Black is White (Was: Libertarian Commentary on the News, #15-02D)

by Nathan Barton

In a separate commentary, I wrote about the exposure of hypocrisy made possible by the Paris Massacre and its aftermath.  But I see that I was premature in understanding just HOW disgusting the aftermath can get.  On Monday the 12th, the White House Press Secretary had the unmitigated gall to stand up and proclaim that black is white, evil is good, and right is wrong.  Let me quote from the Daily Caller, which in turn quotes this Goebbels of the 21st Century speaking for the Fuehrer.  President Barack Obama has a moral responsibility to push back on the nation’s journalism community when it is planning to publish anti-jihadi articles that might cause a jihadi attack against the nation’s defense forces, the White House’s press secretary said Jan. 12. “The president … will not now be shy about expressing a view or taking the steps that are necessary to try to advocate for the safety and security of our men and women in uniform” whenever journalists’ work may provoke jihadist attacks, spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at the White House’s daily briefing.”

What I learned about forty years ago, when I first raised my hand to enlist, is now apparently wrong. Americans must give up their freedoms to provide for the safety and security of “our men and women in uniform.”  No longer does the military exist in order to defend our liberties, protect our freedoms, secure the peace and lives and property of Americans, the role is now totally reversed.  Forget the words of the Star-Spangled Banner; now it is the loved ones that must put their bodies (and liberties) between the soldiers and the “war’s desolation.”  This is the same attitude as the police of today. Instead of serving and protecting the public, they are allowed to kill and maim and abuse the public to protect their own skins. “Officer safety” is the number one priority in many police forces today.  Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, is to be sacrificed at the insistence of this piece of garbage squatting in DC, in order to protect the military forces that once were created and existed for more than two centuries, supposedly to defend the Constitution, and thus our liberties and lives and property, “against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

After this, I find it hard to even continue to comment on much else, but here goes, anyway.

Is this a good idea? Video: California cop finds private sale of ammo between citizens ‘bizarre’ and ‘illegal’ A police officer in Eureka, California, recently told two pro-gun activists that they were breaking the law by selling .22 caliber ammunition on the street before demanding to see a business license and accusing one of the men of being a felon in possession of ammunition.   Okay, I give these guys credit for making their point.  But I give them -100 for being incredibly stupid, and exposing themselves needlessly to the chance of this cop blowing his lid and shooting and killing them both, claiming he was “threatened” or that they were an immediate danger to the public safety.

Mama’s Note: Indeed, what dummies! The price of .22lr has come down a lot, but it is still in short supply and they could have been mugged by ordinary criminals instead.. Best keep that kind of thing private.

I don’t know if this is the real minion of the Fuehrer or some kind of doppelganger.  Attorney General Holder tightens limits on U.S. subpoenas of journalists. The Justice Department on Wednesday announced a tightening of its rules for when federal prosecutors can subpoena journalists or their records.  That is, supposedly it is now harder for US Attorneys to request subpoenas to force reporters and writers to cough up information, that is, help protect freedom of the press.  Well, we’ll see.

On Wednesday, House Republicans voted to block the White House’s immigration actions. They voted to block the Fuehrer’s imperial decrees about immigration plans and end an existing program that has deferred deportation for 500,000 young immigrants called “dreamers.”  Of course, it will be harder to get this through the Senate, and to override a veto.  But I am mildly surprised that they even did this much.

Sigh.  We are way too close to the next presidential election.  As part of the build up to that, Rand Paul has stated that Romney 2016 is ‘the definition of insanity.’ Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), whose 2016 presidential ambitions now look like a sure thing, slammed Romney on Wednesday, saying a third attempt at the Oval Office by the former Massachusetts governor would be “the definition of insanity.”   I suppose that he is referring to “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”  I view this differently: no matter HOW much you desire power, I cannot see ANY one who is sane willing to subject yourself to it a third time.  Nixon did (1960, 1968, 1972) and a LOT of us would say he was off his rocker by the last time, and definitely after that.  FDR did it for FOUR times, and yep, it killed him.  And again, was he really sane after 1940? (or before?).  Grover Cleveland did it three times: win in 1884, lose in 1888 (electoral), and win in 1892.  No reports on insanity, but that was a long time ago. (Actually modern Democrats would brand him as insane: Cleveland was the leader of the pro-business Bourbon Democrats who opposed high tariffs, Free Silver, inflation, imperialism, and subsidies to business, farmers, or veterans. His crusade for political reform and fiscal conservatism made him an icon for American conservatives of the era. Imagine that, a Democrat who was more libertarian than conservative Republicans today!) (Thanks to Tim for this news.)

To end this (and several) depressing columns, let me share a nice commentary from the Independent Institute, about a favorite of my family for more than 30 years: “I, Nutella.” I can buy a jar of Nutella for $2.50 to $3.00 in a dozen places in Colorado and South Dakota, and bring a little bit of joy (and a few calories) to myself, my famiy, and friends…  Because of liberty and freedom and NOT because of government.

Mama’s Note: Indeed… just wish they’d offer one without sugar or sweetener at all. Too many calories, especially when combined with the bread and other stuff I like with it.

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (a christian), Pahasapan (resident of the Black Hills), Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer, Evangelist. Successor to Lady Susan (Mama Liberty) at TPOL.
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4 Responses to Black is White (Was: Libertarian Commentary on the News, #15-02D)

  1. Matt says:

    Hard to beat a Nutella and Peanut Butter sandwich with a glass of cold milk.

    Obama just doesn’t want his Jihadi’s picked on. He is one of those moderate Muslims waiting to see if the extremists win and is doing all he can to help them out. He doesn’t need to worry about the safety of our Armed Forces members, just give them weapons and ammunition and let them take care of themselves. If armed and aware they generally give a good account of themselves.


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