Two Lawyers From Illinois

By Rick Saunders
America’s Right

In the six short weeks that have passed since January 20, 2009, when The Chosen One was sworn in (sort of) as the nation’s 44th president of the United States, the country has witnessed a preview of a proposed morphing of its fundamental nature–evolved and matured for well over two hundred years–unprecedented in the history of the republic. And the preview is not attractive. Indeed, it is downright troubling.

This fact is becoming more and more evident as the stock market continues its collapse (wasn’t the liberal Messiah supposed to resurrect the Dow Jones like Lazarus?), unemployment rolls balloon and the true nature of what may lie ahead unfolds. Hoardes of Democrats are even rumored to be secretly peeling the “Obama-Biden” bumper stickers off their Volvos and Priuses–is that plural for “Prius?”–in recognition of the reality that maybe, just maybe the “change” that they and some 69 million Americans voted for last November was . . . let us be polite here . . . not exactly what had been promised.

(Wikipedia has the total popular vote for Obama at 69,456,897. Maybe we should split the $2 trillion in new spending among those people. That way, each could cough up their own $29,000 or so… — Jeff)

Look, when you have Democrat Sen. Robert “I-am-No-Longer-KKK-Kleagle-and-Exalted-Cyclops” Byrd slamming Obama, one month into the administration, over his ham-handed power grabs and initiatives to create White House “czars” exempt from Senatorial “advise and consent” powers, you know–or you should know–you have a problem. Remember, the term “czar” is a variation of that grand old Russian term “tsar,” meaning “emperor.” More on Russians in a moment.

Forget for a moment the unparalleled, almost comedic ineptitude of the administration in its selection of cabinet members; ignore for the time being the outrageous attempt to control future redistricting processes by seizure of the Census Bureau from the Commerce Department and placing it in the top (left) drawer of White House Chief of Staff Rahm (a.k.a. “Census Czar”) Emanuel; avert the eyes, for now, from the porcine monstrosity called the “stimulus” bill, the cosmetic appeal of which could not be improved by application of all the lipstick Max Factor has produced since its establishment in 1909. Focus instead on what this fledgling president proposes, with a straight face but decidedly jagged intent, as his rookie-year budget plan for this nation and her taxpayers — or at least those taxpayers who survive and/or stay here. Ready for big numbers? The budget that Obama has proposed consists of $3.55 trillion in spending, fueled in large part by exponential tax increases on the “rich” to the tune of over $1 trillion.

Words are one thing, but numbers are another. With all of the zeroes in place, the budget Obama proposes is $3,550,000,000,000.00. But don’t concern yourself with that, all of you in Chuck Schumer’s “chattering class.” Oh, and ignore as well the scrubbing of Obama’s name and the names of all Obama administration congressional carryovers from one or more of the 9,000-plus “nonexistent” earmarks populating the bill. Yes, Virginia, Orwell’s Memory Hole attendants are hard at work. And the proposed tax increases–mind you, we are told, only on the “rich”–only amount to $1,000,000,000,000.00. Let us review.

First, the additional spending proposed by Obama will merely set the stage for national socialized medicine and income re-distribution from the “rich” to the “not rich” like that warned of so many months ago by Joe the Plumber. A more perfect, hypergolic mix of chemicals for class warfare–and on two fronts, yet–would be difficult to formulate. And yet, it is the fovea (look it up) of Obama’s “vision” for the nation’s future.

Second, a tax increase targeting and purportedly limited to the “rich” is, at best, an oxymoron; at worst, it is simply moronic. You decide, Virginia, into which category Obama’s explanations fall. Only economic juveniles–or, as Comrade Vladimir Lenin used to call them, “useful idiots”–would try to claim, for example, that the increase of taxes upon or the destruction of tax cuts for a business would not result in an equivalent increase in costs passed on to consumers . . . including all those “not rich” consumers who Obama claims will “have their taxes rise not one cent.”

Words are important, so check his phraseology: while the consumers’ own taxes might not “change” by one cent, their out-of-pocket expenses will. This will happen when they buy their new General Congressional Motors Hummers, or flat-screen HDTV’s, or computers, or shoes, or toasters or hand-cranked can openers — the latter of which will likely play a large role in our nation’s future thanks to the proposals of the Chosen One. Rocket science, this is not: if “rich” individuals and businesses are going to be punished by having the fruits of their labors confiscated, it is beyond naïve–and some might even argue disingenuous–to suppose that they will not react by trying to offset those acts with actions of their own, including raising their own prices passed on to others, including the rich, the middle-class and the poor alike.

Recall, if you will, the words spoken by former Sen. Fred Thompson–the guy who Jeff likes to call a “Recumbent Conservative”–at the 2008 Republican National Convention:

We need a President who understands that you don’t make citizens prosperous by making Washington richer, and you don’t lift an economic downturn by imposing one of the largest tax increases in American history.

