Posts Tagged ‘Palestine’

Obama Exceeds Constitutional Authority

Posted by Troy on 30th April 2012 in Current Events, Political

It is the power of the Congress to control the finances.  This is commonly called the power of the purse strings and is a part of the checks and balances system the Founding Fathers put in place. 

When Palestine decided to bypass the United States peace process and apply for statehood directly to the UN, Congress decided to withhold the 192 million dollars they were going to give them in aid.  President Obama has decided to pay the money to Palestine regardless of Congress’ wishes.  His rationale for this is that this payment is important to the security of the United States.

Even if you were to agree with his logic, you cannot give the President (or any branch of government) an easy work around for the checks and balances.  What if Obama were to say that internet security is important to the security of the United States and takes full control of it?  What if they say that energy use is important to the security of the United States and forces everyone to live in 200 square foot apartments with seven foot ceilings to minimize energy use? 

One of my favorite quotes is by William Pitt, “Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human liberty; it is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”  This quote inspired a lot of the material in 2084.

I am sick of how many times this President has exceeded his Constitutional authority.  No one seems to be willing to cry foul.  At least some people cried foul when Bush exceeded his authority.  Where are these whistle blowers now?  Or is it only about the D or R after their name that really matters?

Long Live the Constitution!

Gilad Schalit – Prisoner swap

Posted by Troy on 18th October 2011 in Current Events

Israel recently swapped over 1,000 prisoners for 1 soldier.  Many people would look at this and say, “Look at how loyal the Israelies are.  They are willing to trade over a thousand prisoners for but one of their soldiers.”  I would say that they are foolish.  While I feel sorry for Gilad Schalit, there is no way I would release 1,000 prisoners.  I might release 1 prisoner in a one for one swap.  What they have done is release one soldier in exchange for over a thousand who may be involved in terrorism, murder, or other crimes.  Far worse, they have made their opposition look stronger.  They have given them heart.  Now others may flock to the Palestinian border.

The Case for Democracy – Natan Sharansky

Posted by Troy on 23rd September 2011 in Current Events, Political

This book is an eye-opening experience.  Natan Sharansky grew up and lived in Soviet Russia.  He speaks about tyranny in ways that will take your breath away, and some of the passages nearly made me cry.  The basic premise of the book is that dictators and tyrants cannot be allies.  A tyrant will only have you as an ally until you are no longer useful.  A tyrant must convince their people that there are enemies inside and without their country.  The tyrannical government must keep a rifle pointed at the outside enemy and their own people.  When well intentioned nations try to deal with these countries and curry favor, they are propping up the arms that hold the gun.

Sharansky moved to Israel and discusses the Palestinian problem in this context.  Most people in the West do not understand the people who are ruling over Palestine.  According to Glenn Beck, who recently went there, most Palestinians want peace and want to deal with Israel openly.  However, if they speak out, the militants will kill or otherwise harm them.  I believe it.  This is the kind of thing groups like Ha-mas and Nazis do.  They make the outside world believe that the populace supports the party’s view, but in reality, most of their citizens hate these groups.

This book is especially relevant given the recent turn of events.  I think it is funny insofar as Obama is going to look like a total hypocrite.  He spoke of having a separte Palestine by now, and here we are.  Now he’s going to have to use his Veto power as one of the members of the Security Council.  He just cannot understand that words have meanings.  He thinks he can give a little speech, people will clap, his ratings will go up, and there will not be any other consequences.

The UN cannot create a Palestinian state.  The Israelis will not accept it, this will lead to pure fury in Palestine and the Muslim world, and there will be a war.  If Israel does cave in, then Ha-mas will be a beachhead to Iran, and Israel could be destroyed militarily.  Think of it this way, how would you like it if the Cherokee nation went to the UN and demanded the whole United States back?  Would we give in?  Would we say, “Oh, well…I guess that’s what the UN said so…okay.”  No.  We would never accept such a thing.  The whole Israel issue is a direct result of a multinational body declaring a group of people have the rights to property and granting statehood in the first place.

Sadly, if we veto it, such an act will cause much hatred of the United States in the Middle East and will unify the Muslim extremists against us.  However, they would hate us anyway.  The only way to win those people over would be to enact Sharia Law in America. 

Long Live the Constitution!

Outrage at the Media Bias

Posted by Troy on 13th June 2011 in Political

Any sane, nonpartisan person knows that there is some bias in the media.  The majority of it is on the Left.  Fox News is on the Right.  However, there are limits to what we can accept.  The LA Times had a tape of Obama attending a pro-Palestine rally and praised a member of the PLO.  They refused to release the tape.  It could be argued that this tape could have affected the vote of a rational, informed voter. 

How is this any different than a broker withholding information from a potential investor because he wants the commission?  We would throw him in jail, and rightly so. 

This is criminal.  This is controlling the flow of information for political means.  This basically makes the LA Times just a propaganda machine.  No legitimate news organization can willingly hide the truth from the People.  This is a complete outrage. 

If you read the LA Times, I would suggest you find another newspaper.  It is clear that they are actively determining what information you have privy too.  This is a legitimate story that had actual implications.  If people had seen this, then Obama’s current bias against Israel would have been discovered before he started spitting in the face of our only ally over there.

Benjamin Netanyahu Disrespects President Obama

Posted by Troy on 23rd May 2011 in Current Events, Political

Everyone (on the Left anyway) seems to be upset that Netanyahu disrespected Obama.  This is interesting as this the same group that cheered whenever anyone (even brutal dictators such as Hugo Chavez) disrespected President Bush.

The fact of the matter is that President Obama deserved to be disrespected.  How dare he tell another country where their borders should be?  This would be exactly as if China told us that we should give back the Southwestern states to Mexico to stop the violence on the border.  We would be outraged, and we should be.  [Sadly, I know that there are Americans that think that would be a wonderful idea.]

There are people that dream of a world with no borders.  However, if you were take an average of the laws and cultures that most of the world lives under, I should doubt any American would want to live in such a world. 

Long live the Constitution!