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Rusty Humphries: It’s No Longer About Democrats vs. Republicans, it’s About the Power of the Government vs. the Power of the People
Posted 03.08.13 by Rusty Humphries, TRN Nationally Syndicated Radio Host & TPNN Contributor
I am constantly hearing from people, “Rusty, what are we going to do about the Democrats?” I’ll be the first to admit that many of the problems we face as a country stem from Democratic leaders like Harry Reid, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi and yes, Barack Obama.
But folks, I’ve got bad news- I don’t mean to cause alarm, but I think we need to start dealing with an even greater threat that extends beyond party lines; we need to start addressing the issue of political leaders who, regardless of identified political party, are governing based on the interests of those in government- not the people they have sworn to represent.
We can no longer trace the problems directly back to one Party or another. We now have two factions of legislators- we have those that stand on principle and look to lead to the best of their ability and we have those that are merely concerned with maintaining the political power they have accumulated.
Nothing, in my estimation, illustrated this divide better than the other night. While Rand Paul spoke of liberty and sought to squash the government’s stance that they can murder us without the due process of law, some Senators joined him. But just blocks away, others dined with the President and thus, Congressional leaders showed on what side of the dividing line they were going to stand.
Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Saxby Chambliss and nine other Senators dined with Obama. Others like Sens. Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden joined Rand Paul in his defense of, well, the Constitution. These men joined together because they had a common cause; they wanted to work to make the power of the government to kill American citizens smaller. That’s it.
Oh my goodness! Those nasty Tea Partiers are back at it, spreading their oh-so-radical agenda: free markets, limited government and freedom from being annihilated by drone attacks at the behest of the government. It’s madness!
To be fair, it should be noted that two of the Republican Senators from the dinner, Ron Johnson and Pat Toomey, joined Paul for his filibuster after the dinner. They don’t quite get an “A” for solidarity and adherence to principle, but it’s certainly better late than never.
However, Lindsey Graham had the nerve to call Paul’s criticism of the drone program “ridiculous.” He actually uttered, “The drone program [the President] has utilized overseas, I think, has made us safer. This idea that we’re going to use a drone to attack an American citizen in a café in America is ridiculous and I think the American people need to understand the threat we face.”
It turns out that Lindsey Graham is the most traitorous and unprincipled legislator since Brutus stabbed Caesar.
What is so hard to understand about this position? It’s not that Rand Paul or anybody thought that the drones would be used starting tomorrow; it’s that we need to reject a stance by government that says, “We hold the right to take citizens out with drones if we feel it’s warranted; but don’t worry, we haven’t done it yet.” Call me a cynic if you would like, but I am not entirely comforted by that stance!
But hey, according to Lindsey Graham, my contempt for this position is “ridiculous.”
What’s dangerous about the state of politics in America is that we are seeing a fundamental shift in politics in America that extends beyond Party lines. What we have is the Obama-McCain-Graham group that is invested not in core American principles, but the maintaining of their entrenched political power. These are people who rather than stand up for principle, mock those who do.
In the Paul-Cruz-Wyden group, we see people who are devoted to upholding the Constitution and the rights of American citizens. What’s crazy is that I disagree with Wyden on nearly every issue! But in his stance against tyranny, he is absolutely correct and must be praised for doing so.
Both of these groups are bi-partisan, both groups consist of groups of people who might often disagree with one another, but as the Democrat and the Republican Parties decline, we can see the beginnings of two new political forces in America. We have a faction that believes in the power of the state and we have a faction that believes in the power of the people and that is the newest, most dangerous problem in America. It’s not only Democrats or Republicans; it’s statists versus the people.
That is why I’m getting involved. That’s why I write, that’s why I have been playing a more active role in the Tea Party leadership and when I’m in Washington next week, I will not just be kicking my heels up at CPAC; I will be meeting on the Hill with Washington leaders and reminding those in the Beltway of the duty of government to the people.
The new battle in Washington is not along Party lines but can be boiled down to a battle between those who believe in the power of government and those who believe in the power of the people.
I stand unequivocally for the power of the people.
Rusty Humphries is a nationally syndicated radio host heard across the USA on over 300 radio stations and is listed as the 6thlargest radio audience by Talkers Magazine. He is also a regular contributor to TPNN.com
Rusty Humphries is a nationally syndicated radio host heard across the USA on over 300 radio stations and is listed as the 6th largest radio audience by Talkers Magazine. He is also a regular contributor to TPNN.com View all posts by Rusty Humphries →
March 7, 2013 – With Drones flying overhead should we be afraid of being accidentally targeted and killed? How can we protect ourselves from the incompetence of our government? These are serious questions that need to be addressed today.
Here we are again, living under nuclear threat, only this time it’s from a dictator in North Korea. The bigger issue is the fact that we are also living under a more serious threat I’m calling the Obama Mafia. Every day that goes by another piece of our freedom is taken away from us. The Boss uses his scare tactics on the American people by releasing thousands of illegal aliens into our society in the name of sequestration. We could spend hours writing about all ways that Obama is punishing the productive members in our society and how he has managed to get re-elected because of the ignorant low information voters. God only knows what other surprises that jerk has in store during his next four years.
