byJohnCharltonFrom theAtlantic to the Pacific, andfrom the borders of Canada to the RioGrande, the U.S. House has firedthe opening salvo in what looks soon tobecome a veritable SecondAmerican Revolution.
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Appealsbriefs scheduled in Obama eligibility challenge'Welook forward to moving ahead with this very important constitutionalcase'
Posted: November 29, 2009
9:17 pm Eastern
By Bob Unruh
© 2009 WorldNetDaily
A briefing schedule has been announcedby the 3rd U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals in a case alleging Congressfailed in its
constitutional duties by refusing to investigate theeligibility of
Barack Obama to be president, according to
an attorney handlingthe challenge.
WND previously reported on the lawsuit
filedby lead plaintiff Charles F. Kerchner Jr.
and others against Congress.
Attorney Mario Apuzzo filed the action
inJanuary on behalf of Kerchner, Lowell T.
Patterson, Darrell JamesLenormand and
Donald H. Nelson Jr. Named as defendants
were BarackHussein Obama II, the U.S., Congress, the Senate,
House ofRepresentatives and former Vice President Dick Cheney
along with HouseSpeaker Nancy Pelosi.
The case focuses on the alleged failure ofCongress to follow the
Constitution. That document, the lawsuit states,"provides that
Congress must fully qualify the candidate 'elected' bythe Electoral
The case asserts "when Obama was born hisfather was a British
subject/citizen and Obama himself was the same."
The Constitution also provides, the lawsuitsays, "If the president-
elect shall have failed to qualify, then thevice president elect shall
act as president until a president shallhave qualified."
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probes this unprecedented presidential eligibilitymystery!
"There existed significant public doubt andgrievances from
plaintiffs and other concerned Americans regardingObama's
eligibility to be president and defendants had the sworn dutyto
protect and preserve the Constitution and specifically under
the20th Amendment, Section 3, a Constitutional obligation to
confirmwhether Obama, once the electors elected him, was
qualified," the caseexplained.
Now the attorney has posted an onlinestatement that the brief on
behalf of the appellants is due Jan. 4,2010.
In an e-mail announcing the schedule,Kerchner wrote, "We look
forward to moving ahead with this veryimportant constitutional
case along the legal pathway to the ultimatedecision maker for this
historic and precedence setting lawsuit, theU.S. Supreme Court."
He continued. "They will determine theanswer to the
pressing legal question ofwhat is a 'natural born citizen' of the
USA per Article IIconstitutional standards and did Obama and the
U.S. Congress violatethe Constitution and statutory laws and my
constitutional rights duringthe 2008 election cycle."
"I say Obama does not meet the founders andframers intent for
the Article II eligibility clause. I say Obama is adeceiver and a
usurper," he wrote today.
Apuzzo earlier argued in his notice of appealthat the district court
judge "avoided" a conclusion on the merits ofthe case.
"We allege that Obama has not conclusivelyproven that he was
born in Hawaii. More importantly, we also allegethat he is not an
Article II 'natural born Citizen' because when Obamawas born his
father was a British subject/citizen and Obama himself wasthe
same," he wrote.
The lawyer saidit is important that the court did not rule Obama
was born in Hawaii,nor did it rule that the claim was frivolous.
It simply said the case was dismissed becauseof a jurisdiction
"By the court finding that plaintiffs do nothave standing and that
their claims present a political question, thecourt was able to avoid
having to address the underlying merits of theKerchner case. With
such a decision, the American people unfortunatelystill do not
know where Obama was born and whether he is an Article
II'natural born Citizen' and therefore constitutionally eligible to
bepresident and commander in chief," the attorney said.
"A court cannot refuse to hear a case on themerits merely because
it prefers not to due to grave social orpolitical ramifications," he
continued. "The court's opinion dismissingthe Kerchner
complaint/petition did not address the real Kerchner casebut
rather looked for a way to dismiss the case without having to
reachthe merits of the question of whether Obama is an Article II
"The American people deserve to know whetherObama was in fact
born in Hawaii. More importantly, even if he is bornin Hawaii,
given that he was born with dual allegiance and citizenship,the
American people deserve to know whether he is an Article
II'natural born citizen' which would make him eligible to be
president,"the attorney said.
