President Obama's Second Term

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Reaction to Obama's re-election

Lies President Obama told me.  Somehow, Obama was able to spend 4 years attacking your Freedom and lying about it the whole time.  And yet, you re-elected him.

How Obama sold the public a false bill of goods.  It's hard to blame the voters.  They voted for Barack Obama based on the quixotic notion that he would bring "hope and change."  They re-elected him not knowing about the NSA or IRS or AP scandals, etc.  It was a bait and switch.  Yet the administration has the chutzpah to continue telling us the ballot box serves as a form of oversight.

A land less free.  The United States is no longer a beacon of freedom to the world.  Countries once looked to America for inspiration on how to escape poverty and embrace prosperity, but now they can find better examples to follow. [...] U.S. economic policy has broken faith with the Founding Fathers, who preached the value of property rights, sound money and the rule of law.  Our government has traded the frugality of Benjamin Franklin for a habit of spending $1 trillion more than it takes in each year.  Profligate lawmakers use public funds to bail out Wall Street banks and Detroit labor unions.

A dysfunctional government brought to you by 'low information voters'.  President Obama had a dismal record but that does not matter anymore that "low information voters" get their impressions on "The view", MTV and Letterman.  Yes, President Obama was reelected by people who do not follow politics or care much about it.  He was reelected because the campaign was able to connect with voters who don't have a clue, not even a clue of what President Obama stands for.

Nation running out of ammo.  Reaction to threats by Senator Dianne Feinstein and others to ban certain weapons and severely restrict ownership of guns generally has caused a run on gun stores, as is widely reported.  Less reported is the run on ammunition, leaving ammunition inventories down 93% since election day.

Time to own the election, America.  Yes, America, you voted for higher taxes!  During his four-year campaign for re-election, the president never said a word about cutting spending.  He still doesn't plan any, even in the 11th hour of fractious debate over the "fiscal cliff".

Our looming national suicide dwarfs any fiscal cliff.  To the stunned surprise of much of the nation, voters awarded Obama four years to continue his "transformation" of America.  No matter what future historical research will claim, this election was driven more by personal self-interest than by any understanding of national imperatives.  In one fell swoop, the world's greatest experiment in limited government, personal liberty and self-rule took a dramatic turn towards self-extinction.

Gold sales surge after Obama is re-elected.  Something appears to have snapped in the American psyche as the last 30 days have seen the largest physical gold sales on record.  Between the search volume for 'bulk ammo' and this, we fear something is afoot [...]

Welcome to Obamcare: The United Socialist States of America.  A vote for Obama was a vote against our nation as he continues to "fundamentality transform" our glorious nation.  Obama voters are more concerned their own pride than they are with their own future, children and country.  It defies my judgement how people could vote for a guy who took a bad situation that they complained about and made it worse by adding six trillion to our debt, a million more on food stamps, millions more unemployed, raises taxes and is still doing so, but they don't care.  Romney was right.  These are the people looking for hand outs like more welfare and free phones.

Pravda: Obama Voters are Ignorant Tools.  Back in 2009, libs gleefully discredited a rumored statement by Vladimir Putin that went 'Obama is either intentionally trying to destroy the US economy, or he's an idiot'.  Seems the story was generated by a satirical bit, but now that we're getting basically the same angle from Pravda, it does lend credence to the idea this is what Putin actually thinks — indeed, the news service/paper is closely allied to the Kremlin.

Obama's Soviet Mistake.  Recently, Obama has been re-elected for a 2nd term by an illiterate society and he is ready to continue his lies of less taxes while he raises them.  He gives speeches of peace and love in the world while he promotes wars as he did in Egypt, Libya and Syria. [...] He is a Communist without question promoting the Communist Manifesto without calling it so.  How shrewd he is in America.  His cult of personality mesmerizes those who cannot go beyond their ignorance.  They will continue to follow him like those fools who still praise Lenin and Stalin in Russia.

2013 Looks a Lot Like 1937 in Four Fearsome Ways.  Will 2013 be 1937?  This is the question many analysts are posing as the stock market has dropped after the U.S. election.

Obama's America: The View from Prague.  Courtesy of some Facebook friends, a translation of an editorial from the Czech newspaper Prager Zeitungon:  ["]The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency.  It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.["]

Obama Re-Election Prompts Middle East War.  It is impossible not to notice the timing of this week's incipient Middle East regional war.  It comes approximately one week after Barack Obama was re-elected to the presidency.  Last Tuesday, Obama won re-election; four days later, Hamas began firing rockets on Israel's southern cities in a new wave.  The day after that, Syria began shelling Israeli positions in the north.

Midnight Again in America.  Obama, in fact, is the only president other than Herbert Hoover to preside over an economy that shrank in real terms during his first term.  And Hoover, as I recall, was not re-elected.  Roosevelt's margin of electoral votes was 472 to 42.  It is thus mindboggling to see Obama re-elected at all, much less by a margin of 332 to 206.  It's been midnight for the economy since Obama took office, and nothing he has proposed for his second term suggests that things will be any different.

Survivor nation: Can we protect ourselves from Obama and those who elected him?  The 2012 election has made one thing perfectly clear.  Americans who strongly identify themselves as individuals, who do not believe that it is better to, as Obama once put it, "spread the wealth around" through enforced government redistribution, and who believe our spending is out of control, are going to have to take matters into their own hands.  It is no longer enough to plan for your future, to merely work towards your personal hopes and dreams.  You must now start actively defending those hopes and dreams from 61,170,405 irresponsible people who think economic decline is a winning national strategy.

Obama keeps his job; others lose theirs.  After an election campaign that featured jobs as a central issue, some of the nation's businesses have responded to President Obama's victory with a series of layoff announcements related to a variety of factors including the New Year's "fiscal cliff."  A number of companies had hoped the election of Republican Mitt Romney would raise the chances of avoiding the cliff's $1 trillion in federal spending cuts, half of them defense-related, plus higher taxes from the expiration of the George W. Bush-era tax cuts.  Other factors in the spate of layoff notices included costs related to Mr. Obama's health care plan and environmental regulations.

Re-elected, Obama takes aim at religious liberty.  As an old saw has it, "your right to swing your fist ends at the tip of my nose."  The Obama administration says your right to live as a Christian ends if you go into business.  Democrats are crowing about a second Obama term, and the Left's culture-war troops are emboldened by their trouncing of social conservatives.  Religious conservatives need to plant their spears and brace for the coming federal assault on religious liberty.

Boeing leads the charge in post-election layoff announcements.  Boeing, a Las Vegas business, and 21 other companies announced layoffs following President Barack Obama's victory last week. [...] Immediately following the outcome of the election Boeing announced a major restructuring of its defense division.  Boeing will cut 30 percent of management jobs from 2010 levels, close facilities in California and consolidate several business units to cut costs, according to Reuters.

America Votes to End Modern Civilization.  In simple terms, on November 6, America joined the rest of the lost world in declaring once and for all that private property is an illusion.  The product of a man's labor does not rightfully belong to him, which means his labor itself — his time and effort — does not belong to him, which means his life does not belong to him.  Modernity's project is nullified.  Milton, Locke, Swift, Diderot, Montesquieu, Jefferson and all the rest — obliterated at the ballot box.  What comes next remains to be seen, and to be fought for by the minority of us who are unwilling to accede to this mindless rush to barbarism.

Obama Voters Rewrite American National Anthem.  The punditocracy, like the oracles of old, has spoken.  Obama won because of various and sundry reasons, most of which can be debated and none of which is the single, sufficient cause.  But one reason, or unreason, was a definite and perhaps the single most important factor:  what became infamously known as "the 47%," who now suckle at the government teat.  While these people rationally, though selfishly, choose that it is better to receive than to give, they failed on Tuesday to choose the nation's best interest or even their own long-term interest on Election Day.  They fail to understand that the goose can run out of golden eggs.

Calls to boycott Applebee's after CEO threatens hiring freeze and layoffs over Obamacare.  Papa John's came under fire this week when CEO John Schnatter floated a plan to cut worker hours to reduce spiking employee health care costs under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.  Now, Applebee's is being boycotted after a major New York area Applebee's franchise owner Zane Tankel threatened a hiring freeze and possible layoffs as a result of the president's healthcare plan.

The Bridge on the River Potomac?  If we are being honest, politics is a form of war, except instead of being fought with weaponry for the control of territory, it is fought with words for the control of the treasury. [...] In essence, Republicans are now prisoners of war who have a hard decision to make:  Should they collaborate with their captors in order to try to obtain better treatment for themselves and their constituents?  Or should they work to sabotage the projects, hopes and dreams of their enemy.

The Truth About the Election:  We can expect more secrecy, more unconstitutional czar appointments, and more wasteful taxpayer funded bailouts.  We can expect more Solyndras and other green energy boondoggles and more illegal alien amnesty policies.  We can expect more election fraud and more taxpayer support flowing to corrupt leftist groups like ACORN and Project Vote.  We predict the ever greater expansion of raw government power but less respect for both the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law.

Obama's Dirty Little Secret to Winning the 2012 Presidential Election.  [Scroll down]  The sad reality is the lavishly funded ad campaigns worked as intended.  A report from a monitoring agency at Wesleyan University suggests that an astonishing 85 percent of all campaign commercials by the Obama campaign and allied groups featured negative messages about Romney.  These attack ads aren't supposed to inspire your people to go to the polls; they're meant to dissuade the other guy's supporters from going to the polls.  The purpose of negative advertising is to discourage, not encourage, voting.

Re-elected Obama Pushes Anti-2nd Amendment Gun Grab.  Within hours of re-election, the administration fast-tracked a treaty in the United Nations that transcends borders and tramples our constitutional right to keep and bear arms.  It was no coincidence.

What can we expect for America's economy in a second Obama term?.  Obama's desire to increase taxes and regulations will drive investment out of the US to other countries.

America pronounces judgment on itself.  For many of us, the unthinkable has happened.  America has decisively turned the corner away from the constitutional principles of limited government and self-government with the re-election of Barack Obama.  There may be no way home for us.  For those of us who fundamentally reject Obama's policies, things are going to get very rough for the next four years.

The day America opted for Third World governance.  Some eerie coincidences are noted:  Barack Obama and Woodrow Wilson are the only two American presidents in history to receive fewer electoral votes for their second terms than for their first.  Buyers' remorse in both cases, but not enough.  More importantly, both Woodrow Wilson and Barack Obama were/are deficient in foreign policy acumen:  Mr. Wilson dragged us into a European conflagration to "make the world safe for democracy."  We're still waiting.  That war set the world on a course of rolling international disasters that continue to this day.

Prepare for the worst.  During his first term, Obama enacted, or made overtures toward enacting, everything I anticipated he would.  I expect that the economy will continue to deteriorate, as will our standing in the international community.  Islamists here and abroad will become bolder, and efforts to stultify this domestically will be met with accusations of racism and intolerance, and occasionally, resistance and prosecution under civil-rights statutes.  Our liberties under the First and Second Amendments in particular will be directly and vigorously attacked under this administration.  Illegal immigration will soar, and violence along the southern border will continue to escalate.

Four more years to crush personal freedoms.  Only in America can a president who inherits a deep recession and whose policies have actually made the effects of that recession worse get re-elected.  Only in America can a president get re-elected who wants the bureaucrats who can't run the Post Office to micromanage the administration of every American's health care.  Only in America can a president who kills Americans overseas who have never been charged or convicted of a crime get re-elected.  Only in America can a president who borrowed and spent more than $5 trillion in fewer than four years, plans to repay none of it, and promises to borrow another $5 trillion in his second term, get re-elected.

Morning in Amerika.  Barack Obama didn't begin the process that changed us from a democratic republic to a democratic socialist country, but he will finish it, or at the very least, take us to the point of no return.  He is a charismatic ideologue, a true believer in a Marxist collective society where the people are best served by a government that redistributes wealth in order to take care of the basic needs of the people, who become wards of the state.

The End of an Empire.  After 236 years of existence, a new country emerges today, run by secular progressives who rejected our Constitution, what we stand for, and who we are as a nation.  The Supreme Court will be forever altered after its last conservative members will be replaced by the liberal academics who call themselves "progressives."  The rule of law will be implemented by Executive Orders, making Congress irrelevant.

America Commits Suicide.  What is most baffling is why a majority of voters looked at the estimated 23 million of their fellow citizens who were out of work or had stopped looking for work, and whose lives along with their own were even further encumbered by the massive debt Obama had run up; currently $16 trillion and climbing, and thought that was okay?

Harsher energy regulations seen in Obama's second term.  Energy producers braced for tighter regulation in President Barack Obama's second term, with coal companies expecting more emissions restrictions and drillers anticipating less access to federal land even as his platform promotes energy independence.

A Few Things I Never Want to Hear Again:  [#2]  "Mitt Romney was only the nominee because of a thin primary field."  Phooey.  He was the nominee because the entire GOP establishment threw everything it had at all the other candidates, in order to guarantee that it would get the candidate most likely to succumb to their advice and direction.  As of September 2012, Romney was the only candidate left in the primary field whom no one had ever described as a conservative, let alone a constitutionalist.  That, in short, is why he was the nominee.

Obama's Election Seals Our Fate.  The United States and Europe have abandoned the fundamentals necessary for progress.  Both are hopelessly committed to the failed ideas of Socialism.  Both are headed for great catastrophe.  The catastrophe extends beyond economic well-being and touches the foundations of society and civilization itself.  We are headed into an economic dark age, where standards of living will continue to decline and may collapse.  Societies and civilizations will also regress.

Turning a political decision into your spiritual mandate.  Yesterday, for the second time in four years, the majority of Americans decided in favor of Obama despite the vocal and visible moral objections made by many Christians of all denominations.  I have no doubt that many people who profess to be Christians cast their vote to reelect Barack Hussein Obama, somehow justifying their vote over any moral or ethical concerns residing in their spirit.  How is this possible?

Keystone pipeline pushed to forefront.  With a second term now in hand, President Obama no longer can delay a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline and must either side with environmentalists within his party or greenlight a major step toward North American energy independence.

Hello Obama second term; bye bye Western Civilization .  On the evidence of Obama's four years in power so far, what exactly have [the Obamaphiles] seen that augurs so well for the next four years of the American presidency?  Was it his resolute decision to sacrifice the lives of four brave men in Benghazi, perhaps?  Or was it his truly heartwarming eagerness to reward his friends at Solyndra by handing them $500 million of taxpayers' money for a business that was essentially worthless?  Or his inspired decision to hit the already struggling US economy with the bill for a whopping new, NHS-style disaster in the making called Obamacare?

Doomed Beyond All Hope of Redemption.  What is left to hope for?  That the American people will soon regret their choice?  That another four years of economic stagnation and escalating debt will cure them of their insane appetite for charismatic liberals?  If four years of endless failure have not rid them of this madness, the disease may well be terminal. [...] At the moment, I am convinced America is doomed beyond all hope of redemption, and any talk of the future fills me with dread and horror.

Obama didn't win on turnout alone.  Our country has changed.
We're Not in 1980 Anymore.  In 1980, Americans would not tolerate rising unemployment.  In 2012, not only is high unemployment accepted as a fact of life but receiving food stamps is encouraged.  There was also no concept of gay marriage in 1980. [...] Thirty-two years ago, being wealthy and successful was considered something to aspire to and be proud of.  Today, it is a source of bitterness, envy, resentment and, in some quarters, the very epitome of evil.

Irrationally strong Democrat vote is not the GOP's fault.  The menace of 40+ years of liberal education indoctrination, entitlement mentality, decline of faith-based values, and increased dependency has produced a populace that rewards epic economic failure in favor of Democratic Party-loyalty as religion.

The End Of America As We Knew It.  Our four year nightmare is about to morph into a forty year fiscal swamp that will swallow everything in its path. [...] We now have a two term President who is hell bent on turning America into a second rate country, and it citizens into dependents who look to government for their every need from birth to death.  We have a President who has decimated the three branch system by working around the Congress and Supreme Court with executive orders and agency directives.  He has set aside many in his duly appointed cabinet in favor of hand-picked "Czars" that would never pass Senate confirmation.

Third-through-Twelfth Party Candidates give Florida to President Obama.  An analysis of the numbers shows that Obama won Florida by a margin of 46,039 votes compared to his 2008 margin of victory of 204,577.  What was different then from now?  According to the voting results for Florida it was the third party candidates that gave the President the state and a second term.  The ten Independent candidates drew a total of 70,949 votes.

Obama Victory Proves Money Can Buy an Election.  In the 2012 election, one candidate took advantage of the loosening of campaign finance to rack up over a billion dollars in donations, spend nearly three times as much as his opponent on mostly negative ads, and break records for total amount of spending.  His name was Barack Obama.

Life After America.  It will be profoundly dreadful:  confiscatory taxes; massive government growth; exploding deficit; widespread unlawfulness protected — nay, promoted — by the government; uncontrolled illegal immigration; open, unbridled racial preferences in every facet of life; hostility and grave threats — and perhaps dismantling — of various Free Speech sources, especially Talk Radio and Any Media unsupportive of Obama.  Oba-Medicine, the absolute end of personal choice in medical care, including — Yes — Death Panels, for real; the gutting of our military; Obama's promised post-election "flexibility" (i.e. surrender) toward our blood enemies and other forms of Gangster Government by a Gangster President should be expected.  Ultimately, America will be presided over by an un-American domestic enemy of the Constitution of the United States of America.  Someone who isn't, has never been, American in any sense of the word.

The Reckoning — And What It Means.  When Obama came into office in January 2009, he had three main, overarching goals:  first, to expand government as fast and as widely as possible; the ultimate objective of that was to expand the number of people dependent of government as fast and as widely as possible; and the ultimate objective of that was to leverage it into a permanent Democrat voting majority.  If you are getting a constant stream of freebies from a government promising to stick it to the other guy while providing you with cradle-to-grave "security," you are less likely to vote out the guy doling out the free stuff.

Coping.  Eugene Debs once said that he would not want to be considered by his fellow socialists their leader, for if they trusted him "to lead them into the promised land, then someone else can lead them out."  Last night this type of leader-worship won.  Obama the Messiah, Hail Obama (as one boy joyously proclaimed at a rally), the political figure that Woody Allen believed should assume dictatorial powers won because of robotic leader worship.  Obama already has delusions of Godhood, and he will not doubt regard this victory as a mandate from "his" people.

Environmental Activists Tell Obama, Climate Change First in Your Second Term.  Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp, in congratulating President Obama on his re-election, said he expects the president and the 113th Congress to make "global climate change" a top priority:  "We look forward to working with them to solve our country's most pressing environmental problems, including global climate change.  As the President declared last night, 'We want our children to live in an America ... that isn't threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet.'"

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We already live in such a world.  We are not threatened by the weather nearly as much as we are threatened by socialist tyranny.

The Tea Party Got It Right, Mitt Got It Wrong.  The Republican comeback did not begin with innocuous candidates; it began with angry protesters in costumes and Gadsden flags marching outside ObamaCare town halls.  The 2010 midterm election triumphs were not the work of a timorous establishment, but of a vigorous grassroots opposition.  And once the Tea Party movement started the fire, the Republican establishment acted like the Tea Party had sabotaged their comeback and cut the ties with their own grassroots movement.

The night we waved goodbye to America.  Anyone would think we had just elected a hip, skinny and youthful replacement for God, with a plan to modernise Heaven and Hell — or that at the very least John Lennon had come back from the dead.  The swooning frenzy over the choice of Barack Obama as President of the United States must be one of the most absurd waves of self-deception and swirling fantasy ever to sweep through an advanced civilisation.

The Death of Ordinary Decency.  This has been a mean-spirited campaign, and the meanest, most destructive people won. [...] Every society has normal, decent people and the other kind.  The America we grew up in was fundamentally decent.  Decency was the expected standard.  Now the balance has changed.

Victory of the Demagogue.  [Scroll down]  What is that Democratic base?  It's quite simple, a cobbled, bare majority of "victims" comprised of blacks, browns and women.  It didn't matter to them that their unemployment was at record highs and their communities and lives devastated the last four years.  It didn't matter that the President deliberately killed the oil, gas and coal industries and hundreds of thousands of jobs, or supported the teachers' unions over the right of their children to get vouchers to go to quality schools of their choice, or supported the auto unions over the mom and pop shareholders who owned stock, or that he crushed the middle class.

Where We Go From Here:  So where do we go from here?  First, we must stop rationalizing and look truth in the eye.  There are no national ballot-box solutions, and America's winter is nigh.

