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“…A long train of abuses and usurpations….”

Thomas Jefferson wrote in the
Declaration of Independence, in detailing the numerous charges against King
George III, that “…mankind are disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable,
than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing the same Object
evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it
is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for
their future security.”

Jefferson, the Judge


Does this not describe the
administration of Barack Obama? His eight-year tenure in the White House has
been nothing less than a “train of abuses and usurpations,” abuses of the
office of president and usurpations of Congressional authority. His “Object”
has always been to reduce Americans under absolute Despotism. 
In 1920, H.L. Mencken made some
observations that have proven to be prescient and not altogether irrelevant to
the character of today’s Social Justice Warriors, aspiring collectivists, and
nation transformers:
“No doubt my distaste for
democracy as a political theory is…a defect that is a good deal less in the
theory than in myself.  In this case it
is very probably my incapacity for envy….The fact that John D. Rockefeller had
more money than I have is as uninteresting to me as the fact that he believed
in total immersion and wore detachable cuffs.
“Thus I am never envious, and
so it is impossible for me to feel any sympathy for men who are. Per corollary, it is impossible for me
to get any glow out of such hallucinations as democracy and Puritanism, for if
you pump envy out of them you empty them of their life blood: they are all
immovably grounded upon the inferior man’s hatred of the man who is having a better
time. There is only one honest impulse at the bottom of Puritanism, and the
impulse is to punish the man  with a
superior capacity for happiness – to bring him down  to the miserable level of the ‘good’ men,
i.e., of stupid, cowardly and chronically unhappy men. And there is only one
sound argument for democracy, that it is a crime for any man to hold himself
out as better than other men…and the most heinous offense for him is to prove
it.

“…Such an attitude is
palpably impossible to a democrat. His distinguishing mark is the fact that he
always attacks his opponents, not just with open arms, but also with snorts and
objurations – that he is always filled with moral indignation – that he is
incapable of imagining honor in an antagonist, and hence incapable of it
himself….”*
 One hundred and forty years separate
Jefferson’s words and Mencken’s (his article “A Blind Spot”). The Founders
abhorred democracy, which they regarded as mob rule as an overture to tyranny
by the mob leader (Shall we call him a mobster?
Or her?). Mencken more than Jefferson
tagged democrats and Puritans as moved by envy and malice. Everywhere we look
today in the news, we see envy and malice at work. The MSM is rotten with
snorts against Donald Trump, “Islamophobes,” and anyone who “didn’t build that”
or is dripping with “White privilege”; fork-tongued “moderate” Muslims inveigh
with CAIR against American dress codes and work standards and drag hapless
employers to court, where they have a fifty-fifty chance of having their codes
and standards excoriated, in the name of “civil rights,” by an ignorant, pliant
justice who knows little about Islam or about leading a productive life in
truly gainful employment. Islam, after all, is not only an ideology that
nurtures crime (it’s in Mohammad’s theological and political DNA, there’s no
altering that fact), but promotes among its flocks cowardice and acquiescence among
most adult Muslims, and in young Muslims the mobster
mentality
. 
Envy and malice are the
leitmotif of Obama’s whole time in the White House. Let us draw up and itemize
his “rap sheet.”
Ø 
We learn that as part of Obama’s grand design to “transform”
America that aside from sanctioning the importation (not “immigration”) of
thousands of ideologically hostile Syrian “refugees” into the country (most of
whom will be just Muslim ballast while raising future anti-American jihadists),
that he has released some 86,000
criminal aliens
to rob, rape, and pray on the general population.
Ø 
He has Okayed the invasion of thousands of Muslims into a
wide range of American towns and cities.
More than 600,000
immigrants
with official refugee status have been resettled
in the U.S.
since 2008.  (That’s just the designated “refugees,” and
does not include other legal immigrants and illegal migrants.  The U.S.
has admitted a total of over 6.3 million
immigrants for legal permanent residence
since 2008, of which the refugees
represent roughly 10%.)
There are some out-of-the-way
communities that have a relatively long history of accepting refugees for
resettlement, at a rate significantly disproportionate to their
populations.  Twin
Falls, Idaho
is one; another is Manchester,
New Hampshire.
Donald Trump claimed, not
without some truth in the accusation, that Obama and Hillary Clinton were the
“cofounders” of ISIS. Reuters
and many liberal newspapers immediately jumped on the statement saying it was
an irresponsible utterance. But was it? Daniel Greenfield’s August 11th FrontPage
article
parses the facts:
Donald Trump has said of Obama, “he’s the founder of
ISIS”. He stated that Hillary is a co-founder of ISIS. The remarks have
touched off anger from certain media outlets, but is it true or not?
The organization we currently know as ISIS had earlier
incarnations, but it adopted its current name in response to its growing
successes in the Arab Spring which was heavily backed and championed by Obama
and Hillary. The expansion of ISIS in the Arab Spring functionally turned it
into a very different organization. It not only temporarily succeeded in
creating its Caliphate, but it went from a marginal terror group to a microstate
controlling cities, large populations and winning the allegiance of Islamic
terror groups around the world. And it was able to carry out terror attacks in
America….
There
is also no denying the fact that Obama and Hillary’s backing for the Arab Spring,
along with that of the media, proved crucial in overturning friendly regimes
and bringing Islamists to power across the region leading to chaos and
terror. 
We
might quibble over what the term “founder” exactly means, but there
is no denying that ISIS, as we know it today, rose as a direct consequence of
Obama and Hillary’s support for Islamists.
ISIS
is the consequence of their pro-Islamic policies brought to life. And that too
cannot be denied. From Benghazi to Baghdad, the wages of the left’s support for
Islamic theocracy has been terror and death.
In short,
writes Greenfield, ISIS is a direct result of Obama/Clinton policies, with a
lot of help from the pro-Islam MSM.

