Time to Take the Offensive

“Barack knows that we are going to have to make sacrifices; we are going to have to change our conversation; we’re going to have to change our traditions, our history; we’re going to have to move into a different place as a nation.”
Michelle Obama, December 2009

Time is growing desperately short for the Progressives. I’ll say this for them, however – they certainly do a workman-like job in trying to come across as a bunch of cool customers. Never let ‘em see you sweat, as the saying goes. Hey, for that matter, they’ve got the coolest cat out there as front man.

Conventional wisdom would seem to indicate, though, that there is an increasing degree of panic in socialist utopia these days. November is coming up mighty fast (less than four months to go), and as things stand right now, there’s simply not a chance on this side of Mexico’s reclaiming the American Southwest of their maintaining the political stranglehold that they currently possess. Barack Obama and his progressive friends have undressed themselves right in front of the predominantly right-of-center American populace. They’ve no place to hide any longer.

Of course, as I’ve just said, that’s as things stand right now. Something has to unbalance the equation for them, something such as blanket amnesty for all illegal aliens currently residing in the U.S., or in the more politically-correct newspeak of the day, “comprehensive immigration reform.”

When this administration was ushered in during the middle part of January 2009, it was, for the most part, a foregone conclusion that its legislative centerpieces would be Universal Health Care, Cap & Trade, Amnesty for illegals, and one or more alleged “stimulus” bills in order to prop up their Democratic voter base – wait -

did I say that? So sorry. What I meant to say was that those bills were intended to kick start the economy.

And a fine job they’ve done, at that.

On two of the four counts, therefore, one can say in a backhanded fashion that these “Democrats” have been “successful”. Two pieces remain, and we’re beginning to see the start of a full-court press in last-ditch, desperate attempts to finish the mission. President Obama is now beginning to demonstrate to all of his constituents – all 305,000,000 of them – that he has no conscience whatsoever as he attempts to use one of the greatest ecological disasters in American history in order to advance his economy-killing, energy-controlling Cap & Trade measure, and what’s more, we’re also witnessing the continued and willful terraforming of our own history in an attempt to somehow, someway, put millions of new Democratic voters on the rolls via Amnesty for illegals.

After all, if they could secure those votes, there’d be a much better chance that they wouldn’t have to panic, now wouldn’t there?

In short, Progressives are about to ratchet up the pressure even more than they have been for the past 18 months. Know what I say?

Game on.

As Michelle Obama herself has said in the quotation provided at the beginning of this article, our history and traditions “need to change”. Excuse me, Mrs. First Lady – I like my history and traditions the way they are. Thanks, but no thanks. But, in this context, your husband himself had this to say during his speech regarding immigration reform on July 1 at American University in Washington:

It was at this time that a young woman named Emma Lazarus, whose own family fled persecution from Europe generations earlier, took up the cause of these new immigrants. Although she was a poet, she spent much of her time advocating for better health care and housing for the newcomers. And inspired by what she saw and heard, she wrote down her thoughts and donated a piece of work to help pay for the construction of a new statue — the Statue of Liberty — which actually was funded in part by small donations from people across America.

“Um, Mr. President?”

“Question?”

“Actually, more of a comment or correction. The people of the United States did not take up a collective donation to contribute toward the construction of its own Statue of Liberty. There were donations solicited in order to help facilitate the construction of the foundation for the statue, but the statue itself was a freely-given donation from the people of France, simply because they admired our freedom and American spirit. Just wanted to make sure you had your facts straight. You are President of the United States, after all.”

“Thank you. I’ll have AX check that out.”

There are only two possibilities for the misstep in this “story”: either he doesn’t know history – which, given the people by whom he was raised and educated, I’d have to at least consider it – or, more likely, he’s deliberately nuancing our history (similar to the manner in which our Christian traditions are being nuanced in the 1st Amendment’s “Freedom of Religion” very gradually becoming “Freedom of Worship”, which is quite and dangerously different). I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not sure what he’d hope to accomplish with such a subtle, deliberate historical misstep, but either way, it’s not good. I do absolutely feel that the point here is that the President and his ideological sycophants are about to put the pedal to the immigration metal, despite the fact that it does seem awfully strange that their focus is suddenly and most assuredly going to become more fixated on immigration reform, especially when there are so many other pressing domestic issues to solve.

