Mitt joins Obama, Carter in calling radical Islamic mob “democratic”

by Don Hank

Mitt Romney has broken with conservative opinion in his statement on the Egyptian crisis, coming down on the side of the mob of angry Islamists and Barack Obama (see linked article):

http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/Romney-Mubarak-Should-Go/2011/02/01/id/384619?s=al&promo_code=B965-1

Obama, who has in fact demanded Mubarak’s immediate withdrawal, saying it “must begin now” (http://www.cnbc.com/id/41377934), is following in the footsteps of President Jimmy Carter, who — you may recall — righteously demanded, back in the 70s, that the Shah of Iran be deposed because he was not democratic enough. The assumption was that whoever replaced the Shah would, of course, be democratic.

So once the Iranian radical clerics saw that the Shah would get no more support from the US, they moved in for the kill, long knives drawn. The Shah’s overthrow paved the way for the eminently authoritarian Ayatollah Khomeini, who promptly took the US embassy personnel captive, as a way to say “thanks” to Jimmy Carter for all the support.

That went so well that, several years later, the democratic Khomeini’s successors eventually chose radical Islamist Akhmadinejad, who hates Western style democracy, as the leader of Iran. Democratic uprisings are now put down with an iron hand in Iran, but after all, that’s no longer important. The US democrats got what they wanted – elimination of a true American ally in the Middle East and his replacement with a man who hates America and Israel.

So now, Mitt Romney is in turn following Obama’s – and, let’s not forget,  Hillary’s — lead in denouncing Mubarak in Egypt because, after 40 years of serving as an invaluable go-between for Israel and the rest of the Middle East, why, it turns out he, like the Shah, is not democratic, never has been. Hillary was quick to scold Mubarak for not letting the Islamic radicals have their fun and organize his overthrow via the internet.

Discussion in the media generally portrays the Egyptian mob as the good guys, just as the media – and Carter – portrayed the Khomeini’s supporters during the 1978 upheaval in Iran.

But the persecution of Christians (as well as of Jews and Baha’is) was stepped up once the Khomeini was in power and Christians were forced out of their homeland. The media have forgotten that just a few weeks ago, a Coptic Christian church was burned by some of this same mob that now demands Mubarak’s overthrow.

The parallels are significant and if the lessons are clear they are clearly not learned.

If this Egyptian mob behaves the way the Iranian mob did in 1978 and the majority of Christians are driven from their homeland, remember the names:

Obama

Romney

Hillary

as being solidly behind the overthrow of a leader who played the lead role in stabilizing the region.

And then ask yourself if Mitt is your man in 2012. (But don’t forget to save a copy of the above-linked article, since Mitt has a habit of flip-flopping on everything as the wind changes directions or as he moves from one audience to another. One of his favorite lines is “I never said that.”)

Here is a brief profile for those not familiar with Mitt and his MO:

http://laiglesforum.com/mitt-romney-the-gops-bridge-to-oblivion/773.htm

The border crisis and cognitive dissonance

The border crisis and cognitive dissonance

by Don Hank

The lack of response and negative response of many Americans to my recent article on the dangerous crisis at the US-Mexican border signals the existence of a sweeping epidemic of the mental disorder known as cognitive dissonance.

We often think of cognitive dissonance in terms of two different world views that one and the same person entertain. A well-known example is the compartmentalization practiced by some Christians who believe in Darwinism on a secular level and the Genesis version of creation on a religious level.

But in the case of the West, a much more serious and virulent form of cognitive dissonance frequently occurs in the minds of citizens whose “background noise” in the form of media reports and opinions, political activism, make us deny what our eyes and ears perceive. In other words, the victim is not only contending with 2 distinct and contradictory world views, which can cause neurosis. He or she is actually trapped (brain washed, we could call it) into believing something that his senses unerringly tell him is not true.

The most amazing example of this more radical form of cognitive dissonance that I have ever witnessed was when, in the midst of the “global warming” craze, a record late frost occurred in my area in PA and not only did the media not report it, but many of the locals with whom I spoke, even as the frost lay on the ground in full view, appeared visibly nervous and edgy when I mentioned that I had never seen frost this late in over 65 years living in the area. Of course, neither had they, but they couldn’t say so because they were supposed to devoutly believe in global warming — and not as the result of scientific study but as a result of fervent devotion of a mystical type not to be confused with brain activity. The belief would save humankind from extinction if only we believed fervently and acted upon our beliefs by accepting whatever remedies the government and the Self-Elect recommended. Praise Gaya!

