Israel: God’s Own Nation?
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
You know, the truth is a peculiar thing. It does not demand that you believe its veracity. It does not change just because we choose not to believe it or even choose to force changes upon it. It remains unchangeable, solid, forever in a state of “being.” As they say: It is what it is. TRUTH.
We have watched the world’s efforts, led by the United States, to force Israel to to give up its ancient homeland to a band of homeless rabble — not even claimed by their blood brothers — in the Middle East.
John Kerry, US Secretary of State, is on a fool’s errand, one he assigned to himself, ahem, to force Israel to agree to as yet undisclosed terms of abandonment of the Jewish homeland to the so-called Palestinians.
For almost seven decades Israel has withstood an onslaught from her surrounding enemies and from, sad to say, diplomats, most from the US, in an attempt to transfer ownership of that sanctified land to those not entitled, either by birthright or previous ownership.
That tiny little piece of real estate on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, a seemingly insignificant sliver of land is anything but insignificant. Modern Israel rests on the site of the ancient kingdoms of Israel and Judah. Of the twelve tribes of Israel, Judah is the tribe from which the Jewish people emanate. Approximately 40% of the world’s Jews live in Israel today.
It lies at the crossroads of history. In the Carmel mountain range at el-Tabun, and Es Skhul, Neanderthal and early modern human remains were found, including the skeleton of a Neanderthal female, named Tabun I, which is regarded as one of the most important human fossils ever found. The excavation at el-Tabun produced the longest stratigraphic record in the region, spanning 600,000 or more years of human activity, from the Lower Paleolithic to the present day, representing roughly a million years of human evolution. SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Israel
I have often thought that the single reason the people of Israel, and the state of Israel, elicit such animosity from the other people of this planet is the constant reminder their very existence presents of … God.
In my religious faith it is understood that the Jews are people chosen for special attention by God. It is also understood that God, Himself, chose that piece of real estate for his “chosen people” to make their home … in perpetuity. That land was bequeathed, by God, to that nation forever. But understand — the original deed from Yahweh was for land stretching from the Nile River eastward to the Euphrates River. We’re describing an area that encompasses land from Egypt to Iraq. And yet, today, Israel is satisfied to remain on that teensie little sliver of land hugging the coast of the Med when she is, in fact, entitled to more — much more.
And her enemies most fervent desire is to steal that little piece of land from Israel while the world community supports the would be thieves.
But Israel will not be moved. There she stands, all alone — save for God.
My own country’s government refuses to accept that Israel holds a land grant from Providence. It is sacred, inviolate.
This is one of those I “truths” I spoke about above. You don’t have to like it and it doesn’t matter one whit if you disagree. It just IS!
Secretary Kerry may huff and puff and threaten Israel with all nature of vile things. But in the end — he will accomplish exactly nothing.
It is reported that Kerry intends to press his own deal on Israel in January. In an article by Caroline Glick, entitled: Kerry Forces Israel’s Moment of Decision, Ms. Glick presents us with some of what she believes Kerry will demand from Israel for a “peace accord” between Israel and the so-called Palestinians. In her piece, she points out the following: ” … the Kerry parameters will involve Israeli surrender of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount to the PLO , which rejects the historical fact that two Jewish temples were built at the site that was and remains the cradle of Jewish civilization and history and holiest site to Judaism.
“They will involve the mass expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Jews from their homes in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria… .”
“Kerry’s framework deal will involve the mass immigration of hundreds of thousands of foreign-born Arabs, who have been living in al-Qaida-, Hamas- and PLO -controlled UN-run “refugee camps,” for the past four generations to the new state of “Palestine.”
“Kerry’s plan will require Israeli society to destroy its cohesion through the dismemberment and destruction of hundreds of Jewish communities.”
“Kerry’s parameters will require Israel to surrender its ability to defend itself against foreign aggression and Palestinian attacks.”
“As for the US forces that Kerry proposes deploying to the Jew-free PLO state, they will be targeted by the Palestinians, just as the Palestinians and the Syrians attacked US Marines in Beirut 30 years ago. And like the Marines in Beirut, they will be withdrawn in humiliation and defeat, but the lesson – that the Arabs perceive the Americans and Jews as enemies of equal weight – will not be learned.”
I ask you, now — is THIS anyway to treat a FRIEND??
