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Spanish Inquisition, Hitler’s Gestapo and Obama

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This is from Godfather Politics.

Obama’s spying on and harassing of Americans makes the Gestapo look like pikers.

 

On November 1, 1478, the Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition was established in Spain by Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile. The king and queen were devout Catholics and had the church in Spain create the Inquisition to maintain Catholic orthodoxy, especially among converts from Judaism and Islam. In 1492 and 1501 the monarchs issued orders for Jews and Muslims to convert to Catholicism or leave Spain.

The Inquisition lasted for several centuries until it was formerly ended on July 15, 1834. During the 356 years of the Inquisition, nearly 100,000 individuals were accused of some form of heresy. They were put through trials that were anything but fair. Thousands were tortured into making false confessions just to end their suffering. While figures very from source to source; at least 1,300 people were executed and many thousands were stripped of all of their possessions and imprisoned for years by the Inquisition.

The Inquisition was also rife with corruption and thousands of Spaniards were falsely accused and condemned. Sometimes personal enemies of inquisitors were falsely accused with trumped up charges. In other instances the Inquisition was simply a means to gain coveted properties, wealth and estates.

On April 26, 1933, Germany Chancellor Adolf Hitler established the Geheime Staatspolizei, also known as the Gestapo or the Secret State (S.S.) Police. The first minister over the Gestapo was Hitler’s number two man, Hermann Göring. From its formation until the fall of Germany on May 8, 1945, the Gestapo was worse than the Spanish Inquisition in that they arrested, tortured and executed millions of German Jews and others.

Like the Inquisition, the Gestapo falsely accused German citizens of opposing Hitler or just speaking out against the Nazi empire. The pressure of the S.S. was so strong that friends betrayed friends and family betrayed family. Children were encouraged to report on anything their parents did that was contrary to Hitler and his regime. Personal feuds or disagreements were settled by reporting the other person to the Gestapo with false accusations.

Under the 12 years of Nazi rule, the Gestapo imposed a reign of terror that far exceeded the 350 years of the Inquisition. Germans were afraid to say or do anything for fear of being arrested, tortured, imprisoned and executed.

On January 20, 2009, Barack Hussein Obama was sworn into office as America’s new leader (I still refuse to refer to him as president). He has also imposed a reign of terror, but his has been more subtle than the Inquisition or by the Gestapo. Obama has been using various government agencies to unjustly target any who openly oppose or disagree with him and his dictatorship.

He has used the Internal Revenue Service to target and harass political conservatives, Republican campaign donors, any group with ‘tea party’ or ‘patriot’ in their name, Christians and Jews.

He has used the National Security Agency (NSA) to spy on millions of Americans, especially a number of reporters that were outspoken against the Obama administration.

He has used the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to harass land owners. In some cases the EPA has prevented land owners from doing anything to improve their property. In other cases, they’ve forced honest businesses to close down for unjustifiable reasons. The EPA is being used to tyrannically control private land instead of protecting public lands as it was designed to do.

He has used the Department of Homeland Security and their immigration services to deport legal US citizens while allowing millions of illegal aliens to remain in the US. The millions of illegals are taking American jobs and depleting local and state welfare coffers.

He has used the State Department to cause friction between some our longtime allies like Israel while supporting our enemies like Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Taliban and the Palestinian Authority to name a few.

He used a Democratic controlled Congress to force the nation into a socialist healthcare program that has only left more Americans uninsured than when it was implemented.

He has set in place orders that would allow him to take total control of all forms of communication (internet, television, radio, email, etc.); the financial and banking industry and many forms of commerce and travel in the case of a declared national emergency.

He used a Democratic controlled Congress to enact the Patriot Act which gives Obama and federal authorities the right to arrest, indefinitely detain and imprison anyone in the US for any suspicion of being a threat to government. The Patriot Act basically establishes a modern US version of the Inquisition and Gestapo if Obama so orders or declares a state of emergency. Anyone who opposes him could simply and legally disappear without even having to let family know what happened or where they are.

They say history repeats itself and it is looking like that is very close to repeating itself once again in a very terrifying way.
Read more at http://godfatherpolitics.com/21091/spanish-inquisition-hitlers-gestapo-and-obama/#tsAYSzXRFq6oqQ6g.99

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IRS Sets Precedent For Governmental Gun Seizure Without Charges

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Hat Tip To Bullets First.

Abolish the Internal Revenue Service immediately.

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In America we have this understanding that we are innocent until PROVEN guilty.  Unfortunately, a law concerning the Internal Revenue Service has flipped that notion on its head and it is a reversal of fortune that believers of 2nd Amendment should take notice of.

