OBAMA: in charge of Everything, not told Anything, & responsible for Nothing

I have become tired of hearing about and talking about Obama. He is just not that important. Nevertheless, he is our president. Like it or not, Obama does have the power of the presidency. Moreover, he has in addition the power he has stolen. Therefore, as our leader — the leader we elected — our nation has assumed the character of this man, and from time-to-time we must consider what that means. Hence, this reblog.

With leaders like Obama, what should we now call our style of governance? Mark Levin, a popular Conservative radio commentator, appropriately calls it Ameritopia. What that moniker emphasizes is America’s dominant Utopian ideology. Using the term Ameritopia, Levin characterizes the heaven on earth sought by America’s lost and scared citizenry. What Levin does not make clear is why The Establishment relentlessly pushes towards what Conservatves rightly see as a cliff. Those in the Establishment also live in terror; our elites are also among lost and scared. Thus, those in The Establishment also seek Utopia, but their heaven on earth lies in absolute power and inexhaustible wealth. Made desperate by their desire for a hopeless delusion, they will easily not give up.

Utopia is the delusion that men can creat heaven on earth. Ameritopia is America’s version of it. Yet we each seed the hollow dream that men can create heaven on earth with our own pride. That is why Obamacare and all the other powergrabs have never been about Barack Obama. We elected that vile liar; he did not choose himself. That is why the news media that has protected Obama will not give up. It’s not Obama they care about; what they and their masters seek is their own personal heaven on earth. Until we each examine our own hearts, we will not begin to reverse the tyrannical tide.

In the days ahead, what defines victory for The Establishment? To win The Establishment must only do one thing. The must keep Conservatives from winning, and that they still seem quite capable of doing. While there is much talk, the RINOs do nothing. Obamacare still stands, and all the “change” Obama, the Democrats, and the RINOs have wrought remains in place, just because they talk and talk and talk…., but do nothing.

Why are we unable to win? We confuse our goals. Obama is not the problem. What is the problem? Too many of us no longer believe in the providence of God. Instead of believing that God gives us our rights, we look to government. We render unto Caesar what rightfully belongs to God.

We cannot wait for others to act. We must ourselves render unto God what is God’s. When the politicians we elect do not render in our name what rightfully belongs to God Almighty alone, then we must replace them. Otherwise, our Lord will assign the blame to us all.

Two Heads are Better Than One

Remember this?

His “Just Words” speech should have informed one-&-all, right then, that words were all he had

Instead, it was hailed as incontrovertible proof of his future magnificence as president. And yet, after his “uhmm-errr-ahhhhh” fest in yesterday’s press conference, to say that he’s lost whatever shred of magic or credibility he once had would be a galactic understatement, at best.

A better description of it would go somewhere along these lines:

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Plenty to cover here, so let’s go through these in no particular order:

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14 thoughts on “OBAMA: in charge of Everything, not told Anything, & responsible for Nothing

    1. Afraid so, but the irony still startles me. We live in a nation where the people are so concerned about their “rights.” Nonetheless, too many willingly give up the rights of their neighbors over to the government. And so we are losing our liberty.

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  1. A little confusion there, I think. While I agree with you and Always on Watch that “Obama is not the problem” (not Clinton, not Bush nor Reagan etc.), I question whether there is a widespread belief the Government is the source of our rights. It would be difficult to test this theory, but I reckon that most Americans, if given time to reflect, would say that they view human rights (the liberty rights of individuals) as God-given, or, alternatively, among non-religious citizens, as “natural rights”. We don’t look to the Government to “give” us rights. We look to government to protect those basic human freedoms. “To secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men . . . .”

    In the American Republic, under the Constitution, we have established a system in which Government is a protector of these essential rights, which are spelled out with more specificity than in the Declaration, in order to make quite clear certain of the essential elements of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. When we create a government to secure basic human rights, we are not giving away our neighbors’ liberties. We are protecting all of our rights.

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    1. Since I like to know who I am quoting, before I use a quote, I am in the habit of looking it up. I thought the source of this one curious.

      Men are in the habit, when the truth is exhibited by the servants of God, of saying, All is mystery; they have spoken in parables, and, therefore, are not to be understood. It is true they have eyes to see, and see not, but none are so blind as those who will not see. Joseph Fielding Smith (editor), Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 96 (from http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Joseph_Smith,_Jr.)

      I was only interested in the last clause, but the rest came up. I expect that last clause is anonymous.

      Nonetheless, there is that issue as whether one of us blind to what you call “a little confusion.” Is it actually difficult to test this theory? Have you looked at the Constitution and compared that with the Federal Budget? We have program after to program designed to steal money from the “rich” to give people their “rights” to education, food, shelter, medical care…. We force employers to discriminate in the hiring decisions. To ensure children receive their “right” to a secular education, we pressure parents to send their children to government-run schools. To ensure women receive their “right” to an abortion, we pressure employers to pay for abortions. Need I go on? Does pointing out something so obvious do any good?

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  2. I look at the Constitution almost every day in my line of work. I also know a fair amount (although less than some and more than others) about the federal budget. But I am really not aware of “program after to [sic] program designed to steal money from the ‘rich’ to give people ‘rights to education, food shelter, medial care. . . . ” There is absolutely no pressure on parents to sent their children to “government-run” schools. I made different choices for each of my children – one went to Catholic schools, one went to public schools. No one pressured me to decide one way or the other. I made the best decision I could make for each child. There is no “right” to abortion. There is, however, a right to privacy that emanates from the First Amendment. Medical decisions are made between patients and doctors.

