Obama Death Blow to the Coal Industry?

Obama has made no secret of the fact that he wants to kill off the coal industry – he wants to end the use of fossil fuels of any kind and replace them with “green energy”. The potential “costs” to the taxpayers is of no consequence to him – like everything else, his ideology and fulfilling his ideals is the only thing that matters. It will be interesting to see if that changes now that he won’t be “playing” with our money anymore.

In his rush to do as many things before this time in office ends – he has another order that goes into effect mere hours before he is gone. This one could have a major impact on the coal industry IF Congress cannot gather the votes to overturn it. And if Congress can collect the votes, I’d bet our new president, would be very happy to veto this one –

Capozzola: Obama Issues Last-Minute Rule, Wants to Finish Off U.S. Coal Industry

In a rather vindictive move, his Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining (OSM) is out with a broad new “stream rule” that could potentially designate as much as two-thirds of U.S. coal reserves off-limits to mining. In fact, a study of the rule suggests that at least one-third of America’s remaining coal jobs could be put at risk due to the restrictive nature of the rule.

The president has certainly chosen one heck of a last-minute Christmas present. The rule will actually take effect exactly one day before Donald Trump’s inauguration—thereby imposing a very late obstacle to the new administration’s quest to craft a more pragmatic energy policy.

The full text of the new regulation clocks roughly 1,640 pages. And despite OSM’s legal obligation to consult with state agencies, the final rule was drafted without the input of key mining states. What’s particularly troubling is that the regulation simply duplicates the existing oversight already being conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Fish and Wildlife Service, and various states agencies.

Significantly, the actual language being proffered by OSM suggests that the minutiae of the rule is happily intended to kill off the nation’s coal industry. OSM says the rule will “result in the protection or restoration of 22 miles of intermittent and perennial streams per year.” Essentially, the rule bans mining within 100 feet of these streams, which establishes a fairly broad mandate since intermittent streams are one of the typical features of almost every wooded area in North America.

Read the full post here – http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/12/22/president-obama-issues-last-minute-rule-wants-to-finish-off-u-s-coal-industry/

Last Minute Obama Civil Rights Appointments

I think the majority of people who consider themselves to be on the right, independent and conservative and even some left leaning individuals are aware that many things in the “news” are simply distractions. They are being ginned up to distract us by last minute things that are being done and put in place before the Trump administration takes over in Washington. Before the Obama admiistration loses its stranglehold on the American people.

A few examples are

But maybe this is one of the worst, of course, with Obama, how do you gauge – worst? Here are some excerpts from the Daily Caller article. I’ll provide links to several articles below –

Media Blackout On Obama’s Last-Minute Civil Rights Appointments

Liberal news outlets like The New York Times, The Washington Post and CNN are keeping their readers in the dark about two aggressive appointments to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights made by President Obama with just weeks remaining in his presidency.

In addition to questions surrounding the appointees themselves, the move by Obama effectively blocks President-elect Donald Trump from any appointments to the eight-person commission until 2020, when Trump would be up for re-election.

One of the appointees is Debo Adegbile, who was previously nominated to the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division but was blocked by a bipartisan group of senators due to his defense of former Black Panther and convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. Unlike that nomination, Adegbile’s appointment — which pro-police groups have described as a “slap in the face” — does not require congressional approval.

The other appointee is Catherine Lhamon, the assistant secretary for civil rights at the Department of Education, who spearheaded the Obama administration’s transgender mandate currently the subject of litigation. Lhamon has close ties to left-wing activists and played a key role in the infamous Rolling Stone rape hoax.

The two appointments will each last for six years.

Liberal media organizations like the Washington Post, New York Times and CNN have nevertheless kept their readers in the dark.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/12/20/media-blackout-on-obamas-last-minute-civil-rights-appointments/#ixzz4TUItAXos

Another perspective on these appointments –
https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/12/unelected-cop-killer-apologist-is-part-of-obamas-final-push-to-trump-proof-the-white-house

 

The States Rights Debate Isn’t Dead

Michael Patrick Leahy for Breitbart Writes:

A new Rasmussen Poll indicates that a growing number of Americans want state governments to tell the Supreme Court to get out of the business of rewriting laws and telling American citizens how to live their lives.

In a new poll, Rasmussen reported the percentage of Americans who want states to tell the Supreme Court it does not have the power to rewrite the Affordable Care Act or force sovereign states to authorize gay marriages has increased from 24 percent to 33 percent after last week’s Constitution-defying decisions by the court.

A closer look at the poll results indicates that popular sentiment for state defiance of the federal government extends beyond just the Supreme Court’s latest decisions.

