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Bipartisan Budget Backstabs the US Military

US Military

Originally posted at American Thinker

Just a few weeks after $4 million-vacation-man Barack Obama demonstrated his resentment toward the US military by preventing WWII veterans from visiting their memorial during the government shutdown, the president’s merry band of Democrat demons, together with a number of spineless Republicans in Congress, decided to pass a budget on the backs of retired and disabled veterans.

Clearly, soldiers injured while risking life and limb, as well as those who’ve dedicated their entire lives to defending this nation, are not on Washington DC career politicians’ list of priorities.  Considering the way the US military has been treated by the Obama administration, along with the manipulated RINOS who help facilitate the liberal contempt the president displays, one would think that the military is being purposely singled out for punishment.

To wit: in an effort to save $6 billion over ten years, the two-year budget deal drafted by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (predictable) and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (shame on him) included COLA cuts to military pensions for retirees and disabled veterans alike.

Granted, after Barack Obama grew the national debt to $17 trillion, the budget needs to be trimmed somewhere.  However, if $6 billion is needed to cover military retiree COLA increases for 10 years, why does the government waste $7 billion destroying military equipment rather than selling it or shipping it back home from Afghanistan?

Lieutenant General Raymond Mason, Army deputy chief of staff for logistics, thinks he knows why.  According to Mason, equipment is destroyed because “We are very good at getting in, but not so good at getting out.”

Speaking of getting it in and getting it out, notwithstanding the $384,989 granted to Yale University to study the oddities of the duck penis, while soldiers with prostheses are being denied cost-of-living increases, money is also being wasted on brothels in Nevada who are being assisted via the tax code to the tune of $17.5 million.

At least there are some politicians that refused to defend the indefensible, like Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), for one. Kelly appeared visibly and publicly incensed over the military being singled out for cuts. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-ALA) agreed.  Sessions tried but failed to force a vote on an amendment that would undo the targeting of military retirees.

Sessions proposed abolishing an estimated $4.2 billion in annual spending by reining in an IRS credit that ineligible illegal immigrants find a way to benefit from by way of child tax credits.  According to Watchdog.org, in $1,000 increments, 15 percent of Additional Child Tax Credit checks are sent to illegal immigrant families with children.

Rather than using the money saved by clamping down on illegals abusing the system to fund military retirement cost-of-living increases, Democrats in the Senate unanimously voted to allow illegals to continue to bilk the system.

Together with his Democrat cohorts, rest assured the president will enthusiastically embrace the deal that Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has publicly implored him to reject if it includes cuts to military pensions. Mr. Graham should remember: the borders remain open, amnesty is in the works and, with the president’s knowledge, the WWII Memorial was barricaded.

It’s sad to say, but Barack Obama can always be counted on to err on the side of whatever benefits this nation the least.  As for his concern for the military, unless he’s firing a general or is presented with an opportunity to support a same-sex DADT couple wanting to exchange marriage vows by placing a military chaplain under duress to perform the ceremony, it’s highly unlikely Obama will express any interest in addressing the injustices directed toward the military.

Meanwhile, even though the amount of money needed to supplement cost-of-living increases for disabled and retired military is chickenfeed in comparison, President Obama chooses instead to generously bestow billions of dollars on liberal interests abroad.

Take for example the White House investing $6 billion to promote “clean energy” in Asia.  And before selling our military down the river, did Ryan and Murray even consider speaking out publicly on the outrage that is Barack Obama’s decision to resume $1.6 billion in US funding to Pakistan, a nation whose Taliban is guilty of global terrorism?

Drilling for oil is anathema here in the US, yet Barack Obama sent $2 billion to Brazil to finance offshore oil exploration.  Then there’s the $1.3 billion foreign aid package to Egypt, a country overrun by the Muslim Brotherhood, $1 billion to Syria in food and humanitarian aid, and while the American military gets no relief the offer of $6 billion to $7 billion in sanction relief  that was extended to Iran if they agree to limit their nuclear enrichment program.

According to Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Barack Obama also secretly sends untold billions to the UN in support of global warming issues, has offered $5 billion to global AIDS funding, requested $65 billion to be permanently allocated to the International Monetary Fund (IMF)/European bailout crisis kitty, and on the first day of the government shutdown, here at home Barack Obama even feathered Big Bird’s PBS nest with a half-billion dollars.

