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Happy Days Are Here Again

So long sad timesHappy Days
Go long bad times
We are rid of you at last

Howdy gay times
Cloudy gray times
You are now a thing of the past

Happy days are here again
The skies above are clear again
So let’s sing a song of cheer again
Happy days are here again

Can you believe it the Bush recession has been over for five years, unemployment is down, the stock market is up, and everything is coming up roses.  There is a flat screen on every wall, a smart phone in every hand, and flying cars just can’t be that far away.  The Bush wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have either been won or soon will be or as the winning slogan said, “GM is alive and Osama is dead.”  The Arab Spring has toppled tyrants and the glory of the administration’s foreign policy savants have ricocheted from the faculty lounge to the UN.  Doesn’t it just feel like another American Century?

The Fed keeps pumping and the Big Board keeps jumping.  The NSA watches us all without a warrant, and the man who tells us about it is a traitor.Congress has to sue the President in an attempt to get him to enforce laws unless of course he wants to change a law unilaterally.  The Court strikes down unconstitutional move after unconstitutional move by the adjunct instructor in the Oval Office.  The IRS is used to suppress the votes of Conservatives, its leaders either lying to Congress or pleading the Fifth while the Attorney General refuses to appoint a special prosecutor just as he refused in Fast and Furious and Benghazi.  Of course if you want to require a photo id to vote you’re a racist attempting to suppress the vote while you need a photo ID to get into the DNC. There’s nothing to see here move so along.

Common Core is poised to take our educational system to higher heights.  After more than 100 years of Progressive Education and generations of Federal intrusions into local school boards America now successfully spends more per capita on education than any other country.  The self-esteem of our students ranks as the highest in the world even as our grades slide.  In other words our students are doing poorly, but they think they are doing well.  It reminds me of a foreman in a factory who was in one of my management classes.  He shared an incident in his shop.  A young man was hired as a material handler who wore his pants down around his knees.  He constantly had to use one hand to hold up his pants while using the free hand to handle material.  When the foreman asked him, “Don’t you think you could get more done if you used both hands?”  The young man answered, “No I’m doing all right.”  The job may not get done but at least he feels good about what he’s doing.  Is this is the American Way in the New Normal?

Russia swallows Crimea, China launches its first aircraft carrier, the Islamic State declares itself to be the Caliphate some were crazy to predict.  Oh Happy Day!  Once again America is respected in the world after that cowboy Bush brought us so low.  Reagan said it was once again Morning in America and now we have Mourning in America as the fruit of Progressive policies, and cum bi ya diplomacy leads us from crisis to crisis.  Then again we should never let a good crisis go to waste said President Obama’s first Chief of Staff before heading to Chicago to strengthen the gun laws.

Looking forward there is good news and bad news.  The good news is that thanks to that paragon of progressivism FDR there are term limits on the presidency.  The bad news is our southern sieve and the import a voter program brings in thousands of undocumented democrats everyday as Flat Broke Hillary and the transition team waits in the wings with self-proclaimed Native American Elizabeth Warren as an understudy.

I used to say, “We made it through the Second World War and we can make it through Bill Clinton.”  Then I said, “We made it through the Cold War we can make it through Bush the Younger.”  Now I wonder, “If we threw away Iraq and we’re about to throw away Afghanistan, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona how will we survive two more years?”

We may not be in Kansas anymore and we may have followed the white rabbit through the looking glass but at least illegal immigrants can now get drivers licenses in Arizona.  Can anyone say “Motor Voter” orcoming to a neighborhood near you soon.

Altogether shout it nowHappy Days 2
There’s no one
Who can doubt it now
So let’s tell the world about it now
Happy days are here again

Your cares and troubles are gone
There’ll be no more from now on

Happy days are here again
The skies above are clear again
So, Let’s sing a song of cheer again

Happy times
Happy nights
Happy days
Are here again!

