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Friday, February 26, 2010

Self-ownership

New element saps energy from Bills, economy, facial expressions

The scientists at University of Memphis have now identified
with certainty the heaviest element known to science.

The new element, Pelosium (PL), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88
deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic
mass of 312.

These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are
surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.

Pelosium is inert, and has no charge and no magnetism. Nevertheless, it
can be detected because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into
contact. A tiny amount of Pelosium can cause a reaction that would
normally take less than a second, to take from 4 days to 4 years to
complete.

Pelosium has a normal half-life of 2 years. It does not decay, but instead
undergoes a biennial reorganization in which a portion of the assistant
neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places.

Pelosium mass will increase over time, since each reorganization will
promote many morons to become isodopes.

This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe
that Pelosium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration.
This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass.

When catalyzed with money, Pelosium becomes Senatorium, an element that
radiates just as much energy as Pelosium since it has half as many peons
but twice as many morons.

See, we have really smart people at the University, too!

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Celebrate Tea Party movement's first anniversary

This weekend, tea partiers will strike again with "Recharge the Movement" street demonstrations. Tea Party Patriots, a leading organization in the movement, has posted information for at least 30 events scheduled for Saturday, including the following:

New York, New York - Manhattan/City Hall Park, 11 a.m.

Washington, D.C./Alexandria Virginia - City Hall, King Street, 9 am

Laguna Beach, Calif. – Feb. 27, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Main Beach in Laguna Beach, PCH and Broadway. Contact Linda Dorr (949)499-6083

Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. – Feb. 27, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Foothill/Day Creek intersection. Contact Laura Boatright (909)297-6020

Sacramento, Calif. – Feb. 27, 12 p.m. at state capitol building, north steps. Contact Dan at (916)222-8991

San Diego, Calif. – Feb. 27, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., N. Harbor Dr., just north of the Star of India. Keynote speeches by WND columnist Roger Hedgecock and Richard Rider. Contact Dawn Wildman (619)606-0337

Temecula, Calif. – Feb. 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., duck pond in Temecula, Ynez and Rancho California Road. Bring your own signs. Contact Bridget Blanton (951)302-1075

Thousand Oaks, Calif. – Feb. 27, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Lynn Rd. and Hillcrest Dr. Contact Carolyn Guillot at (805)262-2477

Woodland Hills, Calif. – Feb. 27, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Warner Center Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd. at Califa Street. Contact Karen Kenney at (818)881-7176

Hartford, Conn. – Feb. 27, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., front steps of state capitol building.

Wilmington, Del. – Feb. 27, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Chase buildings, 201 N. Walnut Street. Evan Queitsch at (302) 533-7498

Deland, Fla. – Feb. 27, 10 a.m., Volusia County Fairgrounds & Expo Center, 3150 E State Road 44. Contact Rhonda Lee Welsch at (386)690-7814

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. – Feb. 27, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., PGA & Military Palm Beach Gardens. Contact Meg at (561)247-5264

West Palm Beach, Fla. – Feb. 27, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Military and Okeechobee Blvd. Contact Everett at (561) 247-5264

Hamilton, Ga. – Feb. 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., caravan leaves from courthouse parking in Hamilton to Atlanta. Contact Kathy Ropte at (706)587-7834

Meansville, Ga. – Feb. 27, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Meansville city hall and train depot. Contact TC Meuninck at (770)296-5784

Columbus, Ga. – Feb. 27, 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., tea party and candidate Q&A, VFW Post, 1824 Victory Drive. Contact Sandy Toth at (706)569-8791

Riley, Kan. – Feb. 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Riley County Grade School, 100 N. Remmele, at the junction of US Hwy-77 and US Hwy-24, directly north of Fort Riley Army installation. Contact Chuck Henderson at (785)236-1286

Minneapolis, Minn. – Feb. 27, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Rep. Keith Ellison's Minneapolis office, 2100 Plymouth Ave. N. Contact Wes Whitby at (612)845-7085

St. Louis, Mo. – Feb. 27, 1:30 p.m., on steps of Gateway Arch. Bring signs, but they cannot have poles or sticks attached.