WND reported earlier whenKerchner publicly argued the courts
have an obligation to make adecision on Obama's eligibility.
He wrote, "The federal courts and judges arecommitting treason to
the Constitution by not taking jurisdiction andgetting to the merits
in the various cases before them regarding theArticle II eligibility
clause question for Obama."
He said his basis for such a statement is theopinion of U.S.
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall, who wrote inan 1821
case, Cohens vs. Virginia:
"It is most true that this court will nottake jurisdiction if it should
not: but it is equally true, that itmust take jurisdiction if it should.
The judiciary cannot, as thelegislature may, avoid a measure
because it approaches the confines ofthe constitution. We cannot
pass it by because it is doubtful. Withwhatever doubts, with
whatever difficulties, a case may be attended, wemust decide it, if
it be brought before us. We have no more right todecline the
exercise of jurisdiction which is given, than to usurp thatwhich is
not given. The one or the other would be treason to
theconstitution. Questions may occur which we would gladly
avoid; but wecannot avoid them. All we can do is, to exercise our
best judgment, andconscientiously to perform our duty. In doing
this, on the presentoccasion, we find this tribunal invested with
appellate jurisdiction inall cases arising under the constitution and
laws of the United States.We find no exception to this grant, and
we cannot insert one." WND has reported on dozens of legalchallenges to Obama's status
as a "natural born citizen." TheConstitution, Article 2, Section 1,
states, "No Person except a naturalborn Citizen, or a Citizen of the
United States, at the time of theAdoption of this Constitution, shall
be eligible to the Office ofPresident."
Some of the lawsuits question whetherhe was actually born in
Hawaii, as he insists. If he was born out ofthe country, Obama's
American mother, the suits contend, was too youngat the time of
his birth toconfer American citizenship to her son under the law at
Other challenges have focused on Obama'scitizenship through his
father, a Kenyan subject to the jurisdiction ofthe United Kingdom
at the time of his birth, thus making him a dualcitizen. The cases
contend the framers of the Constitution excludeddual citizens from
qualifying as natural born.
Further, others question hiscitizenship by virtue of his attendance
in Indonesian schools duringhis childhood and question on what
passport did he travel toPakistan three decades ago.
Adding fuel to the fire is Obama's persistentrefusal to release
documents that could provide answers and theappointment – at a
cost confirmed to be at least $1.7 million – ofmyriad lawyers to
defend against all requests for his documentation.While his
supporters cite an online version of a "Certification ofLive Birth"
from Hawaii as his birth verification, critics point outsuch
documents actually were issued for children not born in the state.
The ultimate questions remain unaddressed todate: Is Obama a
natural born citizen, and, if so, why hasn'tdocumentation been
provided? And, of course, if he is not, what does itmean to the
2008 election or the U.S. Constitution if it is revealedthat there has
been a violation?
WND has reported on another case thatwas dismissed by U.S.
District Judge David Carter in California. Italso now is heading to
the appeals level.
WND also has reported that among thedocumentation not yet
available forObama includes his kindergarten records, Punahou
school records,Occidental College records,
ColumbiaUniversity records,Columbia thesis, Harvard Law School
records, Harvard Law Reviewarticles, scholarly articles from the
University of Chicago, passport, medical records, files from his
years as an Illinoisstate senator, his Illinois
State Bar Association records,any baptism records and his
Because of the dearth of information aboutObama's eligibility,
WND founder Joseph Farah has launched a campaignto raise
contributions to post billboards asking a simple question:"Where's
the birth certificate?"
The campaign followed a petition that has collected more than
480,000 signaturesdemanding proof of his eligibility, the
availability of yard signs raisingthe question and the production of
permanent, detachablemagnetic bumper stickers asking the
The "certification of live birth" postedonline and widely touted as
"Obama's birth certificate" does not in anyway prove he was born
in Hawaii, since the same "short-form" documentis easily
obtainable for children not born in Hawaii. The true"long-form"
birth certificate – which includes information such as thename of
the birth hospital and attending physician – is the onlydocument
that can prove Obama was born in Hawaii, but to date he hasnot
permitted its release for public or press scrutiny.