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion. He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2014 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

Should Conservatives Consider an Armed Revolt Revolution?

by Jerry Bowyer
Last week I attempted to ignite a debate (not a revolt) about the State of America now compared to 238 years ago, when we abolished the authority of the British government over our affairs.
If we take a WWJD approach (What Would Jefferson Do?), we find that the preconditions for revolt are:

The government becomes destructive of the proper ends of government which are the protection of life, liberty and property and/or pursuit of prosperity. This does not mean that a government should be abolished if it fails perfectly to protect these foundational rights. Such a principle would lead to chaos since no government can possibly protect us perfectly.
It does not even mean that we may abolish a government if it attacks those rights. The government must become destructive of those rights, which means that in general and on balance the government destroys those rights more than it secures them.
After all, the government which the founders created was not a perfect Jeffersonian paradise. It permitted national deficits which Jefferson and others believed violated the liberty of future generations.
The government founded a national bank funded with taxpayer dollars which the Jeffersonians believed was an exercise of power not enumerated by the Constitution, and therefore a violation of the limits which were placed on the government in order to protect the taxpayers. But Jefferson did not call for an armed revolution against the nascent republic. He even participated in the compromise which led to the creation of the bank.
All governments which have ever existed have sometimes protected and sometimes attacked the foundational rights of life, liberty, and property. What triggers the right of abolition according to the Declaration of Independence is whether, all things considered, the government is a destroyer rather than a protector of those rights.
But even if the government goes so far as to become a net destroyer of liberty, even that is not sufficient logical grounds on which to abolish it. If the point of a Declaration of Independence from a government is to end the condition of vanishing liberty, it follows inevitably that such a declaration would only be advisable if the new government were to be a better protector of our liberties. My friend Glenn Reynolds, law professor and Instapundit, says that revolutions are like throws of the dice. You just don’t know for sure what you are going to get.
This is not a trivial point, and the many revolts since Independence Day 1776 tell us that the odds for improvement are actually quite poor. After all, we the people pretty much get the government we ask for. The policies we have in place now have not been imposed on us by some foreign army; they have been imposed on us by us.
What reason do we have to believe that we would impose something better on ourselves after years of armed conflict than we are imposing on ourselves now? Do revolutions or civil wars (and revolutions really are civil wars) make us calmer, wiser, more compassionate people?
And is it worth the cost? Such wars are incredibly bloody affairs. I think that few revolutionaries truly count the ‘transaction cost’ of trading one regime for another. The genuinely evil ones don’t even try to. We did this twice in our history. First the colonies dissolved their relationship with the Crown. This was a eucatastrophe[1] ending much better for the human race than anyone really had a right to expect.

The second revolt was a deformed grandchild of the first in which the southern states hid behind the language of freedom in order to avoid taxes which were constitutionally imposed, preserve the institution of chattel slavery, and make way for dreams of a Southern Continental empire.
The exercise ended badly for the instigators and was awesomely painful even for the victors. Does anyone seriously believe that we are a people more ready to rebuild than that generation? Do you see any leader on the horizon more able to bind up the wounds of the nation than Lincoln?
The founders believed that what happened here was some sort of historical miracle and it’s easy to understand why. The preconditions for success were uniquely strong. Revolutions usually don’t succeed because they destroy the society in which they occur; tearing down the old social order and forcing a new one to revolve up into its place (hence the word ‘revolution’). That’s why it almost never works.
When Mel Brooks has Count de Money, in History of the World: Part I (1981), telling the king that “the peasants are revolting,” the king looks at them and agrees. Classical literary references aside, Brooks is right. The revolutions are ugly and the results are even uglier.

But here, we did not have a revolution. Most of the founders studiously avoided the use of that word. We had a war for independence in which local units of government dissolved their ties with a distant tyrant. We didn’t have to tear our country apart, just tear it apart from Great Britain. Ours was not a rising up of the downtrodden or the debtor class as so many of the ancient Greek and Roman revolutions had been. It was not a fight of the bottom against those above them. It was a fight of the middle which had been functioning as the de facto governing class of the nation for generations before.
It wasn’t a rabble revolution. Deriders in England called it things like the ‘shopkeepers revolt’ and the Presbyterian rebellion. It came from a law abiding class of people who put their arguments in terms of ‘the ancient rights of Englishman,’ not the revolutionary utopian terms like, for example, the instigators of the peasants revolt in Martin Luther’s Germany.
The amazing success of our effort has inspired many a delusional imitator who believed that all you had to do was kill a king to achieve heaven on earth. Almost none of them have succeeded.
Left-wing dreams of people’s revolutions were at best delusional, and given the results of France in 1789 and Russia in 1917, such dreams are no longer bemusingly foolish; they are evil. But conservative ‘exodus’ and secession dreams seem only a little better. After all, we’re supposed to know better. We’re the ideology which is in touch with reality.
This article originally appeared at Forbes.com and is reprinted by permission from the author.

