How great we have fallen. On a day set aside to celebrate with fireworks the independence of a nation we instead have to contemplate the Obama oil turds polluting the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast. The unofficial anthem of the United States now must strike the Gulf from the inventory of “from sea to shining sea”.
This past Saturday, Hillary Clinton warned:
“Some of the countries engaging in these behaviors still claim to be democracies,” Clinton said at an international conference on the promotion of democracy and human rights. “Democracies don’t fear their own people. They recognize that citizens must be free to come together, to advocate and agitate.” [snip]
“But we must be wary of the steel vise in which governments around the world are slowly crushing civil society and the human spirit,” she said.”
Add the United States to the list of governments which fear the truth and their own people. It’s not just the Obama Dimocrats running from Tea Party activists at town halls which is troubling.
That first amongst equals – the First Amendment – is no a bulwark of democracy and against tyranny these days. Establishment of the right to worship and free exercise of religion, the right to freedom of speech, the rights of a free press, the right to peaceably assemble, and the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances, all flow from the First Amendment. But increasingly those are just words. As usual with Obama, the words are betrayed by the actions.
Deceit, aided and abetted by the journalist class, is now the practice of government. That free press that Thomas Jefferson thought so essential is no longer. But perhaps the Obama turds of oil which now pollute the Gulf coast might waken some to the abuses Americans suffer silently in this age.
On the last day of June, PBS’ NewsHour protested on behalf of themselves and “many other journalists”:
“It has been virtually impossible to get any information about the federal mobile medical unit in the fishing town of Venice, La. The glorified double-wide trailer sits on a spit of newly graveled land known to some as the “BP compound.” Ringed with barbed wire-topped chain link fencing, it’s tightly restricted by police and private security guards. [snip]
For over two weeks, my NewsHour colleagues and I reached out to media contacts at HHS, the U.S. Coast Guard and everyone listed as a possible media contact for BP, in an attempt to visit the unit and get a general sense of how many people were being treated there , who they were and what illnesses they had. We got nowhere. It was either “access denied,” or no response at all. It was something that none of us had ever encountered while covering a disaster. We’re usually at some point provided access to the health services being offered by the federal government.
We tried the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals who told us to talk to HHS. HHS said they couldn’t provide us access and said they would get back to us about our questions.
We reached out to local parish officials, who told us to talk to Unified Command Center Operations. Unified Command Center Operations told us to talk to HHS… noticing a pattern here?
NewsHour colleagues — correspondent Spencer Michaels and Producer Joanne Elgart Jennings — warned us of the wild goose chase they were sent on two weeks ago while they were in Venice trying to find out what goes on there.
We found we weren’t the only ones. Fox News’ Dr. Manny Alvarez was also denied access to the unit.”
It was not so long ago that Democrats demanded transparency from government. Now, Obama Dimocrats declare transparency and practice duplicity. “They told me if I voted for John McCain that the press would get silenced and the executive branch would block accountability.”
Accountability and transparency. The words are contradicted by the actions.
“There’s no question that BP has lied extensively over the past few months about the growing Gulf oil disaster. The company has bullied journalists, fudged numbers, and even deployed fake journalists to the Gulf to write about how everything is fine. Now BP may be literally trying to cover up oiled beaches by dumping sand on top of them.
The video below, filmed by Judson Parker of Save Our Shores Florida, purportedly shows oil sandwiched between two layers of different types of sand. According to Parker, local deputies confirmed that BP dumped sand onto the Grand Isle, Louisiana beach and attempted to smooth it over.”
BP is now wedded to government power and coercion to suppress the truth. It is the American government who threatens, with jail terms, those who seek the truth. Even the man who disparaged “teabaggers” appears to be agitated enough to sound like a “teabagger”:
Anderson Cooper and the rest of Big Media enabled the Obama’s abuses. We are aware that it is self-interest and self-interest alone which motivates Cooper’s objections. For Big Media it is an economically cheap story to report from an economically depressed area of the country. Nevertheless, the objections from more and more Big Media outlets is in striking contrast to earlier worship of Obama.
It is the American government, run by Obama Dimocrats, shutting down citizens and even the usual Big Media shills from reporting facts as they occur in the Gulf. It is the American government, run by Obama Dimocrats, full of words in support of truth and transparency, which is engaged in the current oppressions in the Gulf.
“In some instances, it appears that equipment is provided simply to quiet public criticism. Mr. Nungesser, who has frequently appeared on local and national television, was apparently visited by two White House officials at his office on Fathers’ Day. According to Mr. Nungesser, the purpose of their visit was to find a way to keep him from calling attention to the lack of equipment. Specifically, they asked him, “What do we have to do to keep you off tv?” He simply replied, “give me what I need.” On another occasion, Placquemines Parish officials requested 20 skimmers at a town hall meeting held by the Coast Guard. According to Mr. Nungesser, “They gave us two skimmers to shut us up.” These accounts raise serious questions about whether the Administration is more concerned with fighting a public relations battle than combating the oil spill.”
Even the most repulsive Obama worshipers in Big Media are alarmed about the death of the Gulf coast and the duplicity of the American government – even though they cannot quite yet attack the object of their adulation, Barack Obama:
“The water means everything to the people here. The local economy is based entirely on the money earned from the fishing industry, and since May, the boats have been idled because of the oil disaster.
I am here to shoot a special for my TV One Cable Network show, Washington Watch. This town is largely African American, and considering our network targets Blacks, it was an ideal place to focus our attention. But the heartache and strain I am hearing in Pointe a la Hache is the same in other towns, whether the faces are white, Hispanic, or Asian.
It really is hard to fathom what this disaster will do to the residents here, many of them third-generation fishermen. The water is all they know, and if they can’t make a living doing this, there really is nothing else to do. The countryside of southern Louisiana is gorgeous — though the heat is stifling and the mosquitoes plentiful –but this is very much a coastal community. There are no massive shopping centers, large manufacturing facilities or high tech parks.
The bottom line: No fishing; no money; no life.[snip]
Rev. Edwards, with a black and gold Bible in hand, said it’s time for President Obama to come to small towns like Pointe a la Hache and hear firsthand from the men and women who are scraping by, angry with the bureaucracy that is preventing the resources from flowing.
He is still seething from a meeting last week with Kenneth Feinberg, the Washington, D.C. attorney President Obama appointed to oversee the $20 billion fund BP established to assist victims of the disaster.
“This guy sounds like BP all the way,” said Edwards, who didn’t like what he said was Feinberg’s suggestion to fishermen that it’s best they take $100,000 now instead of trying to sue.[snip]
One fisherman said that Plaquemines Parish is their home and they want to see it thrive, but things are reaching a boiling point.
“What do we have to do? Wreak havoc down here to get people’s attention because that’s what it’s coming to.”
234 years ago, that is exactly what it came to. Does the star spangled banner yet wave over the land of the free and the home of the brave? That question remains unresolved.
What is resolved is the history American inherit. 234 years ago, words gave birth to actions. They were not empty words from empty men and women. These were words that indeed still shake the world:
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more 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 invariably 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. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world. [snip]
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”
One of those who signed the Great Declaration has also made a challenge across the ages. “A republic, if you can keep it.” That challenge grows every day. That challenge was answered by previous generations. But that challenge on this July 4th, remains unanswered by the current generation – a republic - if we can keep it.