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A Third of Americans are in favor of impeaching Obama

Fox News Poll shows 1/3 of Americans in favor of impeachment

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CNN and Fox News both recently released a poll that showed that 33% of Americans think Obama should be impeached and removed from office, while 65% say they don’t support impeachment. 79% of those surveyed said congress should attempt to impeach Obama only if there is evidence of a serious crime such as treason or bribery. President Obama is facing a lot of pressure from the continued talks about impeachment.

Fox News asked this question:

Do you favor or oppose impeaching President Obama for exceeding his authority under the Constitution by failing to enforce some laws and changing other laws on his own — or for any other reason?  36% Favor, 61% Oppose and 3% don’t know.

Bill O’Reilly discussed the recent poll during his “Talking Points Memo” segment examining results from a Fox News Poll that also focused on impeaching the President. O’Reilly considers impeachment a “last-resort” mechanism. Saying although President Obama is having trouble, most Americans believe impeachment would be an overreaction that would damage the country. He also believes that Obama has lost the American people who evaluate in a fair way.  But, there is no question that the president is under pressure.” O’Reilly believes the President’s problems are being exacerbated by his demeanor.

In the survey, the participants were also asked if they thought Obama still wants to be president; 52% said yes but only 41% think he’s had enough. President has gone from fighting for his agenda to drinking beer, shooting pool and raising money for his liberal pals. O’Reilly concluded his segment discussing the idea that Obama is not the man that rallies the troops, comparing him to Knute Rockne or George Patton. Obama is a lawyer, academic seeker. DNC responded to the results of the poll showing that Americans are against impeachment.

I believe the discussion of impeachment needs to be silenced. With the Senate controlled by the Democrats, there is no way they will sign off on impeaching their President. Discussing such plans of impeachment are waste of time and that time needs to be used on the issues that matter, such has immigration, the economy, national security or even the budget. It appears that the democrats believe President Obama has lost his ability to deal with problems effectively. President Obama has no power to get anything done, just as Fox News’s Eric Bolling always says; he should just stick fundraising and drinking beer.

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America the… Bully?

America has turned from being World Peace keeper to “bully”

 

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CREDIT: Wiki Commons

America has sometimes been called a bully on the national stage.

Some of this is because of the importation of American ideas and trends into other cultures across the world, which many people say ruin old traditions. It is also an inevitable slur, since we are the top-performing country in the world, both economically and in terms of military might.

But the accusation frequently derives from what many perceive as interventionism. The Vietnam War, for example, while in response to the growing threat of communism, was loudly decried the world over. And, while it was poorly handled in many respects, that was due to playing the apologist’s game, rather than putting on the show of military and political force that would have sent the Russians and Chinese packing, along with their Communist ideology. We made the same mistake with our multiple wars in the Middle East. While we ought to have been putting up a strong front that would cause our enemies to fear us, we were busy trying to institute democracy and play our idea of the good guy.

But these are the exception rather than the rule, and in our quest to not intervene, America has ignored some of the greatest human tragedies of our time; the killing fields of Cambodia, the great Gulag that is North Korea, the Darfur genocide, not to mention the experiment of Russian communism which resulted in the slaughter of millions. This is not to say we ought to be involved in every atrocity, but our hands-off approach thus far should be noted. 

America has never been a bully. 

If anything, we are the great pushover of the world, remaining complacently out of fights until we are forced to get involved. But recent events evidence that our tactic may be changing. First, Russia invaded a part of Ukraine, and then shot down a commercial airliner carrying nearly 300 passengers, while not far away, the terror group and elected government of Palestine, Hamas, managed to land a rocket within a two-mile radius of the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. Further, three more rockets were fired today, after the last one caused a brief shutdown of flights to the area, a strategic win for the Palestinian terrorists.

It is notable to state here that Israel and the Ukraine are both friendly governments who are being aggressed by familiar foes. Israel has had rockets fired at them from Palestine, even though they ceded the Gaza Strip to Palestinians in an effort to make peace, since 2001. Israel is also a part of our important NATO alliance. As far as Ukraine, in 1994, they signed an agreement to give up their nuclear capabilities in exchange for agreement from both Russia and the U.S. that they would not take military action against it, an agreement Russia has clearly broken. In light of these facts, it is clear where America should stand on this issue.