Oddly, though congressional hearings wereheld to determine
whether Sen. John McCain was constitutionallyeligible to be
president as a "natural born citizen," no controllinglegal authority
ever sought to verify Obama's claim to a Hawaiian birth.
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The military is sensitive to charges of detainee abuse highlighted in the AbuGhraib prison scandal. The Navy charged four SEALs with abuse in 2004 in connection with detainee treatment.
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In the video below you will see that the Pro-Palestine group becomes increasingly angry and violent and starts pushing across the street into a protest across the street. This is all happening in the United States. While they would try to lead you to believe that those in support of law and order are the hateful racists, it becomes quite clear after you watch only one or two videos that the truly hateful and violent are those that claim they are doing so for the "worker".
By Chelsea Schilling
© 2009 WorldNetDaily
Che Guevara supporters with a radical pro-amnesty coalition viciously attacked and bludgeoned tea party protesters at a Florida anti-illegal-immigration rally, including a 62-year-old man who was beaten and kicked in the face.
Americans for Legal Immigration PAC called for "Tea Parties Against Amnesty and Illegal Immigration" to form quickly across the nation on Nov. 14. In less than 30 days, protests were scheduled for more than 50 towns and cities.
But two Fort Lauderdale, Fla., tea party protesters were brutally beaten by pro-amnesty activists on the day of the nationwide rally as they attempted to film Florida's Act Now to Stop War and End Racism Coalition counterprotest.
ANSWER members carried Che Guevara signs and other black and yellow placards that stated "Full rights for all immigrants." They shouted, "Amnesty yes, racists no!"
As the two men attempted to film the protest, an ANSWER member in a black tanktop and blue jeans lunged after one of the cameramen and beat him with a sign, pushing him into traffic. Another ANSWER member in a white T-shirt attacked the same cameraman while the victim defended himself with what appears to be a camera tripod.
A female tea party protester began screaming as Dave Caulkett of Floridians for Immigration Enforcement and the initial ANSWER attacker fought in the middle of the street.
The following is a video of the attack released by ALIPAC:
Supporters of President Obama's amnesty plans attacked Tea Party Against Amnesty & Illegal Immigration demonstrators in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009. One of the men attacked is 62 years old," ALIPAC reported. "Dave Caulkett of FLIMEN is assaulted and then kicked in the face while he is down. The other cameraman from the tea party is hit with several signs."
ALIPAC revealed that ANSWER Florida sent out an e-mail invitation urging members to join its "protest to shut down racist anti-'amnesty' rally" in Fort Lauderdale prior to the event. ANSWER's letter stated the following:
The ANSWER Coalition is calling on all its members, allies, and friends to join us tomorrow to confront and shut down the racist "Anti-Amnesty Tea Party" in Fort Lauderdale.
The "Anti-Amnesty" rallies being held across the country tomorrow have been initiated by fascist, white supremacist organizations that include the Minutemen and the so-called Americans for Legal Immigration.
Recent months have shown a significant rise in extreme-right activity with hate crimes and attacks on immigrants skyrocketing. White supremacist and fascist organizations have boasted rapid growth since the onset of the economic crisis. The new administration has continued the government's anti-immigrant policies with "desktop raids" – the liberal response to the fascist like workplace raids of the Bush years.
Racism is like anything else in this world: in order to make it fall, you must smash it! That is why we are calling on all people to come out tomorrow, to organize a militant confrontation with the so-called "tea baggers." Beating back these forces will require us to organize together, take the streets, fight the racists wherever they show their faces and drive them out of every community. …
We are building a movement that will beat back racism so that working people of all nationalities can unite and fight against our one, shared enemy: capitalism. Amnesty, full rights for ALL immigrants, is a demand that should be raised not just by the immigrant communities, but by every working class community in our struggle to solve this crisis by our own means.
Join us tomorrow, and join us in building the movement against racism and capitalist exploitation!