Secretary Kerry should take note. If Ms. Glick is near correct, then Kerry’s contempt for Israel will be on worldwide display next month. As any student of the Scriptures can tell you — contempt for Israel brings a curse on the contemptuous nation.
Kerry should take warning. He is, as the old expression has it: “treading on holy ground.” We suggest it would assist Mr. Kerry’s understanding of the situation in Israel, if he consulted the scriptures. Especially Genesis 12:3. The English Standard Version says it as clearly as it can be said: “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”
And all this time you wondered why America has crumbled and fallen from her high perch above all the nations of the earth. Clearly, it results from the American government’s contempt for Israel.
J. D. Longstreet
Once again the Democrat’s have shown their true colors in regards to their attitudes towards the men and women of our military. The Democrats decided it was better to cut $6 billion in benefits to military retirees over the next TEN years, inst…
Is A Guaranteed Minimum Income Next?
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
About a year and a half go, I wrote of my concern that the Obama Administration would soon seek a guaranteed minimum income for every American. As we have watched the the unemployment benefits extended and extended and extended again and again, one must wonder if, in the end, that isn’t exactly where we are headed. My concern has not slacked one iota.
Below is the article, shortened a bit. I hope you find it informative and enlightening. … JDL
If the Obama Administration and his fellow Socialist/Marxist/Progressives (who camouflage themselves as democrats) in the US government aren’t sent packing in November, I fully expect the next step in securing a socialist state in America is a guaranteed annual (minimum) income for every American.
Think about it. It is one of the few steps remaining that would solidify the hold government has on every man, woman, and child in America.
We know from the records that the welfare rolls have increased exponentially under Obama. Recently, changes were made by Presidential Executive Order to redefine “work” allowing even more applicants for welfare to be added to the welfare rolls. Why? Could it be the Obama Administration is deliberately attempting to “crash” the US welfare system? If so — why?
I contend — that is exactly what is happening.
If I an correct, then we are actually seeing the “Cloward-Piven Strategy” at work. We are observing the foundation, the groundwork — if you will — for establishing a guaranteed annual (minimum) income for American citizens. It is very, very, worrisome. But — it is only the latest move by our socialist leaders to break America so they can re-mold her in the image of their choosing, which is, unarguably a socialist/Marxist state.
America is in a death spiral, dear reader. If the American electorate doesn’t shake itself out of this stupor in which it is currently wallowing and come out swinging like the people we like to think we are, we are going to lose our liberty, our individual freedom, and our country.
What we are talking about here is “a government-ensured guarantee that all citizens unconditionally receive an income sufficient to meet their basic needs.” SOURCE: http://www.usbig.net/index.php
Look around you. Consider the extremely high percentage of Americans already on what we call “Welfare” and consider, too, that nearly half of all Americans currently receive some form of government monetary assistance every month and then — ask yourself what will happen to America’s economy if Americans are guaranteed an annual income whether they work and contribute to our society or not.
Let’s look a bit closer: What is a BIG? It is a Basic Income Guarantee. “The basic income guarantee (BIG) is a government insured guarantee that no citizen’s income will fall below some minimal level for any reason. All citizens would receive a BIG without means test or work requirement. BIG is an efficient and effective solution to poverty that preserves individual autonomy and work incentives while simplifying government social policy. Some researchers estimate that a small BIG, sufficient to cut the poverty rate in half could be financed without an increase in taxes by redirecting funds from spending programs and tax deductions aimed at maintaining incomes.” SOURCE: http://www.usbig.net/index.php
Here’s more: “The Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) is a government ensured guarantee that no one’s income will fall below the level necessary to meet their most basic needs for any reason. As Bertrand Russell put it in 1918, “A certain small income, sufficient for necessities, should be secured for all, whether they work or not, and that a larger income should be given to those who are willing to engage in some work which the community recognizes as useful. On this basis we may build further.” Thus, with BIG no one is destitute but everyone has the positive incentive to work. BIG is an efficient, effective, and equitable solution to poverty that promotes individual freedom and leaves the beneficial aspects of a market economy in place.” SOURCE: http://www.usbig.net/whatisbig.phphttp://www.usbig.net/whatisbig.php
OK. So, how would we pay for it? Those who advocate the BIG say (above): ” … could be financed without an increase in taxes by redirecting funds from spending programs and tax deductions aimed at maintaining incomes.”