And yet, while Barack Obama chooses to send $3.5 billion over three years to a global food security initiative, in order to pass a bipartisan budget, wounded warriors and elderly veterans depending on cost-of-living increases will be asked to sacrifice again.

Meanwhile, as Obama packs for vacation in Oahu, a desperate Iraqi war veteran named Bill Shephard sold his Army Achievement medal for $3,000 on eBay in order to support his hungry family.

Christians in Foxholes Forced to Act Like Atheists

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Originally posted at The Blacksphere

During the Second World War, the phrase “There are no atheists in foxholes” was attributed to a Catholic priest named Father William Cummings. 

President Dwight D. Eisenhower adopted the phrase and used it in a 1954 speech when he said:

“I am delighted that our veterans are sponsoring a movement to increase our awareness of God in our daily lives. In battle, they learned a great truth that there are no atheists in the foxholes.”

But that was then, this is now.

Recently the saying that “There are no atheists in foxholes” was banned from the website of the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in the Chaplain’s Corner after Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes (USAF) made an insensitive blunder.  Reyes dared to have this opinion, and then had the gall to post a devotional article entitled “No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave All in World War II.”

Right after Reyes did the unthinkable by posting his commentary, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) filed a complaint, demanding that the devotional be removed from the website immediately. The MRFF also asked that Reyes be disciplined for audaciously implying that atheists are atheists, making nonbelievers feel as though he attempted to “publicly denigrate those without religion.”

Curtsying to the activist group, the Air Force removed the article after receiving the complaint from 42 airmen-atheists who didn’t like being identified as people without faith.  However, removing the essay from the website wasn’t enough for the group, who then stated that “Faith-based hate is hate all the same. Lt. Col. Reyes must be appropriately reprimanded.”

In other words, for the sin of being a Christian, Reyes deserved tar and feathers, pillory stocks, or better yet, a symbolic burning at the stake.

The MRFF maintained that Reyes “defile[d] the dignity of service members by telling them that regardless of their personally held philosophical beliefs they must have faith.”

Eventually, with the help of the Alliance Defending Freedom, who filed a Freedom of Information Act request, the censored article was returned to the Chaplin’s Corner and Reyes was exonerated for the crime of expressing his opinion and his faith.

The American military, like American culture, is becoming increasingly nonspiritual.  Activists are furthering secularism and monitoring the religious behaviors of military chaplains and servicemen and women alike. Currently, Bibles are prohibited from being kept in plain sight, Jesus’ name forbidden to be uttered, and Christian military personnel barred from sharing their faith with other soldiers.

The Commander-in-Chief agrees with the persecution of Christians in the military.

FoxholesThe Obama administration threatened to arrest military chaplains holding services during the government shutdown, and prohibited religious greeting cards from children to be sent to soldiers during the Christmas season. The White House has done nothing to protect the First Amendment rights of soldiers being punished for refusing to support gay marriage, even though homosexuality goes against the tenets of their faith.

In a video entitled A Clear and Present Danger released by the Family Research Council, soldiers who chose to remain anonymous expressed their concerns over the treatment of people of faith within the military.

FRC President Tony Perkins said that “More and more service members are facing harassment, demotion, and formal reprimands simply for being Bible-believing Christians.”

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As witnessed with the Duck Dynasty Bible-quoting dustup, one soldier on the video warns:

“American Christians have to understand that this is not going to stop with the military. It’s not going to stop there.”

The larger concern in all of this is that when God is banished from the battlefield, historically and Biblically, things don’t go well for those who stand with those who reject God. Throughout the Bible (that book the military is now censoring) when the Lord of Hosts was called upon in battle, the enemies of Israel were delivered into God’s people’s hands.

Without God, there is no deliverance on or off the battlefield.

In 1 Chronicles 5:20, the account says that the enemies of Israel were defeated by God when “the Hagrites and all who were with them were given into their hand; for they cried out to God in the battle, and He was entreated for them, because they trusted in Him.”

Again, in 2 Chronicles 20:15, the Lord spoke to His prophet Jahaziel and said, “Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.”