Catastrophe.  The United States of America faces huge problems as a nation. [...] In the face of these problems, the American people chose to throw almost none of the bums who got us here out.  The US House remained in Republican hands, the US Senate remained in Democrat hands, and the White House remained in the hands of Barack Obama.

Why Obama Won — and What Conservatives Must Do.  [Scroll down]  My own belief is that the president will argue that the nation has given him a mandate and endorsed the policies he sought to pursue, and that he will do all he can to move the United States to the "fundamental transformation" he said was his goal in the 2008 election campaign.

The Meaning of Yesterday's Defeat.  [Scroll down]  But there is a much more important proposition that, I think, was proved false last night:  that America is a center-right country.  This belief is one that we conservatives have cherished for a long time, but as of today, I think we have to admit that it is false.  America is a deeply divided country with a center-left plurality.

Against Despair.  I understand and appreciate the impulse to "come together" and put aside the partisanship.  That's a good and necessary impulse in politics.  But so is honesty.  And I think the voters made a terrible mistake.

Ten Little-Known Consequences of a Second Obama Term.  Believing in activist government means your work is never finished.  You pass a new law that you think combats injustice and inefficiency.  Then human nature kicks in and, with great disapprobation, you discover that injustice and inefficiency still exist.  So you pass another law, then another.

Obama Machine Prepares 2nd Term Agenda Blitzkrieg.  Those who attempt to oppose Barack Obama's second term agenda will face considerable, organized, nationwide opposition.

Thousands of people in some states are ready to secede
  ... rather than participate in America's collapse.

In the United States today, only half of the population is paying federal income taxes.  The few of us who actually work are carrying the load for millions of freeloaders who are simply too lazy to work and too stupid to stay in school.  The federal government is fighting multiple endless wars in the Middle East, while our own borders are largely undefended.  The national debt of the United States has reached the point of "critical mass", so that it will never decrease.  In other words, the U.S. dollar may end up as worthless as the Zimbabwe dollar.

The United States government has allowed political correctness to dissolve the Christian principles on which the government was founded in the 18th century.  Now every sort of promiscuity and lasciviousness is rampant -- especially on television.  Everybody seems to be in favor of abortion until they find out what that really means:  It is homicide.  If the government pays for abortions with the taxpayers' money, that is immoral.

The current occupant of the White House, with the support of his political party, is doing everything in his power to systematically dismantle the American economy.  He has choked off the supply of oil and gas from the Gulf of Mexico, and is in the process of locking up federal land (of which there is far too much), in order to prevent oil and gas exploration and production.  Five-dollar gasoline is now inevitable; in fact, expensive gasoline is actually the Energy Secretary's goal.  The president has waged a war on the coal industry, on behalf of a handful of radical environmentalists, who would prefer that we all depend on solar cells and windmills — and rationing, brownouts and perhaps Cuban-style overnight blackouts.

The current occupant of the White House is in the middle of a number of scandals, for which he should be impeached and removed from office, but the fossilized establishment in Washington is afraid to touch him.  Term limits for Senators and Congressmen would make it easier for our representatives to do what's right, instead of whatever it takes to get re-elected.

The federal government is pushing all sorts of un-American propaganda in the public schools.  (Imagine the possibilities if we could put the Bible back in the classroom and take the Ritalin out.)  The government is telling employers to hire people based on race and gender, rather than their qualifications.  The federal government is stopping construction projects and energy production based on the perceived risks to spiders and fish.  The federal government is testing us every day (at the airports, especially) to see how much tyranny we will endure.

The changes we need are currently impossible because the 50 states are not allowed to set their own standards.  Secession would be messy, and the leftist news media will be sure to ridicule anyone proposing such an idea.  Those who are petitioning the government for secession are already being castigated (on the internet, at least) as sore losers.  Is that fair?  When a ship sinks, are the people in the lifeboats called "quitters" and "sore losers"?

No, when and if secession happens, I predict the separated states will quickly become the envy of the rest of North America.  The rest of the formerly United States can wallow in their gay pride parades, tattoo parlors, legalized marijuana, legalized prostitution, bums in the gutters, vegetarian pap in the school lunchrooms, eight-dollar gas for their 50-mpg clown cars, entire lifetimes subsisting on AFDC and food stamps, and "gun free zones" where the criminals still have guns.  But that will last only so long, and then reality will hit them:  That's no way to live.

Secession (potentially) is a response to tyranny, theft by taxes, unresponsive "representatives," fraudulent elections, and incompetent bureaucracy.  The United States, in its current form, is being driven into financial ruin by millions of parasites, each receiving a monthly check from the government.  The politicians can count on their votes as long as the monthly payments continue, and of course the parasites will not rock the boat by participating in secession.

Silicon Valley investors kickstart campaign urging California to break away from the US.  A Silicon Valley guru has proposed Calexit for California as the state tops the list for people searching 'secession' from the United States following Donald Trump's victory.  Venture Capitalist and co-founder of Hyperloop One, Shervin Pishevar has produced a 25-page document outlining the exit process, which promises to create the sixth-largest economy in the world.  On Tuesday night [11/8/2016] as the election unfolded, Pishevar tweeted that if the billionaire won the race, he would be 'announcing and funding a legitimate campaign for California to become its own nation.'

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Good!  You can take Oregon and Washington with you, and establish the Liberal Utopia.  Food stamps for everyone.  Odometer taxes, gas taxes, sales taxes, cigarette taxes, and "excessive water use" taxes will pay for everything.  Have a great time smoking marijuana 24 hours a day (while outlawing tobacco) along with the millions of uninvited guests streaming over the open border from Mexico.  Decriminalize cocaine — that will stop the drug war!  Outlaw all guns — that will bring an end to crime, and then you can release all the "non-violent" prisoners.  Put windmills on every hill and solar panels on every house, and then shut down all the centralized power plants.  Let us know in a few years how it all works out.  (And no, you can't re-join once you've left, without an act of Congress.)

If secession results in civil war, it would be ugly, but who would win?
Bring It On.  [Scroll down]  Let's say the US government descended into full-on totalitarianism.  This is the same government that couldn't subdue Vietnamese in Vietnam, Afghans in Afghanistan, Iraqis in Iraq, Syrians in Syria, Libyans in Libya, or Yemenis in Yemen.  Nevertheless, it will attempt to subdue Americans in America, who collectively are far better armed (thank you, NRA) than any of the insurgencies in those other countries.  Of course, many Americans are sheep so the resistance would be a subset, but the daunting math of fighting insurgents on their own territory, according to military expert Richard Maybury, is about 20 military personnel for each domestic guerrilla fighter.  So even if only a million US insurgents resist, probably a low estimate, it would require 20 million government personnel to suppress them, not to mention what would be necessary to maintain order should any collateral chaos and violence, including racial and ethnic animosities, erupt.  Currently, there are a little over 2 million active and reserve personnel in the military, and about 1.1 million in law enforcement, and some of both are administrative personnel who would not participate in suppression or combat.  The government is stockpiling weaponry, but where does it find at least 17 million recruits to pull the triggers and drive the MRAPS, and with what will it pay them?

Opposing viewpoint:
There Will Be No Second American Revolution:  The Futility Of An Armed Revolt.  The message being sent to the citizenry is clear:  there will be no revolution, armed or otherwise.  Anyone who believes that they can wage — and win — an armed revolt against the American police state has not been paying attention.  Those who wage violence against the government and their fellow citizens are playing right into the government's hands.  Violence cannot and will not be the answer to what ails America.  Whether instigated by the government or the citizenry, violence will only lead to more violence.  It does not matter how much firepower you have.  The government has more firepower.  It does not matter how long you think you can hold out by relying on survivalist skills, guerilla tactics and sheer grit.  The government has the resources to outwait, out-starve, outman, outgun and generally overpower you.  This government of wolves will not be overtaken by force.  Unfortunately, we waited too long to wake up to the government's schemes.

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Yes, but firepower isn't everything.  The U.S. had more firepower and more advanced technology than the North Vietnamese, and still lost the Vietnam war.  The U.S. military is already stretched very thin in the Middle East, and would have to abandon (and concede defeat in) that war to attend to more pressing matters in North America.  In addition, politics will still play a role.  If Texas and Oklahoma secede from the other 48 states, and a civil war starts, the war will only last until the 48 states realize that the war is a bottomless money pit that will accomplish little or nothing.  Perhaps the Pentagon could win the war by nuking Dallas, but would they really do that?  Remember, there was no 24-hour TV news during the 19th-century Civil War.  When the citizens of the 48 "United" states start to see news footage of massive prison camps full of ordinary Texans, how will the politicians withstand the uproar? 

Texas could destroy the United States.  [Scroll down]  Wealth inequality will continue to grow, the number of adults out of the workforce will as well, and another recession similar to the one that began in 2008 will hit.  Nullification and secession will continue to move from the fringe of political thought into the realm of not just the possible, but the desirable.  And if something like Texit happens, the United States as a political entity is over.  If Texas leaves, the electoral college immediately becomes utterly and irrevocably impossible for Republicans to win.  Movements in the remaining red states to follow suit start springing up everywhere and the perceived legitimacy of the federal government, already on a decades-long downward trajectory, plummets through the floor.

Poll: Three out of five Texans support secession if Hillary becomes president.  If anyone needs proof that the presidential race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton truly is dividing the country, they should look to Texas.  According to poll results from Public Policy Polling released Tuesday [8/16/2016], three out of five Texans who support Donald Trump said they would support seceding from America if Hillary Clinton becomes president. [...] According to the polling results from PPP, only one out of four Texans support seceding from America generally.  But when faced with the possibility of a President Hillary Clinton, a majority of Texans said they'd rather leave.

Brexit inspires Texodus and Caleavefornia:  US states bid to throw off the yoke too.  After the Brexit result came in on Friday last week, Daniel Millar, president of the Texas Nationalist Movement, called on Texas governor and Republican Greg Abbott to hold a referendum on leaving the US.  He said:  "The Texas Nationalist Movement is formally calling on the Texas governor to support a similar vote for Texans.  "It is now important for Texas to look to #Brexit as an inspiration and an example that Texans can also take control of our destiny.  "It is time for Texans to rally with us and fight for the right to become a self-governing nation."

Texit: Inspired by Brexit, Texas Aims to Break Away from the United States by 2018.  In the state of Texas, the pro-secessionist movement, known as the Texas Nationalist Movement (TNM), has asked state governor Greg Abbott to answer an appeal.  The appeal will ensure that the state goes to the ballot box in 2018, to determine whether to break away from the rest of the United States, or not.  The TNM is very confident that when their appeal is considered for the vote, Texas will be an independent republican nation in 2018.  TNM claims to have over 200,000 people supporting the movement online.  The movement has called on more people in the state to join, to bring pressure on Governor Abbott to allow a vote on independence from the bureaucracy of the United States federal government.

Can Texas Legally Secede From the United States?  In the wake of Britain's historic vote to leave the European Union — nicknamed the "Brexit" — speculation of a Texit on the horizon has cropped up once again.  The secessionist movement has a long history in the Lone Star State.  Delegates for the Texas Republican Party even recently debated adding secessionist language to the party's platform.  But is it actually legal for Texas to leave the United States?  Simply put, the answer is no.  Historical and legal precedents make it clear that Texas could not pull off a Texit — at least not legally.

Calls For Texas Independence Surge In Wake Of Brexit Vote.  After residents of the UK voted today to leave the European Union, the movement for an independent Texas may be gaining serious momentum, with thousands online calling for a "Texit."  The largest group agitating for secession is the Texas Nationalist Movement, which has been promoting its own version of Brexit, called Texit, over the past several weeks.  The group has taken inspiration from the pro-exit campaign in Britain, noting that the two movements share many of the same principles.  Daniel Miller, president of the TNM, told Australian website, "The vast majority of the laws, rules and regulations that affect the people of Texas are created by the political class or unelected bureaucrats in Washington" — a sentiment which echoes the arguments made by the British Leave campaign.

'Why not Texit?': Texas nationalists look to the Brexit vote for inspiration.  How closely is Daniel Miller tracking the news ahead of the referendum about whether Britain should leave the European Union?  "Hourly!" he grins.  The Sun's recent editorial calling for the UK's departure got him quite excited. [...] As the president of the Texas Nationalist Movement, which wants Texas to secede from the United States, he is hoping for a Leave vote that he believes will ripple all the way from Austria to Austin.  "There are a lot of people asking, if Brexit why not Texit?" he says.

Texas Secession Effort Surfaces Again.  A Texas state Republican Party member is presenting a resolution to Republican Party of Texas officials that could put state secession to a vote by primary voters.  Tanya Robertson, a member of the State Republican Executive Committee for Senate District 11, is promoting the idea and will be presenting her resolution to the resolutions committee in Austin, Texas, on December 4.  This 12-member committee will decide if Texas succession dies in this committee or goes to the next step in the process.

Lord Monckton: 'The Texas Talent will replace the dollar'.  Monckton is widely known as a foremost expert in currency matters, and has given numerous interviews on the subject.  In a recent commentary, he wrote that dollar collapse is not a matter of "whether but when."  More than two years ago, he told the publication WorldNetDaily (WND) that the financial collapse of the West was plausible based on its path at the time.  He then adjusted the forecast from "plausible" and "likely" to "imminent."

Why Are There Texas Embassies in London and Paris?  The fantasy of an independent Republic of Texas is so strong even in 2015 that it still inspires secession t-shirts to keep alive the hope that the Lone Star State can be a "whole other country" again.  From 1836-1845, Texas existed as its own country, fulfilling a brief dream of self-governance that Lone Star lovers have long relished.  But the Republic of Texas does live on in various remnants:  the short-lived country's legations — a form of embassy — can still be found throughout Europe.

Nationalist Group Wants TX Secession on Primary Ballot.  Texas already seceded once — in 1861, by popular vote in a statewide election.  But the Texas Nationalist Movement wants a repeat a century and a half later, and thinks the March GOP primary is the place to start.  The Nederland-based Texas independence group is circulating a petition aimed at getting a non-binding vote onto the GOP primary ballot over whether "the state of Texas should reassert its status as an independent nation."  Their goal?  75,000 signatures from registered voters by Dec. 1 — more than the 66,894 the Texas Secretary of State's office says the group needs to get the language on the ballot.

Time for the States to Declare Independence From the Federal Government.  One hundred and fifty years after the end of the Civil War, it is becoming increasingly clear that there are two Americas — one where the principles of constitutionally limited government and individual liberty are still revered, the other where statism and the trampling of individual rights are on the rise.  The Tea Party movement arose in 2009 to restore those principles of constitutionally-limited government.  But despite electoral victories that placed Republicans in control of the House of Representatives in 2010, and the Senate in 2014, it is undeniable that the Republican establishment those elections empowered is instead aligned with the forces of statism.

Why the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage could lead to civil war.  Today the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 in favor of same sex marriage in all 50 states.  My friends, we are witnessing the end of federalism in our nation.  In a single vote, 5 folks basically just told the states to "stick it."  Furthermore, we are in effect nullifying the First Amendment.  Consider this:  what happens when a gay couple goes into a church wanting to plan a ceremony and the pastor says no?  We now have a conflict between the First Amendment and individual behavior.

Putin's Plot to Get Texas to Secede.  Nathan Smith, who styles himself the "foreign minister" for the Texas Nationalist Movement, appeared last Spring at a far-right confab in St. Petersburg, Russia. Despite roaming around in his cowboy hat, Smith managed to keep a low-key presence at the conference, which was dominated by fascists and neo-Nazis railing against Western decadence.  But at least one Russian newspaper, Vzglyad, caught up with the American, noted that TNM is "hardly a marginal group,"and quoted Smith liberally on the excellent prospects for a partial breakup of the United States.  Smith declared that the Texas National Movement has 250,000 supporters — including all the Texans currently serving in the U.S. Army — and they all "identify themselves first and foremost as Texans" but are being forced to remain Americans.

Weimar America.  An actual breakup of America does not seem inconceivable.  Maine wants out.  In the Southwest, Hispanics move rapidly toward demographic and then voting majorities.  These states were once part of Mexico, and Mexicans know it.  If they chose to ignore the federal government?  Mississippi is thirty-seven percent black.  An increase of five or ten percent by birth or immigration, a tipping point, white flight, et voila, a black republic.  Would Washington send troops to retake these regions?  It can't even enforce its marijuana laws in Colorado and Washington State.

State GOP gets to vote on secession at convention.  Earlier this month, the [Republican] party's Resolutions Committee voted in favor of a proposal that says the state party "supports legislation that upholds Wisconsin's right, under extreme circumstances, to secede."  A version of the so-called "state sovereignty" resolution was first OK'd last month by one of the state GOP's eight regional caucuses as an assertion of the state's 10th Amendment rights.  The measure also calls for ending all mandates that go "beyond the scope of the constitutionally delegated powers of the federal government."

The New USA? Secession Movement Gains Steam.  If you mention the word "secession" most people think of the South during the Civil War.  But today, a new movement is gaining steam because of frustration over a growing, out-of-control federal government.  A number of conservative, rural Americans are taking about seceding and creating their own states, meaning a new map of the United States of America could include the following: [...]

Opposing viewpoint:
The Scottish Disease.  Bigger is not always better, and there is a time to break away, as our Founders did, and as people have from time to time for as long as history has recorded.  But the United States functions remarkably well at both the federal and state level.  There are many deep and important criticisms to be made of it, but, difficult as it sometimes can be to believe, we live in one of the most stable and coherent societies that the world ever has seen.

Hannity foresees states leaving union after radical abuses.  States with lower taxes may soon decide they want to stop shouldering the burden of states with higher taxes, Hannity warned.  "People that are fed up with a power hungry, radicalized, abusive federal government intruding into every aspect of our lives," Hannity continued.  "People are going to say they're fed up, and states are going to want more liberty and more freedom.  They're not going to want to tax their citizens to death anymore.  If this pattern continues and gets worse and worse and worse, I can see at some point the states saying, 'Forget it.  I don't want to be a part of this union anymore.'"

3 Myths About Secession:  [#1]  The Constitution does not prohibit secession. [...] Now I know that the Supreme Court says no secession allowed, which means the federal government has declared that you can't escape the federal government.  [...] So, sure, if you believe that the federal government should be the last word on what the federal government can and cannot do, then that's fine.  Just don't pretend that we have constitutional government.  If the federal government gets to decide what the Constitution says, then the Constitution is nothing more than a suggestion box for the feds.

On Secession: An Analysis of Texas v. WhiteTexas v. White is often cited as a case which definitively and directly ruled on Texas' right to secede.  That is not the case.  Texas v. White was a case about government bonds.  It's all a little boring but it's important to understand just how far removed the decision is from what it is often presented to be.

Secession: What's In a Name?  The name "United States of America" no longer stands for what it once did.  It no longer stands for liberty, free enterprise, American exceptionalism, and God — it now stands for welfare, lawfare, warfare, Godlessness, and globalism.  It stands for an ever-dwindling middle-class and an oligarchy of overlord elites.  It stands for an arrogant and bloated bureaucracy lording it over "we the people" with blatant disdain and disregard for rules of law and liberty.

The Secession Tradition In America.  Lincoln said he had taken an oath to preserve the Union, but he was mistaken.  He had taken not an oath to preserve the Union, but rather an oath to preserve the Constitution, and the Constitution did not in 1861, and does not now, prohibit the secession of an American state.

Secession: Confederacy of Dunces Plays Into Media's Hands.  If conservatives are going to mock the disappointed who want to flee the country after an election loss, shouldn't we be doing the same thing now?

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I don't want to flee the country.  I want to stay where I am, and have the federal government flee from Texas.  I want Texas to be its own country, as it once was.

White House website deluged with secession petitions from 20 states.  How would Old Glory look with 30 stars instead of 50?  As far-fetched as it may sound, the White House might soon be forced by its own rules to examine the question.  On Nov. 7, the day after President Barack Obama was re-elected, the White House's website received a petition asking the administration to allow Louisiana to secede.

Tens of thousands across 20 states demand to secede from U.S. after Obama won election.  Tens of thousands have put their names to secession petitions in 20 states, asking that they peacefully become independent from the rest of the country.

Private Sector Troubled, Bailing Out After Obama Win.  The picture gets a lot less funny when hard data are examined.  Some 8,000 U.S. citizens are expected to renounce their U.S. citizenship this year, about 154 a week.  That's double the 3,700 who bailed last year.

