The Tip of The Iceburg: A commentary

The Tip of The Iceberg 

President Obama’s accusation of Supreme Court activism has been stunningly and effectively countered.  A three-member panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered the U.S. Department of Justice to “answer by Thursday whether the Obama Administration believes that the courts have the right to strike down a federal law.”  The president has commented on the Trayvon Martin case without facts, inflaming racial distrust and hatred.  He told the outgoing Russian president he will have “more flexibility” after “my re-election.” These incidents are the tip of the iceberg.

What’s happening here? 

The President, a self-described Constitutional scholar (though definitely not a Professor, as the media erroneously report), is fundamentally wrong.   The Supreme Court has asserted, since Marbury vs. Madison, the role of judicial review, that is to judge the constitutionality of a law.  Judicial activism describes the act of a Judge or Justice making law and going outside the limits of the Constitution.

In the Obamacare case, the Supreme Court is well within its scope of responsibility in deciding the constitutionality of a federal law.

In the Trayvon Martin case, the president commented on the death of this 17 year old with no facts to support his position. He injected racism and inflamed a segment of the population.  Rather than leading peacefully and demanding a calm, full investigation, he fuels the very vigilante mentality that he supposedly meant to vilify.

In his now-infamous “open-mike gaffe,” he reveals himself as working to further the agenda of a foreign, hostile power, rather than the interests of the United States.

All of these incidents exemplify the President’s hard left philosophy and community organizer methods.  Divide the country and diminish their trust in the institutions and the Constitution.

President Obama has executed much of his agenda through this type of divisiveness with impunity.  He is also skirting the Constitution with its division of power and system of checks and balances.

He is blatantly trying to divert attention from our horrendous economy (largely due to his failed economic policies), our deteriorating national security, nagging eligibility issues, and the popular resentment against government-run health care.

What does this mean for the coming election? 

This was always the plan: a second term with a pliable Congress and Judiciary to fundamentally transform the government from a republic to a dictatorship.  We’ve been traveling down that “Road to Serfdom” faster over the past three years, though for about 70 years the federal government has steadily extended its reach and control over the individual and the states.

The federal government’s contempt for individualism and liberty hit a crescendo during the Obama administration. Freedoms of speech, association, religion, and private property rights, have all been attacked and the mechanisms put into place to destroy them and subjugate the citizens to the federal government.  Attacks of racism, sexism, and elitism are tools for fomenting discord and dividing the American people.  As the election approaches, Americans of different races, sexual orientations, and income are more disjointed than ever before.

What can we expect should the president win a second term? 

If Obamacare is not overturned, we can and should expect that we will see the death panels formed along with greater access to voluntary and non-voluntary “assisted suicide”.  We can also expect to have the federal government take more aggressive control of our choices in the marketplace.

We can expect an ever greater acceleration of affirmative action and reverse discrimination as evidence by Attorney General Holder’s own statements last week that the affirmative action has only just begun.

We can expect a direct frontal assault on religious freedom in America focused on the Christian and Jewish faiths.

We can expect the ills that go along with moral relativism including more abortion, post birth abortion, and further acceptance of pedophilia and other sexual aberrations.

We can expect a foreign policy that weakens or undermines our allies (Iraq, Israel, Egypt, Eastern Europe) while strengthening our adversaries (Syria, Iran, and mainly Russia).

We’ve seen the administration create a crippling energy policy that is restricting access to Canadian oil (and increasing the price) by impeding the Keystone pipeline effort, restricting drilling on federal lands and offshore. In the latest development, the administration is giving a chain of Alaskan islands to the Russians.  These islands are oil rich and greater in size than RI and Delaware combined.  We can expect ever higher oil prices (also hugely beneficial to Russia and other adversaries) due to this president’s agenda and we may even cede more territory.

We can expect a diminished military capability and erosion of our superpower status due to budgetary cuts, severe reductions in our nuclear arsenal, and overly restrictive rules of engagement that leave our military unable to adequately defend themselves.

