Wish I'd said that!

In recent decades, the ACLU has used its so-called "wall" to fight tooth and nail to prevent government sponsorship of the Pledge of Allegiance, memorial crosses, Ten Commandments displays, nativity scenes, Bible displays, and virtually every other acknowdgement of America's religious heritage.

At the same time, it is worthwhile to note that there have been some instances in which the ACLU has endorsed public displays of religion. For example, When New York City Mayor Rudi Giuliani threatened to cut taxpayer funding from the Brooklyn Museum of Art for displaying a painting of the Virgin Mary with cow dung and pictures of female sexual organs pasted all over her body, the ACLU was first in line to defend the display. U.S. District Court Judge Nina Gershon ruled that New York City's elected officials were not allowed to place conditions on the museum's funding.

In another instance, the ACLU offered its support to the taxpayer-funded National Endowment for the Arts, after the agency sponsored an art show featuring "Piss Christ" - an exhibit consisting of a crucifix submerged in a jar of urine.

In the ACLU's myopic world, it appears that the only permissible publicly-funded displays of religion are those which blatantly mock or disparage the Christian faith.

-- Indefensible: 10 Ways the ACLU is Destroying America, Sam Kastensmidt, 2006

Friday, June 18, 2010

The Party's Over?

Anyone familiar with the work of Saul Alinsky will recognize that one method used to wear an enemy down is to isolate them from their friends and allies. That gameplan seems to be playing out in Barack Obama's foreign policy strategy, or lack thereof.

Obama's intentional snub of Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu is perhaps understandable (albeit despicable), considering his Muslim preferences. And the dissing of Poland and Georgia might be dismissed as political expedience (of the cowardly type) in the face of Russia's resurgent aggressiveness and Obama's communist leanings. But some other snubs are more difficult to fathom.

Take Great Britain, for instance. The Brits have been one of our most stalwart allies for more than a century. The fact that we saved them from utter defeat in two world wars probably has something to do with it, not to mention Winston Churchill had an American mother, and there is that English language thing. The British have stood with us faithfully, but that may be about to change.

Barack Obama himself has gone out of his way to insult the Brits since he took over the Oval Office. Sending back a bust of Churchill, having photos taken with his feet up on the Resolute desk, giving PM Gordon Brown cheap DVDs that can't be played on European equipment and giving the Queen an iPod with his "greatest speeches"; these are not the hallmarks of honoring a valuable ally.

Now the Obama malAdministration is adding to the insults by supporting Argentina's illegitimate claim to the Falkland Islands, which the British Navy and Royal Marines had to take back by force after an Argentinian invasion in 1982. Needless to say, the Brits are getting just a little disenchanted...no...angry with our wannabe messiah.

The excuse for this behavior has been attributed to a report that Obama's grandfather was tortured by the British during the Kenyan rebellion of the mid-20th century. I can understand this, also, from a purely human instinct perspective. Still, such personalization of international relations has not been the hallmark of American presidents, and it does nothing to enhance either our international standing or our national security.

Bullet points for the week: 
  • I haven't said much about the BP disaster, but the effects are growing exponentially. Plus, it's beginning to  look like a classic "bait and switch" operation to enable this malAdministration to grab even more power through Cap and Tax. And if that weren't bad enough, some Democrats are looking at the $20 billion extorted from the company by Obama as a way to fund the unsupportable Obamacare plan instead of repairing the Gulf.
  • Retired Maj. General Paul Vallely has called for Obama and his cabinet to resign, citing his "incompetence, corruptness, fraud, lying, and treasonous occurrences in his administration which are violations of his oath and violation of the Constitution, but also his entire political apparatus in Washington and those who contributed to the corruption."
  • Newsweek continues to mark its decline as a reputable news publication, this time by assigning Princeton-uneducated intern Isia Jasiewicz to review Glenn Beck's newest New York Times Number 1 bestselling fiction (Beck calls it "faction" because it is based on actual events and political strategies) novel, The Overton Window.  Unfortunately for Newsweek, the intern had the audacity (a hallmark of this generation, apparently) to admit she'd only read 10 pages of the book. Adding to the self-humiliation (which I don't believe she'll even notice) that she writes at the end of the "review", she takes a swipe at F. A. Hayek's masterwork "The Road To Serfdom", that Beck had spoken about on his program - which in turn, elevated that 1944 publication to the NYT No. 1 spot. Unfortunately, she puts her ignorance of Hayek and the topic in print for all (who are willing to check) to see.
  • The Obama malAdministration has decided to sue the state of Arizona for defending itself by passing a law - which reflects federal laws that federal agencies are refusing to enforce. This is not just a punitive measure against the state for going against what the feds think is their private power reserve, it's also a means to intimidate other states away from resisting the force of the federal behemoth. It is the "Chicago Mob" rules in play.
The Bell tolls for thee...  If you want an understanding of where we are and how we got here, catch Part 1 and Part 2 of an interview with former KGB operative Yuri Besmenov (it apparently dates from the 1980s). I learned of this master plan to conquer the US years ago, but I've never heard it crystallized so clearly by someone who should know how the brainwashing of America was accomplished.

The essence of what Besmenov speaks of is the indoctrination of children (herehere, and others) and it isn't just happening in this country; Obama is being used to indoctrinate Muslim children overseas) who then grow up with the virtually unshakeable belief that Obama is literally their messiah. This has been shown to be an effective tactic, most visibly in the Hitler Youth movement.

Another worrisome sign is the incrreasing chorus from the loony Left ( MSNBCs Ed SchultzWoody AllenRosie O'Donell unflinchingly and clearly calling for Obama to become a dictator. We have reached the point of becoming a nation that has been intentionally made to forget its heritage.

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