'We the People' Petitions Filed in Nineteen States Seeking Permission to Secede from the Union.  Petitions for secession filed from Louisiana and Texas have already received well over 10,000 signatures.  Per the website's own rules, petitions that garner 25,000 signatures or more within 30 days require a response from the Obama administration.  Similar petitions from Alabama, Tennessee, and, interestingly, Oregon, are also gaining traction, with each receiving thousands of supporters over the weekend alone.

The Editor says...
Lots of things "require a response from the Obama administration."  That doesn't mean a response will ever come forth.

Americans in 15 states issue White House petitions asking permission to secede.  More than 8,000 Louisiana residents have signed an online petition to the Obama administration to allow the state of Louisana to, "withdraw peacefully from the United States of America and create its own new government."  The petition, posted to the online White House petitions page, cites the Declaration of Independence stating that it is the right of the people to form a new government when the current one is not respecting the, "consent of the governed."

27 States Petition Federal Government to Secede After Election.  Liberals often like to compare President Barack Obama to former President Abraham Lincoln.  The comparison is usually dismissed as laughably hagiographical, but judging by one unexpected bit of fallout from Tuesday's election, it could well end up being accurate in just one respect:  Like Lincoln, Obama is facing requests by the citizens of numerous states to secede from the union.

Petition for Texas secession hits White House response mark.  Less than a week after President Obama's reelection, an online petition calling for Texas to secede from the Union has gained enough signatures to prompt a response from the White House.  The petition is posted on "We the People," the White House's website for petitions.  The White House has pledged to provide a formal response to all petitions that receive more than 25,000 signatures within 30 days.  The Texas secession petition was posted on Nov. 9 and already has more than 27,000 signatures.

The Editor says...
The current occupant of the White House has pledged to do all sorts of things which have not come to pass.  His word alone is good for nothing.

States petition to secede from union.  They don't want to take their country back.  They just want to leave it behind.  As the dust settles in the wake of President Obama's decisive reelection last Tuesday, the White House petition website has been flooded by a series of secession requests, with malcontents from New Jersey to North Dakota submitting petitions to allow their states to withdraw from the union.

Texas Petition to Secede Reaches Threshold for Obama Comment.  A petition for Texas to secede from the union, submitted to the White House, reached the number of signatures needed to draw comment from the Obama administration today [11/12/2012]. [...] The petition to "Peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government," was submitted on Friday of last week.  Just three days later, it zoomed past the 25,000 mark at 3:22 p.m. today and kept going.

Citizens in over 30 states petition for secession from United States.  Citizens in over 30 states have so far started petitions at the White House "We the People" website seeking permission to secede from the Union.  The number is more than double what we reported Monday morning.  Two competing petitions seeking deportation and exile of everyone who signed the petitions have also appeared.

Is Secession Coming Back in Style?  In response to secession trending, Douglas H of Escondido, California created a petition to strip the citizenship of every person who signs a secession petition and 'exile them'.  This petition has 3,495 signatures at the time of publication.  Isn't it wonderful that the United States is such a free nation that you can advocate for the robbery, kidnap, and deportation of your neighbors under the guise of law enforcement?

Tennesseans join petitions to secede from the union.  In an amazing turn of events, 32 states in the Union have filed petitions to 'peacefully' secede from the Union as of Monday night.  Amazingly, over half of the 50 states making up these great United States have shown their unhappiness with the way the federal government is interfering into the states.  With over 317,358 signatures already counted, over all 32 petitions, Texas ranks number one with nearly 53,000 signatures and growing.

Petition pushes Louisiana to secede, keep oil profits.  Louisiana celebrated its statehood bicentennial this year.  But more than 16,000 people don't want the Pelican State to turn 201 — at least not as part of the United States.

Disgruntled Texas Conservatives Petition To Secede... Again.  Texas' petition page currently includes signatures from people from all over the United States.  It's entirely possible that they're attempting to vote us out of the Union, reality TV-style.

Secession petitions gain steam, but Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he doesn't approve.  Gov. Rick Perry has famously joked in the past about Texas breaking away from the U.S., but his spokesperson said he doesn't approve of the Internet campaign that has swelled to include secession petitions from more than 35 states.

Gov. Perry doesn't want Texas to secede.  Texas Gov. Rick Perry doesn't want his state to break away from the United States, according to his response to a secession petition posted on the White House website.

Secession, y'all: Why Texas can pull it off.  As of writing, the Texas petition to peacefully "withdraw" from the United States via the White House's open petition webpage is up to 62,481 signatures, on its way to tripling the required names needed to trigger a response from the Obama administration.  No doubt Texas's desire to break free is a source of amusement inside a White House that has mastered the art of belittling the opinions of its challengers, but there is one not-so-small problem here:  Texas could pull it off.

Man behind NC's secession petition calls it wishful 'ideology'.  A week after Barack Obama won a second term as president of the United States, individuals in 34 states have filed petitions with the White House calling for their states to secede.  Among the states with petitions calling for secession is North Carolina, which has more than 21,000 signatures as of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Obama second term sparks calls for secession.  The first petition was filed the day after the election by a Louisiana resident, then by a Texas citizen.  As word began to spread about the petitions, others began filing as well, until at press time, citizens from 30 states had submitted petitions — growing substantially over the past two days.  Pennsylvania, Delaware, Ohio, Oklahoma and California all joined the list of petitions on Monday [11/12/2012].

If they want to secede, let 'em.  It's barely been a week since President Obama's re-election, and some people can't believe, truly can't believe, that things didn't go their way.  As of Wednesday morning [11/14/2012], 37 states had posted petitions on the White House website to secede from the United States of America.

White House 'secede' petitions reach 675,000 signatures, 50-state participation.  Less than a week after a New Orleans suburbanite petitioned the White House to allow Louisiana to secede from the United States, petitions from seven states have collected enough signatures to trigger a promised review from the Obama administration.  By 6:00 a.m. EST Wednesday, more than 675,000 digital signatures appeared on 69 separate secession petitions covering all 50 states, according to a Daily Caller analysis of requests lodged with the White House's "We the People" online petition system.

White House to Review Online Secession Petitions.  Living up to its crowdsourcing promise, the White House says it will review online petitions from states that say they want to secede from the United States.  In the days since President Obama was re-elected, visitors to the site We the People have submitted a wave of petitions calling on Obama to allow 36 states to peacefully secede from the United States.

Petitions to secede are filed for 23 states since election.  It's traditional for Americans to threaten to move to France or Canada when their candidate loses, but this year some disappointed voters are implementing a different plan.  In the wake of the Nov. 6 election, petitions seeking to secede from the union have been filed on behalf of 23 states on the White House website.  Most of the petitions contain the same wording and ask to withdraw "peacefully" from the United States in order to form independent governments.

W.H. Petition Calls for Stripping Citizenship and Exile for Anyone Who Signs Petition to Secede.  A White House petition gathering force calls for citizenship to be stripped and exile for anyone who signs a petition in favor of a state's secession.  "Mr. President, please sign an executive order such that each American citizen who signed a petition from any state to secede from the USA shall have their citizenship stripped and be peacefully deported," the full petition reads.

Perry: Texas Will Not Secede From US.  Texas Gov. Rick Perry has one message for the tens of thousands of Texans calling for secession from the United States:  The state will not secede.  More than 76,000 people have signed a petition on the "We the People" White House website for Texas to withdraw from the Union and start a new government after President Barack Obama was re-elected.

Can we protect ourselves from Obama and those who elected him? (Part 2):  We are now only two weeks past the 2012 election.  Since then, every state in the country has residents who have submitted petitions for secession to the White House from the Union.  Seven as of this writing have reached the 25,000 signers required for an official White House response.  Over 700,000 have signed the petitions nationwide.

Advice for GOP: Don't change your message; change the map.  [Scroll down]  As a practical matter, however, the issue of secession was settled once and for all by the Civil War when President Lincoln waged a bloody battle to protect the Union and to keep it whole.  There is no right of secession any longer because the federal government says there is no right, and the feds ultimately determine what rights the states have both through the power of courts and the power of guns.

How to Secede and Prosper.  Basically what has torn our country apart are the irreconcilable differences between the Makers (conservatives) and the Takers (liberals); between the moochers and producers. It is the Makers — the small business men and women, entrepreneurs, and risk takers — who are the backbone of any free-market economy.  When you take away the incentive to produce from the Makers through excessive rules, regulations, and taxes, then the only way to ensure that they continue to produce is through force.  Failed experiments in collectivism have shown us this truth — violently, cruelly, bloodily — time and time again.  The Takers refuse to see it.

Conservatives Must Forgo Secession and Other Fantasies and Work Within GOP.  Secession.  Impeaching Obama.  Forming a new party.  All are a recipe for disaster, says Michael Medved.

The Editor says...
I'm sure Michael Medved is a really nice guy, but he is not a conservative; and in this article, he is peddling the same old "change the party from the inside" and "work within the system" tripe we've heard for the last 25 years.  Why would Obama's impeachment be harmful to anyone but Obama and the Democrats?  If Obama can be proven guilty of high crimes, he should be removed from the office.  But that subject is discussed on another page.

Ron Paul Is Wrong on Secession.  I'm not necessarily opposed to the idea that secession is a "deeply American principle."  This is a revolutionary nation, after all.  But let's understand that — practically speaking at least — "secession" and "revolution" are now to all intents and purposes the same thing.  For better or for worse, that ship has sailed, the Civil War having settled the question of whether or not states can peacefully secede.  Any modern attempt at secession by one of the fifty states would likely be treated as an insurrection and put down as such.

Bias alert:  This article appears on a left-wing web site.
What would happen if Texas actually seceded?  [Scroll down]  The feds would take back their highway, airport, and university research funding, and maybe even demand a refund, says the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in an editorial.  Obama would close down or repossess federal courthouses, prisons, national parks, and military bases that pump tens of billions each into local economies.  Plus, Texas and other newly minted nations would have to pay for their own militaries, says Jack Simmons at the UT-Arlington Shorthorn.  "We would also need some form of health care, some sort of disaster relief, a postal service, welfare, social security, FDA, CIA, FBI — the list goes on," totaling well over a trillion dollars.  "And that's just start-up costs."

The Editor says...
The advisability of secession depends entirely on the ability to do so peacefully.  I suppose a man like Barack H. Obama probably would try to forcibly repossess federal courthouses, prisons, and military bases, by sending in the U.S. Army and the Air Force to open fire on Texans.  That, in my estimation, is the kind of man he is.  But the trillion dollar estimate for "start-up costs" is way off:  There is no reason to replicate the CIA, TSA, Social Security, Medicare, socialized medicine, food stamps, the minimum wage, or perpetual "disability" benefits.  That's apparently what secessionists are trying to get away from.  (Disaster relief?  Phooey!  If you choose to live on the beach, you know the risks.)  The United States thrived for at least a hundred years without any of that stuff, and the whole purpose of secession is to do away with extravagant government — and not to get everybody killed in the process.  Judging by the article immediately above, liberals cannot imagine life without regular payments from Big Brother.

Parting Company.  For decades, it has been obvious that there are irreconcilable differences between Americans who want to control the lives of others and those who wish to be left alone.  Which is the more peaceful solution:  Americans using the brute force of government to beat liberty-minded people into submission or simply parting company? [...] Some people have argued that secession is unconstitutional, but there's absolutely nothing in the Constitution that prohibits it.  What stops secession is the prospect of brute force by a mighty federal government, as witnessed by the costly War of 1861.

The Great Secession.  A week after the November election nearly 700,000 Americans from all 50 states had signed 69 secession petitions as part of the White House "We the People" online petition system.  The missives requested the administration to peacefully allow states to leave the union.  One petition advocated permitting states which seceded to form their own nation.  A formal White House review is triggered by just 25,000 signatures. [...] Daniel Miller, president of the Texas nationalist movement, claimed:  "This is not a reaction to a person but to policy and what we see as a federal government that is so disconnected from its constituents and absolute no regard for what its purpose was."

Hey, Let's Seceede Or Start a Revolution... Said the Left in 2005.  Although liberals are laughing at conservatives' frustrations and the very human responses to it, they themselves experienced similar frustrations, and had similar responses to them, after Bush's reelection.  This is an important point: 96% of the reason conservatives are viewed as "weird" or "extreme" or what-have-you is that the media, controlled by the left, covers-up/embargoes their own excesses [...]

Texas Nationalist Movement Claims Membership Has Skyrocketed 400 Percent.  The Texas Nationalist Movement has fought for independence for Texas for a decade.  Over the last few months, movement president Daniel Miller says he has seen interest peak like never before — and that it goes beyond the popular petition for Texas secession on the White House's "We the People" website.

Texas Nationalist Movement President Outlines Secession Goals On Hannity.  Following the election, there's been a petition on the White House website for Texas' secession.  On his show Tuesday night [11/13/2012], Sean Hannity spoke with the president of the Texas Nationalist Movement, Daniel Miller, who explained their cause — and just why they feel Texas needs their independence.

Is The Texas Nationalist Movement Becoming A Political Force?  The Texas Nationalist Movement's organizational page on Facebook on Tuesday [12/4/2012] topped 33,500 "likes" — people accessing the information on the page.  That's more than either of the two major parties' statewide organization Facebook pages:  the Texas Democratic Party had 31,700 "likes" on Tuesday morning, while the Republican Party of Texas had just over 20,000.  The state's third-largest organized party, the Libertarians, had 3,571 "likes."

I guess the answer is NO.
White House responds to secession petitions, calls for unity instead.  The White House has responded to a handful of petitions calling for various states to be given the right to secede from the United States, calling for unity and participatory government instead.

Punking the President.  [Scroll down]  And of course there were the petitions for secession immediately after the election, and the White House's sickeningly pious response thereto.  Commentators seized on these petitions as evidence of red America's rampant racism, completely disregarding the fact that petitions for all 50 states — including that well-known hotbed of KKK activity Vermont — were posted on the website.

State resistance to rogue post-constitutional federal government: the last best hope.  Obama is operating demonstrably outside of his Constitutional authority (cf., with regards to the Appointments Clause).  Regulatory agencies have become a shadow legislature unanswerable to the people, with politicized bureaucratic appointees laying claim to civil service protections.  And the Federal Reserve is actively devaluing the currency and manipulating interest rates in order to stave off an inevitable collapse.

Confederalism.  Confederalism also allows people to choose to live in states which reflect their values.  Those people truly interested in "diversity" ought to delight in this aspect of Confederalism.  Those states that wish to recognize gay marriage, under the principles of Confederalism, can do that.  Those states that wish to have prayer in public school can do that, too.  As with any market-driven system, everyone wins.  If Confederalism is the tonic our nation needs, what can we do about it?

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Gov. Perry: Texas wants its gold back from the Federal Reserve.  Texas Gov. Rick Perry told Glenn Beck on his radio show last week that he wants the state's $1 billion in gold reserves back from the Federal Reserve.  State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione is sponsoring a bill that would establish the Texas Bullion Depository, a state-based bank to house the gold bars owned by the University of Texas Investment Management Company, The Texas Tribune reports.

The Yellow Prose of Texas? Secession Movement Blooms in Fiction.  In the real world, Texas remains very much a part of the United States.  But in the world of fiction, several authors have released books in the past year depicting the Lone Star State as a breakaway republic rebelling against shenanigans in Washington.  It's the start of a literary subgenre:  secessionist fantasy.

Mark Steyn warns of 'serious secession movements' if drift toward socialism not reversed.  Radio host Dennis Miller and National Review columnist Mark Steyn considered Thursday the possible outcomes if the United States continues down the path of socialism.  If socialism became the prevailing governing philosophy, Miller speculated, escaping it wouldn't require a move to the Australian outback.  Instead he suggested heading for the state of Texas, because it would be the first place to push back against it.

The 124 states of America.  Secessionist movements are all the rage these days.  A handful of counties in Colorado tried to secede from the rest of the state earlier this year.  There's an attempt to create the State of Jefferson (northern California/southern Oregon) via ballot initiative in 2014.  And there's plenty more.  What would the U.S. look like if all of the secession movements in U.S. history had succeeded?  Well, Mansfield University geography professor Andrew Shears built a map to answer that question.

Bias alert!
This is an obvious attempt to denigrate the current secessionist movement, which is a threat to Big Government and establisment politicians.  A map showing the effects of "all of the secession movements in U.S. history" is as worthless as a list of the effects of all the laws that have ever been proposed.

Angry with Washington, 1 in 4 Americans open to secession.  The failed Scottish vote [9/18/2014] to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found.

The Immigration Secessionists.  It turns out that everything we've heard about the evils of states and localities defying federal law is wrong.  So long as a jurisdiction is sticking its thumb in the eye of the federal government on behalf of illegal immigrants who have been arrested and jailed, defiance of federal authority is progressive and commendable.  Over the years, the left has created dozens upon dozens of so-called sanctuary cities devoted to frustrating federal immigration enforcement and doing all they can to make a mockery of our laws.  On immigration, they are in effect little islands of secession.

Texas Launches Gold-backed Bank, Challenging Federal Reserve.  The State of Texas is setting up a gold-backed bank that will allow depositors to bypass the controversial Federal Reserve System and its fiat currency in banking and commerce, according to the state representative who authored the recently enacted law.  Under the measure, passed overwhelmingly by lawmakers and signed in mid-June by Republican Governor Greg Abbott, Lone Star State officials will establish and operate the Texas Bullion Depository for anyone who would like to deposit and trade in precious metals.  The implications are as big as Texas.  While some analysts have said the move may be another sign heralding Texas' eventual secession from the union, or preparation for financial Armageddon, its advocates say the depository simply makes financial sense.

Nullification as an alternative to secession

Nullification and the Kentucky Resolution of 1798.  Because the United States was founded as a constitutional republic — one based on certain specific principles, not power or privilege — Americans of all eras frequently raise concerns about federal authority that bear resemblance to debates from earlier times in our history.  A good illustration of this "echo effect" in American politics is the renewed discussion about nullification, prompted by recent headline news:  Kim Davis and her refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay couples; "sanctuary cities" where local officials decline to cooperate with the feds in turning over illegal aliens; and Oregon's legalization of recreational marijuana last month in spite of the prohibitions of the federal Controlled Substances Act.

Poll: You will be stunned at how many Americans would support a coup.  How is it that we are so fed up that we actually want to see tanks on the streets?  I will tell you how.  This administration has used the power of the pin [sic] to go around law and create its own.  Americans are tired of being stomped on and the constitution being ignored.

Nearly a Third of Americans Would Support a Military Coup Overthrowing the Current Administration.  For many Americans, a coup in which the military seizes control of the federal government is starting to seem like a refreshing alternative to the existing administration, according to a new poll.  Conducted by YouGov, a new survey has found that 29 percent of Americans could imagine a scenario where they would support a military takeover in the United States.  A total of 41 percent could not imagine supporting such an event.  And so while the coup-supporters are still decidedly in the minority, the fact that the option polls so highly is remarkable.  This translates to 70 million Americans who are potentially ready to support a coup.

Almost A Third Of Americans Could Imagine Supporting A Military Coup In The US.  For many Americans, a coup in which the military seizes control of the federal government is starting to seem like a refreshing alternative to the existing administration, according to a new poll.  Conducted by YouGov, a new survey has found that 29 percent of Americans could imagine a scenario where they would support a military takeover in the United States.  A total of 41 percent could not imagine supporting such an event.  And so while the coup-supporters are still decidedly in the minority, the fact that the option polls so highly is remarkable.  This translates to 70 million Americans who are potentially ready to support a coup.

50% of Republican and conservative voters believe states have right to ignore federal court rulings.  Likely Americans voters are warming to the idea that individual states should have the right to turn their backs on the federal courts in the wake of recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings on Obamacare and gay marriage.  A third of likely U.S. voters now believe that states should have the right to ignore federal court rulings if their elected officials agree with them according to a Rasmussen Reports survey released Friday [7/3/2015].  There's a partisan divide:  50 percent of GOP voters now believe states should have the right to ignore the federal court rulings, compared to 22 percent of Democrats and 30 percent of unaffiliated voters.

Disobey!.  [Charles] Murray's suggestion — laid out in "By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission," will make some people nervous.  He argues that citizens and companies should start openly defying all but the most useful regulations, essentially ones that forbid assault, theft and fraud.  He writes, "America is no longer the land of the free.  We are still free in the sense that Norwegians, Germans and Italians are free.  But that's not what Americans used to mean by freedom."

