Archive for the 'Governing' Category

Why ‘Moderate Islam’ is an Oxymoron

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

by Raymond Ibrahim*

At a time when terrorism committed in the name of Islam is rampant, we are continuously being assured—especially by three major institutions that play a dominant role in forming the Western mindset, namely, mainstream media, academia, and government—that the sort of Islam embraced by “radicals,” “jihadis,” and so forth, has nothing to do with “real” Islam.

“True” Islam, so the narrative goes, is intrinsically free of anything “bad.” It’s the nut-jobs who hijack it for their own agenda that are to blame.

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All ‘gun control’ legislation defeated in the 2014 New Mexico Legislative Session

Friday, February 21st, 2014

By Andrew L. Jaffee, Publisher

New Mexico’s 2014 state legislative session ended yesterday and all “gun control” measures introduced during session died thanks to grassroots opposition.

HB 44 – FIREARM TRANSFER ACT, HR 3 – PROHIBIT FIREARMS IN HOUSE, and SR 1 – PROHIBIT FIREARMS IN SENATE all were stopped cold during this session. Thanks to all the good people who voiced their opposition to these measures by visiting their representatives, emailing them (26,913 emails sent just using our page), faxing them, calling them… They lobbied the governor’s office intensively. There’s so many people to thank, like the New Mexico Gun Owners Association (NMGOA), the Del Norte Gun Club, and the New Mexico Conservatives for Freedom, that it would take pages to praise everyone’s efforts. Thanks to Governor Susana Martinez (R) for concentrating on the budget and not calling HB 44. Thanks to representatives like Yvette Herrell (R) who took a firm and vocal stand against the 2014 “gun control” measures.

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Local police departments getting military-grade equipment

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

There is a disturbing trend in what I had assumed to be the “home of the brave; land of the free:” The federal government is distributing military-grade equipment to state and local law enforcement across the country. It seems that many in government and law enforcement have started to see their own countrymen as a threat. President Obama hasn’t helped the situation by pushing gun control, using the NSA to spy on his own citizens, using the IRS to persecute his political opponents, supporting terrorist groups in the Middle East, having an attorney general who “use[d] Trayvon Martin to attack the 2nd Amendment,” … Should I go on? From Fox News:

From war zones to city streets, some military vehicles are getting a new life — and not everyone is happy about the recycling.

The Defense Department recently announced it would be giving domestic law enforcement forces hulking vehicles designed to efficiently maneuver in a war zone for use in thwarting any potential high-scale activity. …

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Six enrollments by second day after Obamacare rolled out

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

A CBS Evening News headline story on October 31 read:

Obamacare enrollments got off to very slow start, documents show

My, what a glaring… er, ah… debacle. The LA Times, another cog in the mainstream media’s (MSM’s) machine, along with CBS, read:

… Thousands of Californians are discovering what Obamacare will cost them — and many don’t like what they see.

These middle-class consumers are staring at hefty increases on their insurance bills as the overhaul remakes the healthcare market. Their rates are rising in large part to help offset the higher costs of covering sicker, poorer people who have been shut out of the system for years.

Although recent criticism of the healthcare law has focused on website glitches and early enrollment snags, experts say sharp price increases for individual policies have the greatest potential to erode public support for President Obama‘s signature legislation. …

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Constitutional amendment to remedy the “Do As I Say (Not As I Do)” syndrome?

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

By Andrew L. Jaffee, Captain
New Mexico Conservatives for Freedom
Restoring America Together

Americans have gotten used to, and quite fed up with, many of our elitist politicians who “Do As I Say (Not As I Do).” Isn’t it about time that all Americans live as equals? Have we fought so many great battles — the Revolution, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Civil Rights Movement — just to end up with elitist politicians pushing us around, not caring about what we who pay for their cushy jobs believe in? One of our politicians, Rand Paul, is demanding that Americans do live as equals. Now the question is: Can we get enough people in the U.S. together to start the ball rolling to propose Paul’s amendment to the United States Constitution as described in Article Five? (Click here for the process by which we amend our constitution.)

