Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Pete Morin Editorial Review #2014-3

The Pete Morin News Service has been granted an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama prior to his a State of the Union speech to be given on January 28th.

PMNS: Thank you Mr. President for sitting down with us prior to your State of the Union speech. Hope there's no hard feelings over our last interview.

POTUS: You're welcome, Pete. Of course there's no hard feelings over previous interviews. I we'll understand that there will be questions asked of any administration as to whether the policies of an administration are effective and can help the American people in regard to fairness in employment opportunities, securing our social safety net, empowering women and giving them access to adequate healthcare including reproductive services and......

PMNS: Excuse me Mr. President, but I have only a very limited time to ask questions, so I hope...

POTUS: Of course, fire away. I'll just make sure the IRS, NSA, FBI, CIA and Homeland Security aren't monitoring our conversation.

PMNS: Ah, Mr. President, I, ahhh....

POTUS: Just kidding, Pete. Just kidding. Please continue.

PMNS: Concerning the NSA, Mr. President. Is there any plan to scale back the amount of information being captured by the  agency.

POTUS: As you know, Pete, security for United States citizens is my #1 priority.  I've instructed the NSA to collect only that data from individuals which would be considered a threat to our homeland. Let me be clear. I have a phone and a pen, and I will use that phone, probably more so than the pen since you can't very well call someone up with a pen, to find out if my instructions are being carried out faithfully.

PMNS: Does this mean your phone conversations with NSA officials will be monitored just like any ordinary citizen?

POTUS: Well let just say that there may be times when the phone is, ah, ah, broken, so the pen will be ah, ah used when and if that should occur, ahh..

PMNS: I understand Mr. President. National security and all. What about the IRS scrutinizing tax exempt status for Conservative groups.

POTUS: As I've said in previous interviews, there's no room in our form of government for this kind of treatment of specific organizations. However, a thorough investigation was performed by our administration and no criminal wrongdoing was identified to warrant any continued investigation.

PMNS: But Mr. President, wasn't the individual who led that investigation within the Justice Department a donor to your campaign and....

POTUS: Now hold on Mr. Morin, the amount she gave to my campaign was pocket change compared to the amounts I received from other donors. So let's just move on, shall we?

PMNS: Of course, Mr. President. There's talk that you will focus on income inequality in your speech tonight. How will you present this issue to the American people.

POTUS: Exactly correct, Pete. Income inequality is a major problem in today's economy. OXFAM recently reported that the top 85 billionaires controlled, or had more money than 3.5 billion people across the globe. I ask you. Is this the kind of fairness we want for our children and family members regarding income? Absolutely not. It's imperative that people with higher incomes pay more in taxes to level the playing field, so to speak.

PMNS: What methods, or strategy, could be used to level that field?

POTUS: We can raise the minimum wage, for one. Who can live on $7.25 an hour!

PMNS: There are studies Mr. President that show only 3 million, or so, people on minimum wage and 60% of those are between the ages of 18 & 24. How will raising the minimum wage help such a small portion of the population?

POTUS: It may be small to you, Mr. Morin, but to these families, whose votes I definitely need, it's a big deal. I'm not going to play politics with these people's lives. Democracy is just as important to them as it is TO EVERYONE ELSE, and I've GOT A PHONE AND A PE......

PMNS: Got it Mr. President. Just one more question please. You taught Constitutional Law. Do you believe you've been completely faithful to the Constitution and not gone beyond your power with executive orders?

POTUS: Make no mistake, Mr. Moron, when it comes to doing something positive for the American people, if I have to go around Congress, I will. Those lazy, good for nothing, fat butt recalcitrant layabouts are not going to stop me from performing my obligations and duties to this nation. If I have go it alone, I will. If I have to pass laws myself, I will. If I have to judge the law's constitutionality, I will!! Got it, Mr. PMNS? And another thing, don't you ever tell me---------

At this point the interview is concluded with John Podesta pulling the President away begging him to ready himself for another brilliant SOTUS. Good luck, Mr. President. And---good luck America.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Pete Morin Editorial Review--#2014-2

Rule of Law

The recent passing of Nelson Mandela raises a question as to whether a nation transformed through the efforts of a charismatic, principled leader can remain free and democratic as envisioned by that leader, or whether that nation will erupt into chaos simply because the leader is now gone.