Nullification Spreading: Minnesota Invalidates FDA Restrictions.  When Minnesota State Representative Nick Zerwas was 15 years old, he was told he had only months to live.  Informed that he wouldn't be able to get a heart transplant, Zerwas was told by his doctor that he might be saved by a surgical procedure that was still experimental.  Said Zerwas:  "That was my right to try.  I fully believe life is worth fighting for, and government has no role in getting in the way."  On May 1 Zerwas' bill, the Minnesota Right to Try Act, passed the state house unanimously, 123-0.  It had previously passed the state senate, 60-4, on April 21, and on May 5, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed it into law.

States rise up against Washington.  State legislators around the country have introduced more than 200 bills aiming to nullify regulations and laws coming out of Washington, D.C., as they look to rein in the federal government.  The legislative onslaught, which includes bills targeting federal restrictions on firearms, experimental treatments and hemp, reflects growing discord between the states and Washington, state officials say.

States Can End "Executive Amnesty" Without a Lawsuit.  Writing in National Review, Josh Gelernter offers a very different spin on the "nullification" debate.  While acknowledging that the judiciary has consistently ruled against the nullification doctrine, insisting only it has the authority to declare laws unconstitutional, Obama's "Executive Amnesty" is something very different from a law.

Florida House Demands "Convention of the States" to Stop Obama.  Last year, around 100 lawmakers from various states got together at Mt. Vernon to discuss a Constitutional Article V Convention of States.  The main purpose of the possible Convention would be a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, although there is discussion of other potential amendments that could be proposed, all with the intent of reining in and limiting the federal government.  That small group of lawmakers returned to their respective states and began spreading the word, and now the Convention of States movement is growing fast.

Press Conference Announces Georgia Obamacare Nullification Bill.  In response to a citizen petition of 34,000 signatures, four Georgia lawmakers have drafted HB 707 to nullify the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).  Representatives Jason Spencer, David Stover, Michael Caldwell and Scot Turner held a press conference on Dec. 16 [2013] to discuss the bill and request support.

Missouri bill would nullify all federal gun laws, 'past, present or future'.  In Missouri, legislation has been introduced to nullify every federal gun control measure on the books, "whether past, present or future."  The 2nd Amendment Preservation Act, introduced as Senate Bill 613 (SB613) for the 2014 legislative session by Sen. Brian Nieves, follows on the heels of a failed effort to do the same in 2013.  A similar bill passed both Missouri houses by a large margin earlier this year, but after a veto by Governor Jay Nixon, an override effort failed by one vote.

States seek to nullify Obama efforts.  Bills that would negate a variety of federal laws have popped up this year in the vast majority of states — with the amount of anti-federal legislation sharply on the rise during the Obama administration, according to experts.  The nullification trend in recent years has largely focused on three areas: gun control, health care and national standards for driver's licenses.

Missouri governor vetoes bill that nullified federal gun laws.  Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Friday [7/5/2013] that would have made it a Missouri crime for federal agents to attempt to enforce federal gun laws in the state and could have landed journalists in jail for publishing the names of gun owners.

Nixon vetoes bill that would have outlawed federal gun laws.  Governor Jay Nixon vetoed House Bill 436 on Friday [7/5/2013].  The bill, that would have established the 'Second Amendment Preservation Act,' would have criminalized federal agents enforcing federal gun laws.  Nixon said the bill was constitutionally impermissible in a press release, citing the supremacy clause.  If the bill had passed, federal agents could have been charged with a class A misdemeanor for enforcing any law that "sought to infringe on the people's right to keep and bear arms."

Distrusting Government: It's a Good Thing.  [Scroll down]  The heartening news for us is that state legislatures are beginning to awaken to their duty to protect their citizens from unconstitutional acts by the Congress, the White House and a derelict Supreme Court.  According to an Associated Press story, about four-fifths of the states now have local laws that reject or ignore federal laws on marijuana use, gun control, health insurance requirements and identification standards for driver's licenses.  Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback recently signed a measure threatening felony charges against federal agents who enforce certain firearms laws in his state.

The Nullification Door can Swing Both Ways.  Both ends of the political spectrum have engaged in nullification, the rejection of Federal law.  As noted in [a recent article] by David Leib, the current focal points of dissonance between State and Federal revolve around a strange mix of topics; healthcare, guns, illegal immigration, citizen identification, and marijuana.  We can clearly identify both ends of the sociopolitical spectrum and note they have become strange bedfellows in disobeying the federal government.  Coloradans thumb their nose at federal marijuana laws while Montanans do the same with federal gun laws.

Federal nullification efforts mounting in states.  States are increasingly adopting laws that purport to nullify federal laws — setting up intentional legal conflicts, directing local police not to enforce federal laws and, in rare cases, even threatening criminal charges for federal agents who dare to do their jobs.

Alabama Senate Votes to Nullify Unconstitutional Federal Gun Laws.  Our movement is a law-abiding one.  It is a movement that respects the laws of the land, even when our so-called leaders don't.  People will sometimes misconstrue our advocacy as an advocacy of lawlessness or of law-breaking.  Our point is exactly the opposite; we advocate not that citizens ought to break the laws.  Instead, our reverence for law and order run so deep we encourage everyone to obey the law — even legislators and law enforcement.

Opponents Label Nullification "Nuts" and a "Bizarre Fad".  Nationalists are filling newspapers and websites with attacks on nullification.  A post on the Maddow Blog on published April 4 argues that "Nullification Must Never Be on the Table."  The author, Steven Benen, aims to disarm state legislators standing up to federal excesses by declaring, "Not to put too fine a point on this, but there's nothing to discuss — state lawmakers can't pick and choose which federal laws they'll honor."  With respect, Mr. Benen, they can — and must — do just that, if the union is to endure.

Legal Experts Call Nullification Unconstitutional and Seditious.  "The states can't simply choose to defy and override a valid federal law."  That's law professor Allen Rostron's opinion of the spate of state efforts to thwart federal attempts to infringe on the constitutionally protected right of citizens to keep and bear arms.  Rostron makes this statement in a recent article published by the Kansas City Star.  The right of states to refuse to enforce unconstitutional federal acts is known as nullification.

Mississippi bill would nullify federal laws.  Mississippi defied the union during the Civil War and civil rights era, and at least two lawmakers think it is time to do so again.

Missouri Sheriffs Pledge To Not Enforce Obama's Gun Control Laws.  As President Barack Obama continues to push gun control proposals in Washington D.C., Sheriff Charles M. Heiss, R-Johnson County is asking fellow law enforcers to sign and send this letter to the president.  The letter expresses concern with the Obama administration and the president's gun control laws he laid out before Congress last week.

States Aim to Nullify Obama Gun Control .  Across America, state lawmakers, governors, attorneys general, sheriffs, and other officials are promising to protect the gun rights of citizens in their jurisdictions in the face of the most aggressive assault on the Second Amendment in generations.  Indeed, as the Obama administration's unconstitutional agenda becomes increasingly transparent — backed by some Democrats and much of the establishment media — resistance to further infringements on the right to keep and bear arms is exploding nationwide.

90 Sheriffs and Two Sheriffs Associations Have Pledged to Ignore "Obama Gun Control".  Last week, Reason's Ed Krayewski noted that a handful of sheriffs around the country had pledged to ignore new gun regulations being pushed by President Obama.  If Oath Keeper Sheriff Richard Mack is to be believed, the number of sheriffs who are now refusing to enforce new federal gun regulations is up to 90.

Missouri Sheriffs Pledge To Not Enforce Obama's Gun Control Laws.  "It appears to me and many Americans that there is a genuine desire on the part of your administration to restrict the Second Amendment rights of law abiding American citizens in the interest of curbing gun violence in our nation," Heiss wrote.  "Any attempt to restrict these Second Amendment rights through executive order is unconstitutional and tantamount to an all-out assault on the United States Constitution."

Collin County Sheriff Won't Enforce Gun Laws That He Says Violate Constitution.  Collin County Sheriff Terry Box says he, nor his deputies, will enforce unconstitutional gun laws put in place by whom he calls misguided politicians.

Where secession petitions failed, nullification succeeds.  After the election, online secession petitions flooded the White House website. [...] The protests are now an obsolete fad, likely remembered as a post-election tantrum because the measure was fruitless, accomplishing nothing.  But where secession petitions failed to produce change local nullification measures, or legal resistance to unconstitutional federal laws, continues to thrive.

Call to Strip Citizenship of Those Who Sign Secession Petitions.  [Scroll down]  As opposed to secession (which, remember, once resulted in a civil war), nullification is not necessarily confrontational.  There can be an understanding that there will be no talk of secession or revolution.  Nullification will (must) be used in a surgical, sparing way to remove malignant tumors of tyranny, not as a chainsaw indiscriminately and brutally butchering healthy and diseased tissue.  Simply, states need not secede to rid themselves of this repugnant federal overreach; they may simply nullify all acts of the central government that exceed its constitutional authority.

Nullification: The Jeffersonian Brake on Government.  The main point that nullification aims to address is that a government allowed to determine the scope of its own powers cannot remain limited for long.  This is a lesson we should have learned by now.  Moreover, since piecemeal solutions to reducing federal power have accomplished nothing, we can hardly afford to dismiss out of hand the idea of nullification, a remedy that is at once creative and intelligent, and recommended by some of the greatest political thinkers in American history.

Will GOP Governors Really Try "Nullifying" Obamacare?  After a majority of Americans reelected President Obama on November 6, ensuring that his signature health care reform remains what even House Speaker John Boehner acknowledged is "the law of the land," several Republican governors — Rick Scott (FL), Bobby Jindal (LA), Sam Brownback (KS), Rick Perry (TX), Nikki Haley (SC), Nathan Deal (GA) and Robert McDonnell (VA) — announced they would nonetheless refuse to implement the state-based health care marketplace "exchanges" that are key to reducing health care costs and expanding access.

Georgia Legislature, Governor Deal: Nullify Obamacare!  As Thomas Jefferson and James Madison advised — when the federal government violates the constitution, it's up to US — in our states — to stand up and say NO.  To the Affordable Care Act — we say Nullify It!

Maine's Governor LePage Refuses To Implement Obamacare Exchanges.  Maine Governor Paul LePage issued a letter yesterday [11/15/2012] to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, declaring that Maine will not implement the healthcare exchanges created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Montana Voters Nullify Obamacare Mandates.  The "Montana Health Care Freedom Act" otherwise known as Referendum 122, prohibits the state and federal governments from requiring the purchase of health insurance or imposing any penalty, tax, fee or fine on those who do not purchase health insurance.  The prohibition does have some restrictions, but the good thing about this [is] these rules are being set by the state of Montana, not the the Federal Government.

Invasion of the Liberal Body Snatchers.  [Scroll down]  Instead, as the left has done for ages with drug and immigration laws, we need to focus on the nullification of federal laws in states where we're still strong — while we still can.  We should endeavor to separate from [academia, the media, and popular culture] as much as possible by forging and strengthening our own organizations, media, and schooling, like Amish with modernity and muscle.  For just as total separation from what is unclean ensures a clean room's purity, so do we need more division in America, not less.

The secession idea came up in 2003.

Walter E. Williams, December, 2003:
Parting company is an option:  Every single bit of evidence shows that states have a right to secede.  There's absolutely nothing in the Constitution that prohibits secession.  What stops secession is the brute force of a mighty federal government, as witnessed by the costly War of 1861.

... and in 2005.

Seceding seldom succeeds, but Vermonters try.  "If we had a right to join the Union, we certainly have a right to disband from it," SVR founder Thomas Naylor told the assembly.  In his view, Vermonters should join the cause if they say the US has lost moral authority and is unsustainable, ungovernable, and unfixable.  [And if they] want to help take back Vermont from big business, big markets, and big government — and do so peacefully.

In 2004, some Democrats were talking about seceding, rather than living in the same country with Christians.
Secession.  I assume the Republican National Committee is busy recording and archiving the idiotic statements coming out of national Democratic Party leaders and commentators.  The opinion pages of the New York Times (that would be pages A-1 to D-37 inclusive) have been running articles by prime cut liberals, the general themes of which have been that conservative Christians are the equivalent of Islamic terrorists and that the benighted provincials who voted for President Bush are simply hate-filled bigots who have no place in America.

... and in 2009

Texas governor suggests ... secession?  Texas Gov. Rick Perry fired up an anti-tax "tea party" Wednesday [4/15/2009] with his stance against the federal government and for states' rights as some in his U.S. flag-waving audience shouted, "Secede!"  An animated Perry told the crowd at Austin City Hall — one of three tea parties he was attending across the state — that officials in Washington have abandoned the country's founding principles of limited government.  He said the federal government is strangling Americans with taxation, spending and debt.

Altered States:  How to Succeed at Seceding.  Long Island's latest quest to split from New York and become its own state had a promising start last year. [2009] [...] Objections from the rest of New York effectively killed the idea, but attempts to make Long Island a state will almost certainly return.  The proposal was just the most recent in a series of statehood crusades, usually arising from complaints of unfair taxation.

Shall We Texans Secede?  With Fedzilla accelerating its gluttonous orgy of unaccountability and ramping up its wanton blow torching of our paychecks with blatant impunity, we the people are once again de-sheeping, stepping forward, and in the grand tradition of Martin Luther King Jr., peaceably marching in protest with the defiant Tea Party spirit of 1773.

After Obama Fails.  A failed presidency for Barack Obama could turn into liberalism's worst nightmare.  Barely six months into his term, the 44th president has succeeded in generating the most widespread and serious discussion of secession since the Civil War.  Despite what Newsweek's Evan Thomas may claim, Obama is not the "God" who will bring us together but the autocratic sponsor of an overbearing, oppressive leviathan from which a growing number of Americans are seeking refuge.

The Secessionist Campaign for the Republic of Vermont.  On Jan. 15, in the state capital of Montpelier, nine candidates for statewide office gathered in a tiny room at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, to announce they wanted a divorce from the United States of America. ... According to a 2007 poll, they have support from at least 13% of state voters.

Kansas proclaims its sovereignty.  Legislation giving Washington D.C. a firm tongue lashing was approved Thursday by the Kansas Senate.  The resolution calls on the federal government to "cease and desist" from passing onerous mandates on the states.  If passed by the House the resolution would be sent to the President and other federal leaders.  It demands that Washington repeal existing mandates and respect Kansas' sovereignty under the 10th Amendment, which reserves for the states rights not delegated to the federal government.

Secession in the Air.  [Scroll down]  What called the Tea Party into existence?  Some are angry over unchecked immigration and the failure to control our borders and send the illegals back.  Some are angry over the loss of manufacturing jobs.  Some are angry over winless wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Some are angry over ethnic preferences they see as favoring minorities over them.  What they agree upon, however, is that they have been treading water for a decade, working harder and harder with little or no improvement in their family standard of living.  They see the government as taking more of their income in taxes, seeking more control over their institutions, creating entitlements for others not them, plunging the nation into unpayable debt, and inviting inflation or a default that can wipe out what they have saved.

If At First You Don't Secede...  The idea of seceding from the United States, or breaking up the United States into ideologically cohesive units, are simply not viable solutions.  If at first you don't secede — don't.

Breaking Apart the United States: Part II.  Do I think that such a separation is likely to be achieved peacefully?  Honestly, no I do not, but nonetheless I believe that preparations should be made, so that if (some would say when) the bottom falls out, the framework for a new republic will be in place, and movement toward forming a new country from the ashes of the old one(s) will be facilitated.

... and in 2011.

Texas Nationalists rally for secession at Capitol in Austin.  The Texas Nationalist Movement marked Texas Independence Day with a rally Saturday [3/5/2011] at the Capitol urging Texans to save the state by seceding from the United States.

Time to Break Apart the United States?  Some folks may say, wouldn't it be less stressful to work within the system to change America?  Not necessarily.  In addition to a mass media, educational, and legal system that will need a massive attitude adjustment, there are any number of dug-in government bureaucrats, union leaders, and inside players who will fight tooth and nail to protect their various "kingdoms," and meal tickets.  There are ideological zealots and indoctrinated crazies who will throw all manner of wrenches into the works, and an army of "legal eagles" who will practice unceasing lawfare against any changes being made to the status quo.

Observations about Obama's second term

Obama's Second Term Was a Complete Failure.  Obama's ideas didn't work.  He failed to deliver what he promised.  If Obama's policies had improved the economy, people would feel confident about their ability to find new and better jobs, buy houses, pay for their children's educations, afford retirement, and live with a financial cushion.  If the Affordable Care Act had lived up to its name, people would feel more reassured about their ability to get the medical help they need at a price they can afford.  If Obama's counterterrorism policies worked, Americans wouldn't have been left shuddering at attacks in San Bernardino and Orlando and Boston and Chelsea.

The Legacies of Barack Obama.  What is going on in Obama's home stretch?  Apparently Obama is veering even further to the left, in hopes of establishing a rhetorical progressive legacy in lieu of any lasting legislative or foreign-policy achievement.  Turning the presidency into an edgy soapbox is seemingly all that is left of Obama's promise to "fundamentally transform" the country.

Obama's presidency is now effectively over.  Welcome to the end of the Obama presidency, when the most powerful man on earth is now a sideshow for the performers in the Republican and Democratic primaries, which began in earnest Monday [2/1/2016] with Iowa's caucuses.  With the primary schedule now in full swing and voting this month in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, Congress, the press and the public at large have turned their attention to Mr. Obama's successor, leaving him grasping for attention.

Winding down in Washington.  Barack Obama's mistake-filled, trouble-plagued presidency is slipping into history as Americans begin their search for a successor who can clean up the mess he created.  You've probably noticed that President Obama isn't making much if any real news lately.  Days go by when he isn't on the nightly network news or on the front pages of the nation's newspapers.  It isn't because he's being ignored by the news media.  It's because he has nothing new to propose to deal with America's problems, or, if he does, he has little chance of being taken seriously by the Republican Congress.

Obama's Legacy: Urban Pathologies on Display.  President Obama is concerned with burnishing his legacy during this second term of his presidency.  One major part of his legacy will be the way his "divider and conqueror" political tactics have highlighted the many pathologies plaguing black urban culture in this country, and have brought about a massive deterioration in "race relations."

Obama: 'I Intend to Get as Much Done in Next 22 Months as Possible'.  "Now, I intend to get as much done in the next 22 months as possible," Obama said.  "As you've noticed, I've been pretty busy — and I will continue to be.  And I'm hopeful that we may find some opportunities for collaboration with the Republican Congress — or example, on trade.  Hopefully, on infrastructure.  There may be some things where there's some convergence.  But if we're going to deliver on the promise that's there for all of us, then we're still going to need to realign our budgets to our values, and we're going to have to fight for priorities like immigration reform."

Obama's executive action rollouts increasing in pace.  President Obama never used the words "executive action" until nearly three years into his presidency.  Now announcements of executive actions have become a routine, almost daily occurrence.

Obama Set To Push For 'Slavery Reparations' In 2016.  New reports have suggested that Obama is preparing to push for slavery reparations in 2016.  This shocking plan was revealed by Fox Business News host Charles Payne during Thursday's [4/16/2015] episode of Making Money.

Obama veers left.  As he prepares to deliver his budget on Monday [2/2/2015], President Barack Obama is lurching to the left.  The president has already proposed — and had to drop — a plan to tax college savings accounts.  He's writing for The Huffington Post.  He declared war on "mindless austerity" while pledging fresh tax hikes on banks and the rich to pay for free community college and other goodies.  Remember those budget caps put in place in 2011? Obama wants to blast right through them.

Operation Revenge.  Obama's turnaround in recent weeks — he's seized the offensive with a series of controversial executive actions and challenges to leaders in his own party on the budget — can be attributed to a fundamental change in his political mindset, according to current and former aides.  He's gone from thinking of himself as a sitting (lame) duck, they tell me, to a president diving headlong into what amounts to a final campaign — this one to preserve his legacy, add policy points to the scoreboard, and — last but definitely not least — to inflict the same kind of punishment on his newly empowered Republican enemies, who delighted in tormenting him when he was on top.

A New, Emboldened Obama?  In "Operation Revenge," Glenn Thrush at Politico paints a portrait of a Barack Obama who needs to feel a sense of competition and a somewhat lethargic executive who needs "a slap in the face" to motivate him.  The contention is that the Supreme Court threat to his legacy around the funding mechanism for Obamacare and the disastrous mid-term election have been something of a wake up call to an otherwise disengaged Obama.

A post-election flurry: Obama tests his powers.  Whether it's immigration or Internet access, climate change or Cuba, Obama is laying down a foundation that while fragile and subject to change is defining how he enters the final two years of his presidency and what he leaves for the next White House occupant.

