Intro to J. O. Smith’s ‘In the Name of Humanity’
Edited by John R. Houk
August 17, 2014
As a Biblical believing Christian I place all other religions in a box of shunning. As a First Amendment believing and promoting American I believe each individual has the right to worship whoever or whatever they believe. However, because I believe in Religious Freedom does not mean that I will not point that which is particularly abhorrent to the Christian faith. I definitely am not a promoter of Multicultural Diversity that dilutes my Christian cultural heritage. And so I am often labeled a bigot.
Tackling contrary religious beliefs probably would be a multi-post project of which I am already in the middle of two. Allow me to say this as briefly as I can pertaining to Islam. Islam is not only an antichrist religion that focuses on eliminating Christians and Jews their Quran deceptively call the People of the Book, that particular religion especially represents everything that is destructive to the Western Culture that has led to the best rule of law document that has become the guiding light politically leading to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness – the United States Constitution. Because of this violent goal to force all humanity to submit to a man-created deity derived from a polytheistic god turning into a monotheistic religion, Mohammed the creator of Islam has set in motion a theo-political death cult that has forced its Liberty destroying upon a large chunk of the world.
The genocide going on in what’s left of Iraq under the control of ISIS (or ISIL) is what will occur whenever a purist form of Islam gains the reins of political power. The Christians and Yazidis have faced the brunt of this Islamic intolerance under ISIS. Most Americans know about Christianity. If you are anything like me, you know little to nothing about the Yazidis:
A historically misunderstood group, the Yazidis are predominantly ethnically Kurdish, and have kept alive their syncretic religion for centuries, despite many years of oppression and threatened extermination.
The ancient religion is rumoured to have been founded by an 11th century Ummayyad sheikh, and is derived from Zoroastrianism (an ancient Persian faith founded by a philosopher), Christianity and Islam. The religion has taken elements from each, ranging from baptism (Christianity) to circumcision (Islam) to reverence of fire as a manifestation from God (derived from Zoroastrianism) and yet remains distinctly non-Abrahamic. This derivative quality has often led the Yazidis to be referred to as a sect. (Who are the Yazidis and why is Isis hunting them? By Raya Jalabi; The Guardian; 8/11/14 08.46 EDT)
Knowing about the Yazidis is a bit more complicated than The Guardian synopsis. Here are a few places to get a more complete idea:
Yazidi Perspective in English:
With that long introduction set-up, Justin Smith writes about the threat of ISIS.
In the Name of Humanity
By Justin O. Smith
Sent: 8/17/2014 12:53 AM
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, under the command of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is evil incarnate, and, more than a threat to Christians and America, it represents a new global threat, which was a foreseeable consequence of arming the “rebels”, Al Qaeda, in Syria. Having burst forth as a product of the Syrian civil war and the U.S. premature withdrawal from Iraq on Obama’s orders, ISIS now seeks to expand the area it already controls, approximately an area the size of Great Britain, through violence and terror, beheading all unlike them – liberal Muslims, Christians, and Yazidis – raping the women and murdering entire families; they are destroying all who do not accept their vision of an Islamic state, their declared Caliphate, as they give them the ultimatum of “convert or die.” And now, this genocide of historic proportions demands that the U.S. and the free world exterminate the dire threat from ISIS through all the military might they can muster.
Obama, ever sympathetic to Sunni Muslims, more than likely illegally and surreptitiously armed the so-called “rebels” in Syria by late 2011 from Libya, as strong evidence suggests. Conclusive evidence from U.S. officials and Syrian figures reveals the CIA and U.S. Special Forces delivered weapons to the rebels, mostly Al Qaeda affiliates, around September 1, 2013, according to the Washington Post (9/11/13).
Many war weary Americans did not want to intervene in Syria’s civil war last year, including myself, since many of us, along with many government officials, believed Bashar al-Assad could be deterred and eventually removed through better alternatives, than arming the rebels, as Senator John McCain advocated. Now the very circumstances, of which some, such as Lt Col Ralph Peters, warned and America sought to avoid, have developed, and ISIS murder and mayhem cuts a swath across the Middle East, due to Obama’s unilateral actions.
Abu Bakr Baghdadi, the self-appointed Caliph of the Islamic State and a one-time prisoner at Guantanamo Bay detention camp, leads somewhere near 35,000 well-armed and trained jihadist warriors, and he has steadfastly worked to redraw the map of the Middle East. He swiftly led ISIS into Iraq around June with an army led by former Baath Party military and military intelligence from Saddam’s old regime. As they closed within 25 miles of Baghdad, they suddenly veered north and took Mosul on June 10th, and its dam on August 7th, routing the Kurdish Peshmerga (regional army) and creating tens of thousands of refugees in the face of their onslaught, mostly from the Yazidi minority.
At least 40,000 Yazidis took refuge in nine locations on Mount Sinjar, as ISIS hordes advanced on the town of Sinjar the first week of August, and approximately 130,000 more have fled to Dohuk, in the Kurdish north, and Irbil, once it became obvious ISIS was heading towards them; nearly all 300,000 residents have left, since ISIS Islamofascists stormed Sinjar on August 3rd and delivered their inhuman message of “convert or die.”
During an August 7th interview of Mark Arabo, a California businessman and a leader of Chaldean Catholics in America, when CNN’s Jonathan Mann seemed to be in disbelief and startled by his narrative, Arabo repeated his facts slowly (numerous videos support his account): “They are systematically beheading children. The world hasn’t seen evil like this for generations. There’s actually a park in Mosul where the actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick…. They are doing the most horrendous, the most heart-breaking crimes you can think of.”
Also on August 7th, Obama answered the cries of many refugees, who had said “no one is coming to help”, with “Well, we (the U.S.) are coming to help”, as he authorized a series of bombing raids on ISIS positions and supply drops of food and water to those encircled and besieged Yazidis on Mt. Sinjar. Subsequently, 114,000 meals and 35,000 gallons of water were soon dropped by the U.S., followed by British cargo planes that dropped essential supplies and 16,000 more liters of water on August 11th.
As of August 15th (Friday), the ISIS siege was still in place and their perimeter had only withdrawn a couple of miles due to U.S. bombing, despite claims by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on August 13th that “we broke the siege at Mt. Sinjar,” although Yazidi and Kurdish Peshmerga rescue teams had been able to move some civilians on August 10th to Kurdish controlled territory, near Fishkabour.
Iraqi Member of Parliament and a Yazidi, Vian Dakhil, who has been in constant contact with Yazidi leaders trapped on Mt. Sinjar, was recently injured in a helicopter crash, as she attempted to reach her people. She suggested (8/15/14) that the U.S. military assessment team visited the only side of Sinjar accessible by helicopter, the north side, leaving the real plight of nearly 80,000 more Yazidis on the south side unseen.