The very same phenomenon is at work when people mention things like the murder of Arizona rancher Robert Krentz by illegal aliens. Many absolutely can’t process this information and exhibit an evasive response when confronted with it. They literally dodge anyone who mentions it. Like Pavlov’s dogs, they have been conditioned. They dare not entertain such dissident thoughts, let alone discuss the issue with anyone. They not only feel guilty about having this information, because it contradicts the received wisdom that all Hispanics are victims and we evil rich Americans are their tormenters and are responsible for all ills that befall them. They also are deathly afraid that an activist could be lurking somewhere waiting to pounce on them for the indiscretion of stating a simple fact. None of these Hispanics who sin, so goes the narrative, can be held accountable for their actions. If they smuggle drugs, it is our fault because some Americans use drugs. If they rape someone it is because American women are racists who deny them love. If they join violent gangs it is because we xenophobic Anglos reject them and their language, forcing them to seek solace among their own kind.

I hope and pray I am wrong, but I am slowly coming to the conclusion that cognitive dissonance is now an epidemic of such enormous proportions in our country that, if someday Hispanics swept through middle class neighborhoods burning, pillaging, raping, murdering and shouting racial slurs against whites and blacks alike, a sizeable proportion of the residents of these neighborhoods would actually feel guilty about being “rich” and white (no matter that the Hispanics hated the blacks as well) and would ask: Where have we gone wrong? What can we do to show them we are their friends?

If my suspicions about that are correct, this could be the end of the line.

Is Obama Employing the Cloward-Piven Strategy?

Anthony Horvath is a staff writer for Laigle’s Forum, the Executive Director of Athanatos Christian Ministries, and the author of three books, two in the Birth Pangs series and a pro-life book called We Chose Life.


The Cloward-Piven Strategy is a deliberate series of tactics designed to bring a system down in collapse so that a preferred system can be erected in its place.   Named after two Columbia University professors, it was actually employed in the early 1970s.  I want to repeat that:  it was actually employed.

This is not your ordinary conspiracy theory.  In this case, we know that the strategy was employed and had some effect.  Namely, by deliberately burdening New York city’s welfare system, they managed to bankrupt the city, which so declared in 1975.

Cloward and Piven, therefore, have made it impossible to take at face value measures which are put forward as being ‘for the poor,’ especially when those plans emerge from people associated with them or their organizations.

Cloward taught at Columbia University for almost five decades.  During his tenure, a certain Obama attended.  Did Obama and Cloward ever interact?  Did Obama ever take any of Cloward’s courses?  No one can prove he didn’t because Obama refuses to allow Columbia to release his transcripts.   In 1982, Piven returned to New York.  Did Obama interact with these two individuals? Continue reading

Book/DVD list for your April 15 Tea Party

Book/DVD list for your April 15 tea party

 

By Donald Hank

The local tea party in Lancaster PA seems to have been organized by 2 fine ladies who, on the tea party web site, also recommend a book list for invitees. Good for them. Much of the list, apparently originating with Ron Paul, is made up of the True Liberals, or libertarians, like Ludwig van Mises, Friedrich Hayek, Ayn Rand and many others.

I emailed these ladies and thanked them for doing this and then said there were a few other books that Americans ought to read.

I wrote:

For today’s world, the most important information – most of which your school and/or college probably made sure you missed – is the story of the socialist dictators of the 20th century.

An invaluable contribution to your list would be “Harvest of Sorrow” by Robert Conquest, describing the slaughter of millions of Ukrainian farmers, “Son of the Revolution” by Liang Heng and Judith Shapiro, an eye-witness account of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and the 3 disk DVD set China, a Century of Revolution, directed by Sue Williams (one of the co-producers was Karma Hinton, my first Chinese teacher). You will immediately see the unmistakable similarity between the Red Guard and ACORN.

Further DVDs: Repentance, a top-notch surrealistic Russian film (RU title: Pokayanie) about a Stalin like figure, Est-Oueste (East-West), an excellent film about a French family that visits the Soviet Union in the early post-WW II years and is trapped there. The Chinese film To Live is also an artistic masterpiece but at the same time, a realistic portrayal of the tragedy of Mao’s Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution.

