Daily Archives: November 22, 2009

Obama and FDR’s 2nd Bill of Rights

President Obama and his administration are trying to “fundamentally transform the United States of America”. They have set a path to institute a socialist society and try to establish FDR’s 2nd Bill of Rights. The goal is to create a “nanny state” where the government controls and regulates society. Freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness will be defined and prescribed by the government. Your freedom as a citizen of America is under attack and at great risk. It is time to understand what is in front of us and at stake.

Let’s start with FDR’s 2nd Bill of Rights:

On Jan. 11, 1944, Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave a fireside chat from the White House and in that speech he laid out his ideas for his 2nd Bill of Rights. Roosevelt referred to his proposals in that speech as the basis for establishment of new security and prosperity, for all regardless of station, race or creed. “The test of our progress,” said Roosevelt, “is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” Listen….

Among these rights, he said, are:

“The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation.

“The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation.

“The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living.

“The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad.

“The right of every family to a decent home.

“The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health.

“The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident and unemployment.

“The right to a good education.”

Our constitution provides us no legal claims to the entitlements FDR outlined. The framework of our constitution provides us the opportunity to succeed and acquire through the fruits of our own labor the things FDR spells out. These things are not entitlements of citizenship!

FDR said, we already enjoyed “certain inalienable political rights –- among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures.” He then said, “They were our rights to life and liberty.” Notice he left out guns altogether.    FDR described the 10 Amendments to our Constitution rights as “political” and insufficient. Yet our founding frathers saw them as God-given and a sacred trust to handed down unabridged from generation to generation.

FDR had a misunderstanding of what rights are. Typically rights are granted by God, not governments. Following that line of thought we have the right to live free. We have the right to pursue happiness. We have the right to free speech. We have the right to worship our God. Everything else is a choice. The Bill of Rights says we have the right to bear arms but the government is not required to provide you a gun. We can choose to buy healthcare but we don’t have the right to be given healthcare. We are all free to work but nobody is required to. If you have to take from one to give to another you are providing an entitlement because a right does not take from another. If you believe you have a right to the fruits of someone else’s  labor, then you believe in socialism. The only way you can enact this second bill of rights is by destroying the first bill of rights.

The administration is working hard to build a socialist society like the one FDR envisioned. A society that will turn control of your freedoms and livelihood over to the government. At the same time they are working just as hard to take away your real constitutional rights because they are an impediment to their goals.

“We are blessed in America that we can fend for freedom with ballots instead of bullets. Our charge is to elect those who will deliver those freedoms, intact and undiminished, to those who follow us”. – Col. Oliver North

America, it is time to choose. We have to decide if we want to remain the land of the free or if we want to become a “nanny state”. Remember, up till now America has been the world’s beacon of freedom. Ironically I have several friends and acquaintances who have moved here from Eastern Europe, they are horrified at what has happened to America. They keep telling me things like, “I have seen this play before and I know how it ends”.

How will you choose? Again I’ll say it is time to stand up and make your voice heard. Time is running out!

“Yes, we did produce a near-perfect republic. But will they keep it? Or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom? Material abundance without character is the path of destruction”. – Thomas Jefferson

Obama + Holder = A Miscarriage of Justice

When asked about the decision to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-proclaimed 9/11 mastermind, and four other Guantanamo Bay detainees in civilian federal court in New York City President Obama said he told Attorney General Eric Holder to make the decision based on the law.

Holder has confirmed that Obama had left it up to him: “This was a tough call, and reasonable people can disagree with my conclusion that these individuals should be tried in federal court rather than a military commission.” Reiterating, “I made this decision.”

However, according to former Attorney General John Ashcroft, “The attorney general doesn’t have the authority to mandate that the secretary of defense turn somebody over to him and yield jurisdiction so that something that would have been done in a military setting is done in a civilian setting.”

In fact according to many legal analysts the only one who could order this decision is President Obama himself. So why is he letting Holder take the heat? To start with this is a wildly unpopular and unnecessary decision.

According to CNN/Opinion Research Corporation, “two-thirds of Americans disagree with the Obama administration’s decision to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed in a civilian court rather than a military court.” “The decision to bring Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in front of a civilian court is universally unpopular – even a majority of Democrats and liberals say that he should be tried by military authorities,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Despite that, most Americans say that he will get a fair trial in the U.S.”

