Monday, August 15, 2016

“…A long train of abuses and usurpations….”

Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence, in detailing the numerous charges against King George III, that “…mankind are disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Jefferson, the Judge

Does this not describe the administration of Barack Obama? His eight-year tenure in the White House has been nothing less than a “train of abuses and usurpations,” abuses of the office of president and usurpations of Congressional authority. His “Object” has always been to reduce Americans under absolute Despotism. 

In 1920, H.L. Mencken made some observations that have proven to be prescient and not altogether irrelevant to the character of today’s Social Justice Warriors, aspiring collectivists, and nation transformers:

“No doubt my distaste for democracy as a political theory is…a defect that is a good deal less in the theory than in myself.  In this case it is very probably my incapacity for envy….The fact that John D. Rockefeller had more money than I have is as uninteresting to me as the fact that he believed in total immersion and wore detachable cuffs.

“Thus I am never envious, and so it is impossible for me to feel any sympathy for men who are. Per corollary, it is impossible for me to get any glow out of such hallucinations as democracy and Puritanism, for if you pump envy out of them you empty them of their life blood: they are all immovably grounded upon the inferior man’s hatred of the man who is having a better time. There is only one honest impulse at the bottom of Puritanism, and the impulse is to punish the man  with a superior capacity for happiness – to bring him down  to the miserable level of the ‘good’ men, i.e., of stupid, cowardly and chronically unhappy men. And there is only one sound argument for democracy, that it is a crime for any man to hold himself out as better than other men…and the most heinous offense for him is to prove it.

“…Such an attitude is palpably impossible to a democrat. His distinguishing mark is the fact that he always attacks his opponents, not just with open arms, but also with snorts and objurations – that he is always filled with moral indignation – that he is incapable of imagining honor in an antagonist, and hence incapable of it himself….”*

 One hundred and forty years separate Jefferson’s words and Mencken’s (his article “A Blind Spot”). The Founders abhorred democracy, which they regarded as mob rule as an overture to tyranny by the mob leader (Shall we call him a mobster? Or her?). Mencken more than Jefferson tagged democrats and Puritans as moved by envy and malice. Everywhere we look today in the news, we see envy and malice at work. The MSM is rotten with snorts against Donald Trump, “Islamophobes,” and anyone who “didn’t build that” or is dripping with “White privilege”; fork-tongued “moderate” Muslims inveigh with CAIR against American dress codes and work standards and drag hapless employers to court, where they have a fifty-fifty chance of having their codes and standards excoriated, in the name of “civil rights,” by an ignorant, pliant justice who knows little about Islam or about leading a productive life in truly gainful employment. Islam, after all, is not only an ideology that nurtures crime (it’s in Mohammad’s theological and political DNA, there’s no altering that fact), but promotes among its flocks cowardice and acquiescence among most adult Muslims, and in young Muslims the mobster mentality. 

Envy and malice are the leitmotif of Obama’s whole time in the White House. Let us draw up and itemize his “rap sheet.”

Ø  We learn that as part of Obama’s grand design to “transform” America that aside from sanctioning the importation (not “immigration”) of thousands of ideologically hostile Syrian “refugees” into the country (most of whom will be just Muslim ballast while raising future anti-American jihadists), that he has released some 86,000 criminal aliens to rob, rape, and pray on the general population.
Ø  He has Okayed the invasion of thousands of Muslims into a wide range of American towns and cities.

More than 600,000 immigrants with official refugee status have been resettled in the U.S. since 2008.  (That’s just the designated “refugees,” and does not include other legal immigrants and illegal migrants.  The U.S. has admitted a total of over 6.3 million immigrants for legal permanent residence since 2008, of which the refugees represent roughly 10%.)
There are some out-of-the-way communities that have a relatively long history of accepting refugees for resettlement, at a rate significantly disproportionate to their populations.  Twin Falls, Idaho is one; another is Manchester, New Hampshire.

Donald Trump claimed, not without some truth in the accusation, that Obama and Hillary Clinton were the “cofounders” of ISIS. Reuters and many liberal newspapers immediately jumped on the statement saying it was an irresponsible utterance. But was it? Daniel Greenfield’s August 11th FrontPage article parses the facts:

Donald Trump has said of Obama, "he’s the founder of ISIS". He stated that Hillary is a co-founder of ISIS. The remarks have touched off anger from certain media outlets, but is it true or not?

