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KT MCFARLAND: TRUMP WAS RIGHT WHEN HE SAID THIS WAS ONE OF THE WORST DEALS IN HISTORY

Fox News National Security Analyst KT McFarland and soon to be Deputy National Security Adviser in the Donald Trump administration weighed in on the United Nation’s incoming secretary general’s comments about globalization and Iran’s warning of retaliation if the U.S. breaches the nuclear deal.
Why did the Globalists of the World think that countries shouldn’t put their own countries interests first?
The discussions ranges from Iran to Russia and the testing of the new President in 2017.

TRUMP LAYS OUT FOREIGN POLICY VISION

An America-First diplomacy.

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Donald Trump vowed to undo the many foreign policy and national security failures of President Obama, along with the persistent sense of American impotence in the face of international challenges, in an important, muscular speech yesterday, outlining what a Trump administration would do in office.

A one-man wrecking crew who has been demolishing politically-correct pieties since he launched his campaign last year with a call to arms against illegal immigration, Trump announced that the foreign policy administered by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry that has emboldened Islamic terror has been catastrophic not just for America but for the whole world.

In an address to the Center for the National Interest founded by the late President Richard Nixon, Trump promised to put America first and make it strong again. He slammed the Obama administration for strengthening our enemies, belittling our allies, and diminishing respect around the world for the United States. One of the most prominent themes Trump advanced was Obama’s projection of pathetic weakness, including his downsizing of the military, which has led to the rise of Islamic State and fueled Middle East chaos. As Trump put it, “If President Obama’s goal had been to weaken America, he could not have done a better job.”

Weakening the country, of course, has long been the goal of the Radical-in-Chief now occupying the Oval Office. Obama and his radical pals Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Rashid Khalidi, Valerie Jarrett, Frank Marshall Davis, and a huge chorus of America-haters have spent their lives fostering American weakness. Weakness leads to losing, but Trump stated that he wants America to start winning again. This will happen not only by refocusing our foreign policy on strictly serving American interests, but also by vocally defending America’s international role and American ideals on the global stage. “I will view as president the world through the clear lens of American interests,” Trump affirmed. “I will be America’s greatest defender and most loyal champion. We will not apologize for becoming successful again, but will instead embrace the unique heritage that makes us who we are.”

Central in Trump’s speech was criticizing what has become the modus operandi of the Obama foreign policy era: extending aid and comfort to our enemies while treating our friends with enmity. As a result, America’s enemies don’t fear us and our allies don’t trust us.

“Our friends are beginning to think they can’t depend on us,” Trump said. “We’ve had a president who dislikes our friends and bows to our enemies, something that we’ve never seen before in the history of our country.”

For example, Obama has allowed Communist China “to steal government secrets with cyber attacks and engage in industrial espionage against the United States and its companies.”

Most notably, Obama has treated Iran “with tender love and care” that has made it “a great power … in just a very short period of time,” while at the same time snubbing and criticizing Israel, “our great friend and the one true democracy in the Middle East.”

Obama “negotiated a disastrous deal with Iran, and then we watched them ignore its terms even before the ink was dry.” As president, Trump stated that he would “never, ever” allow Iran to possess a nuclear weapon. The Iranian threat will be the defining threat of this generation thanks primarily to Obama’s appeasement-at-any-price outreach to the Iranian mullahs, which has set the stage for military confrontation. The next administration will have to contend with this as the foremost threat to America and our allies, and Trump made clear that his eyes are open on the severity of this coming conflict.

Trump also targeted Hillary Clinton. Like Obama, the former Secretary of State, now the Democratic Party’s frontrunner, can’t bring herself to name America’s foremost enemy — radical Islam — even as she “pushes for a massive increase in refugees coming into our country,” Trump said. “Unless you name the enemy, you will never ever solve the problem,” he affirmed a speech in that compared the nation’s fight against Islamic Jihad to the struggle against communism during the Cold War.

Radical Islam must be fought abroad as well as inside America, Trump declared.

“There are scores of recent migrants inside our borders charged with terrorism. For every case known to the public, there are dozens and dozens more. We must stop importing extremism through senseless immigration policies. We have no idea where these people are coming from. There’s no documentation, There’s no paperwork. There’s nothing. We have to be smart. We have to be vigilant.”

