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Whittling Away our Freedoms

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Originally posted at American Thinker

In the aftermath of the tragic murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Barack Obama, together with a supportive left-wing media, has called for “meaningful action” to address the problem of mass shootings. Since that heartbreaking episode, the president has been publicly weeping, praying, pontificating, quoting Scripture, and poetically sharing verbal vignettes on the responsibilities of fatherhood. He’s been so convincing that pro-gun Democrats are abandoning their former commitment to the Second Amendment, crossing over, and siding with liberals on gun laws.

Meanwhile, despite all the passionate rhetoric, except for passing blame, Obama has yet to fully acknowledge his administration’s participation in the failed gun-walking operation called “Operation Fast and Furious.”

The orchestrated scheme called “Fast and Furious” started in the first year of Barack Obama’s presidency. That year, federal officials decided to allow straw buyers to visit gun stores in Arizona and Texas, load up vans with weapons like the AK-47 and drive them back across the border into México, straight into the hands of vicious cartels.

Rather than arrest the “trafficking kingpins” and confiscate the guns, the federal authorities that conducted the operation were instructed to allow “straw gun buyers for a smuggling ring to walk away from gun shops in Arizona with weapons,”so they could then be tracked. The problem is that, as usual, inept government bureaucracy lost track of the weaponry and the guns purchased illegally have been showing up at crime scenes along with dead bodies ever since.

The gun used in the shooting death of former Marine/U.S. Border agent Brian Terry was traced back to an Arizona gun shop. ICE agent Jamie Zapata was murdered by a drug cartel and the gun that took his life was traced to a gun shop in Dallas.

In total, “Operation Fast and Furious” allegedly allowed approximately 2,000 still unaccounted-for weapons to walk across the southern border. México’s former Attorney General Victor Humberto Benítez Treviño guesstimates that “Fast and Furious” guns, to date, have also killed more than 300 Mexicans.

The irony is that Mexican drug cartels sought out guns in the U.S. because Mexican gun laws are restrictive. Cartel members from a country with the same kind of laws currently being proposed murdered two U.S. Border agents and shot to death hundreds of Mexican civilians and soldiers with firearms obtained with the full knowledge and permission of the U.S. government.

At the Sandy Hook vigil, a teary-eyed Barack Obama stressed that “[t]he majority of those who died were children — beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. They had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own.”

Yet, after tugging at America’s heartstrings, it appears the president’s gun safety concerns remain exclusive to American guns, gun owners, and people.

If that weren’t true, then why, in 2010 when “Fast and Furious” weapons gunned down 14 teenagers and wounded 20 attending a birthday party in Ciudad Juarez, didn’t Barack Obama — who is now so concerned about missed “birthdays, graduations, weddings” — address the Mexican bloodbath? Why hasn’t the Obama administration accepted any responsibility or even suggested locating the still missing U.S. weapons?

As Obama manipulates tragedy to advance Second Amendment restrictions in the U.S., guns walked across the border with his approval are still taking lives.

Case in point: another “Fast and Furious” gun was recently found at the scene where a beauty queen died as a result of a shootout between a Mexican drug cartel and soldiers.

The day after Thanksgiving, in the mountainous area of Sinaloa, México, home to México’s most powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, 20-year-old Maria Susana Flores Gamez’s body was found together with an assault rifle that has since been revealed was walked across the border.

In February, the beauty pageant winner was awarded the title of 2012 Woman of Sinaloa. By November she was riding in a vehicle that engaged Mexican soldiers in a gun battle. Just as the 20 children who died in Newtown, Connecticut had nowhere to hide from Adam Lanza’s bullets, neither could Maria Susana Flores Gamez hide. Police believe she was used as a human shield and perished when Mexican police returned fire on gang members using an illegal firearm provided compliments of the gun-control obsessed Obama administration.

