Living in Obama’s Mad House

By Alan Caruba

Crazy Obama
Living in Obama's Mad House
Alan Caruba
Column by Alan Caruba

Manasquan, NJ –-( Like everyone else I get up each day and do my best to make sense of my life.

I turn on “Fox and Friends” while I pour a cup of my morning coffee. I give a quick read to The Wall Street Journal’s editorials and scan the news until later in the day when I devote more time to its content.

I spend about an hour at the beginning of each day, reading and responding to those emails I have not deleted as fraudulent schemes or matters of no interest.

I “surf” the news and opinion sites to which I contribute and move on to The Drudge Report, a news aggregator that has an influence on the day’s issues comparable to Rush Limbaugh. The news is invariably bad whether it is about the nation’s imperiled economy, the gridlock in Congress, or events around the world. As an old journalist I understand well that bad news sells and good news is relegated to the “lifestyle” or “entertainment” sections of the newspaper or news sites.

Rush caught a lot of heat recently when he said he was “ashamed” of America, but I think a lot of us are ashamed of a nation being run by people of low-to-no character that we elected to office. We are ashamed of ourselves for being duped by some Republicans who are more closely aligned with Democrats, of a Republican Party that seems hapless and unable to unite around its values with a strong message of fiscal prudence, strong defense, and a host of other issues upon which we generally agree.

The United States used to feel like a rational place where, even when we had differences, they would be negotiated, compromises would be made, and our general welfare would be the guiding principle. We used to have cause to believe that the Constitution would determine our governance, but after four years without a budget and government still funded by “continuing resolutions”, there is cause to believe otherwise.

We used to have confidence that the Supreme Court would interpret that Constitution in ways that even the average citizen would if they took the time to read it. Obamacare blew that up. Declaring it a “tax” and ignoring its totally unconstitutional mandate to purchase insurance or be fined if you do not, the Court left the door open for worse mischief.

We now lurch from crisis to crisis with no resolution in sight. The cliché of “kick the can down the road” has become an everyday expression to describe a government that governs via presidential executive orders, ever more regulations, and the aforementioned continuing resolutions.

Americans cannot buy guns fast enough in the face of a government trying to negate the Second Amendment. It says “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” That’s definitive. The people is us!

We wonder why the Justice Department can unilaterally decide that it does not intend to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act and seeks to get it overturned by the Supreme Court.

We wonder why the Department of Defense can no longer afford to send a second carrier group to the Persian Gulf in the face of Iran’s impending acquisition of nuclear weapon status. How weakened has our defense capability become?

We know our economy is burdened by more than $16 trillion in debt that it is mounting by the hour. Yet President Obama cannot find any waste in government to cut despite ample evidence of multi-billion dollar waste. Stop White House tours? Who is he kidding?

A year ago the government gave $3 million to researchers at the University of California to study video games. The U.S. Department of Agriculture once gave researchers at the University of New Hampshire $700,000 to study methane gas emissions from dairy cows. Despite borrowing billions from China, the government gave it $17.5 million for social and environmental programs and once spent $2.6 million to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly. The list of insane expenditures defies the imagination.

Obama’s answer is that taxing anyone who has earned any level of wealth from $250,000 a year and up—deemed “rich”—will close the gap, but he cannot spend the nation into growth. He tried that with the failed stimulus, with the idiotic “cash for clunkers” program, and with the increase in tax revenue he wrung out of the Republicans while demanding more and more. He could take all the money from the “rich” and it would not run the government for more than a month.

Despite this consumer confidence is up. Banks made large profits last year. Housing prices are increasing. Wall Street responded to the sequester cuts with a surge. And the President’s popularity continues to hover around fifty percent even though he lies about everything including promises to control the climate!

When veteran Washington, D.C. journalist, Bob Woodward, described Obama’s claim that he could not defend the nation as the result of the sequestration cuts he called it “madness.”

