San Francisco Liberals Dishonor U.S. Military, Show Compassion for Convicts

by Jim Mullen

In 2005, San Francisco announced its desire to make its little Utopia by the bay a military-free zone, and erase the military’s presence altogether. San Francisco’s vile contempt for the military is legendary and, at times, dangerously close to treasonous. The city moved from harassing military recruiters to violently shutting down job fairs and anything that included military recruiters on college campuses and elsewhere. Impeding recruitment into any branch of the United States Armed Forces, and railing against all things military became the focal point of the radical leftists’ groups. The city’s Board of Supervisors even voted maliciously against docking the WWII/Korean War-era USS Iowa as a floating museum at the Port of San Francisco.

Unbelievably, this same bastion of left-wing lunatics is now considering a law proposed by the city’s Human Rights Commission to prohibit private employers and landlords from disqualifying applicants because of crime convictions or arrests. The law would require landlords and businesses to accept murderers, rapists, drug addicts, and child molesters into their homes and places of business.

In the delusional, misguided state of progressivism, this is seen as a practical solution to the United States Supreme Court’s ruling that ordered California to relieve its overcrowding by removing tens of thousands of inmates from its prison rolls.

One can’t imagine the eager-beavers that think it’s a great idea to take an ex-convict into one’s home or business to share living and working space with them and their family. If they really believe this, the simplest solution for taxpayers and prisoners alike, is for all the lefties in the City by the Bay to line up for adopt-a-con and hire-a-hood programs each week. Obviously, that would eliminate the overcrowding of prisons. However, since liberals never live by the rules they make for others, this solution is unlikely to resonate – not even with the resident cuckoos.

Another obvious, more workable solution is to build more prisons and spend less money on frivolous liberal programs and cradle-to-grave entitlements. Just taking a firm stand against public-sector union demands for wages and benefits that dwarf that of the private-sector would free up billions of dollars to spend on prisons.

Marxists have no limit to the imaginative programs on which to spend taxpayer money; but practical expenditures like building prisons lack the pizzazz to catch a liberal’s pie-in-the-sky fancy. As complicated as liberals try to make every situation, common-sense solutions always elude these deep-thinkers.

Overcrowding of prisons is a national problem and remains unaddressed by politicians. They prefer to spend money on projects that stand out as paragons to their visions of goodwill toward man. Any project upon which they can erect a sign or use as a monument to themselves will attract political attention and garner support from Statehouses and Congress. The Jerry Brown or Arnold Schwarzenegger State Prison isn’t conducive to politicians’ sensibilities.

The queen bee of liberal-progressivism surely resides in the San Francisco area. Millions of little communist worker bees and Marxist drones swarm to the area to join in the American version of misfits for Mao. This angry, buzzing nest hangs on California’s left coast serving as a menacing symbol against everything military and anything American.  

San Francisco elites reach deeply into their misguided, compassionate hearts to provide comfort to the bottom feeders of society and the enemies of America while loathing our country’s heroes, the U.S. Armed Forces; a new despicable low… even for a group that most people already believe are beneath contempt.

For centuries, American Armed Forces suffered and died by the millions in countries around the world. They dug and lived for weeks in foxholes at obscure locations that most people today couldn’t find on a map. Hundreds of thousands stormed now-serene beaches leaving their blood and their friends awash on the shores. They lived in tents fighting in deserts ablaze with an unforgiving sun, and froze in the Korean winters. Our soldiers enjoyed a nice January stint in the densely forested, frozen Ardennes Mountains region of Belgium, fighting the bloody Battle of the Bulge where they took some 89,000 casualties, including 19,000 killed in the largest and bloodiest battle that Americans fought in World War II.

Dead Americans litter the ocean bottoms of the world, and their bodies lie strewn around almost every country that lives in freedom today. They died falling from the skies, slogging through mud, on beaches, deserts, and in the snow. Americans did all this with food, ammunition, and equipment shortages, oftentimes with inferior weapons. Nevertheless, they were the tip of the spear that freed the world again and again out of a sense of duty.

