PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU’S SPEECH BEFORE CONGRESS

The video above is from Speaker John Boehner’s YouTube channel.  Frankly, I think Boehner has been an awful Speaker of the House. However, I give him credit for inviting Netanyahu to speak before Congress.

Check out Invitations at Keith DeHavelle. As usual, Keith does a good job of putting events in their proper perspective.  So I will just add this observation:

Whether our sacred Dear Leader was informed or not of Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress is a side issue of little consequence. We should not be conducting our foreign policy just to soothe our Dear Leader’s feelings and to prevent him from having temper tantrums.

What will Iran do with a nuclear bomb? The evidence indicates, based upon their current and past behavior, they will used nuclear bombs to intimate, bully, and attack other nations, particularly Israel and us. Yet our Dear Leader seems have no intention of trying to stop Iran from getting the bomb when it seems quite likely that he could stop Iran.

To defend his nation, Benjamin Netanyahu is willing to go anywhere, speak to anyone, and do whatever is required. What we should be worried about is why our president and our leaders in Congress refuse to behave with the same dedication and loyalty to their country. (from a comment I left here)

If Obama had not made an issue out of his supposed right to approve Netanyahu’s speech before Congress, no one would have even noticed that that was a problem. As it is, because Congress is a separate and coequal branch of government, Obama does not have any right to approve the people who speak before Congress. Hence, the ruckus Obama made over the speech just proved to be yet another grab for power, an effort to silence opposition.

WHY IT IS TIME TO SET ASIDE OUR APATHY AND DISGUST AND VOTE!

  1. voteOur national debt is approaching 18 trillion and we have over $127 trillion in unfunded liabilities.
  2. Supposedly, with growth at 3.5 percent, our economy is zooming, but much that growth is due to the reduction of oil and gas prices.  That reduction is due to new technology that Obama just finally got around to supporting. Meanwhile, in the name of about Global Warming (never shown to exist) , Obama and the Democrats continue warring against coal.
  3. The news on “immigration reform” is that we can expect President Obama to issue another one of his unconstitutional executive orders.

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called on President Obama to issue a “bold” executive order that would stop the deportation of millions of illegal immigrants, including farm workers, families of people allowed to remain in the country under the administration’s “Dream Act” policy, and many others. (continued here)

    Why do the Democrats want all those illegal immigrants?  Well, now we have question. Could non-citizens decide the November election? With enough “non-citizens,” in the next election that question could go away. 80 percent of non-citizens vote Democrat.

  4. With respect to the Ebola virus our leaders have a schizophrenic policy. When they come from West Africa after treating people with Ebola we don’t quarantine civilian health care workers, but our military personnel? Well, here is our Dear Leader’s scientifically incomprehensible explanation

    Q    Are you concerned, sir, that there might be some confusion between the quarantine rules used by the military and used by health care workers and by some states?

    THE PRESIDENT:  Well, the military is a different situation, obviously, because they are, first of all, not treating patients. Second of all, they are not there voluntarily, it’s part of their mission that’s been assigned to them by their commanders and ultimately by me, the Commander-in-Chief.  So we don’t expect to have similar rules for our military as we do for civilians.  They are already, by definition, if they’re in the military, under more circumscribed conditions.

    When we have volunteers who are taking time out from their families, from their loved ones and so forth, to go over there because they have a very particular expertise to tackle a very difficult job, we want to make sure that when they come back that we are prudent, that we are making sure that they are not at risk themselves or at risk of spreading the disease, but we don’t want to do things that aren’t based on science and best practices.  Because if we do, then we’re just putting another barrier on somebody who’s already doing really important work on our behalf. And that’s not something that I think any of us should want to see happen. (from here)

  5. The Obama administration has the situation in Iraq and Syria under similarly scientific control, Foreign jihadists flocking to Iraq and Syria on ‘unprecedented scale’ – UN.
  6. In spite of (or because of?) Obamacare, our health care costs are rising faster than our wages. And those rising health care costs hit low income workers harder.
  7. And so forth.