As WND reported earlier, ALIPAC Chief William Gheen said his group had been calling for a "peaceful, political revolution and uprising in America."
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Trial and Terror
The Left gets its reckoning.
By Andrew C. McCarthy
The Obama Justice Department teems with experienced defense lawyers, many of whom (themselves personally or through their firms) spent the last eight years volunteering their services to America’s enemies in their lawsuits against the American people. As experienced defense lawyers well know, when there is no mystery about whether the defendants have committed the charged offenses, and when there is controversy attendant to the government’s investigative tactics, the standard defense strategy is to put the government on trial.
That is, Pres. Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, experienced litigators, fully realize that in civilian court, the Qaeda quintet can and will demand discovery of mountains of government intelligence. They will demand disclosures about investigative tactics; the methods and sources by which intelligence has been obtained; the witnesses from the intelligence community, the military, and law enforcement who interrogated witnesses, conducted searches, secretly intercepted enemy communications, and employed other investigative techniques. They will attempt to compel testimony from officials who formulated U.S. counterterrorism strategy, in addition to U.S. and foreign intelligence officers. As civilian “defendants,” these war criminals will put Bush-era counterterrorism tactics under the brightest public spotlight in American legal history.
This is exactly what President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder know will happen. And because it is unnecessary to have this civilian trial at all, one must conclude that this is exactly what Obama and Holder want to see happen.
During the 2008 campaign, candidate Obama and his adviser, Holder, rebuked the Bush counterterrorism policies and promised their base a “reckoning.” Since President Obama took office, Attorney General Holder has anxiously shoveled into the public domain classified information relating to those policies — with the administration always at pains to claim that its hand is being forced by court orders, even though the president has had legal grounds, which he has refrained from invoking, to decline to make those disclosures. Moreover, during a trip to Germany in April, Holder signaledhis openness to turning over evidence that would assist European investigations — including one underway in Spain — that seek to charge Bush-administration officials with war crimes (which is the transnational Left’s label for actions taken in defense of the United States).
Now, we see the reckoning: Obama’s gratuitous transfer of alien war criminals from a military court, where they were on the verge of ending the proceedings, to the civilian justice system, where they will be given the same rights and privileges as the American citizens they are pledged to kill. This will give the hard Left its promised feast. Its shock troops, such as the Center for Constitutional Rights, will gather up each new disclosure and add it to the purported war-crimes case they are urging foreign courts to bring against President Bush, his subordinates, and U.S. intelligence agents.
From indictment to trial, the civilian case against the 9/11 terrorists will be a years-long seminar, enabling al-Qaeda and its jihadist allies to learn much of what we know and, more important, the methods and sources by which we come to know it. But that is not the half of it. By moving the case to civilian court, the president and his attorney general have laid the groundwork for an unprecedented surrender of our national-defense secrets directly to our most committed enemies.
The five jihadists in question are alien enemy combatants currently detained outside the United States. They are not Americans and are not entitled to the protection of our Bill of Rights. That means that in a military-commission trial, they would be given only those rights Congress chose to give them.
At Gitmo, they’ve insisted on representing themselves. In a military commission, we can allow them to do that, but we don’t have to. The commission rules provide for the appointment of military counsel and permit the combatants to retain their own lawyers. This is significant because discovery rules require that the defense be given mounds of information for trial preparation. Much of that information is top-secret intelligence. Importantly, however, we do not have to show the terrorists themselves any classified information. Only counsel who have the required security clearances, and are duty-bound not to reveal the nation’s secrets to the nation’s enemies, get access. The rules are saliently different in the civilian justice system, where, the attorney general has promised, this case will be treated like any other criminal case. In federal court, defendants — even illegal aliens — are vested with constitutional rights that Congress may not alter or reduce. One of those is the right to represent oneself, meaning: to conduct one’s own defense without the participation or interference of an attorney.