Such as, let’s say, ensuring that the voting process is reasonably free and clear of intimidation tactics, from, oh, I don’t know – say a group like the Black Panthers. Maybe J. Christian Adams could help me out with that one.

Nah….putting up a full-frontal assault against the rule of law is far and away much, much more important.

Last summer was the summer of Health Care; this summer is going to be the summer of Amnesty. It’s now officially begun with this administration’s inexplicable temerity to file suit against one of its own states, because that state has the nerve to try to protect itself.

Am I the only one who sees a pattern here?

I’d bet not.
Geez, you might think they had an agenda or something.

Before I continue with the thrust of my points, however, allow me to provide you a small anecdote from the third leg of the Feeny family sojourn through the South. After two stops in Florida, we made our way to Hopewell, Virginia. Let me just say this about Hopewell – my wife’s relatives that we annually visit are incredibly wonderful people, the absolute embodiment of Southern hospitality. Hopewell, however – while it’s a nice little town and all – is, in my opinion, the most ironically-named small town in America. It’s situated quite nicely in the dead-center of landlocked NOWHERE.

It’s usually a pretty tough week. Having the baseball package on my Ipad, however, significantly softened the blow. But I digress.

Anyway, one of my wife’s cousins, an older gentleman and the picture of the Southern conservative, was nice enough to take everyone in the family out for dinner one evening. He’s an incredibly intelligent man to boot, having made his career as a chemist. As he’s fully well aware of my political inclinations, it didn’t take us long to begin sharing thoughts on the current state of affairs. Naturally, one of the topics that came up was immigration and all of the activity in Arizona. Understand this point: this is as honest and as hard-working a man as there is in middle America. I listen to what he has to say. Surprisingly, he had the exact opposite to offer on the immigration issue as what I expected (which does illustrate the dangers of pre-judging people, even the really good ones). All things being equal, I admittedly expected to hear the views of someone who is not only against illegal immigration but those of someone who is against the proliferation of minorities as well. I was wrong.

What he said to me was probably quite similar to what many of the readers and writers on this site would have to say on the issue. He first concern is that while there are many illegals who cross our Southwestern borders and commit crimes, there are just as many who are honest, Christian, God-fearing, family-oriented, hard-working people, who, if given the opportunity, would happily be solid American citizens. He spoke from a small degree of experience, since as a retired individual, he now has more time to devote some thought, energy, and resources to his home. Many times, he says, the contractors who take the jobs employ what appear to be Mexican work crews. Each time work has been performed, the men were very respectful, very hard-working, got the job done in the manner that it was supposed to be, and in an extremely timely fashion, sometimes putting in 10-12 hour days with hardly any time to eat. He also added that he had no idea whether they were here legally or not; however, assuming that they could, quite possibly, be illegal, he put the question to me: how much more would I have had to pay for the completed job if all of those workers were unionized American contractors?

In short, he said, the immigration battle has more depth to it than merely who’s crossing our borders illegally; it also has to do with keeping costs down for business owners (both large and small) and the American consumer, protecting American jobs, doing right by those who’ve made their lives here good ones and productive ones, upholding the rule of law, and dealing with the drug-related violence, drug and human trafficking, and kidnappings that are obviously now taking place on American soil.

How does one resolve all this?

Well, it would seem to me – and remember, I’m just a stupid conservative – that you begin by sealing the borders.

But that’s just me.

Personally, I don’t care if an immigrant is white, black, brown, red, yellow, green, polka-dotted, striped, or plaid; just immigrate to our country legally. I’m pretty sure that’s all we here on the right are asking. I guess, though, we’re apparently asking too much. We’re no longer a nation of laws; sadly,we’re now a nation that operates on the whims of men who are, in the end, only interested in power as an end in itself.

