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Via The Blaze:

From the transcript of the President’s speech in Roanoke, Va.

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks to small business owners, community lenders and members of Congress in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy F. Geithner has his back to the camera. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back.  They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own.  You didn’t get there on your own.  I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart.  There are a lot of smart people out there.  It must be because I worked harder than everybody else.  Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. (Emphasis added)

Business Owner: Well what if I didn’t have help, what if I am that smart, what if I do put in a 60 or 70 hour week Mr. President? What if I do have the best product out there? What if people like how I run my business better than the next guy?

If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.  There was a great teacher somewhere in your life.  Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive.  Somebody invested in roads and bridges.  If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that.  Somebody else made that happen.  The Internet didn’t get invented on its own.  Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet. [Emphasis added]

Business Owner: You know what I might have had a good teacher along the way, but did they actually help me start and run my business, their INFLUENCE may have helped me, but did they actually participate in the blood, sweat and tears that got me to the level of success I have experienced today? How did a road and a bridge help me start a business, sir? People had businesses before interstate highways. I did build my business on my own, I planned it, I executed it, I hired others who wanted to work for me, I constantly made my product better and now its the best out there. How dare you sir, tell me that my business is NOT the RESULT of my OWN HARD WORK!

JBH: Ownership of property is the hallmark of the American way. It has made us what we are today, without it we are no better than the next social democracy out there. For the president to make his comment that business owners did not make their own success is a fallacy in the worst sense. It is an out right lie and should be insulting to every business own out there. You business owners are what make the American economy turn without you there would be no American Dream.

Business Owners please remember the following:

  • YOU are the ENGINE of the economy, not government.
  • YOU are the JOB CREATORS, not government.
  • YOU are the INNOVATORS,not government.
  • YOU are the epitome of the AMERICAN DREAM, not government.
  • DO NOT feel guilt, YOU are VIRTUOUS, not government.

For the record on the internet take a look here. For the record I didn’t see the word government mentioned anywhere.

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From the Washington Times:

“The Obama campaign apparently didn’t look backwards into history when selecting its new campaign slogan, “Forward” — a word with a long and rich association with European Marxism.”

They aren’t worried about the history of the theme, they want to make socialism in all it’s mediocrity inspiring, wealth redistributing, making everyone equally poor except for the elite, the norm here in these United States. The writer goes on to say:

“Many Communist and radical publications and entities throughout the 19th and 20th centuries had the name “Forward!” or its foreign cognates. Wikipedia has an entire section called “Forward (generic name of socialist publications).” The name Forward carries a special meaning in socialist political terminology. It has been frequently used as a name for socialist, communist and other left-wing newspapers and publications,” the online encyclopedia explains. The slogan “Forward!” reflected the conviction of European Marxists and radicals that their movements reflected the march of history, which would move forward past capitalism and into socialism and communism.

Again, I believe this is no accident how many times in the 2008 election did we hear him say that we should look at who he surrounds himself with? How many times have we heard names surrounding the President? Names like Bill Ayers (Weather Underground), Jeremiah Wright (Black Liberation Theology which has it roots in Marxism), Van Jones (Self-avowed communist and economy strangling green jobs guru), Anita Dunn (Avid fan of Mao Zedong, murderer of millions), and Cass Sunstein (the great coercer). FOlks like these mentioned above are out to claim their own power through the removal of your liberties.

The writer goes on to give a brief history of “Forward” pointing out that German and pre-soviet newspaper carried the name. So when you visit CNN or MSNBC and you here them say things about this being a “coincidence” be sure to think about what they are saying for a few minutes. When it all gets boiled down to the facts our socialist president is once again coming out of the political closet and telling us who he really is, what he really stands for and reaffirming the misguided plans he has for our country.

From ABC News:

Americans were big spenders on Black Friday–especially on guns.

Numbers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation show an all-time one-day high for background check requests from gun buyers last Friday. There were 129,166 requests to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)–a third more than the previous record of 97,848 on Black Friday 2008, FBI spokesman Stephen Fischer said. On Black Friday last year, there were 87,061 requests.

The numbers, first reported in USA Today, reflect the experience of gun-sellers on the ground. “It was the biggest rush we ever had. Some of the people at the gate sent their kid running to the gun counter to get in line,” said Tom Ritzer, store manager at MC Sports in Springfield, Mo., which opened its doors at 5 a.m. on Black Friday. Gun buyers had to wait until NICS opened at 7 before they could leave with their purchases, he said.