Others: A somewhat tedious but trail blazing book “The Black Book of Communism” was written by a group of French communists under Stéphane Courtois who decided to come clean about the death toll of the 20th century, namely, almost 100 million innocents slaughtered throughout the world in the name of “social justice.”

Further, the Russian film Nest of Noblefolk (RU: Dvorjanskoe Gnezdo), an adaptation of the Turgenev story, shows the remarkable similarity between the mid 1800s and our 60s, with the elite classes talking about the same ideas that threw our society into moral and social turmoil. Shot in the Russian countryside, it is a cinema buff’s delight, with gorgeous photography, period-correctness in all aspects, soulful Russian gypsy music, a gripping love story with 2 intertwined love triangles and a surprise ending.

Note, however, that Turgenev’s best description of the early revolutionaries is given in his novel “Fathers and Sons,” which reflects the ideas that we considered revolutionary in our 1960s. In reality, we were a century later than the Russians in introducing ordered chaos, which is why freedom survived so long here. Nothing stands in the way of totalitarianism now – except you. And you know what? I believe in you.

Best,

Don Hank

TEA PARTIES AROUND THE NATION (find yours here):

http://www.illinoisfamily.org/news/contentview.asp?c=34348

Bankers in lockstep across the globe — coincidence?

Extrapolate the details in the following article by David Noakes to the bank crisis in the US and you get a plausible explanation for a disaster whose causes so far have not been explained or even investigated.

The author blames deregulation, although that was a secondary cause in the US. In the American media, deregulation is often blamed as well but without even a hint at the supposed mechanisms by which a “lack of regulation” might have operated to bring down the banks, and particularly how this would have happened simultaneously all over the globe. Indeed keen observers outside the elitist system have pointed out plausible causes and plausible mechanisms for our banks’ failures, such as the CRA and Fanny-Freddy and the complete lack of documentation and lack of down payments required by those semi-government Democrat-managed entities for mortgage lending. Laigle’s Forum is one of the few sites that has even attempted to tackle this issue in some depth. We find that rather than just simple deregulation or lack of regulation, it was in fact over-regulation that wrought the havoc. Specifically, Clinton had strengthened the CRA, requiring banks to make $1 trillion in loans to “underserved communities.” The only way to accomplish this was to force them into requiring no documentation of income and no down payment, absolutely suicidal policies. Bush, put up a meek fight, then went right along, urging a Zero Downpayment Initiative at his HUD web site in 2005.

But I have published the following article to show the striking similarity between the behavior of bankers on both our continents.

Knowing the extent of corruption among money managers, the below-described situation in the UK does not seem so far fetched a scenario for this country either.

Is there a clue in here for us? Note that managers of failed institutions here also got bonuses and exorbitant salaries, and none left in shame. No shame was shown on either side of the Atlantic and no one has apologized for bringing down Western finance and threatening the financial security of every citizen of dozens of countries. No accountability was demanded by government. And indeed, a dissident British banker was murdered for protesting the bad policies in place there (see below).

Compare this with the strong arm tactics used in the US when some banks wanted to refuse the bailout money. Wasn’t it really hush money?

Is it really plausible that the bizarre behavior witnessed in US banks would have mirrored the behavior of bankers on the other side of the Atlantic just by accident? How about the bailouts? They happened in concert all over Europe as well, over the protests of the citizenry, especially in Britain. Here, 90% of all calls to the US Congress urged lawmakers to vote against the bailout.

One thing is certain: International elitists in government and finance do not operate independently of each other, they are basically all in agreement, they use their willing media lackeys to overcome the public’s mistrust, and public mistrust of them is at an all-time high everywhere. There is no debate over the “wisdom” of the bailouts, no hint that the payments would be accompanied by any change in policy or regulations. And this despite the whispered accusation that bank failures were due to under-regulation – an accusation that catapulted ultra-elite, ultra-Left, ultra-incompetent Obama to power. Why wouldn’t bailout payments under Obama be predicated then on the passage of new regulations and strict compliance therewith?

Clearly, the public is being led around by their noses by an international group of cynical idealists and elitists who think we are all stupid.

It is a miracle that we have not yet seen massive protests.

But then, our bellies are still full.

Just wait…

Donald Hank

 

Did directors deliberately destroy their own banks?