So – given the fact that what is destined to become a heated summer of politically-charged shoving, it’s time that conservatives acknowledge that the fight is now underway and to take the offensive the left. Conservatives have been playing defense for too long – 40 years too long. In fact, Hugo Chavez, the much-beloved figure of the political left and a man who is now showing the leading signs of using food as a weapon against his own people in Venezuela (what a guy), once had this to say about the concepts of “going on the offensive” and “playing defense” in the global cultural war that is now beginning to consume America. This speech was delivered at the World Festival of Youth and Students on August 13, 2005, during which he said,

I remember that when I was in prison, I read an interview by [Nicaraguan] Commandante Tomas Borge with Fidel Castro from 1989-90 – in the midst of the collapse of the Soviet Union, in the midst of the collapse of the socialist camp. In this interview, Fidel, in the middle of this darkness, it seems he could see a light and he said that soon there would be a new wave struggle of the peoples. He referred to Latin America in particular, but now it is a wave across the world. And in this is another characteristic of the movement we are living in. We need to arm ourselves now with a spirit of the offensive. Enough of being defensive. The best defense is attack! All the military strategies indicate that a war is never won on the defensive. You can pass to the defense to win time, this is valid in military wars and political wars. But only on the offensive do you win the war, do you win the struggle.

It might just be me, but it seems Hugo would’ve been well-equipped for a defensive coordinator’s job in the NFL. Actually, now that I think about it, the Patriots let Dean Pees go this offseason, I think.

Anyway, would any reasonable, common-sense person disagree with the essence of what Chavez had to say there? Have or haven’t conservatives been playing cultural defense for the past 40 years (or more), simply because by nature we’re the type of people who try to get along with just about everyone, simply so that we can work and take care of our families?

Look what it has gotten us.

While it’s obvious that the right-of-center American people have begun pushing back for over a year now, the real games are about to begin, especially with the pressure of November bearing down. I can only speak for myself, but my plan is that in addition to working with the Young Republicans up here in Rhode Island, I plan to use my pieces here at America’s Right to remind people exactly as to who and what is currently seated in Washington, DC.

So, Mrs. First Lady – let me get this straight, just so that I understand – the American people are going to make sacrifices, change the nature of their conversations, change their traditions, change their history, and move to a “different place” as a people?

Well, I suppose assaulting the Republican concept of the guiding principal of the rule of law and essentially providing a blank check to the Black Panthers to intimidate voters is a heckuva way to get started on that plan of yours.

Good luck with that.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Buckwheat with a nightstick gets a pass. Remember in November.
    We need to get out the intelligent vote this fall.

  2. Gail B. says:

    John, you are good! You dance around your points to invoke human interest. Then, just as we think we have the dance steps memorized, you catch us off balance and knock us to the floor! I’m just glad we’re on the same dance team. You have certainly nailed the Progressives, and your wife’s cousin is, indeed, quite a thinker.

    Thanks for another great piece.

  3. Gail B. says:

    And, thanks for the pic of the pedestal under construction.

  4. scp says:

    Water flows down-hill. Electricity flows through the path of least resistance. You don’t begin by sealing the borders. You begin by creating a path for the productive immigrants who we want and need to get here legally. Once you do that, it will be easier to keep the illegals out.

    I’m no architect, but I’ll bet they didn’t stop the flow of water before they built the hoover dam. I’ll bet the first step was to redirect the water’s flow.

  5. Anonymous says:

    The United States Constitution (c) 1791. All Rights Reserved.

  6. whats_up says:

    John is right in one aspect, more people need to get involved. Regardless of wether I agree with your politics or not, the fact is that this country is greater when all it citizens avail themselves of their civic duties and get invovled. This country has always been about balance, and people advocating their ideas on how this country should be run is one of the most important. That is why America is the greatest country on earth and I encourage everyone to get involved civically.

  7. Anonymous says:

    11:38, oh please….. do we stop murders, rapes, robberies, the same way?

  8. Stat! says:

    Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away …never to return. So …While we have it …its best we love it … And care for it …. And fix it when it’s broken … And heal it when it’s sick.

    Especially our beloved nation which affords us freedom and LIBERTY.

  9. Boston Blackie says:

    To paraphrase Michy, for the first time in my adult life, I am afraid for this country.
    Why are so many people surprised at what this admin is doing. They told us they would be doing this. Most just did not listen to the tall, dark, handsome man with no voting record that could give a good pep speech when read from a teleprompter. Give the democRATS credit, they have always known that the best defense is a good offense. They are starting already to accumulate gaffes made by republicans to use against them during the next election cycle. This summer is going to be the summer of amnesty because they need those voters on the rolls before November. Is it just me or has anyone else wondered how many illegals are already voting. We require proof to cash a check, buy a bottle of booze but not to register to vote.

    scp- when your water pipe bursts, do you shut off the flow of the overwhelming, unwanted water or do you just redirect it to the other side of the house!?! Shut off the flow then decide how you fix it.