Liberals whine and complain of the horrors of criminals serving their debt to society in less-than ideal conditions, an unthinkable tragedy to the mush-brained progressive movement. Punitive measures are abhorrent to the crowd that believes “only bad circumstances” not “bad people,” produce criminals. The compassionate hearts of liberals always bleed for the losers, the misfits, and the miscreants. However, the San Francisco crowd stands unmoved and dry-eyed by the living and dying conditions suffered by the men and women who have, and are, serving our great country in the American Armed Forces. Conditions the losers-in-lock-up would find unbearable.

San Francisco elites are privileged, spoiled, and childlike creatures ruled by their emotions and lost in a 1960’s rebellion mindset. They spend their empty lives acting up and lashing out at the establishment and middle-American values. Trying to assuage their guilt for undeserved blessings and unfulfilled lives, they gratify themselves by pulling others down to their level. They long ago turned their rebellion into farcical games in hopes of eliciting more attention. These losers feign intellectual superiority and bully mainstream conservative thought. They need to realize that in a real-world scenario without government paternalism and a military to protect them, they would perish in an idealistic puff of smoke. Perhaps, their feelings of inadequacy could be called the “Dinosaur Complex.”

They know that time is running out for their species, but until then, they will throw their weight around by exercising their ill temper and absurdity.

It seems unimaginable to ordinary Americans that the dishonorable among us are held in such high esteem yet the honorable get dismissed and disrespected with bitterness normally reserved for mortal enemies. We are who we are, what we are, and where we are because of the U.S. Military. Nonetheless, liberals spend their entire lives easing the burden of the burdensome instead of the heroes. Such is the state-of-mind of the modern liberal-progressive. Perhaps some of the elite schools of academia should add a Master’s program just to teach liberals the simple meaning of the word ‘shame’.

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Conquering the Storm

Governor Palin today posted on Facebook:

In the coming days we’ll sort through the repercussions of S&P’s downgrade of our credit rating, including concerns about the impact a potential interest rate increase would have on our ability to service our suffocating $14.5 trillion debt.

I’m surprised that so many people seem surprised by S&P’s decision. Weren’t people paying attention over the last year or so when we were getting warning after warning from various credit rating agencies that this was coming? I’ve been writing and speaking about it myself for quite some time.

Back in December 2010, I wrote: “If the European debt crisis teaches us anything, it’s that tomorrow always comes. Sooner or later, the markets will expect us to settle the bill for the enormous Obama-Pelosi-Reid spending binge. We’ve already been warned by the credit ratings agency Moody’s that unless we get serious about reducing our deficit, we may face a downgrade of our credit rating.” And again in January, in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address I wrote: “With credit ratings agency Moody’s warning us that the federal government must reverse the rapid growth of national debt or face losing our triple-A rating, keep in mind that a nation doesn’t look so ‘great’ when its credit rating is in tatters.”

One doesn’t need a Harvard Law degree to figure this out! Just look across the pond at Europe. European nations with less debt and smaller deficits than ours and with real “austerity” plans in place to deal with them have had their ratings downgraded. By what magical thinking did we figure we could run up perpetual trillion dollar deficits and still somehow avoid the unforgiving mathematics of a downgrade? Nothing is ever “too big to fail.” And there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Didn’t we all learn that in our micro and macro econ classes? I did at the University of Idaho. How could Obama skip through Columbia and Harvard without learning that?

Many commonsense Americans like myself saw this day coming. In fact, in June 2010, Rick Santelli articulated the view of independent Tea Party patriots everywhere when he shouted on CNBC, “I want the government to stop spending! Stop spending! Stop spending! Stop spending! STOP SPENDING!” So, how shamelessly cynical and dishonest must one be to blame this inevitable downgrade on the very people who have been shouting all along “stop spending”? Blaming the Tea Party for our credit downgrade is akin to Nero blaming the Christians for burning Rome. Tea Party Americans weren’t the ones “fiddling” while our country’s fiscal house was going up in smoke. In fact, we commonsense fiscal conservatives were the ones grabbing for the extinguishers while politically correct politicians and their cronies buried their heads in what soon became this bonfire.

With S&P and others now warning that we could face another downgrade if we don’t get serious about our debt problem (i.e., recklessly spending money we don’t have), Washington needs to wake up before things get worse! We’re already hearing murmurs about QE3, which is just madness and will further debase our currency at a time when the dollar’s status as the world’s reserve currency is already being questioned. The loss of the dollar’s reserve currency status would adversely impact us in every conceivable way. Our standard of living would decline as imports become more expensive (including imports of foreign oil), government wouldn’t be able to finance deficits as cheaply, and American corporations – employers – would lose a competitive edge. It would be another crack in our status as a financial superpower.