“Only 20% [of likely voters] now consider the federal government a protector of individual liberty,” the Rasmussen Poll finds. “Sixty percent (60 %) see the government as a threat to individual liberty instead,” it adds.

“Take this regulation and shove it,” and “take this grant and shove it,” are two additional battle cries which appear to resonate with a growing popular sentiment, especially in “flyover country,” those 38 states outside the dozen in which President Obama won more than 56.2 percent of the vote in 2012.

(In descending order of support for Obama, those twelve states are: Hawaii, Vermont, New York, Rhode Island, Maryland, Massachusetts, California, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois, and Maine. Arguably, three additional states where President Obama won between 54 percent and 56.2 percent of the vote in 2012 could be added to this list: Washington, Oregon, and Michigan.)

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE:

Time for the States to Declare Independence From the Federal Government – Breitbart

Its Not Just About the “Confederate” Flag

I just read a transcript of part of Rush Limbaugh’s show earlier – he made a lot of the same points I’ve been saying to friends all day. This is not about the flag – which by the way was a battle flag NOT any one of the flags for the Confederacy. Its about piling shame on a GOP stronghold – otherwise known as the south. Southerns and especially white redneck Southerns can’t be allowed to be proud of anything. Guilt them into staying home in 2016 or at least voting for whoever gets the Democratic nomination for president. I mean look how good that strategy worked for Obama – twice.  Its also a major distraction — emails are coming out that make Hillary and Obama look bad, time to stir people up and distract them from hearing the facts.

But I have another point – if the flag bothers people so much, then we also need to “ban” any use of the N word. By ANYONE. Walmart, Ebay, Amazon, etc should all announce tomorrow that they have realized that selling rap music is offensive because of the use of the N word and its coming off the shelves. No way that’s going to happen – but there is nothing redeeming about the N word, so let’s just eliminate it — I’m not for censoring music or print etc, but the left has decided that no one is allowed to buy a battle flag from the Confederacy, so let’s take a look at something that is truly offensive to the vast majority of people and do something about that.

I also heard on the news that people are already calling for Confederate soldier statues to be removed – so the caller was right on target too. Every group in this country can be proud of their heritage – good or bad – except Republicans and especially Southern Republicans. They don’t vote for liberals – so might as well punish them again. Funny thing is that I don’t know anyone that is alive in the south that has had slaves in their lifetime, so why are we all being punished for the “sins of the grandfathers”.

Here is the transcript from Rush – for the people who haven’t seen or heard it yet —

I’m Not Arguing to Keep It, But This Is Not Really About the Confederate Flag in South Carolina

June 23, 2015

BEGIN TRANSCRIPT
RUSH: Okay, look, look, look, in the first place, it’s not the Confederate flag. I know it’s a mere technicality, but I’m the mayor of Realville. Facts matter to me. We’re not talking about the Confederate flag. The flag that’s got everybody exercised here is actually the battle flag of the army of northern Virginia. That’s what everybody’s talking about here. They’re just calling it the Confederate flag. Anyway, it’s not even about the flag. All of this is not even about the flag.Greetings, my friends, great to have you here. Rush Limbaugh back at it. Another day of broadcast excellence from the EIB Southern Command, but, as always, as long as I’m here, it doesn’t matter where “here” is. Telephone number is 800-282-2882. The e-mail address, ElRushbo@eibnet.com.

Here we go, “South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag.” And, again, we’re actually talking about the battle flag of the army of northern Virginia, but it’s the last time I’m gonna mention it. For all intents and purposes it is the Confederate flag. “Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state Capitol Monday, less than a week after” Dylann what’s his name shot up the African-American church. “Support for the flag to come down from leaders around the state and around the country has been steadily growing in the wake of the devastating attack.”

As predicted, by the way, Nikki Haley is not being credited for her action in taking down the flag. The New Republic and other left-wing organisms are saying she didn’t do it soon enough. Some are saying she doesn’t really mean it. Kind of like when the Koch brothers give a hospital in New York a hundred million. They don’t really mean it, the left says, they’re just trying to cover their hatred and bigotry by giving money to people so people will not discover who they really are.

Well, here they’re saying that Nikki Haley doesn’t really mean it, she’s just bowing to political pressure and trying to gain points, but she doesn’t really mean it. She is getting credit from other places. James Clyburn thinks that this means that Nikki Haley has now crossed the Rubicon and is down for the struggle. The fact of all of this is that it’s really not about the flag. The flag did not pull the trigger and Dylann Roof wasn’t even wearing this flag. I’m not arguing to keep it. That’s not the point. We’re so beyond that. That’s not the point. The point is as with everything else the left does, what they tell you they’re irritated about is not where it ends.