By David Noakes

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) went from assets of plus £88 billion in 1999 to estimated liabilities of minus £1.3 trillion in 2009 – equal to a year’s income (GDP) for the whole of Great Britain. If Directors with mental disabilities had been appointed, they might have reduced the bank’s value by half. But to utterly destroy it on so stupendous a scale took real knowledge and determination.

It seems clear the wholesale mismanagement and corruption of banks by their directors was not unbelievable incompetence, but criminal. The government huffs and puffs at bonuses and pensions paid as a reward for failure, but then in every case it lets those corrupt payments, totaling billions of pounds, stand without passing legislation to confiscate.

It looks as though these huge bonuses and pensions were intentionally paid to compensate directors precisely for destroying their own banks, and for a job well done.

HSBC quietly possesses an ethical, Christian board. They are well managed, profitable, and took no part in creating this crisis. Standard Chartered Bank’s profits actually went up, even in 2008/9.

But take the case of Abbey National. In July 2004 their risk management officer, Richard Chang, was objecting that the run down of the bank by directors was deliberate (it resulted in the Bank’s ownership being transferred to a European Bank, Santander.)  The HBOS whistleblower alleged the same.

Anonymous documents then arrived at the board with similar suggestions, with additional evidence of sexual impropriety among Directors. Richard denied he had sent them, but was called in for a two and a half hour interrogation by the directors at the hands of Kroll corporate security, during which he was bullied and threatened, and at the end he was found dead five floors below at the bottom of the internal Atrium in Abbey’s London head office in Euston.

The courts, CPS, coroner, FSA, directors and police have closed ranks to prevent a criminal prosecution or investigation. These services all have large numbers of freemasons in their senior structures.

High ranking Freemasonry runs right through this banking crisis. All the failed banks, Northern Rock, Abbey, RBS, Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) had Freemasonry controlling their boards. Gordon Brown is a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Freemason, as was Tony Blair; there are 400,000 of them in Britain.

Brown’s job seems to be to take advantage of the destruction of the banks, by pouring far too much of our economy into those ready made back holes, which will destroy the Pound Sterling.

The crisis was caused by the USA and EU governments deregulating banks in 1999. Massive, self collapsing bubbles predictably formed in every market including housing, stocks, and derivatives. It is deregulation that enabled corrupt boards to wreck their own banks. They now have estimated liabilities of £7.2 trillion or £250,000 per household; they should now go bust; Britain cannot afford to save them.

Freemasonry and Common Purpose are the European Unions’ foot soldiers on the ground in Britain. They know the EU dictatorship cannot be built while there is a strong Britain on the doorstep; we stopped them twice before in 1918 and 1945, and Britain has to be destroyed if the dictatorship is to succeed.

These British traitors get their massive payoffs for handing Britain to the EU on a plate, poverty stricken and stripped of democratic defences.

Many of those won’t realise that the initial deflation of the recession they worked so hard to create will, with the trillions Brown is borrowing for the banks, turn into hyper inflation with super high interest rates, and in two years they could be starving with the rest of us, their gravy trains and bribe money useless, their houses repossessed, as ours will be.

If you wish to avoid this ghastly future, you need to do your part now in talking to people about a General Strike against the EU, our government, Law Lords, and all the senior officials who are so deliberately sabotaging our nation.                                                                 David Noakes. eutruth.org.uk. 07974 437 097

Are conservatives seeing the Keynesian light?

There is now talk of Keynesian economics – in reverent tones, on both sides of the aisle. As a quick review, John Maynard Keynes is the Big Government economist who said that even if the government paid people to dig ditches and fill them back up again, that would stimulate the economy. Obama – along with Bush, McCain and many others who voted for the bank bailout – seems to believe this.

Thus the Left is propagating the story that FDR’s initial attempts to stem the Great Depression failed not because he spent tax money but because he didn’t spend enough. They point to the way WWII stimulated the economy.

What they forget is that back then

1 – America was a huge manufacturing engine. The war primed this engine.

2 – America was on the gold standard. Money spent to stimulate it was real, not the play money we use today

The mainstream media, enamored of Big Government, are saturated with stories about how conservatives are leaving the GOP for the Democratic Party. The narrative is that, now that Bush and McCain have gone down in flames, one-time conservatives have seen the failure of conservative principles, have seen the light and are drifting leftward in droves. Capitalism needs “change.” Pro-life ideas need “change.” And change is spelled: d-e-s-t-r-o-y.