And if Mohammed is found guilty? “Nearly eight in 10 favor the death penalty if that happens – including one in five who say they normally oppose the death penalty, but would support it in this case,” adds Holland.

Mohammed has already confessed to his role saying, “I was responsible for the 9/11 operation from A to Z.” Instead of using this confession to move forward with a military tribunal to bring Mohammed to final justice, the Obama administration has opened the door on a 3 ring circus in open court. By the way last time I checked KSM was an enemy combatant not a domestic criminal or a citizen. This also creates the opportunity for federal judges to issue rulings that affect or delay the trial and/or punishment.

So why does it matter where he is tried, if as the President says that those bothered with the change of venue for Mohammed won‘t find it, “offensive at all when he’s convicted and when the death penalty is applied to him”?

Here are just some of the reasons this is a bad decision.

To start with both Obama and Holder have pronounced the verdict and punishment before the trial has even started. By undermining the presumption of innocence, they are undermining the fairness of the trial, which is the alleged reason for it in the first place.

But to make matters worse, according to the New York Times, Justice Department officials have said that even if “Mohammed is acquitted, the Obama administration will keep him locked up forever as a ‘combatant'” under the laws of war. Sorry if I am a little slow here, but isn’t this a contradiction?

Next, there is the question of all those little legal details that apply in a U.S. criminal court. Keep in mind this man has been held and treated as an enemy combatant for 8 years. He has not been afforded any of the rights of a criminal arrested under the “normal” circumstances. Things such as his confession, no Miranda rights, access to an attorney and water boarding to name a few, will all be opportunities for legal challenges. How can these things be overlooked in his case when they are clearly part of our justice system? Watch as Sen. Lindsey Graham grills AG Holder…

Then, there is the cost and security issues the trial will create for NYC.

“Rough estimate from the city of New York, which I received yesterday, place the added cost of moving the trials of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other terrorist suspects to New York somewhere in the ballpark of $75 million, that’s a minimum,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)

Schumer said extra security procedures could push that number up to $100 million, and asked that the federal government foot the bill.

Charles Krauthammer weighs in with these comments. “Apart from the fact that any such trial will be a security nightmare and a terror threat to New York — what better propaganda-by-deed than blowing up the courtroom, making KSM a martyr and turning the judge, jury and spectators into fresh victims? — it will endanger U.S. security. Civilian courts with broad rights of cross-examination and discovery give terrorists access to crucial information about intelligence sources and methods”.

As former CIA Director George Tenet wrote in his book, “At the Center of the Storm,” when CIA officials first interrogated Mohammed in 2003, he defiantly told them, “I’ll talk to you guys after I get to New York and see my lawyer.” Now, thanks to Obama and Holder, Mohammed will get an opportunity to use the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York as a venue for his jihadist propaganda.

Imagine what this trial looks like if this terrorist is allowed to serve as his own attorney. As Krauthammer describes it, “September 11, 2001 had to speak for itself. A decade later, the deed will be given voice. KSM has gratuitously been presented with the greatest propaganda platform imaginable — a civilian trial in the media capital of the world — from which to proclaim the glory of jihad and the criminality of infidel America”.

The biggest question for me, however is; Who is really on trial?

John Eastman, dean of law at Chapman University in Orange, CA fears a scenario in which, “It’s not so much Khalid Sheik Mohammed who’s on trial, but the Bush administration. Are we going to allow discovery of classified information so that we can get a fair trial? Are we going to depose past Bush Department of Justice and Pentagon officials”?

So President Obama and AG Holder, what is your game? Is this just a creative way to set up prosecution of our CIA agents, military personnel and others who were doing their jobs and trying to protect us? Is this putting the Bush administration on trial? What happened to looking forward and transparency?

Folks, this is the most dangerous administration in American history. They have no respect or regard for our Constitution or our laws. They are putting our national security and sovereignty at risk. Their policies are filing across the board. Our economy is getting worse not better as unemployment climbs. We have suffered our first domestic terror attack since 9/11. We have out of control spending; the stimulus bill, Cash for Clunkers, proposed healthcare reform and energy legislation. They promised to “fundamentally transform America” and they are doing it!

The question now is; What are you going to do about it?

We are at the turning point and we must take action now if we want to save our country. I believe at our core we are still a religious people that values family, faith and country. It is time to take back the control of our national destiny.

Restore the Republic, Reject Socialism!

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague”. – Marcus Tullius Cicero