Margaret's Musings: Where to start? Money, the Constitution
With less than 100 days before the most important national election in the history of our republic, it is hard to narrow down where to begin or continue.
Those who know me have probably heard me say one of the three following statements, the "National Press Corp has not really done its job since 1988," and "you cannot legislate morality" and "I am never bored."
To the first point, since 1988, for the most part, beginning with the savings and loan crisis, the national media has failed the public in many ways, the most egregious by far was the complete lack of vetting in 2008 of presidential candidate Barack Obama. I first heard of him was when my mother, enamored with his inspiring rhetoric, insisted that we stay in our motel room in southern Illinois to hear him address the Democratic National Convention in 2004.
Once he was anointed by Oprah Winfrey, as the 'ONE' while campaigning in Iowa, the death of journalism in American began and continues in many ways today. The most important position in the world fell into the hands of an anti-American, dare I use the elephant in the room term 'Marxist', in large part due to the complete lack of meaningful research and exposure to the true facts of this man. Even though he was on the faculty at the University of Chicago as an associate professor teaching constitutional law, he can be heard during an interview with public radio in Chicago, repeatedly saying that the Constitution was a negative document because it did not do enough for people. His record has proven his passionate dislike for our Constitution which has served our country, the longest surviving democratic nation in world, for over 200 years.
Like most folks in America, I was completely naïve on election night 2008. I thought, based on his rhetoric, "There is not a black America or a White America, there is only a United States of America." This is nice, someone, to truly bring the nation together. Deception has played a large role in his presidency and continues to this day.
Yes, he is the consummate campaigner, but four years under his reign has proven that his intent to take American down a notch has worked. He has fostered race and upon race anger, generated conflict between the haves and the have-nots and pitted friends and neighbors against each other across the nation.
For me it began right here in Wisconsin, when he dispatched his favorite union SEIU to create chaos and foment in Madison and throughout the state. As an aside, Gretchen Donart, communications coordinator for SEIU, who was in Hudson early on, attended the same Socialist Convention in 1983 as did then Columbia University student Barack Obama.
The tactics of intimidation, which includes any means that justifies the end, continue to this day.
The latest which began recently is the video taping of candidates' private houses and posting them on the Internet, it is not bad enough that both sides now follow each other around with video cameras trying catch each other in a gaffe, but the Democrats are resorting to another level of personal intimidation.
Or how about the administration's "enemies" list, after donating to a group supporting Mitt Romney, a Idaho businessman, found himself and seven other donors on the receiving end of a smear campaign that went beyond verbal rhetoric to include harassment by the IRS. Can we be certain the agencies were just doing their job, or was there malicious intent?
You might say, all this has nothing to do with the president. I believe otherwise.
He has governed by executive order and the first was his gift to the unions, which played a significant role in his election. He reinstated the Project Labor Agreements in government contracting. PLAs give labor unions an exclusive option in construction jobs. According to Harry C. Alford, the president of the National Black Chamber of Commerce is quoted in the book "The Amateur," "All participating firms must use union labor or at least pay union wages and abide by union rules. This activity, in effect discriminates against blacks, Hispanics and women per se as trade unions deliberately under-employ them."
You may ask how well this is working since in the case of a bridge repair in California, the state decided not to apply for federal funding for the project because the "Buy America" provisos would probably have required purchasing more expensive steel and fabrication from United States manufacturers. Instead they turned to China.
The president intervened in a normal bankruptcy process to save the auto industry, a process many large corporations have gone through and continued to operate. His intervention essentially gave the companies to the union leaving the stockholders, out in the cold.
On the campaign trail...
SEIU has supported him since his first campaign for senator in Illinois. Records indicate they donated over $85 million to his campaign in 2008 and plan to do the same in 2012. In 2009 and 2010 they reported spending a total of $150 million on politics and lobbying.
According to a Brandon Davis, political director for SEIU they will focus on eight battle-ground states, of which Wisconsin is one. They plan to make 13 million phone calls, knock on 3 million doors using 100,000 volunteers and 750 full time campaign workers.
The left can also stop whining about the right being more heavily funded. According to new statistics in an annual report of from the Labor Department the total spending by unions for political reasons is four times greater than has been reported with a total of $800 million in the 2008 election cycle. As you read this you may recall membership of unions that are part of the AFL-CIO federation fell to 11.6 million in 2011.
If you want more information about how the much money is actually pouring into the left you may want to take a look at David Horowitz's book "The New Leviathan," or do a search in the Internet for George Soros.
Oh and let's not forget the Keystone Pipeline. Shortly after President Obama prevented it from going forward, according to the New York Times, "China is making its biggest and boldest grab for overseas energy resources yet in a $15 billion deal for a Canadian oil producer. A takeover of Nexen by China National Offshore Oil Corporation, the Chinese state-run oil giant known as Cnooc (pronounced SEE-nook), would give China a number of footholds in the Gulf of Mexico, the Canadian oil sands in Alberta, the North Sea and the waters off Nigeria."
One could go on and on and on but there may be another day. Our current president has steered the mother-ship -- The United States in America -- on a course, I doubt many of us could have imagined in November of 2008. According to conservative author Mark Levin, it could take 80 years to turn the ship around and it starts with communication, education and sharing among adults and children as well.
New on the my list of books are "No they Can't" by John Stossel, "The Amateur" by Edward Klein and "Unbroken" by Laura Hillebrand. Yes, the last one is an amazing, story of faith, survival and belief in America. Also coming to a theatre soon, perhaps near you, is the movie "Obama's America 2016."
Let me close with this quote.
"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, 'the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."
~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006