Buffalo, N.Y. – Feb. 27, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Lafayette Tap Room, 391 Washington St. Watch tea-party movie and listen to speakers. Contact Allen Coniglio at (716)834-7215

Commack, N.Y. – Feb. 27, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., northeast corner of Jericho Turnpike and Rt 454 (Veterans Memorial Highway). Contact Judy Pepenella at (631)940-2019

Elmsford, N.Y. – Feb. 27, 1 p.m., Alaroma Ristorante, 86 East Main Street. Tea party documentary to play. Contact Jon Coolong at (201)206-3009

Garden City, N.Y. – Feb. 27, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., corner of Old Country Road and Clinton Street. Contact Judy Pepenella at (631)940-2019

Rome, N.Y. – Feb. 27, 12 p.m., under the four-story painting of Paul Revere, between Erie Blvd. and West Dominick. Contact Don Jeror at (315)337-4743

Syracuse, N.Y. – Feb. 27, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., James Hanley Federal Building, 100 South Clinton Street. Contact Joanne Wilder at (315)247-2256

New Bern, N.C. – Feb. 27, 6 p.m., tea-party movie screening, Township Six (Carolina Pines) Fire Station, 109 Carolina Pines Blvd. RSVP at website for screening.

Rockingham, N.C. – Feb. 27, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Rep. Larry Kissell's office, 230 East Franklin St. Contact Russ Fincham at (910)997-7370

Bowling Green, Ohio – Feb. 27, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., outside Bob Latta's office, 1045 N. Main St., Suite 6. Contact Scott Boston at (419)419-9436

Philadelphia, Pa. – Feb. 27, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., corner of Broad Street and Washington Ave. Lunch fundraiser follows rally. Contact Diana Reimer at (215)361-3094

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Feb. 27, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., St. John's Lutheran Church of Highland, 311 Cumberland Road. Breakfast and movie "Tea Party: The Documentary Film." Please bring food items. Contact Patti Weaver at (412)779-0854

Flatonia, Texas – Feb. 27, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Main Street parking lot in downtown Flatonia, East North Main Street and Penn Ave.

Woodville, Texas – Feb. 27, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., courthouse in downtown Woodville. Contact Mike Garza at (409)673-8696

Oak Ridge North, Texas – Feb. 27, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., North Houston Tea Party Patriots headquarters parking lot, 26710 Interstate 45 North. Contact Suzanne Guggenheim at (281)738-3272

Richland, Wash. – Feb. 27, 12 p.m., John Dam Plaza, 505 Swift Blvd. Tea-party birthday celebration. Participants may rally on sidewalk along GW Way. Contact Jim Forbes at (509)551-4262

Seattle, Wash. – Feb. 27, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Northgate Mall (North end) NE Northgate Way, between 1st and 3rd Ave. Simple sidewalk demonstration. No speakers, maybe a bullhorn. Come with creative signs and costumes. Contact Sally Oljar at (206)948-9172

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Tea Party Birthday Party by AFP -- Protest near Blair House

Obama's Potemkin Village display of his own bipartisanship seems to be a bust. It is hard to watch on TV, not because it is the usual lies, tedium and hot air, but because you cannot find it. It is going so badly for our B- Student in Chief, that MSNBC switched to the Olympics, and most other networks, with the exception of Fox News and CNN just stopped covering their poor President and his obvious lack of knowledge about what is in the health nationalization bill. Obama routinely had to hand off to Jim Cooper and Xavier Becerra to defend his program against the criticisms of Paul Ryan, Lamar Alexander and others

I have just come from the Tea Party protest at Blair House sponsored by Americans for Prosperity. Some 200 of us protesting Obamacare, with 3 tattered Code Pink crones and an old coot who looked like Bernie Saunders and had a level of grooming somewhere between a homeless person and a frumpy junior college professor screaming "Medicare for Everyone" on the side. The cops were in full fascist mode, closing off Lafayette Park entirely and making us move almost a block away at the Renwick gallery, and then forcing us to cross 17th Street and then cross back. One poor soul, who almost looked like a Leftover plant, jumped up and down shouting about Jesus while carrying an anti-abortion sign. When the cops forced us all to cross the street he laid on the ground and was arrested. The TV crews there spent most of the time filming the Jesus jumper (and interviewing a Code Pink frump). (The Larouchies were also there for some reason, as usual, two of them on a corner, advocating something or other.)

