Dr. Steven J. Allen
[Continuing our series on deception in politics.]
One of the most effective tools in the arsenal of the President and his supporters is their ability to make fake charges of racism with impunity and, indeed, with the active support of most of the news media.
They throw the racism charge around like a 1950s Klansman accusing every civil rights worker of being a secret communist or a Nazi seeing signs everywhere of a secret Jewish conspiracy. To hear many of the Obamaroids, every criticism of the president is rooted in hatred of the President for his race. Want a good laugh? Read the Media Research Center’s compilation of the worst such quotes from Chris Matthews of MSNBC, at http://newsbusters.org/blogs/geoffrey-dickens/2013/11/07/top-20-worst-chris-matthews-quotes-calling-obama-critics-racist.
Perhaps my favorite Matthewsism is when he called Tea Party-backed U.S. Senator Ted Cruz a white supremacist who hates “brown” people. Yes, Ted Cruz.
Criticism of Obamacare is especially fake-racist. Last weekend, another MSNBC personality, Tulane Professor Melissa Harris-Perry Read all »
[Continuing our series on deception in politics.]
From Woodrow Wilson, the iconic Progressive president and the spiritual father of the modern Ku Klux Klan, to Barack Obama, the ultimate Progressive president, an essential element of Progressivism has been a belief in the inherent inferiority of certain groups of people.
Obamacare, for example, is rooted in the idea that many Americans are just too dang stupid to make their own decisions on healthcare, and must be helped along by well-credentialed elites (e.g., those who got into Ivy League schools because of who their fathers were).
In Wilson’s time, the principal target of Progressive bigotry was the African-American population, along with various other groups such as people of Italian or Irish or Asian-Pacific origin, or Jews from eastern Europe, or the mountain people of the South.
Today, the top targets include traditional Christians, and people from rural areas where gun ownership is common, and working-class and small-business-class people, and—especially—Southerners. Sometimes the target of Progressives’ bigotry is Southerners as a whole, sometimes it’s Southerners who are or appear to be of European descent, and sometimes it’s the people of Appalachia, a region that includes much of the South and extends into border states and the North. (There’s no requirement that bigotry be consistent or make any sense. It’s bigotry.) Read all »
From the December 2013 issue of Green Watch:
Columnist Michael Barone reported on the November election: “Environmental restrictionists met with defeats by voters in South Portland, Maine, where voters rejected a ban on tar sands oil from western Canada (though how it would get there, even if and when the Keystone XL pipeline is built, is not clear), and voters in Washington state, who rejected mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods by 53 percent to 47 percent.”
A White House report, noted by Michael Bastasch in the Daily Caller, revealed that 18 federal agencies funded “a wide range” of Global Warming programs, including “scientific research, international climate assistance [foreign aid], incentivizing renewable energy technology and subsidies to renewable energy producers,” at a cost this year of $22.2 billion. That’s nearly twice what the federal government spends on, say, customs and border enforcement.
The Climate Policy Initiative is an environmentalist group headed by former Stanford law professor, Thomas Heller. Founded in 2009 with a pledge of $10 million a year for 10 years from billionaire activist George Soros, Read all »
From the December 2013 issue of Labor Watch:
In the November election, New York City voters elected the first Democratic mayor in 20 years, Bill de Blasio, who was a volunteer for the Soviet-backed Sandinistas in Nicaragua, honeymooned in the workers’ paradise of Cuba, and was a supporter of the extremist “Occupy” movement. Key early support for his campaign came from the nation’s largest union local, SEIU Local 1199. But de Blasio may have a hard time repaying municipal-employee unions for their support. According to the New York Times, the city’s 300,000 workers “are angry that their contracts expired years ago” and they are demanding more than $7 billion in retroactive pay hikes, even though the city faces a $2 billion deficit next year.
In Virginia, Bill and Hillary Clinton operative Terry McAuliffe Read all »
Even now, there are some people who wonder if the people behind Obamacare will be able to pull a rabbit out of a hat – get the website working, arrange for people to keep the insurance plans and doctors they like, and cut the premiums for a typical family by $2500 a year while improving the quality of care and covering the uninsured 50 million (or 42 million or 30 million or whatever number they’re claiming this week).
But there is no “What if it works?” in Obamacare. You might as well ask “What if they had done a better job enforcing the Prohibition laws?” (The answer: Prohibition would have collapsed even faster.)
Obamacare imposes on the health insurance system a complicated scheme of discrimination and subsidization; it discriminates against the young, against men, against people who aren’t drug addicts, Read all »
I propose an amendment to protect Americans’ right to health care.
“Congress shall make no law abridging the right to obtain health care or health care insurance, or imposing a tax or other penalty for the failure to obtain health care or health care insurance.”