Obama likely to spring major decisions on public after midterms.  Regardless of the outcomes of Tuesday's midterm elections, President Obama is preparing to spring several major decisions on the public that he has postponed because of his concern about political backlash.  Although presidents often sign legislation in lame-duck sessions of Congress, it's unusual for a president to hide his executive "to do" list from voters on so many important subjects, such as sanctions against Iran, immigration reform and nominating the next attorney general.

Obama on the Island.  While taking a break from his bleak presidency, Obama is also wondering why he didn't quit while he was ahead in 2012.  Everything he will be remembered for, such as lifting the ban on gays in the military and Obamacare, happened in his first term.  So far, the second term is full of goose eggs.  Little has been accomplished.  Despite the efforts of Harry Reid, the Senate Democratic Leader, to keep the inmates from running the asylum, the House Republicans are in charge.

Comparing President Obama to Jimmy Carter is an insult to Carter.  A common joke among conservatives during the 2012 campaign was that if Obama got re-elected, Americans would see what Carter's second term would have looked like.  But Carter might have been a bolder president in his second term.  Obama, on the other hand, clearly has not.  His second-term agenda has lurched from embarrassment to failure and back again.

A Dysfunctional Government, Top to Bottom.  Whether President Barack Obama realizes it or not, his second term represents a crisis of American self-governance.  He is offering a large-scale demonstration that as the federal government grows ever larger, with ever more expansive responsibilities, it becomes increasingly dysfunctional, plagued by a culture of complacency in key agencies with no sign of serious accountability for consequential mistakes.

Obama Thinks He Has It Rough Now?  The loss of the Senate in November, which is at least a 50% likelihood at this point, would make the final two years of an Obama presidency a difficult thing to watch.  The president flounders when he has less than complete control over the political process, and his disputes with Congress if he continues to use his rule-making and executive authority to run roughshod will create the potential for a constitutional crisis.

Going for his legacy.  As a presidential candidate in 2007, Barack Obama told historian Doris Kearns Goodwin:  "I have no desire to be one of those presidents who are just on the list — you see their pictures lined up on the wall.  I really want to be a president who makes a difference."  In moments of decision, and in rare flashes of passion, we have seen what that means to him:  passing the Affordable Care Act, even against uniform Republican opposition; ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, even on less-than-favorable terms.  President Obama is genuinely animated when talking about gun control or closing the income gap.

A desperate president spews bitterness, pessimism.  President Obama swept into office on a theme of "Hope and Change" (remember those days?).  But 5½ years later, he spits only bitterness and pessimism, blaming Republicans, the media — even ordinary Americans — for his impotence.  More than that, Mr. Obama bemoans the state of America itself, but offers no solutions.  He'd rather lay blame, rather take nothing at all than compromise — all to win another partisan talking point.  And in speech after speech, he blames everyone but himself for the nation's woes.

Obama the Familiar.  Obama won reelection by promising not to be Mitt Romney, a promise he has kept.  He was otherwise unforthcoming about what he would do if given a second term.  In particular, he shed no light on his quest for a presidency that would be a milestone of political liberalism and of national reconciliation.  He refuses to resolve the contradiction by becoming the ideologue MSNBC hosts want him to be, but also refuses the substantive triangulation that marked Bill Clinton's response to Republicans' victories in 1994.

If you like Obama's executive orders, you are going to love 2014.  The American system of government has as it's chief executive, a president who is carefully checked by a watchful Congress and a consientious judiciary.  Except, when it isn't.  Case in point:  Our president plans to rule us — not govern us — by using the vast powers of his office and absolute control of the federal bureaucracy to ram his vision of hope and change down our throats.  Done without the approval of Congress and with little challenge from the judiciary.  Can he get away with it?

Obama Shifts from 'Income Inequality' to 'Ladders of Opportunity'.  President Obama has already changed his vernacular concerning his second term focus of "income inequality."  He is now calling it "ladders of opportunity."  In an apparent effort to blunt criticism over his intent to engage in full-blown class warfare during his second term, Obama is softening the harsher term with a new label.

President Obama turns left.  Obama's already backed raising the minimum wage, the start of what White House officials say will be a 2014 domestic agenda — including his State of the Union address and budget — that centers around income inequality and what the government is doing to increase economic mobility.  That means changing how he talks about some familiar items, including the Affordable Care Act and the universal pre-kindergarten plan from his 2013 State of the Union, as well as pitching an array of new proposals flowing from this new emphasis.

Obama grasps for climate legacy as second-term agenda crumbles.  President Obama has a chance to craft a second-term legacy on climate change even as the rest of his agenda runs aground in Congress.  Gun control legislation is dead; immigration reform is on life support; and reaching a fiscal deal with Republicans appears to be a long shot.  To make matters worse, what was supposed to be his signature first-term achievement — ObamaCare — is suffering from a disastrous rollout.

Obama's 1984.  [Scroll down]  Revelations of extensive spying on individuals by the National Security Agency was not the only — or even the first — major scandal to rock the second-term administration of President Barack Obama.  In May 2013, a month before the NSA revelation shocked Americans, the political bullying of conservatives by the Internal Revenue Service and other government agencies began to come to light; and a little less than a year earlier, in September 2012, news dribbled out about the attempted official denial and cover-up of the murder of four Americans in a terrorist assault in Benghazi, Libya — including Ambassador Chris Stevens, the first American ambassador killed in office in over 32 years.  In addition to these scandals, the Obama administration was already fielding growing criticism over other examples of big-government abuse, such as the seizure of reporters' phone records, the escalation of lethal drone strikes, and the cover-up of a program which allowed weapons to fall into the hands of Mexican drug lords.

Obama 'Matrix' — a world of deniability.  "The buck stops here."  There's a sustaining beauty to President Harry Truman's desk sign.  In four simple words, it offers a defining purpose to an office of immense complexity — in the end, the president holds the final responsibility.  Most presidents accept this narrative.  But nearly five years into office — after Fast and Furious, after Benghazi, after the snooping on Associated Press phone records, after the IRS political vendetta and now the Obamacare website mess, President Obama has shown his preference for a different kind of "buck" — with a deliberately amorphous Constitution.  By his own choice, Obama has become the "know-nothing" president.

Is Obama Still President?  Barack Obama has become a mere figurehead, who gives speeches few listen to any more, issues threats that scare fewer, and makes promises that almost no one believes he will keep.  Yet America continues on, despite the fact that the foreign and domestic policies of Barack Obama are unraveling, in a manner unusual even for star-crossed presidential second terms.

The Point of No Return.  Obama's agenda already lingers near death.  His poll numbers have slipped to new lows.  His speeches are full of alibis and accusations.  Obama hasn't reached the point of no return, but he's close.  His biggest problem is the collapse of Obamacare on its launching pad as the entire country watched.  And there's worse trouble ahead.

Obama's Thuggish Behavior, Part II.  I knew a second Obama term would bring out the very worst of this man's radical ideology; but the breathtakingly blatant actions of this administration during this phony government "shutdown" has convinced me that we have more to fear from this administration than any of us could have imagined.  American citizens are now being ticketed and fined for jogging on the roads in our national parks.  Barricades have again been set up at the WW II Memorial, as well as the Iwo Jima and Vietnam Memorials, thereby preventing those who served in these conflicts — and everyone else — from visiting them.

He's Just Not That Clever.  Private health insurance is collapsing, along with your choice of doctors, as prices explode.  Physicians are retiring early, cutting back hours, and refusing to take new Medicaid patients — just as Obamacare aims to turn millions of Americans into little more than glorified Medicaid enrollees.  The rate of "U-6" unemployment (which includes underemployment) is mired at a painful 14 percent.  The national debt is up 60 percent since this president took office, representing a staggering current burden of over $53,000 per citizen and $148,000 per taxpayer.

Obamanomics, RIP.  Now for the good news:  The spending spree is over and Barack Obama is a lame duck.  He is legislatively paralyzed.  The signature achievement of his first term, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is under steady fire, and his job approval rating continues to slip.

Obama presidency: Decline in the fall?  In his second-term inauguration speech he startled some by promising a radical agenda, dealing with gun control, immigration and the environment.  He hasn't even tried to start on the environment.  And the other two measures are languishing in that legislative equivalent of the horse latitudes, Congress.  Like the horses, the bills are likely to be pitched overboard.

The Collapse of the Obama Presidency.  In the first year of his second term, the president has failed on virtually every front.  He put his prestige on the line to pass federal gun-control legislation — and lost.  He made climate change a central part of his inaugural address — and nothing has happened.  The president went head-to-head with Republicans on sequestration — and he failed.  He's been forced to delay implementation of the employer mandate, a key feature of the Affordable Care Act.  ObamaCare is more unpopular than ever, and it's turning out to be a "train wreck" (to quote Democratic Senator Max Baucus) in practice.  The most recent jobs report was the worst in a year, with the Obama recovery already qualifying as a historically weak one.  Immigration reform is going nowhere.

Obama's Perversity.  This presidency is practically defined by its perversity.  When this administration gets caught with its pants down, it just becomes even more grandiose.  All the scandals the media decided to expose after the election have not changed any behavior.  All the costs of ObamaCare are scheduled to come due after the election, and there must be millions of Americans still deluded enough to believe they didn't buy a lemon again.

Obama Loses His Chances on Foreign Policy With the Collapse of His Second Term.  [Scroll down]  Unfortunately, it was the merest prelude to the oratorical self-immolation Mr. Obama went on to conduct in Berlin.  Like an anti-Vietnam college demonstrator in a time warp, the president genuflected to the moral-relativist fiction that terrorism is the result of "instability and intolerance."  He inflicted on his German audience his enthusiasm to fight global warming, even though there is no global warming:  no movement in 16 years and one centigrade degree in 30 years.  There is some climate change, but no evidence that human behavior has anything to do with it.

The "Apolitical" Fantasy and the IRS.  [Scroll down]  And for the first time in his presidency, half of the public says they don't believe Mr. Obama is honest and trustworthy.  (The number of Americans who think he is honest has dropped nine points over the past month, to 49 percent.)  None of these findings is surprising; they are the result of the various scandals and controversies engulfing the administration and a second-term agenda that was dead in the water after 100 days.

Who is he? Obama keeps allies, enemies guessing in second term.  Five months into his second term, allies and enemies are as confounded as ever about who President Obama really is.

Ten key reasons why the Obama presidency is in meltdown.  This is undoubtedly a period of steep decline for the Obama presidency, whose imperial-style big government approach is being increasingly questioned not only by American voters, but also by formerly subservient sections of the liberal-dominated mainstream media.  In contrast to his first term, Barack Obama is finding himself less and less shielded by the press, and far more vulnerable to public criticism.

The Decline of the Obama Presidency.  His second term is coming undone not because of scandal but because of decisions made in the previous four years.

Obama's agenda scorched in firestorm.  [Scroll down]  In recent weeks, it has fueled outrage over the targeting by the Internal Revenue Service of conservative Tea Party groups seeking non-profit status, and over the use of secret subpoenas and search warrants against the Associated Press and Fox News in Justice Department investigations of news leaks.  Now the headlines are focused on governmental monitoring that touches not just reporters but, apparently, just about anyone who makes a phone call.  Thursday began with explosions over a story in The Guardian in London of a broad secret U.S. warrant for phone records from Verizon.

A Low Dishonest Administration.  It is depressing.  We the people reelected Barack Obama.  We're stuck with him for three and a half more years.  That's three and a half more years of dissembling about his administration's scandals, blocking the repeal of Obamacare, and pursuing a foreign policy of weakness and retreat.  That's not just depressing.  It's dangerous.

Obama second-term campaign activity three times Bush's.  "This is my last election," President Barack Obama assured Russian President Dmitry Medvedev last year, but the president's post-reelection schedule suggests he has never stopped campaigning.  Since his second term began, Obama has headlined at least 15 fundraising events, according to an analysis of presidential events by The Daily Caller.

Obama's Scandalous Legacy.  It's too early to tell if May will be remembered as marking the beginning of a failed second term for President Obama, but it is clear the atmosphere in Washington has changed.  We don't yet know the full impact of new revelations about last September's attack in Benghazi, the political abuse of the Internal Revenue Service, and the Justice Department's secret surveillance of journalists, but we do know there are questions in Congress and among a suddenly energetic Washington press corps, questions likely to affect the president's agenda and legacy.

When It Rains, It Pours.  There is no curse on the second term of presidents.  When presidents lose credibility, when trust vanishes and their word is no longer accepted, they have only themselves to blame.  That was true for President Nixon, among many others, and now it's true for President Obama.

IRS, DOJ, and Benghazi Expose Limits of Obama's Big-Government Vision.  All successful political leaders have one or two very simple fundamental beliefs upon which they build both their popularity and their policies.  For Ronald Reagan, it was limited government and more freedom.  For Barack Obama, it is the unshakeable conviction that government can and must be a strong and benevolent force in our lives.  Which is precisely why the nature of the cascading scandals of the past week are so damaging to the Obama presidency.

Obama's Second-Term Embarrassments.  "Hope and change" is looking more like the 1973 Nixon White House.

Death in Benghazi, Dishonor in Washington.  The early days of the Obama Administration's second term have yielded a bumper crop of potential scandals, with the IRS's selective targeting of right-leaning non-profits and the Justice Department's monitoring of Associated Press phone records now taking the spotlight.

Obama knee-deep in Nixon-esque scandal.  President Obama's second-term campaign slogan was "Forward," but instead we've got cover-ups, congressional investigations and the government persecution of political opponents and reporters.  That sounds like "backward" to me.  All the way to, say, 1972.

Empty chairs: Obama struggles to complete second-term team.  As he struggles to find momentum in his second term, President Obama is setting a dubious record for the slowest pace in assembling a new Cabinet.  Civil rights activists have criticized Mr. Obama for a lack of diversity in his new team, and the president's nominees are largely people he already knows and trusts.  But more striking to observers than the composition of the president's Cabinet is its incomplete status nearly four months into his second term.

Obama is not done cutting defense just yet.  April was a pretty awful month for President Obama, but it's too early for Republicans to start celebrating his political demise.  People keep trying to compress the political calendar, wanting to convince us that time is running out for Obama, even though he's barely past 100 days in his second term.  Yes, Obama's gun control initiative was a resounding failure.  It didn't pass the Democrat-controlled Senate.  California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein's assault weapons ban got only 40 votes.

Memo to the President: Words Matter.  Well, now we know why he needs a teleprompter.  The New York Times reports this morning [5/5/2013], in its lead story (with a two-column head, yet) that, "Confronted with evidence that chemical weapons have been used in Syria, President Obama finds himself in a geopolitical box, his credibility at stake with frustratingly few good options."

Enemies Foreign and Domestic.  This second term is off to a very, very rocky start and the Ship of State is tippy because of the incompetence of Obama's own people.

Obama Fatigue.  These are not good days for Barack Obama.  His second term agenda has broken down.  The Democratic-controlled Senate did not pass even a single part of his gun-control agenda.  His effort to use sequestration to batter Republicans has backfired.  His budget was sent up to Capitol Hill two months late — and was immediately dismissed.

Out of His Hands.  Obama's call for an increase in the minimum wage is going nowhere.  Nor is his call for further measures to reduce carbon emissions.  Education, energy, and transportation initiatives have faded away.  The president was forced to explain at this week's press conference that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act is not, despite what members of his own party are saying, a "train wreck."  His approval rating is below 50 percent.  Six Democratic senators are retiring (so far).

Presidential Followership.  Tuesday's meandering mess of a news conference exposed that his first term's permanent campaign — attempting to reframe all issues to maximize him and minimize his opposition — is going to be inappropriate for the only thing Mr. Obama has got now:  a mere American presidency.  Whether Roosevelt, Nixon, Bill Clinton or George W. Bush, every second-term president must in time come to grips with the reality that it can't be about just his agenda or just him.

President Obama's second term shaping up as a train wreck.  Successful presidential second terms have been hard to come by since the end of World War II. [...] So perhaps no one should be surprised that President Obama's prospects for his second term took a beating in April.

Obama's Second Term Already Looks Like a Failure.  The president's poll numbers have been falling since December, for one thing. His average job-approval rating, compiled on, has been below 50 percent for weeks.  And liberal policy gains have been sparse, and mostly unrelated to Obama.  His campaign for new gun regulations is fizzling out — and not, primarily, because of opposition from the Republican House or filibuster threats from Republican senators.

1984 + 29.  Imagine if, during the campaign of 2008, someone had written the following:  "If Barack Obama is elected president, then each year from now on the federal budget will be a trillion dollars in the red.  He will pile up in two terms more debt than all previous presidents combined.  Interest rates will stay at near zero; 7.6 percent unemployment will be proof of progress in creating jobs.  Record use of food stamps, unemployment, and disability insurance will be hallmarks of recovery.  The government will take over health care, and the costs will skyrocket.  During Obama's second term, ammunition will vanish from America's store shelves in panic buying.  Gay marriage will become uncontroversial.  Women will be eligible for infantry combat. [...]" Obviously, such a conspiracist would have been dismissed as an unhinged nut.

Earlier speculation about Obama's second term

If you think the presidency of Barack H. Obama has been disastrous to this country, and it has, just wait until his second term.  The only thing standing in his way would be impeachment.

President Obama's Plan for A Socialist One Party State.  An independent judiciary is also supposed to be a check and balance on the abuse of government power.  But as his second term drags on, President Obama will have appointed more and more, and eventually a majority of, all federal judges.  Moreover, these won't just be any judges but liberal judges chosen with a liberal judicial philosophy that their job is not to follow the law, but to do what they think is right, regardless of the law.  What is "right" is going to be Obama's liberal/left agenda.

Obama's nightmare of a second term.  There is a lot of talk these days about "same sex marriage," "gun control," "voter ID," et al.  We are not hearing a lot about jobs, GDP growth or any of those complicated foreign policy problems that could just overwhelm President Obama's time in the next couple of years.  Call me cynical but I think that President Obama is engaging in a bit of distraction or keeping his base happy with a lot of the stuff that they want to hear.

Buyers, beware: UN Arms Trade Treaty will regulate individual gun ownership.  The U.N.'s Arms Trade Treaty, which seemed dead last July, is beginning to wrap up negotiations.  The Obama administration is committed to getting it passed.  Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed:  "The United States is steadfast in its commitment to achieve a strong and effective Arms Trade Treaty."  The treaty was resurrected on Nov. 8 — the very day after President Obama's re-election.  Very conveniently, that the Obama administration delayed the U.N. vote in favor of renewing negotiations delayed until the president was no longer constrained by public opinion.

Second-Term Blues.  Why do presidents get in trouble in their second terms?  They think they have a mandate when they don't.  They believe they're stronger politically than they really are.  They're convinced they can get away with things other presidents couldn't.  They think too highly of themselves personally and act accordingly.

Environmental Zealots vs. the Constitution.  President Obama has given more indication about what we can expect from the EPA in his second-term global warming agenda.  He has picked Gina McCarthy, one of Lisa Jackson's top lieutenants to head the Environmental Protection Agency as its new chief.

Will Obama push us over the edge?  What can we expect of a second Obama term? Obama will continue to try to pick winners and losers.  He will continue to pursue the agenda of organized labor at the expense of the unemployed, especially young people.  He will continue to try to achieve through the regulatory power of the executive branch what he cannot get through Congress.  He will continue to try to grow the government at the expense of the free market and of individual freedoms, especially the free exercise of religion and the right to bear arms.

Obama lays groundwork to bypass Congress in second term.  Going into his second term, President Obama is facing a dilemma.  On the one hand, he still wants to pursue an ambitious liberal legislative agenda.  On the other hand, he knows that as long as Republicans have control of the House and 45 seats in the Senate, he won't be able to enact it.  In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, he responded by laying the groundwork to bypass Congress in his second term.

Brainwashed by Obama.  One would think with a soaring youth unemployment rate, a $16 trillion national debt, rising costs of higher education and health care, and more taxes, young Americans would come to their senses.  Yet we continue to subscribe to the destructive, progressive agenda the president has pursued during his first four years and has laid out for his next four.

Democratic Senator: 'Much of Progressive Agenda is Going to Be Driven' by Obama Using Executive Power.  Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) says that he believes President Obama in his second term will drive the progressive agenda forward with a more aggressive use of executive power.  "We're going to see a president of the United States use his executive powers as much as he's allowed to under federal law and under the Constitution, in a more aggressive way than last time," Brown said in an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.

