My column today at WND:
DEFENDING THE WEST
The shutdown is a good thing
Exclusive: Pamela Geller blasts Democrat for incorrect use of word 'jihad'
Last week, a Democrat finally used the word “jihad.” A new realism about the greatest threat that America faces today? No. Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., used the word to describe not Islamic jihad terrorism (Miller wouldn’t be caught dead using it that way, I’m sure), but the Republicans’ principled stand against Obamacare and for the American people.
You can’t make this stuff up. I have never heard a Democrat use the word jihad. Until now.
Meanwhile, as the shutdown dragged on, it was revealed that those who are bent on forcing Obamacare on us don’t have to suffer it themselves. Congress is exempt from Obamacare, but I have to have that cr-p? Anyone who works for the state gets special treatment. The great unwashed? The hoi polloi? The bourgeoisie? Not so much.
The average staffer makes a salary between $75,000 and $150,000, and they complain that they can’t afford health care.
Why should the American people be the only victims of Obamacare?
Why shouldn’t the Congress and FOO (Friends of Obama) who were given exemptions to this disaster have to suffer the consequences of socialized medicine?
And so the government is shut down, except for essential services – like sending the CIA to Syria to train al-Qaida jihadists. Yes, there is plenty of money for that, and for sending armed guards to keep Americans away from memorials and monuments that don’t have as many staff members when they’re operating as they have now to make sure people know they’re closed.
This is consistent with Obama’s pattern to punish the American people. Time and time again, when the petulant president doesn’t get it his way and his way only, he strikes out at the American people.
Last week he outdid himself, threatening 80- and 90-year-old vets with jail if they visited their memorial, an open-air memorial honoring their sacrifice. The Weekly Standard reported that “police ordered tourists and Vietnam war veterans who were visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to leave the memorial at one point on Friday.”
If the shutdown drags on, I hope he does arrest these heroes. Obama does everything for PR effect, so let him try doing something that outrageous. Perhaps younger vets won’t take to it too kindly, and this will be the shot heard ’round the world.
Obama even closed the U.S. D-Day cemetery in France. Families can’t visit their dead loved ones, fallen heroes. Obama is proving to be beyond heartless, beyond unpatriotic, beyond ungrateful. This is evil.
It’s also absurd. Mike Flynn reported in Breitbart that “just before the weekend, the National Park Service informed charter boat captains in Florida that the Florida Bay was ‘closed’ due to the shutdown. Until government funding is restored, the fishing boats are prohibited from taking anglers into 1,100 square-miles of open ocean. Fishing is also prohibited at Biscayne National Park during the shutdown.”
Yes – he’s closing the ocean. It would be laughable if it weren’t so arrogant and cruel. An unnamed park ranger revealed: “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”
That should be the epitaph of the Obama administration.
Is he trying to bait veterans and patriots into doing something he will try to use against them?
And it’s not as if he doesn’t know that his socialized medicine legislation is a disaster. Where he once strutted like a peacock and encouraged (demanded) that the legislation be called Obamacare feeding his insatiable ego, now he knows that it is a nightmare, and is trying desperately to “rebrand” Obamacare as the Affordable Care Act. Of course, his media machine goose-stepped to Dear Leader’s command. WND reported that “two of America’s largest mainstream media outlets have decided reporters should cut down on the use of the term ‘Obamacare,’ fearing it’s gotten too negative of a connotation” – Associated Press and National Public Radio.
The media continues to do Obama’s bidding and paint the shutdown as entirely the GOP’s fault. One of the Republicans who was determined to fight back was Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., who scolded CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield: “You’re telling your listeners that we Republicans are holding this up, and the government is going to shut down. We have actually reached out to the Democrats with a compromise position.”
Banfield answered: “Congressman, that’s not fair. Don’t you dare put this back on me. You know full well you attacked Obamacare and defunding it.”
But Rohrabacher was not intimidated: “Am I a guest on a news show, or are you here to give us a tirade? Let me finish my sentence. Excuse me, do your listeners understand this is the same thing we’re putting up with in the Senate? We offer a compromise, they won’t even talk to us about it. You won’t even talk to us about it. Whose bidding are you doing?”
Every Republican should be made to watch this as part of their basic media training of dealing with the enemedia in the war of ideas. This is the battlefield. Brilliant.
But the Blame-the-Republicans game continued. What else is new? It’s what they do. But if the Democrats would agree to Congress participating in this fiasco along with the rest of us, the shutdown would be over. Everyone goes down with this ship.
Instead, Obama keeps insisting that he absolutely does not have to negotiate anything. How presidential! How representative of all the people! If a Republican president ever behaved in such an autocratic manner, he would be fed to the sharks.
Thomas Sowell said it best: “There is really nothing complicated about the facts. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted all the money required to keep all government activities going – except for Obamacare. … Sen. Reid and President Obama refuse to accept the money required to run the government, because it leaves out the money they want to run Obamacare, that is their right. But that is also their responsibility. You cannot blame other people for not giving you everything you want. And it is a fraud to blame them when you refuse to use the money they did vote, even when it is ample to pay for everything else in the government.”
Republicans are coming under enormous pressure and withering criticism for their principled stand that everyone – even the ruling political class – has to suffer Obamacare. They cannot escape. It is up to us to stand behind the Republicans who are standing up for us. Call, write, email your support. Send articles to your uninformed friends. Be the media. Strike back at Obama’s most powerful political organization, the mainstream media.
As for Obama’s fear mongering, I think he summed up the problem nicely when he said that “the federal government is America’s largest employer.” That, Sir, is the problem.
One last thing about the shutdown: Does this mean that the government isn’t spending even more of our hard-earned money? Good.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/10/the-shutdown-is-a-good-thing/#0HVPKdqFmZdVY67c.99
Read it all here.