Calvin Coolidge rebuts Obama on the nation’s founding principles

Calvin Coolidge
Calvin Coolidge

During the 2012 presidential campaign, Obama embraced the slogan, “Forward.” But this is what the progressive movement has been saying for over a century. Calvin Coolidge addressed the progressive movement in his famous Fourth-of-July speech:

About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter.

  • If all men are created equal, that is final.
  • If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final.
  • If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final.

No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers.

The full text of Coolidge’s speech can be found here.


Updated July 6, 2012 to remove references to my previous post.

Obama describes a typical, domestic terrorist

Barack Obama, official photo portrait, 111th Congress

When asked by AP reporter Ramona Darlington to describe the profile of an American domestic terrorist, President Obama replied:

Typically domestic terrorists in the U.S. are people who cling to obsolete beliefs from the time of the American Revolution.

He made this statement at a business forum in Tanzania in which a businessman wondered whether civil unrest in the United States might affect trade between our two countries. Obama had more to say about our domestic terrorists, all of which was fascinating. In relation to this discussion of domestic terrorism, Obama also asserted:

The conservative era of the U.S. has ended.

I recommend that you read the entire report.


Update — July 6, 2013

According to an article at the examiner.com, this entire story is bogus. The AP claims that they do not employ a reporter by the name of Ramona Darlington. The account presented above is debunked here: Article claims Obama called Tea Partiers domestic terrorists while in Africa

The Link between Nazism and Socialism

Originally posted elsewhere on 10/15/2010; the post has been somewhat modified here.

Shannon Love published an excellent article entitled, The Left’s Power of Self-Delusion. In it she argues that the left suffers from a profound need to always see itself as being on the correct side of history. In particular the left whitewashes its own history so that its intellectual heroes appear to be always good, always altruistic, and always working toward a more perfect justice. Love explains that this distorted perspective reduces the left’s own writing on its intellectual roots to little more than hagiography.

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Astroturf on Wall Street

Originally posted by me elsewhere on 10/08/2011; somewhat modified here

Nancy Pelosi famously said that the Tea Party Movement was not a genuine grassroots movement, but instead an “Astroturf movement” that was being funded by wealthy people to foil the Obama administration’s effort to end tax breaks for the rich. You can see her lay out her argument in this brief TV spot.

[youtube:http://youtu.be/P44q7Jt68DA%5D

In contrast Pelosi has commended the Occupy Wall Street movement as being a genuine people’s movement. But watch the video below in which one of the facilitators of the Occupy Wall Street movement explains how community organizers (who are funded by radical organizations) plus Big Labor are shaping the Occupy Wall Street Movement, She also states that her personal goal for the “Occupy Wall Street” movement is to replace the capitalist system.

[youtube:http://youtu.be/9jOxERtkwN4%5D

Utopic dreams lead to brutal regimes

Originally posted by me elsewhere on 07/12/201

Quoting from author and Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa:

Utopia, which has produced the most extraordinary masterworks in art, in literature and philosophy, in social terms has always been the most dangerous incentive, or goal, because each time in history that a society has tried to materialize a kind of utopic vision of a perfect world has produced the most brutal… and criminal of regimes.

Varga Llosa was once a socialist, but as he watched how individuals lost their liberties in socialist regimes, he abandoned his left-leaning ways. In 2002 he founded a Spanish think tanks, the Fundación Internacional para la Libertad (FIL), that’s dedicated to promoting liberty and combating the totalitarianism that is an outgrowth of socialism.

In 2009 FIL held an international conference in Caracas, Venezuela. As the Guardian recounts, Hugo Chávez launched a marathon, propaganda show on TV in which he personally appeared for eight-hour episodes attacking the FIL conference (feeling threatened much?). Amidst his blustering, he even challenged members of the FIL to a debate. Vargas Llosa accepted Chávez’s challenge, but only on the condition that it be a one-on-one debate. Chávez said he would be willing to moderate such a debate, but he refused to personally debate Vargas Llosa, muttering something about Vargas Llosa not being in Chávez’s league. During the episode in which he declined the debate, Chávez promised to return to TV the next day for another eight-hour session of Hugo-flavored propaganda, but surprisingly when viewers tuned in the next day, they learned that the show had been canceled for “technical reasons.”

In the following video, you can listen to the man who strikes fear into the heart of Hugo Chávez.