In the meantime, for four months, former U.S. Marine Jon Hammar is chained to a bed in México’s notorious CEDES prison. Jon is being held for declaring a legal antique Sears Roebuck shotgun to Mexican customs officials on his way to surf and hunt in Costa Rica. What is curious about Hammar’s situation is that after México was systematically flooded with illegal weaponry, the Obama State Department now claims they are powerless to help.

Maybe that’s because after the horrendous nature of the shooting in Connecticut, Barack Obama would rather not spoil the mood by calling attention to a legal gun owner rotting away in a Mexican jail on trumped-up gun charges. After all, why chance losing the emotional capital he needs to convince America that it’s time to moderate firearms?

Nonetheless, for the president to exploit tragedy for political gain while knowing full well that innocent people are being killed with the guns his administration placed in the hands of dangerous gang members is downright reprehensible. Someone needs to ask President Obama to clarify how he justifies condemning assault weapons, especially after his administration intentionally armed Mexican drug kingpins with the weaponry he now blames for the chaos and death we recently witnessed in Connecticut.

Therefore, rather than sitting idly by while freedom continues to be whittled away, it’s up to Americans to demand accountability. It’s time that Time magazine’s Person of the Year explains why he continues to insist that stricter gun control laws will save American lives when he’s well aware that his Justice Department, headed up byAttorney General Eric Holder, purposely and illegally furnished lethal firearms to murderers in México.

 

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Time for a Conservative Whine Session?

Originally postsed at American Thinker 

In their attempts to guilt America into submission, liberals are famous for giving face time to the unfortunate victims of Republican resistance to liberal policies.  For example, in the Obama gallery at the State of the Union, we’ve had our heartstrings pulled by people who claim to have been forced to pay for their children’s college education with a credit card and a young Recovery Act couple with a story of how their hopes for an organic ice cream shop were nearly dashed for lack of a benevolent lender.

There was a man without health care coverage who had brain cancer, as well as a cameo appearance from Warren Buffet’s $200K+-a-year salaried secretary who supposedly pays higher taxes than her billionaire boss.  While proposing an increase in Tricare premiums, the left has feigned outrage over military families on food stamps and attempted to gain sympathy for children of lawbreaking illegals by invoking “dreams” of an American taxpayer-bestowed college education.

More recently, the nation has been chastised, compliments of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, by a radical feminist disguised as a concerned law student seeking free contraceptives.

That particular whine session included impressive references to endometriosis and unreported rape, polycystic ovarian syndrome, a massive cyst the size of a “tennis ball,” a partial hysterectomy leading to menopausal symptoms and infertility — all conditions that they believe could have resulted, in one way or another, because Jesuit priests are opposed to birth control.

Over the years, there’s never been a shortage of tear-jerking scenarios to goad America toward a liberal world vision.  But all this time, what the left conveniently avoided was to give equal time to the casualties of policies they’ve forced the nation to swallow in the name of fairness, diversity, and world unity.

Maybe it’s time for that to change.  In fact, now that the topic of birth control is hot, it’s also time that a couple of congressional panels feature women with breast or liver cancer resulting from the same contraceptives the government is presently pushing like candy on American women.

If victimization is so powerful, why haven’t liberals made post-abortion stress syndrome a cause?  We’ve heard from women who have suffered for lack of access to free contraception, but where are the women who suffer a lifetime of self-hatred for submitting themselves and their unborn children to liberal-funded abortions?  Why not make room in the “unfortunates” section of the State of the Union gallery, next to Michelle Obama, for women maimed and rendered infertile in “safe, legal, and rare” abortion clinics?

Moreover, why don’t Democrat pioneers of free love and uninhibited sex have a follow-up Fluke panel and call on a couple of contraception-demanding women who suffer from the human papilloma virus or genital warts, both of which result from multiple sex partners?

Furthermore, it’s obvious that Sandra Fluke is not the only daughter with proud parents.  How about giving voice to the mother who found out at a morgue that her dead 13-year-old daughter had been escorted to an abortion clinic without her knowledge?