Now our opponents tell you not to worry about their tax increases.

They tell you they are not going to tax your family.

No, they’re just going to tax “businesses”! So unless you buy something from a “business”, like groceries or clothes or gasoline … or unless you get a paycheck from a big or a small “business”, don’t worry … it’s not going to affect you.

They say they are not going to take any water out of your side of the bucket, just the “other” side of the bucket! That’s their idea of tax reform.

And rest assured, inevitably as the dusk follows the dawn, those out-of-pocket expenses will spike. Up, not down. And the only thing besides free-market competition–the apparent enemy of the Obama state–that could stop it would be wage and price controls.

Could that be Obama’s ultimate goal? Socialism by necessity? All must suffer equally until none shall suffer at all? Cuba-Lite for the masses? Nah. Couldn’t be. Could it? Wait . . . didn’t FDR and Nixon do that? After all, the unprecedented tax increases proposed by Obama–floated at precisely the wrong economic moment in time for such threats, but brimming with great class warfare potential–will do nothing other than further prolong the agony of this recession. A cynic might surmise that this was the plan all along. But that would be wrong. Wouldn’t it?

It is most ironic that, in 2009, a lawyer from Illinois would stand at the west portico of the Capitol, place his hand on the same Bible used in 1861 to swear in another lawyer from Illinois as president, and thereafter almost immediately proceed to abandon and ignore some of the more enduring truths coming from the mind of that most admired predecessor, former President Abraham Lincoln. Here are but a few of those sage but now ignored observations, as relevant today as they were in the Nineteenth Century:

  • “You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong;”
  • “You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer;”
  • “You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence;”
  • “You cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred;”
  • “You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.”

Another American who offered some sage advice regarding the dangers inherent in the words of eloquent speakers is former U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, who produced two observations that all Americans should take to heart, especially in the days that lie ahead — first, that “a good catchword can obscure analysis for fifty years,” and second, that “[e]very idea is an incitement . . . [but] eloquence may set fire to reason.” Ask yourself this: is “change” a catchword? Is Obama eloquent?

America was never intended by her Founding Fathers to be the land of achievement entropy, where everyone is constrained and required by the government to aspire and succeed only to the extent of their neighbor, and be punished if they dare to aspire to or–perish the thought, achieve –levels beyond that. Instead, they conceived America to become a place where one could aspire to and achieve nearly anything. Just ask Barack Hussein Obama.

And yet, the budgetary excesses and tax increases Obama now proposes seem specifically designed to undermine that original intent. But like a booster rocket designed to hurl a payload into orbit or on a deep space mission, once the fuel has been spent and the booster’s function served, of what further use is it other than to become jetsam at the bottom of the ocean?

Two lawyers from Illnois. One is sending our great nation down the road to socialism. The other . . . well . . . is that a tear on the statue in the Lincoln Memorial?

Rick Saunders is a freelance writer who splits his time between endeavors in southern California and the American southwest. He began writing for America’s Right in December 2008.



  1. toto says:

    Now thats a great article. I really don’t have much to say, but I do have one question, why do these people, the people who are now running the show, hate America so much? Why do they want to bring democracy down? Why do they hate our freedoms so much? Can anyone explain that to me?

  2. Greg Goss says:

    We all know of Obama’s deep Marxist roots. And now this quote is circulating around the internet of late.

    “Owners of capital will stimulate the working class to buy more and more of expensive goods, houses and technology, pushing them to take more and more expensive credits, until their debt becomes unbearable. The unpaid debt will lead to bankruptcy of banks, which will have to be nationalized, and the State will have to take the road which will eventually lead to communism.”

    — Karl Marx, 1867, Das Kapital

  3. Anonymous says:

    A very wise man stated:

    “You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

    You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”

    ~~~ The late Dr. Adrian Rogers , 1931 to 2005 ~~~

  4. Anonymous says:

    The equalization factor for the supposed downtrodden appears to be one of answers, and I also believe that Obama is playing out a personal vendetta due to his hidden and supposedly tragic past. He has to take his inadequacies out on an entire country and is bent on destruction no matter the consequences, not to mention his anti-American,socialistic philosophy ingrained within him since youth. Another problem is, those running the show would never dream of contributing to such a financial fiasco out of their own pockets. Better to leave that to the middle and lower middle class. They love to humiliate and destroy all in the same breath. It really is part of the liberal mindset, which is hard for normal halfway intelligent people to fathom, but it is a “hate anything worthy of preservation” philosophy.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I hope all those f&^%$ing obama voters are happy. The sad part is, they probably are.

  6. SELF TAUGHT says:

    Yet another priceless photo; Obama and his ever present teleprompters, in front of the Great Debater, Abraham Lincoln (oh the days when Illinois was clean).