“We are being slaughtered, annihilated,” MP Vian Dakhil declared, as reported by the Middle East Research Institute. “An entire religion is being wiped off the face of the Earth. Brothers, I am calling out to you in the name of humanity ___ In the name of humanity save us!” And she then soon broke down in tears.
The world is witnessing a genocide of Christians that promises to surpass the Turkish slaughter of two million Armenian Christians (1915-1918). One and a half million Christians present in Iraq in 2003 have now been reduced to less than 400,000, according to Ablahad Afraim, the head of the Chaldean Democratic Union Party, who based this assessment on international reports and church records; this rising genocide of Christians in the Islamic world, whether in Iraq, West Africa or South Asia ought to cause a global alarm that makes this the most significant human rights challenge of this era.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s parting message to his U.S. guards at Guantanamo Bay detention camp was a vow that “we’ll see you in New York,” and one of his spokesmen recently declared that ISIS will “raise the flag of Allah in the White House.”
Obama is truly a pathetic commander-in-chief whose curious actions, as well as his inaction, may well allow Abu Baghdadi to rebuild the Islamic Caliphate in the Levant and a terrorist base of operations, unless PM Tony Abbott of Australia, PM Stephen Harper of Canada, PM Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and PM David Cameron of the U.K. unite to stop him, since they seem more inclined to do so than Obama. Obama seems to think a supply drop or two and a few F-18 airstrikes is enough.
Seeing what ISIS has done in Iraq, one quickly realizes they would gladly do whatever they could to deeply injure America again, and ISIS represents a direct threat to the U.S. and humanity. This is genocide pure and simple. America sees it and knows it as genocide, and as such, it is imperative that the U.S. and the world take vigorous military action against ISIS and all possible measures to prevent this massacre of minorities in Iraq. And with more than vigilance and 130 advisors, the U.S. and its allies should send 130 bombers and 130,000 soldiers to run ISIS into the ground, utterly destroy them and kill them mercilessly with extreme prejudice, just as they did entire Christian communities.
By Justin O. Smith
Edited by John R. Houk
© Justin O. Smith
John R. Houk
© August 15, 2014
Of course before entering politics in 2010, West was a Lieutenant Colonel in U.S. Army fighting Islamic terrorists in Iraq. West was a decorated Army hero treated shabbily and unjustly by the U.S. Army largely due to a Left Wing cancerous disease of political correctness.
The short version of an incident that then Lt. Col. West became directly involved with was some enhanced interrogation of a captured Islamic terrorist that was proven had knowledge of an assassination attempt on West and an ambush against his soldiers. West was essentially drummed out of the Army for this enhanced interrogation technique that led to the capture of terrorist insurgents sparing the lives of his soldiers from that plan.
Here is the long version courtesy of FrontPageMag.com in a write-up of the online news service’s 2004 Man of the Year:
… He knew only too well of the terrorist attacks carried out by Saddam loyalists and recently arrived jihadist fanatics, claiming an average of one U.S. soldier’s life each day. With a firm commitment to protect his soldiers’ well-being, he determined to keep his troops safe.
In late August, Colonel West received news that his men had been targeted by a group of thugs associated with an Iraqi policeman named Yahya Jhodri Hamoodi. Allied forces quickly apprehended Hamoodi in Saba al Boor, a tiny town near Tikrit. Four interrogation specialists worked late into the evening of August 20, desperately trying to pry the attack plans out of him. Growing frustrated, the interrogators resorted to physical force, punching Hamoodi – without success. (Hamoodi was not seriously injured at any point during the interrogation.) It was then that Col. Allen West intervened.
Seeing that even physical violence had proven ineffective, Colonel West took the next logical step: He took the intransigent suspect outside, shoved Hamoodi’s head into a sandbox and threatened to kill him. The Colonel then pulled out his sidearm and fired a warning shot into the sky. Then West carefully held Hamoodi’s head aside as he fired a shot over Hamoodi’s shoulder, into the warm Iraqi sand burying his visage.
That near-scrape with death did the trick. Hamoodi began singing, telling West the identities of two men planning the attacks and revealing their attack plans, including the site of the intended ambush. The two men were arrested, and Colonel West ordered his men away from the site as they continued to serve the liberated Iraqi people. Upon turning Hamoodi over, he admitted his unorthodox tactics. For protecting the 700 soldiers in his care and cracking Hamoodi where professional interrogators had failed, Colonel West was immediately stripped of his command and threatened with jail time.
On December 11, West escaped court martial. Major General Raymond Odierno ordered West to pay a $5,000 fine and allowed him to retire as a Lieutenant Colonel. The ordeal caused by his desire to save his troops a violent death in a desert land had finally ended. He was free to return to Ft. Hood, Texas, to his wife Angela, with his reputation essentially cleared.
You can read Allen West’s own account at the Washington Times.
I had entered into hero worship of Allen West before he entered politics of his heroic actions to protect his troops and hunt down Islamic terrorists. Did I say “hero worship”? Well, get over it if you are a Leftist.
So anyway I am a supporter of Allen West because I trust his decisions and his patriotism. Recently West called President Obama an Islamist because of his presidential decisions that tend to favor the Muslim world’s narrative about America and Israel.
I am going to cross post that article below, but before I do I feel the need to qualify West’s strong words describing President Barack Hussein Obama.
There will be Leftists and those that favor a counterjihad approach to exposing Islam that will read something into the “Islamist” label that West did not mean. The Left will call West an Islamophobe bigot and counterjihad amateurs will jump in glee for exposing BHO as a closet Muslim.
Allen West did not call President Obama a Muslim. West affirmed that Obama’s actions shows all the evidence of Islamist enemies of America hence West called the President an Islamist.
Personally I am convinced Obama is a largely irreligious Leftist that has embraced the political strategy of using radical Islam as a tool to accomplish a Leftist agenda which would produce the Leftist utopia government control of people, their customs and their societal life.
Below is Matthew Burke’s news piece posted on TPNN bi-lined with Allen West calling Obama an Islamist.
Allen West: ‘Barack Hussein Obama is an Islamist’
August 14, 2014
Former congressman, Lt. Col. Allen West proclaimed on Wednesday that there is only one true explanation that Obama is “purposely enabling the Islamist cause.”
West, a favorite among many in the pro-freedom, pro-Constitution Tea Party movement, listed six instances where the Obama regime has been “working counter to the security of the United States of America”:
1. The unilateral release of five senior Taliban back to the enemy while the enemy is still fighting us.
2. Providing weapons of support to the Muslim Brotherhood-led Egyptian government — F-16s and M1A1 Abrams tanks — but not to the Egyptian government after the Islamist group has been removed.