That’s strange because just a bit lower on the page we find this: “The most commonly cited source of revenue for BIG is the income tax. Most proposals combine a basic income guarantee with a flat tax on income. Charles Clark estimates that a flat income tax rate of less than 40% would be enough to finance all current government spending and a BIG large enough to eliminate poverty.” SOURCE: http://www.usbig.net/whatisbig.php
I have to wonder if “less than 40%” means 39.99%?
It’s coming. How can I be so sure? Because the next attempt at a BIG for the US will be only the latest iteration. The movement for a guaranteed income has been around for a long time. A quick check for advocates of a guaranteed income at Wikipedia brought some surprises. For Instance: American revolutionary Thomas Paine advocated a basic income guarantee to all US citizens as compensation for “loss of his or her natural inheritance, by the introduction of the system of landed property” (Agrarian Justice, 1795).
French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte echoed Paine’s sentiments and commented that ‘man is entitled by birthright to a share of the Earth’s produce sufficient to fill the needs of his existence’ (Herold, 1955).
In 1962, economist Milton Friedman proposed a Negative Income Tax coupled with a flat tax in support of a guaranteed minimum income.
In 1963, Robert Theobald published the book Free Men and Free Markets, in which he advocated a guaranteed minimum income (the origin of the modern version of the phrase).
In 1966 the Cloward–Piven strategy advocated “overloading” the US welfare system to force its collapse in the hopes that it would be replaced by “a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty”.
In his final book Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (1967) Martin Luther King Jr. wrote: “I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective — the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.”
—from the chapter titled “Where We Are Going”.
In 1968, James Tobin, Paul Samuelson, John Kenneth Galbraith and another 1,200 economists signed a document calling for the US Congress to introduce in that year a system of income guarantees and supplements.
In 1973, Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote The Politics of a Guaranteed Income in which he advocated the Guaranteed Minimum Income and discussed Richard Nixon’s GAI proposal.
We encourage you to read the article at Wikipedia at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guaranteed_minimum_income
There are references to other advocates of a national guaranteed income in the article at Wikipedia, but I think you get the idea.
Oh, and while you are on the Wikipedia page, scroll down and check out the list of suggested means of funding for a national guaranteed income. But — be sure you are sitting down before you do.
A guaranteed income for all Americans is the worst idea for America since, well, Obamacare!
Item number two in the The Black Panther Party: Platform and Program includes the following statement: “We believe that the federal government is responsible and obligated to give every man employment or a guaranteed income.” SOURCE: http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6445/
As I mentioned above — I have to wonder if the massive increase in the number of Americans on Welfare under the Obama Administration is in keeping with the Cloward–Piven strategy which suggests overloading the US welfare system forcing it to collapse and setting the stage for a guaranteed income for all Americans. You can read more on the Cloward-Piven strategy at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloward–Piven_strategy
I cannot even begin to tell you how deeply, deeply, opposed to the entire idea of a guaranteed annual income for all Americans I am. The American republic would be crushed and wiped out by internal rot!
J. D. Longstreet
Obamacare Is Just The First Step
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
As much as I would like to stop talking about, writing about, and/or hearing about OBAMACARE, I just can’t escape it. I suspect you have found yourself as exasperated as I am. If not, certainly, you soon shall be.
See — it’s going to get worse.
The hellish scheme that is Obamacare is set to destroy America’s economy as well as the finest healthcare system in the world.
Just think. We have only just begun the chain reaction of one blunder after another. But Wait! What if these are not blunders? Well, not ALL of them. Stay with me and I’ll try to explain.
Next year, when Americans learn they have no insurance when the get sick and have to visit a doctor or hospital, there are going to be even more Americans disillusioned with this massive takeover of the American economy and even more troubling — the realization that their very lives are in the hands of a bunch of people in Washington who, after spending millions of taxpayer dollars, can’t even make a website on the Internet work.
We’re in trouble, folks … serious trouble.
Conservatives absolutely must keep the spotlight on the catastrophe of Obamacare for the next eleven months. It is the Achilles Heel of Obama and the Democratic Party. They wrote it, they voted it into a bill, and Obama signed it into law. The republicans had nothing to do with it… save to fight it every step of the way and continue to wage warfare against it to this very day.
Obama and the democrats OWN Obamacare. (Yes, I know the MsM, the propaganda wing of the Democratic Party, is currently in the midst of a throttle-to-the-wall all out drive to indoctrinate the America public in such a manner as to successfully remove Obama’s name from the healthcare law so as to absolve Obama from any responsibility for it. That’s why you now hear, read, and see it referred to as the “Affordable Care Act.”