Of course no report from the mainstream media would be complete without an obligatory anti-gun comment by the anti-freedom pro-people control thugs at the Brady Campaign to Disarm Subjects for Extermination:

But Caroline Brewer, a spokeswoman for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said the Black Friday sales surge “might say something about marketing” but didn’t reflect actual patterns in U.S. gun ownership.

“The trend that has been observed for decades now is that fewer and fewer Americans own guns, but those who do own continue to add to their stock,” Brewer said.

She cited the University of Chicago’s General Social Survey, which found that household gun ownership hit its peak in 1977, when 54 percent of American households reported having any guns. By 2010, this
number had dropped to 32 percent.

“There’s been a whole lot of hysteria raised by the NRA about the need to stockpile guns because (President) Obama’s going to take your guns away,” Brewer said. “It may mean more gun owners are buying more guns.”

There’s no hysteria raised by the NRA about the need to stockpile guns – at least not in anything I’ve read.  There is a lot of NRA promotional material that suggests we need to be vigilant in opposing President Obama’s recorded anti-gun agenda, usually by supporting the NRA.

For those who forget he has an anti-gun agenda, worth listening to:

Also, Ms. Brewer is either an idiot, a liar, or both.  Gallup polls report the highest levels of gun ownership in nearly 10 years.

This has been reported, but obviously it doesn’t fit the narrative of the Brady Campaign to Disarm and Finish Off the Jews, Homosexuals, and Armenians.  But then, the Brady Campaign to Make Women Fistfight Rapists only exists to further their own statist narrative, so they don’t need facts.

It could also be that guns are a great gift.  Made well, they’ll last virtually forever, they provide self-empowerment, a disciplined outdoor sport, hunting opportunities, can provide self-protection (mind you the deterrence factor is huge), and overall show that you care about someone enough to drop a lot of hard-earned money on a tool they can use for their protection or recreation.  Then there’s also accessories and training as follow up gifts or opportunities for more enjoyment and use.

It might also be that some retailers have noticed and have made excellent offers this year for the Christmas season.  Cabela’s had a black friday deal on Ruger 10/22s at around $170.  That’s a great intro/starter rifle, and a great gift for pretty much anyone.

Companies like Centerfire Systems are doing deals all through December, and places like the Scottsdale Gun Club in AZ are offering Christmas photos with Santa and firearms.

“My dear brothers, never forget, when you hear the progress of enlightenment vaunted, that the devil’s best trick is to persuade you that he doesn’t exist!”

- Charles Baudelaire

He’s even got some people at HotAir fooled.

As an AP article today reminds us, President Obama has something of an “interesting” history on the issue. As a senator and candidate, this is the man who once chastised rural voters about “clinging” to their God and their guns. He was also a champion of bans on “assault rifles” and other measures before reaching the White House. Now, however, facing a slate of potential GOP challengers who are all avid hunters and shooters, it’s gotten awfully quiet at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue when it comes to second amendment rights.

Yes, it’s gotten quiet.  It’s called going “under the radar“.

On March 30, the 30th anniversary of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, Jim Brady, who sustained a debilitating head wound in the attack, and his wife, Sarah, came to Capitol Hill to push for a ban on the controversial “large magazines.” Brady, for whom the law requiring background checks on handgun purchasers is named, then met with White House press secretary Jay Carney. During the meeting, President Obama dropped in and, according to Sarah Brady, brought up the issue of gun control, “to fill us in that it was very much on his agenda,” she said.

“I just want you to know that we are working on it,” Brady recalled the president telling them. “We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar.

We already know that the ATF’s murderous Bill-of-Rights-subverting Operation Fast and Furious (aka Gunwalker) came from the highest levels in DC, and was pushed to support gun control.

We learned it in July, again in July those reporting regulations were mandated for southern border states, there was discussion of the same and other new gun control regs in August, it’s already been established that the White House knew, again the White House knew, and the DOJ was pushing to be able to lie about FOIA requests it didn’t want to answer.

It’s awfully quiet because they’re under the radar.  They’re pushing to convince you that they don’t care.

For those paying attention, in the last week, Interior Secretary Ken “Boot Stamping on a Human Face Forever” Salazar had his interior department pushing for regulations to ban shooting on federally managed land, like BLM and Forest Service land.  Just because they were caught by the NRA and hunting groups doesn’t change their intention.