3. Negotiations with Qatar and Turkey, two Islamist-supporting countries.
4. Negotiations with Hamas, a terrorist group.
5. Returning sanction money, to the tune of billions of dollars, back to the theocratic regime led by Iran’s ayatollahs and allowing them to march on towards nuclear capability.
6. Obama’s evident support of Islamists in Libya.
Along with the above, West cited the recent report that Obama has lifted longtime restrictions against Libyans attending flight schools and receiving nuclear science training in the U.S, only two years after the terrorism that took place in Benghazi, Libya.
There is only one logical reason for the Democrat president to make these anti-American decisions, West concluded Wednesday on his website, that there is no other reason why Obama would prop-up America’s enemies:
Sorry, but I can only explain this one way: Barack Hussein Obama is an Islamist in his foreign policy perspectives and supports their cause. You can go back and listen to his 2009 speech in Cairo, where Muslim Brotherhood associates were seated front and center.
All the circumstantial and anecdotal evidence points to that conclusion. The pivot away from the Middle East seems to be nothing more than an opportunity to enable Islamists and their goals. Anyone supporting this Libyan ban being lifted is indeed an enemy of this state.
In June, the former congressman from Florida called for Obama’s impeachment, following Obama’s negotiation with terrorists, releasing military deserter Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for the U.S. release of five notorious Muslim terrorists from GITMO.
Barack Obama’s longtime pastor for over two decades, Jeremiah Wright, told author Ed Klein two years ago that “Barack Obama was steeped in Islam” and that he “knew very little about Christianity.”
“When I asked the Reverend Wright about this whole question of Islam and Christianity. He said, well, you know, Barack Obama was steeped in Islam. He knew a lot about Islam from his childhood. But he knew very little about Christianity. And I made it easy for him to feel not guilty about learning about Christianity without turning his back on his Islamic friends.”
When Allen West Speaks – Believe It
John R. Houk
© August 15, 2014
Allen West: ‘Barack Hussein Obama is an Islamist’
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Justin writes about the hypocrisy of America’s Left and the Obama Administration particular for siding with Hamas over our most trusted ally in the Middle East – the Jewish State of Israel.
A Moral Distinction
By Justin O. Smith
Sent: 8/9/2014 8:11 PM
To hear Obama, his administration and Secretary of State John Kerry say that they were “appalled” by the “disgraceful act” of the United Nations School in Gaza being bombed on August 3rd by Israeli Defense Forces, after the IDF warned residents in advance of this attack, shows Obama’s and Kerry’s willingness to distort and misrepresent the facts and the reality of the situation, as they exploit the peace process through their thinly veiled anti-Semitic positions, in a vile, dishonest and stupid manner. They are so anxious to achieve peace at any cost, that they make no moral distinction between Hamas and Israel, which, in and of itself, is unconscionable and shameful.
Yes, it was a terrible scene, the dead Palestinian children. And yet, rather than condemn the Hamas terror government for starting this conflict, for firing missiles from behind the U.N. School, for hiding stockpiles of weapons near schools, mosques and hospitals and for abducting and murdering three Israeli teenagers, John Kerry offered a cease-fire deal that heavily favored Hamas and did nothing to ensure Israel’s security, while Pierre Krahenbuhl, UN official, condemned Israel’s act of self-defense as a “serious violation of international law”.
What then were Hamas’ attacks on Israel? Aren’t Israeli lives just as precious as Palestinian lives? And, isn’t it time for the U.S. and the U.N. to remove Hamas from the Palestinian-Israeli equation permanently?
During WWII, the Free World, the U.S. and the Allies did not wring their hands over hundreds of thousands of civilians killed by the fire-bombs at Dresden and the nuclear weapons used on Japan, because they were struggling to survive against the onslaught of the extreme evil of fascism, just as Israel now struggles against the horrific evil of Islamofascism. Israel’s counterattacks are warranted, especially in light of Islamofascist death squads recently using tunnels to mount attacks inside Israel.
Although Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu states that Israel’s war is with Hamas and not the Palestinian people, it is hard to be too sympathetic towards a people who repeatedly elected Hamas and exiled the Palestinian Authority to the West Bank. The Palestinian people chose to stay in Gaza, because by and large they are in complete agreement with the Hamas charter that seeks Israel’s destruction. So, the problem is with the Palestinian people for giving power to Hamas, who are terrorists to the core.
Turki al-Faisal, former Intelligence Chief for Saudi Arabia, recently stated, “Hamas readiness to cause a great deal of suffering … clearly shows Hamas is irresponsible.”
As Prime Minister Netanyahu stated on August 6, 2014 (Fox News), “We’ve gone to extraordinary lengths to prevent civilian casualties. Hamas has gone to extraordinary lengths to cause civilian casualties. Imagine your home, your country targeted by death squads. What would you do?”
War crimes are being committed by Hamas. They tell their own people to stay in their homes and to die as martyrs for Jihad, so duplicitous video will show the “Palestinian suffering” at the hands of Israel. And all the while they bombard Israel; since June 2014, Hamas has fired approximately four to five thousand missiles into Israel, targeting civilians and military personnel indiscriminately.
In July Dov Hikind, Democratic Assemblyman from Brooklyn, stated on Fox News:
“They (the Hamas terrorists) are rejoicing because they put civilians as human shields. America condemns Israel and they are thrilled … I asked the President of the United States, stop this,”
On July 9, Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masri said, “The blood of the shahids (martyrs) killed in this campaign is the fuel of our victory.”
Adding insult to injury, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter recently abandoned all morality and called for the U.S. to recognize Hamas as a legitimate political group and delivered more of his frequent anti-Semitic statements against Israel. One must wonder if Carter would also call Al Qaeda “a legitimate political group.”
Even more disturbing, the Obama administration is relying on Qatar, an ally of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, for guidance during this conflict between Israel and Hamas. Secretary of State John Kerry defers the “peace process” to supporters of terrorism, because he believes Qatar’s Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiyeh will be able to bring the Hamas terrorist government to the negotiating table. Kerry seems to forget that Israel is the U.S.’s long standing ally by treaty, not Hamas; but, this is not unusual for this administration, which has a major Muslim Brotherhood presence in the White House inner circle that has regularly exposed national security information, according to retired General Tom McInerney.
Is it not surreal and shameful to hear the ‘New York Times’ call Kerry “a loyal friend to Israel?”