However, the United States, while blustering about these atrocities, has done little but impose meaningless sanctions on these governments.

 

But we have done worse than take no action in these recent scuffles.

While tying Israel’s hands as best we can, our leaders and media are decrying the plight of the Palestinian people who both elected Hamas and support them (it is also notable that we are sending $47 million to this government, which is a known terrorist group, in “aid”), and we controversially used the shutdown of flights to Ben Gurion as a way to put pressure on the Israeli government to cease retaliation.  

Meanwhile, in the situation with Ukraine, journalists and Putin-apologists in our own country have tried their hardest to play to the Kremlin’s PR, allowing Russia to get away with the claim that it only annexed Crimea to protect Russian citizens, a tactic similar to Adolf Hitler’s annex of Austria in 1938. And, while there have been many emotional and well-written stories in the aftermath of the Malaysian Airlines flight being shot down by Russian separatists, few are blaming Russia directly for the attack, even though the separatist movement is being handed everything from the Kremlin in a similar fashion to their 1970’s and 80’s Afghanistan war. And the U.S. is still standing behind the $400+ million we give to Russia for shuttle services in lieu of maintaining our own space program.

So what does this lead us to conclude?

America has finally become a bully.

Maybe we aren’t the ones out there punching the smaller kid on the playground, but in our effort to not be a bully, we stand and watch the violence instead, which makes us complicit. And with our massive funding of the United Nations, the power of our NATO alliance, and our potential to have a strong military, it’s almost worse than that. We’re not just another kid out there on the playground; we are an adult, standing at the edge of the crowd watching the tussle, at best shrugging before we go on our way, and at worst holding back the smaller kid’s arms so the other can get a better shot. 

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Paul Ryan working on ‘Expanding Opportunity In America’

Paul Ryan’s third attempt at restoring the economy

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Representative Paul Ryan has revealed his newest economic plan called “Expanding Opportunity in America”. This is the third economic plan Paul Ryan has created since the budget crisis took center stage.

He is putting the power of real reform in the hands of local communities. Success can no longer be measured in Washington but needs to be measured by how many people are actually getting out of poverty. Ryan announced his plan on Fox News’s “On the Record”. Ryan referred to former President Clinton’s 1996 welfare reform known as Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act. The act entailed work requirements, time limits, local control and experimentation in states. Ryan points out that the U.S. spends nearly $800 billion annually to fund 92 federal programs aimed at fighting poverty, however deep poverty is near record highs. Ryan assures the American people that we can do better.

Ryan responded to claims that his proposal of being “a new code word for block grants” saying “I’m used to getting partisan labels,” Ryan responded. “That comes with the territory of breaking up the status quo, with offering different and new ideas. That’s fine. Let’s get to a conversation of what’s your better idea.” Ryan’s plan calls for helping people out of poverty by way of a career instead of just another job.

Paul Ryan’s discussion of reforming the war on poverty comes on the 50th anniversary of Lyndon B. Johnson’s “war on poverty.” Rep. Ryan first discussed his plan during a speech at the American Enterprise Institute, in which he detailed his plans for “expanding opportunity in America. Ryan wasn’t to take the lessons learned from 1996 and apply it to other parts of the government’s war on poverty.” I’m unsure whether this plan will actually work. He has previously introduced two plans to repair America’s budget however, those failed miserably resulting in a continued division among the party. Ryan has opened discussion of this plan to the public saying that anyone can send ideas to ExpandingOpportunity@mail.house.gov.

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The never-ending fight for freedom

Terrorists never sleep, they will always come knocking on both America’s and the world’s door.

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CREDIT: Wiki Commons

Over the past several years the American public has been exposed to the terms “War” and “Terrorism” in the same context on an almost daily basis. Since the tragic events of September 11th, 2001 it seems as though War and Terrorism are one in the same. Without War there is no Terrorism; without Terrorism there is no War. War, by definition, is a state of usually open and declared armed hostile conflict between states or nations. Terrorism is the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion.

Famous military theorist Carl von Clausewitz once said “It is of course well known that the only source of war is politics … war is simply a continuation of political intercourse, with the addition of other means.” I completely agree with Carl’s take on war, especially the War on Terror. This war was started because of politics. Most people now agree that oil was the main reason why we went to war against Iraq. A conflict between two political figures in George Bush and Saddam Hussein started the whole “war on terrorism” not Osama Bin Laden (Antiwar).