Last May, I gave a speech at Westhills Community College in Lemoore, California, to an audience that included farmers from California’s Central Valley. I tried to paint a picture for them of where all of this was heading. The following is an excerpt from my prepared remarks:

Now we’re all getting hit with rising food prices too. Back in November of last year, I predicted this would happen when the Federal Reserve dropped a $600 billion money bomb called QE2 on us! That’s short for “quantitative easing 2.” It’s a fancy term for running the printing presses and creating money out of thin air – which drives down the value of the dollar and makes the price of everything more expensive.

As I predicted six months ago, these policies will lead us down a path where for the first time in our history our fate will be taken out of our own hands and placed in the hands of the world’s capital markets. They will force us to make the responsible decisions that our leaders are unwilling to make. Just as the destinies of the Central Valley farms have been taken out of your hands by the federal government’s overreach into your water rights, so the destiny of our nation will be taken out of our hands because our leadership has failed to get our financial house in order.

This isn’t some theoretical threat any more. It’s already happening. The world’s biggest bond investment fund PIMCO announced last month that it was dumping U.S. Treasury bonds. The head of PIMCO, Bill Gross, one of the world’s preeminent debt investors, warned that the U.S. is in serious risk of default with our trillion dollar deficits and no end in sight. And last week, credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s downgraded our credit outlook to “negative” – that’s the first time that has happened to us since the attack on Pearl Harbor. The IMF has even given us formal notice that, unless we do something to deal with our debt problem, we could tip the world economy into another recession.

It is a disgraceful and embarrassing situation when the United States finds itself justifiably chastised in the same tone normally reserved for near-bankrupt economies.

And in this, like in shutting off your water, the federal government has failed you. Their reckless spending and destruction of the dollar will make access to available credit for farmers and small business owners harder to get. And it will make transportation costs higher because it will hit everyone at the gas pump. You see, because the Obama White House won’t let us drill domestically, we’re forced to import oil that we pay for in dollars. So, when the value of the dollar drops, the price of gas goes up. And if you think $4 a gallon is bad, wait till you see what life is like at $6 or $7 a gallon.

Last November, the so-called smart people all laughed at me when I warned them of this. They told me not to make such a big deal about rising prices. Well, guess what – it became a big deal all on its own.

In fact, there was an editorial in the New York Sun that said – and I quote: “As gasoline is nearing six dollars a gallon at some pumps, the cost of groceries is skyrocketing, and the value of the dollars…has collapsed to less than a 1,500th of an ounce of gold. Unemployment is still high. Shakespeare couldn’t come up with a better plot. But how in the world did Mrs. Palin, who is supposed to be so thick, manage to figure all this out so far ahead of the New York Times and all the economists it talked to?”

Well, I’m sure the New York Times writers will remember the famous line: “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” And right now the American economy is in the howling, hot headwinds of a gathering storm. We’re printing up and buying up our own notes at an unprecedented rate, and the Fed is artificially holding interest rates down to nearly zero. Anyone with commonsense could see what was coming. Unfortunately, common sense is in short supply among our leaders. It’s like they never believe that the rules of common sense apply to them. They think somehow we’ll escape from the consequences of their policies. It’s the same magical thinking that allows them to run up trillion dollar deficits and still think that we can “win the future.”

Every other generation has weathered recessions by sacrifice and belt tightening. But our leaders today decided that they could magically paper over the tough decisions by running the printing presses. A little history lesson might have showed them how well that worked out for Germany in the 1930s. The Weimar Republic inflated its currency so much that it took a wheel barrel full of paper money to buy a loaf of bread. That might be the main thing I remember from Mr. Crum’s history class at Wasilla High, but it told me all I needed to know about the inflationary dangers of a weak currency and why we must avoid it. What a shame Mr. Crum didn’t teach at Harvard.

That was just three months ago, and things have already gotten worse. We have to face this storm head on. It won’t be easy, but there are real solutions to grow our economy and reduce our debt.