Trump also had a simple message for the Islamic State, stressing the importance of deception against the enemy in conflict, a tactic clearly missing in Obama’s foreign policy:

“Their days are numbered. I won’t tell them where and I won’t tell them how. We must as a nation be more unpredictable. We are totally predictable. We tell everything. We’re sending troops. We tell them. We’re sending something else. We have a news conference. We have to be unpredictable. And we have to be unpredictable starting now. But they’re going to be gone. ISIS will be gone if I’m elected president. And they’ll be gone quickly.”

Trump also slammed Clinton for her “failed intervention in Libya, [after which] Islamic terrorists in Benghazi took down our consulate and killed our ambassador and three brave Americans. Then, instead of taking charge that night, Hillary Clinton decided to go home and sleep.” To make matter worse, Clinton blamed “it all on a video, an excuse that was a total lie, proven to be absolutely a total lie.”

The Republican presidential frontrunner continued by stressing the positives of America. The U.S., in his view, is:

“a humanitarian nation, but the legacy of the Obama-Clinton interventions will be weakness, confusion, and disarray. A mess. We’ve made the Middle East more unstable and chaotic than ever before. We left Christians subject to intense persecution and even genocide. We have done nothing to help the Christians, nothing, and we should always be ashamed for that, for that lack of action.”

Trump also criticized the “dangerous” neo-conservative effort to democratize the world, and argued for a kind of old-fashioned conservatism, seemingly for modest foreign policy goals and stability. “We are getting out of the nation-building business, and instead focusing on creating stability in the world,” he said.

The reassuring clarifications that Trump offered about his foreign policy views should be a step towards satisfying some of his conservative critics. The speech was a strong beginning in that direction but it also contained some statements that would definitely concern a portion of the conservative camp. Trump, for instance, suggested that the U.S. should be prepared to exit NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Many conservatives wouldn’t see a problem with pointing out NATO’s problems and how America is being taken advantage of by member nations that aren’t paying their fair share, but they would certainly question how threatening the end of NATO complements Trump’s objective of making America a strong military presence in the world. NATO has been a key element of global security and it is usually isolationists and leftists, not conservatives, who want to abolish NATO.

Trump also continued to preach the gospel of economic nationalism, with its tariffs and trade wars that many conservatives would argue benefit entrenched interests while soaking American consumers and generating economic depressions and recessions. He spoke of “the theft of American jobs” and characterized NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, as “a total disaster for the United States.” He also struck a familiar refrain complaining about the loss of manufacturing jobs in states like Pennsylvania and New York, which many conservatives would argue were lost not because some big, mean bully took them away, but because manufacturing tends not to be a cost-effective endeavor in the U.S.

Trump’s address comes after his big night Tuesday in which he decisively won Republican primaries in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. He now has 987 of the 1,237 delegates he needs for a first-ballot victory at this summer’s GOP nominating convention in Cleveland, according to Real Clear Politics (at time of this writing). His rivals are far behind with Ted Cruz at 562, John Kasich at 153, and Marco Rubio, who suspended his campaign, at 171 delegates.

And Trump’s support among many Republican voters appears to be solidifying. According to the NBC News/Survey Monkey weekly tracking poll unveiled Tuesday, Trump now enjoys 50 percent support among Republicans and Republican-leaners nationally for the first time since the poll was launched in December. Cruz and Kasich are both well behind the New York businessman with 26 percent and 17 percent, respectively.

Time will tell if Donald Trump succeeds in his present ambition and will, eventually, stand the test of implementing the foreign policy he has proposed for America.

The Jihadist Next Door

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by Katie Pavlich

With recent Islamic terror events unfolding around the world, Americans at home are growing concerned about sleeper cells activating inside the United States.

Last week, an Ohio man with sympathies to ISIS was arrested for plotting to blow up the Capitol building. Just three years ago, Amine El Khalifi was arrested and charged on similar counts after planning to use a suicide vest to carry out an attack on the Capitol. At the time, Khalifi lived in the same apartment complex as I did in Northern Virginia just outside of Washington D.C. He was in the U.S. as an illegal immigrant after living on an expired visa for years and frequently attended a mosque in Falls Church. More from the Washington Post:

Federal authorities on Friday arrested a 29-year-old Moroccan man in an alleged plot to carry out a suicide bombing at the U.S. Capitol, the latest in a series of terrorism-related arrests resulting from undercover sting operations.

For more than a year, Amine El Khalifi, of Alexandria, considered attacking targets including a synagogue, an Alexandria building with military offices and a Washington restaurant frequented by military officials, authorities said. When arrested a few blocks from the Capitol around lunchtime on Friday, he was carrying what he believed to be a loaded automatic weapon and a suicide vest ready for detonation.