One wonders of course why the Leftovers cannot organize their own rally supporting Obamacare fascism. I saw some little march they had yesterday on Capitol Hill with about 20 people. I guess to not be standing alone in the cold winter wind they have to come to our Tea Parties and attempt to cash in on them.

(Which leads me to ask, in conjunction with the Ron Paul detractors upset that he won the CPAC straw poll, on the pretext, when you press them to defend themselves, that he has not eradicated anyone who seems kooky who professes support for him: when should we eject strange people from our movement because they are bad PR?)

We then repaired to a nearby hotel conference center, where AFP fed us a spicy Mexican lunch buffet style, and a line of mainstream conservative speakers, from JC Watts to John Shaddeg, thanked us for coming from Tennessee, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the DC-MD-VA area (in my case 8 blocks away on foot) to make our voices heard. Kudos to the guy from the Institute for Liberty who used the word "statism" and a shout out to local tea party organizers Lisa Miller and JoAnn Abbott. JoAnn organized the first White House Tea Party a year ago this coming Saturday, where several hundred of us stood in the rain in Lafayette Park across from the White House (and Blair House) and were ALSO moved back and forth by the Park Service police because someone threw a tea bag (widely believed to be some Code Pink interlopers) across the White House fence.

We have denied them seizing and looting 1/6 of the economy for a year and I think we are going to deny or roll back their program in the next year as well.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Michael Barone on CPAC

John Fund on Voting

Grover Norquist at CPAC

Jacob Hornberger at CPAC

Libertarians defend inclusion of gay conservatives at CPAC

CPAC 2010 -- Can gays be conservatives?

Very funny!





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Ron Paul Wins CPAC2010 straw poll with 31%

Mitt Romney, who was given a coveted Friday noon slot to speak in the main hall, where he was introduced by Senator Scott Brown, 21%.  Sarah Palin, 3rd at 7%, and Tom Pawlenty 4th at 6%.  Of the 10,000 registrants, 2,400 voted.


I didn't vote though I could have.  Voting booths were set up in the halls on Thursday and Friday at th entrance to the main exhibitor's hall and elsewhere.  So my interpretation is that this was a straw poll of those who HAVE an opinion about an election 2 years away.


The CPAC2010 hierarchy is likely to downplay this result and provide little background data (e,g., what percentage of people in attendance voted in past years).

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Ann Coulter and the CPAC tightrope

At CPAC 2008 a young Ron Paul supporter asked Ann Coulter what she thought of Ron Paul and if "true conservatives" shouldn't be supporting his principled limited government campaign in the GOP primaries.  Coulter answered that she tried not to listen to Congressman Paul because he was very smart and she was afraid he just might convince her.

Her packed noon address to the main hall at CPAC2010 was mainly stand up comedy and very good stand up comedy.  ("Everyone is deserting Obama; Michelle has even asked to see his birth certificate."  "Bill Clinton was rushed to the hospital where he told the doctors it felt like he had two interns sitting on his chest.")   But the Q&A was more serious, including questions about the near take over of CPAC by Ron Paul libertarians, who seem to be 60% or more of the under 30 crowd.  Dr. Paul and his associates (Judge Andrew Napolitano, "Metdown" author Tom Woods, lawyer Bruce Fein, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, "Obamanomics" author Tim Carney) have been one of the four satellite track lectures almost every session when not in the main hall itself.