Using the “Civil Asset  Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000” the IRS can quite simply seize a persons entire fortune without actually filing any charges against them.  It is up to the victim of the IRS to hire a lawyer and pay the legal fees in order to prove that their life savings are legitimate.

Initially concocted under the notion of combating drug traffickers, gangsters and terrorists, the Act has been used mostly against law abiding citizens.  In 2012 for instance, 639 people had their assets seized, only about 1 in 5 of which ever led to any criminal charges.  That means 80% of those people were innocent of any wrongdoing and had to either file bankruptcy, go into massive debt fighting, or take a settlement offer for a fraction of the money that the IRS seized in the first place.

The New York Times Reports: When no criminal activity is charged, the IRS often negotiates to return only part of the seized money, leaving impoverished citizens with little option but to either accept the IRS’ offer or continue a lengthy and very expensive legal battle to try to get their legitimately earned money back.

When it comes down to it, this is basically government racketeering and extortion.

How it works is, the government tracks how much money you put into the bank.  If you do anything “suspicious” like put in less than $10,000 cash (the level above which must be reported) then the IRS can assume you are a criminal and seize your assets.

Here’s the rub:

Law Enforcement Agencies GET TO KEEP A SHARE OF WHATEVER IS FORFEITED.

That’s right. It would be like a cop getting 20% of the proceeds from every ticket he writes.  Do you think ticket writing abuse might take place?  Of course it would.

And who are these people who are having their lives ruined?

Army Sgt. Jeff Cortazzo was saving up for his daughters’ college education when the IRS seized $66,000 of his money – it cost him $21,000 to get the remainder back.  His daughter had to delay going to college for one year.

In Long Island, NY a 27 year old candy company that deals heavily in cash made daily deposits between $5,000 and $10,000 and had their entire bank account consisting of $447,000 seized.  That company, with no criminal charges filed, is now $300,000 in debt.  The IRS offered a pennies on the dollar settlement which the company refused.  RememberNO CRIMINAL CHARGES.

The company’s attorney,  Josh Potashnik stately his thoughts on the matter: “I don’t think they’re (the IRS) really interested in anything. They just want the money.”  Of course they do, they get to keep most of it.

Carol Hinders runs a Mexican Restaurant in Arnold’s Park, Iowa.  Another small business dealing in cash, Hinders saw her entire $33,000 personal life savings seized by the government because she would make daily deposits of profit that just happened to be less than the $10,000 reporting limit.  In order to stay in business while the IRS keeps her money, Hinders has maxed out her credit and taken a second mortgage out on her home.

So what has the CAFR Act of 2000 really done?  It has created a dragnet of law enforcement agencies, backed by the IRS, who go out trolling for innocent people who they can legally rob and hold hostage while and then are REWARDED with a portion of the seized assets.  Rememberall with NO CRIMINAL CHARGES being filed or even pursued.

Why is this important to gun owners?

This is a precedent being set.  If the IRS doesn’t need actual proof or are required to file charges in order to seize the entire life savings of an innocent person, then the day may come when the ATF doesn’t need proof or have to file charges in order to seize the entire gun collection of an innocent person.

Think about it.  What if, in order to “protect the children” and “fight terrorism” a law was passed that required you to report whenever you purchase more than 5 guns a month.  A load of BS I know.  But then what if they passed an accompanying law that gave the ATF the right to seize all weapons from “suspicious” gun buyers?  The only thing suspicious being that you only bought 4 in one month.

Thanks to the precedent set by the IRS, that is all it would take to assume you were trying to duck the reporting requirement.  Next thing you know you have ATF agents raiding your house, shooting your dog and seizing every firearm you own.

On top of all that tyranny, the ATF and cooperating law enforcement agencies get to KEEP some of your guns for themselves.  And even if you are never charged with a crime, the amount of time and money it would cost to prove that you are innocent and get your weapons back would be greater than the value of them to begin with.

Its as brilliant a scheme as it is sickening.  Basically we have incentivised and sanctioned the tyrannizing of law abiding citizens.

The IRS has opened the door and it is only a matter of time before gun control loving politicians try to bestow the same powers on the ATF.

America, where you are innocent until proven guiltyunless you have something the government wants to steal.
Read more at http://bulletsfirst.net/2014/10/27/irs-sets-precedent-governmental-gun-seizure-without-charges/#1omlPRofTWE25ZX2.99

IRS Strikes Deal With Atheist Group to Monitor Content of Sermons

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This is from LifeNews.

This is a move Hitler and Stalin would be proud of.

This is another push to stifle free speech.