The gun and vest were provided not by al-Qaeda, as Khalifi had been told, but by undercover FBI agents who rendered them inoperable, authorities said.

Khalifi “allegedly believed he was working with al-Qaeda,” said Neil H. MacBride, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Khalifi “devised the plot, the targets and the methods on his own.”
I remember the day he was arrested. I drove home one day in 2012 to grab my suitcase for a midday flight and there was a local reporter outside the complex stopping people for comments. When I asked her why she was there, she informed me about Khalifi’s plans and that he had lived in the building.
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Stay vigilant, America.

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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Read more at http://clashdaily.com/2014/07/god-bless-america-nation-film/#BzddR3CZ140UFc4s.99

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

YOU MUST GO SEE THIS MOVIE

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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.

Left 'comes out screaming' against D'Souza's 'America' - They Can't Take The Truth

by Jerome Corsi

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NEW YORK – The political left is coming out “screaming,” with “guns blazing,” in an attempt to dampen the audience for the highly anticipated film “America: Imagine a World Without Her,” its maker told WND just before its Hollywood premiere.

Dinesh D’Souza recalled that the left’s strategy with his first political documentary, “2016: Obama’s America,” was to ignore it.

“You would almost not know ’2016′ existed if you just followed the leftist press and their Internet blogs,” D’Souza told WND in an exclusive phone interview. “It was only when the pied piper Obama came out yelling that everybody else on the left immediately jumped into line.”140622americaposter

“2016″ became the second most popular political documentary of all time, earning $33 million.

This time, the left is drawing attention to a D’Souza film with blistering reviews.

D’Souza believes “America” has become “too big too early for the left to ignore.”

“So, the left is coming out screaming,” he said. “And I frankly think it’s fantastic. We are seeing clearly the hatred of the left, and, far from intimidating me, I welcome it.”

On Monday evening, D’Souza scheduled a red-carpet Hollywood premiere showing of “America” at the LA Live Regal Theater in Los Angeles.

D’Souza told WND he expected over 1,000 invited guests to attend, including several notables in Hollywood’s growing, but largely underground, conservative filmmaking community.

Writing in the Daily Beast, Andrew Romano, with tongue in cheek, praises the opening credits as “nice,” saying he liked the way “the macho, clanging music pairs with the slow-motion footage of a burly blacksmith forging the letters A-M-E-R-I-C-A in his ember-filled 19th-century shop.”

But after that, Romano said, “the rest of ‘America’ is a total piece of junk.”

Characterizing D’Souza as a “conservative provocateur,” Romano said he lacked the space to dispute “every specious point that D’Souza makes in ‘America’ or highlight every bit of nonsensical sophistry he employs in order to mask the emptiness of his so-called reasoning.”

Romano tears into D’Souza’s treatment of slavery.

Instead of praising America for ending slavery, Romano simply repeats the Howard Zinn criticism that D’Souza is trying to refute.

Romano wrote:

The fact that D’Souza is saying the opposite of what he thinks he’s saying here is representative of his overall reasoning skills. He’s not really trying to prove anything in ‘America.’ He’s just throwing factoids against the wall. I’m not sure if he wants to give the impression that he’s attempting to minimize the awfulness of slavery – but that’s certainly the impression he gives.

D’Souza was not shaken by the criticism.

“The left is trying predictably to float the racism charge,” D’Souza told WND.

“But in doing this, the left is employing the very shaming strategy that we expose in the film. So the left is trying to shut down the debate by essentially screaming ‘racism.’ The strategy is not going to work, but it’s being attempted.”

As WND reported, the film includes scenes of a debate between D’Souza and Weather Underground co-founder Bill Ayers, whose interview with the Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly was set up by D’Souza.

‘Worst of all time’

Writing in Indiewire.com, Gabe Toro dismissed D’Souza’s “America” as “the worst political documentary of all-time.”

Toro called it “artless propaganda, uninformed, sensationalistic and devoted to buzz phrases (‘the shaming of America’), simplicity (‘have the United States been a force for good or ill in the world?’), and grandstanding (‘We won’t let them shame us, we won’t let them intimidate us’ – who is them and who is us?)”

Making it clear he dismissed D’Souza’s various criticisms of leftist thinkers ranging from Zinn to Saul Alinsky to Noam Chomsky, and claiming D’Souza was charging that with Barack Obama as president and Hillary Clinton as secretary of state the “White House is under control of the DEVIL,” Toro sees nothing of value to merit watching D’Souza’s documentary.