War and Terrorism are both social problems in their own right. To truly be able to define what the social problems are with War and Terrorism, you have to define exactly what a social problem is. By definition a social problem is a condition that at least some people in a community view as being undesirable. While some people believe that war is necessary, most people believe that it is both avoidable and barbaric. As for Terrorism, I believe that everyone can agree that it is absolutely a social problem and should be stopped at all costs, which can be seen by the unanimous support for the Iraqi War in the very beginning.

War is viewed at by the American public as not only a social problem but also as an issue of morality. While war has been around since the start of Western Civilization it was universally viewed as noble and honorable, however over the years an increasing amount of people now view war as inhuman. The current war in Iraq has played a major role in changing the theory that war is noble and grand. There have been an estimated 4,142 deaths due to the Iraqi War (Forces). Many of the American casualties in which have been young men between the ages of 18-25 have sparked the recent trend of “anti-war” activists across the nation.

There is no one particular cause of war. There are many aspects to creating a war. The main causation of war is the opposing interests and cultural differences between two nations (Rationalist). An example of this would be the current Iraqi War. The cultural differences between Americans and Iraqis are vast. This difference creates the tension which fuels the Iraqi war. A significant change in the balance of power is another potential cause of war. In Ancient times, the main cause of war was a political leader’s perception of opportunity or threat (Human Civilization). If a state’s leader wanted to own more land they would declare war on other state’s because they saw it as an opportunity to gain more power. While that is not the typical reason why war happens today it is still a potential problem especially with all of the influential and dominant foreign dictators such as Omar al-Bashir of Sudan, Kim Jong-il of North Korea, and Chinese Paramount Leader Hu Jintao.

Everyone is affected by war. I bet if you polled every single person in the United States today they would either know someone who is or was in Iraq, or know someone who has a friend that was involved in the war. It hits every single American citizen in their pockets as well. In order to pay for the war in Iraq taxes have drastically increased which has severely hurt the American economy. In my honest opinion, there is a not a solution to war. War has always been around since the beginning of time and it will always be around. However, I do believe that we can take steps in decreasing war. Nations being more diplomatic in negotiations with others would be a huge step in the right direction. I think the United Nations should do more to prevent wars from happening. Even people can have an impact by signing petitions to stop a war from happening. With enough support from the people the government will have to start listening.

Terrorism is another huge social problem in itself. Terrorism has taken over mainstream media coverage for the last six years. Terrorism has not only become a fight between multiple countries but has also become a spiritual war between Christians and Muslims (Population). “I don’t think Islam is any more violent than any other religions, and I suspect if you added it all up, more people have been slaughtered by Christians over the centuries than by Muslims.” This, a quote from controversial U.S. political scientist Dr. Samuel P. Huntington really sums up this social problem.

There are two different causes that I could find of terrorism. Terrorists are a certain group of people who resort to violence for nationalist or separatist. From the terrorist point of view they commit their violent acts as a resistance against an oppressor. The root cause of the September 11th attacks is religion, which is the other major reason why terrorism occurs.

Just like in war, terrorism affects everyone. It affects people from every country and religions. Some countries are affected by it more than others. We, as Americans were not really concerned about terrorism until the Trade Center attacks. These attacks were a huge wake up call for the American public, most of whom knew almost nothing about terrorism. It really opened my eyes to what was going on around the world in places like Darfur, Pakistan, and India. These countries face terrorist attacks on a daily basis. I couldn’t even imagine living in fear like these people are forced to do.

Some of the possible solutions that I came up with to stop terrorism are to create anti-terrorism policies, make the UN take a more active role in preventing these acts, and have people start joining anti-violence activist groups as a way to tell the government what the people want. After all we are a democracy. Both war and terrorism are huge social problems, and while I don’t think either can be completely stopped we can take significant steps in decreasing their occurrences.

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Air Algerie flight crashes en route to Algiers

Another airplane disaster rocks the world

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Air Algerie | CREDIT: Wiki Commons

An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria’s capital disappeared from radar early Thursday, according to the the plane’s owner.