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict really does not have a comprehensive solution, because it is purely Israel’s existence as a sovereign Jewish state in the middle of all Islam that troubles these Sons of Allah, Hamas. And, in their quest to destroy Israel, these terrorists, who follow the same Pan-Islamist agenda as ISIS, Hezbollah and Al Qaeda, will always play the double-cross and keep their people in squalor, poverty and conflict, until they send them to their deaths as martyrs, to kill and die: Israel’s only option is to pursue a One State Solution, annex Gaza, eradicate Hamas and annex the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
I find it shameful that, in the name of world peace, Obama, Kerry, the U.N. and many Americans and Europeans absolve one side alone, Hamas, of its hate, and, in the name of pacifism, they lead the confused and uneducated back three-quarters of a century to the time of the yellow star on the coat. And I find it shameful to see those hypocritical progressives, such as Jimmy Carter and John Kerry, communists and pacifists nourish the rise of a new fascism, most grim and revolting, as Hamas leaders, such as Khalil al-Hayya, use $440 million in annual U.S. aid to buy missiles to kill Jews.
I see it, yes, and I stand with Israel. I stand with the Jews. I defend their right to defend themselves from being exterminated a second time. And disgusted by the anti-Semitism of many Americans, I am ashamed of this shame, the “president” and his administration that dishonors my Country.
By Justin O. Smith
Edited by John R. Houk
© Justin O. Smith
John R. Houk
© August 6, 2014
Jerome Corsi has written an interesting article on yet another half-brother of President Barack Hussein Obama. It is evident that Barack Senior liked the foreign ladies as well as the ladies of his home nation of Kenya. Corsi writes about Mark Obama Ndesandjo who is releasing a book in September that is apparently unflattering to Barrack Junior.
At this point I’d just like to state I am no longer a supporter of the Birther ideology that Obama was really born in Kenya and that his Birth Certificate was fraudulently reproduced to appear Obama was born in Hawaii. I still believe the Obama Junior Birth Certificate was doctored with an unclear reason that one can only theorize. My biggest suspicion is when Obama’s mother remarried another foreign man of Muslim heritage and moved to Indonesia that there was a citizenship change. Even if this is true I am unsure how dual citizenship would mess up Obama’s eligibility for President unless one makes the case Obama Senior was a foreign national, meaning Obama Junior was the son of one Natural Born citizen and a foreign national born on American soil. Still, as much as anyone makes an issue that the Constitution requires two American citizens (Natural Born or Naturalized) to eligible for President, the Constitution is indeed vague enough giving Congress the power to redefine eligibility as long as one is born on American soil.
Then there is the issue of Obama going to great legal lengths to obfuscate Birthers from finding missing links in Obama’s early childhood and relationship to his foreign-Muslim born father and moving to Indonesia living with his foreign-Muslim born Indonesian Step-father as well as all the school records between here and there and here again. The more the Birthers dug into his past the more important it became for President Obama to toss a public bone. Thus the release of the enigmatic Birth Certificate with the appropriate Hawaiian documentation BUT a lot of suspicious holes as to authenticity.
At any rate I believe Obama is eligible to be President even if under cryptic circumstances it is obvious the current POTUS is still hiding something. Add that to all the lies that are a heartbeat away from being exposed via covered-up and/or hidden documents pointing toward the Constitution’s definition of the design of High Crimes and Misdemeanors. Probably Obama is safe from impeachment as long as the Republican Establishment cites Senate control by the Dems and their fear that another discussion of impeaching a President will damage the Republic of the USA. The Republican Establishment is more concerned about political expediency than protecting the integrity of the U.S. Constitution.
So this is my qualified Birther denial. In case you case you are unaware Jerome Corsi is still a devoted Birther and so writing this article on Mark Obama Ndesandjo had to be a certain joy.
OBAMA’S HALF-BROTHER CALLS HIM ALOOF, DISTANT
Set to release bio disputing president’s version of family history
August 5, 2014
NEW YORK – Yet another Obama relative is about to surface in the United States to cause the president grief over the credibility of key aspects of the autobiography that helped propel him to the White House, “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.”
Mark Obama Ndesandjo, Barack Obama’s Kenyan half-brother, plans to release Sept. 16 his own autobiography, “An Obama’s Journey: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery across Three Cultures,” published by Globe Pequot Press.
WND reported in December Ndesandjo initially planned to self-publish the book.
In an advance copy of the 374-page memoir obtained by WND, Ndesandjo describes his relationship with his half-brother as distant and strained.
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In an appendix, Ndesandjo disputes as inaccurate and a fabrication much of what Obama presented as his African roots in “Dreams from My Father,” which was used to introduce his complex family story to the nation.
Ndesandjo’s mother was Ruth Baker, a Jewish Bostonian that Barack Obama Sr. met and married while pursuing graduate studies at Harvard. Barack Obama is the son of the Kenyan and his second wife, Stanley Ann Dunham, a white student he met while studying at the University of Hawaii.
Baker was a 1958 graduate of Simmons College in Boston with a degree in business.
Commonly known as Ruth Nidesand in most Obama biographical accounts, she followed Barack Obama Sr. back to Africa and married him in Kenya in a civil ceremony Dec. 24, 1964.
After Baker divorced Barack Obama Sr., she and her two sons by Barack Obama Sr. took on the surname of their stepfather, Ndesandjo.
Ndesandjo’s new book enters the controversy over “Dreams,” which WND columnist Jack Cashill has argued not only contains fictional accounts but was written largely by former Weather Underground domestic terrorist and Marxist activist Bill Ayers.
Ndesandjo currently lives in Shenzhen, China, where he gives piano lessons to orphans.
He plans to be in the U.S. for two weeks in mid-September. He will launch “An Obama’s Journey” with a book signing Sept. 13 at a Barnes & Noble store in Manhattan’s Upper West Side neighborhood.
‘So close, yet so far’
Ndesandjo opens the book with a prelude that describes his meeting with his half-brother at the St. Regis hotel in Beijing in 2009.
“Hearing a sound behind me, I turned to see someone standing in the doorway, cast into shadow by the bright light from the corridor outside,” he wrote of first seeing Barack in China. “I recognized the outline of those big, mouse-like ears that always seem to stick out. He stepped into the light and I saw his calm, serious face.”
Impulsively, Ndesandjo hugged Barack.
“Suddenly, he hugged me back,” he continued the narrative.
“I detected a faint smell of cigarette smoke and knew that, in spite of his and Michelle’s best efforts, today he had been playing truant.”
At that meeting, Ndesandjo reflected back on a piece of Chinese calligraphy he had given Barack at a previous meeting, in Austin during the 2008 presidential campaign. It read: “So close, yet so far. So far, yet so near.”
Ndesandjo reflected that Obama was close to him in the elaborately decorated hotel meeting room in China, yet so far away emotionally.
“Yet could I honestly have expected that some old photographs, or even the novel I had written, would get my brother to open up to me for the first time?” he wrote.