In this coming election, we have the need to throw the bums out more than we have had in decades. The people we have in charge right now don’t even bother to concern themselves with the Constitution. Instead of serving us, they think their job is to deliver the goods (our goods) to their campaign donors.

So what should we do? We should vote Republican.

Of course, many will complain there is very little difference between Republicans and Democrats, but that is not entirely true. If we check their voting records, we will find that even RINOs don’t vote exactly like Liberal Democrats. Republican did not vote for Obamacare, for example. Nevertheless, we cannot count on power-hungry RINOs to repeal awful legislation like Obamacare or to cut taxes and spending. Therefore, we must plan ahead.

Why aren’t Republicans and Democrats more concerned about running our country properly? That is our fault. Too many of us don’t participate in either the Republican Party’s or the Democratic Party’s nomination process. Instead, we let special interests fund the candidates they want and get them nominated. And surprise!  Surprise! What the special interests want are crooked politicians.

Therefore, on the day after Election Day, November 5, 2014, we need to do three things.

  1. If the guy we voted for is a RINO, we need to send him a polite note. We need to congratulate him on his victory, and we need to explain just exactly why we voted for him. If he starts do something else, like trying to pass an amnesty bill for illegal immigrants, we must make it clear we will work to get rid of him in the next election.
  2. We need to start participating in the nomination process. Until we start nominating Republicans who are serious about limited government, we are going to get RINOs who are only just a little bit less crazy than Democrats about taxing and spending.
  3. We need to pray. Whatever God’s Will for the future may be, we need to be doing what He would have us do.

POSTS WORTH READING — September 27, 2014

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From time-to-time we must catch up with what others are writing. Such is one of those times for me.

News/Editiorials

  • 200,000 in Va. may lack proper ID needed to vote (www.washingtonpost.com) – This story now begins with this correction.

    Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that 450,000 voters lack proper identification to cast ballots in Virginia. The correct number is 200,000.

    The title of that article changed too, of course.

    The problem is the usual scary newspaper headline and the lack of emphasis on the plain fact nobody knows how many eligible voters lack a valid ID.

    If we actually read the article, we find out that nobody will be denied the right to vote, but everyone has to have a photo ID, and those are available for free.

  • Rand Paul’s coherent foreign policy (www.washingtontimes.com) – Senator Rand Paul has not supported most of our nation’s recent military actions in the Middle East. Nevertheless, he supports bombing ISIS. Is he being consistent or pandering to the polls. This is an editorial that argues Paul is being consistent. I particularly thought this quote relevant.

    In his Heritage Foundation speech, Mr. Paul accepted the conventional view that the West was not in a conflict with Islam itself, but rather with radical elements within Islam. He added: “The problem is that this element is no small minority, but a vibrant, often mainstream, vocal and numerous minority.” Whole countries, he noted, adhere to certain radical concepts of Islam, and the Muslim peoples are animated by powerful political sentiments born of a long history of frustration and passion. “Radical Islam,” he declared, “is no fleeting fad, but a relentless force,” one that makes up for its military weakness “with unlimited zeal.”

    One thing I have slowly come to understand is that we cannot trust what anyone says about anyone else. Is Senator Paul a foreign policy radical? Well, depending upon our own viewpoint he may seem like one. However, what any politician’s critics say about him is going to be distorted. Inevitably, our own biases intrude. So before we judge Senator Paul’s stance on the issues, we need to listen to the man first. We must compare what he says against our own point-of-view, not someone else’s. Therefore, I recommend Senator Paul’s Heritage Foundation speech.

Blogs

  • I support Jeanine Lawson for Brentsville District Supervisor (pwceducationreform.wordpress.com) – Republicans will be choosing their nominee for the special election to replace Brentsville District Supervisor Wally Covington on October 1, 2014 (see Brentsville Special Election). This post is a well-considered endorsement of Jeanine Lawson.
  • Polling for Marriage (familyfoundation.org) – Polling in support of same-sex marriage is decreasing.  That’s good news, but I especially enjoyed this quote.