Sunstein: Obama Wants 'Second Bill of Rights'.  Obama is aiming at achieving a new set of socioeconomic rights, whether through law or through policy.  It is the dream of progressives and liberals for the better part of a century — a dream that has resisted the reality that these "rights" are not justiciable; that they degrade the value of other, fundamental, rights; and they create more policy problems than they solve.

A Second Bill of Rights, or just another Bill of Goods?  Cass Sunstein recently published an op-ed on January 28 at saying that President Obama "firmly rejects 'equality of result,' but is simultaneously committed to ensuring both fair opportunity and decent security for all."  After that, Obama will pull a rabbit out of his hat.

Obama unlikely to pass major legislation in second term.  If we're assuming Obama does actually have plans to govern even further to his left in his second term, he'll face the problem that a Republican-controlled House will prevent him from passing major legislation.

Barack Obama looks bitter, arrogant and partisan as he begins his second term.  The liberal New Republic, which is periodically described as the in-flight magazine on Air Force One for Democratic presidents, has just released the transcript of an interview with Barack Obama as he looks ahead to the next four years.  The New Republic piece is a compelling read, and is aptly headlined:  "Barack Obama is not pleased."  It paints a portrait of a president, in his own words, who appears deeply partisan, sneeringly dismissive of his political opponents, bitterly angry at his adversaries for standing in the way on issues such as the budget, and completely lacking in any humility.

Obama's Regulatory Rampage.  In his second term, the president will have every incentive to pursue an agenda predominantly, perhaps even exclusively, through unilateral executive branch action.  Some call this the "regulatory cliff"; others, a regulatory "flood" or "tsunami" (as Sen. Rob Portman, the Wall Street Journal, and the Chamber of Commerce have put it).  Call it what you will, but for the next four years, the Obama administration will govern primarily through the regulatory agencies.  And Congress and the courts, having tied their own hands, can do little to stop it.

'More Flexibility': Obama to Govern by Executive Fiat in 2nd Term.  [Scroll down]  And what will this "new normal" look like in an Obama second term?  Obama can use the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to restrict the speech of conservatives on radio and television, while shutting down free speech on the internet.  He can use the Environmental Protection Agency to assault the energy and manufacturing sectors.  He can use the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to attack free enterprise and mire businesses in red tape.  He can continue using the Justice Department to fight election integrity, the National Labor Relations Board to bolster Big Labor, and the IRS to slap down his political opponents.  And Vice President Biden and Attorney General Holder are now conspiring on how to restrict gun rights without having to go through Congress.

Mark Levin's Inaugural Day Message — Fight!  "I don't think Obama knows exactly what he's going to go for in his second term," Levin said, "as he will look for opportunities to exploit as events unfold.  I am sure they've drawn up a partial a list, and we already know that it includes, but is not limited to, gun control; attacks on the First Amendment such as religious liberty; amnesty for illegal aliens; union expansion; institutionalizing Obamacare; institutionalizing voter corruption; de-industrialization via the EPA; destroying the capitalist-based economy via tax increases, smothering regulations, massive deficit spending, and endless borrowing; and hollowing out our military; etc.

Obama 2.0: Destroy the GOP as National Party.  Since winning reelection, President Obama has been aggressive, combative and supremely confident in his public appearances.  Like many reelected Presidents, he enters his second term believing he has a personal mandate from the voters.  Unlike many others in their second term, however, he seems focused not on achieving specific policy results, but in reshaping the American political landscape.  He is set to use the next four years to make the Republican Party a toxic brand in many parts of the country.

CBS News Joins Obama's War on the Republican Party, Civil Rights.  [John] Dickerson calls on President Obama to use his Second Inaugural address to do what he has already been doing since his re-election, namely, to declare war on the GOP.  Dickerson uses such eliminationist rhetoric as "go for the throat" to get Obama's blood up and get going on "transforming" the country.  Obama has spent just about every minute since his re-election trying to destroy the GOP.

Obama's Target is Not Just Republicans, but the Constitution Itself.  President Barack Obama's second inaugural address has been described as one of the most partisan ever given, heralding a sweeping left-wing agenda and demonizing his opponents.  But President Obama's target is not simply the Republican Party:  it is the Constitution itself, and the values of liberty that it enshrines.

Prepare for a long, nasty four years.  Fewer Americas are working today than when Mr. Obama took the oath of office four years ago.  The unemployment rate is higher.  He's the first president to preside over a decline in median household income during a recovery.  Nearly half as many more people receive food stamps than when he first took office and 1 out of every 6 Americans lives in poverty.  The national debt has grown from $10.627 trillion four years ago — or $34,782 for every man, woman and child — to $16.433 trillion, or $52,135 for every American as of Thursday [1/17/2013].

Obama's New Year's Resolutions: Power Grab the Internet — and Your Wallet.  It's the New Year, the pre-dawn of President Barack Obama's second term — in which he is free to be more "flexible," and is resolved to engage in even more illegal, unilateral power grabs.  Long on the Obama-Leftist power grab hit list has been the Internet.  Pre-Obama, the 'Net was just about regulation-free — and thus became a free speech, free market Xanadu.

More about Obama's efforts to take over the internet.

The Obama Revolution.  On the eve of his second inauguration, we ought to face the unpleasant fact that Obama will be remembered as a president of achievement and consequence.  It does not matter if, like I do, you think those achievements are horrible and that their consequences will be worse.  Obama's reversal of the Reagan revolution is here.

Obama Playing Chicken with American Men.  The Obama administration's current warpath against so-called "gun violence" — which is Newspeak for non-violence committed by non-criminals with their non-illegal private property — is a brazen challenge to America's manhood.  The progressives have apparently decided that this is the moment when they can play their ultimate authoritarian hand, and let the chips fall where they may.  They believe, in other words, that this is the moment when they may be able to break America at last, one way or another.

Obama Second Term Overview: The Beginning, not the End, of the Campaign.  Obama's vision has run into an immovable obstacle:  not House Republicans, who are weakened by division despite returning with a majority; but, rather, reality.  There is no money left to achieve what Obama wants do to, or to pay for commitments he has already made; neither is there the capacity in the federal government to carry out his new regulatory plans, nor the will among the general public to tolerate more of them.

New nonprofit to promote Obama agenda.  In an unprecedented move, President Barack Obama's vaunted political organization is being turned into a nonprofit group — funded in part by corporate money — to mobilize support behind the president's second-term agenda.

Second-Term Reckonings.  Obama either has misread his reelection as a mandate (e.g., Republicans maintained control of the House and the majority of state governorships and legislatures; Obama, unlike most second-term presidents, received fewer votes than in 2008), or he believes that his progressive legacy lies in ramming through change by any means necessary to obtain results that are neither possible through legislative compromise nor supported by majorities of the American people.

Obama's spending problem.  Second terms, untainted by re-election posturing, often reveal a president's true governing philosophy.  In the case of President Obama, two recent revelations have confirmed all we may need to know about his agenda for the next four years.

Obama's Second Term Plan.  Obama isn't quite out of control, but he's getting close.  Reelection has not only emboldened him, it's also prompted him to mock and belittle Republicans.  "If anything, he's becoming more, not less, polarizing," says Peter Wehner, a former presidential adviser to George W. Bush.

Cruz: Liberals Should Be Concerned About An "Imperial" And "Nixonian" President.  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tells Sean Hannity that President Obama has "drunk the kool-aid" and believes he can do nothing wrong since he got reelected. [...] Cruz also tells Hannity that disregarding the constraints of the Constitution is a "pattern" with Obama and that it's only going to get worse in a second term.

What Obama's Senate Mafia Means for America:  It's difficult to say for certain what this will mean for Obama's second-term foreign and defense policy, but some broad themes stand out.

Fight for your life today.  Tyranny, rooted in these gun control proposals, is exactly what the Second Amendment was written to prevent.  Each of us has a natural human right to keep and bear arms to preserve life and liberty.  History proves that surrendering arms to the state has always been a fatal mistake for populations who disarmed.  Unless you, and me, and millions of Americans voice clear, strong and constant objections to Congress, starting today, two centuries of American liberty will end under this president.

An idea whose time has come.  Find a foxhole.  Your president is about to declare war on you.  Have it ready before Barack Hussein Obama brings out the truncheons directly following his second inauguration. [...] After inauguration, the most anti-American president ever elected is coming after your country for real, the main difference being that the Fundamental Transformation of America is no longer a vague theory, but is now ready for implementation.

2013: Welcome to Very, Very Scary Times.  These are the most foreboding times in my 59 years.  The reelection of Barack Obama has released a surge of rare honesty among the Left about its intentions, coupled with a sense of triumphalism that the country is now on board for still greater redistributionist change.

Cliff Deal Only Whets Obama's Appetite For More Taxes.  Anyone who thinks the fiscal cliff deal will end President Obama's soak-the-rich campaign isn't paying attention.  Even before the ink had dried on his $620 billion tax hike, Obama was talking up his desire for more.

Unions dream big for Obama's 2nd term.  [R]ight-to-work advocates expect Mr. Obama to keep pushing his pro-union agenda largely under the radar, through agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board and the Department of Labor.

This isn't America Right Now.  The nation is more divided than ever in history.  The nation is more immoral and unethical than at any time in history.  The nation is more fiscally broke than at any time in history.  The nation is more hate-filled than at any time in history.  It is more violent than at any time in history and it is in fact, more racist than at any time in history.

Obama's Regulatory Cliff Is The Bigger Problem.  As IBD reported before the election, Obama's regulatory minions had temporarily put several costly new rules on ice to protect the president from charges that he was anti-business and to shield the economy from the effects of all these huge new regulatory burdens.  But almost as soon as voters decided to give Obama four more years, his regulators once again sprang into action.

Obama's Stealth Redistribution Strategy.  President Obama is using a shotgun approach to redistribute your wealth, with multiple attacks on your income, property, savings, and cost of living.  These coordinated attacks started after the 2008 election and are now set to hit critical mass in his second term.

Obama 2: Even more reckless.  His behavior now is even more troubling.  That he's willing to risk sending the economy back into recession and killing even more jobs leads me to believe his second term will be far more radical than the first.  A stranger to humility, he thinks re-election confers a blank check.

Barack Obama: From Beginning to End.  Intelligent people across the country are asking out loud whether another presidential term for Barack Obama actually will be as bad as we expect it to be.  Unfortunately, it probably will be.  Because he was as horrible, as disdainful of the Constitution and of decency, fair play and good judgment, as he was in the first four years, imagine what he can do now that he needs not worry about re-election.

Political Predictions: Obama's Second Term.  What are we to expect from a second Obama term?  Simply put, more of the same, but with tax hikes.  In his first term in office, President Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress have shown themselves to be shrewd pragmatists, continuing all of the important planks in the bipartisan program that has propelled America toward receivership and post-constitutional rule for several generations.

Barack Obama blunders again on the world stage.  It is only two weeks since his re-election, and his second term remains two months away, but Barack Obama is already blundering again on the world stage, with the kind of gaffes that would have been plastered on the front page of The New York Times if they had been committed by George W. Bush when he was in the White House.  Obama's first term was littered with foreign policy gaffes, and there is every chance the second term will be more of the same.

In Four More Years We'll Be Detroit.  While we are not at the point yet for the federal government to declare bankruptcy, you may rest assured that that day is coming, because the same forces that are driving Detroit to bankruptcy are driving the US as well.

The Rising Tide.  "The tide of war is receding," President Barack Obama is fond of saying.  Who's he kidding?  It has not been two weeks since the president's reelection and already foreign policy crises are metastasizing.

Three Fictions about Obama's Second Term (and Why They aren't Encouraging).  A week after the presidential election, we're wading deep in election analyses and prognoses for what a second Obama term means to the nation.  Republicans and conservatives, of course, are keenly interested in what the president's reelection means to their fortunes.  It might be helpful to address a few key arguments advanced by pundits about the election and its consequences — arguments that could be loosely defined as fictions.

Three words to define Obama 2.0.  Whatever the topic, he was by turns evasive, strident and pugnacious.  No wonder the stock market took another tumble, with the Dow down a staggering 685 points since Nov. 6.  His combative attitude suggests Obama wants a fight instead of bipartisan solutions to America's problems.

3 Windows into Obama's Dangerous Second Term.  Several post-election developments have already served advance warning on America, or at least the portion paying attention between so-called reality TV shows, that President Obama's second term will be every bit as dangerous and ultimately disastrous as those of us deeply concerned about the consequences of his reelection warned it will be.

Does Obama Doom America?  The words aren't coming from alarmists.  They come in face-to-face conversations, or in emails, or on the phone.  They come from Washington, from New York, from New Jersey, from Minnesota, from Alabama, from New Orleans — from all over.  Serious, ordinary people, some of whom live and breathe politics and some of whom pay almost no attention to current affairs, aren't panicking or exaggerating.  They are really worried about what this man in the White House will do now.  And they're really worried about whether America as we know it can survive.

Would Obama Support Reparations in a Second Term?  In Barack Obama's second term, the president will ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and sign onto the United Nations Declaration for the Rights of Indigenous People in order to impose slavery reparation, says a new report.  Danette Clark, author of the report, said that far from being an obscure conspiracy theory, the reparation movement is a part of the two main tenants of Obama's political philosophy:  social justice and income redistribution.

More about reparations for slavery.

First casualty in second Obama term: Liberty.  Many voters say this presidential election comes down to the economy.  Others say they're voting on social issues like abortion, or foreign policy and America's role in the world.  But Aaron Klein and Brenda Elliot believe it's about much more.  Economic recovery and foreign policy, they say, are only pieces of a much larger issue at stake:  liberty.

Trumka: Card check will happen in second Obama term.  The legislation would make it easier for labor unions to organize by abolishing the secret ballot — and was a top labor priority during Obama's first term.  And it's one of the enduring sources of tension between the labor movement and the Obama administration.

Obama Supreme Court Is the Stuff of Nightmares.  Conservatives rightfully fear a second term for President Obama, but seem barely aware of the biggest threat posed by his re-election.  Yes, there's plenty of reason to worry about what Obama will pressure Congress into or do unilaterally through executive orders.  However, it's the third branch of government — the judiciary — that will likely give Obama the greatest opportunity to fulfill his dream of a radical makeover for America.  That's because the United States Supreme Court is at a tipping point unseen since the 1930's, and Barack Obama will likely be able to tip the Court far to the left if re-elected.

Obama's Second-Term Agenda.  Observers on both sides of the political aisle have noted, often with surprise, President Obama's failure to offer an agenda for a second term in office.  It would be a mistake, however, to assume Obama has no second-term agenda; he simply doesn't have one he can express aloud.

Democrats get elected, insiders get cash, Americans get nothing.  Outside of higher taxes on everyone, we don't know a lot about what President Obama's second term agenda would look like.  But we do know this:  it would mean a lot more taxpayer investments in green energy companies.  Campaigning in Florida earlier this year, Obama told supporters he would "double-down on a clean energy industry that's never been more promising."  Never mind that almost 50 energy companies Obama has already wasted tax payer dollars on are either faltering or already bankrupt.

White House data supports Romney claim that Obama will raise debt to $20 trillion.  White House data supports Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's warning that if President Barack Obama wins re-election, the national debt will hit $20 trillion.  America's gross federal debt will reach $20.3 trillion at the end of 2016 under Obama's budget path, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget.  The national debt is currently $16.1 trillion.

Obama and the future of our republic.  President Obama must be defeated on Tuesday.  Our republic hangs in the balance.  A second term would enable him to achieve his seminal goal:  the transformation of America into a European social democracy.  The nation of our Founding Fathers will cease to exist.  Our constitutional system will be replaced by a corporatist superstate based on arbitrary, centralized power and the fusion of big government, big business and big labor.  His re-election would represent the final victory of the progressive movement — the creation of a liberal, socialist regime.

The Real Choice.  We're coming down to the wire now for the 2012 elections, but if you think that this choice is between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, you haven't been paying attention. [...] The choice is between restoring America or watching our nation become, in perpetuity, a larger version of the beleaguered European Union.

Undecideds: Please read this before voting.  In a nutshell:  Re-electing President Obama will lock us into a course that will lead us to fiscal collapse, place unimaginable burdens on our children and destroy the ability of government to protect our interests around the world and the most vulnerable here at home.  Before you dismiss that as mere partisanship, please take a few moments to read my explanation.  Our debt is simply unsustainable, and the consequences will eventually devastate us — perhaps sooner rather than later.

Obama's Reelection Will Ensure Complete U.S. Economic Collapse.  This coming presidential election will determine whether the U.S. ends up in another Great Depression or pulls out of the economic slump.  There are numerous signs indicating that the country is headed for economic Armageddon under Obama.  Some analysts are predicting the crash could come as soon as next year.  Obama is following the failed policies of President Herbert Hoover which led to the Great Depression.

News flash:  Obama wants to expand the federal government.
Obama floats plan for a 'secretary of Business' if he wins second term.  President Obama says he would like to establish a "secretary of Business" if he wins a second term.  In an interview with MSNBC, the president said he wants to consolidate a number of business and trade-related agencies, creating a "one-stop shop" for oversight.

The Editor says...
That's the same kind of "umbrella" language that was used to justify the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.  With the DHS, all we got was another layer of impenetrable and unaccountable bureaucracy.

A Department Of Business Is None Of Obama's Business.  Eight days before election day, President Obama proposes creating a new "Secretary Of Business" cabinet post.  Just what the country needs:  Another layer of bureaucracy to hound the private sector. [...] He's already got a Secretary of Business in the Department of Commerce.  And, say, isn't "commerce" a near-synonym for business?

Obama's Little Plan.  There isn't a single true economic-growth incentive in this scant plan.  There's no serious spending, deficit, and debt reduction, and no attempt to solve the Social Security and health-entitlement problems, which are moving us toward bankruptcy.  Nothing.

Some plan.  It's not just that the plan is the first voters have heard of any Obama has for his second term — two weeks before Election Day — but that the brochure is about as cheesy a cheap shot as they come.

Stop believing in Obama.  Barack Obama's closing argument for his re-election requires a declaration of faith.  "I believe in you," he told a crowd of supporters Wednesday [10/24/2012].  "I need you to keep believing in me."  Regrettably, four years of failure leave precious little to believe in. [...] The future would simply be more of the same in a second term.  Mr. Obama's slogan is "Forward," but he does not know where he is going.

Obama's Second-Term Plan Is Nothing But A Stage Prop.  Anyone wondering why President Obama waited to reveal his second-term agenda should read his "plan."  It's nothing but a stage prop full of recycled policies, failed ideas and stuff he ignored in his first term.

If Obama Wins, Will He Be Another Woodrow Wilson?  [Scroll down]  When Americans voted in November 1916, World War I had been raging in Europe for more than two years.  Hundreds of thousands were dying in trench warfare, and Wilson ran on the slogan of, "He kept us out of war."  Wilson's second term was wholly unlike his first.  In April 1917, he went before Congress and got approval for a declaration of war against Germany.  A military draft was instituted, a law passed criminalizing antiwar protests, the railroads were nationalized, and the top income tax rate was raised to 77 percent.

Sen. Inhofe warns of unfettered EPA in second Obama term.  One of the Senate's most vocal critics of President Barack Obama's Environmental Protection Agency will release a report Thursday [10/18/2012] about what he warns will be a series of onerous regulations the agency plans to impose on American taxpayers after the November election. [...] Inhofe's report focuses on the Obama administration's commitment to what Inhofe considers a "far left green agenda," and on how that agenda will inform the EPA's rulemaking and enforcement strategy during a second Obama term.

Gun industry thrives during Obama's term in office.  Gun buyers fear that Obama wants to restrict their purchases, especially if he were re-elected.

More about Obama and gun control.

Obama expected to push gun control in second term.  With President Obama's final election behind him, gun-control advocates said they expect the White House to begin pushing through an assortment of gun restrictions in coming months.  Obama rarely talked about guns during his re-election campaign, and when he did, it was mostly to reassure voters he had no plans to take away their constitutionally protected firearms.

A President Without a Plan.  The question we kept asking as the evening wore on, however, is what does he want to do for the next four years?  At least two questioners put the point directly, yet Mr. Obama never provided much of an answer.  Sure, he wants to hire 100,000 more teachers, as if there is the money to hire them or it would make much difference to student outcomes.  He wants to invest in "solar and wind and biofuels, energy-efficient cars," which probably means more Solyndras and A123s.