First, we need to get serious about our deficit. No more accounting gimmicks. No more cuts in “out-years” that never materialize. The permanent political class in D.C. might be fooling themselves with these Enron-like accounting games, but they’re not fooling the world’s capital markets. And we don’t need any more happy talk from the White House about “investing” in solar shingles and really fast trains. The White House shouldn’t even bother floating these new spending programs. We can’t afford them. Period. We need to stop this deficit spending, balance our budget, repeal Obamacare, cancel all unused stimulus funds, and reform our entitlement programs. We have to have an adult conversation about our spending commitments; circumstances have changed, and we must adapt. I know none of this will be easy, but, “thick” or not, the average American outside the D.C. politico bubble knows that we no longer have a choice! We will have entitlement reform and a balanced budget; it’s just a matter of how. We can do it ourselves in a calm, methodical, and responsible manner, or we can wait for the world’s capital markets to ram it down on us. Let’s be responsible and do it ourselves. And let’s get serious about reducing the size of government across the board and rooting out waste. How many more reports (that today are destined to merely gather dust on the shelf) do we need about duplicative and unnecessary programs before we actually do something about government waste?

We need to get this economy moving again, and the real stimulus we’ve been waiting for is domestic energy development. We must reduce our dangerous dependence on foreign oil by responsibly developing natural resources here. This will provide good paying jobs, reduce our trade deficit, increase federal and state revenue, ensure environmental standards, and actually stimulate our economy without incurring any debt. That’s real stimulus! Affordable, plentiful, and secure energy is the foundation of every thriving economy. Let’s make it the foundation of ours. Let’s do the opposite of President Obama’s manipulation of U.S. energy supplies. Let’s drill here, build refineries, and stop kowtowing to foreign countries in asking them to ramp up energy production which makes us even more beholden to them as we rely on their foreign product. Let’s move on tapping our massive domestic natural gas reserves. Natural gas is the perfect “bridge fuel” to a future when more renewable sources are available. It’s clean, it’s green, and we’ve got a lot of it. Let’s drill. Let’s build an infrastructure for natural gas cars and power plants. Energy development can help kick start our economic engine.

In addition to energy security, I embrace a pro-growth agenda that can make American corporations far more competitive on the global stage. (I will be writing more about this in the coming days.) We need to tell the world, “America is open for business again!” And let’s welcome industry by reducing burdensome regulations. The Obama administration keeps strangling businesses in red tape. From the EPA’s rulings to that nightmare known as Obamacare, the Obama administration is hanging one regulatory albatross after another around the private sector’s neck. Let’s get government out of the way and give the private sector room to breathe, grow, and thrive. We can provide businesses confidence to expand and hire Americans in a stable environment.

Be wary of the efforts President Obama makes to “fix” the debt problem. The more he tries to “fix” things, the worse they get because his “solutions” always involve spending more, taxing more, growing government, and increasing debt. This debt problem is the greatest challenge facing our country today. Obviously, President Obama doesn’t have a plan or even a notion of how to deal with it. His press conference today was just a rehash of his old talking points and finger-pointing. That’s why he can’t be re-elected in 2012.

Our economic news is disheartening and the task before can seem daunting, but we must not lose our sense of optimism. People look around today and may see only the negative. They see a culture and a nation in decline, but that’s not who we are! America must regain its optimistic pioneering spirit again. Our founders declared that “we were born the heirs of freedom.” We are the heirs of those who froze with Washington at Valley Forge, who held the line at Gettysburg, who freed the slaves, carved a nation out of the wilderness, and allowed reward for work ethic. We are the sons and daughters of that Greatest Generation who stormed the beaches of Normandy, raised the flag at Iwo Jima, and made America the strongest and most prosperous nation in the history of mankind. By God, we will not squander what has been given us!

Our destiny is still in our own hands if we pick ourselves up and act responsibly and quickly. We must all get involved. Concerned Americans must seek truth, work harder than ever, and be willing to sacrifice today to ensure freedom tomorrow. Please get engaged in 2012 electoral politics and support experienced, vetted, pro-free market fiscal conservatives who will dedicate all to preserving our Republic and protecting our Constitution.

– Sarah Palin

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What Happens When Government Cannot Govern?

by Robert Arvay

The debt crisis debate keeps moving and making any perceivable course of action difficult to pin down. As we go to go to publish, these are some of the facts.