In 1975, the Supreme Court ruled in Faretta v. California that this right to self-representation is absolute. As Justice Potter Stewart put it, “forcing a lawyer upon an unwilling defendant is contrary to his basic right to defend himself if he truly wants to do so.” To borrow Holder’s pet phrase, we are supposedly bringing terrorists into civilian court to honor “the rule of law.” Well, our rule of law holds that a defendant may tell the judge that he does not want a lawyer, that he wants to conduct his own defense, and that he wants to see all of the legally required discovery himself — not have a lawyer or some other government operative restrict his access.
The judge may try to talk the defendant out of his decision to be his own lawyer. The judge may appoint “stand-by counsel” to advise the defendant and to be available to represent the defendant if he changes his mind. Under Faretta, however, the judge may not deny the defendant the right to conduct his own defense.
By transferring this case to civilian court rather than leaving it to be handled by the military-commission system created by Congress, Obama and Holder have needlessly created a perilous dilemma. Do we deny KSM & Co. the right to represent themselves and thus risk reversal of any convictions on Sixth Amendment grounds? Do we grant them self-representation but withhold critical discovery and thus risk reversal on due process grounds? Or do we grant them self-representation and disclose directly to our wartime enemies the nation’s security secrets, which they can then pass on to confederates who are actively targeting us for mass-murder attacks?
In the military court, there would be no such dilemma. Indeed, in the military court, this case would be over now. If President Obama had simply let it proceed, there would have been no trial, and these war criminals would be well on their way to the execution of death sentences.
But then the Left would not have gotten its reckoning. Can’t have that.
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No President Has Ever Bowed to a Foreign Leader — Until Now
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By Lynn Stuter
November 10, 2009
Tomorrow is Veterans Day, commemorating our men and women who fought (and died) to keep this country free under the Constitution and Bill of Rights established by our Founding Fathers.
On November 4, 2008, Barack Hussein Obama was elected to the office of president of the United States. The evidence grows that Obama is not an American citizen, was not eligible to the office he holds, should never have been allowed on the ballot in any of the 50 states.
1. Not one of the Senators of Representatives in Congress has actually seen Obama's birth certificate. They have seen pictures of a document posted on the internet, but they have not seen the actual birth certificate.
2. Hawaii claims to hold a birth certificate for Obama but that does not mean Obama was born in Hawaii. At the time Obama contends he was born (1961), Hawaii (Act 96, Session Laws of 1911, Special Session of 1909 and the Organic Act) allowed for the birth registration, in Hawaii, of foreign-born children. Until the actual birth certificate is produced and examined; where Obama was actually born is unknown and unproven.
3. No Hawaiian hospital is willing to own up to Obama being born there. Meanwhile, Obama and his half-sister have claimed he was born at two different hospitals. When Obama finally decided he was born at one particular hospital, internet sites set about to "correct" their stories to reflect his unproven claims, including the left-wing website, Snopes.com.
4. On page 26 of his book, Dreams from my Father (2004, paperback edition), Obama states he found his birth certificate in with other documents in his grandparents home. If Obama was actually born in Hawaii, such undermines the need for Hawaii to produce a laser printed document only produced after 2001—the Certification of Live Birth that has appeared in pictures on the internet, that Hawaii refuses to authenticate, and that forensic experts have dubbed a forgery.
5. Obama has claimed dual citizenship at birth, American by his mother, Kenyan by his father (actually, this would be British as Kenya was a British colony at that time). Historically, "natural-born" requires two American parents. This makes Obama ineligible under Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the United States Constitution, irrespective of the birth certificate issue. Whether a dual citizen at birth, indications are that Obama because an Indonesian citizen and remains so today.
6. African newspapers have consistently claimed that Obama is "Kenyan-born". One such article that recently surfaced is dated 2004. This means he did not have dual citizenship at birth was a British subject at birth as his mother was not of the age required to confer her citizenship to Obama.
7. Obama's paternal step-grandmother, Sarah, also claims he was born in Kenya and she was present at his birth.
8. Obama was listed, in the Soetoro/Dunham divorce papers, as dependent on Lolo Soetoro for the purposes of education. As Obama was over the age of 18 at the time, he could only be considered the legal child of Lolo Soetoro if he was legally adopted by Soetoro. Evidence points to him being adopted by Lolo Soetoro, to becoming (ca 1966) an Indonesian citizen. No evidence exists that he was ever an American or that he reclaimed American citizenship. The terminology used in the divorce papers may have been to facilitate Obama in receiving foreign student aid to attend college in the United States.