Air navigation services lost track of the Swiftair MD-83 roughly 50 minutes after takeoff from Ougadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, at 9:55 p.m. ET Wednesday, the official Algerian news agency said. That means that Flight 5017 had been missing for hours before the news was made public.

The plane carried 110 passengers and six crewmembers. The flight departed Burkina Faso for Algiers at 9:17pm ET but had not arrived at the scheduled time of 1:10 a.m. Thursday. The airline requested a new flight path due to weather.

Two French fighter jets near Mali where political unrest continues, discovered wreckage. The crash is the third commercial air disaster in two weeks, and second in as many days. On Wednesday, a TransAsia Airways plane crashed in Taiwan while attempting an emergency landing in stormy weather, killing 48. On July 17, a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed over Ukraine, killing 298.

A representative for the airline told a news conference that according to passenger lists, some 50 French nationals were traveling on the route. Additionally, there were 24 Burkinabe, eight Lebanese, four Algerians, two from Luxembourg, one Belgian, one Swiss, one Nigerian, one Cameroonian, one Ukrainian and one Romanian.

Too many international flights are crashing whether it be froms acts of terrorism or mechanical issues.

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Lois Lerner’s “Lost” emails may still exist

Lois Lerner’s emails not lost forever

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According to House Republicans, Lois Lerner’s hard drives were less damaged than the IRS originally reported. Backup tapes containing her missing emails may still be available. Investigators say the drives were scratched and not permanently damaged. The case of the former IRS official’s lost emails became more complicated this week after a top agency official said he’s no longer 100 percent sure there are no back-ups. Those comments veered from prior IRS statements on the issue that has revived the tea party targeting controversy.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman released a statement pointing out that “our investigators will not stop until we find the full truth.” He said the Internal Revenue Service ignored in-house advice to seek outside help to retrieve the information. On Tuesday, Republicans on the House oversight committee released testimony in which IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane said the agency is no longer certain whether it recycled all of the backup tapes containing Lerner’s e-mails. He said the question of whether some of the tapes still exist is “an issue that is being looked at.”

According to Fox News: GOP-led Ways and Means Committee investigators, in their quest to recover missing Lerner emails, learned her hard drive was damaged but recoverable by talking to IRS information-technology experts, after the government originally refused to make them available, according to the committee.

“It is unbelievable that we cannot get a simple, straight answer from the IRS about this hard drive,” said committee Chairman Dave Camp.

The Michigan Republican said the new information also raises more questions about potential criminal wrongdoing at the IRS because the committee was told no data was recoverable and the physical hard drive was recycled and potentially shredded. In addition, learning that the hard drive was only scratched also raises questions about why the IRS refused to use outside experts to recover the data.

“In fact, in-house professionals at the IRS recommended the agency seek outside assistance in recovering the data,” the committee said Tuesday in a release. Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Tom Dupree was on the Kelly File expressing his concern over the IRS official’s stories shifting day by day and those stories were told under oath, which making officials vulnerable to perjury and charges of obstruction.  It is time to hold Lerner and the entire leadership of the IRS, both past and present responsible for this horrific abuse of power. The IRS targeted conservatives simply to keep President Obama in power. I couldn’t agree more with Rep. Camp:

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Ted Cruz responds to Zombie attack

HBO’s True Blood takes aim at Senator Ted Cruz

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Ted Cruz took to the internet super-highway to attack HBO’s popular show “True Blood”. On Sunday’s episode, viewers witnessed a zombie attack at a fundraiser for Senator Cruz at the George W. Bush Library. Cruz responded to the episode calling it “misogynist” and “profanity-ridden”.

Cruz wasn’t so amused by the show’s sense of humor. “Of all the places I never thought to be mentioned, HBO’s ‘True Blood’ vampire show would have to be near the top of the list,” he wrote on Facebook Tuesday afternoon. “Sunday night, they aired a misogynist and profanity-ridden episode where Texas Republicans are murdered attending a ‘Ted Cruz fundraiser.’” Later on Twitter, while promoting his Facebook post, Cruz resurrected a popular conservative conspiracy theory regarding the 1960 presidential election, when Republicans alleged that Democrats illegally used the voter registration of dead people to elect John F. Kennedy.

 

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