This effort to have the battle flag of northern Virginia removed is really an attempt to segregate and isolate the entire South and to sort of Alinsky it. You know, the Rules for Radicals, you seek the target, you isolate it, you attack it, humiliate it. This flag represents what the left believes is the last remaining Republican electoral stronghold in terms of presidential politics, and that would be the South. So this is an effort going far beyond the Confederate flag or the battle flag of the army of northern Virginia.

This flag represents to the left a symbol of everything that’s wrong with not just South Carolina, but North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, you name it. And that’s what the objective here really is. And that’s why when Republicans make these efforts to appease, to please, and even if they think they’re doing the right thing, it never is enough, and it’s never genuine, and it’s never accepted, or very rarely is it accepted. Very rarely do the Republicans seeking to gain political points with their opponents or their enemies actually pull that off by acceding to their demands.

So just keep a sharp eye on this because you’ll see, even after the flag comes down, it’s not gonna be the end of this. After the flag comes down, after the flag is removed, you’re gonna continue to hear what it stands for, what it stood for, how rotten it is and how even though it’s gone, you can bet they will report that Southerners all across this country in heart and in mind and even geographically will be displaying the flag in their homes and on their cars with bumper stickers and so forth. Just keep a sharp eye. ‘Cause I’m telling you the flag is a symbol and it’s symbol to the left, and it represents a far more wide reaching objective than just getting the flag removed from public view.

You got Walmart saying: We’re not gonna sell any flag, Confederate flag merchandise anymore. We’re not gonna sell anything that offends anybody. Okay. Well, that’s an open invitation to the left to go out and claim that anything that they don’t like in Walmart that represents Republicanism, conservatism could offend them. You wait, folks. I mean, we’ve been trending in this direction for years now. This is really nothing now. And don’t forget, this is all going to be obscured and forgotten by Thursday. Isn’t that when the next wave of Supreme Court decisions comes down?

Yeah, Thursday and Friday. I want to warn you to be prepared for that, I mean, experience guided by intelligence.

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RUSH: I was asking some people today, Cornel West is out there saying… I can’t say the word. I’ve been asking people what in the heck it means. Cornel West is out there saying that Obama has been the N-word-ized. The N-word-ized. And I said, “What in the world does that mean?” And Cornel West says what it means is that Obama has accepted the idea of white supremacy, and he is willing to play the role of being African-American in secondary status. That’s what Cornel West means when he says that Obama has been N-word-ized.

Other people have an entirely different definition of it. But whatever it means, it certainly isn’t good to have the word being tossed around in everyday conversation on cable TV. I mean, here’s Cornel West throwing the word around left and right and he’s perfectly permitted to use it because he is African-American. And there’s Obama throwing the word around and getting credit for throwing the word around. He can get away with it because of course he is the president, and he’s so brilliant and he’s so much smarter than all of us that he is brilliantly using the word to illustrate the dangers inherent with the other people in our culture who do use it. It’s just the decline, the coarsening of things happening.

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RUSH: Okay. Look at me. I have a prediction. Look at me. I have a prediction. I just said it’s not gonna stop with the Confederate flag because it’s not about the Confederate flag. It is about destroying the South as a political force. It’s about isolating, targeting, and identifying the South as Dylann Roof. Not Charleston, South Carolina, the South. That’s what the leftists’ effort on the Confederate flag are. Do not doubt me, folks.

And I’ll make another prediction to you. The next flag that will come under assault, and it will not be long, is the American flag. Do not look at me that way. It makes perfect sense. If you take a look at the timeline of progressive events, their speed and rapidity with which the left is conducting this assault on all of these American traditions and institutions, if you don’t think the American flag’s in their crosshairs down the road, you had better stop and reconsider.

The American flag is what? It’s the symbol of America. The left what? Doesn’t like this country very much and never has and it’s getting angrier and angrier about it seemingly every day. The American flag stands for the United States of America and, as such, everything that’s wrong with it. And you wait. It isn’t gonna be long before the American flag is gonna cause chills, fear, scary thoughts, it’s gonna make me nervous, the American flag, when I see the American flag, it’s a symbol of hate.

You wait, folks. You wait. And then what are the Republicans gonna do? We’ll be the first among them to say yep, we need a redesign. Yep, we need to get into the twenty first. Just saying. I’m just saying. Hang in there, be tough.

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RUSH: Can you just hear it now? I can hear it now. “The United States flag has flown over slavery and symbolized racism, discrimination, bigotry, homophobia for hundreds of years; the Confederate flag flew only four years, and we’re getting rid of the Confederate flag.” Mark my words. Do you remember this, ladies and gentlemen, from July 20th, 2011, about four years ago? “Shock Study…” This is taken right from the pages of my website. “US Flag Only Boosts GOP.” It’s Paul Bedard writing.

