The Truth Sobriety of Christine O’Donnell and the Tea Party

If the Tea Party was looking for a potential member of Congress to “clean up Washington” they may need to look elsewhere.  With her admitted past of Satan worship, claims filed by Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington (CREW), and all that.

Ms. O’Donnell in true crooked politician form has given very brief and often times non-committal answers to the allegations.  Stating only that “she” did nothing “wrong”, there is “no truth to the charges”, and they have a very skilled lawyer working on the case.  Which to me means code for we’re working very hard to cover our asses!

This is very important to the people of Delaware and the rest of the country.  But more important it goes to the credibility of the Tea Party.  After all, aren’t they the ones whose base is to clean up Washington?  Christine O’Donnell had better start giving some hard answers to some hard questions instead of cancelling interviews and believing she is above the scorn of the American people.

Throw Sean Hannity into the mix…

Leave it to Sean Hannity to skew some facts and lead the charge to defend a  Tea Party backed politician at any cost.  Hannity on the episode of 9/20/10 said that the democrats had found “enemy number one” and “orchestrating a smear campaign”.  By the way, Sean Hannity has never done that a day in his life.

In the true sense of the phrase “baring false witness” (Hannity should know this from the Ten Commandments) that Bill Maher led the charge by “trying to suggest that she (O’Donnell) dabbled in witchcraft as a high schooler.”  Which Sean “Mr. Know-it-all” Hannity should know that Maher didn’t suggest anything, O’Donnell said it all.

In a glorious attempt to try to deflect from the topic and drudge Barack Obama’s name into the equation, Hannity brings up that Obama admitted to snorting cocaine, drinking, blah, blah, blah, and no one wanted to talk about it

On another deflection note, former Clinton advisor turn coat Dick Morris had this to say:   “Hillary Clinton, as First Lady of America, had a séance to summon Eleanor Roosevelt, to talk to her from the dead. This is not a high school prank.”


Now it is highly unlikely with the short memory span that most Americans have that without Bill Maher showing the video of Ms. O’Donnell admitting to dabbling in witchcraft, any of this, would be remembered.  But as Bill says, “I will show a video every week that you don’t come on here.”  I am for the First Amendment right for all Americans to practice the freedom of religion, or in some cases belief, and Christine O’Donnell may not practice witchcraft anymore.  Hell, most Americans at one time have.  I’ve had my tarot cards read twice.  They’re a big joke. But the American people are reluctant about the issue.  And her recent track record of breaking off interviews, showing blatant disregard to answer pertinent questions, raises a lot of question marks as to her credibility as a person, a Tea Party sponsored politician, and a potential member of Congress.

Freedom of the religion is private, but once a citizen steps into the realm of public service, they are inevitably put under the microscope.

As you watch the video, you will see that O’Donnell must have taken some tactic lessons from good Ol’ Bill Clinton in avoidance of questions.

Racism in America…the never ending story

I was brought up in a racist home.  Taught that all blacks were worthless, they never trust the white man, etc., one could surmise that I heard the word “nigger” alot.  This sort of thinking I admit with much regret entered and took control of my mind.  Feeling pissed off at someone on the basis of race left me feeling angry all the time.

As time went on this anger turned to hatred and as one civil rights leader said in a documentary…”hatred can consume you.”  And it did.

A person asked me one time, “what has your hatred gotten you?”  As time went on I had to seriously consider this question.  I hated people I never knew and would never know.  While I was preaching that I was a christian that same person said that racist people don’t make it to the kingdom of God.

Maybe this is true.  Afterall, the basic principle of Christ – the top command of all – is to love one another.  The word of God tells us that when we hate in our hearts we have already committed murder.  I am what you would call a recovering racist.  The very realization that my hatred for others never would solve anything, and the fact that if given chance to call a black person a “nigger”, solidified my belief that racism is a cowards tool for segregation.  Only a handful of people have the courage to stand up and say they hate.

Coupled with the fact that I am now a father, I knew I had to abandon my former leanings.  How could I teach my son of the love of Christ and the lie of racism?  It is a house divided against itself.

What if the civil rights movement never happened because there was no need for it to?  What if the christians of the day lived up to the commands of Christ?  The Civil Rights Act of 1964 went above and beyond the call to make sure that All people are created equal. 

Despite the deep divides of our race, political and spiritual beliefs, even the differences in prosperity; maybe America should look within its own heart and doesn’t use racism as a means of political gain.