How many so-called Christian pastors will sell out to political correctness?

Someone Please tell me that Obama is a Christian.

Look at the why he persecutes Christians, Obama is the man laying the path for the Anti-Christ.

The next time your pastor delivers a pro-life sermon or urges the congregation to stand up for pro-life values in the political or public arena, he could be taken to task by the IRS.

Alliance Defending Freedom asked the Internal Revenue Service Tuesday to release all documents related to its recent decision to settle a lawsuit with an atheist group that claims the IRS has adopted new protocols and procedures for the investigation of churches.

Pastor Holding Bible ca. 2000ADF submitted the Freedom of Information Act request after learning of the IRS’s agreement with Freedom From Religion Foundation in a press releasethe group issued on July 17 concerning its lawsuit Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Koskinen, which accused the agency of failing to investigate churches the way the atheist group would like.

“Secrecy breeds mistrust, and the IRS should know this in light of its recent scandals involving the investigation of conservative groups,” said ADF Litigation Counsel Christiana Holcomb. “We are asking the IRS to disclose the new protocols and procedures it apparently adopted for determining whether to investigate churches. What it intends to do to churches must be brought into the light of day.”

The IRS claims it is temporarily withholding investigations of all tax-exempt entities because of congressional scrutiny of its recent scandals, but no one knows when it will decide to restart investigations based on any new or modified rules that it develops.

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According to the Freedom From Religion Foundation press release, “The IRS has now resolved the signature authority issue necessary to initiate church examinations. The IRS also has adopted procedures for reviewing, evaluating and determining whether to initiate church investigations.”

The release mentions the ADF annual “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” event as one that promotes activity by churches that violates the Johnson Amendment, a federal law that activist groups often cite in an attempt to silence churches by threatening their tax-exempt status. The Johnson Amendment authorizes the IRS to regulate sermons and requires churches to give up their constitutionally protected freedom of speech in order to retain their tax-exempt status.

“The IRS cannot force churches to give up their precious constitutionally protected freedoms to receive a tax exemption,” explained ADF Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley, who heads the Pulpit Freedom Sunday event. “No one would suggest a pastor give up his church’s tax-exempt status if he wants to keep his constitutional protection against illegal search and seizure or cruel and unusual punishment. Likewise, no one should be asking him to do the same to be able to keep his constitutionally protected freedom of speech.”

This year’s Pulpit Freedom Sunday will be held on Oct. 5.

BRUCE: Veterans die while a traitor gets VIP health care Another sign America is on the wrong track

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This is from The Washington Times.

The only treatment that traitorous scmbag Manning should get is a bullet in the back of his skull.

I bet after his sex change, this freak show claims to be a  different person as Bradley Manning no longer exists.

So he/she/it is a different person and should go free.

 

During the past couple of weeks we’ve learned more of the obscene tactic at Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals accused of creating secret appointment lists to hide wait times for our veterans. At first, it was the shock of learning about the deaths of 40 of our patriots may be due to this obscenity at the VA in Phoenix.

Now it seems that may just be the tip of the iceberg. A whistleblower has come forward claiming Chicago’s Hines VA Medical Center also keeps secret lists in order to falsify the appointment wait times. CBS News spoke with VA social worker Germaine Clarno, who is alleging the lists are not just to game the required appointment wait time, but also to collect bonuses for doing so.

When asked by CBS about how far the fraud goes, Ms. Clarno said it was “hospitalwide.”

“We’re talking about surgery, radiology, women’s clinic, all those different areas, all the specialties, all the clinics,” she said.

It’s an apparent systemwide fraud in a bureaucracy that sees our veterans not as its clients and patients, but as numbers on a piece of paper to shuffle, lie to and lose.

Most of us want to believe that not all VA hospitals are engaging in this catastrophe, and that’s all the more reason to establish a criminal investigation now, to treat this as the emergency it is and to stop it in its tracks.

The cruelty of this behavior, which has very possibly led to the deaths of so many in Phoenix alone, exposes the natural inhumanity of the liberal bureaucracy. Now we know what happens when government controls health care and people become less important than the budget.

If there’s anyone who deserves free health care, it’s our veterans, who risk their lives in theaters of war. In our volunteer military, they are the heroes who freely agree to give everything, perhaps even their lives, to protect our nation, our future and liberty around the world.

Yet, when they return home and need us, our government employees throw them into a machine that not only doesn’t give a darn, but uses them as a pawns in a vile effort to get cash for themselves.