“Just a brief exposure to an image of the American flag shifts voters, even Democrats, to Republican beliefs, attitudes and voting behavior even though most don’t believe it will impact their politics, according to a new two-year study just published in the scholarly Psychological Science. What’s more, according to three authors from the University Chicago, Cornell University and Hebrew University, the impact had staying power.”

Now, listen. This is absurd, but listen to this. “‘A single exposure to an American flag resulted in a significant increase in participants’ Republican voting intentions, voting behavior, political beliefs, and implicit and explicit attitudes, with some effects lasting 8 months,’ the study found.” Really? So you have your average, ordinary low-information voter walking around just trying to find the latest on TMZ and accidentally spots an American flag. You know what happens?

All of a sudden that low-information voter becomes a Republican, and it lasts for eight months. One glance at the American flag and that low-information voter abandons TMZ, immediately becomes a Republican voter, and starts exhibiting similar behavior; starts espousing Republican political beliefs and attitudes. Some of these effects last eight months. That’s actually from the study that was done in Psychological Science, some scholarly, quarterly, annual, whatever the heck it is publication.

Back to the study. “‘These results constitute the first evidence that nonconscious priming effects from exposure to a national flag can bias the citizenry toward one political party and can have considerable durability.'” Mr. Bedard writes, “Theirs is the first study to look at the political impact on Americans who have seen an American flag, and it seems to back up another recent Harvard University professor’s study that found that kids who attended a July 4th parade ended up leaning Republican when they grew up.”

You remember that one, too. As Mr. Bedard wrote here back in 2011, this is “also sure to prompt GOP presidential candidates to add more US flags at their events and speeches.” (laughing) Now, you may be laughing at this, and you may be scoffing at this. “Oh, this is nothing.” No, no, no, folks. A bunch of leftists did this, and I’m here to tell you they believe these results. They believe the American flag has mystical powers to turn people away from the Democrat Party. That’s what they’ll see here.

It’s not so much that it makes people vote Republican although the survey results say so. The way it’ll be internalized and expressed is, “My God, that flag makes them leave us! We own the TMZ. That flag… Somebody spots the American flag and they vote Republican! They’ll look at this as the flag results in them losing support,” and they’ll believe this. This is… (laughing) And then the bit about the Fourth of July parade: Kids who attend a Fourth of July parade end up leaning Republican when they grow up.

What’s the meaning there? Well, the Fourth of July parade’s Independence Day. That is uber-patriotism, and uber-patriotism is showing Dracula the cross. So I’m just here to tell you — I’m here to warn you — I’m not gonna make a flat-out, time-sensitive prediction, but I am gonna tell you that the day will come when what’s happening to the Confederate flag or the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia is going to happen to the American flag.

The seeds have been planted four years ago. I’m holding the data right here my formerly nicotine-stained fingers. It is gonna happen. We are trending that way. And you know as well as I do that part and parcel of being a socialist or a leftist is animosity to one degree or another for the United States in general, and then it intensifies once you get specific about aspects of the United States they find objectionable.

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RUSH: One quick sound bite going back to the flag business. See, that’s another example. It was four years ago that we had these two studies that showed just one look at the American flag could turn you into a Republican for eight months. That didn’t get reported in very many places. But it was real, and it ends up being taught, and it affects curriculum, it affects the way young kids think.

If you’ve got a bunch of lunatic professors and they see a survey that they believe that just one glance at an American flag can turn somebody into a Republican thinking individual for maybe eight months, what are you gonna do when you get that person in your class? You’re gonna start denigrating that flag. You’re gonna counter it. You’re gonna do everything you can if you’re a leftist to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Then the companion story was that people that go to Fourth of July parades end up being far more patriotic and love America far more and they tend to vote Republican. Have you noticed the effort, community after community, to eliminate fireworks on the Fourth of July, to eliminate big parades, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, have you noticed this movement here? There’s a reason they believe these surveys. Let’s go back even farther. Let’s go back to 2004, Howard Dean. This is a montage when he was running for the president in 2004.

DEAN 2004 MONTAGE: We are taking our country back piece by piece from the Rush Limbaughs. You have the power to take back our country so that the flag no longer represents solely Rush Limbaugh. You have the power to take back our country so that the flag never again is the sole property of Rush Limbaugh. You have the power to take back our country so that the flag of the United States is no longer the sole property of Rush Limbaugh. This country does not belong to Rush Limbaugh. Move over. I want my country back again, because the flag of this country does not belong to Rush Limbaugh. You have the power to take back the flag so it does no longer belong solely to Rush Limbaugh. (scream)

RUSH: Howard 2004, montage, obviously they had focus group data showing that I was a great person to mention to get up liberal hate, but that’s 11 years ago, folks. This is not new.