    “I plan to use my pieces here at America’s Right to remind people exactly as to who and what is currently seated in Washington, DC.”
    If you want to get a feel for the opposing team, skip over to Michelle Malkin’s site. She has given a sampling of emails sent to her after her appearance on Fox News last night. I am sure the commentors’ mothers would be proud of their filthy, racist remarks.
    Oh, it’s on baby!!!

  10. T.I.M. says:

    And for a much-needed lighter take on that line in the sand…
    This from Ray Stevens (of “Ahab the Arab”, “The Streak”, and other gems):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgOHOHKBEqE

  11. We con the world says:
  12. Come on November says:

    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Half of Americans reject President Barack Obama’s lawsuit against Arizona’s controversial immigration law, with only a third supporting the move, according to a Gallup poll released Friday.

    With key midterm elections just around the corner in November, the Obama administration is facing strong support for the law, which makes it a crime to be in the state — bordering Mexico — without proper immigration papers.

  13. Gail B. says:

    Come on November said:

    “WASHINGTON (AFP) – Half of Americans reject President Barack Obama’s lawsuit against Arizona’s controversial immigration law, with only a third supporting the move, according to a Gallup poll released Friday.

    With key midterm elections just around the corner in November, the Obama administration is facing strong support for the law, which makes it a crime to be in the state — bordering Mexico — without proper immigration papers.”

    But, I found this from Fox Nation (not MSM):

    “The public broadly supports a new Arizona law aimed at dealing with illegal immigration and the law’s provisions giving police increased powers to stop and detain people who are suspected of being in the country illegally.

    Fully 73% say they approve of requiring people to produce documents verifying their legal status if police ask for them. Two-thirds (67%) approve of allowing police to detain anyone who cannot verify their legal status, while 62% approve of allowing police to question people they think may be in the country illegally.

    After being asked about the law’s provisions, 59% say that, considering everything, they approve of Arizona’s new illegal immigration law while 32% disapprove.”

    And there is a chart to show issues of the law and another broken down by partisanship at http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1591/public-support-arizona-immigration-law-poll

  14. Gail B. says:

    I can’t wait for November 2, either, so we can throw the trash out!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Gail, common sense is being reborn.

  16. Gail B. says:

    July 9–Glenn Beck has mentioned Michelle Obama’s remarks on today’s televised broadcast.

  17. Gail B. says:

    3:44 p.m. — You should try it sometime!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Man, try to make a nice comment and get smart-alecked.

  19. Liberal_Genius says:

    The fact that a majority of Americans support this law only leads me to believe that people are dumber than I thought. Trying to be politically correct here, but without Mexicans who do they think is going to actually, you know, work? I know most white people consider sitting at a desk, getting fat, and selling things to each other on the phone or a golf course is work, but that nonsense can’t survive without, you know, actual work. Somebody has to plant/pick the food, build buildings, pave roads, and manufacture goods. Most white people are not physically capable of this kind of labor, and the few that are want to be paid outrageous sums of money for doing what a Mexican can do in 1/2 the time for 1/3 the money. As a society, it’s time for us to take a long look in the mirror. We need physical labor, we don’t have nearly enough people physically capable of doing this labor in our own population. Come on Republicans! What do we do when we need something we don’t have? We import it! Darn people are thick!

  20. John Feeny says:

    Liberal genius….isn’t that an oxymoron?

  21. Dee says:

    Liberal genius (?), people who agree with the law because the “illegals” are here “illegally”. That is against the law. If they want to work here they only need to do it “legally”, that is within the law. I have thought that maybe our process to become citizens could be streamlined but I have no problem with those who wish to become citizens by following the law. The “illegals” due put a strain on the states as far as healthcare, schooling, and other benefits that they manage to get.
    I have to disagree that “most white people are not physically capable of this kind of work” Once again we see the “liberal geniuses” using the race card. It really is getting to be old.