For in the final analysis, we all inhabit this small planet, we all breath the same air, we all cherish our children’s futures, and we are all mortal.  John F. Kennedy

A Tea Party to Nowhere

By Philip Giraldi

The Tea Party phenomenon has attracted a good deal of both good and bad attention in the media. Though it would perhaps be a stretch to describe it as a movement in that it has only limited organization and focus, it does tap into a genuine disconnect between the American people and the federal government in Washington. Most Tea Partiers claim to want smaller and cheaper government, less interference from Washington in their daily lives, and fewer programs that are intended to socially re-engineer the nation. So far, so good, but then comes the huge failure to comprehend that is as wide as the Grand Canyon. Most also want a strong, assertive national defense and are supporters of an aggressive foreign and security policy.

Tea Partiers have unfortunately been fed a line of hokum by politicians aided and abetted by the mainstream media. They fail to understand that it is precisely the interventionist defense and foreign policies that are driving the bad things they see in government. It is easy to forget that when Bill Clinton left office in 2000 there was a budget surplus. Ballooning defense and security spending since that time, all accomplished without raising taxes, has been the engine of growth for a $13 trillion national debt, a total that increases by $4 billion every day. The United States now accounts for 45% of the entire world total for military spending, euphemistically referred to as “defense.” The Pentagon budget has gone from $432 billion in 2001 to a projected $720 billion in 2011, not including the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Federal Government is twice as big as it was in 2001 and there has been the creation of major new bureaucracies at the Department of Homeland Security and the office of the Director of National Intelligence, neither of which can be regarded as a model of efficiency.

Fueling government growth is the fearmongering that has been artfully encouraged by Democrat and Republican alike. Fear of terrorists, fear of unruly foreigners, fear of the unknown. Fear that unless something is done and more money is spent, the United States will be destroyed by a nameless, faceless threat. The Tea Partiers should instead understand that terrorists will only tear down the United States if we Americans help them to do so. Irrational fear of a small group of men hiding in a cave in Asia is what drives larger government, the infringement of civil liberties, and more taxes and regulation. The United States is on a road that can only lead to ruin. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 in circumstances somewhat similar to the current American financial slide, a Russian politician joked that his country was somewhat like Upper Volta with nuclear armed ballistic missiles. At the time Upper Volta was the poorest country in the world and his point was that having the world’s greatest missile force did not make up for having a wrecked economy. For the United States to continue its imperialist foreign policy, and there is every sign that it intends to do so, will eventually lead to economic and social collapse.

So how can the Tea Party turn things around? It can only do so by realizing that the first thing that must be done to fix the government in Washington is for the United States to end its wars overseas and dramatically scale back on its international commitments. There is no good reason for Washington to serve as the world’s policeman and many good reasons why it should cease and desist from doing so. Reason number one should be that the US muscular foreign policy has actually been helping the terrorists achieve their objectives. In October 2004 Usama bin Laden said, referring to the economic damage the US economy has sustained in the wake of 9/11, “We are continuing in the same policy to make America bleed profusely to the point of bankruptcy.” The numbers alone demonstrate that bin Laden has succeeded, far beyond his wildest imaginings. Iraq alone has cost $1 trillion and counting, 4400 Americans have died together with as many as 650,000 Iraqis. Afghanistan and Iraq continue to run a tab at $12 billion per month, with 1,086 more American dead in Afghanistan, and global war is expanding, not contracting, as the Obama Administration contemplates increased direct involvement in Yemen, Pakistan, and the Horn of Africa.

US policies also propagate terrorism in the form of blowback. Every diplomat or intelligence officer understands that laws of physics apply in foreign affairs as much as they do in the natural sciences. When you get involved in a foreign country’s internal affairs and take action against individuals or groups the action will result in a Newtonian “equal and opposite reaction.” Push on one spot and something happens, sometimes half a world away. When a man attempts to blow up an SUV in Times Square or ignite a bomb in his underwear on board an airliner it is because the US is bombing and killing in places like Yemen and Pakistan. Stop one and you stop the other. As Ron Paul puts it, they are over here because we are over there. It’s that simple.

And when you put an end to the American empire you can stop writing a blank check every year for the Pentagon, you can stop borrowing money to fund the wars, and you can take sensible steps to reduce the size of government, making it again answerable to the people. As the memory of the overhyped terrorist threat fades, you can even begin to restore some of those civil liberties that have been stripped away by the Patriot Acts, the Military Commissions Act, and the assertion of state secrets privilege.

Is it unimaginable that the Tea Parties might turn in that direction? Perhaps not, though much depends on the extent to which the Republican Party and people like Sarah Palin are able to co-opt the movement. If they do, the revolt will fizzle out and turn into George W. Bush revisited. What is needed is a resurgence of traditional conservatives and libertarians to make the case that it is precisely the disastrous foreign policy that is driving virtually everything that ails the United States today. This might be referred to as shifting the narrative, turning it away from the sense that there is an amorphous threat out there that has to be dealt with and towards an understanding that America’s genuine security depends on a sane and cautious foreign policy that eschews meddling in other peoples’ affairs.

