and child of this great nation. We must take steps to ensure our domestic security and protect our homeland.” – Adolf Hitler                     

“Everyone imposes his own system as far as his army can reach.” 
~ Joseph Stalin

"There is no state with a democracy except Libya on the whole planet." 
~ Gaddafi

"A traitor is everyone who does not agree with me"  
~ King George III, just before the American Revolution.

Closing Thoughts

“Of liberty I would say that, in the whole plenitude of its extent, it is unobstructed action according to our will. But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add “within the limits of the law,” because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual.”

~Thomas Jefferson

"Our own Country's Honor, all call upon us for a vigorous and manly exertion, and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world. Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions -- The Eyes of all our Countrymen are now upon us, and we shall have their blessings, and praises, if happily we are the instruments of saving them from the Tyranny mediated against them. Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world, that a free man contending for Liberty on his own ground is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth." ~ George Washington, 1776

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter, and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."

~Abraham Lincoln

"That these are our grievances which we have thus laid before his majesty, with that freedom of language and sentiment which becomes a free people claiming their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate."                                                                       ~ Thomas Jefferson, 1774

"The battle, Sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, Sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable; and let it come! I repeat, Sir, let it come!" 
~ Patrick Henry

"Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose—and you allow him to make war at pleasure."
~Abraham Lincoln

"Some people in this chamber love the Constitution more than they love the safety of this nation. We should all send President Bush a letter thanking him for protecting us."                                                                               ~Senator Jeff Sessions, 2007