America Won't Survive Another Four Years of Obama.  20% of Americans received some kind of means-tested government check in 2008, when George W. Bush left office.  Now 32% of Americans get some kind of means-tested support — food stamps, disability, welfare, and so forth.  That's a third of the country.  Transfer payments are now fully one-fifth of personal income, as I observed in an essay last year.  Obama's arbitrary and perhaps illegal changes in welfare work requirements create a cycle of dependency, as the Romney campaign has warned.

Obama Would Double Down in a Second Term.  [Scroll down]  Obama is psychologically incapable of admitting his mistakes and ideologically bound to repeat them.  He still evidences no concern over our crushing national debt and our declining military power and influence in the world, and he gives no indication that he has any confidence in the private sector to rebound on its own, despite presiding over the worst economic recovery and longest periods of high unemployment in 50 years.  If Obama is re-elected, he'll finish the job he started, all right.  Bank on it.

In second term, Obama will allow UN to tax Americans.  It should come as no surprise that President Obama will raise taxes if he is re-elected.  But here's the shocker:  He will invite the United Nations to tax Americans directly.  And the proceeds would go directly to the Third World.  In this way, Barack Obama will, indeed, realize the dreams of his father.

Ted Nugent Says U.S. Is 'Done' if Obama is Re-elected.  Throughout the course of the interview Nugent repeatedly stressed the absolute necessity of electing Romney/Ryan in 2012 and indicated that we can just look around to us see what terrible results President Barack Obama's policies have had on our nation.  Obama and his cohorts are doing to us what other liberals have done to places like Detroit, where a once thriving city has been gutted from within by "liberals [who] train people to be dependent, to be slaves, and to be blindly obedient" to the freedom-crushing structure of liberalism, he says.

The '07 Obama Video.  To review, this tape simply confirms what those who've been paying attention should already know:  Obama has been deceptive about his past influences and present policies, and will turn on his suburban middle-class supporters the first chance he gets if reelected.  But how many voters are paying attention?

Democrats lay out second-term wish list for President Obama.  The presidential contest is far from over, but House Democrats are already readying their legislative wish-lists in hopes that President Obama is reelected.  The lawmakers are floating a broad array of issues they'd like Obama to tackle immediately in a second term, placing a focus on jobs and the economy, but also thorny discretionary issues like immigration, climate change, housing — even a return to healthcare reform.

Lead bullets under fire.  Should President Obama win in November, it's a certainty he'll try once again to ban lead ammunition.  Just two months after he moved into the White House, the National Park Service suddenly announced it was banning lead bullets from its parks.  The blowback from sportsmen was intense, so the agency backed down.  Mr. Obama surely will exert "more flexibility" in a second term to accomplish this backdoor assault on the Second Amendment.

60% of firms to kill health insurance or charge more under Obamacare.  A majority of small business owners and manufacturers are mulling drastic changes to comply with Obamacare, with 21 percent set to drop health insurance to workers altogether and 38 percent planning to make employees pay much more.  In a poll done for the National Association of Manufacturers and National Federation of Independent Businesses, 59 percent said that they will have to consider changes once the full law kicks in because increased costs will jeopardize their operations.  According to the poll, 67 percent expect Obamacare to raise healthcare costs.

John Kerry defends Susan Rice.  Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is coming to the defense of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice — rumored to be his top rival to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a second Obama term.

Do Americans truly understand 'redistribution of wealth'?  The recently uncovered tape of Obama addressing students at Loyola University in 1998 has produced an uproar.  In the tape, Obama expressed his admiration for redistributive government programs. [...] If he is elected, Obama's 1998 proposition will be reality in the next four years.  When he proposed to redistribute wealth, Ibama meant that the system has to find a "trick" way to transform your wealth into government's hands.  Government will then distribute that wealth to others of its choosing.

What Does Israel Do if Obama Is Reelected?  I'm going to try to analyze what Israeli strategy might look like if Obama were to be reelected.  I don't want to write a partisan piece — predicting every type of the most horrible disaster and open hatred from the White House — but a serious analytical effort.  This involves speculation, but policymakers have to develop the most likely scenarios in order to plan ahead.

School-Lunch Fiasco: Only the Beginning.  Drudge today links a student protest video objecting to Michelle Obama's school lunch regulations, and stories about school-lunch complaints are cropping up everywhere.  This one from the Christian Science Monitor is a case study in the perils of over-regulation:  one-size-fits-all, conflicting goals, rising prices, and failure to see the big picture.  The school lunch issue offers a tiny taste of what's in store for America once Obama's massive regulatory agenda begins to hit in a second term.

Obama, Axelrod, and Gun Control in a Second Term?  [W]ill a second-term Obama press for gun control?  Apparently his chief strategist likes the idea.

Obama Versus Obama.  [Scroll down]  If any President can unilaterally change the law, we are not likely to have the same freedom under rule by presidential fiat as under Constitutional government.  This is especially dangerous in a President's second term, when he need no longer have to consider what the voters want.  With a couple more Supreme Court appointments he can permanently change the very nature of American government.

Top 10 bad economic signs for Obama.  [#10]  Poverty:  One area of growth during the Obama Era is in the number of Americans who have fallen into poverty.  Since Obama took office, the number of people officially living in poverty — defined as an annual income of $23,021 for a family of four — topped 15 percent and increased from 39.8 million to 46.6 million.  Those numbers will likely grow in a second term since his policies are more aimed at giving handouts than creating a positive climate for job creation.

Democrat: Immigration deal a lock in 2013 if Obama is reelected.  A prominent Hispanic lawmaker is predicting that President Obama and a weakened Republican Party will strike a deal on immigration next year.  Rep. Luis Gutierrez said he's received no promises from the White House that Obama would move quickly on immigration reform if reelected in November.  But the Illinois Democrat said it's a lock the president would use a second term to revamp the nation's immigration laws.

Gun Sales Hinge on Obama Re-Election.  As Cabela's Inc. prepares the selection of guns it will sell for the holiday season and winter hunting, the outdoor-gear retailer has two plans:  one if President Barack Obama is re-elected, and one if he isn't.

Name a single thing that has improved under his rule.
Obama's Dangerous and Disastrous Presidency.  The parade of abuses, incompetencies, extravagances, and illegalities goes on and on.  The record of improvements in any sector of American life is... well, nil.  Nothing is better, not a single thing, at home or abroad.  And Obama has offered no recognizable plans, no new proposals, no substance at all, for making things better in a second term.

One Election Away from Tragedy.  For the last thirty-plus years, each election has been described by pundits as "the most important election in history."  Finally this claim is no longer hyperbole.  Elections can be important, but they should not be "game-changers."  For the first time in my life, we face an election that truly lives up to its exaggerated billings.  This election likely is the most important one in American history.

Obama and Media Attack Free Speech.  It's a frightening and terrifying future we face if this man is reelected.  And nothing the media, or Obama's minions, or Obama himself can do should ever, EVER distract us from the paramount American need to replace him with someone strong enough to defend us in every way.

Obama Is Out Of Ideas.  America is deciding in this election whether it wants to ditch the economic system that made us the richest, most prosperous nation in the history of the world, for the hope and change not for something better, but for something supposedly fairer, like socialism and communism is supposedly fairer than capitalism.

Regulatory Tsunami To Hit Business If Obama Wins Second Term.  Using official government sources, the National Federation of Independent Business calculates that there are more than 4,000 federal rules in the pipeline, and that just the 13 biggest ones would, if imposed in an Obama second term, cost businesses a total of more than $515 billion over four years.  That tally doesn't include the more than 100 still-to-be-written regulations needed to enforce the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, or the mountain of regulations required by ObamaCare.

Obama's Disdain for Democracy and Free Expression.  Last week, we learned that the White House has been pressuring Google to censor a video about Muhammad because it has allegedly incited violence in Libya.  Google refused, but the very request is a useful reminder of the President's disdain for the democratic process and the principles of free expression upon which it stands.  It suggests that, even if his policies were not a catalogue of failure, giving him another term would constitute a clear and present danger to the republic.  Time after time, given the choice between accepting the will of the people and clinging to his own agenda, he has chosen the latter.  Again and again, given the choice between political expediency and freedom of speech, Obama has chosen the former.

Obama's Disdain for Democracy and Free Expression.  If Obama is permitted to remain President for another four years, the obstacle that now stands between us and the soft tyranny of the all powerful nanny state will become like Hadrian's wall — a crumbling relic from a bygone era abandoned by the people who built it because they ultimately deemed its defense less important than other, ostensibly more pressing priorities.

Who is the real Barack Obama?  In this election season, Mr. Obama appears willing to say or do anything to retain power.  The real fear is what he will do with power if he never again has to face the electorate.

Laura Ingraham to GOP: 'If you can't beat Barack Obama... shut down the party'.  On her Monday [9/10/2012] program, conservative radio host Laura Ingraham ripped into Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's campaign for its lackluster performance, citing unfavorable polling data showing Romney trailing President Barack Obama, despite the bad economy and high unemployment numbers.  Given that the economy is bad, Ingraham argued Romney should be shoo-in and blamed the Republican Party's leadership for that not being the case.

Rush Limbaugh Predicts 'End Of Republican Party' If Obama Wins Re-Election.  On his syndicated radio show Monday afternoon [9/10/2012], conservative host Rush Limbaugh predicted that if President Barack Obama wins re-election, it will mean an end to the Republican Party and the triggering of economic collapse within 18 months.

Beware Obama's Second-Term Agenda.  Even after President Obama's long-winded acceptance speech, Americans still don't know what he plans to do if he gets another term.  That's only because he doesn't want you to know.

Obama Selects Woman Who Wanted to Invade Israel As Chair of Genocide Panel.  This tells you everything you need to know about Obama's agenda.  And this from a man still moderating himself as he seeks re-election.  Samantha Power wanted a U.S. military invasion of Israel to force them to abide by a peace deal with the Palestinians.  Imagine what he'll unleash in a term when he doesn't feel compelled to please anyone.

How the Financial Collapse Would Happen in an Obama Second Term.  The stakes in the coming election could not be higher.  While crystal ball-gazing always is hazardous, the trail America's economy would follow, should President Obama's re-election effort succeed, has already been blazed.  Naturally, the media will tell you none of this.

'We Can't Wait' agenda shreds Constitution.  What or who exactly will stop President Obama in his second term if he ignores the Constitution?  What if he just decides to stop enforcing laws, as he decided to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act in the courts?  Or if he interprets them in such a way as to not enforce them, as he did when he granted states a way out of the work requirements under the Welfare Reform Act?

Charlotte crowds cool on Obama.  There is a mystery at the heart of American politics — what exactly President Obama would do if he wins another term in office?

The Question for Mr. Obama.  Incumbents tend to win presidential elections, but second-term presidents tend to be disappointing.  Mr Obama's first-term record suggests that, if re-elected, he could be the lamest of ducks.  That's why he needs a good answer to the big question:  just what would you do with another four years?

All-Out Marxist Media Assault on Romney/Ryan begins with Gusto!  [Scroll down]  Again, it's time to take our country back from the thugs and criminals occupying our federal government.  If Team Obama doesn't pull off some event that will allow him to declare "elections off" we still have the chance to save our country in November.  If he does declare elections-off, we can still do it.  But, it will be a great deal messier, harder and far more dangerous.  However, rid them we must or we should be prepared for abject slavery.

Laying the Groundwork of Obama's Second Term.  Electoral victory would obviate the need for Obama to waste a lot of time shaking down star-struck Hollywood stars and credulous (or frightened) Wall Street tycoons, allowing the president to devote more attention to the all-important tasks of improving his golf game, watching basketball, and partying.  But won't golf, basketball, and entertainment, while obviously consuming the lion's share of the president's schedule, leave him enough time for less enjoyable pursuits?  Like building on his first-term successes in destroying the economy, undermining the American dream, and knocking America down a peg or two in the international arena.

Lubbock Co. Judge warns of potential danger if Obama is re-elected.  Judge [Tom] Head said he and the county must be prepared for many contingencies, one that he particularly fears, is if President Obama is reelected.  "He's going to try to hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the UN, and what is going to happen when that happens?," Head asked.  "I'm thinking the worst.  Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war maybe.  And we're not just talking a few riots here and demonstrations, we're talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms and get rid of the guy.  "Now what's going to happen if we do that, if the public decides to do that?  He's going to send in U.N. troops.  I don't want 'em in Lubbock County.  OK.  So I'm going to stand in front of their armored personnel carrier and say 'you're not coming in here'.

Texas Judge Warns Obama May Spark "Civil War," Call in UN Troops.  Conservative-leaning Texas Judge Tom Head warned this week that Obama's reelection could spark mass unrest and possibly even a civil war — especially if the president decided to cede even more U.S. sovereignty to the United Nations or call in UN troops to deal with a potential American uprising.  But county officials are preparing accordingly, he added, touting a local tax increase to prepare for various "contingencies."

The Silent Second-Term Agenda.  President Obama has a reputation for talking, but not necessarily for saying much.  He has achieved new levels of vagueness this election season.  Beyond repeating that he's in favor of making the "rich" pay for more government "investment," he hasn't offered a single new idea for a second term.  This is deliberate. [...] Let's dispense with the obvious:  An Obama second term will be foremost about higher taxes and greater spending.  The president has been clear about the former and will consider victory in November a mandate to raise taxes on higher-income Americans and small businesses — at the least.

Texas official warns of Obama civil war.  A Lubbock County, Texas, judge is asking for a tax increase to hire deputies for the inevitable civil war he believes would follow President Obama's re-election.  The way he puts it, Judge Tom Head wants to prepare for the "worst", which to him means "civil unrest, civil disobedience" and possible "civil war", according to a report from Fox 34 Lubbock. [...] "He's going to try to hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the (United Nations), and what is going to happen when that happens?," Head asked the station during a Monday [8/20/2012] interview.

Spike Lee: Obama Will Do Whatever He Wants In Second Term.  [Video clip]

Presidential race boils down to one issue.  If you want to keep control over your life, then do not re-elect Barack Obama to a second term in the White House.  Hold tight to your liberty. [...] But if he is re-elected, by the end of his second term in 2016, you won't be living in the United States anymore.  At least not the United States that gave your grandparents, parents and you the liberty to rise to the level of your dreams and talents.

Obama's Communist Mentor.  On November 6, 2012, Americans will have just one chance to rid the nation of Barack Obama, an acolyte of Frank Marshall Davis and a friend of many who scorn America.  If he is reelected, he will do what communists have always done when the opportunity arose.  He will seize complete control of the machinery of government to enslave Americans who were duped into voting for a man whose true past was and continues to be carefully hidden by the mainstream media, a man mentored by a notorious communist.

Maybe Obama will make a comeback like Grover Cleveland.
The Second Obama Administration ... will be in 2017?  [Suppose Mitt Romney wins] the popular vote by two or three percentage points.  In that scenario, do you envision President Obama accepting defeat gracefully?  Do you picture him congratulating President Romney on his victory, and pledging to do everything possible to ensure a smooth transition?

7 Things to Expect If Obama Is Elected to a Second Term.  [#5]  The Supreme Court moves to the left:  Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 79, Antonin Scalia is 76, Anthony Kennedy is 75, and Stephen Breyer is 73.  Replacing Ginsburg or Breyer with 50 year old liberals would be bad enough, but imagine Obama selecting a replacement for Scalia or Kennedy.  If that happens, Obama would have five guaranteed votes on the Supreme Court for anything he wants to do.  Once we get to that point, the Constitution might as well not even exist.

Obama Says Election Will 'Tip the Balance' on the Supreme Court.  President Barack Obama, campaigning in the swing state of Colorado Wednesday [8/8/2012], decided to make the Supreme Court a key issue for the presidential campaign, after earlier focusing on his health care overhaul law, free contraception and funding for Planned Parenthood.

Obama's Second Term Transformation Plans.  The 2012 election has often been described as the most pivotal since 1860.  This statement is not hyperbole.  If Barack Obama is re-elected the United States will never be the same, nor will it be able to re-capture its once lofty status as the most dominant nation in the history of mankind.  The overwhelming majority of Americans do not understand that Obama's first term was dedicated to putting in place executive power to enable him and the administration to fulfill the campaign promise of "transforming America" in his second term regardless of which political party controls Congress.  That is why his re-election team is virtually ignoring the plight of incumbent or prospective Democratic Party office holders.

AFL-CIO's Trumka: Keystone XL pipeline possible in a second Obama term.  AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said this morning that should President Obama win a second term it was possible the White House would approve the Keystone XL pipeline project.  Trumka cautioned that environmental concerns regarding the pipeline would have to be addressed but said that could be done without undermining the project.

The Editor says...
Nonsense.  The Keystone XL pipeline will not be built as long as President Obama is in office.  If Mr. Obama and the left-wing Democrats weren't opposed to this pipeline project, it would already be halfway finished.

Norquist: A Vote for Obama is a Vote for $500 Billion Tax Increase.  [Grover] Norquist told Newsmax TV in an exclusive interview that the pledge "stops a tax increase, so if somebody tells you the pledge is getting in the way of getting something done what they mean is it's getting in the way of a tax increase."  "If they say it gets in the way of a compromise they haven't finished the sentence," he said.  "It gets in the way of a compromise that's actually a hidden tax increase.  So the pledge stops tax increases.  It makes possible real tax reform and real spending restraint."

If Obama is re-elected, many other businesses will be taken over.
Does President Obama Want to Take Over Other Industries?  It's no secret President Obama is proud of the taxpayer-funded government intervention that rescued U.S. automakers GM and Chrysler back in 2009.  He regularly takes credit for the companies' resurgent profitability and hiring as one of his top achievements.  Now, Republicans say Obama is suggesting on the campaign trail that he wants to do it again, this time in other sectors of the economy, in order to "get the hand of government driving every industry in America."

The Definition of Fascism:  As an economic system, fascism is socialism with a capitalist veneer. [...] Where socialism sought totalitarian control of a society's economic processes through direct state operation of the means of production, fascism sought that control indirectly, through domination of nominally private owners.  Where socialism nationalized property explicitly, fascism did so implicitly, by requiring owners to use their property in the "national interest" — that is, as the autocratic authority conceived it.  (Nevertheless, a few industries were operated by the state.)  Where socialism abolished all market relations outright, fascism left the appearance of market relations while planning all economic activities.

Liberal group unveils blueprint for second healthcare reform law.  A prominent left-leaning think tank is floating a plan for "next-generation" healthcare reform to address rising costs in the United States.  Experts at the Center for American Progress (CAP) described the proposed efficiency-based market reforms as a natural continuation of the Affordable Care Act.

Let's not open the back door to '1984' in 2012.  After another four years of Obama, 2016 would look more like "1984" than we dare allow.

What Obama Has in Store for Us.  No one can really claim they know exactly what makes the president tick.  But 2016: Obama's America leaves enough clues on the table to make us wonder if we would be taking an even bigger risk in reelecting him than we took in 2008.  After all, we've never observed the actions of a Barack Obama who knows he will never have to face an electorate again.

Obama is already working to get rid of the Suburbs.  President Obama is not a fan of America's suburbs.  Indeed, he intends to abolish them.  With suburban voters set to be the swing constituency of the 2012 election, the administration's plans for this segment of the electorate deserve scrutiny.  Obama is a longtime supporter of "regionalism," the idea that the suburbs should be folded into the cities, merging schools, housing, transportation, and above all taxation.  To this end, the president has already put programs in place designed to push the country toward a sweeping social transformation in a possible second term.  The goal:  income equalization via a massive redistribution of suburban tax money to the cities.

Regulatory czar leaving White House to return to Harvard Law School.  [Scroll down]  But Sunstein also drew fire from some conservatives like Glenn Beck, who, in April of 2010, called the professor "the most dangerous man in America" and seized on comments about gun control he made in his academic writing.  Sunstein has long been rumored as a potential choice of Obama for a Supreme Court vacancy, if one were to open.

Obama nominates Asian-American lesbian for federal judgeship.  President Obama nominated a Brooklyn prosecutor Thursday [8/2/2012] to be the first gay, Asian-American woman on the federal bench.  Pamela Ki Mai Chen, a seasoned civil rights prosecutor, was recommended for the post by Sen. Chuck Schumer.  Chen, who did not return a call for comment, is unlikely to go before the Senate for confirmation until after the presidential election.

Second Amendment at risk in second term.  Democrats just couldn't hold it together.  With less than 100 days to go before the election, the left let slip its vision of a second term for President Obama that will be the end for the Second Amendment.