Right now we need to be concerned about protecting ourselves as we begin to hear the truth about those Drones flying overhead. About how they can detect if an honest law abiding citizen is carrying a licensed concealed weapon on their person. The argument today is whether or not our federal government has the power to use a Drone to strike an American citizen without due process here on American soil. Why are we even having these arguments? At what point during our freedom and liberty did we find it remotely necessary to even entertain such a far fetched idea as being attacked by our government with a Drone? I cannot imagine the terror one would feel should they discover one of those things buzzing over their home.
It took Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) 13 hours to get our government to tell him that American citizens will not be killed by Drone attacks on American soil. Somehow I find it really hard to believe anything the liars in the Obama regime will tell us. They cannot be trusted. Obama wants to take our guns and leave us all defenseless. Why should we be an armed society when when Obama says he will be our protector? Read the second amendment and spend some time learning about why it was put in place. The government is not our friend. They are to be feared just like the mafia was to be feared. Take each and everything they say with a grain of salt. -JRoycroft
- Eric Holder clarifies policy on drone attacks on U.S. soil (reuters.com)
- Obama Addresses Drone Filibuster (huffingtonpost.com)
- Warning!! Obama to Use Drones to Murder Americans (dprogram.net)
- Brennan confirmed for CIA after drone delay (news.blogs.cnn.com)
- Drones: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Always Afraid to Ask | Mother Jones (aboriginalpress.wordpress.com)
- Obama can execute American’s in the USA (ivarfjeld.com)
March 2, 2013 – Friday night Barack Obama signed and set in motion, $85 billion in automatic, across the board budget cuts in this year’s budget.
Discretionary budget was $1.043 trillion in 2012, $1.047 trillion in 2013 – now cut to $974 billion with the sequester cuts.
Here are a few of the cuts:
- $71 million was cut from administration at the Office of Federal Student Aid
- $70 million was cut from the Agricultural Disaster Relief Fund at USDA
- $69 million was cut from Procurement of Ammunition for the Navy and Marine Corps
- $68 million was cut from Operating Expenses for the Agency for International Development
- $66 million was cut from Environmental and Other Defense Activities at the Dept of Energy
- $289 million was cut from The Centers for Disease Control
- $175 million would be cut out of Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programs
- The Office of the Chief Information Officer in the Department of Homeland Security would lose $16 million
- FEMA would see $928 million in disaster relief sequestered
- $2 million is cut from the Rural Electrification and Telecommunications Loans Program Account
- $74 million cut from Food for Peace Title II grants
- NOAA loses $1 million for the Limited Access System Administration Fund
- Tennessee Valley Authority to have $23 million sequestered
- $20 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund
- $14 million from the National Labor Relations Board
- National Endowment for the Arts has $7 million chopped, same for National Endowment for the Humanities
- $62 million was cut in Salaries and Expenses at the US House of Representatives
- $60 million was cut in salaries and expenses at the Farm Service Agency at USDA
- $59 million was cut from salaries and expenses at the US Marshals Service
- $58 million was cut in salaries and expenses at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives
- $57 million was cut from the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Account at HHS
- $56 million was cut from State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Grants at the Justice Department
- $47 million was cut from the military’s Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle Fund
- $41 million was cut in Salaries and Expenses in the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
- $39 million was cut from Family Housing Operation and Maintenance in the Army
- $34 million was cut for Family Housing Operation and Maintenance in the Air Force
- $29 million was cut from Aeronautics at NASA
- $22 million was cut from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
You can read the full report on the White House web site.
At an impromptu news conference in the White House Briefing Room, Obama said the cuts were “dumb.” ”And let’s be clear. None of this is necessary.” Repeatedly pointing the finger of blame at Republicans in the Congress. Of course it was Barack Obama who came up with the whole idea of the sequester. It was his “dumb” idea. The Republicans were quick to remind him of that. -JRoycroft
February 26, 2013 – The world is coming to an end. At least that’s what Obama wants you to believe.
The Obama administration officials have confirmed that the Homeland Security Department has released hundreds of illegal aliens from detention in order to save money. An obvious tactic to put citizens in a state of fear.
Obama has total control over where the Executive Department spending cuts will be, and the jerk is going to make them as painful as he possibly can in an effort to punish his detractors. One thing that won’t happen… Wasteful government spending will not stop.
Enjoy the ride folks. Most of you voted for this jerk.
February 23, 2013 – During the worst economic times of our country’s history, thanks in great part to that jerk occupying our White House, who is the one person we should be running to for great economic advice? How about that great and wise black racist Al Sharpton for starters. Is there any question that he has lost his fucking mind when Obama gets economic advice from a race pimp?
Al Sharpton, the same racist jerk that put Tawana Brawley’s lying ass on the media stage.
Out of all the people, including the 8 so called “black leaders” and the one token white reverend, Obama couldn’t pick one single credible economist to sit on his panel for discussion. My only guess would be that someone like Thomas Sowell would have been too far over Obama’s intellectual thought process to even consider. I mean, why embarrass yourself in front of someone who actually has a brain when it’s so much easier to sit among like minded proggies.