  22. Whiskey Rebellion says:

    545 PEOPLE–By Charlie Reese

    Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them..

    Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

    Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

    You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The president does.

    You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

    You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

    You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

    You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

    One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

    I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

    I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

    Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

    What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits…. . The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

    The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi. She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

    It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace
    545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

    If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

    If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red ..

    If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ , it’s because they want them in IRAQ If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

    There are no insoluble government problems.

    Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

    Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

    They, and they alone, have the power..

    They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

    Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees…

    We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

    Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

    What you do with this article now that you have read it……… Is up to you.

    This might be funny if it weren’t so darned true.
    Be sure to read all the way to the end:

    Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the table, At which he’s fed.

    Tax his tractor, Tax his mule, Teach him taxes Are the rule.

    Tax his work, Tax his pay, He works for peanuts Anyway!

    Tax his cow, Tax his goat, Tax his pants, Tax his coat.

    Tax his ties, Tax his shirt, Tax his work, Tax his dirt.

    Tax his tobacco, Tax his drink, Tax him if he Tries to think.

    Tax his cigars, Tax his beers, If he cries Tax his tears.

    Tax his car, Tax his gas, Find other ways To tax his ass.

    Tax all he has Then let him know That you won’t be done Till he has no dough.

    When he screams and hollers; Then tax him some more, Tax him till He’s good and sore.

    Then tax his coffin, Tax his grave, Tax the sod in Which he’s laid…

    Put these words Upon his tomb, Taxes drove me to my doom…’ When he’s gone, Do not relax, Its time to apply The inheritance tax..

    Sales Tax
    School Tax
    Liquor Tax
    Luxury Tax
    Excise Taxes
    Property Tax
    Cigarette Tax
    Medicare Tax
    Inventory Tax
    Real Estate Tax
    Well Permit Tax
    Fuel Permit Tax
    Inheritance Tax
    Road Usage Tax
    CDL license Tax
    Dog License Tax
    State Income Tax
    Food License Tax
    Vehicle Sales Tax
    Gross Receipts Tax
    Social Security Tax
    Service Charge Tax
    Fishing License Tax
    Federal Income Tax
    Building Permit Tax
    IRS Interest Charges
    Hunting License Tax
    Marriage License Tax
    Corporate Income Tax
    Personal Property Tax
    Accounts Receivable Tax
    Recreational Vehicle Tax
    Workers Compensation Tax
    Watercraft Registration Tax
    Telephone Usage Charge Tax
    Telephone Federal Excise Tax
    Telephone State and Local Tax
    IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
    State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
    Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
    Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
    Telephone Federal Universal Service FeeTax
    Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
    Utility Taxes Vehicle License Registration Tax
    Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
    Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax

    STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
    Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world.
    We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

    What in the hell happened? Can you spell ‘politicians?’?

  23. Slavery is cool says:

    Liberal Genius said “for 1/3 the money”
    He must be a plantation owner

  24. Liberal_Genius says:

    Whiskey Rebellion is spot on. Americans have allowed a group of less than a thousand people to rule over them, destroy their money supply, while taxing at the same time taxing them to death. My only point of contention would be that the blame lies with the voters. They have allowed themselves to be duped, and continue to vote for these people. Not to make light, it is a difficult situation, having to pick between the lesser of two evils. The worst part of it is, when we vote for the lesser evil, we are giving it our sanction, whether we want to admit it or not. That is why I support the Tea Party folks, even though I think most of them are just having a temper tantrum about issues that they do not understand. One of the parties has to die. They are both corrupt to the core, cancers. Perhaps something more clean would rise from one of their ashes.

    @Slavery is cool
    No, just that Americans demand far more in wages than our friends from south of the border. And no, I don’t own a plantation. This is America, none of us owns a damn thing. Stop paying your property taxes and you’ll find out who really owns your land soon enough.

  25. todd says:

    GOOD JOB WHISKY REBELION I AGREE WITH YOU I WOULD ALMOST BET HALF OF THOSE 545 PEOPLE YOU MENTION DO NOT EVEN KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION OR WHAT IT MEANS ….ALL THEY CARE ABOUT IS THIER OWN FAT WALLETS

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