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America's Real Enemy


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America’s Real Enemy

Politics in America today is full of people pointing fingers and casting blame. But the real source of the nation’s problems is being overlooked. 

September 11 is a date that borders on sacred to most Americans. The day in 2001 when Islamic terrorists murdered nearly 3,000 people on American soil permanently changed the nation. It is seared in our minds.

Eleven years later on that day in 2012, as Americans were honoring those victims, Egyptians attacked the American Embassy in Cairo. They ripped the American flag to shreds and hoisted a black Islamist flag.

The same day, terrorists attacked the United States Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. They murdered four Americans, including the ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens.

The Benghazi attack in particular was horrific and deeply shameful for a number of reasons. Less than a year before, the U.S. had provided the military power to overthrow Libya’s dictator, Muammar Qadhafi. Ambassador Stevens was personally involved. He risked his life to help ensure the Libyans would have a more democratic government. Because of his efforts to promote democracy, Stevens became the target of a terrorist group affiliated with al Qaeda. He knew about it and told Washington that his life was under threat. The last day of his life, he was pleading with the American government to send more help to protect him. There is evidence that the consulate staff was appealing for help while shots were being fired—and help was denied.

Why didn’t the U.S. fulfill that request? Why not send help to a man so dedicated, so willing to risk his life for his country? That is a maddening question.

Sadly, however, it was only the first of several aspects of the Benghazi attack and its aftermath that should be a source of dismay and sadness for every American, and for anyone concerned for America.

First, the administration of President Barack Obama immediately implemented an aggressive strategy to cover up and deflect blame for what had happened. Though they knew straightaway that it was an al Qaeda-linked attack, administration officials, including then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, downplayed it as a spontaneous demonstration against an anti-Muslim YouTube video. Rather than countering the murderous terrorist attack, they directed their loudest condemnation at the video for its religious intolerance! They went to tremendous lengths pretending this “inflammatory” video was to blame—even farcically arresting the filmmaker—while doing nothing to bring those terrorists to justice!

Investigations have since made abundantly plain just how numerous and blatant the administration’s lies about what happened that night really were. Never has a president and his staff been so brazen and deliberate in using deceit!

To this day, nothing has been done about those Libyan terrorists who killed America’s ambassador and three others on the most painful date possible! This is a massive insult to our country and our dead. But it doesn’t infuriate our people the way it should.

America’s pathetic response to the Benghazi attack was far more dangerous than it was insulting—because it showed the entire world how weak this nation has become. It was a spectacle of American weakness. It did a lot to inflame the disrespect, disgust and contempt that our enemies are showing with growing brashness.

Should it surprise us to see America under such attack today—when the nation’s own president won’t even defend it? The Obama administration’s response to Benghazi was consistent with how the president has repeatedly apologized on behalf of America and acted like our enemies’ hatred is justified. In his view, America is the cause of the world’s grievances and ills. The United States is the real problem.

How could a U.S. president undermine America’s interests so completely? How could he be so sympathetic to his country’s enemies—and so casual about defending his country’s honor and welfare?

Amassing Power

This president has not been weak on everything. Far from it. At the same time the Obama administration has undermined America’s power abroad, it has amassed power within the nation in the federal government, especially in the presidency itself. This may seem contradictory, but in fact it is another side of the same story.

In case after case, this administration has taken more power for itself and increased its control over the American people. President Obama modified and ignored a number of provisions of the Affordable Care Act with barely a pretense of legality. He launched a military campaign in Libya without congressional approval. He evaded the constitutional requirement that the Senate confirm high-level government officials by appointing “czars.” He asserted the right to kill American citizens without due process if a “high-level official” says they pose an imminent threat to the nation.

Examples of this trend abound. Here is a short list: President Obama deciding to ignore laws he does not like, choosing not to deport illegal immigrants who would have been allowed to stay in the country if Congress had passed the “Dream Act”; the Federal Bureau of Investigation admitting it uses surveillance drones over U.S. soil; the powerful Internal Revenue Service targeting the president’s enemies, mostly conservative and pro-Israel groups, to suppress their political involvement before the presidential election; the Justice Department secretly seizing the records of more than 20 Associated Press phone lines in what was called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion”—while the attorney general claimed to know nothing about it; the National Security Agency (NSA) conducting illegal, covert surveillance programs in violation of the Fourth Amendment, keeping phone and Internet records of millions of Americans with the full cooperation of nine major Internet companies. Such revelations have surfaced repeatedly throughout this presidency.

Before President Obama was reelected, Franklin Graham, the son of the famous preacher Billy Graham, said two of his ministries were targeted by the irs. He believed a newspaper ad they ran supporting an amendment against same-sex “marriage” triggered an audit jeopardizing their tax-exempt status. The process took more than twice as long as usual, and it wasn’t finished until just after President Obama was reelected. Many other conservative groups told similar stories. This indicates an unprecedented amount of political meddling! This administration blatantly manipulated the political process, and the nation is too weak to do anything about it!

If you aren’t paying attention to this trend, you should be. Many people are trying to pretend there is no real problem, and that those who are concerned are overreacting. But this should deeply trouble every American! There is an unparalleled spirit of lawlessness here—and it is leading to an outcome far worse than most people realize.