Oct 21, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Rand Paul last week introduced S.J. Res. 25, a Constitutional amendment that would hold government officials to the same standard as the American people. The amendment states that “Congress shall make no law applicable to a citizen of the United States that is not equally applicable to Congress.” The amendment also contains two provisions that apply that same principle to the Executive Branch and Judicial Branch of the federal government. The amendment text can be found below:

S.J.RES.25

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to applying laws equally to the citizens of the United States and the Federal Government. (Introduced in Senate – IS)

SJ 25 IS

113th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. J. RES. 25

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to applying laws equally to the citizens of the United States and the Federal Government.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

October 11, 2013

Mr. PAUL introduced the following joint resolution; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

JOINT RESOLUTION

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to applying laws equally to the citizens of the United States and the Federal Government.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States:

‘Article–

‘Section 1. Congress shall make no law applicable to a citizen of the United States that is not equally applicable to Congress.

‘Section 2. Congress shall make no law applicable to a citizen of the United States that is not equally applicable to the executive branch of Government, including the President, Vice President, ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, and all other officers of the United States, including those provided for under this Constitution and by law, and inferior officers to the President established by law.

‘Section 3. Congress shall make no law applicable to a citizen of the United States that is not equally applicable to judges of the Supreme Court of the United States, including the Chief Justice, and judges of such inferior courts as Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.

‘Section 4. Nothing in this article shall preempt any specific provision of this Constitution.’

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Immigration Policy Decision-Making by Insulated Decision-Makers

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

By David North, CIS.org

The elite establishmentarians who make immigration policy — senators, foundation heads, ranking federal officials, corporate CEOs, and their ilk — are totally out of touch with the mass of Americans who are impacted by those policy decisions. And the former’s mas-migration decisions reflect this.

The policymakers’ kids and grandkids, of course, do not compete with international migrants for jobs at the bottom of the labor market. Likewise, the policymakers typically do not experience first-hand the impacts of over-population by, say, riding the New York subways.

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The ultimate toolkit for defunding Obamacare

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Please act now using the three tools on this page to stop Obamacare. If you want some background, please click here. PLEASE SCROLL TO THE END OF THIS PAGE TO SEE ALL THREE AVAILABLE TOOLS.

  1. Take 20 seconds to fill in your first name, last name, and email address; click one button; and join almost 1 MILLION Americans in signing a petition that urges all members of the House and Senate to defund and stop Obamacare. After signing the petition you’ll need to watch for a confirmation email. Click the link in this email to confirm your signature of the petition.
  2. Take one minute to send a message to your House representative urging him/her to support H.R. 2682, The Defund Obamacare Act of 2013, sponsored by Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA). I’ve put together optional sample text to include in your letter; click here to review, edit and copy the sample letter. After sending your message you’ll need to watch for a confirmation email. Click the link in this email to confirm your message.
  3. Take one minute to send a message to your Senators urging them support S. 1292, The Defund Obamacare Act of 2013, sponsored by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). I’ve put together optional sample text to include in your letter; click here to review, edit and copy the sample letter. After sending your message you’ll need to watch for a confirmation email. Click the link in this email to confirm your message.

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Obama’s Foreign Fiasco

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

by Daniel Pipes*

It’s a privilege to be an American who works on foreign policy, as I have done since the late 1970s, participating in a small way in the grand project of finding my country’s place in the world. But now, under Barack Obama, decisions made in Washington have dramatically shrunk in importance. It’s unsettling and dismaying. And no longer a privilege.

Whether during the structured Cold War or the chaotic two decades that followed, America’s economic size, technological edge, military prowess, and basic decency meant that even in its inactivity, the U.S. government counted as much or more in world developments than any other state. Sniffles in Washington translated into influenza elsewhere.

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Four Levels of Immorality Within the Illegal Immigration Business

Monday, August 12th, 2013

By David North, CIS.org

The grim story of some illegal aliens being forced out of a ship onto a booby-trapped desert island reminded me that there are different levels of immoral conduct in the illegal alien business — I will get back to the island later.

Everyone involved in illegal immigration is, of course, playing a harmful role to the host society, but some of the players are even more unattractive than others. And some classes of players are much more numerous than others.

