Obama’s “Peace Prize” Speech Included A Clear Warning To Secessionist Movements

December 21, 2009

Here is an excerpt from Obama’s Nobel acceptance speech earlier this month.  His mention of secessionist movements is NO accident and his dictatorial message is clear:

“Moreover, wars between nations have increasingly given way to wars within nations.  The resurgence of ethnic or sectarian conflicts; the growth of secessionist movements, insurgencies, and failed states; have increasingly trapped civilians in unending chaos.  In today’s wars, many more civilians are killed than soldiers; the seeds of future conflict are sewn, economies are wrecked, civil societies torn asunder, refugees amassed, and children scarred.

I do not bring with me today a definitive solution to the problems of war.  What I do know is that meeting these challenges will require the same vision, hard work, and persistence of those men and women who acted so boldly decades ago.  And it will require us to think in new ways about the notions of just war and the imperatives of a just peace.

We must begin by acknowledging the hard truth that we will not eradicate violent conflict in our lifetimes.  There will be times when nations – acting individually or in concert – will find the use of force not only necessary but morally justified.”

A response on this speech from DumpDC  says it best:

It is not any secessionist movements anywhere on this globe that have trapped civilians in unending chaos.  That is entirely the purview of the nation-state.  Confiscatory taxation, unending regulation of every facet of human life, and the destruction of our economic system and currency through central planning is the source of unending chaos, both at home and abroad.


Awesome Business Sign… From Texas, Of Course

December 21, 2009

Hat tip: Moonbattery.

Vital Question For 2010: How Many Obama Voters Will Comprehend Their Error And Try To Correct It?

December 21, 2009

There was a recent colum in the Washington Post, written by a man who now deeply regrets having voted for Obama after being fooled last November in what he calls a “sly bait-and-switch operation”.  He writes of his fear that we are losing “the heart and soul that made America unique in human history.”  Welcome new friend, to the side of the enlightened, where the more knowledgable you are about politics and history, the more anxiety-filled your life becomes. 

Ignorance, as they say, is bliss.  And right now, there is still a sizable percentage of the population that happily welcomes the socialist nightmare that is Obama’s America.  Logic tells us that every day brings more and more “awakenings” as Liberals are accidentally exposed to the truth while flipping the radio station or being forced to watch Fox News on the community TV as they run on the treadmill at their local gym.  But will we get enough of these “converts” in time?        

Will enough of them join with us in the 2010 elections to affect the drastic representative change that would be required to even halt, much less reverse the destruction of this once-great country?  That is the big question for the coming year.

Watermelon Environmentalists: Green On The Outside, Red On The Inside

December 21, 2009

Jonah Golberg notes in his latest column how the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference reminded us that environmentalism continues to serve as a cover for radical communist agendas…

Bolivian president Evo Morales was interviewed by Al Jazeera television while in Copenhagen.  “The principal obstacle to combating climate change is capitalism,” he explained.  “Until we put an end to capitalism, it will continue to be a big obstacle for life and humanity.”

Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe proclaimed in a speech: “When these capitalist gods of carbon burp and belch their dangerous emissions, it’s we, the lesser mortals of the developing sphere, who gasp and sink and eventually die.”

Right.  That is, unless Mugabe kills them first.

The big name in the anti-capitalism club was, of course, Hugo Chávez, the Venezuelan national-socialist strongman.  In a typical stem-winder, he belched: “Capitalism is a destructive model that is eradicating life, that threatens to put a definitive end to the human species.”

I don’t know how to say “chutzpah” in Spanish, but you’ve got to hand it to the leader of the world’s No. 5 supplier of oil for bemoaning the system that keeps his regime afloat by buying his product...

The simple truth is that hostility to freedom (i.e., economic liberty and political democracy) and fondness for non-democratic statism suffuses much of the environmental movement…New York Times’s Thomas Friedman consistently writes of his confessed envy for China’s authoritarian regime…

Diane Francis, a ballyhooed Canadian pundit…wrote that the “‘inconvenient truth’ overhanging the U.N.’s Copenhagen conference is not that the climate is warming or cooling, but that humans are overpopulating the world.”  She insists that “the only way to reverse the disastrous global birthrate” is to implement a “planetary law, such as China’s one-child policy.”

Population control has always been at the heart of the progressive project, so it’s no surprise that it’s in fashion once again…

But Francis’s argument is also stunningly stupid, as are virtually all of the complaints about capitalism being the root of the problem.

The historical record is clear: Democratic free-market nations are better at protecting their environments than statist regimes for the simple reason that they can afford to.  West Germany’s environment was far cleaner than East Germany’s.  I’d much sooner drink the tap water in South Korea than North Korea.

Mugabe rails against capitalism as if he has a better idea of how to run things.  That’s almost funny given that Mugabe has destroyed what was once a great cause for hope in Africa, in large part by abandoning capitalism and democracy.  Zimbabwe now has the highest inflation rate in the world and one of the lowest life expectancies.  Let’s hope nobody was taking notes when he was giving out advice.

