Friday, March 4, 2016

March,2016, Part 4, Political Class Insanity: Dictatorship In Virginia, Email Felons In the Obama Administration, and Bad Health Priorities In Washington

It is the beginning of another month which means it is time again to review the latest political class insanity from the American political class. Each month it takes us multiple posts to cover the wasteful spending, incompetent government organizations and employees, government programs that usually make a problem worse than resolving it, inane and idiotic politician comments, etc.

To review past posts on this insanity and idiocy, just click on the first few posts in each month listed to the right of this page. After reviewing just a handful of these insanity posts we think you will agree that we are currently being served by the worst set of American politicians ever to hold office in our entire history.

Let’s get started with the latest insanity from today’s American politicians:

1) Seems like the Obama administration is obsessed with shredding the Second Amendment, under the guise of saving American lives. About 30,000 people are killed by guns every year in this country. However, what are the subsegments of deaths underneath this 30,000 number:
  • Many of these deaths were criminals killing criminals, gang members killing other gang members, with guns obtained illegally so that anything Obama does will not change this situation.
  • Many of these deaths were criminals being killed by law abiding citizens defending themselves and their families so that anything Obama does for gun control will only make Americans more defenseless against violent criminals.
  • Many of these deaths were suicides and any type of gun control will likely push many of these suicide prone people to kill themselves using other means. 
Thus, while the 30,000 number is somewhat high, many of the deaths were criminals dying as a result of being criminals so that it was their choice, not the lack of gun control measures, that upped the total. Thus, the actual number of innocent people being killed by guns is far less than the 30,000 number.

But from a priority perspective, if Obama truly cared about American lives, like he says he does relative to gun control, maybe he should look the results of a recent Centers For Disease Control (CDC) study. This study tallied how many Americans die on annual basis from various causes as measured in 2013. As you will see, the numbers dwarf the number of deaths from gun violence: The leading causes of death in this country in 2013 were:
  • Heart disease – 611,105
  • Malignant neoplasms (cancer) – 584,881
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases – 149,205
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries) – 130,557
  • Cerebrovascular diseases (strokes and aneurysms) – 128,978 
  • Alzheimer’s – 84,767
  • Diabetes – 75,578
  • Flu and pneumonia – 56,979
  • Poisonings - 48,545 (of which 80% are accidental)
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis – 47,112
  • Suicide – 41,149
  • Septicemia – 38,156
  • Liver disease and cirrhosis – 36,427
  • Hypertension – 30,770
Maybe Obama and the Federal government should be putting more energy towards alcoholism, treating depression, getting obesity under control, researching treatments for Alzheimer’s and cancer rather than focusing solely on additional gun control measures that account for a tiny fraction of the unnecessary deaths in this country relative to the many CDC ranked causes listed above. 

2) Say the words “secret police” and visions of Nazi Germany, Communist Europe, and other dictatorships come to mind. I doubt that anyone would think the state of Virginia. But that is exactly what is being contemplated in that state.

According to reporting by Bob Unruh, writing for the WND website:
  • The Rutherford Institute, an important civil rights organization, is sounding the alarm about a proposed Virginia state piece of legislation that would create a “secret police” force within that state.
  • Senate bill 552 would classify the names of all police officers as “personnel records” which in turn would make their names exempt from public disclosure.
  • The president of the Rutherford Institute, John Whitehead summarized how dangerous this legislation is: “American citizens have a right to know when government agencies and government officials have engaged in wrongdoing. Whether those individuals occupy a public office or are employed by a law-enforcement agency is immaterial. If a government employee has been charged with misconduct, it is the right of the taxpayer to know both the name of the individual and the charge against them.”
  • He went on to say: “By ensuring that the identities of police officers could be kept completely secret, SB 552 would ostensibly result in the creation of secret police forces throughout the Commonwealth. If police are allowed to operate anonymously without the moderating influence that comes from public oversight of their activities, officers could be effectively immunized from wrongdoing and able to act with impunity and in disregard of the civil rights of citizens.”
Thus, if police misconduct occurred in the state, legal redress by those affected by the misconduct would be impossible since no defendant, i.e. the offending police officer, could be publicly named.

Welcome to present day America, or as George Orwell called it, “1984.”

3) We have previously discussed how lawless this administration was in so many ways and especially in the way it handled official government business email communications. The most obvious culprit of abusing email laws, in fact breaking Federal laws, is Hillary Clinton who had the audacity to use email ids and a computer server working out of her home for government business. 

But we also now know that current Secretary of State John Kerry used private email accounts for official government business, violating Federal laws, that the current and past heads of the EPA broke the law regarding private email accounts, as did other high ranking government officials. And yet, none of them have been indicted or gone to jail for breaking these important Federal laws.

To this list of law violators we can now add former Attorney General Eric Holder. According to recent reporting by The Hill:

“Former Attorney General Eric Holder used the birth name of basketball icon Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as an alias for his official Justice Department email account, according to new documents revealed Thursday.

The Justice Department said in response to a Vice News request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that Holder used the name “Lew Alcindor” in email conversations with his staffers. His own name does not appear in the emails.

The disclosure raises new questions about Obama administration officials’ email practices, following controversy over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s unconventional email setup.

Former Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon had claimed last year that the nation’s former top lawyer used three different aliases while in office, one of which was undisclosed but based on the name of an athlete. The other two, Fallon said, were “Henry Yearwood” — a combination of names of Holder’s family members — and “David Kendricks” — from two members of the musical legends the Temptations.”

As always when it comes to the Washington political class, “do as I say, not as I do.” A ghetto kid gets busted for having a small amount of crack or marijuana in his pocket for personal use and he goes to jail for years. Break Federal laws regarding important government communications, which often impacted national security and the lives of every American, and nothing happens. Insane.

So what insanity did we learn of today: bad preventable death priorities in Washington, dictatorship forming in Virginia, and email felons in high ranking government positions. More insanity tomorrow.

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