Nelson Mandela had his faults, chief among them was to embrace communism, and the support of communist leaders as an attempt to gain power. But when he eventually gained his freedom, he didn't resort to vengeance, or authoritarian rule in leading South Africa. He chose democracy and a respect for the rule of law as a means of governing. Today, South Africa stands at a crossroads in determining whether it will remain true to democratic rule, or sink into the abyss of an authoritarian regime.

The rule of law is the most important component of a nation's ability to provide its citizens with security from dictatorial rule from within and belligerent attacks from foreign powers. A rule of law isn't developed in just a few years, nor nourished from the captivating exhortations of a charismatic orator. We're it so the likes of Hitler, Mussolini, Mao and other lesser humans would secure the blessings of liberty.

The rule of law started its long journey in England almost 800 years ago. In America almost 400 years ago. It's development began with a people's recognition that leaders must not only be selected, but approved by the people. If law is to be respected, it must be approved by those who are to be affected by its jurisdiction. The rule of law, embodied and codified in written form, would be the best method for self rule and self preservation. In essence, it is the glue that holds people together regardless of race, creed, national origin or ethnicity. It saved America during the Civil War through the efforts of Abraham Lincoln by his refusal to accept the South's secession. It preserved America during two European wars and made us recognize our strong character during the trying time of The Great Depression. The rule of law, a charter determined by a people defining the ability of government to affect the governed, gives us a chance for Justice and tranquility in a society of disparate people.

Let's hope that we never abandon this rule, but give it added strength through diligence to its benefits and honor to those who created it.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Pete Morin Editorial Review #2014--1

It's been quite awhile since I posted anything to this blog, in fact, nothing in 2013. Perhaps because it's downright depressing to look at the political situation in a nation once known for individualism and concern for property rights as expressed in our founding charter.

Alas, those days are gone. Today we have an especially intrusive national government bent on knowing our every move. The NSA tracks our communications, Obamacare demands to know our medical history and the progressive left seems to consider these issues to be good for the general welfare.

The national mainstream media fawn all over this brand of leadership and the rancor they engender paints people who believe in personal, and property rights, to be 'extremist.'

Based on this hypothesis of a country ill prepared to defend a people from becoming subjects to a leviathan masked as a government, allow me to present the following possible outcomes on the political scene for 2014.

1) Obamacare will continue to be unworkable. Increasing the number of people with insurance without increasing the number of doctors, hospitals and support personnel, flys in the face of the law of supply and demand. I suspect that progressives understand this, although one can't be sure how much penetrates the brains of a progressive ideologue. Obama's true intention could be to create a disastrous system. Then he, and his socialist handlers, could point to the utter failure of the free market concerning healthcare and call for a single payer system.

2) The NSA will continue to spy on all Americans. Challenges will be made to the Supremes Court, but to no avail. John Roberts is now a full fledged liberal progressive and he will want to stay in the good graces of his new lords and masters in the Executive Branch.

3) A comprehensive immigration bill will be passed because a pathetically weak Speaker will go to any lengths to quiet opposition to anything but Obamacare.

4) The Middle East will explode. Israel will attack nuclear facilities in Iran causing a major conflagration throughout the region. Iraq will sink into civil war with Al Queda playing a significant role in the mayhem.

5) The US economy will take a major hit when war breaks out in the Middle East. The stock market will take a dive incurring loses of 30-40%. The effects of Obamacare, and the poor economy, will cause unemployment to skyrocket in the range of 10-12%. Rioting in the inner cities, with more calls for income redistribution, will become a constant refrain. Bill De Blasio, the new mayor of New York City will drop his facade of being a progressive and call for a socialist state in the mold of Cuba or Venezuela.

6) A strong Conservative leader will call for the impeachment of President Obama once the Republicans gain control of the Senate. It's entirely possible that he will be convicted despite the aforementioned rioting taking place in the inner cities.

There are many more points that could be listed that makes for a very interesting 2014 and beyond, but of one thing I'm certain; the United States cannot continue on with any kind of progressive leadership. Progressivism must be fought, destroyed and buried. It is no longer good enough to just watch from the sidelines as the Nation descends into economic hell. It is no longer acceptable to 'go along to get along' in the Nation's legislative branch. Tough, hard nosed leadership from Republicans is absolutely necessary if we are to retain any semblance of a free people.

One hundred years ago Lord Grey said it succinctly at the start of World War I: The lamps are going out all across Europe. Let's not have the lamp of liberty go out in this great country. Advocate, and fight for, FREEDOM!! There is NO alternative.