Encore! Obama repeats appearance on ‘most corrupt’ list

Encore! Obama repeats appearance on ‘most corrupt’ list

Joined by Boxer, Emanuel, Ensign, Pelosi, Rangel, Waters


Posted: December 18, 2010
9:55 pm Eastern
By Bob
Unruh

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Department of the Interior in Washington on December 16, 2010.   UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg Photo via Newscom
Barack Obama has been encored on the “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians”
for 2010, a list published annually by the a Washington-based organization that
focuses on transparency, accountability and integrity in the government,
politics and law of the United States.
“Remember the promise President Obama made just after his inauguration in
2009? ‘Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this
presidency,'” said Judicial Watch in
today’s announcement.
“Instead, Americans have suffered through lies, stonewalling, cover-ups,
corruption, secrecy, scandal and blatant disregard for the rule of law … this
has been the Obama legacy in its first two years.”
The full list, in alphabetical order, names: Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.;
Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel; Sen. John Ensign, R-N.V.; Rep.
Barney Frank, D-Mass.; Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill.; Barack Obama, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Rep. Charles Rangel,
D-N.Y.; Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky.; and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.
About Obama, the report said he was “caught in a lie” over what he knew about
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s “scheme to sell the president’s vacated Senate
seate.”
The report explained, “Blagojevich’s former Chief of Staff John Harris
testified that Obama had personal knowledge of Blago’s plot to obtain a
presidential cabinet position in exchange for appointing a candidate handpicked
by the president. In fact, according to Harris’s court testimony, Obama sent
Blagojevich a list of ‘acceptable’ Senate candidates to fill his old seat. Obama
was interviewed by the FBI even before he was sworn into office. He claimed he
and his staff had no contact with Blagojevich’s office.”
The White House did not respond to a WND request for comment.
According to Judicial Watch, “Unfortunately federal prosecutors never called
the president or his staff to testify under oath.”
Further, Obama broke “his famous pledge to televise health-care
negotiations.”
“In 2010, we learned why he broke his pledge. In what is now known as the
‘Cornhusker Kickback’ scheme, Obama and the Democrats in the Senate ‘purchased’
the vote of one of the last Democrat hold-outs, Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson, who
opposed Obamacare over the issue of covering abortions with taxpayer funds,” the
report said.
“Nelson abandoned his opposition to Obamacare after receiving millions of
dollars in federal aid for his home state, helping to give the Democrats the 60
votes they needed to overcome a Republican filibuster. Same goes for Louisiana
Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu, who received a $100 million payoff in what has
been called ‘The Louisiana Purchase.’ (The Kickback was so corrupt that
Democrats stripped it out at the last minute. The Louisiana Purchase, on the
other hand, became law of the land.)” the report said.
“Obama lied about his White House’s involvement in this legislative bribery
that helped lead to the passage of the signature policy achievement of his
presidency,” the report said.
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Merry Christmas…without the ‘X’

Merry Christmas…without the ‘X’

By Peter
Heck

 

‘Tis the season for the atheist/humanist crowd to make fools of
themselves.  As millions of Americans celebrate Christmas, the American Humanist
Association is in the midst of their annual membership drive punctuated by
smart-aleck billboards and city bus placards that mock the existence of moral
authority and belittle faith in Christ.
Two years ago, their motto was “Why believe in a god?  Just be good for
goodness’ sake!”  Last year, they were more direct: “No god?  No problem!”  But
this year, as they feebly attempt to detract from the celebration of Christ’s
incarnation once again, perhaps it’s a fruitful exercise for our civilization to
consider their overtures and weigh the merit of their message.
As far as I can tell, the mantra “No god?  No problem!” has but one minor
flaw: the entire record of human history.  It is no coincidence that as German
atheist philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche boasted, “God is dead … we have killed
him … must we not ourselves become gods[?]” (which, by the way, is the entire
basis of humanism dating back to the Garden of Eden), he simultaneously
predicted that the 20th century would be the most murderous in human
history.
That Nietzsche was right is actually of secondary importance.  Most
significant is the apparent recognition Nietzsche had that man, left with no
moral authority beyond his own impulses and passions, would devolve into
self-destruction.
Indeed, the banner slogan of “No god?  No problem!” could hang poignantly
over the ovens of Auschwitz, the killing fields of Cambodia, and the trash bins
of Planned Parenthood.
Though it might be more difficult to squeeze onto a billboard, the American
Humanist Association needs to correct its jingle to convey the more accurate
message: “No God?  No problem…except the one that even the greatest atheist
thinkers have recognized: when a belief in God dies, man dies.”
Moreover, the phrase “be good for goodness’ sake” is meaningless unless we
can define what “goodness” is.  For the believer, that is a relatively easy
question to answer.  Goodness is measured by the extent to which man’s behavior
conforms to the character and the will of his Creator.  That is why the
Christian believes the Bible is an irreplaceable component of human existence —
its revelation serves to guide us towards that divine will.
But the atheist/humanist has no such moral center…no fixed point of
reference.  Such people may talk at length about the need to be “good,” but in
the final analysis, their presuppositions fundamentally reject any concrete
basis for morality.
That is not to say that anyone who is atheist or humanist is a murderous
butcher ready to pounce.  Certainly there are a great number of nonbelievers who
are benevolent, caring, and kind.  But while the atheist points to these
upstanding godless citizens as proof of the theory that you can be good simply
for goodness’ sake, he conveniently ignores the cultural foundations that taught
those individuals good from bad.
As columnist Jeff Jacoby observed,
“[i]n our culture, even the most passionate atheist cannot help having been
influenced by the Judeo-Christian worldview that shaped Western civilization.”
Put another way, the American atheist who boldly touts his morality and decency
is humorously doing so only by appealing to the very Christian ethic he seeks to
denounce.
Though this conclusion is inescapable, the pride inherent in humanist
thought forbids them from admitting it.  Consequently, we are persistently
treated to their vapid musings that one must choose between religion and
reason.
But suggesting that reason alone is sufficient to direct behavior is
intellectually dishonest.  Human reason will always be guided by
presuppositions.  That is why civilizations like ancient Rome found it
reasonable to murder handicapped children while we in the Western world find
that abominable.
Jacoby noted that Roman philosopher Seneca the Younger wrote, “‘We drown
even children who at birth are weakly and abnormal,’ … stressing that ‘it is
not anger but reason'” that provides justification for such an act.  This
horrific practice is the result of reason built upon a godless foundation.  In
contrast, American civilization bears the fruits of reason based on a Christian
ethic that teaches submission and obedience to a transcendent moral
authority.
That fact alone should cause the atheist to pause as he taunts believers
with signs proclaiming “Merry X-mas.”  Creating a Christ-less holiday season may
seem like a worthy cause until you realize where it leads.  Civilizations torn
free from the moorings of moral authority are not the kind anyone would want to
live in…not even a fervent atheist.
Peter is a public high school government teacher and radio talk
show host in central Indiana.  E-mail
peter@peterheck.com
or visit
www.peterheck.com.

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