    I appreciate your openness to Mormon Doctrine. There are many Christians who denigrate the positive elements of Mormonism. I’m not at all on board with the LDS historiography, but I respect their values and their attentiveness to the needs of the less fortunate within their community.

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    1. I used to be more critical of Mormon doctrine.

      Then, the day came when the Mormon Church helped my cousin, who was in the throes of drug addiction. The local church got her into treatment, took care of the children, and even made some mortgage payments so that my cousin could resume a normal life.

      Since the Mormon Church helped my cousin, I’ve been much less critical of LDS — although I do have several disputes with LDS theology.

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      1. Mormons sell people on Mormonism. That’s what Christians use to do for Christianity, but too many Christians don’t even know what is in the Bible. If they did, I expect they would realize the doctrine makes more sense than that of any other religion.

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    2. Emanates from the First Amendment? If so many unborn children had not been murdered because of such twisted thinking, it would be funny.

      Would you mind explaining where in the Constitution Social Security and Medicare emanate from? How about the Dept. of Education?

      And there is absolutely no pressure on parents to send their children to government-run schools? The teachers unions also have absolutely no interest in school choice, pay raises, or abundant benefits. The Constitution is just this divine living organism that magically informs men and women in black robes of new rights emanating from here and there.

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  3. It’s pretty hard to buy into the LDS founding premise – that North America was inhabited by wandering tribes of Israelites for many years prior to the Christian era and that, after warfare between factions of these errant Hebrews, the good guys all died and the bad guys were cursed by having their skins darkened, thus becoming what later European explorers would come to know as “Indians”. If you can’t accept that story as historical fact, it’s really impossible to buy into Mormonism. However, as AOW says, it’s hard to imagine a group of more disciplined, helpful, self-reliant, basically decent people on the face of the earth. I would feel much better about having LDS people around me in almost any stressful situation. I’m glad Mormons exist and glad that so many of them are in this country (which, of course, has special theological significance to them). They raise the level considerably.

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  4. Re social security and medicaid, we’ve been over this before, Tom. The Founders were smart enough to grant powers both generally and specifically. You’re wasting your time if you are scanning the Constitution for a reference to “Social Security”, and, not finding it, you conclude that the power to create it doesn’t exist. As we’ve discussed before, there are many things in modern life that have no express reference points in the Constitution, but which the federal government is entitled to act on because of general grants. There’s nothing about aviation, nothing about the interstate highway system, nothing about broadcast radio and television etc. etc. The Constitution was deliberately designed not to leave us in the late 18th Century. I don’t like your description of it as a “living organism”, but it is definitely an extremely intelligently drawn governance document that has proven very adaptable to external societal and technological changes over time.

    As for the “emanations and penumbras” issue, I was just quoting the Court. I don’t make the law at least mostly I don’t make the law), I just read it.

    Your last paragraph in your last comment is a jumble of disparate thoughts. We can send our kids to school where we please. That ability is not dependent on the teachers’ unions (although I disagree with your assertion that these unions aren’t concerned with benefits and pay raises – my gripe with them is that they’re more concerned with these things than they are with pedagogy).

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    1. As we’ve discussed before, there are many things in modern life that have no express reference points in the Constitution, but which the federal government is entitled to act on because of general grants.

      With respect to Social Security, Medicare, and the Dept. of Education, you cannot even find a general grant of authority.

      Is there suppose to be at least a general grant of authority? Yes.

      FEDERALIST No. 14 by MADISON
      Its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any. The subordinate governments, which can extend their care to all those other subjects which can be separately provided for, will retain their due authority and activity. Were it proposed by the plan of the convention to abolish the governments of the particular States, its adversaries would have some ground for their objection; though it would not be difficult to show that if they were abolished the general government would be compelled, by the principle of self-preservation, to reinstate them in their proper jurisdiction.

      FEDERALIST No. 83 by HAMILTON
      The plan of the convention declares that the power of Congress, or, in other words, of the NATIONAL LEGISLATURE, shall extend to certain enumerated cases. This specification of particulars evidently excludes all pretension to a general legislative authority, because an affirmative grant of special powers would be absurd, as well as useless, if a general authority was intended.

      What about the items you listed?

      Aviation? Because it is so obviously interstate commerce, it make sense for the FAA to regulate air traffic. Otherwise, we risk planes running into each other, and that would discourage people from flying, hence participating in such interstate commerce.

      The interstate highway system? That's a bit dubious. Roads did not exist in the late 18th Century? Of course they did. And all of a sudden the Feds have the power to build an interstate highway system. Well, maybe that was not a new power. Interstate highways could be called postal roads (specifically mentioned in the Constitution). National defense (rapid movement of military forces) supposedly provided an additional excuse.

      Broadcast radio and TV? Cellphones too? The FCC licenses the airwaves as a means of regulating the commerce. Either to facilitate it or to make it possible, the Founders expected the Federal Government regulate interstate commerce. If too many people try to broadcast on the same frequency, that's a problem. However, when our government funds NPR and PBS, it oversteps its bounds and forces us to fund propaganda. When our government tries to regulate content (beyond suppressing pornography), it interferes with the explicit intent of the First Amendment.

      Quote the Court all you want. If it is not doing its job, quoting the Court will just prove my point.

      Love your last sentence! Would it not be great if all parents had the option of school choice like you? Then everyone could send their children to be taught by teachers who are more concerned with pedagogy.

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  5. I am not aware that my options are any different than anyone else’s. I can use the public schools, send my children to private (either religious or non-sectarian) schools or educate them at home. Why are these choices peculiar to me? All parents face the same decisions

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