The Obama administration said Wednesday it will not impose new restrictions on recreational shooting on public lands, a Thanksgiving gift for thousands of gun owners and hunters concerned about a draft plan to limit target shooting near residential areas.

Is that how gift-giving works?  I don’t remember many Christmas seasons as a kid where my folks said: “This year, we’re not going to take away toys you already have.  We’re going to let you keep what you own.  Isn’t that a great gift?”

But I wasn’t raised by socialist redistributionist Marxists, maybe Barry’s idea of Christmas was his parents not redistributing his toys.

Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., who had sharply criticized the earlier proposal, said Wednesday he was glad the Obama administration had reversed course.

But it would be a lot better for everyone if they stopped doing things to restrict gun rights that require them to back off in the first place,” said Rehberg, a frequent Obama critic who is challenging incumbent Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., next year.

One thing is sure: You can’t blink with these guys or they’ll slip something through,” Rehberg added in an email.

The only silence coming from the White House is them being very quiet about what they’re trying to do.  They’re not speaking, they’re acting.

The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.

Obama convincing people that his record on gun control doesn’t exist, his involvement with the anti-gun Joyce Foundation didn’t exist, and that his statements and actions (detailed above) don’t exist is a pretty close second.

Dallas’s own reporter makes a splash in the political river while interviewing the president. Watch Obama’s facial expressions as he is answering the questions Watson gives him.

I don’t know about everyone else, but i saw a little anger, irritation among other things. The president doesn’t like to be corrected and he likes to be able to say whatever he wants in answering a question, whether his response actually answers the given question or not. I think Watson did a good job in both correcting the President and in framing the question of political considerations being involved in which states received the space shuttles from NASA. This type of questioning needs to be used more often when the media has opportunity to interview major political personalities whether they have a (R) or (D) by their name.

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>Wealth Redistribution Simplified

Posted: April 24, 2010 by ShortTimer in Obama, Penn and Teller, Redistribution

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Figuratively.

Maybe.


The whole episode on taxes of Penn & Teller’s Bullshit that this clip came from can be found here. Expect harsh, but justified language.

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Many times one is asked to take historical literature and put it in a modern context in how it applies today. One could argue that, if alive today, Frederick Douglass would be a conservative, leaning toward more liberties and less government tyrannies. The fighting spirit and frustration that Frederick Douglass felt lives on today and is probably best summed up in his words:

“I saw nothing without seeing it, I heard nothing without hearing it, and felt nothing without feeling it. It looked from every star, it smiled in every calm, breathed in every wind, and moved in every storm (Douglass).”

There are many passionate American citizens who feel this way. They watch, read, and discuss politics with such passion and search for resolve in what they stand against.

When Douglass wrote Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, he was “between twenty-seven and twenty-eight years old.” This was an estimate because he was never given the luxury that one might take for granted – knowing his birth date. It is interesting because his age is similar to many young Americans now who are making their names heard in society and the work force. Given the circumstances Douglass was dealt, he was still able to get on the path of productiveness at a similar age to other young adults in America back then.

An imposing question one could ask is: if Frederick Douglass was alive today he would resent the class-warfare that has spurred debates? In his narrative, he wrote about being a mulatto child of a slave owner and that “the master is frequently compelled to sell this class of his slaves out of deference to the feelings of his white wife.” Now clearly this is in the context of selling children for slaves; but is there any validity that our current administration resents a certain class of people based on their family and social connections? President Obama’s preacher and mentor have made tirades towards America and white people in his sermons (Wright). Also, in President Obama’s book he stated “I knew as well that traveling down the road to self-respect my own white blood would never recede… (Obama)

Another modern correlation, and the only real way one could relate, may be with the paradox of having an unfit master. Where as one would not want to have a master at all but a master who is incompetent could be even worse. Frederick Douglass encountered a slave holder that he described as;

“His airs, words, and actions, were the airs, words, and actions of born slave-holders, and, being assumed, were awkward enough. He was not even a good imitator. He possessed all the disposition to deceive, but wanted the power. Having no resources within himself, he was compelled to be the copyist of many, and being such, he was forever the victim of inconsistency; and of consequence he was an object of contempt (Douglass).”