“How could the beliefs he had clung to for decades, the entrenched admiration of an adult for his father, be in any way altered by the views of a brother he hardly knew?”
‘To me my father had always been dead’
Ndesandjo writes graphically of his father’s proclivity for domestic violence.
“We Obamas have big hands,” he wrote.
“They can be used to create or to debase. My hands enable me to comfortably reach across twelve keys and play piano well. My father would use his big hands to knock my mother down when he came home from a night of drinking. I would move protectively toward her and clutch her legs, crying. I know now why I mostly remember her legs, not her torso, or even her face.”
He writes of being woken up as a child in the middle of a Kenyan night:
“When I was abruptly woken up, I would see light streaming in around the sides of the door. There would be thumps and yells, often followed by the sound of my mother screaming in pain or anger. Once I heard a loud crash and rushed to the door of the living room. By the orange light I saw my mother on the floor and my father standing over her, his hands clenched.”
The memories of domestic violence haunt Ndesandjo even now.
“Now as an adult, when I try to remember more, it becomes painful for me and I close my mind. I can only imagine how it must have felt for a child, any child, to have been unable to protect the ones he loved the most. Every blow my father gave my mother I felt, and each time it seemed to shatter the safe world I was trying to construct for myself, through refuge in study or play.”
Ndesandjo writes compellingly of his father’s downward spiral working as a bureaucrat in the Kenyan government.
“By the end of his third marriage, Barack Obama Sr.’s once-bright spark had decayed into smoldering ashes,” he said.
“Under normal circumstances, my father’s brilliance would have propelled him to a magnificent, perhaps glorious, career. However, the nepotism and tribalism that were rife in the young republic of Kenya combined to raise obstacles in his path; his tactlessness and flamboyant behavior, plus the scars left behind by his own traumatic upbringing did the rest. The government jobs he was offered became more and more inconsequential.”
In one particularly insightful passage, Ndesandjo copes with the impact his white, Boston-bred mother and African father had on shaping his own psyche.
“His [Barack Obama Sr.’s] self-hatred and tendency toward self-sabotage was passed down and became part of my identity,” he confesses.
“My mother’s lily-white skin and my father’s ebony-black visage come to symbolize an eternal incompatibility in my mind’s eye. For a long time I hated to have anything to do with what my father represented, whether it was him personally, or even the positive aspects of African culture. In violent reaction to him, I turned passionately toward Western culture and music, which brought me a measure of solace.”
Barack ‘embraced his African side’
In 1988, after graduating from Brown University, Ndesandjo met Barack for the first time in an encounter in Kenya Ndesandjo describes as awkward at best.
Ndesandjo says he had not even known his older brother’s name until that moment. His mother annonced (sic) that Barack Obama from the United States was sitting on the living room couch, waiting to meet him.
“Who was this person?” Ndesandjo wrote, remembering his reaction to meeting the future president.
“What should I call him: Brother or Barack? Why did he want to see me? What could I possibly do for him? What did he want? There was a cold, empty feeling in the pit of my stomach. For some reason I felt like a fraud, imperfect, even impure.”
Ndesandjo asked his mother to tell Barack that he was not home, then, relenting, he sat down with Barack as their first meeting turned into looking over old family photo albums.
“Overall, it was a very awkward, cold meeting,” Ndesandjo recalled.
Referring to their father, he said it was as “though the skeleton that no one ever talked about had strayed into the middle of a family party.”
The next day, when they met a second time, Ndesandjo took a close look at his half-brother.
“Barack stood in front of the car, I believe a Volkswagen,” he wrote. “In the sunlight I could see him better than I had the last time. He was taller and thinner than me, with a huge mass of unkempt hair framing an angular face. His nose was large and broad, his eyes piercing and direct. His clothes again were very plain: a simple cotton shirt and green or pale blue trousers.”
Ndesandjo described their lunch together during that second day as filled with tension, as Barack struggled to embrace the African heritage of a father Ndesandjo had rejected. Ndesandjo had refused even to use the Obama name, unable to forget, as a child, experiencing the alcoholism and brutality of their father.
Today, U.S.-educated Ndesandjo is an accomplished brush calligrapher and pianist who has issued three CDs of his music.
In 2009, he published his first book, “Nairobi to Shenzhen: A Novel of Love in the East.”
He has created the Mark Obama Foundation Ltd. with the goal of fostering cultural exchanges between Asia, Africa and the U.S., with an emphasis on helping young people appreciate art.
Political Expediency is BHO’s Greatest Career Asset
John R. Houk
© August 6, 2014
OBAMA’S HALF-BROTHER CALLS HIM ALOOF, DISTANT
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© August 1, 2014
Yesterday a 72 hour “humanitarian” ceasefire was agreed upon between Hamas and Israel. Within hours of the ceasefire Hamas kidnapped an Israeli soldier. This is yet another portrait of the deceit used by Muslim to honor Allah yet lie about treaties and truces. Israel cannot trust ANY words of peace – whether temporary or permanent – spoken by a Muslim entity.
The negotiated truce began at 8:00 AM. Israel says the soldier was kidnapped at 9:30 AM. Astoundingly Hamas justified the kidnapping by claiming the soldier was kidnapped before 8:00 AM.
Even if Hamas is telling the truth, which I absolutely doubt due to the Muslim penchant to lie and deceive, the Islamic terrorist organization allegedly entered into a good faith negotiations while at the same time perpetrating a kidnapping. Freaking kidnapping by Hamas was the fuse that ignited this altercation in the first place!
It is my prayer that Israel continues to dismantle Hamas even if casualties occur among the Islamic terrorist’s supporter who make zero effort to expose how Hamas hides weapons cache and missiles in Mosques, schools, Day Care Centers and whatever place civilians congregate to make Israel look bad as Hamas is dismantled.
Hamas built an intricate tunnel system in Gaza stretch from Egypt into Israeli sovereign territory. Why do you think the religion of peace built these tunnels? Perhaps Hamas wanted to protect Gaza Arabs who call themselves Palestinians by placing them in the tunnel system from the lying accusation unwarranted Israel butchery and slaughter of civilian. NOT!
Hamas launched missiles into Israel because the Jewish State took umbrage that three teenage Jews were kidnapped, executed and unceremoniously buried in shallow graves. Evidently the
cough justice-minded Hamas terrorists did not appreciate the IDF going from house to house looking for murderous terrorists and the bull dozing of homes of family members that supported the heinous murders of Jews. Who would-a-thunk the Israeli government would leave no crazy Muslim stone unturned until actual justice could be accomplished?
It appears Hamas thunk-it. They began their firestorm of missiles into Israeli cities.