Toro concludes: “Filled with soaring guitars, pointless blacksmith montages and recreations with porn-level production values (check out the sponge-wig on Frederick Douglass), it’s all fist-pumping anti-thought, consisting of baseless revisionist history and idle contrarianism.”

Again, D’Souza is not surprised.

“None of these critics on the left are grappling with what we say in the film,” he said.

“Some of them have seen the film and they are saying things that are very unfair. They’re trying to claim, ‘D’Souza minimizes the issue of slavery, but thinks Hillary and Barack Obama are the Devil.’ That’s the kindergarten version of trying to comprehend this film. We do not try to minimize slavery. Some of the most vivid images in the film are of slavery. We’re saying America was a force for abolition of slavery, that America didn’t invent slavery but America created the legal mechanism for ending it.”
‘Too easy to mock’

Writing in TheWrap.com, James Rocchi begins his review by claiming, “The deceptive evidence and straw-man arguments of this conservative ‘filmmaker’ would go down easier if the actual filmmaking wasn’t so inept.”

Forget about the content, Rocchi tells his leaders, “America” doesn’t meet the laugh test, because the film is just “too easy to mock.”

True to his word, Rocchi mocks away.

The film, he said, “also features historical re-enactments – Washington among the troops, Lincoln on the stump, a young Hillary Rodham meeting Saul Alinsky in what appears to be a smoke-filled high-school cafeteria – whose production values are somewhere between the Hallmark Channel and a ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch.”

“It would be one thing if D’Souza had an idea, or any idea, he could stick to as a through-line in his project. But ‘America” isn’t a documentary; it’s more like the badly filmed version of a badly written, meandering op-ed piece from a paper that lacks fact-checking or proofreading.”

Rocchi criticizes D’Souza’s editing as “clumsy.” He claims the lines of dialogue are “repeated ad nauseam,” the sound mix is “incomprehensibly sloppy,” the graphics look “slapdash” and the historical recreations are “either cheap-looking, unintentionally funny, or both.”

As far as Rocchi is concerned, D’Souza failed from the start, simply because he wasn’t Michael Moore.

“In the end, ‘America’ is just badly made,” Rocchi concludes.

“Michael Moore, D’Souza’s nemesis, may be self-important at his worst, but he actually knows how to cut a sequence, get a shot, and tell a story backed by data, all of which are beyond [producers] D’Souza and Sullivan.”

To make sure potential moviegoers get the point, Rocchi repeats his conclusion in other words.

“‘America’ would be simply annoying if it were merely preaching to a conservative-leaning choir of low-information voters and ax-to-grind Obama-haters,” he wrote. “What makes it unendurable is the fact that D’Souza and Sullivan can’t craft a sermon that would keep even the choir awake, interested, and entertained.”

D’Souza was mildly amused.

“The left is maybe not really sure how to attack the film, so critics are attacking the film as poorly made, arguing that ‘the production quality is really poor’ and insisting that ‘Michael Moore at least knows how to make a good movie.’ That’s just downright laughable, and I think our clips and trailers that are out there are enough to refute that claim.”

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/06/left-comes-out-screaming-against-dsouzas-america/#DugsShZZuph7xJx8.99

Yesterday was a big news day.

One of the biggest in years.American-Patriot

The nation had been hit by a terrorist attack just two days before, reports were that a suspect had been identified and might even be close to being arrested.

The mysterious assassinations of two Texas prosecutors had been broken open and the country was just learning that it was neither white supremacists nor Mexican drug lords who had targeted our legal system.

Letters containing a lethal poison had been mailed to both the Congress and the White House. For the first time since the season of terrorism commenced in 2001, a poison attack had been launched in the mails.

And all of this had broken since noon.

So when the White House announced that the president was holding a hurry-up press conference at 5:30, you knew it was big.

The Boston evening briefing had been called off just minutes before it was scheduled to start, presumably out of deference to the president’s appearance, and the air was heavy with portent.

Perhaps the president was going to announce an arrest. Possibly he was going to give more information about the deadly letters sent to Washington and whether they were tied to some terrorist plot.

Maybe he had something to say about the evacuations at the Boston courthouse, and at Brigham and Women’s.

Maybe it was just an update to the country on where we stood and what we should expect.

But it was none of those things.

As radio stations and television broadcasts across the country went live, the president and his props walked out and it became clear what this was about.

Barack Obama was throwing a fit.

After some comments from a Sandy Hook father who has become an anti-gun campaigner, Barack Obama took the microphone and wore it out for most of a half an hour.