[youtube:http://youtube.com/watch?v=obWo2LLxMyU%5D

Interestingly William F. Buckley popularized the phrase, “Don’t Immanentize the Eschaton,” which roughly means “don’t try to create a heaven on earth.” Leftists, enamored by their utopic ideals, do try to create a perfect society on earth, and as Vargas Llosa noted above, such idealism has had an impressive track record of ending in tyranny. At any rate this phrase has become a fun, but “hard-core conservative insider-thing” as Jonah Goldberg explains.

George Will wonders if federal government can force obese people join Weight Watchers

Originally posted by me elsewhere on 7/04/2011

In a panel situation George Will asks whether the federal government can force obese people join Weight Watchers. The liberal members of the panel refused to answer the question. They danced around it saying that it is up to the Supreme Court to decide what’s constitutional. An admission on their part that the federal government does not have the authority to mandate participation in Weight Watchers would have left them having to explain why such a mandate was unconstitutional. The Obama administration has claimed that those who lack healthcare insurance drive up healthcare costs and indirectly impact commerce; for this reason they say that the federal government has the authority to order individuals to buy healthcare insurance. But obesity also drives up healthcare costs; following the Obama administration’s reasoning, you are forced to conclude that obesity impacts interstate commerce. Thus the federal government would apparently have the authority to order people to enroll in programs whose goal is to help them to reduce their weight. However, were the liberal members of the panel to agree that the federal government had such authority, people would be outraged because such a level of involvement in people’s lives would widely be regarded as intrusive or even tyrannical.

You can see a video of Will and the other members of the panel here.

By the way, there are members of Congress who claim that they don’t have to consider whether a bill is constitutional, since they say it is the job of the Supreme Court to make that determination. In contrast the Obama administration is on record making their own determinations as to what is constitutional. Recently we’ve seen Holder announce that he will not enforce the Defense of Marriage Act because he deems this legislation to be unconstitutional.

But I thought the Department of Homeland Security was trying to protect us from terrorism….

For some strange reason, I thought that the mission of the Department of Homeland Security was to protect the homeland from terrorist attacks. It could be that the source of this mistaken belief is the DHS’s own mission statement (published in their Security Strategic Plan for 2008 to 2013):

We will lead the unified national effort to secure America. We will prevent and deter terrorist attacks and protect against and respond to threats and hazards to the Nation. We will secure our national borders while welcoming lawful immigrants, visitors, and trade.

Although I take issue with the DHS’s view that returning war veterans are a domestic terrorist threat, at least that still falls under their stated mission of combating terrorism. So imagine my surprise to learn the DHS was recently behind a bungled sting to protect Canadian children from American pedophiles.

Now don’t get me wrong. I want to protect children from pedophiles, but I would have thought that the FBI has both the expertise and jurisdiction to conduct such an investigation. In this particular sting, the DHS sought to lure in pedophiles by setting up a web site that supposedly was fronting for a sex tourism operation. The imaginary package tour would depart from Cleveland, Ohio to destinations in Canada where children there would be victimized by the “tourist.” I am assuming the reason this kind of sting came under the purview of a federal agency was the fact that a border would be crossed. However, if you stop to think about it, the homeland being protected was actually Canada’s.

Why did the DHS sting fail? Because an American computer programmer stumbled across the site and notified the web hosting service of its illegal nature. Not surprisingly the hosting service took it down. After the programmer learned that she had actually thwarted a federal sting, she wondered why the DHS hadn’t hosted the site on a server in its own possession while disguising that fact.

Looking beyond the sting’s failure, to me the worrisome aspect of this case is the mission creep of the DHS. Congress allocates this department a set amount of money each year to protect the homeland against terrorism and natural disasters. Why are they taking this money and duplicating the efforts of other federal agencies? Or why are their agents going after copyright violators? Obviously our federal laws should be enforced, but should the DHS be assuming the lead in cases that actually have nothing to do with the safety of our homeland? Just as the Congress now claims jurisdiction over huge swaths of human activity in the name of the interstate commerce, apparently the DHS seems to be claiming jurisdiction over any illegal activity that endangers anyone’s safety or property. But that’s not where their resources are needed.

I recently addressed another incident in which the federal government seems confused about which agencies should be doing what kind of law enforcement. The post was entitled, Who knew that the Department of Education has a S.W.A.T. team?!?!

Who knew that the Department of Education has a S.W.A.T. team?!?!

Originally posted by me elsewhere on 06/09/2011

In Stockton, California 15 law enforcement officers broke down the door of a private individual at 6 A.M. When the resident, Kenneth Wright, appeared in his boxing shorts to see what the disturbance was, he was drug out of the house by the neck, handcuffed, and locked in a patrol car. His children, aged 3, 7, and 11, were placed in the car with him where they waited six hours in the heat.

