Obama Says: “Shut Up!”

Family Security Matters

While blaming the federal government’s shutdown on the House’s dragging its  feet on a budget bill that would raise the debt ceiling and defund Obamacare,  and not himself or the government itself for “shutting down,” President Barack  Obama during an  address to Congress in the White House State Dining Room on the morning of  October 17th displayed his true anti-freedom and anti-freedom of  speech colors by blaming bloggers, talk radio hosts and “activists” for the  shutdown. It demonstrated his core hostility to freedom in any realm. In short,  he would just rather we all shut up and let him get on with destroying the  country, and not bother him or anyone else with the least squeak of  opposition.

This is the portrait of a wannabe tyrant.

On Thursday Obama took a swipe at freedom of speech. Of the 2,464 words he  uttered, these were the most ominous and relevant:

And now that the government has reopened and this threat to our economy is  removed, all of us need to stop focusing on the lobbyists, and the  bloggers, and the talking heads on radio and the professional activists who  profit from conflict, and focus on what the majority of Americans sent us  here to do, and that’s grow this economy, create good  jobs, strengthen the middle class, educate our kids, lay the  foundation for broad-based prosperity and get our fiscal house in order for the  long haul. That’s why we’re here. That should be our focus.

It’s a statement so loaded with hypocrisy and venality and undisguised  dissimulation, that if awards were given for secular taqiyya, Obama  would win it hands down. He would easily trounce Richard Nixon, who, in 1973,  declared, “I  am not a crook.”  

Andrea Peterson of the Washington  Post criticized Obama’s remarks, ending her article with:

But blaming the blogging field for the way the Internet and the entire  journalism industry works seems like a bit of a reach — especially lumping them  in with professional activists and lobbyists who are literally paid to advocate  one side or another, as well as partisan talking heads. Is the president  trolling us?

He is doing more than “trolling” us, more than challenging us to shut up and  be quiet. For the umpteenth time he has bared his teeth at America.

Noah Rothman on Mediate also reported on Obama’s “victory” speech:

Obama went after what he called the “rhetoric” which “gets worse” annually,  and for members to focus on where they agree. He cited a “balanced approach” to  a budget process as one of these areas of agreement between Democrats and  Republicans.

“Had one side not decided to pursue a strategy of brinkmanship, each side  could have gotten together and figured out how do we shape a budget that  provides certainty to businesses, and people who rely on government?” Obama  said.

He added that “comprehensive immigration reform” and a farm bill should also  be the focus of the Congress for the rest of the year.

Can you believe the hubris of this man? Guess which side is guilty of  “brinksmanship”? Obama. And the Senate. And that “should”? It sounds more like  “You’d better focus on a farm bill and immigration reform, or I’ll be very, very  angry.”

Kurt Nimmo of InfoWars came closest to construing what Obama really meant:

Following the deal to end the government non-shutdown, Obama took to the  podium and teleprompter to excoriate Americans opposed to the staggering  bankster and Federal Reserve debt destroying the country.

…In other words, Obama demands that the American people stop reading sites  like Infowars.com and flock over to the corporate Mockingbird media where they  can consume a standard fare of government propaganda and lies.

James Taranto at the Wall  Street Journal had this to say about Obama’s forked tongue:

Yesterday Obama delivered remarks  at the White House, in which he made only an oblique reference to ObamaCare:  “You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president, then argue for  your position. Go out there and win an election. Push to change it. But don’t  break it. Don’t break what our predecessors spent over two centuries building.  That’s not being faithful to what this country is about.”

This is galling for multiple reasons. For one, he was lecturing members of  Congress, every one of whom (with the exception of three appointed senators)  holds his office by virtue of having won his most recent election. Granted,  Obama won his too, but with the help of an abusive IRS. And the country now  faces a crisis because in 2009 and 2010, when it came to health care, Obama and  his fellow Democrats failed to act in accord with the advice he now dishes out:  “Don’t break it.”

Our predecessors didn’t spend over two centuries preparing the way for  Obamacare or any other statist legislation. Who’s really doing the “breaking”?  Obama and the Senate. And, but for a pitiful few in Congress, there isn’t a  single politician or bureaucrat or Cabinet appointee who either knows what this  country is about, or would be faithful to it if he did know.

Unfortunately, the only member of the GOP who came close to arguing against  Obamacare in terms of its violation of individual rights was Ted  Cruz during a 22-hour  standup speech.