My letter to Barack Obama

President Obama blasted antigovernment sentiment as a path to violence.  Sure Fox Nation commenters called for “violent” acts, and one Fox News pundit called for the death of President Obama.  Sure the Tea Party has enraged people against the government.  But isn’t that what makes America, America?

What kind of world would we live in if we walked around and said, “Yes, government.”  Granted taxes are needed to pay for roads, teachers, police, and other public servants.  But like in the days of Biblical times, can’t taxes be used for corrupt purposes?  Funding our enemies and the enemies of Israel?  Propping up the fat politicians and oil men in Mexico just to watch that country sink lower and lower.  Mexico doesn’t need the United States’ help, Mexico needs us to stop funding them so the politicians can stop getting fat, and a true revolution can come to that country.

What about the government’s secret nature, or in another term; the shadow government.  Documents, evidence, and people are protected from prosecution for illegal and un-Constitutional acts.  Take Oliver North into consideration.

Here is just a list of things that people do not trust about the government: the intelligence apparatus, the military industrial complex (Eisenhower warned us of this), the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bilderberg Group, the Trilateral Commission, last but not least and most importantly, the government itself.

A person would be a fool to hate government based on taxes, taxes are needed, but to what extent?  Should they go to pay for a $1 trillion dollar foreign empire that is breaking the bank and makes us no safer than what we were before 9/11?  Or what about Congress constantly voting themselves in raises?

“What troubles me is when I hear people say that all of government is inherently bad,” Obama said after receiving an honorary doctor of laws degree. “When our government is spoken of as some menacing, threatening foreign entity, it ignores the fact that in our democracy, government is us.”

Government, he said, is the roads we drive on and the speed limits that keep us safe. It’s the men and women in the military, the inspectors in our mines, the pioneering researchers in public universities.

The financial meltdown dramatically showed the dangers of too little government, he said, “when a lack of accountability on Wall Street nearly led to the collapse of our entire economy.”

Corporatism led to the near collapse of our economy, Mr. President, not the free market.  All you will bring is more corporatism.  The banker “bailout fund” that you have been parading around and anyone who disagrees is a “party of no” or has no interest in preserving the American peoples trust will do nothing to stem corporatism in this country.

You, like all president’s who have inhabited the White House for the last 100 years, are corrupt as hell, Mr. President.  You pay lip service to the Constitution, the American people, and to the free market.  But, oh yeah, I forgot, you’re just another puppet like the rest of them.

People don’t hate government because of the taxes that go to pay for roads, Mr. President.  They hate the government because of its intrusive nature.  You want to investigate us, Mr. President, well, how about we investigate you?  Read this definition on the word constitution.  It might educate you.

A constitution is a set of rules for government—often codified as a written document—that enumerates and limits the powers and functions of a political entity.  By limiting the government’s own reach, most constitutions guarantee certain rights to the people. The term constitution can be applied to any overall system of law that defines the functioning of a government, including several uncodified historical constitutions that existed before the development of modern codified constitutions.

A government that governs less, governs least.  Thomas Jefferson

Lindsay Graham Gay? William Gheen thinks so.

Republican Congressman Lindsay Graham who has virally attacked Ron Paul in the past is now the recipient of viral attacks.  At a Tea Party rally William Gheen urged Graham to “come out of the closet” and being gay “is a secret that Graham has.”

“I hope this secret isn’t being used as leverage over Senator Graham, so today I think Senator Graham, you need to come forward and tell people about your alternative lifestyle and your homosexuality.””Barney Frank is more honest and brave than you.”

Graham has come under fire from conservatives for his un-conservative views.  For his sacrifice for opposing “conservative” beliefs, Graham has been called a “Democrat in drag”, a “traitor”, and a “disgrace”.  These “homosexual” rumors have gone unsubstantiated.  As I have posted on this blog last week, and can be found elsewhere, those who turn on other conservatives, like in the case of Sarah Palin, the bloodbath can get nasty(see my post Hands off Sarah Palin).

While I agree with the criticism of Sarah Palin – that she cannot even tell us what newspaper she reads, flip-flops on a lot of issues, she quit her state to sell books, this latest attack on Lindsay Graham is just viral and belongs on Jerry Springer or Maury Povich.

All this amounts to is controversy and ratings.  The conservatives are willing to burn anyone at the stake who doesn’t go along with their plans.  They say the Democrats have an agenda, well, so do the Republicans.

Watch Jon Stewart on this issue:

As a final note to Tea Partiers who applaude, advocate, or otherwise support this sort of crap that goes on at the Parties, shame on you.  Stick to the politics, let TMZ handle the rumors.