Not a word about Boston.

Not a word about defending the country against terrorism or any success that might have been had in catching whoever was behind an attack on the country just 48 hours before.

It was Obama about Obama.

His big gun-banning initiative had come up empty.

He had taken the horrific murder of 20 young children and their teachers and whored it out to advance his lifelong anti-gun agenda. He used the tears of bereaved mothers to manipulate the political system to get what he wanted.

Only he didn’t.

The Senate – controlled by his own party – denied him even the least offensive of his attacks on the Second Amendment.

The legislative process played out and he lost and his reaction was – on a day when there was an abundance of truly significant issues facing the country – to throw a self-centered hissy fit.

He ranted and raved, condemning Congress and the NRA and anyone else he could think of. He raised his voice and there was rage in his eyes and he threatened his foes and tried to rally his supporters.

He called on people to support him and his party and to oppose the Republicans and their supporters.

He was concerned about politics.

While there was still blood on the sidewalk.

While a dozen people were still fighting for their lives.

While a nation was looking for leadership.

Barack Hussein Obama was throwing a fit. Outraged at his political impotence. Indignant that the Congress had not bowed before him.

On the day that a poll said 4 percent of Americans believe gun control is an important issue.

Barack Obama was upset about guns.

So clueless. So out of touch. So focused on what mattered to him, without regard to what mattered to the people.

He had tried to gut a piece of the very Constitution he had sworn to uphold, and it bit him, and he threw a tantrum.

It was like watching a spoiled prince, some inbred and addle-minded scion of entitlement and privilege, raging against a disappointment to his ego.

Last night we saw the real Obama.

The one who doesn’t give a damn about anything but himself and his interests.

– by Bob Lonsberry © 2013

WHAT HAS AMERICA BECOME

What has America Become

Tell Costas - He went to the wrong Diner

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These 12 Hellholes Are Examples Of What The Rest Of America Will Look Like Soon

Do you want to see where this country is headed? If so, don’t focus on the few areas that are still very prosperous. New York City has Wall Street, Washington D.C. has the federal government and Silicon Valley has Google and Facebook. Those are the exceptions. The reality is that most of the country has been experiencing a slow decline for a very long time and once thriving cities such as Gary, Indiana and Flint, Michigan have become absolute hellholes. They are examples of what the rest of America will look like soon. 60 years ago, most Americans were decent, hard working people and there were always good jobs available for anyone that was willing to roll up his or her sleeves and put in an honest day of work. But now all of that has changed. Over the past decade, tens of thousands of manufacturing facilities have shut down and millions of jobs have left the country. Cities such as Cleveland, Baltimore and Detroit were once shining examples of everything that was right about America, but now they stand out like festering sores. The “blue collar cities” have been hit the hardest by the gutting of our economic infrastructure. There are many communities in America today where it seems like all of the hope and all of the life have been sucked right out of them. You can see it in the eyes of the people. The good times are gone permanently and they know it. Unfortunately, the remainder of the country will soon be experiencing the despair that those communities are feeling.

The following are 12 hellholes that are examples of what the rest of America will look like soon….

#1 Gary, Indiana

Gary, Indiana was once a great industrial city.

Today, it is one of the ten most dangerous cities in America, and the population has fallen by about 50 percent.

The following is from a recent Daily Mail article….

Frequently rated one of the ten most dangerous cities in the United States, Gary once boomed with jobs and opportunities but now faces the acute difficulties of America’s growing rust belt, with 22 percent of families in the once-great city now lying below the poverty line.

This modern American ghost town began life as home for workers at the United States Steel Corporation plant until economic competition from abroad forced a 90 percent job cut.

It is hard to describe what is happening to Gary without using the word “depressing”. You can watch a great video that shows what Gary, Indiana looks like these days right here.

This is what happens when industry leaves and there are no jobs. Gary has become a wasteland and there is essentially no hope for a turnaround.

The following is how James Kunstler described what he experienced when he traveled through Gary, Indiana recently….

Between the ghostly remnants of factories stood a score of small cities and neighborhoods where the immigrants settled five generations ago. A lot of it was foreclosed and shuttered. They were places of such stunning, relentless dreariness that you felt depressed just imagining how depressed the remaining denizens of these endless blocks of run-down shoebox houses must feel. Judging from the frequency of taquerias in the 1950s-vintage strip-malls, one inferred that the old Eastern European population had been lately supplanted by a new wave of Mexicans. They had inherited an infrastructure for daily life that was utterly devoid of conscious artistry when it was new, and now had the special patina of supernatural rot over it that only comes from materials not found in nature disintegrating in surprising and unexpected ways, sometimes even sublimely, like the sheen of an oil slick on water at a certain angle to the sun. There was a Chernobyl-like grandeur to it, as of the longed-for end of something enormous that hadn’t worked out well.