Earnest young non-libertarian questioners, wondering what had happened, asked Coulter how the "C" in CPAC could stand for libertarian.  At first she tried to placate one questioner by pointing out that Dr. Paul was pro-life.  Then she had a soft attack on libertarians in answer to another beleaguered conservative, opining that she was "more libertarian than most libertarians," but that she didn't need to spend all her time calling for legalizing pot until we have eliminated the EPA, the Department of Education, and a list of other agencies, and until she would not be called upon to pay unemployment benefits to pot heads who lose their jobs.  While she listed the agencies that would need to be abolished first, Paulistas started chanting their trademark "End the Fed," until Ms. Coulter finally did a power sign and responded "End the Fed."  Finally yet another exhausted young traditional conservative asked her a third time about how to get rid of these growing legions of libertarians and Coulter closed with "Whenever Ron Paul says anything that isn't about foreign policy, I totally support him."

From the serious to the sarcastic, from Liz Cheney to Ann Coulter, the conservative intelligentsia is facing overlapping tsunamis of both tea party populism and a Ron Paul non-interventionism.  The wider tea party movement may well wash away the Obama regime and the Demwit incumbatocracy.  But the second tsunami is also aimed for the future control of the GOP.

The news you won't get from the state controlled media -- anti-gay speakers shouted down at CPAC as Ron Paulistas and small "l" libertarians and tea partiers take over the audiences if not the speaker's platform

Thursday, February 18, 2010

CPAC 2010 Thursday afternoon

Liz Cheney was the noon speaker and as she does weekly on the various TV roundup of media flak shows, she eviscerated the bumbling Odumba administration and its incompetents like Janet Napolitano.  One cannot help but admire her.  Petite, dressed in a woman's striped business suit, her bangs a little too much in her eyes, she gave a great speech complete with anecdotes of her pre-teen daughters spontaneous reactions to moronic remarks and policies of Howard Dean and President Obama when they appear on their TV at home.  She ended her speech by saying she usually ask her dad for advice before she gives a speech, but today, she just brought him along.  She is so authoritative that I always find it almost masculine and have to remind myself that she is the non-lesbian daughter.


Former Vice President Dick Cheney then made an previously unscheduled entrance and delivered similar remarks on the flailing Obama regime.  And said he would not be running in 2012.  And said that Obama's would be a one term presidency.


A young Ron Paul/Campaign for Liberty intern of my acquaintance whispered to me "He is just evil."  I don't actually agree (that that has been proven), but it is the case that this CPAC conference is completely papering over -- so far -- the gaping chasm between non-interventionist foreign policy of the Paulites and the occupying, nation-building, military empire, more defense spending position of "strong on defense" Republicans.  And the Obama regime makes that easy to do, since it both fails to reduce the size of the US military empire AND is incompetent to defend the US or make reasonable distinctions between the due process rights of terrorists caught on the battlefield and American citizens.


Next  conservative lawyer/activist Jay Sekulow introduce Senator Scott Brown (another unscheduled surprise) who then introduced Mitt Romney.  Romney gave a great campaign speech, peppered with jokes like:  "Lindsey Vonn was stripped of her Gold Medal at the Winter Olympics yesterday. The judges decided President Obama was going downhill much faster."  Though he did not announce it is hard to imagine he is not running.  (Like every CPAC there is a straw poll being conducted today and tomorrow on who the conferees favor for the 2012 Presidential candidate.  The Paulistas are the most obvious in get-out-the-vote mode.)


The next speaker in the main ballroom (4 other smaller tracks are going on simultaneously in other halls), was Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter, whose dry wit was more in evidence here than on his appearances on "Red Eye."  Introduced by conservative and Hollywood character actor Robert Davi, he began by saying he got up this morning and turned on FOX News, where he heard that "CPAC would feature Mitt Romney, John Boehner and others."  Pointing to himself on the word "others," he said it was the nicest thing anyone had called him in Washington.


The gay group GOP Proud, a conservative breakaway from the more ecumenical Log Cabin Republicans, has decided it is for Cheney and distributed stickers with the somewhat ambiguous "Draft Cheney 2012" during Liz Cheney's talk.  They are referring to her dad, whom they support because of his general conservatism and his opposition to the federal marriage amendment (and his support for his lesbian daughter).  I kept wanting to tease them and say they should just make a sticker that says "I like Dick."

CPAC 2010

10,000 conservatives, tea partiers, libertarians, Ron Paulistas etc all at this conference together.  The number of young people and Ron Paul identified people as grown enormously (I was at the last two CPACs).