It’s monstrous, and not surprising. We’ve now seen this heinous disregard for the individual at every level of the federal government. Whether it’s spying on Americans, using the Internal Revenue Service to punish political opponents, abandoning diplomats to terrorists, delivering guns into the bloody paws of Mexican drug cartels, or trying to destroy the private health care system in America, there is a dangerous disconnection with normal decision-making and contempt for the basic rights of human beings.

We shouldn’t be surprised that the almost sociopathic attitude on display everyday by the Obama administration is infecting the federal system as a whole.

Strangely, if we turn from veterans to traitors, however, we learn just how much the bureaucracy can make happen in the name of health care.

Politico reports the Pentagon has approved convicted traitor Bradley Manning for transfer from prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., to a civilian prison so he can receive “gender treatment.” Manning, convicted of sending classified documents to WikiLeaks, has changed his name to “Chelsea,” wants hormone therapy and other medical treatment so he can realize his true self. Or something.

You see, doctors have diagnosed Manning with “gender dysphoria,” or the feeling of being a woman trapped in a man’s body. The New York Daily News reports: “By November, a military doctor there [at Leavenworth] had approved a treatment plan, including hormone therapy, but it was sent higher up the chain of command for consideration, according to a complaint filed by Manning in March over the delay in getting treatment.”

Oh, brother. Prisoners should have health care, but not the extraordinary variety, like organ transplants or sex-reassignment surgery. Rewarding criminals with access to health care that far eclipses what the average American can hope for is ridiculous, insulting and should be stopped.

Consider this in the midst of the apparently deliberate health care neglect of our veterans. Here we have a convicted traitor whining about feeling like a woman in a man’s body and then having the gall to complain about delays in “treatment.”

The system then jumps into action making it possible for this jerk to receive what could be well over $100,000 worth of treatment, funded completely by the taxpayer, of course. Hormone replacement alone could cost upwards of $200 a month, for life.

On the Manning situation, The Associated Press notes, “Some officials have said privately that keeping the soldier in a military prison and unable to have treatment could amount to cruel and unusual punishment.”

Actually, these days being a convicted traitor gets you the most expensive and VIP health care possible. On the other hand, if you’re a loyal and brave veteran, your hospital puts you on a secret wait list until you die.

Which would you say is cruel and unusual?

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/15/bruce-you-know-america-is-on-the-wrong-track-when/#ixzz31v8UIZBq
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GOP legislation would cut off Holder’s salary

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This is from Fox News Politics.

If Eric Holder was in the private sector he would have been fired and very possibly locked up.

If Eric was in a private practice law firm he would have been fired disbarred and very likely to have been locked up.

SO he should be a thug for Obama on his own dime not the taxpayer’s dime.

 

 

A Republican lawmaker has introduced legislation that would cut off pay to Attorney General Eric Holder and other federal officials who have been held in contempt of Congress.

Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, introduced the “Contempt Act” on Tuesday, less than a week after alluding to the measure during a contentious House Judiciary Committee hearing where Holder faced criticism from GOP lawmakers.

“The American people should not be footing the bill for federal employees who stonewall Congress or rewarding government officials’ bad behavior,” Farenthold said in a statement. “If the average American failed to do his or her job, he or she would hardly be rewarded.”

Under the proposal, the contempt resolution would have to be adopted by either the House or Senate for the official to lose their pay. The GOP-led House voted in 2012 to hold Holder in contempt for failing to provide key information on Operation Fast and Furious.

The House Oversight Committee voted last week to hold former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions at a pair of hearings about the agency’s political targeting scandal.

Farenthold’s bill would not apply to Lerner, who retired last fall.

“While Ms. Lerner has since retired from the IRS, my bill will at least prevent current and future federal employees, like [Holder], from continuing to collect their taxpayer-paid salaries while held in contempt of Congress,” Farenthold said.

The contempt measure against Lerner heads next to the House floor. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, predicted last week that unless Lerner agrees to cooperate with the targeting scandal probe, the full House will support contempt.

Nevada Cattle Rancher Wins ‘Range War’ With Feds

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This is from ABC News.

This ranchers family was using this range land long before there was Bureau Of Land Management.

It should be the Bureau Of Land Mismanagement.

I fear the Internal Revenue Service start harassing Cliven Bundy.

We need to pay close attention to what happens to this man and his family.

 

A Nevada cattle rancher appears to have won his week-long battle with the federal government over a controversial cattle roundup that had led to the arrest of several protesters.

Cliven Bundy went head to head with the Bureau of Land Management over the removal of hundreds of his cattle from federal land, where the government said they were grazing illegally.

Bundy claims his herd of roughly 900 cattle have grazed on the land along the riverbed near Bunkerville, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, since 1870 and threatened a “range war” against the BLM on the Bundy Ranch website after one of his sons was arrested while protesting the removal of the cattle.