Sadly, Gary is far from alone. There are a whole host of other formerly great U.S. cities that are degenerating into hellholes as well.

#2 Chicago, Illinois

There is something truly special about Chicago. Most of America loved the Bears of the Walter Payton era, the Bulls of the Michael Jordan era and the Cubs of the Ernie Banks era. Chicago is also known for great architecture and great pizza.

But these days “the windy city” is becoming known for other things.

The murder rate in Chicago is up 38 percent so far this year, and the recent spike in violence in the city has made national headlines.

As I noted the other day, there are only about 200 police officers in Chicago’s Gang Enforcement Unit to deal with an estimated 100,000 gang members.

That means that those officers are outnumbered 500 to 1, and more gang members pour into the city every single day.

The escalating violence in Chicago was detailed in a recent article in the Telegraph….

“This is a block-to-block war here, a different dynasty on every street,” said a dreadlocked young man heavily inked in gang tattoos who calls himself “Killer”.

“All the black brothers just want to get rich, but we got no jobs and no hope. We want the violence to stop but you ain’t safe if you ain’t got your pistol with you. Too many friends, too many men are being killed. We don’t even cry at funerals no -more. Nobody expects to live past 21 here.”

The victims and killers are mainly black males aged between 15 and 35, often with gang affiliations – but not exclusively. A seven-year-old girl, Heaven Sutton, was buried this month after being gunned down at her mother’s street sweet store. And last week, two girls aged 12 and 13 were shot and badly-wounded as they walked home from a newly-opened community centre.

If you are thinking of moving to Chicago, you might want to think again.

#3 Detroit, Michigan

I have written repeatedly about Detroit because it is a perfect example of what the rest of America is going to look like soon.

Once upon a time it was regarded as one of the top manufacturing cities the world had ever seen, but today it has become a total hellhole.

There are very few decent jobs available, poverty has exploded and crime is everywhere.

If you can believe it, 53.6% of all children in Detroit are living in poverty, and only 25 percent of all students in Detroit graduate from high school at this point.

And as I wrote about recently, justifiable homicide in Detroit increased by a whopping 79 percent during 2011, and the rate of self-defense killings in Detroit is now approximately 2200% above the national average.

Is it any wonder that you can still buy a house for $100 in some areas of Detroit?

The truth is that many areas of Detroit now resemble a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Perhaps that is why one team of investors actually wants to turn some of the worst areas of Detroit into a zombie theme park….

Derelict areas of Detroit face being taken over by hordes of ‘flesh and brain-eating zombies’ if an ambitious business plan takes off.

Entrepreneur Mark Siwak wants to create live-action terror theme park ‘Z World’ on Motor City’s run-down and abandoned streets.

Customers would pay to be chased by professional actors and try to seek shelter in ghostly homes, factories and businesses.

You can see some great video of the “ruins of Detroit” right here.

#4 Stockton, California

Stockton is one of the ten most dangerous cities in America and it recently made national headlines when it declared bankruptcy.

Unfortunately, as spending on law enforcement has declined it has given the criminals a lot more room to operate in Stockton. The following is from a recent Business Insider article….

The city has cut more than $90 million in spending over the past few years, specifically in its police department. The city has cut over one quarter of its police jobs, which has led to a “surge in murders,” and has created an “emboldened criminal element” in the city. According to police spokesman Joe Silva, the city has had 87 murders since the start of 2011, 29 of which have already occurred this year. In contrast, there were 35 murders in 2009 and 48 in 2010. With six months left in the year, there have already been more murders in the city since the start of 2011 than the two-year stretch of 2009-2010.

A while back in Stockton a billboard was put up with the following message: “Welcome to the 2nd most dangerous city in California. Stop laying off cops.”

#5 Flint, Michigan

Flint, Michigan is a city that Michael Moore has made famous. Flint once supported hordes of middle class workers thanks to a thriving auto industry, but today it is a just a rotting shell. It looks like a war went through it and nobody bothered to clean up the mess.

At this point, the murder rate in Flint, Michigan is worse than the murder rate in Baghdad. That is how nightmarish things have become in Flint.

The following is from an article in the New York Times….