Barack Obama….Making his way to the top of the dunghill carrying one peace of shit at a time. -JRoycroft
- Good Grief… Al Sharpton Gives Economic Advice to Obama (thegatewaypundit.com)
- Obama Gets Economic Advice From Al Sharpton (conservativebyte.com)
- Obama Getting Economic Advice from Al Sharpton, Other ‘African American Leaders’… (redflagnews.com)
- Scary: Obama now getting economic advice from Al Sharpton… (bluegrasspundit.com)
February 17, 2013 - Since 2007, the Federal Aviation Administration has issued 1,428 permits to domestic drone operators with 327 listed as still active. Among these permit holders are law enforcement, universities, state transportation departments and at least seven federal agencies. These remote controlled aircraft range from tiny model airplanes up to large Predator types which could be modified to carry weapons.
Just recently in Alabama, a midsized drone was used to monitor the bunker where a 65-year-old gunman held a 5-year-old boy hostage. Authorities refused to say who was operating the AeroVironment drone. The F.B.I. eventually stormed the bunker, killing the man and safely rescuing the little boy.
Reps. Ted Poe (R-Texas) and Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) introduced privacy legislation Thursday that would require police to get a warrant or a court order before operating a drone to collect information on individuals.
“We need to protect against obtrusive search and surveillance by government and civilian use,” Poe said.
15 states are considering proposals to limit drone use. The City Council in Charlottesville, Va., passed a resolution on Feb. 4 barring local police from using drones to collect evidence in criminal cases.
Some people say that the airspace above their homes is private property. Well, sorta. The Federal Aviation Administration governs the airspace and should you decide to place a tower or any object above the tree level in your yard you better be prepared to follow local and federal guidelines. Drones are considered aircraft, and guess what- aircraft have a the privilege, providing they obtained proper permits, to fly over your property. Should you decide to shoot one down, well, I hope you have some really good legal representation cause your ass is gonna need it.
It’s the times we live in folks. Look who occupies our White House and all the drastic things that have come about in such a short span of time. You know, like in the past four years. Our privacy rights, along with several other constitutional rights are being tested daily by those who seek to own us. This is no longer your grandfathers America. Better get used to it. -JRoycroft
- Drones, Coming Soon to Police Force Near You (readersupportednews.org)
- Surveillance Drones Take To The Skies Above U.S. (patdollard.com)
- Why Drones Should Make You Afraid. Very Afraid. (blogs.scientificamerican.com)
- Obama To Work On Drone Policy With Congress (huffingtonpost.com)
- U.S. a step closer to wide domestic use of drones (cbsnews.com)
January 31, 2013 – Ready to bend over on behalf of those Obama voters? Screw Obama, I’ll be paying the fine instead. -JRoycroft
In the IRS final regulation issued on Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service is assuming that under Obamacare the cheapest health insurance plan available in 2016 for a family will cost $20,000 for the year.
“The annual national average bronze plan premium for a family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children) is $20,000,” the regulation says.
From CNSNEWS.COM: Using the conditions laid out in the regulations, the IRS calculates that a family earning $120,000 per year that did not buy insurance would need to pay a “penalty” (a word the IRS still uses despite the Supreme Court ruling that it is in fact a “tax”) of $2,400 in 2016.
For those wondering how clear the IRS’s clarifications of this new “penalty” rule are, here is one of the actual examples the IRS gives:
“Example 3. Family without minimum essential coverage.
“(i) In 2016, Taxpayers H and J are married and file a joint return. H and J have three children: K, age 21, L, age 15, and M, age 10. No member of the family has minimum essential coverage for any month in 2016. H and J’s household income is $120,000. H and J’s applicable filing threshold is $24,000. The annual national average bronze plan premium for a family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children) is $20,000.
“(ii) For each month in 2016, under paragraphs (b)(2)(ii) and (b)(2)(iii) of this section, the applicable dollar amount is $2,780 (($695 x 3 adults) + (($695/2) x 2 children)). Under paragraph (b)(2)(i) of this section, the flat dollar amount is $2,085 (the lesser of $2,780 and $2,085 ($695 x 3)). Under paragraph (b)(3) of this section, the excess income amount is $2,400 (($120,000 – $24,000) x 0.025). Therefore, under paragraph (b)(1) of this section, the monthly penalty amount is $200 (the greater of $173.75 ($2,085/12) or $200 ($2,400/12)).
“(iii) The sum of the monthly penalty amounts is $2,400 ($200 x 12). The sum of the monthly national average bronze plan premiums is $20,000 ($20,000/12 x 12). Therefore, under paragraph (a) of this section, the shared responsibility payment imposed on H and J for 2016 is $2,400 (the lesser of $2,400 or $20,000).”
- The Costly Bronze Policy: Unaffordable Healthcare Will Drive More Families Into Apartments (confoundedinterest.wordpress.com)
- IRS Issues 159 Pages of Obamacare Rules (breitbart.com)
- Ways and Means, Oversight Seek Interviews, Documents on Illegal ObamaCare Expansion (americanfreedombybarbara.com)