Moreover, capitalism, and the wealth it creates, is the best means of bending down the population curve.  Don’t take my word for it.  The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change acknowledges that “affluence is correlated with long life and small families” and that growing prosperity will cause world population to decline even further.

Want to know the best way to heal the planet?  Create more rich countries.  Want to know the best way to hurt the planet?  Throw a wet blanket on economic growth.

The Ever-Glorious Ann Coulter On The Coming Health Care Debacle

December 21, 2009

From Coulter’s latest column (emphasis mine):

The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof recently wrote a column about John Brodniak of Oregon, who developed a cavernous hemangioma, causing him great pain as blood leaks into his brain.

According to Kristof, Brodniak can’t get medical help because we don’t have universal health care.  Senators who vote against ObamaCare, Kristof said, are morally equivalent to someone who would walk past a man “writhing in pain on the sidewalk.”

In another article in the Times, William Yardley wrote about Melvin Tsosies — also of Oregon — who ended up with $200,000 in medical bills after having a heart attack.

As of March 2008, Yardley reported, Tsosies was waiting to find out if he would win the Oregon lottery for health insurance.  But with 600,000 uninsured state residents and a “universal” health care program with only enough money to pay for about 24,000 of them, Tsosies is more likely to win a Powerball lottery.

How can this be happening?  Oregon already has “universal health care”!…  the Times neglects to mention its own erstwhile enthusiasm for Oregon’s universal health care plan, introduced back in 1990.  Back then, the Times published an editorial titled “Oregon’s Brave Medical Experiment,” hailing this technocratic monstrosity as an example of “hardheaded compassion” designed to make “health coverage available to many more families.”

Ron Wyden — then a congressman from Oregon, now a U.S. senator at the forefront of pushing “universal health care” onto the nation — said: “This is a strong dramatic step toward universal access of health care.”  He predicted, “this is going to be copied everywhere.”

No wonder Wyden is such an ardent proponent of national health care — it will force states that didn’t adopt these idiotic universal health care schemes to bail out the ones that did.

Liberals cite medical horror stories from the very states they once cheered for enacting universal health care in order to argue for a national health care plan that will wreck the entire nation’s medical care the same way liberal states already wrecked their own medical care.

Only Democrats could propose fixing one Bernie Madoff-style scam with an even bigger Bernie Madoff-style scam.

Maybe when national universal health care fails, we’ll be able to go international.  Then interplanetary — then interstellar!  Why should I pay for my gall bladder surgery when some Venusian could?

Eighty-five percent of Americans are happy with their health care, but Democrats have a plan to make it worse for more money.  As a bonus, national health care will add trillions of dollars to the national debt, and your insurance rates will skyrocket.

Democrats are being utterly disingenuous to say that you won’t have to leave your current plan under national health care.  Maybe, but it won’t be your choice: Your employer will be making that decision for you.

Recall that one of the big selling points of national health care is that it is supposed to reduce costs for American businesses.  The only way national health care will make American companies “more competitive” is if they dump their employees into the public health care system.

It’s so weird!  We expected X number of people to show up for health care and instead 75X showed up!  Yeah, just like every other government program in the history of the world.

Ten years from now, we’ll be talking about cost overruns of $6 trillion — but by then, national health care will be an untouchable “third rail” of politics, just as Medicare is now.  (Ironically, injuries sustained from actually touching the third rail won’t be covered under ObamaCare.)

As with Medicare, voters will be terrified to go back to even the wisp of a free market system we have now, afraid that they’ll never be able to get health insurance without the government providing it…

In addition to forcing Americans into dealing with surly government workers in order to obtain medical care, sooner or later, there’s no free lunch…

Even if national health care puts the screws to doctors and pharmaceutical companies by reimbursing them below cost — so all future doctors will soon resemble DMV employees and no new drugs will ever be invented — the government is still going to have to cut services and pay for the system with massive tax hikes.

Which is exactly what happened with Oregon’s “Brave Medical Experiment.”

Chinese To Americans: “Hey Assholes, The World Cannot Afford Your Spending”

December 21, 2009

From the Shanghai Daily:

It getting harder for governments to buy United States Treasuries because the US’s shrinking current-account gap is reducing supply of dollars overseas, a Chinese central bank official said yesterday…

Zhu Min, deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China, … in a discussion on the global role of the dollar, told an academic audience that it was inevitable that the dollar would continue to fall in value because Washington continued to issue more Treasuries to finance its deficit spending.

He then addressed where demand for that debt would come from.  “The United States cannot force foreign governments to increase their holdings of Treasuries,” …

There’ll Be Nowhere To Run From The New World Government

December 21, 2009

HERE is an interesting column from the UK Telegraph on the popular “global government” collectivist agenda.