America and European nations had the gall to tell Israel not to overreact to hundreds of missiles fired at Israeli civilian centers. After all in America’s case President Barack Hussein Obama refuses to close the U.S.-Mexican as illegal aliens flow – some looking for a better life, but a remarkably large amount representing Latino gang members and Drug Cartel members. The Drug Cartels protect their conduits into the USA as fiefdoms even crossing the border to murder recalcitrant Americans and law enforcement. Shoot the Mexican army under Drug Cartel payroll have fired upon American Border Patrol Agents. Obama doesn’t care! So why in the world would Obama be concerned that our ally Israel is fending off Hamas on the Gaza-Israeli border? A Hamas I might add that is being armed by America’s enemies Iran, Qatar, Turkey and North Korea.
Rather than joining Israel in taking an effective effort to hunt down the arms dealers supplying weapons and missiles to Islamic terrorists like Hamas, the Obama Administration does nothing and joins the unenlightened European governments, as well as the United Nations, in denouncing Israel for a disproportional response because Israel’s Iron Dome Defense is more effective than Hamas’ Human Shield defensive system.
There is no such thing as a disproportionate response to constant attacks followed by truces and ceasefires that allow Hamas to regroup and rearm to simply attack all over again. Hamas needs to be destroyed in the same way Nazi Germany was eradicated in WWII to make sure the superior race of German ideology did not enslave other Europeans.
I know modern historians, Muslim apologists, Jews (with very good reason) and one-sighted Leftists have demonized the Crusades that began to liberate the Holy Land from Muslim control. NOW IS THE TIME for the Western World to eschew political correctness and unite all sides of the political spectrum. This is to say the Left, Right, Christian, Jew and other non-Muslim religions to understand that Radical Islam is gaining a toe-hold of political control in the Middle East. This toe-hold has emboldened transnational terrorist organizations to actually acquire a Caliphate Islamic State as a base to do to the world that which Hamas currently does to Israel. What is that “to do”? It is to maim, kill or convert non-Muslims to Islam or if a non-Muslim group is lucky under a Radical Islamic victory – to live as intentionally humiliated people forced to pay a poll-tax that Islam calls jizya. The humiliated people are called the dhimmi class and must live under the legal code of Sharia Law even their own faith or ideology disagrees with that kind of oppression.
Currently the global concept of political correctness and multicultural diversity brings horror to Western governments and Western Leftists. Frankly when the day comes that jihad ideology provokes holes in the National Security and National Interests in Russia and the People’s Republic of China (i.e. Communist China), those two nations will have no problem in eviscerating Islam at least within their borders. Between Russia and China in the still recent 20th century their genocidal predilections were quite evident to maintain despotic political control. The current irony is both Russia and China are exploiting Muslim hatred of the West (particularly America and Israel) to destabilize the geopolitical status to swing the pendulum to favor Russian and Chinese National Interests.
There will be a day that purist or radical Muslims will stab their Russian and Chinese benefactors in the back. Some Imam or Cleric will decide that Russia and China are unholy infidel that need to convert or die. The USA received such a stab in the back from the Taliban when American arms and covert U.S. insurgents aided the Afghans to repel Russian occupation. Soon after the Afghan victory Muslim anti-Soviet jihadis became displeased with American support for Israel and the fatwas were delivered to punish the USA for its infidel ways.
Muslims ONLY unite with non-Muslims when there is a benefit to an Islamic agenda. Once the goals are met, the Muslims will always turn on their non-Muslim former allies.
DO NOT TRUST HAMAS! Allow Israel to obliterate the Islamic terrorists. Then the USA should study the Israeli strategy and prepare to obliterate Muslim hate-mongers whether they be transnational terrorists or Islamic States in the only Crusade that will bring at least a respite of global peace until circumstance deteriorate that brings the return of our Lord Jesus Christ to complete the Redemption began on the Cross nearly 2000 years ago.
JRH 8/1/14 (Hat tip for initiating these thoughts – Scott Torino)
John R. Houk
© July 30, 2014
A transcript of a conversation between President Barack Hussein Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has crept into the public domain. In the transcript Obama is demanding – no a better description – commanding Netanyahu to unilaterally ceasefire against Hamas in the Israeli campaign to cripple the Islamic terrorist organization’s ability to send missiles and kidnapping terrorists into Israel.
As far as I know the White House staff is denying such a conversation had taken place between Obama and Netanyahu. Which is not surprising since Obama and is his Administration has been denying knowledge of wrong doing, scandals and corruption throughout most of his Administration. When Congress subpoenas the Executive Branch documents to find the truth Obama dictatorially claims Executive Privilege, stonewalls or outright refuses to comply with Congressional subpoenas. So I am completely convinced this conversation indeed took place between Obama and Netanyahu regardless of White House denials.
It is no secret that Obama has been strong arming Israel about settlements in Judea-Samaria and the Jewish presence in the eastern half of their capital city Jerusalem for years. With Obama’s overt siding with murderous terrorist organization Hamas and the Arabs in Gaza that call themselves Palestinians who support their Muslim terrorists, Obama is then telling the Western world it is okay to turn the screws on Israel to comply with indefensible borders by giving up more of their ancestral land to Jew-haters with the only goal of destroying Israel and killing Jews.
As callous as it may sound I have no problem with the so-called civilian casualties in Gaza. The Gazans are terrorists in training much like Americans may view historical militias that were from among American civilians to fight the aggression of invaders. These so-called Palestinians are as dedicated to the Hamas agenda of Jew-hatred, killing Jews and destroying Israel as is Hamas.
The mantra of the Allies fighting in WWII was complete and unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany. The Americans, the Brits and the Russians had no problem with carpet bombing and shelling German cities into oblivion. Do you think there were civilian casualties? Placing Austria as a part of the German Nazi Third Reich the combined civilian deaths due to Allied military action was 3,890,000 during WWII.
A Few Pictures of Win at Any Cost by Allies against Germany
You get the idea! If you want to end a war so that the enemy is so defanged that they cannot regroup to fight another day. Today Nazi Germany is not only gone but anything to do with the promotion of Nazism is illegal in Germany today.
In January 1943 the leaders of the principle Allies (who graciously included defanged Free France leadership) met in Casablanca to form the strategy to eradicate any future threats the Axis enemies:
At Casablanca, Roosevelt also announced that the Axis powers must surrender unconditionally to the Allies, announced without prior consultation with his British counterpart. “Peace can come to the world only by the total elimination of German and Japanese war power,” announced Roosevelt at the joint press conference ten days after this conference. “The elimination of Germany, Japanese, and Italian war power means the unconditional surrender by Germany, Italy, and Japan.” Churchill seconded by noting that “design, purpose, and unconquerable will [will be applied] to enforce unconditional surrender upon the criminals who have plunged the world into war.” (Bold Print by Editor; Casablanca Conference: 14 Jan 1943; Named Contributor – C. Peter Chen; World War II Data Base)
I believe Israel can join Sir Winston Churchill and declare pertaining to Hamas that the goal of IDF must be the “design, purpose, and unconquerable will (will be applied) to enforce unconditional surrender upon the criminals who have plunged the world into war.”