Many people feel this way about the current politicians and administration that has been inconsistent and poor imitators of a leader. The owner of Douglass marrying into the situation of owning slaves had similar inexperience to a senator who served barely a year in office becoming president.

Another source of Frederick Douglass’s contempt was the hypocrisy of the Southern slaveholders. They used religion as a platform and justification for many of the horrible things they did. Assuming that Frederick Douglass was true to his creed one would be hard impressed to imagine him approving of “In God We Trust” removed from silver dollar coins. Yes, people who lean to the left are religious, but conservation of religion is usually more of a right-wing stance.

Many Americans hoped that the President’s stance on being a Christian would make him more morally sensitive to religious issues. This is just like Frederick Douglass, who “hope(d) that his conversion would lead him to emancipate his slaves, and that, if he did not do this, it would, at any rate, make him more kind and humane (Douglass).” In both cases one could argue that there is not enough Christian conservatism to meet the liking of Frederick Douglass.

Many people feel that politicians marginalize minorities into categories and usually get frustrated when minorities step outside those lines. Recently the leader of the Black Chamber of Commerce spoke out against Senator Barbara Boxer and said “She loves poor black people in their place (Alford).” In comparison, Frederick Douglass spoke of his master’s ideology towards slaves when he said,

“If you teach that nigger [speaking of myself (Douglas)] how to read, there would be no keeping him. It would forever unfit him to be a slave. He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master. As to himself, it could do him no good, but a great deal of harm. It would make him discontented and unhappy (Douglass).”

One could say this is a prime example of some politicians’ mindsets when they assume they know what is best for the people they represent. The marginalizing lies in that when a black person or Hispanic has more conservative ideals, they are often chastised and challenged by other minorities in their communities. In comparison, Alford was commenting on Senator Barbara Boxer’s attempt to pit NCAAP against the Black Chamber of Commerce and how it was like in the south white plantation owners would pit one black preacher against the other (Alford).

The comparisons go on and on because under a socialist country, which is where many believe the United States is headed, it needs its citizens to be reliant on the government to work properly, much as a slave owner needs the slaves to rely on him or her. There are many people that resist the tyranny that can take away certain liberties and freedoms. The quote from Douglass that says, “ In learning to read, I owe almost as much to the bitter opposition of my master, as to the kindly aid of my mistress (Douglass),” Could be a metaphor for Americans who resist ruling powers, but use it’s loopholes of law as its “mistress of aid.”

Douglass envied other slaves who did not have the knowledge of the persecution of which the establishment of slavery was made. He wished at times that he did not know all that he knew because it consumed him. In this envy he still felt it upon himself to spread the knowledge of the truth because it was important that other slaves knew of the tyranny involved.

Many people under the George W. Bush administration felt purpose against the administration and used their voice and stood together to make a change. Americans voted on a new ruler but discovered that there was not more freedom – and some think less freedom. The bickering between Republicans and Democrats is similar to two slaves debating which slave master is better. Douglass realized that the real issue was the establishment of slavery as some Americans believe that government is becoming an establishment of tyranny.

The spirit and emotion that Douglass portrayed is truly inspiring to read. Douglass was a proud man, he knew the best master is being ones “own master (Douglass).” It is hard to fathom that Douglass would tolerate being overly taxed when he showed outrage in this passage from his book:

“I was compelled to deliver every cent of that money to Master Hugh. And why? Not because he earned it,–not because he had any hand in earning it,–not because I owed it to him,–nor because he possessed the slightest shadow of a right to it; but solely because he had the power to compel me to give it up (Douglass).”

Ultimately, perhaps all Americans will, sooner or later, value hard work and the liberty and freedom that is bestowed upon the individual. Probably no one put it better than Frederick Douglas himself:

“Hard work for me; but I went at it with a glad heart and a willing hand. I was now my own master. It was a happy moment, the rapture of which can be understood only by those who have been slaves. It was the first work, the reward of which was to be entirely my own. There was no Master Hugh standing ready, the moment I earned the money, to rob me of it. I worked that day with a pleasure I had never before experienced.”

Works Cited

Alford, Harry. The Factor with Bill O’Reily Bill O’reily. 20 July 2009.

Douglass, Fredrick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. NY: The Anti-Slavery Office, 1845.

Obama, Barack. Dreams from My Father. New York: Random House, 2004.

Wright, Reverend. Chicago, 5 January 2006.