“I have no contract with the United States government,” Bundy said. “I was paying grazing fees for management and that’s what BLM was supposed to be, land managers and they were managing my ranch out of business, so I refused to pay.”

The federal government had countered that Bundy “owes the American people in excess of $1 million ” in unpaid grazing fees and “refuses to abide by the law of land, despite many opportunities over the last 20 years to do so.”

However, today the BLM said it would not enforce a court order to remove the cattle and was pulling out of the area.

“Based on information about conditions on the ground, and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public,” BLM Director Neil Kornze said.

“We ask that all parties in the area remain peaceful and law-abiding as the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service work to end the operation in an orderly manner,” he said.

The roundup began April 5, following lengthy court proceedings dating back to 1993, federal officials said. Federal officers began impounding the first lot of cows last weekend, and Bundy responded by inviting supporters onto his land to protest the action.

“It’s not about cows, it’s about freedom,” Utah resident Yonna Winget told ABC News affiliateKTNV in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“People are getting tired of the federal government having unlimited power,” Bundy’s wife, Carol Bundy told ABC News.

By Sunday, April 6, one of Bundy’s sons, Dave Bundy, was taken into custody for refusing to disperse and resisting arrest, while hundreds of other protesters, some venturing from interstate, gathered along the road few miles from Bundy’s property in solidarity. Dave Bundy was later released.

A spokesman for the Bundy encampment told ABC News roughly 300 protesters had assembled for the protest, while a BLM representative estimated there were around 100 people.

“We want a peaceful protest, but we also want our voices heard,” said Cliven Bundy’s sister, Chrisie Marshall Bundy.

But clashes between demonstrators and authorities took a violent turn on Wednesday, with cell phone video showing some being tasered at the site, including Bundy’s son, Ammon Bundy. Two other protesters were detained, cited and later released on Thursday, according to the BLM.

As the movement grew by the day, and demonstrators rallied together, bonding by campfires at night, local protest leaders warned people not to wear camouflage and keep their weapons inside their vehicles.

Both sides said the issue is one of fairness, with the federal government maintaining that thousands of other cattle ranchers are abiding by the law by paying their annual grazing fees, while Bundy’s family and supporters say the government’s actions are threatening ranchers’ freedoms.

“It’s about the freedom of America,” said another of Bundy’s sisters, Margaret Houston. “We have to stand up and fight.”

 

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This is from CNSNews.

Words of wisdom from Charlie Daniels.

 

In my 77 years of experience on earth, I have never seen the scarcity of capable leadership as critical as it is today.

When someone speaks of leadership, most people’s minds go immediately to politics and there’s no doubt that the lack of qualified leaders reaches into the very top echelons of government, but the problem extends deeply into the social, moral and business world as well.

One of the greatest causes for the multiple divisions in America can be traced to lack of leadership. Social upheaval, gigantic bankruptcies leading to government bailouts, the slow demise of unions, the lax moral attitudes of many of the younger generation can be traced directly to lack of sensible, responsible leadership.

Politicians pandering to voting blocks, business leaders taking reckless chances with stockholder’s money, union officials making demands a company cannot meet and rabble rousing racial leaders who preach dependence rather than self reliance.

One of the prime roles of a leader is to appoint or hire personnel capable of handling autonomy, those with the savvy and common sense to know how far to go without asking the advice of their superiors and how far not to go on their own.

I have been in business for over thirty years and responsible for the payroll and the bills but the only job I can do adequately is entertain, so I do that and leave the day to day running of the business in the capable hands of a small cadre of folks I trust implicitly, knowing that if they reach the point of making a decision that is outside their authority to make, they will run it past me before moving on.

Being surrounded by competent, dependable and trustworthy employees is perhaps the most vital part of leadership and retaining and respecting those people is essential to having a successful business.

There are no unimportant jobs in the CDB. There are times when the drivers have the most important jobs in the whole outfit as they drive the buses and truck through the midnight hours with everybody else’s lives in their hands.

Personally, I have no problem relinquishing authority to employees to give them the latitude to do their jobs, but I think in many cases leaders develop a bad case of megalomania and try to make all decisions on all levels themselves. Then there are those who take little or no responsibility at all and things fall apart with no input from the top.

Racial leaders who blame all their problems on outside influences are actually expounding the theory that their race cannot accomplish anything on their own and have to have help from an outside source. When they really should be blasting gangs, unwed teenage pregnancy, drugs, absentee fathers and violence and energetically promoting self-reliance, education and work ethic.