Having already dealt with the sex issue, what would also be fitting is an affirmative-action gripe session for NYC firemen who, after scoring high on the civil service test, were denied jobs.  Or better yet, why not invite well-qualified minority men and women to testify about how humiliating it is to be viewed as unable to achieve success without the assistance of quotas?

While we’re at it, let’s also hear from families of the fallen soldiers who lost their lives after Barack Obama apologized for U.S. servicemen who may have been following Islamic protocol when burning a desecrated Koran.  Then we can spend some time listening to the thirty soldiers who were wounded at Ft. Hood who, much like Sandra Fluke, probably have a lot to say.  They can come to Capitol Hill and share how, thanks to the American military’s acquiescence to politically correct diversity politics, thirteen of their colleagues were gunned down in cold blood.

Why not have small businessmen, bankers or CEOs of private companies occupy Sandra Fluke’s seat for a spell?  Achievers from every walk of life can share how, after working hard to be successful, the thanks they get is a sullied reputation and unwarranted harassment from envious individuals who’ve grabbed hold of the class warfare bone tossed by Obama to the rabid portion of the 99%.

Heading south, a nice change of pace would also be to have some of the individuals who, while Janet Napolitano was busy confiscating hairdryers, lost loved ones on the border.

How about a few words from missionary Sam Davis, whose wife Nancy was shot and killed by cartel gunmen, quite possibly with a weapon acquired from Obama’s Department of Justice?  After Sam, the parents of Jamie Zapata and Brian Terry could lean into the microphone and tell a Congressional committee about the pain and heartache they’ve endured since murderous “Fast and Furious” Mexican thugs gunned down their sons.

In order to participate in safe recreational sex, a “poised,” articulate young law student like Sandra Fluke certainly shouldn’t have to worry about how to pay for contraceptives.  With that in mind, why not sponsor a Worried Congressional Panel, where nervous Americans from every walk of life can share with government representatives all manner of fear and anxiety?

Appearing on the roster can be unemployed Americans worried about the economy.  Also represented could be Americans worried about terrorism, diminished national security, deep military cuts, and Barack Obama’s continued coddling of the soon-to-be-nuclear Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Lest we forget, there are the gasoline-or-groceries and plunging-headlong-into-tyranny worriers.  Also in attendance could be First- and Second-Amendment fretters.  And of course those who agonize endlessly about Obama’s anti-life agenda taking over life-and-death health care decisions, not to mention the threat of his re-election.

With that said, maybe it’s high time Republicans follow the lead of Democrats and organize a series of grievance panels of their own.  They could style them after the liberal litanies that feature tragedy, hardship, and privation, but instead conservatives would host the gatherings so that those permanently scarred by the left’s policies can elbow the Sandra Flukes of the world out of the way and finally register a valid complaint.

Headless in Houston

Originally posted at DC Caller

South of the Border, drug cartels and gangs are revisiting the ancient Mayan art of beheading. It is likely the recent uptick in Mexican beheadings is largely the work of Los Zetas, a brutal drug cartel, founded by “31 elite army counter-narcotics commandos who defected to work as enforcers for the Gulf Cartel.”  This particular cartel thrives on terrorizing, kidnapping, torturing, maiming and decapitating victims. The Zetas are so dedicated to the effort that in just four years 35,000 drug-related murders have taken place in Mexico, and many of the victims were found headless.

George W. Grayson, professor and expert on Mexican drug gangs, maintains:

While the beheadings and dismemberments are used to punish those who oppose or betray them, to establish turf, to terrorize the citizenry against testifying against them, and to press political leaders to collaborate, random killings also have become the gang’s trademark — used by the Zetas, to demonstrate that no one is beyond their reach, that they can kidnap, torture and kill anyone they choose.

In Mexico, no one is safe, be they men, women or children, young or old. Heads have been found severed from bodies and lined up on the street; arranged on car hoods; and even rolled like bowling balls onto dance floors. As a warning to anyone who dares defy the power or the plans of Mexico’s most powerful cartel, headless torsos are hung from bridges, buried in mass graves, and tossed like fertilizer bags into the backs of pickup trucks.