We can expect further usurpation of citizen’s basic rights and of our national sovereignty due to treaties such as the law of the Sea and Agenda 21, the UN rights of the Child, and others that subjugate the Constitution. Under a recent executive order, the President has given himself the ability to completely take over the economy, internet and media in case of “national emergency.”

With numerous federal judgeships and two or three likely Supreme Court appointments, the President will be able to profoundly transform the Judiciary and promote the left wing agenda through the courts.

We can expect further consolidation of power within the executive as the Obama names more Czars that have no accountability to Congress or the people.

We need only see what has happened in these three short years to understand that America is beginning to scrape the iceberg.  If we can’t change course on November second, America may sink as quickly as Titanic did.

God Bless America
Lori Hendry
Host “The Red, White and Lori Show”
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Recently, President Obama made an unscripted statement that revealed his socialistic mindset:

Recently, President Obama made an unscripted statement that revealed his socialistic mindset:

“There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.

“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.  There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own.  Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.

“The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.” (Video of the Presidents statement:

Belittling individual achievement is a purely Marxist principle and it’s just plain wrong.  If government is responsible, then why doesn’t everyone succeed?

Our founders knew that man could succeed if given the opportunity and freedom from oppressive government.  We’ve had over two hundred years of men and women breaking new ground without the government as the foundation of their success.

President Obama recently used the Golden Gate Bridge as an example of federal prowess. The problem is, it was neither built by nor funded by, the federal government and, I’d argue, would not be today.  In fact, the federal government attempted to quash it.  When the bond sale to finance the Golden Gate Bridge failed, Amadeo Giannini purchased all of the bonds on behalf of the his company, the Bank of America.

We’ve seen countless amazing accomplishments by entrepreneurs.  Microsoft and Apple, as corporations, markedly improved the condition of man and created more wealth for more people than any government could imagine.

Of course, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates did not do perform every function in the company, that’s true.  They had a vision of what they could achieve given the correct mix of funding, the market, and the available talent.     These are the true leaders of society.  They are wealth creators who became rich by producing things people want and need.  In the process, they improve our standard of living.  The government in no way built these companies.  Rather, they harassed Microsoft with a nonsensical antitrust lawsuit when they bundled their internet browser with their operating system.  Similar harassment is now going on against Apple.

Small business and large business owners have something in common.  They create jobs that raise the standard of living, but also the wealth that allows the funding of government. The president would like to claim their success on behalf of people that did not invest their time and money. Excessive taxation and regulation strangle small businesses and reduce the supply of goods, services and jobs.  Entrepreneurs are less likely to risk their own time and capital in creating a new business if their profits are to be seized.  This is why socialist economies struggle and fail.

Mitt Romney contributed to the economy by founding Bain Capital.  This company put private money at risk to rescue troubled companies and finance startups such as Staples, Brookstone, and Domino Pizza.    Bain Capital is responsible for the creation of more than one hundred thousand jobs.  This was not blind luck, nor did the government create this business.  The government “invests” taxpayer money on green boondoggles such as Solyndra, leaving us holding the bag when they go belly up!

When Mr. Romney took leadership of the troubled Utah Olympic Games, he turned it from a disaster with over $400 million in the red and ended $100 million in the black.

Jobs created by entrepreneurs such as Mitt Romney have been key to helping people lift themselves from poverty, improve their standard of living, and to have hope for a brighter future.    Isn’t job creation the hope and change that Americans really want?  Mitt Romney is the right man at the right time with the right experience to turn America around.

Elect Mitt Romney and vote out all big government, business killing Senators and Congressmen!

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The Importance of Teaching Our Children

Hello this is Lori and I’d like to share some thoughts about the state of education in America.

It’s not surprising that we aren’t number one in education any more.

What are some of the things that public schools now do? Schools now condition children that they can’t lose.  Schools limit children’s ability to engage in any activity that educators think might cause injury, like dodge ball.   Schools stop children from playing tag because one child might feel badly because he or she may be slower than another child.  Children can no longer eat peanut butter sandwiches because of another child’s food allergies. Children can’t read Tom Sawyer or Uncle Tom because it’s considered by some to contain racist overtones even though it is a true illustration of life at that time.