1.  The president is not leading. He seems interested solely in what is good for him politically. That would explain why he has been demanding a blank check through the next election.

2.  There are reasons why the president is not leading and these become more apparent every day.

Reason (a) with zero executive experience, Obama has never in his life had to deal with anything asSec. of State Hillary Clinton detailed as a budget. Budgeting requires skills and discipline that Obama clearly lacks. The only thing he sent to Congress that even remotely resembled a budget was unanimously voted down – by his own party.

Reason (b) Obama is – there is no kinder word for it – lazy. Contrast his time in office with another far left liberal with whom I disagree on nearly everything, Hillary Clinton. Clinton is one of the hardest working people in Washington DC. She is fully informed and involved with every aspect of her demanding job. Obama gives speeches, campaigns for re-election and plays golf. Those activities do not define leadership in any dictionary I’ve consulted.

Reason (c) Obama is a far-left ideologue. As such, he has not the slightest clue as to how a free market economy works. Indeed, he really has no idea how a socialist economy fails to work. Getting back to Clinton again, she at least has worked in the American system, and understands the concept of making a profit, and meeting budgetary deadlines. Obama has never so much as run a lemonade stand.

3.  If the Congress cannot agree on spending reforms that actually work, one of two things must, inevitably, happen and both of them are bad.

(a)  The country will go bankrupt. This happened to the Weimar Republic in the 1930s. The German government attempted (as has the United States) to use “quantitative easing,” that is, printing more money until money became worthless. It only made conditions fatally worse for Germany, and it will do the same for the U.S.

(b)  If the U.S. government cannot govern, there will be a solid pretext for a coup d’état, a forcible take-over of the government by a consortium of powerful officials. They will feel that their hand has been forced – and they will sincerely believe that they are saving the nation from itself. Again, that is similar to what happened in Germany in 1933 with the rise of Adolph Hitler, who led his nation into devastation and utter collapse.

4.  I have said before, and I will say again, that no one is better positioned to lead a coup than Hillary Clinton. Of course, she cannot do it herself. Indeed, she will not even initiate such a catastrophe. But if there is a coup, she will be the natural choice as the public face of a new, “provisional” government. To back up this bold prediction, consider the following:

5.  More than one warning has come from very highly placed individuals in the government, in the military, and in national security – that an economic collapse in America threatens the very survival of the nation.

6.  The predictions above are accurate. Communist China is building up its military to unprecedented scales. For the first time in its five thousand year history, China has a world class navy, capable of projecting its power anywhere in the world.

7.  Iran is forging ahead with its plans to build nuclear warheads that can be launched not only against Israel, but also against Europe and the U.S. In the face of all this, Obama occupies himself by inserting U.S. forces and assets in Libya, while enabling the installation of a rebel regime with ties to Iran.

8.  North Korea is producing nuclear weapons technology and exporting it to terrorist nations. For decades, North Korea has demonstrated a willingness to undertake violent military attacks without provocation. As its own economy collapses, there is literally nothing from which the sociopaths in Pyong Yang will refrain from doing to maintain their grip on power.

9.  The U.S. military, while it remains the strongest in the world, relies for its continued strength upon our precarious economy, which Obama’s policies have systematically undermined. Obama has no domestic energy policy, even as he exports energy jobs to Brazil and other foreign countries. Obama has openly said that he intends to bankrupt our coal industry. After giving away literally trillions of dollars to his cronies, including labor unions and General Motors, his results have added not one solitary job to our economy; on the contrary, his economic recovery agenda has put millions more people on the government dole.

10.  Those now in power in the U.S. – not elected officials, but those deep inside the power structure, the people with their hands on the weapons and those who know intimately how raw power works – will have every reason, every provocation, to refuse to stand by as Obama wrecks the nation. Whether they see him as incompetent, lazy or as deliberately sabotaging the nation, their incentive to act precipitously and decisively will overwhelm any qualms they may feel about “striking the king.” Remember the ancient admonition, that if you choose to strike the king, you get but one opportunity. If you fail, you die.

11.  I am, by no means, advocating a violent overthrow of the U.S. government – especially, by another statist such as Clinton. I am not advocating it. I am predicting it.

Robert Arvay is a Contributing Writer to The Patriot’s Notepad

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