Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tyranny and tyrants - and Barack Obama; Can government mandate obese to join Weight Watchers?; Stun gun found on Jet Blue plane, and 6 yr. old boy patted down twice; Don't say it's a tax raise; Obamacare cost-cutting panel is focus of hearings; Congress sees mishandled Libya War; Maryland voters oppose state's Dream Act college tuition; Sudan credits President Bush for their freedom; Obama sells tanks to Egypt

Writing in the New England Journal of Political Science, Kris Aaron Beck and Prathibha V. Joshi discuss tyranny and tyrants in exhaustive detail in their work "On Tyranny: The Political and Economic Characteristics of the Authoritarian Regime."  According to Beck and Joshi, tyrants and tyrannies differ depending upon the political systems that they seek to dominate.  Yet, there are characteristics common to all tyrants:
#1. Consolidation of Power (page 65). 
Tyrants move quickly to centralize and consolidate power by "investing into one entity the authority to make political decisions previously found within multiple institutions."
Barack Obama is currently in the consolidation phase of his tyrannical foray.  He violates laws with impunity, forcing Congress and/or the Supreme Court to rein him in.  Obama's response to accusations of illegal activity might best be paraphrased as "You don't like it?  So sue me." 
#2. Excessive Self-Love (page 45).
The defining characteristic of all tyrants, "...excessive self-love characterizes tyrannies and tyrants above all else[.]" 
#3. They Hate the Middle Class (page 83).
"...tyrannies loathe the development of a large middle-class even though it can act as an engine of economic growth." 
A thriving middle class is dangerous for any tyrant.  With time and income to allow for certain luxuries, middle-class citizens can also become politically active.  A strong and vibrant middle class is essential for a healthy economy, but it is also a driving force for the expansion of liberty.  
#4. A Vision for the Country (page 70).
"To further their control and justify that initial oppression, tyrants offer a vision for the country that includes where they believe the country should go and how to solve its problems..." To read the entire argument go to: http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/07/tyrannus_obama_rex.html
As NewsBusters previously noted, ABC's "This Week" began its Independence Day weekend program disparaging the Founding Fathers as guys who didn't let women vote and allowed slavery.
What followed was a Roundtable discussion about the Constitution which got quite interesting when the host brought up ObamaCare and George Will marvelously asked the group, "Does Congress have the constitutional power to require obese people to sign up for Weight Watchers? If not, why not?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
MICHAEL ERIC DYSON, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY: Well, the beauty of that is, the not knowing -- and we can predict that Rick would say that because he's saying that's the color of the curtain. The basic foundation is set.
WILL: Is that a yes, Congress does have the power to mandate?
DYSON: It's open. If they decide that they will, they will have the power to do so.
An FBI spokesman said Monday that it does not appear a stun gun found aboard a JetBlue plane that landed late Friday in Newark was intended to be used in an attack. http://news.yahoo.com/stun-gun-found-boston-nj-jet-arrival-110840611.html
Boston.com writes: Call it eliminating an unfair break, or removing an unjust loophole, or even "taking a balanced approach." Just don't call it raising taxes.
As they work toward a must-do deal with Republicans on paring trillions from the deficit in order to raise the nation's debt limit, President Barack Obama and Democrats are saying almost anything to avoid the politically toxic pronouncement that they want to increase taxes. http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2011/07/11/obama_dems_skirt_the_issue_on_tax_hikes/
The Hill writes: House Republicans will make a concerted push next week to shift the healthcare focus back on to President Obama and congressional Democrats — specifically by focusing on a cost-cutting panel in the healthcare law that the GOP charges will “ration” care.

The renewed attacks on the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) will play out in two hearings: first Tuesday in the House Budget Committee, followed by a four-panel marathon the next day in the Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee. http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/170579-house-to-hold-hearings-on-panel-gop-claims-will-ration-health-care
The Washington Times reports: Nearly everyone in Congress says President Obama has mishandled the war in Libya, but that’s as far as the consensus goes — members of the Senate and, in particular, the House have struggled to find unity on ways to rein in his actions.
In the lower chamber, lawmakers have voted on at least three options: endorse the war, limit it to a true supporting role for NATO or end it outright. None has gained a majority. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jul/11/lawmakers-agree-obama-botched-libya-action/
The Washington Times reports: Maryland elections officials have approved more than 87,000 signatures in opposition to the state’s Dream Act, according to numbers released Monday by the state Board of Elections.
As of Monday afternoon, state officials had verified 87,073 voter signatures submitted by petitioners in an effort to force a November 2012 referendum on the law, which would allow many college-aged illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates.  http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jul/11/md-election-board-approves-87k-signatures-effort-f/
Investors reports: As South Sudan joyfully celebrated its independence from Sudan, President Obama hailed it as the fruit of partnership, togetherness, hope and unity. South Sudanese, however, hailed President Bush.
Proudly wearing the black cowboy hat given to him by President Bush, South Sudan's new president, Salva Kiir Mayardit, couldn't have made a stronger statement about who made his country's independence possible after 50 years of warfare.
"It was George Bush and the Christian fundamentalists who heard the cry of South Sudan," affirmed a South Sudanese man quoted by the Los Angeles Times. But to hear the White House — in its official recognition of the new republic, as well as on the White House blog and in an op-ed published earlier this year, President Bush had nothing to do with this.  http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/577937/201107111858/A-Hat-Tip-To-Bush.htm
American Thinker writes: This past week, the Obama administration informed Congress that it had approved the sale of 125 M1A1 Abrams Tanks to the government of Egypt. The question of just who is running the government of Egypt was apparently insignificant to the decision-makers. And this goes to the heart of the problem, as this administration continually makes irrational and dangerous foreign policy decisions that may not only have a dramatic affect on the Mideast and surrounding areas, but that will likely impact U.S. interests across the globe. http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/07/aiding_and_abetting_the_enemy.html

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