BREAK TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: John in Columbus, Georgia, I’m glad you waited. Welcome, sir, to the EIB Network. Hi.

CALLER: Good afternoon, Rush. Thank you. I want to digress a little bit, go back to the Confederate flag issue if you’d let me.

RUSH: Sure.

CALLER: I wouldn’t be surprised if we went back and retest this subject saying in a couple months that a floodgate has been opened. We’re gonna see, well, in fact I’ve already seen it. I was cruising through the Internet, there’s calls in Baltimore County that a Robert E. Lee Park be renamed, a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest removed from the Senate chambers in Tennessee. I just wanted to touch on that. But I wouldn’t be surprised to see a call for all Confederate memorials of any Southern community to be torn down, any highway that bears Jeb Stuart or Lee Highway, anything like that to be renamed, just basically a full-court press put on eradication of anything resembling the old South.

RUSH: Yeah, okay, why do you think that’ll happen?

CALLER: Well, it’s starting, and I think, well, from firsthand experience I know that here in Columbus we’ve been having an ongoing battle with the NAALCP. They want to tear down our Confederate war memorial and erect a 12-foot statue of Martin Luther King in its place, and, you know, the sons — excuse me — the daughters of the confederacy has been disbanded for years, but citizens in our community have stepped forward and said, “No, we will take care of this monument.” Said, “No, we want to tear down the monument.” So just from personal experience, I think the floodgates have been opened and —

RUSH: Yeah, but —

CALLER: — green light.

RUSH: Aside from the obvious reasons, I mean, why do you think that this massive push is going to occur?

CALLER: Well, I hate to say this, but I think those of us of the same kind of background are not gonna step forward and say, “No, this is ridiculous, stop,” and we’re just gonna roll over and let it happen for political expediency.

RUSH: That probably will happen. I don’t think there’s any question. Will Sheila Jackson Lee have to change her name? I mean, if you’re gonna obliterate Robert E. Lee, would Sheila Jackson Lee maybe have to change her name? I mean, there’s a lot of things the left needs to think about this. But, by the way, I’ve prognosticated earlier on the program that the battle flag of northern Virginia is that which is what the flag on dispute is. I know, I know, we’ll call it the Confederate flag for sake of ease of communication here, but the real objective here, I think, is the American flag. The American flag has flown over a slave nation much longer than the Confederate flag did, folks. The American flag has flown over all kinds of atrocities.

You wait. But I think this Confederate flag business is about much more than the Confederate flag. This is about an all-out assault on what the left thinks is a last remaining enclave of solid Republican voters, and that is the South. It’s an attempt to dispirit and basically divide. So I think your prediction that all things related to the Civil War and the South eventually are gonna come under assault may have a point.

BREAK TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: The governor of Virginia is The Punk, Terry McAuliffe, former campaign head honcho Clinton-Gore.  He’s now the governor of Virginia and he’s just announced that the state of the Virginia is gonna phase out car license plates featuring the Confederate battle flag.  “The state will no longer allow specialty license plates for the sons of Confederate veterans groups that feature the flag.”  So you see, this is going to encompass the entire South.  Dylann Roof didn’t do anything in Virginia.  Did he?  No.

END TRANSCRIPT

Rand Paul Announces His Candidacy for President

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul launched his presidential campaign in Louisville Tuesday.

Here are the full remarks.

I have a message, a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words. We have come to take our country back.

We have come to take our country back from the special interests that use Washington as their personal piggy bank, the special interests that are more concerned with their personal welfare than the general welfare.

The Washington machine that gobbles up our freedoms and invades every nook and cranny of our lives must be stopped.

Less than five years ago I stood just down the road in home town in Bowling Green and said those same words. I wasn’t supposed to win, no one thought I would.

Some people asked me, then why are you running? The answer is the same now as it was then. I have a vision for America. I want to be part of a return to prosperity, a true economic boom that lists all Americans, a return to a government restrained by the Constitution.

A return to privacy, opportunity, liberty. Too often when Republicans have won we have squandered our victory by becoming part of the Washington machine. That’s not who I am.

That’s not why I ran for office the first time just a few years ago. The truth is, I love my life as a small-town doctor. Every day I woke up, I felt lucky to be able to do the things I loved. More importantly, I was blessed to be able to do things that made a difference in people’s lives.

I never could have done any of this, though, without the help of my parents who are here today. I’d like you to join me and thank my mother and dad.