Data Collection

In June 2013, we learned that the nsa has a secret data warehouse in Utah, a “billion-dollar epicenter” where it can store massive amounts of information. Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, Facebook, YouTube, aol, Skype, PalTalk and Apple were caught handing over to the government all kinds of information about Americans—including phone records, e-mails and other digital communications—and claimed they were forced to do so. However, the NSA says there is no cause for concern: An agency spokeswoman said that “[i]ts operations will be lawfully conducted in accordance with U.S. laws and policies.” Does that reassure you? Has this administration done anything to suggest that it is careful to follow the law?

When a ceremony was held in May 2013 to celebrate completion of the Utah data center’s exterior, it was “closed to the public—an exclusive, invitation-only gathering that barred even the mayor of Bluffdale,” the Associated Press reported. “The nsa also rejected a request by city officials to take a group of visiting Utah mayors on a bus tour of the outside of the facility. The agency said all tours—even of the exterior—are prohibited” (June 13, 2013).

Why all the secrecy? Washington claimed it needs all this information for America’s war against terrorism. It was expanding the nsa’s powers exponentially, using the war on terrorism as the rationale. Yet at the same time, the president gave a speech telling Americans that there is no war on terrorism. “This war, like all wars, must end,” he said. America shouldn’t be on “a perpetual wartime footing.” He claimed that the war is winding down, thanks to several victories by his administration. If this is all true, what does the government need that Utah facility for?

Despite all the data the government is collecting, it did not stop the Boston Marathon bombers in 2013. It didn’t stop an Islamist from killing four Marines at two military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 2015. It didn’t stop two Muslims from killing 14 people in San Bernardino that year. It didn’t stop a man who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State from killing 49 people in Orlando, Florida, in June. The “underwear bomber” wasn’t stopped in 2009 by the surveillance program, but by a tip from the would-be bomber’s parents. How many terrorists is this program catching? Some analysts say jihadists tend to use online resources that popular search engines don’t even see. That means these surveillance tools are basically only good for gathering data on law-keeping citizens.

William Binney, a 32-year veteran of the NSA turned whistle-blower, was asked where the surveillance data was heading. He said: It’s really a turnkey situation, where it can be turned quickly and become a totalitarian state pretty quickly. The capacities to do that is being set up” (emphasis mine throughout). That is a chilling statement—it gets to the heart of the issue! Look at the potential power the government already has.

What kind of a mind-set is behind the nsa secret data warehouse in Utah? This nsa veteran says it can be turned quickly and become a totalitarian state pretty quickly”!

Are we afraid to even ponder what the radical left’s agenda really is?

Fox News’s Bob Beckel, a Democrat, said the nsa data mining “is strikingly close to authoritarian rule that has no place in this country and no place certainly under our Constitution.” Herbert Meyer served as an intelligence specialist in the Reagan administration, as special assistant to the cia director and vice chairman on the National Intelligence Council. This man compared the actions of this administration to what the Nazis did under Adolf Hitler. (He didn’t say these officials are like the Nazis, but that they are going about their plan the same way the Nazis did.) Even the Germans have severely criticized President Obama for his NSA program! Some critics say he’s acting like the Gestapo.

The NSA is amassing enormous power. If it ignores the laws of the land, it can get practically anything it wants.

Imagine what a tyrannical government could do with all that information.

Americans have grown accustomed to and complacent about this steady erosion of their privacy and liberty. They do not prize freedom as they once did. This carelessness is going to come at a high cost.

Destroying Separation of Powers

In cases when Congress refused to implement his radical agenda, President Obama has simply sidestepped the legislative branch of government and ruled by executive decree.

“We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need,” he told reporters before one of his cabinet meetings in 2014. “I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone. And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward in helping to make sure our kids are getting the best education possible, making sure that our businesses are getting the kind of support and help they need to grow and advance, to make sure that people are getting the skills that they need to get those jobs that our businesses are creating.”

To make it harder for the courts to rein in his executive decisions, President Obama has substituted “executive actions” for executive orders. Unlike executive orders, which are issued as an official cataloged transcript, executive actions are informal orders from the president to his underlings in the executive branch, making them more difficult to challenge legally, and making it easier for him to trash the Constitution—the supreme law of the land. It’s all about lawlessness!

Georgetown law professor Jonathan Turley, a political liberal, is one of the few legal minds warning of the danger behind such executive power grabs. “The system of separation of powers was not created to protect the authority of each branch for its own sake,” he wrote in a Los Angles Times editorial. “Rather, it is the primary protection of individual rights because it prevents the concentration of power in any one branch. In this sense, Obama is not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system; he has become the very danger that separation of powers was designed to avoid” (March 9, 2014).

Please read that paragraph again. If it doesn’t strike fear in you, it should!

In midterm elections later that year, Mr. Obama and his Democratic Party took a shellacking. Voters made clear that they were unhappy with the president’s record over the previous six years. Yet when the president spoke about the result, he acknowledged no fault or error on his part. Immediately after the election, Mr. Obama renewed battles over immigration and net neutrality. That November, he issued executive action on immigration policy. He instructed the executive branch of government to offer temporary legal status to millions of illegal immigrants. This order unilaterally enacted immigration reform that congressional lawmakers wouldn’t enact themselves.