In another arena, it has been
revealed that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in its hurry to
micromanage and regulate every possible human activity, took a leaf from Nazi
Germany and experimented on human beings to determine whether or not
particulate matter (P.M.) was harmful to health. It was not. John Dunn and
Steve Milloy wrote in,” “EPA
Whitewashes Illegal Human Experiments
,”
Though the
EPA got away with issuing the rules, it knew they were vulnerable to challenge
because the underlying studies – all dubious statistical correlation studies –
didn’t actually show that P.M. killed anyone.  Neither did animal
toxicology studies, no matter how much P.M. the laboratory animals inhaled.
 So the EPA decided to back up its statistical claims by testing extremely
high doses of P.M. on real, live people.
Over the
next 15 years, the EPA began quietly experimenting on elderly subjects (up to
age 80), asthmatics, people with heart disease or metabolic syndrome, and
combinations of the aforesaid by placing them in a sealed chamber and making
them inhale high levels of P.M. as well as diesel exhaust, smog, and even
chlorine gas. [There’s no guarantee better of ensuring the “right” conclusion than
marking the cards or rigging jury selection.]
Doubtless if the EPA had used
Zyklon
B
instead of using doses of diesel fumes and chlorine, they’d have gotten
more
favorable results. The
Nazis did, millions of times.  
Finally, on a less dramatic
but no less important note, the federal government refuses to mark Muslim Halal
food as such, so that non-Muslims can’t tell if they’re complying with Sharia
or not. Remember that in
American supermarkets there are “Asian” aisles, and
“Hispanic” aisles, but no “Muslim aisles.”
 Pamela Geller raises the
issue of how Americans are being hoodwinked and made to submit to Islam, “The Meat You Eat is HALAL but USDA
Won’t Label It
.”
 A great deal
of meat sold in this country is halal but is not labeled is such. It’s a
scandal — but an established practice: meat packers generally do not
separate halal meat from non-halal meat, and do not label halal meat as such.
We attempted to right that wrong. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture has
for four years now ignored, shelved, or just plain refused to rule on our
petition….
Just
as those who buy meat and poultry products labeled halal or kosher should have
a reasonable expectation that the meat they’re buying was actually produced in
that manner, so also those of us who don’t want to eat halal meat for whatever
reason should also have a reasonable assurance that meat not labeled halal was
not actually slaughtered in accordance with Sharia rules. As halal slaughter
increases in the US, the likelihood of unknowingly buying meat sacrificed under
the present system also increases.
This
is a matter of simple justice and common sense. So why is the USDA stonewalling
on our petition?
Basically because
labeling meat Halal would somehow discriminate against Muslims and against the
brutal, inhumane way livestock and poultry are slaughtered, by letting them
bleed to death instead of killing them the swiftest and most economical way. But
pain and suffering are the Islamic way.

Slit their throats while they are still conscious.


There is, of
course, Obama’s ram-rodding ObamaCare through the legislative grinder, packing
the Supreme Court with Progressive ideologues, his ongoing destruction of the U.S.
military, his kneejerk denigration and humiliation of the American people, sympathizing with the thugs of Black Lives
Matter, and exacerbating race relations in the country, and just generally
following the Alinsky playbook together with that of the Muslim Brotherhood. He
adheres to his mentor’s  Rules
for Radicals
as well as Islam’s “Rules for Conquering America” per the 1991
Memorandum
Neither Jefferson nor Mencken could have imagined the scale of evil that
Obama represents, far, far greater than that threatened by George III. Hopefully,
the train of abuses and usurpations will come to an end in November.
*pp. 76-77.  The
Vintage Mencken
, gathered by Alistair Cooke. New York: Knopf/Random
House.  1955. 240 pp.

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2 Comments

  1. Mo

    The collectivists would love nothing more than to eliminate envy by destroying the enviable.

  2. Edward Cline

    I have highlighted only a handful of Obama's abuses and usurpations here. To list them all with brief commentaries would require a book-length treatment, a project beyond this writer's wherewithal and time.

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