The Ron Paul group, Campaign for Liberty, has expanded to use half a dozen booths.  In 2008, I and a few other locals in the DC area rushed to CPAC to take over Mitt Romney's table for Ron Paul.  The Ron Paul campaign had not even rented a booth, and when Romney quit the primary campaign on the day of CPAC in 2008, his local people gave the booth to local Ron Paul friends, because Ron Paul was their second choice.  Things have changed, at least in terms of booths!

This morning's 10 am speech was a rousing fusionist address by Marco Rubio, introduced by Jim DeMint.  It is hard to imagine Rubio doesn't have more kevorka than Governor Crist.  He certainly has more charisma than Obama.

Liz Cheney was sitting in the audience near me with a friend or personal assistant.  She comes back to speak at 12:30.  In between was a panel with that Christian Baldwin brother and Kevin McCullough and the Ron Paulista (Young Americans for Liberty) Jeff Frazee.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Palin derangement syndrome

Nancy Pelosi's chauffer


Nancy Pelosi's chauffeur

Suddenly, a cow jumps out into the road, they hit it full on, and the car comes to a stop. Nancy , in her usual charming manner, says to the chauffeur, "You get out and check--you were driving."
So the chauffeur gets out, checks, and reports that the animal is dead but it was old. "You were driving, so you go and tell the farmer," says Nancy .
Two hours later the chauffeur returns totally plastered, hair ruffled with a big grin on his face.
"My God, what happened to you?" asks Nancy .
The chauffeur replies, "When I got there, the farmer opened his best bottle of malt whisky, the wife gave me a slap-up meal and the daughter made love to me."
"What on earth did you say?" asks Nancy .
"I just knocked on the door and when it opened I said to them, "I'm Nancy Pelosi's chauffeur, and I've just killed the old cow."