It’s not that the cops here are scared; it’s just that they’re outmanned, outgunned and flat broke.

Flint is the birthplace of General Motors and the home of the U.A.W.’s first big strike. In case you didn’t know this, the words “Vehicle City” are spelled out on the archway spanning the Flint River.

But the name is a lie. Flint isn’t Vehicle City anymore. The Buick City complex is gone. The spark-plug plant is gone. Fisher Body is gone.

What Flint is now is one of America’s murder capitals. Last year in Flint, population 102,000, there were 66 documented murders. The murder rate here is worse than those in Newark and St. Louis and New Orleans. It’s even worse than Baghdad’s.

Politicians love to go to Flint and make speeches, but things never get any better. The following are comments that Joe Biden made about Flint, Michigan during a recent speech he gave to promote a jobs bill….

“In 2008, when Flint had 265 sworn officers on their police force, there were 35 murders and 91 rapes in this city. In 2010, when Flint had only 144 police officers, the murder rate climbed to 65 and rapes–just to pick two categories–climbed to 229. In 2011, you now only have 125 shields. God only knows what the numbers will be this year for Flint if we don’t rectify it.”

But don’t look down on Flint – these kinds of conditions are coming to where you live soon enough.

#6 West Philly

Did you know that 36.4% of all children that live in Philadelphia are living in poverty?

There are some sections of Philadelphia that are actually very nice, but there are others that look like society has forgotten about them for decades.

A recent article by Jim Quinn entitled “More Than 30 Blocks Of Grey And Decay” described the depressing conditions in West Philadelphia. Quinn refers to his drive through this area as “the 30 Blocks of Squalor”….

The real unemployment rate exceeds 50%, murder is the number one industry, with drugs a close second.

But it was not always this way. Once upon a time, West Philly was actually a thriving area and was full of middle class families.

So what happened?

That is a very good question.

According to Quinn, the physical decay in West Philly is matched by the social decay….

The once proud homes are in shambles. Bags of garbage dot the landscape. Most of the people who live here are parasites on society. Personal responsibility, work ethic, education and marriage are unknown concepts in this community. Even though more than 50% of the students in West Philly drop out of high school and the SAT scores of West Philly High students are lower than whale ****, the bankrupt school district spent $70 million to build a new high school/prison to babysit derelicts and future prison inmates. The windows do not have steel bars yet, as the architect was smart to put all windows at least eight feet above street level.

These days there is a lot of despair in “the city of brotherly love”. It is so sad to see what is happening to what once was such a proud city.

#7 Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland has always had a love/hate relationship with itself. Many who live there call it “the mistake by the lake”, but the truth is that it was once a truly great city.

Sadly, today it is symbol of what has gone wrong with America.

There has been a steady stream of businesses that have left Cleveland and today 52.6% of all children that live in Cleveland are living in poverty.

There are not enough good jobs in Cleveland anymore, and so there are not enough workers to buy the tens of thousands of homes that have been foreclosed or abandoned.

So what is being done with all of those empty homes?

Unfortunately, they are being torn down.

The following comes from a recent CBS News report by Scott Pelley….

Across America, recession-fueled foreclosures and plummeting home values have left countless properties abandoned and vulnerable to looting. As Scott Pelley reports, the problem has gotten so bad in Cleveland, Ohio, that county officials have demolished more than 1,000 homes this year – and plan to demolish 20,000 more – rather than let the blight spread and render nearby homes worthless.

Does that seem right to you?

Should Cleveland be destroying tens of thousands of homes that families could be using?

Something has gone very, very wrong in this country.

#8 Camden, New Jersey

If you want to see what a hellhole looks like just visit Camden, New Jersey.

Although you will probably want to take an armed escort with you.

As industry has abandoned Camden, the gangs have basically taken over. The “growth industries” in Camden these days are drug dealing and prostitution.

In an article entitled “City of Ruins”, reporter Chris Hedges described what life is like in Camden at this point….

There are perhaps a hundred open-air drug markets, most run by gangs like the Bloods, the Latin Kings, Los Nietos and MS-13. Knots of young men in black leather jackets and baggy sweatshirts sell weed and crack to clients, many of whom drive in from the suburbs. The drug trade is one of the city’s few thriving businesses. A weapon, police say, is never more than a few feet away, usually stashed behind a trash can, in the grass or on a porch.

Not that other cities in New Jersey are shining examples for the rest of the world either.

For example, if you want to get really depressed just drive through the bad parts of Newark some time.