Many of the churches in America have turned into little more than social clubs as liberalized ministers forsake the teachings of the Bible for a more socially acceptable message with few absolutes and a lot of gray areas.

Union leaders trying to maintain their power, promise their membership the moon and try to saddle companies and governments with unreasonable concessions, causing companies to move out of the country and state and city governments finally go bankrupt and the membership loses much of the pensions they depended on to fund their retirements.

I don’t need to go into the vacuum of leadership on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue; just mentioning Fast and Furious, Obamacare, IRS, NSA and Benghazi says it better than I ever could.

And lastly, but most important of all, parents have abdicated their responsibilities, allowing young children to watch trash on TV, not emphasizing the importance of education and work ethic, accepting the loose morality of the street and a thousand other things in the day to day life of their children that determine what kind of people they will turn out to be.

Man is meant to be under authority with our Creator at the pinnacle and capable and dedicated mortals up and down the chain of command leading by example.

Somewhere along the way our compass got out of kilter; we need some outstanding leaders to right the ship.

What do you think?

Pray for our troops and the peace of Jerusalem.

God Bless America

Charlie Daniels

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President Obama’s Top 10 Constitutional Violations Of 2013

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This is from the Independent Journal Review.

This is just the top ten.

 

Guest post by Ilya Shapiro, senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review.

One of Barack Obama’s chief accomplishments has been to return the Constitution to a central place in our public discourse.

Unfortunately, the president fomented this upswing in civic interest not by talking up the constitutional aspects of his policy agenda, but by blatantly violating the strictures of our founding document. And he’s been most frustrated with the separation of powers, which doesn’t allow him to “fundamentally transform” the country without congressional acquiescence.

But that hasn’t stopped him. In its first term, the Administration launched a “We Can’t Wait” initiative, with senior aide Dan Pfeiffer explaining that “when Congress won’t act, this president will.” And earlier this year, President Obama said in announcing his new economic plans that “I will not allow gridlock, or inaction, or willful indifference to get in our way.”

And so, as we reach the end of another year of political strife that’s fundamentally based on clashing views on the role of government in society, I thought I’d update a list I made two years ago and hereby present President Obama’s top 10 constitutional violations of 2013.

1. Delay of Obamacare’s out-of-pocket caps.

The Labor Department announced in February that it was delaying for a year the part of the healthcare law that limits how much people have to spend on their own insurance. This may have been sensible—insurers and employers need time to comply with rapidly changing regulations—but changing the law requires actual legislation.

2. Delay of Obamacare’s employer mandate.

The administration announced via blogpost on the eve of the July 4 holiday that it was delaying the requirement that employers of at least 50 people provide complying insurance or pay a fine. This time it did cite statutory authority, but the cited provisions allow the delay of certain reporting requirements, not of the mandate itself.

3. Delay of Obamacare’s insurance requirements.

The famous pledge that “if you like your plan, you can keep it” backfired when insurance companies started cancelling millions of plans that didn’t comply with Obamacare’s requirements. President Obama called a press conference last month to proclaim that people could continue buying non-complying plans in 2014—despite Obamacare’s explicit language to the contrary. He then refused

4. Exemption of Congress from Obamacare.

A little-known part of Obamacare requires Congressmen and their staff to get insurance through the new healthcare exchanges, rather than a taxpayer-funded program. In the quiet of August, President Obama directed the Office of Personnel Management to interpret the law to maintain the generous congressional benefits.

5. Expansion of the employer mandate penalty through IRS regulation.

Obamacare grants tax credits to people whose employers don’t provide coverage if they buy a plan “through an Exchange established by the State”—and then fines employers for each employee receiving such a subsidy. No tax credits are authorized for residents of states where the exchanges are established by the federal government, as an incentive for states to create exchanges themselves. Because so few (16) states did, however, the IRS issued a rule ignoring that plain text and allowed subsidies (and commensurate fines) for plans coming from “a State Exchange, regional Exchange, subsidiary Exchange, and federally-facilitated Exchange.”

6. Political profiling by the IRS.

After seeing a rise in the number of applications for tax-exempt status, the IRS in 2010 compiled a “be on the lookout” (“BOLO”) list to identify organizations engaged in political activities. The list included words such as “Tea Party,” “Patriots,” and “Israel”; subjects such as government spending, debt, or taxes; and activities such as criticizing the government, educating about the Constitution, or challenging Obamacare. The targeting continued through May of this year.

7. Outlandish Supreme Court arguments.

Between January 2012 and June 2013, the Supreme Court unanimously rejected the Justice Department’s extreme positions 9 times. The cases ranged from criminal procedure to property rights, religious liberty to immigration, securities regulation to tax law. They had nothing in common other than the government’s view that federal power is virtually unlimited. As a comparison, in the entire Bush and Clinton presidencies, the government suffered 15 and 23 unanimous rulings, respectively.