Contrary to the claims of the Obama administration, the violence is not contained outside the southern border. Seeping into the US are gunrunners, gang members, and drug cartels bringing with them the type of horrific murder and mayhem occurring just miles outside the borders of Texas, California and Arizona.

Yet despite random civilian shootings and ranchers being gunned down on private property, Obama Administration representative and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano continues to maintain that the border is presently “safer than ever.” Because of the administration’s apathetic attitude, Mexican cartels capable of ferocious military-style force are waging a war without opposition, fully aware that President Obama’s inaction aids their ability to gain access through US borders.

According to Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), the “Gulf and the Sinaloa drug trafficking organizations – including, presumably, the Zetas Organization – could together muster an army of some 100,000 guns.”

Thus far the only thing standing in the way of paramilitary groups using those guns to fully infiltrate the American border is the DEA, ICE and US Border agents, and the relatively meager 1,200 National Guardsmen President Obama sent – under duress – as reinforcements.

In an effort to terrorize that American stronghold into submission, in a school 220 miles from the border a brazen message was sent to the “Gringo” DEA agents, warning: “We know where you are and we know who you are and where you go. We are going to chop off your (expletive) heads.”

Drug cartels that collect skulls in Mexico and wreak havoc armed with illegal guns from the United States are now emboldened enough to bully DEA agents and continue to target brave men like the late ICE agent Jamie Zapata and US Border agent Brian Terry.  Only this time, in an attempt to intimidate their foe, Los Zetas and company pledge to up the ante from shooting to beheading.

Threatening law enforcement, mutilating, killing, and dismembering the bodyguards of Mexican officials are common occurrences in Mexico. Also common is anonymously kidnapping random people off buses in Mexico, beheading them, and discarding mutilated bodies and heads along highways as a message to those who dare defy drug cartels like Los Zetas, “but it is rarer for them to threaten US law enforcement.”

As Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano reassures Americans about border safety, Los Zetas hone their machetes while harboring intentions to prove her wrong. Those who continue to buy the “safer than ever” line and believe such barbaric atrocities will never visit American cities are obviously unaware of what happened to Martin Alejandro Cota-Monroy, a man accused of stealing drugs who was found bludgeoned to death and beheaded in an apartment complex in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.

Thus far, it has taken two dead agents murdered with American guns to reveal the utter recklessness of the Obama administration’s “Fast and Furious” fiasco. What remains to be seen is how many headless American torsos it will take to convince a president more concerned with placating illegals than protecting US citizens that what is happening on the border is an all-out war.

 

 

The End Result of Obama’s Logic

Originally posted at American Thinker

In Barack Obama’s economy, it appears as if making a philosophical point is worth the loss of American lives. For example, in an appeal to the gay lobby Obama mandated that, in the midst of war, our military be purposely distracted from the pressing issue of defeating the Taliban, by demanding combat troops give precedence to gay sensitivity training on the battlefield.

In addition, the President of the United States seems committed to strengthening America’s enemies by ignoring the true motives of those whose intent is to do us harm. On more than one occasion, after military personnel were murdered in cold blood by “Allahu Akbar”-screaming terrorists, Obama – careful not to be offensive to Islam – refused to refer to terrorism as such.  Instead, rather than condemn the obvious, an emotionless Obama called an act of holy war a “horrific outburst of violence,” leaving the judgment of jihadists to formal inquiry.

North Korea and Pakistan are nuked up. Iran and even Venezuela are careening in that direction. China and Russia, try as they might to pretend otherwise, are poised for military alliance, while Obama’s “world without nuclear weapons” national security policy is at work undermining America’s ability to defend itself.

As the world grows increasingly dangerous, and in hopes of spurring a “denuclearization discipleship,” Obama decided to start the process by emasculating the United States through disarmament.  Barack’s nuclear-free world mantra is devoid of “Peace through strength…trust but verify and beware of evil in the modern world.” In a schoolyard full of bullies dying to take a baseball bat to America’s skull, little Barry comes armed with a water pistol.