Such an amendment would protect a right that Americans have anyway, under the Ninth and Tenth Amendments, the catchall provisions protecting all rights held by free citizens circa 1789 or later. However, a new amendment is necessary because the political class has refused to recognize the right to healthcare.
Yes, healthcare is a right.
But, as Bill Clinton might say, that depends on what the meaning of “right” is.
A right is an aspect of life in which the government cannot intervene. For example, Read all »
[Continuing our series on deception in politics.]
After George W. Bush won the presidency in the 2000 election despite losing the popular vote, liberals refused to accept the results.
First, they attempted to rig the election through a “selective recount” scheme—recounting the vote selectively in those areas where Bush’s opponent, Al Gore, was likely to pick up votes, and not recounting in areas that favored Bush. (This effort by the Gore campaign was struck down as a violation of voters’ rights by the U.S. Supreme Court. The vote was 7-2, and the majority included one of the two Clinton appointees.)
After Bush was proclaimed the winner, liberals ridiculed Bush as an illegitimate president and printed up bumperstickers proclaiming “RE-elect Gore in 2004!”
They attacked the Electoral College for robbing the American people of the president they wanted. Liberals argued fervently that only by winning the popular vote does someone fairly attain the presidency.
Would they have a different view of the Electoral College if, say, John F. Kennedy had won the presidency while losing the popular vote?
Because that’s what happened. Read all »
Labor Watch: The Obamacare ‘Oops!’ (part 3): ACORN spinoff, other left-wing groups push people into Obamacare
The Obamacare ‘Oops!’ (part 3)
ACORN spinoff, other left-wing groups push people into Obamacare (Labor Watch, November 2013 – PDF here)
By Matthew Vadum and Steven J. Allen
[This is the third of three articles from the November 2013 issue of the Capital Research Center publication Labor Watch. Previously: Part 1: 'Unions got the healthcare program passed, now want to exempt themselves' by John Vinci; and Part 2: 'Rivera and the War Room: How unions got Obamacare passed' by Steven J. Allen]
A corrupt union official who orchestrated massive campaigns involving identity fraud in furtherance of voter fraud and who covered up a million-dollar embezzlement will soon have unfettered access to confidential information on thousands of people seeking health insurance.
That man is disgraced ACORN founder Wade Rathke, and his shady union will soon be helping people enroll in Obamacare exchanges. Rathke’s labor vehicle, United Labor Unions (ULU) Local 100 in New Orleans, Read all »
Labor Watch: The Obamacare ‘Oops!’ (part 2): Rivera and the War Room: How unions got Obamacare passed
The Obamacare ‘Oops!’ (part 2)
Rivera and the War Room: How unions got Obamacare passed (Labor Watch, November 2013 – PDF here)
By Steven J. Allen
[This is the second of three articles from the November 2013 issue of the Capital Research Center publication Labor Watch. Previously: Part 1: 'Unions got the healthcare program passed, now want to exempt themselves' by John Vinci; coming Monday, November 11: Part 3: 'ACORN spinoff, other left-wing groups push people into Obamacare' by Matthew Vadum and Steven J. Allen]
Unions were at the forefront in the desperate campaign for Obamacare.
The organization “Health Care for America Now!” included some 1,030 organizations and was the principal coalition working to pass the program. HCAN’s 20-member steering committee included the AFL-CIO, the Communication Workers of America, the teachers’ unions (both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers), the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the United Auto Workers (UAW), and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), along with Working America, an AFL-CIO front group.
Taking the lead in organizing unions and their allies for Obamacare was Dennis Rivera. Rivera was the longtime head of the nation’s largest union local—Local 1199 (SEIU Healthcare Workers East)—until he left that job in 2007 to run SEIU’s national effort to organize healthcare workers. In his new position, he was working for Andy Stern, the SEIU president who would later be the most frequent visitor to the White House Read all »
Pauline Kael, the famous movie critic for The New Yorker, once commented that “I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m in a theater I can feel them.” Kael’s isolation was profound. When that quote appeared in print, Nixon had just carried 49 states in the 1972 election.
Members of the American aristocracy—the so-called “one-percenters”—live in a different world from that of regular, working-class and small-business-class Americans. Inside their bubble, these members of the ultra-privileged are protected from opinions and facts that run counter to left-wing orthodoxy. Barack Obama can do no wrong except for being insufficiently tough on those small-minded, ignorant Little People from Flyover Country who hate him and refuse to recognize his brilliance and the sheer wonderfulness of all his policies.
This isolation is a critical element of so-called Progressivism, the belief that a small, well-credentialed elite Read all »