The Hayek Business Cycle Theory Rap

The Obama dossier

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Obama's Potemkin Village


President Obama seems to be a congenital liar, and perhaps a little more stupid than his fans thought. A product of a long process of social promotion and congenial B studenthood, perhaps. (If he would release his transcripts we would know.)
Faced with dropping poll numbers and nationwide protests by angry voters, President Obama conducted a Potemkin Village town hall in New Hampshire, much like Stalin created fake Russian villages with fake prosperity and villagers ordered to smile and answer correctly to Western journalists. The New Hampshire Potemkin town hall was pathetic. Over 1,000 anti-Obamacare protesters were outside. Inside, staged softball questions, including one from a wee moppet whose mom ran part of Obama’ selection campaign in Massachusetts. And a moronic analogy between Obama’s proposed public health option and the US Postal Service.
Does Obama want us to think the public health option will suck more and more taxpayer money into a black hole, while providing shoddy service, little innovation, and being forced to close hospitals and leave communities with diminishing services, as does the Post Office? Does he think that the governmental Post Office was created AFTER FedEx and UPS came into existence, to keep them “honest” by providing competition, as he dishonestly claims a government funded health insurance is needed to keep private insurance companies honest?
Leaving aside the Obama crew’s failure to grasp that insurance companies provide a check on each other, as long as we are free to pick among them (and would provide more options and be more competitive if the government did not regulate them into uniformity with mandates and prevent them from competing across state lines for our business), what about the question of innovation? The US Post Office only managed to figure out a vending machines could sell a stamp decades after private retailers had been using them to sell gum, snacks, condoms, tampons and everything else. Governments do not innovate, and have little incentive to do so.
And what of government’s failure to innovate if we allow Obama to nationalize the 1/6 of our economy devoted to medical care? One of President Obama’s recent statements about the furor he is facing from voters is that it’s OK that nationalized medical care may mean old people (and others? the handicapped? disabled? incurable? genetically compromised?) will be strongly “nudged” (to use Obama team member Cass Sunstein’s new Orwellian term for totalitarianism) to forego costly treatments and just take pain killers and expire without making trouble, because “we” already ration health care in that those evil insurance companies sometimes say “no” to such treatments.
Of course one can always pick an insurance company that does cover what you need treated. Or you can pay cash for a treatment, even if that means mortgaging a house, borrowing from relatives, or appealing for donations. Obama is either dishonest or dumb in that he evades the way innovations happen, perhaps because he intends for innovation to end, or at least be strictly controlled by a federal government that will decide when any are needed. Innovators in a market economy usually create new products and services that are extremely expensive and available only to the wealthy initially, and then are made more cheaply by new competitors entering the market. A recent example being flat screen TVs or cell phones, once luxury items, a few years later, cheap and ubiquitous. Medicine is, or should be, no different, as such things as lasik surgery have shown.
Most medical services, other than cosmetic surgery, today are provided in very heavily regulated markets, and paid for by government-controlled health insurance provided to employees through their employers because of the tax code. Consumers do not have the same control they do in their free market purchases where they shop and control the purse strings. As a result the medical technologies covered by current government-regulated insurance have not fallen in price as rapidly as lasik surgery. Overall health expenditures increased from 5.9 percent to about 14 percent of gross domestic product from 1965 to 2001 and to 16.2 percent of GDP by 2008. [1] Henry Aaron, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, recently asserted that medical spending continues to rise faster than the GDP because the population is growing and new medical technologies and therapies are constantly being developed to enable more people to receive treatment than previously possible. [2]
Professor Mark Pauly of the Wharton School of Business stated, “Basically, most of the data I know about indicates that the lion’s share-whatever that is-of the growth in medical spending per capita, even after you adjust for the aging population, is accounted for by what we call technology.” [3] For example, before the development of hip-replacement surgery, an arthritic hip was treated with aspirin and a walker. Now a single hip replacement can cost from $20,000 up to $50,000 depending on age and the length of hospital stay. [4] Advances in medical equipment also seem to drive medical expenses ever upward. MRI (magnetic resonance imagery) machines involve both heavy capital outlays and additional personnel. The average x-ray costs $80 while a similar MRI machine costs over $1,200 per examination. Unlike x-rays, MRIs can detect brain and muscular disorders. [5]
Obamacare plans to solve the problem of costs, not by deregulating and allowing consumers to shop as they do with lasik, but by denying you access to the new services. Obamacare means that new drugs, treatments, procedures and medical devices will not come into being. Perhaps we will have a somewhat more equal access to treatment (except for the ruling political class, like Congress, who are more equal than others) unless we are elderly or in some other group deemed socially value-less. But the care we will be receiving will never include anything that did not already exist in 2009.

Notes
1- Steve Eisenberg, medical director of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, September 19, 2001.
2- Geri Aston, AMNews staff, “Medicare sound for now, but long-term outlook is gloomy,” April 17, 2000, Amednews.com: The Newspaper for America’s Physicians.
3- “Health Policy Discussion” from “Productivity in Health Care: The Value of Medical Technology,” AEI Conference, February 28, 2001.
4- Leigh Hopper, “Hip replacement firm issues recall,” Houston Chronicle, January 23, 2001.
5- Mark H. Gurda, “Rising costs, September 18, 2000

Bruce Majors is an unpaid Tea Party community organizer in Washington, D.C. and has written for the American SpectatorLos Angeles TimesDes Moines Register, and Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Cornered Rats


