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arbiter of a Harsh Reality

August4

am I the arbiter of a harsh reality?

has anyone else, out there, begun to draw a correlation between Barack Obama and someone else like, well, Fidel Castro?

this is one of the mixed blessings of being culturally, historically, and socially aware (the “Cultural Architect”, thing, eh).

don’t take my word for it, do your own research. pull-off some conclusions. and, don’t think I enjoy dredging this stuff up. I want Obama to be a leader under the vision of my personal hero, Thomas Jefferson, and his own checks-and-balance buddy, John Adams.

seriously… what the hell did Obama do while he attended Harvard?

if there is actually a degree in Social Work, maybe there shouldn’t be.

recently, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez praised Barack Obama for making both him and Fidel Castro look conservative by comparison. Chávez enthusiastically called Barack, “Comrade Obama!”  as a point of reminder, Hugo’s affectionate approval was based on Obama “nationalizing … General Motors.”  in fact, Hugo even gave a shout-out to Castro about Barack, saying,

“Fidel, careful, or we are going to end up to his right.”

Tea Party Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who is something of a rascal, is (was?) top of the Vice President list for 2012, in part because he knows how to dogwhistle to far-right Republicans.

in early July, Rubio responded to a Obama’s press conference statement that tax increases on the rich must be part of resolving the latest hostage situation by subliminally comparing Obama to Fidel Castro – the ultimate boogeyman for “far-right” Cuban-Americans like Rubio.

Here’s what Rubio told a no-name at National Review:

“Quite frankly, I am both disappointed for our country and shocked at some of the rhetoric. It was rhetoric, I thought, that was more appropriate for some left-wing strong man than for the president of the United States.”

look… when a Cuban-American conservative Republican from Florida says “some left-wing strongman,” he means Castro, eh.

but, getting back to Chavez, just to cement a point, here, I want you to, collectively, (when I write in this style, does it make you think of William Shatner playing James T. Kirk?) remember that the Venezuelan dictator successfully followed castor’s lead by abolishing term limits and shut down independent media outlets, two potential techniques for Obama to consider prior to the next few election cycles.

insiders will remind us all that during early negotiations over the debt ceiling with Republican leaders Obama threw a series of hissy fits and stormed out of chambers.

more and more often, the Obamacratic Democratic media are only offering us half-truths. we get small chunks of information that are misleading, at best. for example, Obama was telling the ignorant and elderly (sixty five percent of our nations population) that Republicans want to pillage the elderly and make slaves of everyone in Kentucky (I made that last part up, kind of. but, it actually makes sense). then within twenty four hours of the House then the Senate passing legislation that brought us back from the economic abyss, the media THEN lets us know that the economy is stalling. but, they won’t tell you that the new plan pushes much of the needed cuts in rampant government spending way past meaningful election cycles. and, that we could be stuck with a tyrannical bully who controls the media driving a socialist-oriented doctrine.

so… tell me I am wrong. why should we not be comparing Obama to Castro? sure… it’s an extreme view today. but, what about tomorrow? if Barack Obama thinks he is someone like Franklin Delano Roosevelt (he equates his thinking around “change” to a New “Deal”, right?), then at what point does he drink enough of his own koolaide to believe Dictatorship is acceptable? you can eat anything as long as it comes in small pieces. but, it can still kill you. and, it’s what you don’t see that can kill you first.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

don’t say shoot in public

February24

The state legislature in Austin, Texas is preparing to give college students and professors the right to carry guns on campus.

guns, alcohol, hormones, and poor supervision…

really?

seriously?

intentionally?

this information is not new. however, it is now imminent.

The measure’s approval could add momentum to the national campaign to allow guns on most college campuses. this includes states like Texas, Colorado and Pennsylvania are being part of the problem. certainly other states, as well… I don’t have a complete list, yet. but, I’m in a rush to get this post out and stuck on your eyes.

how is this going to make what happened at Columbine [High School] (in Colorado, for Gods sake) and Virginia Tech more difficult to occur?

I’m listening to Bon Jovi’s 05 Wanted Dead or Alive on iTunes.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

texting and driving legislation

May1

Point of relevance: texting and driving to death by Brian Patrick Cork

This, today, from Pastor Bill:

“Two bills introduced [through] GA legislature: The first to make illegal for teens to talk on a cell while driving, the second to make it illegal to text and drive. Source – AJC A12 today.” – Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

Thank you.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

the thomas jefferson health care plan

February23

Allow me to begin this post with an important qualifier: I’m not a Republican. I am a Jeffersonian. And, a patriot. Most of this colored by my views as a heterodox. So, I read between the lines for the truth. I use historical precedent for my clear-eyed perspective.

There is a good amount of sophomoric chatter permeating the internet these days around an election year being a great opportunity to influence policy-makers.