I spent several decades in the advertising business and it is clear to me that this is pure R & R “run and repeat.” It was borrowed from the Nazi’s propaganda machine: “Tell a lie loud enough — and long enough — and folks will eventually believe it.”)
Conservatives must match the passion of the Mainstream Media and fight back with an equally passionate campaign to see that Americans never forget that Obamacare is the brainchild of Obama — and — that the Democratic Party gave birth to the spawn from hell.
Democrats must have their noses publicly “rubbed in it” at every opportunity.
Americans must be reminded, and often, that Obamacare is socialized medicine. No less than Vladimir Lenin said : “Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.” Some have taken to referring to it as “semi-socialism.” There is no such thing. Its akin to being “a little pregnant,” or “slightly dead.”
In earlier commentaries we have told you that Obamacare was designed to fail. I still believe that. The idea, as I see it, was to establish Obamacare, and have it fail, but fail with millions “hooked” on it so there would be a clamor from the public for a national healthcare system to replace the failed Obamacare system.
Enter single payer healthcare.
“A single-payer health care system is one in which a single-entity — the government — collects almost all of the revenue for and pays almost all of the bills for the health care system.” SOURCE: http://www.freemarketcure.com/singlepayermyths.php
(Understand when we say “the government pays,” we mean YOU and I pay, as taxpayers, through higher taxes.)
Many on the political left insist that with single-payer healthcare everyone has healthcare. The truth is that everyone WILL have insurance, but — NOT EVERYONE WILL HAVE HEALTHCARE!
Single payer systems limit your access to healthcare. Obamacare will also, but not to the degree that a single payer system will.
If you think the threat of healthcare rationing with Obamacare was/is frightening, take a look at what single payer healthcare systems inevitably bring. Consider this:
“While the government in a single-payer system will pay for everyone’s health care, it limits the access to health care. In a single-payer system, citizens often believe that “the government” is paying for their health care. When people perceive that someone else is paying for something, they tend to over-use it. In a single-payer health care system, people over-use health care. This puts strain on government health care budgets, and to contain costs governments must ration care.
Governments in a single-payer system ration care using waiting lists for surgery and diagnostic procedures and by canceling surgeries. As the Canadian Supreme Court said upon ruling unconstitutional a Quebec law that banned private health care, “access to a waiting list is not access to health care.” SOURCE: http://www.freemarketcure.com/singlepayermyths.php
If Obamacare is not successfully repealed THIS is what America has to look forward to.
Already, the socialists in our government are pushing their plans for a single payer system for America along. Notable sponsors, as well, purportedly from the political right, such as former Secretary of State General Colin Powell, are already publicly calling for a single payer system for America.
Speaking at a prostate cancer survivors breakfast just days ago, Gen Powell said: “I don’t see why we can’t do what Europe is doing, what Canada is doing, what Korea is doing, what all these other places are doing,” Powell said at the Dec. 5 event. “I am not an expert in health care, or Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, or however you choose to describe it, but I do know this: I have benefited from that kind of universal health care in my 55 years of public life.”
Every country I’ve visited, every developed country, they have universal health care … I think universal health care is one of the things we should really be focused on,” Powell said. “Whether it’s Obamacare, or son of Obamacare, I don’t care. As long as we get it done.” SOURCE: http://americanlibertypac.com/2013/12/colin-powell-wants-u-s-to-work-toward-single-payer-health-care/#sthash.YfsVpf9M.dpuf
Its coming, gentle reader.
Like a small pebble dislodged from a towering mountain side begins its roll to the valley floor below, it will inevitably shake other rocks and debris loose to tumble with it until it becomes an avalanche. That’s what the political left, the American socialists, are counting on.
We knew this would happen, indeed, we knew it was/is the game plan for a universal healthcare system in America even before Obamacare became a twinkle in Obama’s eye. It is incrementalism on the part of the “socialcrats.” They achieve their goals a tiny bit at a time — in small increments. It is slow, but guess what? In the end — they win.
Still don’t take me seriously? Well, consider this: “Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., introduced the American Health Security Act of 2013 on Monday (December 9th, 2013), which would require states to create their own single-payer insurance systems. A House version was introduced in March by Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash.” SOURCE: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/12/10/colin-powell-endorses-single-payer-health-care
It pains me to report to you, dear reader, that Obamacare is just the first step. As I said above: It WILL get worse.