I would be thrilled to see Obama, seated with a smug look on his face in the  Oval Office, being instructed by Thomas  Sowell on the workings of the Constitution, with Harry Reid and all the  Democratic Senators standing by, trying not to hear what Sowell was saying:

There is really noting complicated about the facts [about who was responsible  for the shutdown]. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted all  the money required to keep all government activities going – except for  ObamaCare. This is not a matter of opinion. You can check the Congressional  Record.

As for the House of Representatives’ right to grant or withhold money, that  is not a matter of opinion, either. You can check the Constitution of the United   States. All spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives,  which means that Congressmen there have a right to decide whether or not they  want to spend money on a particular government activity….

The Senate chose not to vote to authorize that money to be spent, because it  did not include money for ObamaCare.

It’s as simple as that. The House did not shut down the government. The  Senate did, with the encouragement of the White House.

Obama said last Thursday morning:

Now, there’s been a lot of discussion lately of the politics of this  shutdown.  But let’s be clear:  There are no winners here.  These  last few weeks have inflicted completely unnecessary damage on our  economy.  We don’t know yet the full scope of the damage, but every analyst  out there believes it slowed our growth. 

Speaking of damage to the economy, there is the matter of the fabulously  expensive clunker of a website that was supposed to enable citizens to sign up  for coverage at the speed of light, beginning with the October 1st “launch.” Never mind the fraud behind Obamacare that you can “keep yourplan.”  That’s not true, as a former Secret  Service man discovered and had the spine to say publically.

Mr. President,

In one of your famous Obamacare speeches you stated, “If you like your plan,  you can keep your plan.” Well, as evidenced by the below letter, which my wife  and I just received, you lied.

Apparently the former Secret Service man was one of the very, very few able  to negotiate his way through the Obamacare website and see the bad news, as  well. Daniel Greenfield in a FrontPage  article calls it the most incompetent thing Obama has ever done.

The ObamaCare website, which estimates have placed at anywhere from under 100  million to 400 million to just under 300 million to 634 million dollars, not  only tops  even Solyndra, but couldn’t have been designed any worse if Joe  Biden had tried making it in his spare time.

The federal health care exchange was built using 10-year-old technology that  may require constant fixes and updates for the next six months and the eventual  overhaul of the entire system, technology experts told USA TODAY.

The root cause of the problems was a pivotal decision by Centers for Medicare  and Medicaid Services officials to act as systems integrator, the central  coordinator for the entire program. Usually this role is reserved for the prime  information technology contractor.

As a result, full testing of the site was delayed until four to six days  before the fateful Oct. 1 launch of the health care exchanges, the individual  said.

For those wanting to entrap themselves in the Obamacare website’s  netherworld, it’s a matter of hurry up and wait. The website is worthy of a Road Runner cartoon. Guess  who would get to play Wiley Coyote?

On a last economic note, Obama delivered another passel of bare-faced  lies.

Let me be specific about three places where I believe we can make progress  right now.  First, in the coming days and weeks, we should sit down and  pursue a balanced approach to a responsible budget, a budget that grows our  economy faster and shrinks our long-term deficits further…. 

And remember, the deficit is getting smaller, not bigger.  It’s  going down faster than it has in the last 50 years. The challenges we have right  now are not short-term deficits; it’s the long-term obligations that we have  around things like Medicare and Social Security.  We want to make sure  those are there for future generations. [Italics mine]

Come again? Mr. President, if you are reading this, please go to this link and watch the climbing numbers in  the U.S. Debt Clock. Words fail me. But they apparently don’t fail you. Words  mean nothing to you. They’re just devices to fill space and deflect reality.

Au contraire, we bloggers, talking heads, writers, critics,  thinkers, and professional activists will not shut up. It isn’t a  president’s business to tell people to keep quiet and let the juggernaut of  statism roll over them unopposed. And if you try to shut us up…well, Patrick  Henry had a few choice words for tyrants who wished to silence his critics. You would do well to remember them.

 “Caesar,” said he, “had his Brutus, Charles his Cromwell, and (pausing)  George the third (here a cry of treason, treason was heard, supposed to issue  from the chair, but with admirable presence of mind he proceeded) may profit by  their examples. Sir, if this be treason,” continued he, “make the most of  it.”

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