However, I think the truth is more likely found in the harsh light of reality when you understand that lobbyists for behemoth interests such as banking and health care prefer status quo. Billions of dollars have been spent pinning down incumbent members of the House and Senate to steer legislation in favor of bigger business.

In other words, incumbents are going to focus more on filling their campaign war chests with lobby money so they can stay in office (and, keep their own platinum benefits and pay checks) than focus on the mundane needs of ordinary citizens.

Here is something of an example:

There are grandstanding headlines the last 48 hours around Barack Obama bravely fighting an uphill battle for a last-ditch effort Health care reform Bill.

Making a last-ditch effort to save his health care overhaul, President Barack Obama on Monday put forward a nearly $1 trillion, ten year compromise that would allow the government to deny or roll back egregious insurance premium increases that infuriate consumers.

The White House immediately demanded an up-or-down vote in Congress on the plan, or something close to it. But it’s highly uncertain that such sweeping legislation can pass. Republicans are virtually unanimous in opposing it, and some Democrats who previously supported a health care remake are having second thoughts in an election year. After a year in pursuit, Obama may have to settle for a modest fallback version of what once was his top domestic priority.

“Last ditch effort”?

That’s it? After all the talk and the promised change? The most amazing thing, in terms of “change” and speed has been poor Obama’s unique ability to use Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Dream as a door mat.

Mind you… It’s not actually Obama’s fault though. He was set up, and never really had a fair chance.

Read the next few paragraphs carefully. I’m putting it this way because this is where truth sheds it’s glaring light…

Release of the plan on the White House Web site comes just four days before Obama’s one-of-a-kind, televised health care summit with Democrats and Republicans. The White House said the plan would provide coverage to more than thirty one million Americans now uninsured without adding to the federal deficit.

…without adding to the federal deficit. Those are key words.

On Capitol Hill, Democrats cautiously welcomed the proposal, while Republicans gave a thumbs down.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement she looks forward to reviewing the plan and discussing it at the summit. She told me: “We must pass comprehensive, affordable health insurance reform, and I am hopeful that Thursday’s meeting will help us achieve this goal”.

House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio dismissed the proposal, saying, “…the president has crippled the credibility of this week’s summit by proposing the same massive government takeover of health care based on a partisan bill the American people have already rejected.”

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said it was “disappointing that Democrats in Washington either aren’t listening, or are completely ignoring what Americans across the country have been saying.”

It takes some real effort, but you can read the eleven page plan in advance. It likely represents Obama’s most detailed proposal since he took up the health care overhaul effort a year ago. At the time, he sought to avoid the problems former President Bill Clinton encountered when he issued Congress a detailed prescription in the 1990s – a plan that was driven by Hilary, as you recall, and ultimately failed and contributed to the Democrats catastrophic loss of Congress in 1994.

Now, ironically, Obama is being criticized for having been too deferential to lawmakers.

White House spokesman Dan Pfeiffer said the plan is an: “opening bid” going into Thursday’s summit. It would cover more Americans – but also includes a new tax on investment income that Republicans object to.

So… That’s the hidden scam. This has been naught but a set up. A sleight of hand for the Democrats to tax the crap out of everyone else that actually works for a living. They will take fat government jobs and then bring in friends and family and pillage entrepreneurs.

I repeat my opening statement for this post: I’m not a Republican mind you. I am a Jeffersonian. And, a patriot. Most of this colored by my views as a heterodox. So, I read between the lines for the truth. I use historical precedent for my clear-eyed perspective.

“The president is coming into the meeting with an open mind,” said Pfeiffer. “If the Republicans do, too, our hope is that we can find some areas of agreement. If the Republicans bring good ideas to the table we will find ways – look for ways to incorporate those into our proposals.”

In summary, health care reform, fashioned under a plan to benefit the majority of Americans will be scuttled because heightened taxes are the only way we can pay for it. However, I believe what most of the people on Capital Hill don’t want you to understand is that the banking industry is actually, and inadvertently, undermining those efforts. Banks are taking away Lines-of-credit and unhinging small business. This makes big business maintain a market-share advantage. This makes stocks go up. That makes Wall Street Barrons powerful (with inside trading that Capital Hill pretends to take umbrage over and then quietly bury change legislation). They fund lobbyists – who don’t want change. So, we are going to pay a lot more taxes while getting reduced benefits. Along the way, corporate America will continue to get tax benefits to subsidize their efforts to outsource jobs to India. The banks will take your house in foreclosure and then make up the difference with other subsidies financed under The TARP plan.

Feel free to prove me wrong. …but, I’d rather you helped me start rallying thought leadership around reducing an incumbents sustained influence on Capital Hill. If they only have two years to make a difference, they won’t care about simply trying to stay there. Our Founding Fathers, led by Thomas Jefferson, meant for citizens to take a short break from their personal lives and business and serve briefly in government to drive change and progress. We need that type of person back in office.

Then you can keep your house, pay less taxes, and live a happy balanced life.

That’s what Jefferson built the Constitution around.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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