J. D. Longstreet
To Impeach, Or Not To ImpeachA Commentary by J. D. Longstreet****************We have been telling you for several years now that there is an undercurrent of rage coursing through America just below the always restive surface. Conservative leaders&nb…
Democrat’s Dictators Du Jour
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
What is it with democrats and dictators? They (democrats) just seem to love them (dictators) so!
It was often said of Jimmy Carter that he never met a dictator he didn’t like. You may recall it was President Carter who provided sanctuary/asylum (whichever!) for the Shah of Iran. We are still, to this day, paying for that blunder! Obama seems to be following in Carter’s footsteps on many things and having a penchant for dictators is one of them. Although, Obama seems to prefer Marxist dictators.
America’s democratic presidents just seem to gravitate toward the world’s dictators. Ever notice that? Even FDR had the Soviet Union’s Joe Stalin.
I think we often forget that liberalism is an authoritarian philosophy. Liberals understand that THEY are smarter than everyone else and it is THEY who have a Providential right to govern, to rule over, to “dictate” to the remainder of the human race. (Not unlike the “divine right of kings”) In their mind, the world would be a much better place if those of us who demand our freedom would just relent , relax, recant, and retire and allow THEM to do the job for which they were born into this world.
I have come to believe that liberal/Progressive democrats yearn to be like dictators, therefore they tend to hover around them much as moths do a flame.
“If there is ever a fascist takeover in America, it will come not in the form of storm troopers kicking down doors but with lawyers and social workers saying. “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” (Jonah Goldberg, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning)
Maybe that explains all the “secret” talks, the sub-Rosa negotiations between Obama and the Castro brothers, and Obama and the Iranians. It may also explain Mr. Obama’s obvious liking for the former late Marxist President of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez.
Then there is the Russian, Putin, or as some are referring to him (Ras)Putin. Obama insisted on rebooting America’s relationship with Russia. Why? I thought the mutual distrust was serving us well. Actually, it served us far better than the NEW relationship in which Obama trusts and Putin distrusts — and disrespects — America.
If this piece seems to be cutting uncomfortably close to the truth here, ask yourself what else don’t we know about our obviously Marxist President — and — with whom is he talking — AND — negotiating in secret?
If you had any doubt about the democrat’s penchant for dictatorships consider this:
In a piece by Joe Newby, published on December 6th, 2013 by The Examiner and entitled: “Liberal Democrats to Obama: Rule like dictator on minimum wage, deportations,” The writer says the following: “It seems liberal Democrats are ready to throw the Constitution out the window and grant Obama dictatorial powers to advance his agenda, according to two stories reported in the last two days. On Wednesday, Salon said 49 House Democrats demanded Obama use executive orders to raise the minimum wage of some workers. On Thursday, CNN said Democrats also want Obama to suspend all deportation of illegal immigrants using executive orders.
It’s not the first time liberal Democrats have demanded Obama bypass Congress and essentially rule like a dictator.
Last December, for example, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi suggested giving Obama dictatorial power to raise the debt ceiling to infinity, and others — like Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Il.,– have repeatedly begged for Obama to unilaterally act on illegal immigration.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, and others have said Obama should unilaterally act on the debt ceiling, bypassing Congress and assuming the mantle of a tyrant.
Now, liberals in Congress want Obama to assume even more power.“ SOURCE: http://www.examiner.com/article/liberal-democrats-to-obama-rule-like-dictator-on-minimum-wage-deportations
Now. Consider this from the Washington Times: “Ever since Barack Obama was nominated in 2008 as the Democratic candidate for the president of the United States, his staunchest critics have implied that he had the makings of a dictator.
Those admonitions were not taken at all seriously, however, and the liberal media ridiculed anyone if they dared suggest the new president was anything but the messiah.Those of us who saw then what the press is finally seeing now were dismissed and ridiculed as racist.
After several years of being told we were wrong about President Obama’s authoritarian streak, the liberal media are finally starting to consider that this president may be the very megalomaniac we said he was.” SOURCE:
OK, so — if you think, maybe, megalomaniac is a bit harsh, maybe a little strong, how about this: A pathological egotist? And tell me again. What trait do dictators share … megalomania … or pathological egotism?