So, while the school systems protect students from themselves, at the same time they offer children at all grade levels sex education and free condoms.  Is such instruction protective or are we enticing them to engage in risky behaviors?  They indoctrinate children on topics such as racism and acceptance of reverse racism.   They are teaching that the traditional family values are no longer acceptable.   They are rewriting history.  They no longer teach of Christianity; but they actively teach about Islam.  They offer children the ability to pass through school unable to read, critically think or perform simple arithmetic.  They offer the ability to pass through school without work.

What are some simple solutions to this problem?  We need the federal government to extract themselves from education.  We need schools to stay out of the realm of parenting and give that responsibility back to parents.  Parents need to become more involved in their children’s education. We need schools to teach without bias.  We need schools that teach children reasoning skills: how to think, not what to think. We need to teach simple ethics and moral reasoning so that children are able to discern between good and bad and right and wrong. We need to allow prayer back into schools and teach the Ten Commandments which are fundamental tenets of life.   We need to teach the Judeo-Christian founding principles that made America the Shining City on the Hill that has been the beacon of exceptionalism for the world.

We need the schools to teach civics again. We need the schools to focus on individualism, not groupism.  We need to teach children the concept of the melting pot, E-Pluribus Unum which means “one from many” and to teach that Americans are their own culture and not disparate cultures that must be accepted.   We need to teach children that immigrants should integrate into society as it is and not demand special accommodation.  We need to teach children that other cultures must be respected but other cultures must respect our American culture and American tradition.

Children need to be taught that there is equality in justice; that no matter the crime committed; no matter the race, sex, or demographic of the victim or the perpetrator that in America justice will be served.   We need to teach children the realities of the world.

English needs to be the primary language of America this will help immigrants to integrate more confidently and comfortably into the general population and become part of the greater society.

The children need to be taught the writings of our history, our Founding Fathers, the great philosophers, mathematicians, and scientists to promote critical thinking and so that we can progress as a culture.  Most of all, we need schools to teach children about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  Children need to be taught the true American history; not the history as written by the progressives in yet another attempt to indoctrinate our children.  Children need to be taught why decisions were made and how those decisions made us the greatest country on earth for people of all colors, all religions and all social strata.  The cliché is right, those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.  This is a great lesson for all children to learn.  Thomas Edison taught us that lesson with respect to creativity.

We need to teach the children that mistakes are not bad and that the greatest discoveries were made by greatest people who also made a great number of mistakes; but learned from them. Teach them critical thinking skills.  Teach them to think like Edison.   When asked why he endured so many failures in his work Edison replied, “Young man, why would I feel like a failure? And why would I ever give up? I now know definitively over 9,000 ways that an electric light bulb will not work. Success is almost in my grasp.” And shortly after that, and over 10,000 attempts, Edison invented the light bulb.  Consider that major companies like GE, IBM and Intuit celebrate failures as a learning experience.  Why shouldn’t children embrace failure in order to learn how to succeed?

We need to teach children that flaws or failure can be overcome and lead to growth.  That overcoming those flaws is what makes a person great in their own right.  Shielding children from error is a mistake. Failure leads to growth.

We need to teach the children about personal responsibility for their own behavior. We need to teach the children that they must have standards based in religious philosophy in order to have any sense of consistent moral turpitude.  We need to teach children that drifting morals are not morals at all; that moral relativism does not reflect American values.

We need to teach children about the freedoms that God granted us, the protections that our Constitution affords us and teach how we must defend it from those who would have our freedoms usurped.

We need to teach children to be proud Americans and Patriots.

Most of all, we need parents to understand and teach these concepts because the children will inherit what we have wrought. All of our national hopes and dreams for the future are vested in our children.  Teach them right, teach them well.

God Bless America
Lori Hendry
Host “The Red, White and Lori Show”
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