With my parents’ help, I was able to make it through long years of medical training to become an eye surgeon. For me there is nothing that compares with helping someone see better. Last August I was privileged to travel to Guatemala on a medical mission trip together with a team of surgeons from across the U.S.

We operated on more than 200 people who were blind or nearly blind from cataracts. I was grateful to be able to put my scrubs back on, peer into the oculars of the microscope, and focus on the task at hand, to take a surgical approach to fix a problem.

One day in Guatemala, a man arrived and told me that I’d operated on his wife the day before. His wife could see clearly for the first time in years, and she had begged him to get on the bus, travel the winding roads and come back to our surgery center. He too was nearly blind from hardened cataracts.

After his surgery, the next day, his wife sat next to me. As I unveiled the patch from his eyes, it was a powerful emotional moment for me to see them looking at each other clearly for the first time years to see the face they loved again.

As I saw the joy in their eyes, I thought, “This is why I became a doctor.”

In that moment, I also remembered my grandmother, who inspired me to become an eye surgeon. She spent hours with me as a kid. We would sort through her old coin collection, looking for wheat pennies and Indian heads. But as her vision began to fail, I became her eyes to inspect the faintness of the mint marks on the old weather-worn coins.

I went with my grandmother to the ophthalmologist as she had her corneas replaced. I was also with her when she received the sad news that macular generation had done irreparable harm to her eyes.

My hope… my hope that my grandmother would see again made me want to become an eye surgeon, to make a difference in people’s lives.

I’ve been fortunate. I’ve been able to enjoy the American Dream.

I worry, though, that the opportunity and hope are slipping away for our sons and daughters. As I watch our once-great economy collapse under mounting spending and debt, I think, “What kind of America will our grandchildren see”?

It seems to me that both parties and the entire political system are to blame.

Big government and debt doubled under a Republican administration.

And it’s now tripling under Barack Obama’s watch. President Obama is on course to add more debt than all of the previous presidents combined.

We borrow a million dollars a minute. This vast accumulation of debt threatens not just our economy, but our security.

We can wake up now and do the right thing. Quit spending money we don’t have.

This message of liberty is for all Americans, Americans from all walks of life. The message of liberty, opportunity and justice is for all Americans, whether you wear a suit, a uniform or overalls, whether you’re white or black, rich or poor.

In order to restore America, one thing is for certain, though: We cannot, we must not dilute our message or give up on our principles.

If we nominate a candidate who is simply Democrat Light, what’s the point?

Why bother?

We need to boldly proclaim our vision for America. We need to go boldly forth under the banner of liberty that clutches the Constitution in one hand and the Bill of Rights in the other.

Washington is horribly broken. I fear it can’t be fixed from within. We the people must rise up and demand action.

Congress will never balance the budget unless you force them to do so. Congress has an abysmal record with balancing anything. Our only recourse is to force Congress to balance the budget with a constitutional amendment.

I have been to Washington, and let me tell you, there is no monopoly on knowledge there.

I ran for office because we have too many career politicians. I believe it now more than ever.

We limit the President to two terms. It’s about time we limit the terms of Congress!

I want to reform Washington. I want common sense rules that will break the logjam in Congress.

That’s why I introduced a Read the Bills Act.

The bills are thousands of pages long. And no one reads them. They are often plopped on our desks only a few hours before a vote.

I’ve proposed something truly extraordinary — Let’s read the bills, every page!

The bills are 1,000 pages long and no one reads them. They are often plopped on our desk with only a few hours before a vote, so I propose something truly extraordinary. Let’s read the bills every day.

From the time I was a very young boy I was taught to love and appreciate America. Love of liberty pulses in my veins not because we have beautiful mountains or white sand beaches, although we do, and not because of our abundance of resources. It’s more visceral than that. Our great nation was founded upon the extraordinary notion that government should be restrained and freedom should be maximized.

America, to me, is that beacon. We are unique among the nations that our — that our country stands for freedom. Freedom nurtured our country from a rebellious group of colonies into the world’s greatest nation.

When tyranny threatened the world America led the way to rid the world of Nazis and fascist regimes. Resolutely we stood decade after decade against Communism, the engine of capitalism finally winning out against the sputtering, incompetent engine of socialism.

We won the Cold War.

America and freedom are so intertwined that people literally are dying to come here. The freedom we have fostered in America have unleashed genius and advancement like never before. Yet our great nation still needs new ideas and new answers to old problems.

From an early age I worked. I taught swimming lessons, I mowed lawns, I did landscaping, I put roofs on houses, I painted houses. I never saw work though as punishment. Who always gave me a sense of who I am.