J. D. Longstreet
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I give any president the privilege to perform diplomacy with foreign leaders (fib a little), and obfuscate (hide things in the name of national security), but President Obama appears to delegate – and then walks away, disengaged. Many of his supporters are angry that he has not done more. I maintain we’d be in a lot more trouble if he could manage effectively. He’s a great orator, yes. But like my father, who purposefully had no conservative friends, he doesn’t possess the skills to coerce, cajole, convince, or socialize with Republicans. President Obama stays in the dark, and it seems he likes it that way. During this administration, he (the most powerful man in the world) and his staff told us many times that he learns about current affairs not by being briefed by officials, but while watching TV. Even for the most ardent supporter, this must be hard to believe. (Even the Washingon Post is getting suspicious!) They have a set of photos outlining some of what he said he didn’t know.
Hey, we won.
1. Obamacare failure 1: The president stood by the wayside from beginning to end while his signature Obamacare health-care law crashed and burned. Leaving it to Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Harry Reid to architect and twist arms for the “we won’t know what’s in it until we pass it” bill, he played golf, campaigned, and hob-knobbed with the rich and famous. No one informed President Obama of healthcare.gov’s problems until after its launch on Oct. 1, 2013, or so they claimed. He described the ease of use of healthcare.gov as being like buying “a plane ticket on Kayak,” or the “same way you shop for a TV on Amazon.” But the site crashed for weeks, instead. He appeared shocked that the government, for three years, had spent half a billion dollars on a website which didn’t work. I was surprised, too, but I am not in charge – he is.
Only 365,000 signed up so far, but how many have enrolled? Fewer, obviously.
2. Spying on our friends: When Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany feigned outrage over the fact that the U.S. was spying on her by tapping her cell phone (for the previous five years), the White House said President Obama had no idea this was happening. I support this tactic, and it is a bi-partisan one, by the way. I fully expect our allies to spy on us and any current administration to do the same, but how did the president not know? He needed to perform a delicate tap dance on this, and he did, but it fits the pattern.
Your country spied on me. No, I had no idea…
3. IRS Scandal: The IRS spied on Tea Party group activities (‘spying’ isn’t right, but there’s nothing wrong with being aware of your opponents). They also discriminated against Tea Party groups by not allowing a majority of those to receive their applied-for 501c4’s (plenty wrong with that, in fact, that’s illegal). President Obama was either kept from this knowledge, or knew and denied it. He claimed that he first learned about this IRS tactic, “on Friday, when I was watching the news.” He then appeared outraged. “If in fact IRS personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that’s outrageous. And there’s no place for it,” the president said. A year later he dismissed the IRS scandal as false outrage. Which is it?
I did nothing wrong. It was just a couple of rogue agents in Cincinnati…
4. Spying on the Media: The White House insisted it knew nothing of the fact that the Justice Department seized Associated Press reporters’ phone records, including those of James Rosen, of FOX News. Either the Obama administration has a private and consistent policy of meanness / underhandedness toward the opposition, or President Obama can’t control his own people. One of the two must be true, but which?
’A press that is free to investigate and criticize the government is absolutely essential in a nation that practices self-government…’ Thomas Jefferson.
5. Fast and Furious: The Justice Department’s famous “Fast and Furious” scandal (Eric Holder’s people ran guns to Mexico and didn’t track them) was unknown to the Obama Administration. “…the president did not know about this tactic until he heard about it through the media,” his spokesman, Jay Carney said. Sure, Jay. Sure, Jay. I’m beginning to see a pattern…
Many Hispanics and at least one American died, but President Obama and AG Eric Holder didn’t know this was their own policy. Kind of hard to believe.
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Deinstitutionalization is Madness
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
The definition of “deinstitutionalization” is simple. It is taking mentally ill patients from mental institutions and placing them on your street corner and/or in local jails.
Ever wondered where all those mentally ill “homeless” people came from? Blame it on “deinstitutionalization.”
Now, I realize there are millions of Americans who see or hear the word “deinstitutionalization” and have no clue what it means nor to what it is referring.
So let’s see if we can shed a little light on it.