The organization we currently know as ISIS had earlier incarnations, but it adopted its current name in response to its growing successes in the Arab Spring which was heavily backed and championed by Obama and Hillary. The expansion of ISIS in the Arab Spring functionally turned it into a very different organization. It not only temporarily succeeded in creating its Caliphate, but it went from a marginal terror group to a microstate controlling cities, large populations and winning the allegiance of Islamic terror groups around the world. And it was able to carry out terror attacks in America….
There is also no denying the fact that Obama and Hillary's backing for the Arab Spring, along with that of the media, proved crucial in overturning friendly regimes and bringing Islamists to power across the region leading to chaos and terror. 
We might quibble over what the term "founder" exactly means, but there is no denying that ISIS, as we know it today, rose as a direct consequence of Obama and Hillary's support for Islamists.
ISIS is the consequence of their pro-Islamic policies brought to life. And that too cannot be denied. From Benghazi to Baghdad, the wages of the left's support for Islamic theocracy has been terror and death.

In short, writes Greenfield, ISIS is a direct result of Obama/Clinton policies, with a lot of help from the pro-Islam MSM.

In another arena, it has been revealed that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in its hurry to micromanage and regulate every possible human activity, took a leaf from Nazi Germany and experimented on human beings to determine whether or not particulate matter (P.M.) was harmful to health. It was not. John Dunn and Steve Milloy wrote in,” “EPA Whitewashes Illegal Human Experiments,”

Though the EPA got away with issuing the rules, it knew they were vulnerable to challenge because the underlying studies – all dubious statistical correlation studies – didn't actually show that P.M. killed anyone.  Neither did animal toxicology studies, no matter how much P.M. the laboratory animals inhaled.  So the EPA decided to back up its statistical claims by testing extremely high doses of P.M. on real, live people.

Over the next 15 years, the EPA began quietly experimenting on elderly subjects (up to age 80), asthmatics, people with heart disease or metabolic syndrome, and combinations of the aforesaid by placing them in a sealed chamber and making them inhale high levels of P.M. as well as diesel exhaust, smog, and even chlorine gas. [There’s no guarantee better of ensuring the “right” conclusion than marking the cards or rigging jury selection.]

Doubtless if the EPA had used Zyklon B instead of using doses of diesel fumes and chlorine, they’d have gotten more favorable results. The Nazis did, millions of times.  

Finally, on a less dramatic but no less important note, the federal government refuses to mark Muslim Halal food as such, so that non-Muslims can’t tell if they’re complying with Sharia or not. Remember that in American supermarkets there are “Asian” aisles, and “Hispanic” aisles, but no “Muslim aisles.”  Pamela Geller raises the issue of how Americans are being hoodwinked and made to submit to Islam, “The Meat You Eat is HALAL but USDA Won’t Label It.”

 A great deal of meat sold in this country is halal but is not labeled is such. It’s a scandal — but an established practice: meat packers generally do not separate halal meat from non-halal meat, and do not label halal meat as such. We attempted to right that wrong. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture has for four years now ignored, shelved, or just plain refused to rule on our petition….

Just as those who buy meat and poultry products labeled halal or kosher should have a reasonable expectation that the meat they’re buying was actually produced in that manner, so also those of us who don’t want to eat halal meat for whatever reason should also have a reasonable assurance that meat not labeled halal was not actually slaughtered in accordance with Sharia rules. As halal slaughter increases in the US, the likelihood of unknowingly buying meat sacrificed under the present system also increases.

This is a matter of simple justice and common sense. So why is the USDA stonewalling on our petition?

Basically because labeling meat Halal would somehow discriminate against Muslims and against the brutal, inhumane way livestock and poultry are slaughtered, by letting them bleed to death instead of killing them the swiftest and most economical way. But pain and suffering are the Islamic way.
Slit their throats while they are still conscious.

There is, of course, Obama’s ram-rodding ObamaCare through the legislative grinder, packing the Supreme Court with Progressive ideologues, his ongoing destruction of the U.S. military, his kneejerk denigration and humiliation of the American people, sympathizing with the thugs of Black Lives Matter, and exacerbating race relations in the country, and just generally following the Alinsky playbook together with that of the Muslim Brotherhood. He adheres to his mentor’s  Rules for Radicals as well as Islam’s “Rules for Conquering America” per the 1991 Memorandum
Neither Jefferson nor Mencken could have imagined the scale of evil that Obama represents, far, far greater than that threatened by George III. Hopefully, the train of abuses and usurpations will come to an end in November.

*pp. 76-77.  The Vintage Mencken, gathered by Alistair Cooke. New York: Knopf/Random House.  1955. 240 pp.


Mo said...

The collectivists would love nothing more than to eliminate envy by destroying the enviable.

Edward Cline said...

I have highlighted only a handful of Obama's abuses and usurpations here. To list them all with brief commentaries would require a book-length treatment, a project beyond this writer's wherewithal and time.