We are living in a mad house called America, courtesy of Barack Obama.

c Alan Caruba

Alan Caruba's commentaries are posted daily at “Warning Signs” his popular blog and thereafter on dozens of other websites and blogs. If you love to read, visit his monthly report on new books at Bookviews.

  • 3 thoughts on “Living in Obama’s Mad House

    1. We wonder why the Justice Department can unilaterally decide that it does not intend to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act and seeks to get it overturned by the Supreme Court.
      This is actually pretty simple, and the principle applies to firearms ownership.
      Look at the Constitution. See anything in there that would give Congress jurisdiction over marriage? No, you do not. That’s why DOMA is unconstitutional. (Marriage is both a civil and a religious right. A civil right is a right held by nature of the civil law. I don’t see anything in the Constitution that permits discrimination based on sexual orientation, do you?)
      Now look at the Constitution again. See anything there authorizing Congress to restrict private firearms ownership? No, you do not.
      This is why we don’t need the Second Amendment. The 2nd is not where the right to arms comes from. The reason Congress can’t infringe upon the right to arms (in theory, at least), is not because of the 2nd Amendment, it’s because it has no constitutional authority to do so.
      Don’t believe it? Read the preamble to the Bill of Rights. It says the BOR was written “to prevent misconstruction or abuse of (government) powers.” Congress can’t infringe on freedom of speech or religion, not because of the First Amendment, but because there is no such authority in the Constitution. The 1st Amendment merely reflects that fact by “preventing misconstruction or abuse” of the authority is has been granted. Same with the 2nd Amendment, and so on.
      Lawyers frequently turn the Constitution on its head looking for “rights.” They’re way off base, and their thinking has invaded the popular culture. Rather than say “The people have a right (to arms, gay marriage, whatever),” we should be saying “Congress has no authority to make rules and laws concerning (you name it).” Because that’s the rub. It’s a government of limited authority and enumerated powers. Authority not enumerated in the Constitution has not been granted to Congress.
      Stop looking in the Constitution for your “rights.” Start telling government “You don’t have the authority.”

    2. With all due respect to Alan, what part of the two party system is a deception is so hard to understand. Both sides end up pushing the Elite agenda. We are give all of two choices as if two is some magic number. Both choices are bad and we age given the opportunity to choose the lesser of two evils. whether we want either or not, the last pseudo election supposedly gave us the choice between two Elite owned tools. Robama and Obamney. Yes even the reported massive election fraud is treated as meaningless. Chicago election tactics continue.

      Who has been arrested? Who has gone to jail? When will this end? It will continue as long as this criminal system lasts, then it will all start again and repeat itself.

      A council system must replace the presidency and both houses. It must be voluntary and elected. Compensated for cost alone a reasonable stipend and unpaid vacations.

      Give no opportunity for greed, no opportunity for Elite influence and remove all who are implicated in criminal activity. Allow the legal system to handle the outcome to remove all corporate influence.

      Allow the people the control the system is supposed to have. Stop the Elite influence and render them equal with all people.

      Then we can work towards a better worlds without war and wars for profit.

      Render the wealth of the world into the hands of all people.

      Of course there will also be a responsibility factor for those who can, to follow. It is not and never has been a free ride.

      We as a population have responsibilities to those who are born or become incapable to provide them with comfortable lives but we are not responsible for uncontrolled irresponsible multiple child birth just so some less than responsible people can gain a free ride on the system.

      (Somebody has to pay for all these children)

      Point made?

      Why do we fear Iran? They have never attacked anybody in 125 years +/-. We are fed media deception to give a false sense of belief that terrorism exists. Fed lies concerning WMD and yet we are terrorizing people in foreign countries that are no threat and never have been a threat.

      What part of drone attacks that kill hundreds of children is not a sufficient reason to create terroristic tendencies in their own people?

      If you were attacked in your own home and family members died wouldn’t you want retribution? The US Government has created terrorists and terrorism since 9/11.

      I remember when Baghdad was a nice place to visit.

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