First we must understand the Law of Unintended Consequences. “The law of unintended consequences, often cited but rarely defined, is this: that actions of people—and especially of government—always have effects that are unanticipated or
unintended.” SOURCE: http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/UnintendedConsequences.html
So what makes the law of unintended consequences work? Well, the “Wise Geek” says the following: “The two top reasons why the law of unintended consequences works, according to Merton, is that the framers of a social change are either ignorant of possible far reaching effects of the law or make errors when they develop a change that don’t have the effects they desired. Other reasons why we sometimes see changes occur after any type of event, new scientific development, or treaty is passed may have to do with “self interest,” so much so that a person who desperately wants to see a change doesn’t evaluate the ultimate effects of that change.” SOURCE: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-law-of-unintended-consequences.htm
Deinstitutionalization is a clear result of the law of unintended consequences. They go together like bread and butter.
The idea behind deinstitutionalization was this — that patients fare much better when they are looked after in a supportive and loving environment than when they are placed in a human warehouse, as mental institutions were sometimes referred to in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
So, America closed down many of its mental institutions without making sure the community supports were in place ad ready to receive the former mental patients. As a result, the mentally ill wound up on our streets, in our jails, and in unprepared homes where they created much discord and, in some cases, even committed heinous crimes that tore those families apart.
To understand what happened and the grievous error our government made by releasing much of the country’s mentally ill onto society, we have to go back to the 1960’s. (Surprise! Surprise!) Since, roughly, 1960 it has become almost impossible to hospitalize a person with a serious mental illness.
Deinstitutionalization is a clear case in which the “do-gooders” have managed to bollocks things up to a fair-the-well.
Civil Rights was the battle cry of the political left of the sixties and it was their actions at the time that led, eventually, to the mess we have now with the insane roaming the streets of America as “homeless” people. It was their actions that led to the courts placing a limit on involuntary institutionalization and on the courts setting minimum standards for care in institutions. Read more here: http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=About_the_Issue&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=137545
Unfortunately, as the mentally ill were invited OUT of the mental hospitals they found few services or support waiting for them outside. In many cases, it fell to their families to take care of them, most often, those families were not prepared and were overwhelmed. Far too many of the formerly institutionalized mentally ill eventually wound up on the streets of America as homeless people and/or in the nation’s jails.
Clayton E. Cramer, in a piece entitled: ‘Deinstitutionalization’: Mass Murder and Untreated Madness, which was published at PJMedia says the following: “For those of you under 40 — it used to be startling indeed to see people begging in the streets or obviously insane in public. Homelessness and various forms of urban degradation were byproducts of deinstitutionalization.” SOURCE: http://pjmedia.com/blog/deinstitutionalization-mass-murder-and-untreated-madness/
In Mr. Cramer’s book: “My Brother Ron: A Personal and Social History of the Deinstitutionalization of the Mentally Ill.” Mr. Cramer says: “… for centuries the connection between mental illness and violence was considered sufficiently obvious that the legal system provided various ways to hospitalize the severely mentally ill when they first provided clear indications that they were a hazard to themselves or others. Only in the 1960s and 1970s did our society decide that this system was unfair. It then embarked on a policy of “deinstitutionalization.” The idea: standards for long-term, involuntary commitment of the mentally ill should be just a bit less demanding than the standards of proof for criminal conviction.
Unsurprisingly, emptying out the mental hospitals and making it difficult to hospitalize people with serious mental illness problems meant that society as a whole became a bit more like a low-grade mental hospital.”
There is a compelling argument that those supporting gun control in America are missing the importance of treatment for our mentally ill. Consider the role of mental illness in all the recent mass shootings all across the country. “
Mr. Cramer says: “Supporters of gun control argue that we need stricter laws because ordinary, law-abiding people just “snap” and go on rampages. There are people who indeed snap and go on rampages (and not just with guns) — but they are seldom ordinary. Often, they are people with long histories of mental illness who in 1960 would have been hospitalized before they killed someone.” SOURCE: http://pjmedia.com/blog/deinstitutionalization-mass-murder-and-untreated-madness/
Deinstitutionalization is not working. It is not going to work. It is far too late to even consider “fixing” it.
America needs Congress to step up on this problem and make the necessary changes to existing laws and/or pass new laws that will allow us to gather the mentally ill from our streets and prisons and from families that are at their wit’s end, and place them in institutions in which they will be cared for, and locked away from society — for their sake AND for ours.
Deinstitutionalization was a “feel good” project. In action it has been worse than a train wreck.
When one considers all the harm to individuals, to families, and to the country as a whole, it is difficult to determine which is more insane – the patient, or the deinstitutionalization policy.
J. D. Longstreet