  7. Anonymous says:


    That quote is actually not from Marx.

    Thanks for the article. Excellent!

  8. dc says:

    He is as a “tarnish” (blemish) against the pure symbol of Truth, Justice, Liberty and what is Honorable!

    Shows how “depravity” stands out when placed in front of Foundational principles.

    It’s an “eye sore” to the true Republic and sanctity of man/womenkind.

    Not to say Lincoln was perfect, but the “ideal” that this symbol purports is High quality values and standards – not low or debasing ‘just above the apes’ mentality. (“Look at me … look at me … I can walk upright and wear clothes and … rule!”)

  9. Gail B says:

    When the business owners raise their prices, and the wealthy come along and buy up foreclosures, what will happen to the folks who are not financially well off and are out of their homes? If they stick around, they won’t be able to afford the higher prices and possibly not be able to find affordable housing. So, where will they go?

    Ah! Service America Act! They get sent to college, they receive money, they do not even have to live with their parents (wonder where Obama is planning to put them?), and the sales pitch is quite enticing. Somebody has something in mind. I wonder what it is. It all has to do with nonprofit organizations. Is ACORN a nonprofit? Are the proposed “brown shirts” a product of nonprofits?

    Rick, that was a beautiful read. You are so subtle with your indignation. Jeff gives a little warning with his anger. You just sorta let the scent of the smoldering fuse permeate before you let it rip!

    Loved the comparison of the two presidents from Illinois, and I’ll see that tear running into Lincoln’s beard for a long time.

  10. Jan says:

    Great article!

    I think it is as much about the love of power as it is about the hate for America!

    I’m having trouble recognizing the America I know. Will we have the strength to stand against this? Or have we become so complacent that we will just let this happen? I’m afraid that the masses won’t mobilize and fight against this.

    I place my trust in the Lord and know that this has not caught Him off guard. He still requires us to move and do our parts. I plan on doing mine.

  11. Gail B says:

    For those who would like to see the GA Sovereignty Bill, HR 470, click on Georgia’s version here.

  12. Seeks Truth says:

    Milton Friedman on Greed

    Milton Friedman – Path to Socialism 1

    Milton Friedman – Path to Socialism 2

  13. tm says:

    Obama LIED, STOCK MARKET died….

  14. Anonymous says:

    Awesome, Rick!

    I said the other day that my opinion has boiled down to…months ago…that this man is doing (or would do…remember the coal industry comments with electricity rates skyrocketing) his level best at destroying this country from within. It’s simple to see…why do the polar opposite of what you know is going to help us out of this and on to recovery? It’s obvious to the majority of us on here, and you too, that his agenda is socialistic in nature…maybe worse…(I mean, why did the whole family wear red and black at his celebration carnival? huh…huh? Seriously…)…anyway…wow, that sure was cynical of me. Eh hem, I think we should call it “logical” even “visionary” cuz most of the people aint gettin’ it.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Jan, no offense, but if you think this has “caught Him off guard” (the Lord) than please read your Bible to encourage yourself about his omniscience and power…the Alpha and Omega…Nothing catches Him off guard…that would make Him on mortal terms, and if that were the case, then none of us would be having this conversation b/c none of us would even be here in the first place.
    Take encouragement in Isaiah and Psalms…Ps. 91 preferrably…just a thought…

  16. Anonymous says:

    Just as there were
    “fuel sur-charge’s on
    trucking, jet’s, ferries, etc..” year’s ago, we will no doubt
    be seeing “tax increase
    sur-charges” from your
    local store owner’s.
    A never ending cycle.
    Welfare recipient’s will have to “pay” more. Then they will
    demand “more”, which the government will allow. Then the government will raise
    taxes “more” to pay for it, and it start’s all over…….

  17. Anonymous says:

    Good read again Jeff.

    toto said “why do these people, the people who are now running the show, hate America so much”

    That’s an excellent question, maybe something for others to ponder. I have thought about it a little since the William Ayers thing surfaced a year ago.

    I remember the Vietnam era, the repudiation of American values, the things that Ayers type folks cling to religiously. I was there too, but I have moved past that stage. Many people have not.

    I think the denouncement of American values is a side effect of WW Two, and the horrible sights that all baby boomers father’s saw, but all the GIs repressed them. The baby boomers were given a sheltered life (myself included). Now were are spoiled brats, especially dirtbags like William Ayers. At least I admit I had a pampered upbringing. The Ayers types are caught up in an adolescent temper tantrum.

  18. Laurie says:

    Rick, All I can say is awesome article….thank you.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Jeff, a bit off topic but worthy of mention. Had you seen anything relating to a move by the Federal Government to grant eminent domain of US property to US debt holders – namely China?

    I saw it at

    Please let this not have a shred of truth to it!!!