I just got done gagging on one article written in this vein. My response to the author is below.

 

Hello Mike,

Re. your article mjoseph@centredaily.com

You make some good points, but you missed the main story:

Bush did not fail because he was too conservative. He failed because he was too far left.

Look at the evidence:

— overtures toward global governance (SPP, Mexican truck highway, acquiescence on climate control)

— open borders

— attempt to massively pardon invading lawbreakers

— harsh sentence for border patrol agents who fired at fleeing drug dealer, use of this drug dealer’s testimony (with immunity) to convict the agents

— no real advances in the pro-life agenda, with abortion proceeding unabated

— majority of Syrian Christians forced to flee Iraq and now living in Sweden, their churches burned to the ground (they were safer under Saddam!)

— support for creation of a Muslim state in Europe (Kosovo)

— treatment of the far-left Lula in Brazil as a moderate

— support for a trillion dollar bailout bill with no strings attached to the giveaway

— faith-based initiatives providing a means for the State to control major aspects of church policy

— No Child Left Behind greatly expands government, further reverses Constitutional role of the states in education

— acquiescence to the Left’s agenda to strong-arm banks into lending under no-down payment, no-doc policies under the CRA, as aided by ACORN (I have a copy of Bush’s HUD site’s page touting his “Zero-Downpayment Initiative”)

Economically, Bush was a Big Government Republican like Herbert Hoover. The mistakes of this left-leaning politician posing as a conservative have misled some gullible people to believe that conservatism is not viable.

The thing that is not viable, and may never be viable, is the GOP. Their election of moderate Michael Steele as the RNC chair shows they just aren’t smart enough to win any more.

The real story for you to cover is Republicans fleeing to the American Independent Party.

Best,

Don Hank

Editor in Chief

http://laiglesforum.com

Bullies firmly in charge of your country

Democrat bullies now rule America

by Donald Hank

 

America voted for the bullies who destroyed the most powerful US banks. Is this what voters really wanted?

Without a doubt, they were duped – with the help of a RINO outgoing president and a RINO candidate, both of whom signed the bailout bill, and neither of whom ever said a word about the role of ACORN and the CRA (Community Reinvestment Act) in the failure of America’s banks.

Notice that, in the article linked below, ACORN – which Barack Obama served as counsel – did things that were completely illegal and even criminal, bursting into a meeting to which they were not invited. Yet, because they were black and posing as victims, they were given a pass. America’s guilt over slavery is its Achilles heel and the Left has shown they can exploit it to the hilt.

This is exactly the kind of behavior seen in China under Chairman Mao, who encouraged the Red Guard, a loosely organized bunch of bandits, to raise havoc against suspected enemies of the state, even communist officials appointed by Mao himself. In the Great Leap Forward, the Guard viciously attacked, beat, browbeat, jailed and even killed thousands of generally innocent people branded as “enemies of the people,” and later in the Cultural Revolution, they turned against the Party officials themselves. Millions lost their lives. Almost no doctors were left in the hospitals – almost all of the intellectuals and professionals were in jail (see the Chinese movie “To Live”). The Left, no matter where it comes to power, inevitably follows this kind of pattern to some extent or other, but Obama will carry it further. Mao believed in constant revolution. For him, there was to be no peace. Peacetime is when revolutionaries (the Left) believe people are plotting against them.

Woe unto anyone – even convinced leftists themselves – who thinks they can co-exist with the Left or even cooperate with power-wielding leftists. The vast majority of Mao’s victims were convinced communist leaders.

How can the useful idiots of today expect to be spared now that America’s first openly Marxist president is in place? They will spare neither the RINO appeasers nor their fellow leftists, because leftists are smart: they know no one – not even they – can trust a leftist.

Although the Left has behaved much the same everywhere it seized power, many Americans on both sides of the political spectrum still cling to the myth that the American Left is somehow different from that of other countries. If that has been true to some extent heretofore, it is only because there has always been a strong counterweight among conservatives and Middle America. That counterweight seems to be vanishing as more and more “conservative” politicians cave and wave the white flag and as “conservative” citizens abandon their posts in the belief that the idea of freedom is somehow no longer valid in a world in crisis. Actually, these time-honored ideas are more vital to our existence than ever.