8. Recess appointments.

Last year, President Obama appointed three members of the National Labor Relations Board, as well as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, during what he considered to be a Senate recess. But the Senate was still holding “pro forma” sessions every three days—a technique developed by Sen. Harry Reid to thwart Bush recess appointments. (Meanwhile, the Dodd-Frank Act, which created the CFPB, provides that authority remains with the Treasury Secretary until a director is “confirmed by the Senate.”) In January, the D.C. Circuit held the NLRB appointments to be unconstitutional, which ruling White House spokesman Jay Carney said only applied to “one court, one case, one company.”

9. Assault on free speech and due process on college campuses.

Responding to complaints about the University of Montana’s handling of sexual assault claims, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, in conjunction with the Justice Department, sent the university a letter intended as a national “blueprint” for tackling sexual harassment. The letter urges a crackdown on “unwelcome” speech and requires complaints to be heard in quasi-judicial procedures that deny legal representation, encourage punishment before trial, and convict based on a mere “more likely than not” standard.

10. Mini-DREAM Act.

Congress has shamelessly failed to pass any sort of immigration reform, including for the most sympathetic victims of the current non-system, young people who were brought into the country illegally as children. Nonetheless, President Obama, contradicting his own previous statements claiming to lack authority, directed the Department of Homeland Security to issue work and residence permits to the so-called Dreamers. The executive branch undoubtedly has discretion regarding enforcement priorities, but granting de facto green cards goes beyond a decision to defer deportation in certain cases.

President-Obama-takes-the-oath-of-office_1_1It was hard to limit myself to 10 items, of course—Obamacare alone could’ve filled many such lists—but these, in my judgment, represent the chief executive’s biggest dereliction this year of his duty to “preserve, protect, and defend” the Constitution, and to “take care that the law be faithfully executed.”

Alas, things may get worse before they get better. New presidential “counselor” John Podesta’s belief in governance by fiat is no secret; in a 2010 report, he wrote that focusing on executive power “presents a real opportunity for the Obama administration to turn its focus away from a divided Congress and the unappetizing process of making legislative sausage.”

Happy New Year!

This article appeared originally at Forbes.com. Ilya Shapiro is a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review.

 

 

IRS FLOATS RULE CHANGES TO TIP 2014 ELECTIONS

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This is from Breitbarts Big Government.

Obama is using the IRS like his own personal Gestapo

to punish and destroy his enemies.

Yet Congress does nothing and will do nothing.

 

The Internal Revenue Service quietly proposed new regulationsaimed at 501(c)(4) organizations during the Thanksgiving recess that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, called “a crass political effort by the Administration to get what political advantage they can, when they can.”

Tea Party groups and other conservative organizations were apparently singled out by the IRS starting in 2010, and the heavy hand of government suppression of these groups may have greatly attributed to Obama’s re-election, an American Enterprise Institute study revealed in October.

The Washington Post reported last week the Treasury Department said the new rules “may be both more restrictive and more permissive than the current approach.” The new rules focus on organizations known as “social welfare” groups that regulated within section 501(c)(4) of the tax code. Conservative political operations, liberal groups before them, began to organize under the 501 (c)(4) umbrella in the past ten years, and having such a tax status would allow these organizations from disclosing their donors.

A 54-year-old rule says that an organization can become a social welfare organization “if it is primarily engaged in promoting in some way the common good and general welfare of the people of the community.” The new IRS regulation now says “campaign-related political activity” cannot count towards a group’s social welfare mission. Such a regulation would discount numerous conservative advocacy groups either seeking for or wanting to maintain a 501(c)(4) tax status. According to the Post:

“The phone and e-mail exploded,” said Dan Backer, an Alexandria lawyer specializing in election law who represents many nonprofit groups on the right. “We are all going to spend a tremendous amount of time and energy fighting back against this.”

“The IRS is approaching this as, ‘We are giving you the right to speak and you are going to speak within the confines we tell you,’ ” Backer added. “And that’s wrong. This whole effort is simply a way to empower government to regulate speech.” …

“Treasury and the IRS drew a very deep and troubling line in the sand,” the Alliance for Justice, an association of more than 100 nonprofit groups on the left, said in a statement. “Though the new definitions attempt to clarify existing rules, they also create a danger to citizen participation in our democracy.”