To prove his unwavering commitment to a nuclear-free world, the President signed a treaty with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to reduce deployed strategic nuclear warhead arsenals by 90 percent, from 31,000 to 1,500.  Such an irresponsible resolution points to Barack being one of two things: diabolical or naïve. Unfortunately, either way, the outcome is the same – Americans are placed at risk and our country is “fundamentally transformed” into a castrated third-rate power.

Maybe Barack just has an aversion to self-preservation, because the ratified treaty not only limits America’s nuclear arsenal, it gives Russia the right to inspect our reserves after the fact and restricts the nation’s ability to respond to nuclear attack.  Moreover, the START Treaty overlooks the disparity between Russia and U.S. tactical nuclear weapon stockpiles and hands Russia’s modernized long-range missile program the advantage.

Nikita Khrushchev prophesied that one day Russia would “bury ” America. Obama’s liberal dream of a utopian world free of nuclear weaponry could turn into a nightmare for our country by way of annihilation, because 50 years after Khrushchev, Obama has provided gravediggers like Iran and North Korea a shovel.

Besides signing a treaty that could potentially cost millions of American lives, closer to home the Obama administration advised Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents to allow guns to go to Mexico where a fierce border war rages. Gangs, gunrunners and violent drug cartels aren’t privy to nuclear arsenals, so instead the administration armed the enemy with good old-fashioned firepower by walking guns “into the hands of criminals who … use them in Mexico and the United States.”

ATF Federal Senior Agent John Dodson, as well as other sources, revealed: “The gun walking strategy was approved all the way up to the Justice Department. The idea was to see where the guns ended up, build a big case and take down a cartel. And it was all kept secret from Mexico.”  Obama’s approbation on the deadly decision to supply guns to drug cartels resulted in the death of both ICE Special agent Jaime Zapata and Border agent Brian Terry, armed only with beanbag rounds in a riot gun.

Barack must believe, as do the ATF agents videotaping Mexican cartels loading arms into trucks at Arizona gun shops apparently, that “If you’re going to make an omelet, you’ve got to break some eggs,” and if the egg happens to be a third of North America or a couple of brave Border patrol agents, oh well.  Agent Dodson said Brian Terry was gunned down with a “Fast and Furious gun,” which was found at the murder scene along with “two assault rifles the ATF let go nearly a year before.”

According to Dodson, giving murderers the means to prevail “never did take down a drug cartel.” Yet “thousands … [of] weapons are still out there” and Dodson predicts a rogue arsenal will be “claiming victims on both sides of the border for years to come.”

Obama’s logic is insanely similar on both the nuclear disarmament and Mexican armament situations: Hand the advantage to America’s enemies, disarm the most powerful nation in the world and furnish our nation’s adversaries with opportunities to acquire the artillery to use against us.

Security concerns are greater than ever, and terrorists and drug cartels are forever looking for creative ways to smuggle drugs, weapons of mass destruction, and themselves into the United States.  That explains why it had to be Obama’s twisted logic that recently approved of a delivery system allowing loaded 18-wheelers, driven by Mexican truckers, unlimited access to American roads.

Minimally inspected Mexican long-haul rigs fitted with containers trucking through America adds texture to Obama’s nuclear disarmament fantasy, which is destined to fail, as is the Justice Department’s lame attempt to take drug cartels down by providing gangs with AK-47s while Americans stationed on the border are forbidden to carry guns.

If common sense demands a logical policy decision, Barack Obama chooses the opposite. The pattern is this: In a quest to attain an ideological goal, the President purposefully ties the nation’s hands behind its back, intentionally contributing to America’s weakened condition.  Whether at the treaty table or making policy decisions that affect everything from the American economy to a porous border, Obama seems willing to sacrifice lives and our way of life to promote a liberal ideology that looks increasingly as though its end goal includes the destruction of America.

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