The Obama regime has been saying very ugly things about Americans, telling outright lies, making inane arguments.
Nancy Pelosi and Stenny Hoyer said that protesters are un-American. Pelosi claimed that were the kind of people who wore swastikas and that they were all stooges or paid actors. Robert Gibbs claimed that the townhall protesters do not represent America, though they seem to have appeared by the thousands across the country in every state and polls show that they have growing support. Harry Reid said they are “evil-mongers.” An array of websites and blogs, all affiliated with the DNC or funded by billionaire George Soros, assert that the protesters are simply racists who do not like nationalization of medicine because it is being proposed by a black President.
Obama himself is off his game, in part because he has been speaking sans teleprompter. He has told two outright lies. First he said AARP has endorsed his “healthcare reform.” But AARP, faced with a revolt from its members, denies that is has endorsed any plan. Second, Obama, while trying to drum up envious class hatred, pulled some numbers out of the Executive Ass, and claimed that private medicine led to evil (but apparently not yet hook-nosed) doctors denying preventative care to patients so that they could amputate limbs and bill patients $50,000. The AMA had to point out that such amputations usually cost more like $500.
The President has also been making remarkably stupid analogies, at one point likening his “public option” of government health insurance to the USPS. During a week that the Post Service was announcing closings of hundreds of stations and massive debts. Even Obama’s fans must be beginning to wonder if they have backed a man out of his depth, a congenial B student, the product of a long process of social promotion. Which we could assay more easily if his transcripts and other records were not hidden.
And then there is the matter of the White House compiling an enemies list, after Obama asked people to email “fishy” emails they receive to “flag@WhiteHouse.gov.” When questioned by FOX News’s Meghan Kelly, WH Press person Bill Burton evaded the question of whether the White House maintains such a list for close to 5 minutes. And on Thursday, Fox News correspondent Major Garret asked Gibbs why people were receiving emails from the WH at email addresses the recipients had never given out (perhaps Axelrod had mistakenly sent emails to the enemies list?) and Gibbs could give no answer, though his first response suggested that such a list was being maintained, when he asked if Major Garret could give him the names so he could “check them” against his list.
Now these people are well known to be a mean and base group. Rahm Emanuel sends people dead fish as a threat. Pelosi exempts US territories where her wealthy husband has factories from minimum wage increases (but makes sure they apply to his competitors). Reid lobbies for zoning variances that create instant appreciation for worthless land he owns in Nevada. Etc.
How did such a stupid, hostile and dishonest cabal of name-calling, mud-slinging cretins end up attempting to take over a country with threats and smear tactics? The townhall protesters are concerned that we are taking a steeper path down toward totalitarianism than the one we had heretofore been on. But the answer to this question of how the rats came to rule our ship of state is that we are already far along the road to serfdom.
50 years ago, social philosopher and Nobel Laureate Frederich Hayek wrote “The Road to Serfdom,” in an attempt to understand the rise of totalitarianism in Italy, Germany and Russia. Hayek’s thesis was that socialism leads to dictatorship and totalitarianism, despite democratic window dressing. When the state controls the jobs, the printing presses, and the schools, opponents of the administration in power, not to say supporters of independent parties or factions that are rarely in power, find themselves more often jobless, promotionless, without a chance at publication or a scholarship, than supporters of the regime. With every percentage of GDP placed under government control, democracy and liberty diminish. But “The Road to Serfdom” explored other phenomena associated with the slippery slope to statism, including the question of “Why the Worst Get on Top.” Hayek’s words are prophetic and describe the Obama’s Presidency exactly. To quote Hayek on the rise of the worst:
“NO DOUBT an American “fascist” system would greatly differ from the Italian or German models; no doubt, if the transition were effected without violence, we might expect to get a better type of leader. Yet this does not mean that our fascist system would in the end prove very different or much less intolerable than its prototypes. There are strong reasons for believing that the worst features of the totalitarian systems are phenomena which totalitarianism is certain sooner or later to produce. Professor Frank H. Knight, notes that the authorities of a collectivist state “would have to do these things whether they wanted to or not: and the probability of the people in power being individuals who would dislike the possession and exercise of power is on a level with the probability that an extremely tenderhearted person would get the job of whipping master in a slave plantation.”
So the rats are now cornered, on their sinking ship — Obama endorsed candidates are down 14% in New Jersey and Virginia. What will be their next move? They were happy to watch government snipe shooters kill protesters in Tehran; White House Press Secretary Gibbs even said last week that President Ahmahdinajad is the “President Elect” of Iran. But how fast can they scrap the libertarian principles of our American Constitution, the “negative rights” that limit government power that Obama criticized earlier in his career, so that they can undertake the fascist moves they need to seize more control of our lives and livelihoods in the face of growing opposition?

Bruce Majors is an unpaid Tea Party community organizer in Washington, D.C. and has written for the American SpectatorLos Angeles TimesDes Moines Register, and Cleveland Plain Dealer. You can contact Bruce at majors.bruce@gmail.com.