Saturday, June 7, 2014

op ed review 6/8



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
To distract America from the VA scandal, the administration announced the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl  in exchange for five top Taliban leaders.  The joy is not shared by many of those who served with him -- veterans and soldiers who call him a deserter whose "selfish act" ended up costing the lives of better men. "I was &!@# off then and I am even more so now with everything going on," said former Sergeant Matt Vierkant, a member of Bergdahl´s platoon when he went missing on June 30, 2009. "Bowe Bergdahl deserted during a time of war and his fellow Americans lost their lives searching for him.”
“President Obama has given his own military a reason to hate him — not just be skeptical of him, but actively hate him — for releasing five senior Taliban commanders in exchange for a captured US soldier who appears to be a deserter. “
At least one of the prisoners had direct ties to Osama bin Laden. Sen. John McCain once described the five as “the five biggest murderers in world history.”
Members of Bergdahl’s unit said he left behind a note saying he felt disillusioned with the Army and wanted to renounce his citizenship before he was captured in 2009.
Col. David Hunt: “Here’s a partial list of 5 men killed in action searching for Bergdahl.”
Gold Star mom: “This guy was worth my son's life???”
On Wednesday, Bergdahl’s hometown canceled a rally celebrating his release.
“Bergdahl at one point during his captivity converted to Islam, fraternized openly with his captors and declared himself a "mujahid," or warrior for Islam, according to secret documents prepared on the basis of a purported eyewitness account.”
“Bergdahl Never Listed By Pentagon As Prisoner Of War”
White House sends Susan Rice out to insist that Bergdahl had served with “honor and distinction.”
“Who Wrote Susan Rice's Talking Points This Time?”
´A cover up just like Benghazi´: Outraged parents of officer who died hunting for ´deserter´ Bergdahl lash out at Obama over ´LIES´ they were told about how their hero son died.
Mullah Omar, the head of the Taliban, doesn’t make statements often. But on Sunday the Taliban released a statement attributed to Omar, who declared the release of the top five Taliban commanders from Guantanamo a “great victory” for the mujahideen of Afghanistan. 
“Open Season´ on Americans Now That Obama Negotiates with Terrorists”
Bergdahl’s father told the Taliban ´God will repay the death of every Afghan child´, learned Pashto, grew a beard and adopted liberal views in the wake of son´s capture.

The percentage of American civilians who do not have a job and are not actively seeking one is at a 36-year high.
One Third Of America's 18- To 34-Years-Olds Live With Their Parents
The American Dream is impossible to achieve in this country. So say nearly 6 in 10 people who responded to CNNMoney's American Dream Poll. They feel the dream -- however they define it -- is out of reach.

The Obama administration took aim at the coal industry on Monday by mandating a 30 percent cut in carbon emissions at fossil fuel-burning power plants by 2030 -- despite claims the regulation will cost nearly a quarter-million jobs a year and force plants across the country to close. 

Obama is less competent than George Bush, say a majority of Americans

A twenty-five year old U.S. Marine reservist is currently behind bars in a Mexican prison for mistakenly carrying his legally-owned firearm into Mexico after missing a California freeway exit.
The Tactical Firearms store of Katy, Texas, has a sign outside: “Will Trade Obama To Mexico For Sgt. Tahmooressi.”

Central Americans say news reports in their countries are encouraging them to sneak into the United States. “A mother and child told CHANNEL 5 NEWS that the message being disseminated in their country is, "go to America with your child, you won't be turned away."

Oklahoma  became the third state to exit the Common Core standards and reclaim its decision-making authority in education.

Ted Cruz wins presidential straw poll at Republican Leadership Conference

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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Isn't it Time Republicans Linked the VA Scandal to ObamaCare?
By Jeannie DeAngelis

If liberals deserve kudos for anything, it’s for consistently and successfully politicizing crises, perverting truth, and demonizing political opponents.

Thanks to Rahm Emanuel, America knows that the liberal mindset is to ‘never let a serious crisis to go to waste.’ Democrats are well-practiced at responding to disasters with political campaigns, because as Rahm attested, every calamity is another “opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

A perfect example of the left’s penchant for exploiting misfortune is their obsession with gun control.  A madman shoots up a movie theatre, school, or supermarket parking lot, and instantly the liberals attempt to influence public opinion by redefining a mentally ill person with evil intent as a need for the Second Amendment to be dismantled.  And it works!

Democrats have done the same thing with immigration reform. In order to ‘do things they didn’t think they could do before,’ which is to widen their voting base by granting amnesty to anywhere from 11- to 30 million unlawful aliens, the left has taken an illegal incursion and turned it into an American racism problem. 
Disagree with amnesty and you’re branded a xenophobe.

On the other hand, feckless elected Republicans consistently fail to recognize the repeated God-given opportunities they’ve been given to shed light on the truth the left distorts for political gain.  Liberals politicize disasters to advance an ideological position, and conservatives squander opportunities to rescue from exploitation policies that are detrimental to the future and wellbeing of the American people. A glaring example of Republican failure to recognize a perfect opening to remedy a negative situation concerns the VA scandal and how it relates to the foreseeable fiasco of Obamacare.  

The VA scandal, without question, exposes the federal government’s incompetence to manage anything, most especially healthcare.  In the midst of the implementation of ObamaCare, which is highly unpopular and doomed to failure, without the assistance of Republicans in Congress an argument for repeal is being made on the public stage via a VA-orchestrated debacle. Yet, for some unknown reason, probably out of fear of politicizing a scandal involving America’s vets, Republican representatives have chosen not to link this healthcare scandal to ObamaCare with the same fervor exhibited by the left when tethering mental illness to gun control, illegal immigration to racism, and extortion to fairness. 