  20. Gail B says:

    Thanks, Anonymous at 1:25 a.m.–

    Back when I was in school, during the Stone Age, I figured out that if I wrote a summary of what I read, I not only understand it better, I also remembered it. So, I’ve almost finished a summary of each chapter of the Bible and the Psalms.

    In Psalms, David is under one siege after another, but he asks the Lord to watch over him and keep him safe. God hears him and does keep him safe. God is going to keep us safe, too. In God We Trust!

    Someone advised me to give this a rest, to just let God handle it. I told her that God helps those who help themselves and that I HAVE to do this in the spirit of doing what I can to help myself and others.

    I was really ripped up inside one night and emailed Jeff about it. Bless his heart, with his overloaded plate and time being a precious commodity for him, he wrote back to explain why, one way or another, America would be all right. I saved that email. He has also stated in his blog that we will be okay. I believe him.

    There are groups of folks like you and me who are networking with others, and we’re every one of us doing research and working together for a common cause–to save our freedom and our Republic.

    One of the best things to come out of all of this is Jonathan Krohn. He sends the message that “even a child understands that the lack of principles will undermine our Constitution.”

    Education is the best weapon we can possess, and conditions are a lot more comfortable at the computer than on the battlefields where our ancestors shed their blood for us. This includes the blood that our Lord and SAVIOR shed as well.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Great article Rick…..I have had a vision of Lincoln, with tears streaming from his eyes, gazing at Ohhhhbama.

  22. THOMAS PAINE says:

    Didn’t it take more than education and faith for our founders to separate us from the British and form this great nation? Just askin.

  23. Anonymous says:

    “We are 5 days away from fundamentally changing America….”

    - Presidential Candidate Barack Obama, October 31, 2008

    When are we going to start listening to what he has been saying all along? In his mind I’m sure he thinks he’s told the people what he plans to do and believes he has a mandate with massive support.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Thankfully, it was reported on another blog that someone from State said the eminent domain issue is false. Sorry, I didn’t copy the link but it is posted at Rosasister’s blog under poster ddlew. I am very relieved that this was just a rumor. I hope anyways it was a rumor. Nowadays you never know who to believe.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Re: “God helps those who help themselves”

    *Your search – God helps those who help themselves – did not match any documents.
    No pages were found containing “god helps those who help themselves”.
    It’s more:
    “..for your God helps you.” 1 Chronicles 12:18


    “This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that you affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to ‘maintain good works.’ These ‘things are good’ and ‘profitable to men’.” Titus 3:8

    We are to strive toward good works, ‘but’ the true ‘strength’ is not our own but of God Himself who enables us. To Him is the Glory!

    Search: “God helps”

    “From the God of your father who helps you, And by the Almighty who blesses you With blessings of heaven above, Blessings of the deep that lies beneath…” Genesis 49:25

    “For the Lord GOD helps Me, Therefore, I am not disgraced; Therefore, I have set My face like flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed…” Isaiah 50:7

    … plus, many more Scripture references under that search!

    “For we are God’s co-workers …” 1 Corinthians 3:9

  26. Anonymous says:

    “Fight the good fight of faith…” 1 Tim 6:12

    From “Our Daily Bread”
    … “Frodo, reached a point of despair” …

    “What are we holding on to, Sam?”

    “Living in a fallen, broken world, it’s no wonder that sometimes we feel overwhelmed by the powers of darkness.”

    Let’s hold on to God’s truth as we fight this battle.

    *May God’s Mighty Power help us, as we continue to do good in these evil days. Standing and speaking up for Truth!
    The Battle belongs to the LORD.

  27. Anonymous says:

    To the “Anonymous” poster saying that the eminent domain issue was a rumor:
    I can’t find anywhere on Rosettasister’s blog a reference to this. Is this the one you’re thinking of?

    The only instance of “ddlew” I can find on Rosettasister’s website is a posting concerning the API fiasco.

    Can’t find anything on “ddlew” blog either:

    You have links to anything denying the original rumor? Extra points for you if the quote is from someone that has credibility in these circles.

  28. Gail B says:

    I appreciate the research behind what I said. And, you have just verified my message:

    “From the God of your father who helps you, And by the Almighty who blesses you With blessings of heaven above, Blessings of the deep that lies beneath…” Genesis 49:25

    See, in order for God to help me, I have to be doing something to help myself. You quoted me, “God helps those who help themselves.”

    Simple. Not complicated at all.

  29. Anonymous says:

    I hope you’re wrong about the bumper stickers… I have fantacies of how I’d like to see these Obama supporters dealt with say a revolution or something should ever break out… I know its a far fetched idea (hummm). Can you imagine the fear and panic. What was that saying years ago about awakening a sleeping giant?


    Speaking of bumper stickers, I have two, one says “You work for me not Nancy Pelosi”, and the other says “Nancy Pelosi, A clear and present danger”

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