 

Quote: “FOR years, ACORN had combined manipulation of the CRA [Community Reinvestment Act] with intimidation-protest tactics to force banks to lower credit standards. Its crusade, with help from Democrats in Congress, to push these high-risk “subprime” loans on banks is at the root of today’s economic meltdown.”

October 14, 2008

Spreading the Virus – How ACORN and Its Dem Allies Built the Mortgage Disaster

Stanley Kurtz

To discover the roots of to day’s economic crisis, consider a tale from 1995.

That March, House Speaker Newt Gingrich was scheduled to address a meeting of county commissioners at the Washington Hilton. But, first, some 500 protesters from the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) poured into the ballroom from both the kitchen and the main entrance.

Hotel staffers who tried to block them were quickly overwhelmed by demonstrators chanting, “Nuke Newt!” and “We want Newt!” Jamming the aisles, carrying bullhorns and taunting the assembled county commissioners, demonstrators swiftly took over the head table and commandeered the microphone, sending two members of Congress scurrying.

Read more.

 

Deadly fallout from socialized medicine

Americans, here comes what you voted for: socialized medicine. To get an idea what that will cost you, read below. Once your cash-hungry government is in control and once it is apparent that taxes alone will not sustain their greed for power, this will happen here.

Outrage over organs ‘sold to foreigners’

By Sarah-Kate Templeton

timesonline.co.uk

THE organs of 50 British National Health Service donors have been given to foreign patients who have paid about £75,000 each for private transplant operations in the past two years, freedom of information documents show.

The liver transplants took place at NHS hospitals, despite severe shortages that mean many British patients die while waiting for an organ that could save their lives.

The documents disclose that 40 patients from Greece and Cyprus received liver transplants in the UK paid for by their governments. Donated livers were also given to people from non-European Union countries including Libya, the United Arab Emirates, China and Israel.

Read more.

Does ALIPAC really believe Obama cares about the Constitution?

http://www.alipac.us/ftopic-142118-0-days0-orderasc-.html

Alipac has written a letter for you to sign that will be sent to Obama urging him to honor the constitutional duty to defend the borders and stem illegal immigration.

This letter is fine and covers all the bases.
There is only one problem: it is written from the standpoint that Obama really cares about the Constitution.
When writing to a far-leftist, you must write from the standpoint that by doing this he would be helping himself and his cause — politics is the motivator for Obama, not the Constitution.
The best approach would be to say that John McCain accused Obama of being against amnesty (he did this ONLY in his messages in Spanish) and that Obama won partly because conservatives perceived McCain as more soft on illegal immigration and Obama as tougher. So since Obama was elected on a pro-security, anti-invasion platform, he owes it to his constituents to follow through with tough policies and enforcement. Of course, it is a stretch, but Chicago guys like Blagojevich and Obama are looking out for Number One first, not somebody’s rights.
You should, of course, also provide an obligatory mention of the Constitution to provide cover for Obama to do this politically motivated thing.
That is the way they get it done in Chicago and the Chicago way is now the way of the White House.

 

Did FDR “get us out of the Depression”?

It is becoming increasingly clear that FDR, far from getting us out, prolonged the Depression through inept policies, such as the destruction of 6 million piglets in an effort to raise farm prices. In the middle of a depression? Yes!

Sadly, recalling the phony “lesson” of FDR’s recourse to Keynesian economics (Big Government), Americans reflexively said they thought a Democrat would be able to get us out of our current crisis.

Good luck with that one…

Read more below:

Factors in Great Depression

http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/GreatDepression.html

How about San Diego for your next convention?

If you or your group are looking for a hotel with good family values, may we recommend the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego?

http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/jan/10/1m10boycott002758-scholarly-types-see-lessons-boyc/?zIndex=35006

Shifting the blame from Left to greed

Blaming greed for failed leftist policies

Donald Hank

The Pope has said, over the Christmas holiday, that the world must overcome greed to get through the current economic crisis.

With all due respect for the Pope, whose stance on social issues are to be applauded, both Protestantism and Catholicism, while blaming greed, have failed to grasp the nature of the Left and its role in crises such as the financial and economic crises gripping the world.