Let’s remember that it was Nancy Pelosi who did not hesitate to tie GOP refusal to fund ObamaCare abortion coverage to ‘women dying on the floor.’ With that in mind, why haven’t the Republicans in Washington inquired as to why liberals who claim they don't like it when guns kill people seem fine when socialized medicine does the killing?

Rest assured, if the shoddy medical care that America’s veterans received from the Veteran’s Administration had been disclosed as the result of an official pilot study to test the feasibility and logistics of a large-scale government-run healthcare system, ObamaCare would never have seen the light of day. Moreover, if it were Democrats who were looking to advance a policy initiative, based on the deficiencies that came to light as a result of the preventable deaths of 40 veterans in a Phoenix VA hospital, the VA scandal would have become the liberals’ number one tool of accusation and exploitation.

Still, Americans deserve an answer as to why, based on the findings of that unofficial VA ‘pilot’ study, the GOP refuses to use that specific example of bureaucratic failure to demand that ObamaCare be irrevocably repealed.
But despite the obvious ‘teachable moment’ presenting itself that exposes the weaknesses intrinsic to government-run healthcare, Republicans, appalled as they say they are, choose to keep separate two issues that are really one and the same. At this critical juncture, how easy would it be to reaffirm the left’s exploitation of 30 million Americans without health insurance merely to justify the weak argument that the American healthcare system needs socializing, which the VA has proven doesn’t work? 

And why not hammer home the point that the microcosm of the system Barack Obama touts as the answer to 300 million Americans’ healthcare woes has proven to be incapable of caring for at minimum 40 dead veterans who suffered and died needlessly while waiting for months on a secret list? Instead, rather than point out what is powerfully evident and use the VA scandal as a platform to demand the repeal of ObamaCare, the right says and does nothing. If this were a perfect world, regardless of party affiliation, honest politicians would lay bare the lies and tricks associated with any occurrence that the left uses to further their cause and demonize their opposition.  Then, rather than remain silent, they would actively focus on what the left has perverted and expose the truth of each individual issue. 

That’s why, if the fortuitously-timed death of poet Maya Angelou fails to provide the week-long cry fest Barack Obama has been praying for, the right should waste no time attaching the small-scale VA scandal to the impending large-scale catastrophe that is sure to accompany the full implementation of ObamaCare.  But they won’t.

Unfortunately, what’s more likely to happen instead is that, to the detriment of the American people, while capitulating to every liberal demand, John ‘we’ve let them die’ Boehner and his passively complicit posse of pseudo-conservatives will continue throwing their hands up in resignation that ObamaCare will never be repealed.

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BOOKS, FILM
Dinesh D’Souza’s dire warning: Americans ‘are being prepared for a political and financial shakedown’.

Is Hillary Clinton a charlatan or just the crappiest lawyer in Washington? As the Obama Left likes to say, that’s a false choice. There’s no reason she can’t be both. The question arises thanks to yet another excellent report on the Obama administration’s Benghazi fraud ……a prominent subject of my new book, Faithless Execution, which traces the debacle from the president’s unauthorized, unprovoked, and ultimately disastrous instigation of a war against the Qaddafi regime; through his (and Secretary Clinton’s) recklessly irresponsible failure to provide security for the American officials they mysteriously stationed in Benghazi (a jihadist hotbed that is one of the world’s most dangerous places for Americans).
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GLOBALONEY
Obama declares war on Republicans over climate change with slew of measures to reduce pollution from coal-fired power stations.

Pentagon wrestles with bogus climate warnings as funds shifted to green agenda…..Ten years ago, the Pentagon paid for a climate study that put forth many scary scenarios. Consultants told the military that, by now, California would be flooded by inland seas, The Hague would be unlivable, polar ice would be mostly gone in summer, and global temperatures would rise at an accelerated rate as high as 0.5 degrees a year. None of that has happened. Yet the 2003 report, “An Abrupt Climate Change Scenario and Its Implications for United States National Security,” is credited with kick-starting the movement that, to this day and perhaps with more vigor than ever, links climate change to national security.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jun/1/pentagon-wrestles-with-false-climate-predictions-a/#ixzz33UZe9k5f ___________________________________________________________________________

LEFTIST WATCH
Money grubbing leftie filmmaker Michael Moore is battling his wife over the valuation of the couple’s assets, while branding her a spendthrift who “unilaterally wasted a large percentage of the marital funds” building a lakefront mansion that has prompted mocking news stories about the activist filmmaker’s wealth.
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WEBSITES
Ronald Reagan gave one of his greatest speeches of his Presidency on the fortieth anniversary of the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1984. Perched on the cliffs where 135 out of 225 Rangers were killed or wounded attempting to scale 100 feet of sheer vertical rock in the face of heavy German fire, he extolled their bravery and its meaning.  See it here.

The Rogue’s Gallery:  The Gitmo detainees swapped for Bergdahl: Who are they?

Watch Obama´s face as Bergdahl´s dad invokes Allah in Arabic.

5 things Obama doesn´t want you to know about the Taliban prisoner deal

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WISE WORDS
"Without liberty, law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression. Without law, liberty also loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness."
                       -James Wilson, 1790



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