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God Bless America — the Nation AND the Film

Written by Rick David on July 7, 2014
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We saw Dinesh D’ Souza’s America on the Fourth of July. It was a tremendous movie. It made us proud to be Americans. It made us cry for the sacrifices of brave Americans and for the trend to blame America for all of man’s evils. It made us angry at what is happening. Sadly, there was probably only one person in the theater that was under fifty years old. I’m afraid that D’ Souza may be preaching to the choir, just as with the 2016 movie, for if young people had seen 2016, Obama’s America, then they would necessarily be either subversives or idiots to have re-elected this poser, Muslim jihadist at war with America.

And that is exactly the point of the new movie. He documents a subversive movement that has besieged America since long before the sixties radicals have come to prominence. These radicals have conspired to shame Americans into believing that our country is an evil, imperialist nation guilty of oppression. Their objective is to “remake” America into a communist country. Their plan started with destroying our understanding of what America is and has been. D’ Souza is not afraid to name names. (Why not, he’s already being prosecuted for “excessive” campaign donations.) Among the conspirators listed are Saul Alinsky, Bill Ayers and Howard Zinn. The connections that these radicals have to Obama and Hillary are well documented.

Zinn is best known for his history textbook, A People’s History of the United States, first published in 1980. The book is widely used in many high schools and colleges. The term “People’s” (as in “People’s Republic…”, etc.) ought to be your first clue about the perspective of the book. Zinn was not ashamed to call himself a Marxist.
As Dinesh documents, the book utilizes half truths and distortion to demonize America. It offers a one-sided perspective, highlighting examples of American oppression such as slavery, the “stealing” of Native American lands and the conquest of Mexico. While not making excuses for these American sins, America provides a balance that Zinn purposely omits.

America is not unique in these sins. In fact, America points out that conquest, as a human means of attaining wealth, is the rule of human history rather than the exception. Remember, that we are all fallen creatures capable of great evil. What is uniquely American is the idea that wealth can be created from individual initiative and free enterprise. America points out that it is capitalism, not communism that has liberated millions of people from poverty.

The movie begs the question, “What if there was no America?” On balance, America has been a blessing to the world. America’s sins do not compare to the oppression of Hitler and Stalin. American boys died to free the world of these evil men.

The movie reminds us that slavery was not an American invention, but common to human history. Africans enslaved each other long before America was ever founded. It is the American principles enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, with roots in the Christian faith that led us to fight a war to end slavery where millions of white men died to free the slaves.

The war with Mexico was fought over dictatorial oppression of Texans. D’ Souza makes the point that, though the U.S. conquered all of Mexico, we returned half of it and that the part we kept was mostly uninhabited. He reminds us that native Mexicans in America are not climbing the fence to go back to Mexico and that the people of Mexico today would probably be better off if we had kept the land.

Furthermore, the movie relates the whole story about Native Americans. True to form, conquest was a way of life for most Native Americans who had conquered different tribes for centuries before Americans ever stepped on their land.

What was upsetting in seeing this movie is the reminder that the sixties radicals have captured our government and are well along their way to destroying it. And they have accomplished their goals by indoctrinating generations of Americans with their anti-American distortions and in the process alienating many against the principles of freedom that made this a great nation.

They’ve done it through our schools. I have railed on these pages about the dangers of the indoctrination that is occurring in our government controlled schools. The radicals, not George Washington, control our schools. Common Core is simply the latest form of control, but the process has been going on for decades. Too many conservatives are focusing all of their energy on Common Core while ignoring the elephant in the room.

Parents need to wake up.

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Post-Hobby Lobby, Courts Grant Injunctions Against Obamacare Abortion Drug Rule for 7 Groups

Within 24 hours of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the Obama administration was wrong to impose its contraceptive and abortion drug regulation on small companies that oppose it on religious grounds, two federal courts granted emergency injunctions to seven non-profit groups that also oppose the rule.

In a July 1 news release from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the non-profit law firm stated that the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) and five Catholic institutions in Wyoming — Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne, Catholic Charities of Wyoming, St. Joseph’s Children’s Home, St. Anthony Tri-Parish Catholic School and Wyoming Catholic College – were granted temporary waivers from the mandate.

Also, a separate federal court granted a temporary injunction to Wheaton College to protect it from the mandate.

The Obamacare rule, set by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), required that nearly all employers (with 50 or more workers) offer health insurance that covered contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs without co-payments. If a company or group refused to follow the rule, they faced potentially crippling fines.