It turns out the S.W.A.T. team were really agents of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), a semi-independent branch of the Department of Education. They had a search warrant related to his estranged wife’s student aid loan, and it is alleged that fraud was involved.

Just the other day I was telling a friend that I would be in favor of shutting down the federal Department of Education… and that was before I knew it had a S.W.A.T. team.

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Hillary Clinton on why no congressional authorization is required for war in Libya

Originally posted elsewhere on 3/28/2011

In a recent appearance on ABC’s This Week, Hillary addressed the fact that the Obama administration has not sought Congressional authorization for the war in Libya. In her words:

Well, we would welcome congressional support, but I don’t think that this kind of internationally authorized intervention where we are one of a number of countries participating to enforce a humanitarian mission is the kind of unilateral action that either I or President Obama were — was speaking of several years ago.

I think that this had a limited time frame, a very clearly defined mission which we are in the process of fulfilling.

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Trump continues to put the squeeze on Obama by challenging him to release his academic records

Originally posted by me elsewhere on 4/27/2011

After Obama released his Certificate of Live Birth, Trump followed up by suggesting that Obama should also release his university transcripts, saying:

I’d like to know how does he get into Harvard, how does he get into Colombia if he isn’t a very good student. If he wants to release it that’s fine, if he doesn’t want to release it that’s fine too. But the word is he wasn’t a very good student.


Trump apparently isn’t shy about questioning Obama’s lack of preparedness for the office of president. During the 2008 campaign the media was unwilling to investigate anything about Obama, while having no qualms about publishing an uncorroberated rumor that McCain was in a romantic liaison with a lobbyist. Whatever the Obama campaign said about Obama was taken as the God-honest truth without being subjected to the least scrutiny. If Obama glossed over information about his background or was less than forthcoming, no one in the mainstream media investigated the matter. And to my dismay, the McCain campaign refused to look into Obama’s background as well. So by the time it was election day, no one knew anything about him.

Obama has been referred to as the “undocumented candidate” because so little was known about him while he was campaigning for president. Obama has also been referred to as the “Mansourian candidate” because Khalid al-Mansour intervened in Obama’s academic life by asking Harvard-connected Percy Sutton to write a letter of support for Obama, who was then a Harvard candidate. Percy Sutton was Malcolm X’s lawyer. At one time Malcolm X was the spokesman for the Nation of Islam.

In case you are unfamiliar with al-Mansour, he has been described as the principal advisor of billionaire and Saudi prince, Al-Waleed bin Talal. According to a post at Joshuapundit

And who is Khalid al-Mansour? He’s a well connected Texas-born lawyer who used to be known as Don Warden back in Berkeley, when he was involved with the Black Panther movement. He originally comes from Texas and is primarily a black separatist, Islamist and anti-Semite, who’s books include titles like “The Destruction of Western Civilization as Seen Through Islam” and “Will the West Rule Forever?”

By the way, the same Joshuapundit article states that Obama’s former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, was once a member of the Nation of Islam himself. Al-Mansour is currently a member of the Nation of Islam, and there have been rumors that he arranged the financing for Obama’s education.

For more insight into al-Mansour’s character, check out this YouTube video where al-Mansour applauds a black criminal who was guilty of murdering random white people. al-Mansour states that he regards this murderer with the same kind of respect that a white person might have for WWII commander, General Patton.

You may be aware that Obama started college at Occidental College, then transferred to Columbia. You may not be aware that in between attending these two colleges, he traveled to Pakistan with a friend who apparently had family there. You may also be unaware that no one seems to remember Obama’s time at Columbia. Fox News interviewed 400 of his classmates without being able to find someone who remembered him. Obama explains this oddity by saying that he was living “like a monk,” spending all his time at the library. However Obama does say that he was active in campus organizations concerned with civil rights and apartheid, except leaders of these organizations don’t remember him either. Obama himself has not been forthcoming in naming any friends or associates from this period, saying that he’s bad with names.

Yes, I am curious about Obama’s university days. I would like to see records of his academic achievement (grades, SAT and LSAT scores) and copies of any theses he wrote. I would also like to learn who financed his education (hopefully it was not financed by the Nation of Islam, which is one of the rumors circulating). Dozens of media personalities have remarked on Obama’s genius, but I haven’t seen any signs of it. However I’m willing to be convinced. He should release his academic records.

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