Issa’s Committee has been investigating evidence this past year showing the IRS targeted Tea Party, religious, and other conservative organizations. In a statement released by Issa’s Committee office last week, the chairman said:

This new effort by the Obama Administration to limit traditional advocacy efforts by social welfare organizations will have a much more profound impact on grassroots and community organizations than on the well-heeled groups it supposedly targets. The fact that the Administration’s new effort only applies to social welfare organizations — and not powerful unions or business groups — underscores that this is a crass political effort by the Administration to get what political advantage they can, when they can.

The Committee’s interim report into the IRS’s targeting scandal explained how the Citizens United decision caused the IRS to handle conservative tax-exempt applicants in a distinct and unfair manner. The regulation released today continues this Administration’s unfortunate pattern of stifling constitutional free speech.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Committee, saw the new IRS regulations as a positive step forward. Cummings’ office released a statement last week expressing the congressman’s satisfaction with the new rules:

Today by clarifying the confusing regulations governing the amount of political campaign activity that tax-exempt organizations can conduct, the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department have taken another important step in implementing the recommendations made by the Inspector General earlier this year.   Our investigation has shown that reforming these tax rules is essential, and I hope that we can put aside partisan politics and work together to ensure that these reforms work for everyone.

In the meantime, the Oversight Committee, according to Issa, continues to be stonewalled by the FBI over the Committee’s investigation  into whether the IRS targeted the conservative group True the Vote. Issa is now threatening to subpoena FBI director James Comey to get the information he says Oversight needs.

 

 

 

Obama Orders IRS to Shutdown Non-Profits That Speak Out Against Him

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This is from Godfather Politics.

How long will we keep letting Dictator Obama keep

his job?

Nixon was damn close to be impeached for a whole

Hell of a lot less.

 

Remember the IRS scandal that erupted after last year’s elections?  The IRS had intentionally targeted Tea Party, patriotic, Christian and other conservative groups applying for non-profit tax status.  They delayed the applications for as much as three years and tried to demand information that was not pertinent to the application process, even though Obama’s brother’s non-profit got his non-profit status in just over 30 days after being in violation of acting as a non-profit for over 2 years.

Many people felt that IRS targeting was dictated by Obama who met with the director of the IRS more than any another member of his cabinet.  Some conservatives believed that Obama should have resigned over the scandal, but after stealing the presidency, nothing is going to stop Obama from taking over the country.

In another dictatorial move to squelch any and all opposition to his socialist dictatorship, President Obama’s administration has ordered the IRS to take action against all non-profits classified as social welfare 501(c)4 groups involved in political activities.  This move appears to be targeting conservative groups and PACs such as Crossroads GPS and Priorities USA, both of which have been very vocal in their opposition to Obama and his policies.

On Tuesday, the IRS and Treasury Department offered up a new set of rules that would forbid non-profit organizations from being involved in any ‘candidate-related political activity.’  The banned activities would include registering voters, distributing campaign literature and running campaign related advertisements.

According to Mark Mazur, Assistant Treasury Secretary for Tax Policy:

“This proposed guidance is a first critical step toward creating clear-cut definitions of political activity by tax-exempt social welfare organizations.  We are committed to getting this right before issuing final guidance that may affect a broad group of organizations.”

“It will take time to work through the regulatory process and carefully consider all public feedback as we strive to ensure that the standards for tax-exemption are clear and can be applied consistently.”

Not everyone thinks this move to politically gag non-profits is a good nonpartisan idea.  Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) is representing over three dozen organizations that have filed a lawsuit against the IRS told the New York Times:

“This is a feeble attempt by the Obama administration to justify its own wrongdoing with the IRS targeting of conservative and tea party groups.”

Nick Ryan, who founded the Iowa based 501(c)4 non-profit group The American Future Fund, also told the New York Times:

“Unfortunately, it appears that the same bureaucrats that attempted to suppress the speech of conservative groups in recent years has now put together new rules that apply to (c)4 groups but do not apply to liberal groups like labor unions.”

“I wish I could say I am surprised, but I am not.”

Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, commented about the new proposals, saying:

“There continues to be an ongoing investigation, with many documents yet to be uncovered, into how the IRS systematically targeted and abused conservative-leaning groups.  This smacks of the administration trying to shut down potential critics.”

One way or another, Obama is bound and determined to stop as many of his critics as possible, legally or illegally. He doesn’t believe in the First Amendment rights of free speech and religion.  The Constitution and laws mean nothing to him or his cronies.  They will trample anything and anyone that gets in their way from accomplishing their socialist agenda.
Read more: http://godfatherpolitics.com/13418/obama-orders-irs-shutdown-non-profits-speak/#ixzz2lztRMPJ4

 

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