As the Supreme Court noted in its ruling on Hobby Lobby, the for-profit, family-owned business faced penalties of $475 million per year, which would have bankrupted the company. Co-plaintiff Conestoga faced fines of $33 million per year, and co-plaintiff Mardel faced $15 million per year. (See Burwell-v-Hobby-Lobby.pdf)

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Mother Angelica, a Catholic nun and founder of the international Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). (Photo: EWTN)

“Thanks to the courts’ decisions, Eternal Word [EWTN] can now freely practice what they preach. The death knell is sounding for the HHS Mandate,” Lori Windham, senior counsel at the Becket Fund and counsel for Eternal Word, said in the release.

“The ruling in Hobby Lobby and then these two rulings in quick succession show that the HHS Mandate is on its last legs when it comes to religious non-profits,” she said. “The sad part is that it has taken almost three years of litigation to get to a result the Administration should have supported in the first place because it is the right thing to do.”

“Government shouldn’t be in the business of forcing nuns to violate their religious convictions,” said Windham.

In another news release, the Becket Fund called the ruling in favor of the Eternal Word Television Network, which was founded by a semi-cloistered nun, Mother Angelica, and focused on spreading the Catholic Church’s teachings, a “resounding victory for religious freedom.”

“We are thankful that the Eleventh Circuit protected our right to religious freedom while we pursue our case in court,” said EWTN Chairman and DEO Michael Warsaw. “We want to continue to practice the same Catholic faith that we preach to the world every day.”

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“The seven religious institutions that obtained protection today join the 80 percent-plus of HHS legal challenges that have resulted in favorable rulings supporting religious freedom,” the Becket Fund stated, adding that “there are currently 100 lawsuits challenging the unconstitutional HHS mandate.”

Using an abortion-inducing drug, as well as other contraceptives, and sterilization, is contrary to the Catholic faith.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, “From its conception, the child has the right to life. Direct abortion, that is, abortion willed as an end or as a means, is a ‘criminal’ practice (GS 27 § 3), gravely contrary to the moral law. The Church imposes the canonical penalty of excommunication for this crime against human life.” (2322)

The Catholic Church also teaches that deliberate use of a contraceptive or sterilization to “render procreation impossible” is “intrinsically evil.” (2370)

In its June 30 ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, the majority of justices on the Supreme Court said that four of the 20 contraceptive methods approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “may have the effect of preventing an already fertilized egg from developing any further by inhibiting its attachment to the uterus.”

The label on the FDA-approved contraceptive drug Plan B states that “this product works mainly by preventing ovulation (egg release.) It may also prevent fertilization of a released egg (joining of sperm and egg) or attachment of a fertilized egg to the uterus (implantation).”

The Supreme Court ruling further said, “In these cases, the owners of three closely held for-profit corpora­tions have sincere Christian beliefs that life begins at conception and that it would violate their religion to facilitate access to contraceptive drugs or devices that operate after that point.”

Government Admits They Can’t Weed Out Illegals and Fraudsters from Obamacare Applications

RUSH: Now, I mentioned earlier, ladies and gentlemen: “Federal officials can’t resolve 85 percent of 2.9 million ‘inconsistencies’ on applications for Obamacare even after nine months of trying, according to new data provided by the administration. Most of the problems…” are you ready? Wait for it. “Most of the problems involve certifying citizenship.”
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It could be, it is estimated that one million or more illegal immigrants have signed up for Obamacare. That is an inconsistency that cannot be confirmed, and they say, furthermore, is likely to never be straightened out. Naturally. Of course!

RUSH: I get back to that in detail. Just a little bit more here on this story, 85% of Obamacare inconsistencies, because the bottom line is they can’t be fixed. The Regime is saying they can’t be fixed. When I first saw the headline and had no idea the details of the story, I thought that what the headline meant was 85% of Obamacare can’t be fixed, because it’s all inconsistent. So when I read the story, I was, I don’t know, somewhat relieved but probably shortsightedly so.

But by their own admission, Regime “officials can’t resolve 85% of 2.9 million ‘inconsistencies’ on applications for ObamaCare even after nine months of trying. … Most of the problems involve certifying citizenship and income, key components of the national health plan.”

So 85% of 2.9 million inconsistencies involving certifying citizenship can’t be fixed. I read in another story over a million of these inconsistencies involve illegal immigrants. “Just 425,000 problematic applications have been resolved out of 2.9 million that states and the federal exchange reported … Only citizens are eligible for Obamacare, and only people at certain income levels are eligible for tax credits and subsidies. But in 77 percent of the applications under scrutiny, federal records differed from what applicants submitted on those two key qualifications.”

How does that happen? How does an applicant say something and what gets entered is different? The applicant doesn’t have access to the government computer or the government website. All they can do is fill in the form, fill in the blanks, and then after that somebody’s changing it? Federal records differed from what applicants submitted on the two key qualifications, citizenship and income level?