To end Islamic terrorists from firing missiles into Israel and stop the coordinated planning of kidnapping IDF soldiers and innocent Jews with the threats of murder, Israel must exact the total eradication of the Hamas organization. If that means the Gaza civilians that support Hamas are casualties or even suffer deaths then so be it. Israel needs an unconditional surrender and NOT a truce or ceasefire that enables the Jew-haters to regroup and rearm.
Alleged Transcript Reveals Obama Tries To Bully Netanyahu; Sides With Hamas Terrorists
July 29, 2014
An Israeli newspaper claims that Barack Obama had a tense phone call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during which Obama took a hardline stance in favor of Hamas terrorists.
Reason.com reports on the transcript of the phone call that was released by The Times of Israel. As of this posting, the transcript has not been confirmed and the White House denies that such a conversation took place. However, Obama’s deafening silence to the rise of anti-Semitism in America and the $47 million of ‘humanitarian aid’ he authorized to be sent to the Hamas terrorist controlled Gaza strip, money many believe will be seized by the terrorists, will cause many to believe the possibility of this transcript being true.
Barack Obama: I demand that Israel agrees to an immediate, unilateral ceasefire and halt all offensive activities, in particular airstrikes.
Benjamin Netanyahu: And what will Israel receive in exchange for a ceasefire?
BO: I believe that Hamas will cease its rocket fire — silence will be met with silence.
BN: Hamas broke all five previous ceasefires. It’s a terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel.
BO: I repeat and expect Israel to stop all its military activities unilaterally. The pictures of destruction in Gaza distance the world from Israel’s position.
BN: Kerry’s proposal was completely unrealistic and gives Hamas military and diplomatic advantages.
BO: Within a week of the end of Israel’s military activities, Qatar and Turkey will begin negotiations with Hamas based on the 2012 understandings, including Israel’s commitment to removing the siege and restrictions on Gaza.
BN: Qatar and Turkey are the biggest supporters of Hamas. It’s impossible to rely on them to be fair mediators.
BO: I trust Qatar and Turkey. Israel is not in the position that it can choose its mediators.
BN: I protest because Hamas can continue to launch rockets and use tunnels for terror attacks –
BO: (interrupting Netanyahu) The ball’s in Israel’s court, and it must end all its military activities.
So, there you have it. Did Obama really a hardline with our closest ally in the Middle East, Israel, while he capitulated to Vladimir Putin, only sending him a ‘stern letter’ regarding Russia’s violation of an arms control treaty by firing missiles, and negotiated with terrorists in the release of five top Taliban leaders in exchange for deserter Bowe Bergdahl?
Hamas Needs to Unconditionally Surrender or Face the Consequences
John R. Houk
© July 30, 2014
Alleged Transcript Reveals Obama Tries To Bully Netanyahu; Sides With Hamas Terrorists
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In spite of critics on both the Left and the Right, Sarah Palin is doubling down with speeches demanding Congress impeach President Barack Hussein Obama. Palin delivered her fiery speech to impeach Obama at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver on July 19.
Below is a shortened video of the speech. I am following with a B. Christopher Agee short article high lighting the speech from Western Journalism. Then for those who are interested, I am following the Agee article with Sarah Palin’s full 36 and half minute speech. And yes I still agree with Sarah Palin.
Published by Shelly Dankert
Published on Jul 19, 2014
This afternoon, at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, CO, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin doubled-down on her call to impeach President Obama. She explains her stance and lists several offenses for which Obama could be impeached. Governor Palin initially called for the impeachment of President Obama in an article published on July 8, 2014 on Breitbart.com found here: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Governme…
FULL SPEECH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSz0M…
Watch: What Sarah Palin Just Said Could Have Obama Looking Over His Shoulder
JULY 21, 2014
Conservative firebrand Sarah Palin tackled Barack Obama’s perceived dereliction of duty during a weekend speech, going so far as to double down on her prior claim that he should be impeached.
“These days you hear all of these politicians denouncing Barack Obama,” she said at the Western Conservative Summit, “’Oh, he’s a lawless, imperial president and he ignores court orders and changes laws by fiat and refuses to enforced laws that he just doesn’t like.’”
Palin complained, however, that the outrage generally ends at the rhetorical phase.
“That’s true,” she said of the common criticisms; “but the question is hey, politicians, what are you gonna do about it?”
She suggested “calling their bluff,” noting that decisive action is the only way to deliver a clear message.
“There’s only one remedy for a president who commits high crimes and misdemeanors,” she said, “and it’s impeachment.”
The former Alaska governor went on to note that America’s founders viewed ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ as “the abuse or violation of some public trust.”
She said an impeachable offense, according to Alexander Hamilton, consists of “injuries done immediately to the society itself.”
According to Palin, a number of scandals that have rocked the administration thus far fit that bill. Primarily, however, she noted that the immigration crisis should qualify as grounds for impeachment.
“Alone,” she concluded, “not defending borders is dereliction of duty, violating the oath of office. If that’s not impeachable, nothing is. And if he’s not impeachable, no one is.”
Published by Shelly Dankert
Published on Jul 19, 2014
Sarah Palin spoke this afternoon at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, CO.
Watch: What Sarah Palin Just Said Could Have Obama Looking Over His Shoulder
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Mark Alexander points out that even Left Wing Constitutional academics are saying President Barack Hussein Obama has crossed the Constitutional line.
The Imperial President
The Rule of Outlaws
By Mark Alexander
Jul. 16, 2014
“Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.” –Declaration of Independence (1776)
According to a source within the Secret Service, Barack Obama refers to himself as “The Bear” when diverting from a planned security route for “meet and greet photo ops.” He announces such departures by saying, “The bear is loose!”
Now, I’m sure it’s only coincidence that “The Bear” is also the mascot of the former Soviet Union, and now the Russian Federation. While it would be more fitting if Obama referred to himself as “The Red Squirrel,” his wishful “bear” reference certainly reflects the tyrannical “rule of lawlessness” that now defines his presidential modus operandi. Obama’s administration is now defined by his litany of lies and legacy of scandals, most notably this incomplete list of ignominy: The failure of his so-called “economic recovery plan, his unparalleled foreign policy malfeasance, his ”Fast and Furious“ gun control play, his long list of ObamaCare lies, his IRS Enemies List, the dramatic resurgence of al-Qa’ida, the Benghazi cover-up to protect his 2012 re-election bid, his hollow ”Red Line“ threat to Syria, the ”Russian Spring“ in Crimea, the Middle East meltdown in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Jordan and Israel, the disintegration of Iraq, and now, of course, the VA death panels cover-up and the immigration crisis on our southern border.