The worldwide persecution of Christians  is now infiltrating the seat of defense to maintain our Constitutional rights, one of which is the “free exercise of religion.”  The situation has become so twisted that those who fight to maintain that right are now unable to exercise the very thing they are fighting and dying to maintain.

If the liberal influence in the American military has its way, those in foxholes who seek to pray will now be penalized for entreating the protection of the Almighty who says that the battle is His. If discovered praying, soldiers will be punished by the very armed forces they joined in order to have the freedom to call upon the name of the Lord both in and out of battle.

Instead, Christian soldiers like Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes are being ordered to salute those who openly advance and practice homosexuality in the military and, under threat of formal discipline, must now avoid offending nonbelievers with prayer, Scripture, or an open attitude of faithful devotion to God.

Sadly this “one nation under God” continues to careen headlong into a vortex of hedonistic secularism.

And henceforth, even if an American soldier in a foxhole isn’t an atheist, he or she damn well better act like one.

Obama lifts Bush joke to use at West Point commencement – American Thinker – May 25, 2010

Originally posted at American Thinker Blog

Obama has done a lot of astonishing things.  In fact everyday is more shocking than the day prior.  However, bootlegging jokes takes outrageous to a whole new level.  Comparing Obama’s remarks at the 2010 West Point graduation with G. W. Bush’s commencement address in 2002 reveals Barry may have lifted a gag line from George.

To be fair, Barack can’t be held fully responsible, after all Obama is the first full-fledged teleprompter President adept only at reading words from a digitized screen like a mind-numbed robot.  However, unless the tradition to “excuse minor conduct offenses” at a West Point commencement also includes a specific funny punch line, Barack Obama knowingly or unknowingly plagiarized George W. Bush.

In 2002 George W. was warmly received at West Point as the commencement keynote speaker.  The former president, who has a naturally relaxed sense of humor, said the following:

West Point is guided by tradition, and in honor of the “Golden Children of the Corps,” (applause) I will observe one of the traditions you cherish most. As the Commander-in-Chief, I hereby grant amnesty to all cadets who are on restriction for minor conduct offenses. (Applause.) Those of you in the end zone might have cheered a little early. (Laughter.)

Because, you see, I’m going to let General Lennox define exactly what “minor” means. (Laughter.)

Based on two rounds of applause and two laughter responses, in four sentences, George’s statements and tag line genuinely amused the cadets. When President Bush spoke, the West Point graduates response did not appear to be a demonstration of just “Duty, Honor and Country.”  The former president’s leadership love and respect for the cadets, both then and now, was indisputably appreciated the US military.

However, Barack Hussein Obama received quite a different response.  Love-to-Lord-Over Barack’s original statement included an awkward reminder to United States cadets, lest they forget, that as Commander-in-Chief, “there are some areas where [his] power is absolute.”  After which, the global community organizer attempted to do stand up comedy and it appears he did so by stealing a gag from George W. Bush’s 2002 address.

Donning a slapstick stance, Obama said the following,

To the United States Corps of Cadets, and most of all, the Class of 2010 – it is an honor to serve as your Commander-in-Chief. Under our constitutional system, my power as President is wisely limited. But there are some areas where my power is absolute. And so, as your Commander-in-Chief, I hereby absolve all cadets who are on restriction for minor conduct offenses.

That’s a lot of cheering.  So I’ll leave the definition of  “minor” to those who know better.

Due to lack of cheering, Obama supposedly skipped over, “That’s a lot of cheering,” but left Bush’s joke about leaving “the definition of ‘minor’ to those who know better.” Obama’s remark was reportedly met with a tepid response.

Obama usually gleans laughs from liberals by mocking GW, not by lifting comedic verbiage from Bush commencement addresses.  Barack’s comments revealed two very important things.  First, Obama has no idea where the words on the teleprompter come from.

And second, there is no need for pilfering, President Obama is more than able to come up with jokes on his own. For example Barry said, “Under our constitutional system, my power as President is wisely limited.”

Now if Obama really expects graduating cadets, or any living-breathing creature on the planet to believe he believes the Constitution was wise in limiting presidential power, then Barry did out perform George W. Bush, at least in the jest department, by delivering the most hilarious joke in decades.

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