Let me spell this out for you. Most of the people that signed up are the people who defraud the system in any other government program. That’s who most of the signatories or the applicants are, and they’re lying about citizenship and income. But the government says it’s “committed to verifying the eligibility of consumers who apply for enrollment in qualified plans.” Yeah, yeah, they’re committed to it, but they say these inconsistencies — (interruption) It’s incomprehensible. It’s just beyond the ability to comprehend.

See, this is not incompetence. I mean, some of it is at the bureaucrat level, but the end result is not incompetence. This is purely by design. And you know how you know that? When they say it can’t be fixed. When they say that these inconsistencies cannot be resolved, that’s all you need to know.

How about this. Eighty-seven percent of the eight million enrollees are getting subsidies. Now, do you think 87% of the people that have signed up qualify, or is the government qualifying them for them, after they sign up? The average subsidy is 75% of the policy. Seventy-five percent of the cost is the average subsidy. And 80% of the eight million enrollees are having 75% of their costs paid for by taxpayers. That’s the way to analyze that. It’s a disaster.

In a normal world it would be embarrassing. And in the real world so many heads would roll here that there wouldn’t be anybody left at this agency to run it. They would have been all been fired and the whole thing would have been shut down and they would start it over.

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‘AMERICA’ REVIEW: FULL-THROATED DEFENSE OF U.S. IN TIME FOR THE FOURTH

YOU MUST GO SEE THIS MOVIE

America

by Christian Toto
America is like a Fourth of July sparkler held high in the night air. It’s dazzling in its defense of this nation and patriotic to the core.
The docudrama, the second feature from the team behind 2016: Obama’s America, finds the filmmakers expanding their scope to include the nation’s past, present and future.
Sound ambitious? Oh, it is. America’s willingness to take on so many liberal memes is commendable, but a sharper focus would have hit harder.
As it is, the film introduces arguments rarely acknowledged on screens big or small, reminds us of the selective outrage performed by far-left “heroes” and trumpets America as a noble idea. The latter point is delivered by a rock legend in a way that should get patriots cheering.
Dinesh D’Souza once more takes on a multitude of tasks, from co-writing and co-directing to personally guiding us on the film’s journey. We start on a Revolutionary War battlefield, one in which George Washington is shot and killed. Could that shot have silenced America?
More importantly, would that please some of the far left who contend this country is a black stain on the world?
We then turn to America’s most vocal critics who trot out the standard attacks. The country began with genocide and theft, and its capitalist system creates an unfair system of “haves” and have nots.” We briefly see disgraced professor Ward Churchill, progressive icon Noam Chomsky and others detailing their claims against the country.
Churchill doesn’t blink when he says America deserves a nuclear strike, one akin to what should have hit Germany at the start of the Second World War had the weapon been ready at the time. If you’d like to look into the black heart of the far left, there’s as ugly a snap shot as you might find.
Conservatives will be squirming in their seats during this segment, but D’Souza lets his interview subjects have their say.
“We can’t just dismiss [them] with chants of liberty freedom and rah rah rah,” the avuncular D’Souza cautions. He then takes each charge on in efficient fashion. The Sioux Indians who decry how America usurped their land pulled off a similar move to those who previously held it. It’s part of the conquest ethic that hardly began with those early Americans. This country fought a war to abolish slavery, and the inhuman practice was hardly an American-only problem.
And so America goes, giving context to some of the country’s sins in a fashion rarely heard in popular culture. Each rebuttal needs more time, more explanation, but for those weaned on Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States it will be eye opening.
The anti-American attacks speak to a bigger issue.
“Zinn wants a narrative of American shame. That’s why he leaves these stories out,” D’Souza says of the broader history presented in the film. He’s right, of course, and it’s here where audiences will pine for more material.

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The film uses historical re-enactments to add visual panache and provide content markers. While handsomely staged, the device isn’t fully successful. And the shift from the robust U.S. defense dominating the film’s running time to modern issues like the IRS targeting conservatives isn’t integrated into the narrative until the rousing final scenes.
Perhaps the most stirring moment comes from a singer, one able to see the country both up close and far away. U2 lead singer Bono of Ireland is seen addressing a group about America the country and, more importantly, the idea.
“Great Britain’s a great country, but it’s not an idea … that’s how we see [America] around the world, one of the greatest ideas in human history.”
America the movie is a good idea, and one long overdue. It’s imperfect, much like the country itself, but its mission of defending a nation under assault from within is valiant to the core.

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