He has certainly earned the public opinion title of ”worst president since WWII,“ which has negated the smidgeon of good faith he once held with congressional Republicans, and also most of that extended him by all but the most leftwing congressional Democrats.
So what’s Obama to do?
Having lost control of the House in 2010 and having failed to recover it in 2012, and the pending threat of losing Democrat control of the Senate, Obama has launched, in earnest, a campaign to completely bypass Congress through executive and regulatory diktat, a bold and lawless endeavor unmatched in its unconstitutional offense, except perhaps by Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s despotic regime.
The range of his executive and regulatory edicts has been very broad, from 19 executive orders constricting Second Amendment rights, to regulations supporting his “war on coal” and avoiding the Keystone XL pipeline.
Now, Obama is increasingly audacious in the exercise of these unlegislated diktats.
In November of last year, he pretended to be constrained by law in acting on immigration reform, saying, “If, in fact, I could solve all these problems without passing this through Congress, then I would do so. But we’re also a nation of laws. That’s part of our tradition.”
But a few months later, Obama proclaimed, “Where Congress isn’t acting, I’ll act on my own.” He complained that “we can’t wait” for Congress, and bragged that he’s “getting things done” by disregarding Rule of Law and the separation of powers set forth in our Constitution.
“[W]e are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need,” he brazenly declared. “I’ve got a pen … and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward.”
These are the words of a despot, and now define Obama’s standard operating procedure, whether secretly ordering the “Taliban Five” terrorist trade for an Army deserter, or choking the economy with his executive and regulatory orders, ostensibly to halt “global warming.”
Though Obama claims to be a “professor of constitutional law,” a genuine constitutional scholar, George Washington University’s Jonathan Turley, a self-acknowledged liberal Obama supporter, has offered severe criticism of Obama’s abuse of executive orders and regulations to bypass Congress.
According to Turley, “I think that he has crossed the constitutional line. … When the president went to Congress and said he would go it alone, it obviously raises a concern. There’s no license for going it alone in our system, and what he’s done, is very problematic. He’s told agencies not to enforce some laws [and] has effectively rewritten laws through the active interpretation that I find very problematic.”
“What’s emerging,” Turley notes, “is an imperial presidency, an über presidency, as I’ve called it. … Obama has repeatedly violated this [separation of powers] doctrine in the circumvention of Congress in areas ranging from health care to immigration law to environmental law. We are in the midst of a constitutional crisis with sweeping implications for our system of government. … We are now at the constitutional tipping point for our system.”
Reread those words for their full effect…
In his 1973 volume, “The Imperial Presidency,” noted liberal historian Arthur Schlesinger, a key adviser to John F. Kennedy, outlined the extreme danger to Liberty posed by lawless executive overreach. At that time, his focus was on Richard Nixon, but his warnings, like those of Turley, have far more application to Barack Obama.
So, with 30 more months of Obama’s escalating assault on Liberty, what now? Make no mistake – this “lame duck” is anything but.
Turley advises, “If balance is to be reestablished, it must begin before [Obama] leaves office, and that will likely require every possible means to reassert legislative authority. No one in our system can ‘go it alone’ – not Congress, not the courts, and not the President.”
As the ever-erudite Dr. Charles Krauthammer notes, “[Obama’s] gross executive usurpation disdains the Constitution. It mocks the separation of powers. And most consequentially, it introduces a fatal instability into law itself. If the law is not what is plainly written, but is whatever the president and his agents decide, what’s left of the law? … This president is not only untroubled by what he’s doing, but open and rather proud. As he tells cheering crowds on his never-ending campaign-style tours: ‘I am going to do X – and I’m not going to wait for Congress.’ That’s caudillo talk. That’s banana republic stuff. In this country, the president is required to win the consent of Congress first. At stake is not some constitutional curlicue. At stake is whether the laws are the law. And whether presidents get to write their own.”
Of course, I think the good doctor would agree, given his sterling psychiatric credentials, that the rise of Obama’s imperial presidency was entirely predictable, given that he is a textbook case study in Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
Speaking in Texas last week, Obama’s egomaniacal arrogance shined through with his lavish first-person references – “I,” “me” and “my” (199 times in all) – when outlining upcoming plans to unilaterally dictate “immigration reform” and additional “economic measures.”
This week, he made clear his intent to unilaterally advance his populist “class warfare agenda” to “help working Americans … when Congress won’t act.” In his latest weekly address, Obama insisted, “So far this year, Republicans in Congress have blocked every serious idea to strengthen the middle class.”
That lie earned him a stern rebuke from even The Washington Post’s Fact Checker, as did his earlier claim that Republicans “have filibustered about 500 pieces of legislation that would help the middle class,” about which The Post concluded, “On just about every level, this claim is ridiculous.” But for Obama’s sycophantic legions of useful idiots, fiction trumps fact.
So what can Republicans do?
Plenty, if they are willing to fight fire with fire, and they better start igniting those precedents now. It’s going to take more than a threat of a lawsuit from House Speaker John Boehner.
House Republicans can use their control of the budget to defund enactment and enforcement of Obama’s lawless orders and regulations. Indeed, if they fail to do so, then they violate their own oaths “to Support and Defend” our Constitution, and Rule of Law becomes gravely imperiled by rule of men.
Of course, if Republicans don’t act, and we continue racing down this imperialist path to tyranny, there are tens of millions of American Patriots who understand our options.
Having recently celebrated Independence Day, I invite you to re-read the Declaration of Independence. This remarkable treatise on Liberty as “endowed by our Creator” addressed an imperial executive who willfully violated that endowment “which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitled” all people.
Our Founders outlined the “injuries and usurpations” committed by the executive, “all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.” They noted, “He has refused his Assent to Laws … He has obstructed the Administration of Justice … He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass (sic) our people, and eat out their substance.”
There are undeniable parallels between the imperial powers which gave rise to the American Revolution and the imperial presidency which now threatens the Liberty our Founders, and generations of American Patriots since, have defended with their “lives, fortunes and sacred honor.”
Obama now jokes about his lawlessness: “It is lonely, me just doing stuff. … I’m just telling the truth now. I don’t have to run for office again, so I can just let her rip.”
In other words, short of rigorous intervention by Congress, this gets much worse before it gets any better.
Pro Deo et Constitutione – Libertas aut Mors
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