Self-esteem cant be given; it must be earned.

Work is not punishment; work is the reward.

Two of my sons work minimum wage jobs while they go to college. I am proud of them as I see them realize the value of hard work. I can see their self-esteem grow as they cash their paychecks. I have a vision for America where everyone who wants to work will have a job.

Many Americans though are being left behind. The reward of work seems beyond their grasp. Under the watch of both parties, the poor seem to get poorer and the rich get richer. Trillion-dollar government stimulus packages has only widened the income gap.

Politically connected crones get taxpayer dollars by the hundreds of millions and poor families across America continue to suffer. I have a different vision, an ambitious vision, an ambitious vision, a vision that will offer opportunity to all Americans, especially those who have been left behind.

My plan includes economic freedom zones to allow impoverished areas like Detroit, West Louisville, Eastern Kentucky to prosper by leaving more money in the pockets of the people who live there.

Can you imagine what a billion-dollar stimulus could do for Detroit or for Appalachia? I’m convinced that most Americans want to work. I want to free up the great engine of American prosperity.

I want to see millions of Americans back at work. In my vision for America, we’ll bring back manufacturing jobs that pay well. How? We’ll dramatically lower the tax on American companies that wish to bring their profits home.

More than $2 trillion in American profit currently sits overseas. In my vision for America, new highways and bridges will be built across the country, not by raising your taxes, but by lowering the tax to bring this American profit home.

Even in this polarized Congress, we have a chance of passing this. I say let’s bring $2 trillion home to America, let’s bring it home now.

Liberal policies have failed our inner cities. Let’s just get the facts straight. They have failed our inner cities. Our schools are not equal, and the poverty gap continues to widen. Martin Luther King spoke of two Americas. He described them as two starkly different American experiences that exist side-by-side.

In one in America, people experience the opportunity of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In the other America, people experience a daily ugliness that dashes hope and leaves only the fatigue of despair.

Although I was born into the America that experiences and believes in opportunity, my trips to Detroit, to Appalachia, to Chicago have revealed what I call an undercurrent of unease.

It’s time for a new way, a way predicated on justice, opportunity and freedom.

Those of us who have enjoyed the American dream must break down the wall that separates us from the other America. I want all our children to have the same opportunities that I had. We need to stop limiting kids in poor neighborhoods to failing public schools and offer them school choice.

It won’t happen, though, unless we realize that we can’t borrow our way to prosperity. Currently some $3 trillion comes into the U.S. Treasury. Couldn’t the country just survive on $3 trillion?

I propose we do something extraordinary. Let’s just spend what comes in.

In my vision for America, freedom and prosperity at home can only be achieved if we defend against enemies who are dead set on attacking us.

Without question we must defend ourselves and American interests from our enemies, but until we name the enemy, we can’t win the war.

The enemy is radical Islam. You can’t get around it.

And not only will I name the enemy, I will do whatever it takes to defend America from these haters of mankind.

We need a national defense robust enough to defend against all attack, modern enough to deter all enemies, and nimble enough to defend our vital interests. But we also need a foreign policy that protects American interests and encourages stability, not chaos.

At home, conservatives understand that government is the problem, not the solution.

Conservatives should not succumb, though, to the notion that a government inept at home will somehow succeed in building nations abroad.

I envision an America with a national defense unparalleled, undefeatable and unencumbered by overseas nation-building.

I envision a national defense that promotes, as Reagan put it, peace through strength.

I believe in applying Reagan’s approach to foreign policy to the Iran issue. Successful negotiations with untrustworthy adversaries are only achieved from a position of strength.

We’ve brought Iran to the table through sanctions that I voted for. Now we must stay strong. That’s why I’ve cosponsored legislation that ensures that any deal between the U.S. and Iran must be approved by Congress.

Not — not only is that good policy, it’s the law.

It concerns me that the Iranians have a different interpretation of the agreement. They’re putting out statement that say completely the opposite of what we’re saying. It concerns me that we may attempt, or the president may attempt, to unilaterally and prematurely halt sanctions.

I will oppose any deal that does not end Iran’s nuclear ambitions and have strong verification measures.

And I will insist that the final version be brought before Congress.

The difference between President Obama and myself, he seems to think you can negotiate from a position of weakness. Yet everyone needs to realize that negotiations are not inherently bad. The trust (inaudible) verify is required in any negotiation, but then our goal always should be and always is peace, not war.

We must realize, though, that we do not project strength by borrowing money from China to send it to Pakistan.

Let’s quit building bridges in foreign countries and use that money to build some bridges here at home.

It angers me to see mobs burning our flag and chanting “Death to America” in countries that receive millions of dollars in our foreign aid.