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Second Amendment Supporters’ Toolkit

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

This article contains all the tools you need to protect the right to bear arms. Even though gun ownership is protected by the Second Amendment of our great Constitution, gun owners are continually besieged by those looking to dis-empower good American citizens. As gun owners, we must be ever vigilant, constantly reminding our elected representatives that our Constitution guarantees our right to bear arms — and guarantees our right to choose the firearms and accessories we deem necessary to defend ourselves, defend our democratic way of life, and defend our right to use firearms for sport, collecting, and hobby. The only way for us to protect the Second Amendment is to be engaged in our nation’s democratic process. We must be well-educated in the legal history of American gun ownership — like the unabashed support our Founding Fathers held for gun rights. We must stay up-to-date on current proposed legislation affecting gun ownership. We must contact our elected representatives regarding specific legislation. We must also occasionally remind our representatives of their sworn duty to uphold the Constitution. Finally, we must support and vote for candidates or existing representatives who have a proven track-record of upholding Second Amendment rights. Use the links below to get and stay active in protecting the right to bear arms — you’d be surprised how effective you can be by becoming a grassroots activist:

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Egypt after Morsi: Joy and Worry

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

by Daniel Pipes*

The overthrow of Mohamed Morsi in Egypt delights and worries me.

Delight is easy to explain. What appears to have been the largest political demonstration in history uprooted the arrogant Islamists of Egypt who ruled with near-total disregard for anything other than consolidating their own power. Islamism, the drive to apply a medieval Islamic law and the only vibrant radical utopian movement in the world today, experienced an unprecedented repudiation. Egyptians showed an inspiring spirit.

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Tell your senators to vote NO on immigration amnesty bill S.744!

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

PLEASE ACT NOW! using the links below as the Senate is voting on the immigration amnesty bill, possibly the most wide-ranging piece of nonsensical legislation proposed in decades. The bill puts amnesty first and border security last (if ever). Tell your senators to vote NO on S.744! It will just take you a couple of minutes. (For information to present to your senators, see below.)

Senate Bill S. 744 is a piece of legislation that will destroy the American dream. Among its many heinous provisions are that it will grant amnesty to 11 – 20 million illegal immigrants, grant amnesty to “employers found to have employed illegal aliens or who are currently employing illegal aliens,” cost American taxpayers $6.3 trillion when our country is already drowning in debt and unemployment is high, take away jobs from Americans already struggling to find work or who are under-employed… This piece of legislation has been cobbled together using the old smoky backroom deal-making tactic. The devastating impact of S. 744 is summarized here, here, here, and here. You can use these links to learn about the immigration amnesty bill, find out why you must oppose it, and arm yourself with facts to present to your elected representatives when contacting them. PLEASE ACT NOW!


Power and Rice: A recipe for more global leftism and jihad, more state control and fewer freedoms

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

By Gary Gerofsky

This past week U.S. President Obama made Susan Rice his new National Security Adviser and Samantha Power his ambassador to the UN. Both women have the kind of credentials, loyalty and temperament that Obama needs to go full steam ahead on his second term agenda which includes the Obamification of the world, further apologizing for America, weakening the U.S. at every opportunity and saying “sorry” by supporting the most dangerous players on the world stage. The President is effectively giving up America’s position as defender of freedom and promoter of democracy and Judeo-Christian values. The Pax Americana era has long since disappeared. The safety derived from strength has disappeared. A state of vulnerability has resulted from political correctness and contrived shame that Obama conveys as a mea culpa for the U.S. having once been a dominant nation.

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Make Room for Islamistgate: The Obama Administration’s New Scandal

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

By Barry Rubin

Up to now the Obama Administration has faced three big scandals — the IRS, the bugging of AP and Fox, and Benghazi. And now here is scandal Number 4:

For the last four years the Obama Administration has conducted a major “outreach” program to Islamic groups in the United States and in the Middle East. Patrick Poole has been investigating this project and in a comprehensive article now presents the full scoop and scope of what’s been going on. His article, “Blind to Terror: The U.S. Government’s Disastrous Muslim Outreach Efforts and the Impact on U.S. Policy” in the new, summer, issue of MERIA Journal is a game-changer.

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ACT NOW to Oppose the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

Friday, May 31st, 2013

We already full-well know that President Obama has tried to severely restrict Americans’ constitutional right to bear arms. Not only has he been pushing gun control at the national level, but he has also been working at the international level. On June 3, Obama plans to sign the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). He aims to cede American sovereignty to the corrupt United Nations, made up of many countries openly hostile to the U.S. How would you like your Second Amendment rights to be dependent on the likes of Venezuela or Iran? YOU CAN ACT NOW TO STOP OBAMA’S ATTACK ON THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS BY CLICKING HERE. The treaty is already opposed by Senate Republicans and some Democratic senators.

This arms treaty attacks the very heart of the freedoms granted Americans by the Second Amendment, according to the National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR):

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