    Accusing someone of being on the wrong side of history says nothing about whether he is on the right side of the argument. It is a mere threat, and a somewhat hollow one. History is an arbitrary enforcer. (from here)

  • Shak Hill 2014 (jatticus.wordpress.com) – The guy Republicans nominated as their candidate for the Senate here in Virginia, Ed Gillespie, is not catching on yet. I suspect the voters are still yawning, trying to finger out the difference between an Establishment Republican and Senator Mark Warner. Since there are real differences, we would be better off with Ed Gillespie, but I sure wish we had nominated Shak Hill. However, no matter who runs against Warner, it seems we are going to have some funny business. For some reason, my antivirus software seems concerned about the safety of Gillespie’s website, but it has no concerns about Mark Warner’s campaign website. Are some users reporting Gillespie’s website as part of a phishing scheme? Could be. Is it a political dirty trick? Democrats would never do that sort of thing, would they?
  • This Parallel Between LBJs And Obamas War Plans Will Terrify You (nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com) – Black or white President Obama is first and foremost a politician, and he behaves like Liberal Democrat politician. Therefore, we can expect him to manage military operations like previous Liberal Democrats. Hence, while some people were hoping that the Obama administration would do something about ISIS, others just wished the White House and Congress would give our military forces the resources they need and then let them do their job.
  • Christianity and Progressivism (level-head.livejournal.com) – This post springs from a post I wrote, WHY ARE POLITICS AND RELIGION LOST SUBJECTS IN AMERICA? The post makes some interesting observations, and the commentary that follows it is very interesting too.

DELEGATE BOB MARSHALL ON America, ISIS and a Third World War?

Here is an email sent out yesterday. So in one sense it is old news, but the analysis remains timely.

Since Delegate Bob Marshall usually doesn’t get into this sort of subject, I at first thought it surprising. However, I think the constitutional issues, what usually gets Marshall’s interest, got his interest here.

America, ISIS and a Third World War?

Dear Friends,

As Congress prepares to fund military action against ISIS or the Islamic State, America will also attempt to overthrow Syrian President Bashar in the process.  The consequences of our overthrowing yet another Middle Eastern leader will cause another vacuum which I believe will simply empower radical Jihadists.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who may be criticized on other grounds, has not beheaded Americans or Israelis.  Syria has been at peace with Israel since 1967.  Syria has not engaged in hostile acts towards the U.S.  Yet Syria may become another American military target while we fight ISIS.

Please ask your Congressman and two Senators to ensure that American military action is directed against ISIS and not the overthrow the Syrian president.  The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote as early as today ((9/17/14) on a bill to fund the federal government through December 11, 2014 to avoid another federal government shutdown.  Because this vote on military action is in the government funding resolution, Congress must vote up or down to both objects in the same bill.

The White House will attempt to “logroll” authority for this war in the Middle East into the Government Funding bill rather than vote on separate measures.  This is a tactic which makes it difficult to stop or alter the authority.

The President has failed to tell us that he has a wider agenda than action against ISIS: That is, a war against Syria, Russia’s ally.  The Free Syrian Army (FSA) has insisited that they will not join the U.S efforts without a guarantee that the U.S. will  commit to toppling the Syrian President.

Language complying with the FSA request comes from Congressman McKeon (CA) for a wider war in the Middle East to provide assistance to the FSA, including bombing Syrian government forces and infrastructure.

The “allies” America will train to fight ISIS (and apparently the present Syrian government) will be trained in Saudi Arabia, home of the Wahhabi version of hard line Islam and home of 15 of 19 of the September 11 hijackers.  These fighters are, believe it or not, to be “appropriately vetted.”  The so-called Free Syrian Army has already been in close working alliances with al Nusra, al Quada and ISIS in fighting President Assad.