I say it must end. I say not one penny more to these haters of America.

To defend our country, we do need to gather intelligence on the enemy. But when the intelligence director is not punished for lying under oath, how are we to trust our government agencies?

Warrantless searches of Americans’ phones and computer records are un-American and a threat to our civil liberties.

I say that your phone records are yours. I say the phone records of law-abiding citizens are none of their damn business.

Is this where we light up the phones?

The president created this vast dragnet by executive order. And as president on day one, I will immediately end this unconstitutional surveillance.

I believe we can have liberty and security and I will not compromise your liberty for a false sense of security, not now, not ever.

We must defend ourselves, but we must never give up who we are as a people. We must never diminish the Bill of Rights as we fight this long war against evil. We must believe in our founding documents. We must protect economic and personal liberty again.

America has much greatness left in her. We are still exceptional and we are still a beacon for the world. We will thrive when we believe in ourselves again.

I see an America strong enough to deter foreign aggression, yet wise enough to avoid unnecessary intervention.

I see an America where criminal justice is applied equally and any law that disproportionately incarcerates people of color is repealed.

I see an America with a restrained IRS that cannot target, cannot harass American citizens for their political or religious beliefs.

I see our big cities once again shining and beckoning with creativity and ingenuity, with American companies offering American jobs. With your help, this message will ring from coast to coast, a message of liberty, justice and personal responsibility. Today begins the journey to take America back.

To rescue a great country now adrift, join me as together we seek a new vision for America. Today I announce with God’s help, with the help of liberty lovers everywhere, that I am putting myself forward as a candidate for president of the United States of America.

Transcript – http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/rand-pauls-full-speech-announcing-2016-presidential-bid-30141543

Image from – CNN – http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/06/politics/election-2016-ron-paul-rand-paul-differences/

69 Years Later – Don’t Forget

I’ve seen this before – but reminders of atrocities are something I think the country needs. People tend to forget things over the years and the Holocaust is just one thing that we can never forget.

69 Years Later - Holocaust

I expect all of us to remember that and operate on that basis going forward

Sounds like the “bully in chief” is issuing orders again – he is in no position to talk about ANYONE backing down. Of course he does seem to forget what he said yesterday or any other day – but he has backed down on so many things in his presidency that I have lost count. Maybe if he didn’t have such a “one size fits all” mentality about the world, maybe he would grasp that no dictate will ever be appropriate for “everyone”.

This was a breaking news alert put out this morning by CNN – its an excerpt from Obama’s interview with Candy Crowley.

President Barack Obama told CNN’s Candy Crowley in an exclusive interview that Americans will not give in to threats or cyberattacks like the one made by North Korea on Sony Pictures.

“This is a matter of setting a tone and being very clear that we’re not going to be intimidated by some … cyber hackers,” Obama said. “I expect all of us to remember that and operate on that basis going forward.”

Obama said the cyberattack by North Korea was a serious offense. “No, I don’t think it was an act of war. I think it was an act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive. We take it very seriously. We will respond proportionately.”

If you want to hear what else he had to say – these are additional excerpts from this interview.

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

President Obama on Sony Pictures decision to pull ‘The Interview’:Well, look, I was pretty sympathetic to the fact that they’ve got business considerations they’ve got to make. And, you know, had they talked to me directly about this decision, I might have called the movie theater chains and distributors and asked them what that story was.

 But what I was laying out was a principle that I think this country has to abide by. We believe in free speech. We believe in the right of artistic expression and things that powers that be might not like.

 And if we set a precedent in which a dictator in another country can disrupt, through cyber, you know, a company’s distribution chain or its products and, as a consequence, we start censoring ourselves, that’s a problem.”

 President Obama on if the cyber-attack was an act of war by North Korea: No, I don’t think it was an act of war. I think it was an act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive. We take it very seriously. We will respond proportionately, as I said.”

President Obama on normalizing relations with Cuba: “So Cuba offers us an example of an opportunity to try something different. For 50 years, we’ve tried to see if we can overthrow the regime through isolation. It hasn’t worked. If we engage, we have the opportunity to influence the course of events at a time when there’s going to be some generational change in that country. And I think we should seize it and I intend to do so.”

 President Obama on why the president feels it is important to continue trying to close Gitmo: I’m going to be doing everything I can to close it. It is a – it is something that continues to inspire jihadists and extremists around the world, the fact that these folks are being held. It is contrary to our values and it is wildly expensive. We’re spending millions for each individual there. And we have drawn down the population there significantly.”

Watch the full interview here – http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2014/12/21/cnns-candy-crowley-interviews-president-barack-obama/