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Kent Conwell: Nothing to Laugh About


Last updated 4/19/2012 at Noon

Usually, I get a chuckle when one of our politicians makes an open-mike gaffe. You know, when they think their mike is off and they make an unseemly comment.

Like the time a couple years back when Kenye West interfered with Taylor Swift’s country singer award and our president later called him a “jackass,” thinking the mike he wore was turned off.

What about at the Group 20 summit in November of last year when French President Sarkozy and Obama were each caught making disparaging remarks about Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu?

There are others. Bush, thinking his mike was off, uttered a profane comment regarding a newsman, and his vice president agreed. I guess that would be a double open-mike gaffe.

Those are funny, but this last one President Obama made scared me. A couple weeks back, he was caught telling Russian President Medvedev that in regard to missile defense, “This is my last election. After the election, I will have more flexibility.”

Flexibility for what?

I’d like to know just what the guy has up his sleeve.

Hasn’t Washington done enough damage already?

I’ll bet you did not know that a few weeks back without any fanfare, he signed HR347, an anti-protest bill that could make free speech a felony.

Yep. Secret Service agents now have the sweeping power to seize and arrest any protestors the agents autonomously determine are gathering illegally.

Now, stop and think about that, folks.

You’re standing on the corner holding a sign stating your core beliefs and if a Secret Service agent so decides, you can be arrested and charged with a felony.

I don’t know about you, but it sounds like a police state to me. Obama is twisting the Constitution to fit his own policies.

United States Constitution, Amendment I: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press; or the right of people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Now Secret Service agents can decide whether or not the gathering is peaceable. Between you and me, that’s too much power for a single agent to possess.

Have you noticed how the president continues to push the constitutional envelope? Despite later backtracking, a few days back he asserted the Supreme Court did not have the power or right to deny Congressional decisions.

Another instance of concern was voiced by Congresswoman Kay Granger when she stated that “fourteen days ago, the president issued an executive order giving unprecedented power to his office to take over all the fundamental parts of our economy in the name of national security during times of national emergency.”

This includes all water resources, construction services, and materials such as steel and concrete etc; civil transportation systems; food and health resources; energy supplies; and farm equipment.

It also states that citizens can be drafted into the military and even ordered to fulfill various labor requirements for the purpose of national defense.

Congress, according to Granger, will have no oversight, only briefings.

This Executive Order puts the Federal Government above the law, which is contrary to our Constitution.

She further poses the question of, “why this order was signed now and the consequences, especially during times of peace. This kind of Martial Law proposes a government takeover that is typically reserved for national emergencies, not in a time of relative peace.”

You don’t have to believe me. See for yourself at, March 16, 2012, Executive Order-National Defense Resources Preparedness.

I’m not the only one worried about the coming months. Cal Thomas put together a scary column quoting Dick Morris. Morris as you more knowledgeable remember, was a former advisor to Bill Clinton, so the guy knows sleaze when he sees it.

Morris – predictions of a second term for Obama are chilling. He predicts that:

Obama will opt for a single-payer on healthcare, and that he will eliminate the private health insurance industry and all insurance will come from the government. It will all be according to the same plan.

He will shut down more drilling in the vast new fields opened up by the Bush administration.

The G 20, Group of Twenty Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, and International Money Fund will acquire sovereignty over our economy.

He will sign the International Criminal Treaty that would force the U.S. to have U.N. approval (read that as Russia and China) before going to war.

He will sign the “Rights of the Child Treaty” that could create a basis for suing to provide an increase of foreign aid to other countries.

He will sign the global ban on small arms, which as Morris pointed out, is a back door means for arms control in the U.S.

He will sign away all of our royalties for offshore drilling with the Law of the Sea Treaty and he will eliminate weapons in outer space, which will do away with our missile defense system.

Morris continued, “The final result is the U.S. becomes two countries. One is a small number of folks who work and pay taxes; the second a huge number who depend on the government and do not work.”

Don’t smirk, folks. We’re being ruled by a guy who thinks there is nothing wrong telling Americans what they must do. This is the guy who picked an Energy Czar who wanted gasoline to hit eight or nine bucks a gallon so everyone will be forced to drive electric cars (that won’t get more than fifty or sixty miles without going to a backup engine fueled by gasoline).

These are possibilities at which no one can laugh.


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