When confronted about his record of executive overreach, the president taunted his critics: “Middle-class families can’t wait for Republicans in Congress to do stuff. So sue me.”

Trashing the Constitution

When he became president, Barack Obama promised his supporters a radical transformation of the U.S. By the end of his first term, some supporters felt the change he promised wasn’t coming fast enough. To them the president explained: “What’s frustrated people is that I have not been able to force Congress to implement every aspect of what I said in 2008. … Well, you know, it turns out that our founders designed a system that makes it more difficult to bring about change than I would like sometimes.”

This is one of several statements the president has made showing his distaste for America’s Constitution. Mr. Obama is an outspoken critic of the Constitution and has long desired to cast off its restraints. In a 2001 public radio interview, then Senator Obama said the Constitution reflected the “fundamental flaw” of the United States. He characterized the supreme law of the land as “a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can’t do to you. Says what the federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the federal government or state government must do on your behalf.”

There is a reason the Constitution focuses on what the government can’t do to you: it aims to restrain despotism and to preserve freedom! That is its great strength, not its fundamental flaw!

America’s Constitution has given more freedom to more people than any other government charter in history. It is a noble document that has inspired and enabled so many to attain accomplishments that any other system anywhere else in the world would have denied them.

You would think Americans would love the Constitution, but that is not the case in this country anymore. The radical left wants to destroy the Constitution! The Obama administration and the radically left Democrats are very hostile to the Constitution, and so are the media. Some in the media say Mr. Obama’s only real problem has been that he hasn’t used executive actions to enact radical policy enough. Many liberals now preach that for America to solve its many problems, it needs to abandon the Constitution. Most of the educational institutions would like to get rid of it. Many even argue that it is not even the supreme law of the land! Even one of the Supreme Court justices said the Constitution is outdated and should not be used.

This too is a liberal strategy to usurp power that America’s founders never intended politicians to have. An administration that pays no attention to the Constitution when it doesn’t match its own agenda has a lot of power!

More recently, the attack on the Constitution has become even more vile. People have criticized it not simply for making change more difficult, but because it represents what they perceive to be institutionalized racism inherent within the American system!

“The goal of the Constitution was to make an agreement between factions known as states, which were built on the backs of black slaves.” That’s a paraphrase of what Alicia Garza said during a University of Missouri Black Lives Matter event in February of this year. Garza is one of the three founding members of Black Lives Matter, an organization for which President Obama and the radical left have been major supporters. “The people vowing to protect the Constitution,” Garza said, “are vowing to protect white supremacy and genocide.”

That is a lie! How can the president and the radical left support such a racist organization? The truth is that it was the system built by the Constitution that allowed the United States to become one of the first societies in history to completely abolish slavery!

Comments like these are a contemptible attack on the U.S. Constitution—the supreme law of the land! Such vile statements are stirring up a lot of anger and bitterness against the system of government established by America’s framers.

Do you realize how deadly dangerous this trend of lawlessness is? Very few people do. But it gives insight into the real nature of the threat facing America.

This is quickly moving America toward a race war and rule by dictatorship or tyranny.


Mr. Obama repeatedly said how transparent his administration would be—yet virtually everything he has done has been in the dark. Many journalists have complained that his has been the most opaque administration in history.

That is the path to a violent dictator ruling America! And it wouldn’t take but a few large and destructive riots to reach that nightmare.

In March of 2013, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was called before Congress and asked, “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” Clapper replied, “No sir  …  not wittingly.” That was a lie, and he knew it.

Attorney General Eric Holder has also lied to Congress—about the Fast and Furious scandal, and about what his department did to reporter James Rosen.

As these scandals pile higher and higher, nobody can get administration officials to tell them anything! They have lied and lied and lied—and have been caught in their lies! This administration covers itself in a cloak of deceit. In some cases, they have even joked or bragged about their lies!

It is impossible to measure the damage that such deception has wreaked on the fabric of our politics and our society. But nobody seems to care. When Secretary Clinton was later investigated over the lies in the White House’s response to the Benghazi attack, she responded, “What difference at this point does it make?” Apparently a lot of Americans agree with her. Mrs. Clinton is now the presumptive Democratic nominee and could become America’s next president!

That speaks volumes about our people. We get the leaders we deserve. Especially in a democratic republic, we the people must accept the blame for the problems!

Know Your Enemy

What is happening to America’s leadership, its domestic policy and foreign policy is not just a quirk of history. The fact that Americans are casting the Constitution to the ground and encouraging lawlessness in their marriages, in their government and in their foreign policy has a very definite cause.

We must know our enemy in order to understand what is going on in America.

America is being attacked from within and without. There are failures everywhere: economically, culturally, politically, militarily and morally. Anyone who says there isn’t a real problem here needs to open his eyes! We need to see what is happening to our nation.


Reprinted from the Aug 2016 Philadelphia Trumpet


Yours for better living,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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1 comment:

DAR said...

Very powerful indictment of Obama and very true-he's a communist at heart