Feeling the heat from veterans groups, pro-life organizations, conservatives, and even Democratic members of Congress, President Barack Obama’s Secretary for Homeland Security Janet Napolitano was forced to make a slight about-face regarding a controversial intelligence report issued by her department for law-enforcement agencies, including federal-state "Fusion Centers." In a string of media appearances in mid-April, Secretary Napolitano half-apologized for a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report that has drawn severe criticism for targeting conservative political opponents and associating them with dangerous terrorists.
“Mexico as the ‘pier,’ Arizona as the ‘docks’ ” — meaning that Mexico serves as the initial port of entry while Arizona supplies the warehousing and transportation facilities — is the vision of John Munger, chairman of the newly formed political action committee ImagineArizona.
A conservative movement led by Republican politicians whose only vision for the future includes more war and torture will never regain popular support with the electorate for the Grand Old Party. Despite this fact, it would appear that GOP conservative leaders have learned nothing from the neoconservative disasters of the George W. Bush years.
“End the Fed” rallies were staged across the nation in more than two dozen cities April 25. Attendees protested in front of every one of the dozen Federal Reserve Bank branches and expressed support of Ron Paul’s H.R. 833, which would abolish the Fed, and H.R. 1207, which would provide an independent audit of the quasi-private central bank.
During the second day of four days of scheduled hearings held by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 22, Obama administration officials and members of Congress traded opinions about the discussion draft of "The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009."*
President Barack Obama has equivocated once again about the possibilities of torture prosecutions. "For those who carried out some of these operations within the four corners of legal opinions or guidance that had been provided from the White House, I do not think it's appropriate for them to be prosecuted," Obama told the press on April 21, according to the Washington Post. "With respect to those who formulated those legal decisions, I would say that that is going to be more of a decision for the attorney general within the parameters of various laws, and I don't want to prejudge that."
President Obama signed the "Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act" on April 21 with the following words: “That is, after all, the beauty of service. Anyone can do it. You don’t need to be a community organizer, or a Senator — or a Kennedy — or even a President to bring change to people’s lives.”
Amid the hand-wringing surrounding the 10th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre in Littleton, Colorado, Time magazine has now weighed in on the allegedly deplorable fact that, in 2009, guns are easier to obtain and to use in much of the United States than in 1999. “In the decade since [Columbine],” Time observed, “massacres perpetrated by deranged gunmen have continued — including the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre in which Cho Seung-Hui killed 32 people and wounded many others. But something odd has occurred. Whatever momentum the Columbine killings gave to gun control has long since petered out.”
A new patriotic organization called “Oath Keepers” was invited to join a Committees of Safety-sponsored rally on Massachusetts’ historic Lexington Green to renew their oaths to support and defend the U.S. Constitution April 19, the 234th anniversary of the revolutionary war battles of Lexington and Concord. The Committees of Safety is named for the groups that organized in colonial America during the beginning of the War for Independence.
President Barack Obama said in his weekly address last Saturday that we can “get our deficits under control and move from recovery to prosperity” by getting rid of “dozens of government programs shown to be wasteful or ineffective” and, in general, making government more “efficient” and “accountable.” He also said that he has “assembled a team of management, technology, and budget experts to guide us in this work.”