9. Indications are that Nancy Pelosi and other Democrat National Committee personnel knew Barack Hussein Obama was not eligible to the office of president; that the nomination of a non-American as the Democrat candidate was deliberate.
Since his usurping of the office of president, Obama has worked tirelessly to dismantle what remains of the once great nation, the United States of America. He has
1. plunged this nation $1.4 trillion dollars further in debt, more than any president in history;
2. pushed every piece of Marxist legislation to come forth from the House and Senate;
3. taken over private companies in violation of the United States Constitution;
4. used the public coffers to bail out his Wall Street benefactors;
5. used his public office to promote and assist radical left-wing organizations like the Black Panthers, ACORN, and Moveon.org;
6. surrounded himself with czars who have a known Marxist agenda;
7. traveled the world denigrating America and the American people;
8. bowed in fealty to his Muslim brothers;
9. partied hearty in the White House at taxpayer expense while Americans lost their jobs;
10. insulted America's allies at every opportunity while affiliating himself with the leaders of Marxist regimes.
More recently, one of Obama's Muslim brothers shot and killed at least 13 people, wounded at least 31 at Ft Hood in Texas. While former President George Bush and his wife, Laura, met with families, the wounded, and mourners, Obama was in DC, twisting the arms of members of the U.S. House of Representatives to pass his Marxist healthcare reform bill (H.R. 3962). After all, if he can't kill them with bullets, what better way to kill them than by withholding (rationing) health care?
In commemorating the men and women who have died for our country, for the cause of freedom, Public Television broadcast a show Sunday night on the vast cemeteries that sprinkle the European landscape where Americans fought and thousands died in World War II. They fought for their country and for those who came after them, their progeny.
And now we stand at the precipice of the totalitarian state with a man occupying the White House, usurping the Oval Office, who isn't an American; who has, by his own actions and words, declared himself a Marxist.
The United States Congress, assembled, has refused to remove this usurper sitting illegitimately as our president.
The United States Supreme Court, and lower courts, have refused to address the growing body of evidence that Barack Hussein Obama is not our legitimate president; going so far as to make the ludicrous claim that they cannot overturn the vote of millions, in essence saying that popular vote (if it could even be claimed to be uncorrupted) is above the law.
The mainstream media of the United States has refused to expose this illegitimate president. Indications are that their actions are the result of threats and duress should they expose Obama for the fraud he is.
If those who are supposed to uphold our laws, according to their oath of office, refuse to do so, then they leave the American people no choice but to take matters into their own hands.
This past week we have seen three shootings occur in this country—in Florida, in Texas, and in Washington state. Each of these shootings was directed against a company or government entity seen as unjust. This is the direct result of the refusal of those entrusted to do so, to uphold the law; this is a direct result of the corruption that permeates our government and the companies now seen as partnered with it in the fascist state. When the rule of law breaks down, and it has, then anarchy reigns.
All the men and women who have died for this country, it would seem, from the War of Independence to present day, have died in vain.
Are you angry yet?
© 2009 Lynn M. Stuter - All Rights Reserved
Activist and researcher, Stuter has spent the last fifteen years researching systems theory and systems philosophy with a particular emphasis on education as it pertains to achieving the sustainable global environment. She home schooled two daughters. She has worked with legislators, both state and federal, on issues pertaining to systems governance, the sustainable global environment and education reform. She networks nationwide with other researchers and a growing body of citizens concerned with the transformation of our nation from a Constitutional Republic to a participatory democracy. She has traveled the United States and lived overseas.
Web site: www.learn-usa.com
E-Mail: [email protected]
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byJohnCharltonFrom theAtlantic to the Pacific, andfrom the borders of Canada to the RioGrande, the U.S. House has firedthe opening salvo in what looks soon tobecome a veritable SecondAmerican Revolution.