The CRA (Community Reinvestment Act, passed under Jimmy Carter) and the way it was enforced, including the role of ACORN, played a major role in bringing down the banks. Generally, the trend to lend money, particularly mortgages, to people with no down payment and even without proof of employment, goes against all common sense and good banking practice, which has been in place since the beginning of time and throughout the world, and has proved disastrous. And yet so many are in denial, even to the utterly absurd point of casting all the blame on conservative policies and seeing the Democrats as being more economically astute and hence capable of pulling us out of the current crisis of their own making — sort of like Clinton “reforming” the failed welfare created by his party. Anyone paying attention in the years since 1995, when Clinton ordered the banks to lend a trillion dollars to “underserved communities,” would have been able to foresee this collapse. Some actually did, including a New York Times writer in 1999.

I suppose it could be argued that the Left, in its own way, represents greed, but it is probably more appropriate to call it ideologically motivated rather than greedy. Ideological motivation, rather than common sense, has caused the greatest destruction known to man — under Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, etc.

None of these men’s political actions were greed-motivated in the accepted sense of the word. In their decisions that led to the murder and starvation of millions, they were, however, blinded by leftist utopian (revolutionary) ideology — a desire for a better world, for change, and ironically, for a world with less greed.

Ideology killed 100 million innocent people in the last century (see “The Black Book of Communism by Stephane Courtois). No other factor, including greed, has ever done anywhere near that much harm.

Help McCain avert a fatal scandal

Help McCain avert a fatal scandal

 

By Donald Hank

Ladies and Gentlemen, you have been recently treated here at Laigle’s Forum to a well-rounded smorgasbord of information about the causes of this latest financial crash. You have been regaled with information and insights not seen at any other web site, not mentioned in the “conservative” media or, much less, in the mainstream media. And now you will learn about one of the biggest scoundrels of all time, namely, that one of the authors of the biggest financial crisis in US history, has been chosen by John McCain as his new SEC chair. No, this is not going to happen. You are going to stop this insanity and we will tell you how. Keep reading.

First let’s review the time line of our financial crisis:

1-1977, Jimmy Carter proposes and gets a bill called the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), which calls for more mortgages for minorities. It was pretty harmless at first, so Reagan didn’t bother to challenge it.

2- In 1995, Clinton put the CRA into overdrive, ordering the Treasury Department to rewrite the lending rules, thereby bypassing the Republican congress. The main criterion for getting a loan was race, and many loans required no income and no money down. In other words, bad credit risks got the lion’s share of the loans and still do. Clinton’s HUD secretary helped mightily to create this crisis. We’ll tell you about this guy shortly.

3-Bush protested these practices in his first term, when he was still a Republican, but later caved and increased the required percentage of loans to minorities and pushed for a “zero down-payment initiative.”

Bush now wants to pay for this with $700 billion of hard earned money from you, good hardworking people who do not renege on their loans. (Remember when people with good credit histories were rewarded and deadbeats were punished? We’re going to bring those times back by not agreeing to a bailout of any kind – BTW, gas prices are going down as a result of the crunch.)

ACORN, which the first version of the failed Democrat-authored bailout bill wanted to reward, was the group that agitated and lobbied hardest for the policies that brought down the lending market!  Obama worked hand in hand with ACORN and received huge donations from the associated criminal enterprises Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac.

Here’s where it really gets interesting. Please pay attention:

Andrew Cuomo, whom McCain has picked as his SEC Chairman, was Clinton’s HUD secretary when the new regulations were forcing banks to lend at ridiculous rates and under dangerous confitions, and according to the Village Voice, made “a series of decisions that… gave birth to the present crisis.”

Writes Village Voice correspondent Wayne Barrett:

Andrew Cuomo, the youngest Housing and Urban Development secretary in history, made a series of decisions between 1997 and 2001 that gave birth to the country’s current crisis. He took actions that – in combination with many other factors – helped plunge Fannie and Freddie into the subprime markets without putting in place the means to monitor their increasingly risky investments. He turned the Federal Housing Administration mortgage program into a sweetheart lender with sky-high loan ceilings and no money down, and he legalized what a federal judge has branded “kickbacks” to brokers that have fueled the sale of overpriced and unsupportable loans. Three to four million families are now facing foreclosure, and Cuomo is one of the reasons why.

Did you get that? McCain has picked one of the authors of the present crisis, one of the most heinous scoundrels in American history, to head his Securities and Exchange Commission!