The Obama Administration has already been providing arms and training to Syrian “Arab Spring” rebels and their anti- Assad allies of all stripes.   A New York Times (4/28/13) headline reads, “Syrian rebel groups dominated by Islamists.” The Telegraph (3/25/11) reports that Mr. al-Hasidi, who recruited Libyans to fight coalition troops in Iraq, said,
“… his fighters ‘are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists,’ but added that the ‘members of al-Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader.’”

The International Business Times (9/11/14) reported that beheaded American journalist James Foley, was handed over to ISIS by the “Dawood Bridgade … that was originally aligned with relatively moderate opposition groups such as the Free Syrian Army, but recently pledged allegiance to ISIS.  The family of beheaded Steven Sotloff said their son was “sold” to ISIS for up to $50,000 by “the so-called moderate rebels that people want our administration to support.”  (CNN 9/10/14)

Lastly, our 2011 NATO-aided Libya intervention, formally rebuked by the House of Representatives, left that country without a stable government.  Now, eleven Libyan airliners have been stolen by Jihadists.  Three planes could make it to Los Angeles from Burkina Faso.  Almost all the rest are capable of flying from West Africa to Washington DC or to Norfolk where we berth aircraft carriers.

How can we possibly “vet” such rebel fighters under wartime conditions where alliances are constantly shifting?  Was the Fort Hood Jihadist properly “vetted?”   The fog of war makes prudential judgment difficult enough without additional complicating elements present in the Middle East.  We must concentrate on destroying ISIS, rather than another government overthrow with could result in more radical leaders taking control of power in Syria.

ISIS, or the “Islamist State” has been making converts from the so-called “moderates.”  Conversions are not happening the other way around. The latest CIA estimate upped the number of ISIS fighters from 10,000 to between 20,000 and 31,500.  The CNN Report on CIA figures concluded,
“More than 15,000 foreign fighters, including 2,000 Westerners, have gone to Syria … The fighters come from more than 80 countries …”  (CNN 9/11/14)

Israel will now have to worry about Congress training and arming additional Syrian “rebels.”

Apparently, quite a few ISIS terrorists have slipped through the CIA vetting process!  Yes, we must destroy ISIS, but making the Assad government a co-target with ISIS is not in the interest of lasting peace in the region.

Given Syria’s close alliance with Russia, the ferocity and fervor of ISIS troops which claim murder is their religious duty, the world-wide recruitment of Jihadists to fight against the Infidel, it is no wonder that Pope Francis, apparently the subject of an assassination threat by ISIS, recently lamented while standing next to tombstones of Italian soldiers killed in World War I, that a piecemeal “third world war,” is emerging from Middle East and Eastern Europe conflicts.  (The Pope has nevertheless stated, speaking in the context of ISIS attacks, that force can be used to stop “unjust aggression.”)

America’s Founders, when faced with the prospect of war with Great Britain, publicly proclaimed their “firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence.”  We must do the same.

Please phone, email or fax your Congressman and Senators Kaine and Warner (contact information here) and urge them to not link America’s effort to destroy ISIS with the overthrow of the Syrian government since Syria has not taken hostile action against the United States or Israel.

If you’d like more background information on this issue check out the full post on my website.  Thank you for your continued help!

Sincerely,

Delegate Bob Marshall

Here are some links related to the bill Congress passed.

Congress has now left town.

Congress apparently doesn’t want any responsibility for whatever Obama does (or doesn’t do). Yet the Constitution makes Congress responsible for determining the scope of the war, not the President. Congress declares war, not the president.

thehill.com article reports President Obama made the mocking observation that Congress has gone on “vacation.” When Obama spends so much time golfing and on vacation, that is clearly hypocritical.

What is clear is that we have elected too many people who do not take the constitutional responsibilities of their office serious.  They enjoy the power and the perks, but not the responsibility.

There is one benefit of the members of Congress going home to their states and districts. We can tell them what we think of the job they are doing.