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SEC. 329. ENROLLMENT IN PUBLIC HEALTH INSURANCE OPTION IS VOLUNTARY.
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What's In and What's Out of Health Care Legislation
by Phyllis Schlafly of gather.com
As liberals rush ObamaCare through Congress, let's review the disparity between promises and text. Joe Wilson's declaration "You lie!" is ringing truer with each passing day.
Barack Obama promised "transparency" and giving the public five days to read the bill, but Senator Jim Bunning's (R-KY) amendment to require the bill, along with a final Congressional Budget Office score, to be posted online 72 hours before the vote, was defeated. Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA) and Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) have been trying to get the House to agree to post the bill 72 hours before the vote, but while most Republicans have signed on, the Nancy Pelosi leadership is unwilling.
The Democrats still hope to rush the bill through unread. The 1,100-page Stimulus bill was posted online only 13 hours before the vote, and the 1,200-page Cap and Trade bill was posted only 15 hours before the vote.
Obama promised that the health-care bill would not cover illegal aliens, but Senator Chuck Grassley's (R-IA) amendment to require immigrants to prove their identity with a photo I.D. was rejected.
Obama promised that if you like your current health insurance you won't have to change it, but Senator John Cornyn's (R-TX) amendment to assure present insurance owners that they won't have to change their coverage, and that they can keep the coverage they have with their current employer without government driving up cost, was defeated.
Obama's appointment of 34 czars includes a Health Care Czar, but Senator John Ensign's (R-NV) amendment to require any health care czar to be subject to the constitutional Senate confirmation process was defeated. Obama's new Regulatory Czar, Cass Sunstein, defends removing organs from terminally ill patients and from deceased persons even though they did not consent to be organ donors.
Obama promised that "under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions," and his Press Secretary Robert Gibbs tried to divert attention from this bold lie by obfuscating the Hyde Amendment. But the Hyde Amendment is not a law; it's a one-year-at-a-time rider that applies only to current Medicaid programs, and would not apply to the health-care law.
The Democrats five times (twice in Senate committees, three times in House committees) defeated amendments to prohibit the health-care plan from spending federal money or requiring health insurance plans to cover abortions. They also defeated Senator Orrin Hatch's (R-UT) amendment to respect the conscience rights of health-care workers who do not want to perform abortions because of moral or religious objections.
One amendment that did pass was Senator Maria Cantwell's (D-WA) amendment that gives the Secretary of Health and Human Services the power to define cost-effective care for each medical condition and to punish doctors who treat high-cost patients with complex conditions. That has been Obama's goal from the beginning and will inevitably lead to the "death panels" Sarah Palin warned about.
Former Senator Tom Daschle, who was scheduled to be Health and Human Services Secretary or Health Care Czar until he had to bow out, said that the law should be written in generalities so the bureaucrats can fill in the details. Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and a key Obama health care adviser, may be behind the Stimulus legislation that will send "embedded clinical-decision support" to doctors via computer to warn them about what is "appropriate" and "cost-effective," backed up by the threat to impose financial penalties on doctors who are not "meaningful users."
The Democrats' health-care "reform" carries a trillion-dollar price tag, will vastly increase the national debt hanging over our children and grandchildren, impose socialist control over one-sixth of our economy, and force us to obey totalitarian dictates. The mandate on employers to provide health insurance will result in lower wages and fewer jobs.
The mandate on individuals to buy health insurance or pay a penalty, even threatening jail for those who fail to conform, amounts to a massive tax increase on individuals and families whose health insurance may lack all the new federally specified requirements.
Obama's "spread the wealth around" policy is evident in the big expansion of Medicaid combined with large cuts in Medicare. Former Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt says that the combination of mandates to buy insurance, guaranteed issue, and community rating amounts to massive income distribution that is hidden from public view and not even debated.
Finally, we are subject to the deviousness of what House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) calls the 70 phantom amendments that were added in secret after the bill was voted out by the committee. The bill may be even worse that we think.
(My thoughts: This bill is bad and a big fat lie. Obama lied on TV to the USA public. Keep on your congressmen and senators.)
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