According to a Newsday article, here is what McCain says about Cuomo:

Cuomo would be a good replacement because he is respected and “did a good job” as secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Democratic Clinton administration, McCain said.”I think he is somebody who could restore some credibility, lend some bipartisanship to this effort,” the senator said on CBS’ “60 Minutes” program.

Has McCain been on another planet for the last few years? Is bringing down American banks “doing a good job”?

Neither the “conservative” press (is there one any more?) nor the liberals have made the embarrassing connection between Cuomo’s pivotal role in creating the financial crisis and the fact that McCain wants this tarnished politician as his SEC chairman. Each side has decided to give you only the news that will help their side get elected. But the trouble with that approach is, it doesn’t put you, the new Ron Reagan, in the position to avert scandals and bad decisions of the kind McCain wants to make. Laigle’s Forum does not subscribe to the philosophy that presentation of news must be tailored to propagandistic agendas. You can’t change what you don’t know about.

So now that you do know, what can you do about this scandalous, potentially fatal situation for the McCain campaign?

Well, we Americans are usually seen by government as those little bugs out there that were made to squash, but that come in handy at election time.

But, Ladies and Gentlemen, you and I know we’re a lot more than that. We are the new Ronald Reagan. Last year, in the spirit of Reagan, we stopped the Amnesty bill dead in its tracks. Yesterday, in the same patriotic spirit, we stopped the bailout. The Bush-McCain-Obama steam roller can’t squash us after all. The Wizard of Oz is not all-powerful.

So what to do next?

Write to the McCain Campaign

http://www.johnmccain.com/Contact/

and then call the campaign HQ at

1-703-418-2008

Tell them McCain had better walk away from Andrew Cuomo fast because Cuomo is at the center of a scandal in the financial crash, was a pivotal player and will mar the campaign with a scandal McCain can’t afford right now when he is already losing. Send them a link to the Village Voice article, tell them this is all over the internet, and then make sure it is (send it to your list with a link to this Laigle’s Forum article)! Tell them McCain can’t rely on a conservative VP pick to lend him credibility. He has to actually talk the talk and walk the walk himself. We’re not buying the wishy-washy weasel words any more. And tell him for gosh sake, stop sounding like illegal immigration is A-ok. It’s not.

Then get in touch with your radio talk show hosts, including Rush (don’t bother with Hannity. He won’t jump on the band wagon until the scandal is too big to contain).

Link:

http://www.villagevoice.com/content/printVersion/541234

John McCain likes to brag about how he made people “famous” for doing things that cost the American people money.

Well, now it is our turn.  Tell his campaign we’ll make John McCain famous if he fails to walk away from this awful choice.

Why even help  the campaign of a guy who seems not to want to be president at times?

There is one very good reason to help McCain: Obama.

 

Uncle Sam — the biggest crook in America

Uncle Sam — The Biggest Crook in America

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /Christian Newswire/ — Don Swarthout, President of Christians Reviving America’s Values and Patriotic Pastors asks, “Do you pay taxes? If you do, then why do you allow the Federal Government to steal your money from you?”

The Federal Government has stolen money from Social Security taxes which you have paid for years. When they collected more than they paid out our elected officials simply stole money from those taxes they collected and now they claim they do not have enough money left to pay the benefits they owe to you and me.

Now the Federal Government says that unless they TAX the people $700,000,000,000 dollars our economy will fail. Included in the original bail out was a group, known as ACORN, which is under investigation in 12 states for voter fraud. Yet the Federal Government was planning on giving ACORN some of your money. Barack Obama was once tied to ACORN and supposedly has done work for them.

Actually the Federal Government has no way of raising money to give away except by TAXING YOU! Swarthout asks; “Why do we allow the Federal Government to steal our money like we allow them to steal Social Security? Why do you and I allow the Federal Government to steal our money by their wasteful spending and by spending it on so called earmarks that are added to other bills?”

As citizens of the United States, we are supposed to be in charge of our government. Our government is not supposed to be in charge of us. Actually we should consider voting everyone out of office everyone who spends your money recklessly and WITHOUT YOUR APPROVAL!

Swarthout said, “Let’s you and I take back the government of OUR COUNTRY by paying close attention to our government and by calling them every time they propose some stupid idea. The vast majority of people who called the United States Congress opposed the idea of a bailout! This proves how effective we can become!”