#9 St. Louis, Missouri

According to U.S. News and World Report, the most dangerous city in the United States is St. Louis.

If you have a death wish, just wander around the streets of East St. Louis at night.

There is a decent chance that someone will shoot you.

Things were not always this way in St. Louis. But today things have gotten so bad that you can find packs of wild dogs roaming the city digging through trash and threatening children.

The following is from a report by the local CBS affiliate in St. Louis….

…Lewis Reed is sounding the alarm. “I’ve witnessed packs of dogs, 10 and 15 dogs running together, and I’ve seen all these dogs I’m talking about they don’t have collars, they don’t have tags, these are truly wild dogs,” he said.

Reed says stray dogs are terrorizing the north side. “It’s obscene that parents have to walk their kids to school, in some parts of the city, with a golf club to fend off wild dogs.”

This kind of thing is actually happening in America?

#10 New Orleans, Louisiana

The problems that New Orleans has experienced have been well documented.

But unlike most of the cities listed above, at least New Orleans has an excuse. New Orleans permanently lost 29% of its population after Hurricane Katrina, and large sections of the city were essentially destroyed by that storm.

Even today, there are still some areas of New Orleans that look as if they have just been bombed.

It has been estimated that about 20 percent of the homes in New Orleans are still standing vacant, and poverty is rampant. New Orleans will probably never fully recover to the level it was at before Hurricane Katrina hit.

#11 Oakland, California

Oakland has always been in the shadow of San Francisco, and the contrast between the two cities continues to grow.

Oakland has always been considered one of the more dangerous cities in America, and this year crime rates in Oakland are rising rapidly. The following is from a recent article in the New York Times….

At the beginning of April, murders in Oakland were up 26 percent over a year ago, rapes were up 41 percent, and robberies were up 35 percent.

When Chief Batts arrived as a “change agent” in 2009, the police department employed 837 officers. It now has 635. The department no longer responds to burglaries that are not still in progress, and frequently does not respond to other calls for help.

So if your house has been robbed and the burglars are gone what are you supposed to do?

Due to a crippling lack of resources, the previous police chief decided that his department would no longer be able to respond to all crimes.

The following is a partial list of the crimes that police in Oakland are no longer likely to respond to….

burglary
theft
embezzlement
grand theft
grand theft: dog
identity theft
false information to peace officer
required to register as sex or arson offender
dump waste or offensive matter
loud music
possess forged notes
pass fictitious check
obtain money by false voucher
fraudulent use of access cards
stolen license plate
embezzlement by an employee
extortion
attempted extortion
false personification of other
injure telephone/power line
interfere with power line
unauthorized cable tv connection
vandalism
So what do you do if you are a victim of one of those crimes in Oakland?

That is a very good question.

#12 Baltimore, Maryland

If you can believe it, Baltimore was actually once a great city.

But today it has become a crime-ridden, drug-infested hellhole.

I used to drive up to Baltimore all the time. It truly is a “blue collar” city. There are a lot of really hard working people there.

Unfortunately, there are not nearly enough jobs for everyone and a lot of people have turned to drugs and crime.

There are some areas of Baltimore that you really should never enter by yourself. If you do go into them, you might not make it back out.

There was one incident in Baltimore earlier this year that was particularly disturbing.

One poor young man had gotten drunk and was apparently wandering around all by himself. Some thugs approached him and they clearly sensed that he was vulnerable. So they knocked him to the ground, stripped him of his car keys, his watch, his money, his cell phone and his clothes.

A crowd gathered around to watch, and instead of helping the man, several of them got out their cell phones and laughed hysterically while they recorded the incident with their cell phone cameras for YouTube.

What made all of this even sadder is that this happened right in front of a Baltimore courthouse.

What in the world has happened to this nation?

All of us that still love this country should be deeply saddened by everything above.

America is rotting from the inside out, and if we are ever going to find any solutions we need to start admitting how bad things have really become.

The truth is that our problems are not limited to one political party, one special interest group or to one region of the country. The social decay that is plaguing America can literally be found everywhere.

For much more on this, please see the following four articles….

1) “25 Signs The Collapse Of America Is Speeding Up As Society Rots From The Inside Out”

2) “70 Reasons To Mourn For America”

3) “20 Signs That Society Is Breaking Down And That America Has Been Overrun By Psychos”

4) “12 Factors That Are Turning The Streets Of America Into A Living Hell”

So don’t laugh at Detroit or Cleveland or St. Louis.

The rest of the country is declining too.

If the city where you live is not a hellhole already, it will be soon enough.Source

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