"They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security."
It is now official. A majority of Americans are willing to give up liberty in order to be safer from terrorism. A stunning new McClatchy-Ipsos poll has found that 51 percent of Americans agree with this statement: "it is necessary to give up some civil liberties in order to make the country safe from terrorism."
Only 36 percent of those polled agreed with this statement: "some of the government's proposals will go too far in restricting the public's civil liberties."
So are Americans really this stupid?
Have they really been brainwashed into willingly giving up their essential liberties just so they can feel a little safer?
Maybe they have.
After all, a new USA TODAY/Gallup poll says that 78 percent of Americans approve of the new full body scanners that the U.S. government wants to install in all U.S. airports.
So almost 4 out of 5 Americans are perfectly fine (Read More....)
The Obama administration has decided that Barack Obama can break any law he signs if Obama decides that the law in not constitutional and that he can do this whenever he wants and that he does not even have to tell anyone what he is doing. Seriously. At least George W. Bush informed that American people that he intended to break the laws that he was signing by including a "signing statement" when he objected to something in a bill. As bad and as unconstitutional as that was, now the Obama administration is taking things to a whole new level by saying that even if Barack Obama signs a bill into law, the Obama administration can still break any law in that bill if the Obama administration decides that it is an "unconstitutional" limit on Obama's power.
In essence this bring the United States even closer to a dictatorship.
If the president has the ultimate power to decide what is and what is not constitutional, and if the president also has the power to break any laws that he does not feel are constitutional, then the reality is that there are very few limits on his power. The only limit is essentially how big of an imagination he has.
While Bush was in office, he challenged about 1,200 sections of bills, and Barack Obama continued this "signing statement" pattern during his first few months.
However, Obama has not issued a signing statement since last summer. Last June, Obama issued a (Read More....)
Most Americans who support the health care reform bills currently being rammed through Congress believe that this process will result in Americans receiving universal health care that is cheaper, more efficient and that gives all of us more choices. But that is not the case at all. Rather, Americans will soon have much fewer health choices which are much less efficient and for which they will end up paying much more for. In fact, there are a ton of really nasty surprises for the American people in the health care reform bill. The following are 10 of the nastiest of the surprises....
#1) All Americans will be forced to buy health insurance. If you don't like the new system, that is too bad for you. If you don't pay up, you will be heavily fined and you could ultimately end up in prison. There will simply be no escape from participating in this health care system until you die.
#2) Americans will have basically two places from which to get health coverage - either their workplaces or from "insurance exchanges" set up by the government. If you are not employed, you will have one choice.
#3) Americans will have much fewer health plan choices under the new system. The new "insurance exchanges" that the government is (Read More....)
Most Americans seem to think that the world leaders gathered at the U.N. Copenhagen climate change summit are simply discussing ways to help improve the environment. Unfortunately that is not anywhere close to the truth. The draft of the Copenhagen climate change treaty now circulating would represent a giant step towards a "world government", it would establish brutal new world taxes which would transfer massive amounts of wealth from the United States to other nations, and it would create 700 new bureaucracies to enforce this new treaty. Not only that, but according to the provisions of the treaty, the United States would never be able to get out of it. The wording of the treaty makes it crystal clear that no future president, no future Congress and no future U.S. court would be able to extricate the United States from this horrific agreement.
An earlier version of the Copenhagen climate change treaty can be found here. However, the version of the treaty now being circulated in Copenhagen is not available to the public at this point.
Fortunately, there are some officials who have seen the latest version and who are willing to speak out. One of them is Lord Christopher Monckton - a former official in the Thatcher administration.
We already knew that the Copenhagen Treaty was (Read More....)
As world leaders prepare to converge on the U.N. climate change convention in Copenhagen next week, the belief in global warming and climate change is increasingly becoming less science and more religion. In fact, Al Gore himself, the one being called the "eco-prophet" and "the Moses of this generation" recently admitted as much. In his new book, "Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis", Gore focuses on the "spiritual side" of fighting global warming. As far as allowing the science to persuade people about the threat of global warming goes, Gore puts it very bluntly in his book: "Simply laying out the facts won't work." Why won't laying out the facts work? Well, the truth is that as Climategate has revealed, the science is not on the side of the global warming extremists, so blind faith must be called for.
For those not familiar with Climategate, essentially what happened is that hacked emails and documents from the University of East Anglia’s Hadley Climate Research Unit were posted on the Internet which prove that many of the key scientists involved in the theory of global warming conspired to falsify climate data in order to prop up the premise that mankind is causing climate change. A great summary of this unfolding scandal can be found here.
Why did they did those scientists have to falsify the (Read More....)
Consumer electronics retailer Best Buy has completely banned the words "Merry Christmas" from its advertising, but it apparently has absolutely no problem at all running a national ad which wishes their customers a "Happy Eid al-Adha" - an important Muslim holiday. A full size picture of this stunning advertisement is posted below. The message wishing their customers a "Happy Eid al-Adha" is circled in red in the lower left hand corner. This advertising circular was reportedly included in Sunday newspapers throughout the United States - including the Seattle Times. This truth is that Best Buy has been caught red-handed in a blatant form of politically-correct hypocrisy.
So just what is Eid al-Adha?
Well, Wikipedia defines the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha in this manner....
"Festival of Sacrifice" or "Greater Eid" is a holiday celebrated by Muslims (including the Druze) worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismael as an act of obedience to God.
So Best Buy has no problem openly wish Muslims a Happy Eid al-Adha when they have been at the forefront of the war on Christmas?
If you will recall, way back in 2006, (Read More....)
In what would be perhaps the stupidest in a long series of stupid foreign policy decisions, Barack Obama is reportedly ready to support a proposed U.N. resolution unilaterally declaring the creation of a Palestinian State. Such a decision would likely be the most anti-Israel move that a U.S. government has ever made, and it would do fundamental damage to the friendship between the United States and Israel. The proposed U.N. resolution would have the Palestinians declare a state that would claim sovereignty over virtually all territory that Israel did not control prior to 1967. If the resolution is adopted by the U.N., that would mean that Israel would be forced to "retreat" from the West Bank and from eastern Jerusalem - all without Israel ever being included in any negotiations. Needless to say, the truth is that this is a really, really, really bad idea.
WorldNetDaily is reporting that Ahmed Qurei, a former PA prime minister and member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization executive committee, recently said that the PA has "reached an understanding with important elements within the administration" to support a U.N. resolution unilaterally declaring the creation of a Palestinian State.
So what does Israel think about all of this?
Well, WorldNetDaily (Read More....)