Obama's Second Term.  [Scroll down]  We have a president who wants to achieve something on the scale of ObamaCare in his second term. He wants to leave a distinctive mark on our society through an expansionist program that, in one way or another, fulfills the dreams of the far Left. There is virtually no discussion of the fiscal crisis at hand, and any reference to it is offset by huge expansions of programs. Nowhere is there any serious focus on job creation within the private sector or increased revenue through improved economic conditions. Nor is there any earnest consideration of a balanced budget.

Top 10 most dangerous liberals.  [#1]  President Obama:  Give the former community organizer a second term in office and see the havoc that will follow.  Unrestrained by political concerns, expect every possible left-wing policy to be enacted by executive order or through agency regulations.  He already has taken us half-way to bureaucratic Gomorrah with his Obamacare travesty.  The president has fulfilled his promise to transform America by making us more dependent on government.

If Obama wins, look for expansion of the federal dole.  First, on July 12, the Obama administration issued a directive that could result in the removal of the work requirement from the landmark 1996 welfare reform law.  The work requirement was the heart of that reform, and removing it would mean, in the words of conservative welfare expert Robert Rector, "the end of welfare reform as we know it."  It will likely also mean more people on welfare, should Barack Obama — who has opposed welfare reform from the very beginning — win a second term.  Second, the Obama administration has made a far-reaching effort to increase the number of Americans on food stamps.

It's the Bureaucrats, Stupid.  Once the very foundational nature of this insidiousness is understood, everything else falls into place.  Perhaps even in the minds of the precious moderates and independents.  It's the bureaucrats, stupid!  Vote Obama in 2012, and you have cast your ballot for more rules and more paperwork and more bureaucrats to answer to should you dare to try to carve out your little piece of the pie without government help.  Vote against Obama, and you are at least saying "no" to the Roanoke vision.  Yes, bureaucrats, bureaucracies, red tape, endless and mindless regulations are the real cancer that is sapping the freedom from not only our economy, but also our very lives.

Obama's second-term agenda will prove devastating to U.S..  Americans may think they know what President Obama would do if he wins four more years.  But, in reality, they have no idea just how radical and far-reaching his agenda would be.  Obama himself has been clear about using another term to "reform" our financial sector and ensure the implementation of ObamaCare.  The president also has said he would attempt progressive-style immigration reform, with the presumption of amnesty for illegal aliens.

Obama's Socialist Job Plans For His Second Term Exposed.  In their new book, Fool Me Twice: Obama's Shocking Plans for the Next Four Years Exposed, Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliot delineate exactly how Barack Obama will implement radical plans to expedite the transformation of the United States into a socialist state, if he is reelected.  One of the prime avenues Obama plans to exploit is to initiate vast government programs to create jobs.

A Second Term Will Be Terminal.  With a second term for Obama, the world-leading America we have known and hoped to leave to our children will be gone.  Last Friday's jobs report confirms that Obama is well on his way to transforming America into a third world country, with declining living standards and perpetual economic stagnation.

Canada should open its doors for Barack Obama refugees.  What would happen if thousands of Americans fleeing President Barack Obama's ravaged U.S. economy and its soaring unemployment rates flooded the Canadian border post November 6, 2012?  Would Canada welcome Obama refugees with open arms?  Not according to the rules as currently set up by Canada Immigration.

Constitution's Limits Threaten in an Obama Second Term.  Liberty endures only when each branch fully and fearlessly checks and balances the other two branches.  Abdicating judicial review empowers President Obama to subvert the Constitution with an imperial presidency, and fundamentally transform the United States to the detriment of future generations.

The Supreme Court Stakes in 2012.  Chief Justice Roberts has become a "swing" justice on the Supreme Court — along with Justice Kennedy, who has occupied the swing position held by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor until she was replaced by conservative Justice Samuel Alito in 2006.  The court now is composed of three solid conservatives and four solid liberals, with Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Kennedy leaning conservative.  Even that mixture makes the current court the most conservative in nearly a century.  But it also means that the replacement of a single conservative justice by President Obama in a second term would turn the court sharply to the left.

Small President, Small Man.  President Obama's penchant for blaming everyone but himself for his administration's failures (pre-eminently George W. Bush, of course) has made him something of a laughingstock.  He has, of course, a serious problem:  his record is too poor for him to talk about it, and he has no plans for his second term other than more of the same.

Party Loyalty and the Future of America.  [Scroll down]  Barack Obama has made clear by his disdain for elected Democrats everywhere that his is a dictatorial and narcissistic mindset. [...] If Barack Obama is re-elected, the nation will descend into economic and societal chaos.

Obama's Hope ... And Climate Change.  'Obama has an ambitious second-term agenda," wrote Ryan Lizza in this week's New Yorker.  "The President has said that the most important policy he could address in his second term is climate change," supposedly to "improve the world."  So forget about the abysmal jobless numbers above 8% for over three years, or the $15 trillion deficit that threatens to turn the U.S. into Greece.  No, amid those very real calamities, climate change is more important.  If this isn't a sign of a president out of touch with reality, what is?

Everything Is At Stake, All Right.  On this we can agree with President Obama:  Everything he stands for is at stake in 2012. ... He has also said many times that he believes his goals are so important that he intends to implement them with or without Congress, through executive or administrative usurpations.  He has done more than talk; he has acted in contravention of the Constitution and intends to continue in that vein.  What he might do in a second term is frightening to those who believe in freedom and equality of opportunity, that our current pattern of discretionary and entitlement spending is not just unsustainable but also guaranteed to destroy the country, and that we cannot preserve our freedom if we persist on a course of unilateral disarmament.

The Top 5 Reasons Obama Must Be Removed as Commander-in-Chief.  Obama recently signed a mysterious new law that proclaims all American soil is a "battleground," thereby allowing the president to indefinitely detain any American citizen without charges.  Critics fear Obama will use his fun new unconstitutional powers to make his political enemies disappear ... With each passing hour, the question becomes not if America can survive a second term, but whether we can survive another day.  It's not just the $15 trillion in debt, the Muslim Brotherhood in the catbird seat, and our bleeding open border.  It's the never-ending deliberate assaults against our safety and security laughingly committed by the cold-eyed man with the nuclear code.

The Media and the Republicans.  [Scroll down]  The media has begun its efforts to re-elect Obama and protect their interests.  Already stories are circulating making him out to be invincible and the potential Republican field full of inept, right-wing loons.

Seven Of The Most Disturbing Quotes From Members Of The Obama Administration.  [#7]  "Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe." — Steven Chu, Energy Secretary.  Ever wonder why gas prices are so high under Obama?  Could it be because Obama's Energy Secretary wants to dramatically increase the price of gas?  Gas is more than $8 a gallon in most of Western Europe.  Guess that gives them something to shoot for if Obama gets a second term.

A New Declaration of Independence.  In fact, should Mr. Obama be re-elected to a second term, "our rights to speech, religion and property, and to privacy in our persons and homes, will be transformed."  Mr. Obama has already "hectored Christianity on matters of conscience."  Through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as ObamaCare, Mr. Obama is forcing Catholic institutions to pay for insurance covering contraceptives.  Why, when "religious liberty was weighed against access to birth control, did freedom lose?" — a clear intrusion into the first of the five protections of the First Amendment.  Bishop Daniel Jenky has likened President Obama's health care policies to the attacks on the Catholic church by Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin of yesteryear.  Dare we go down that totalitarian road again?

Obama the Tragedy.  A second term for Barack Obama will be a tragedy.  His farcical first term barely hinted at the disaster awaiting America in Barack II.  Hobbled by a staggering lack of judgment and competence, and his ever-present reticence to make decisions that might impede his re-election, his first despicable term was a joke, despite a dearth of mirth.  If given four more years without worry of electoral reprisal, he will wreak havoc upon the nation in ways that Barack, back in Barack I, only dreamed of.

Obama's Coalition of the Enraged.  The president and his allies are wooing various groups of angry and disaffected minorities.  These, along with unhappy entitlement dependents, are to constitute most of the voters Obama seeks to lure into granting him another term, during which he hopes to complete his promise to "fundamentally transform" America.

Obama's Coalition of the Enraged.  The president and his allies are wooing various groups of angry and disaffected minorities.  These, along with unhappy entitlement dependents, are to constitute most of the voters Obama seeks to lure into granting him another term, during which he hopes to complete his promise to "fundamentally transform" America.

10 Things You Need To Know About Obama's Second Term.  The Obama-Biden campaign has released via its website the "5 Things You Need To Know About Mitt Romney."  It thinks they will scare Americans into not voting for him. [...] Now for something really terrifying:  a list of what Obama has in store for America in a second term if he can fool independents into voting for him again.

Covering for Obama's high unemployment results.  Can President Obama be re-elected in 2012 with unemployment figures at record highs?  If the media and Democrat operatives have their way, it just may be possible.

Coming out of the shadows: Four more years of Obama.  Warning alert for the electorate:  Barack Soetoro Obama seems to know he will be reelected.  Read:  He knows something everyone else does not.

Let's Honor, Not Stretch, the Buckley Rule.  Based on the cavalier manner with which Obama is lawlessly thwarting the Constitution and the people's will, it is hard to imagine what kind of tyrannical executive power grabs he'd try (and accomplish) if re-elected, even with an opposing Congress.

What Are You Prepared to Do?  President Obama has made clear his path to re-election.  He plans to run against Congress and — by seizing unconstitutional powers — go about governing this year with or without the legislative action required by the Constitution.  He'll issue executive orders, have his bureaucracy regulate as may please his ideology, and generally do whatever else he can get away with.

The imperial Presidency of Barack Hussein Obama.  For eight years, liberals howled that George W. Bush was acting like a dictator — an imperial President who did what he wanted, when he wanted.  But something odd happened in 2008 — America really did elect an imperial President.  Oddly enough, the thought of an Obama dictatorship is just fine with some on the left.  In May 2010, Hollywood director Woody Allen said it would be "cool" for Obama to have dictatorial powers "for a few years."

Warning: The threat of suspended elections is real.  With absolutely no proof of any kind of who he really is, Barack Obama made it to the Oval Office in 2008. ... Only suspended elections would guarantee his re-election.  North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue was not joking when she spoke about suspending elections.  Nor did she pick the idea out of thin air.  Perdue was giving the suspend-congressional-elections idea its first oxygen for her hell-bent-for-leather boss.  It is crucial to not let this day go down without remembering what Perdue said.

The Gibson Guitar Saga Gets Steadily Curiouser.  It has come out that [Gibson CEO] Juszkiewicz is a Republican donor, while the CEO of one of his principal competitors, C.F. Martin & Company, is a Democratic donor.  Martin reportedly uses the same wood, but DOJ hasn't raided them, leading to speculation that the Obama administration is sending a warning to Republican businessmen that they had better not oppose his re-election, lest they face criminal investigations.  Normally such speculation would not be credible, but Eric Holder has politicized the Department of Justice to a point where such questions must be taken seriously.

More about Obama vs Gibson Guitar.

10 disasters America will face if Obama gets a second term.  The damage of a second Obama term could be potentially irrevocable.  I asked a number of conservative thinkers what they feared most from a second term, and compiled this list of the top ten disasters that would befall America if Obama were re-elected this fall.

The Self-Destruction of the Mainstream Media.  For the past forty years the mainstream media has become increasingly liberal and more overt in promoting the policies of the Democratic Party. [...] They appear willing to sacrifice their own future and standard of living by actively campaigning for Obama's re-election rather than honestly report on the lies and machinations of this regime and their devastating impact on future generations.

Obama's Covert Plan To Raise Gas Prices.  President Barack Obama's energy plan involves radically increasing gas prices to the European rate of about $10 a gallon.  And he's well on his way, as gas prices have more than doubled since he took office in January 2009, when gasoline was only $1.79 per gallon.  And he's scheming to double prices again in his second term, with you footing the bill.

Poking around the propaganda factory.  Consider the following frequently heard justifications for a second term for President Obama (and the unspoken truths behind them):
  •   Unemployment is down (as long you don't count the people who are most discouraged about the chance of finding a job and have therefore stopped looking for work).
  •   Inflation is low (if you don't count the commodities that are increasing in price most dramatically like food and gasoline).
  •   The right to use contraception is under attack (except it really isn't unless you think you have a right to free contraception, paid for by people who oppose it for moral or religious reasons).
  •   The right to religious freedom is being protected (by forcing people to pay for things they oppose for religious reasons).
  •   Your freedom to vote will be defended zealously (even if you are an illegal alien).
  •   The war in Afghanistan is being won (unless you mean by us).

Obama unleashed: His Second-Term Agenda.  [Dick] Morris was not finished:  "I think that he'll sign the global ban on small arms, back-door arms control in the United States.  I think he'll sign away royalties for offshore drilling by going along with the Law of the Sea Treaty.  I think that he'll ban U.S. weapons in outer space, which will eliminate an anti-missile capability."  The most important thing the president will do, according to Morris:  "He's going to transform America into two countries, a small number of people who pay taxes and a large number of people who don't work and are dependent upon the government to create a permanent leftist socialist base in the United States."  If that is not cause for alarm, even panic, what is?

Obama campaign website yanks BET videos following TheDC's reporting.  President Barack Obama's re-election campaign website has removed several videos that pitched alarmist messages to African-American voters, following reporting by The Daily Caller and the Fox News Channel.  In one video that the campaign yanked from the "African-Americans for Obama" section of its website Tuesday [4/3/2012], actress Tatyana Ali seemed to predict that a second Obama term would bring a host of benefits to African-Americans once the president no longer had to concern himself with campaigning.  "What really excites me ... is that a U.S. president has only two terms," a laughing Ali said in the footage that the Obama campaign scrubbed from its website Tuesday.  "In the second term, 'it's on,' because we don't have to worry about re-election."

The Future of Fareed.  A CNN pundit who has advocated nuclear containment of Iran and expressed antipathy towards American democracy is said to be on the short list for a top diplomatic post in a second Obama administration — perhaps even secretary of State.  That is raising red flags across Capitol Hill and within foreign policy circles.

The Obama re-election myth.  The Obama campaign machine is firing up, and its most important fuel is the media.  For the millions of Americans who get their news from the networks, most cable programs or the average kneejerk liberal newspaper, it's a foregone conclusion that President Obama will get a second term.  This is supposedly because the economy is rebounding and Mitt Romney is a flawed candidate.  None of these pro-Barack assumptions are true.

On the other hand...
Obama Has Already Lost.  Whether the standard to measure Barack Obama is legislative, fiscal, foreign policy, managerial or personal, Obama ranks among the lowest of the low in presidential ability.

Bill Maher: Obama's reelection is black America's last hope.  On Friday's [5/4/2012] "Real Time with Bill Maher" on HBO, Maher said a Romney win in November would reflect poorly on "black America" and help conservatives undermine America's faith in black politicians.  "I think the second term for Obama is more important even than the first," Maher said.

Union Boss: I've talked second term agenda with president.  The White House may be tight-lipped about what a second Obama term would look like, but AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka has his own private insight.  Trumka said he has had conversations with the president and White House staff about the president's potential second-term agenda, in an interview with the Washington Post's Peter Wallsten.

It's More Clear Than Ever That If [Obama Wins], The Economy Is Going To Implode.  If Obama wins, there's a good chance that we'll fly off the fiscal cliff, as the political gridlock will see spending cuts kick in, and perhaps even higher taxes.

Sharpton Insists Black Ministers Amend Their Religion to Vote for Obama After They Prayed Over Bill Clinton.  Via the Radio Equalizer blog:  On his radio show Tuesday [5/15/2012], MSNBC personality Rev. Al Sharpton mocked black ministers who have decided not to vote for Obama because he's ready to legalize gay marriage in a second term.

On gay marriage, Obama's critics and supporters alike think he may shift again.  Despite his comments that he thinks the matter should be left to the states, many gay rights advocates strongly believe that it must be dealt with nationally — and that Obama is quietly on their side.  Conservative critics of the president suspect the same, citing this as one way the president might tack left if reelected.

Obama Holds Off on Pool-Destroying Regulations til After Election.  [Scroll down]  Needless to say, most facilities will just close their pools.  And I'm quite certain that all the disappointed tourists will be told their vacation was ruined by President Obama.  Which is why the regulations had to go.  But they were not eliminated — only suspended.  Facilities will now be given until January to comply.  It's the same time when Obamacare goes into effect, the Bush Tax Cuts expire, and Vladimir Putin gets to see the President's "flexibility" in its full glory.  Once the election is over, the Hope mask gets tossed.

Four More Years?  Mr. Obama's first term commenced with an $800 billion "stimulus" giveaway to the favored constituencies of the liberal left.  Then the excessive spending that created the deficits continued.  The president's recent budgets have been so far from the mainstream that Congress, including Democrats, has had little interest in supporting them.  If Mr. Obama is re-elected and no longer constrained in his policy proposals by the need to keep independents in his camp, there will be continued squandering of the nation's fiscal resources.

Obama's Lame Duck Plan to Pass Cap and Trade.  At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Wednesday [5/23/2012], [Sen. John] Kerry [D-Mass.] announced that he would not be submitting the United Nations Conventions on the Law of the Sea (LOST) before the November election.  Instead, Kerry intends to hold a series of hearings before the election, building the case for passage, before pushing the treaty in a lame duck session.  This is the exact same game plan Kerry executed to pass the New START treaty in the 2010 lame duck.

Report: Obama prepping to revise health law if Supreme Court strikes it down.  Anticipating that the Supreme Court might rule against his healthcare law, President Obama has revealed to donors that he could have to revise parts of the policy in a second term, according to a report.

The Second Term.  [Scroll down]  The President has said that the most important policy he could address in his second term is climate change, one of the few issues that he thinks could fundamentally improve the world decades from now.

Five Reasons Why Romney is the Favorite.  [#3] Intellectual exhaustion:  The Obama campaign is out of ideas.  On the economy, Obama has used virtually everything in his progressive toolkit.  Nothing has worked.  And so the president, unable to defend his record in the first term, is left with no compelling vision to offer in a second term.  Witness his speech in Ohio yesterday.  It was billed as a "major" address on the economy.  But it was widely panned even on the left for being empty and uninteresting.  The president himself cannot articulate why his agenda in a second term would be more effective than what he's done in his first term.  He's running on empty.

Obama's Unthinkable 2013 Agenda.  We have seen the liberal agenda the president has pursued over the last three years: government run healthcare, cap-and-trade, pet projects disguised as "stimulus," card-check, taxpayer-funded loans to now-bankrupt energy companies, and reckless deficit spending.  Now imagine what he would do in a second term — when he does not have to face reelection.

Scandals a Preview of Second Obama Term.  Earlier this year, a hot mic caught an unfortunate bit of candor when President Obama told former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that once safely re-elected he would have the "flexibility" to please the Kremlin better than he could before November.  That confession alerted wavering independents that what they hear on the campaign trail from the president might bear very little resemblance to the policies that a second Obama administration would implement.

Decline In Obama's Chicago Clue To His Second Term.  Another weekend of violence in the president's hometown, now run by his former chief of staff.  If you want to see the fruits of a presidential second term, look at the decline of his city.

Chicago Crime Rate Skyrockets under Emanuel.  The murder rate has risen 38 percent in the city of Chicago in 2012, according to the New York Times.

Will President Obama's Re-election Doom Fracking?  The top White House energy aide says new regulations gripping the technology responsible for unlocking America's vast oil and gas reserves will be ready by year's end.  Team Obama's war on fossil fuels continues.

It's Up to the Voters Now.  The Affordable Care Act is more unpopular now than when it passed, yet it will grind on toward implementation in a second Obama term.  The President made that clear in his remarks Thursday [6/28/2012], deploying the usual half-truths he used to jam the law through Congress.

A tea party battle cry.  For the past century, Americans have been surrendering, little by little, their freedom for a little promised comfort.  A century from now, the emergence of the tea party movement will be seen as one of two things:  the death throes of liberty or the moment when Americans began to remember who they were.  If Obamacare is implemented in a second Obama administration, America will never recover.

A Glimpse of the Judgment of Obama's Likely Second Term Secretary of State.  At the end of an interesting op-ed, Israeli writer Yossi Klein Halevy relates an interesting and revealing anecdote about Senator John Kerry, who is believed to be in the running for the secretary of state position should Barack Obama be reelected.

In His Second Term, Obama Will Pivot to the Drug War.  According to ongoing discussions with Obama aides and associates, if the president wins a second term, he plans to tackle another American war that has so far been successful only in perpetuating more misery:  the four decades of The Drug War.  Don't expect miracles.

Mark Levin: Obama re-election would be 'national suicide'.  It probably isn't much of a surprise that conservative radio host Mark Levin disapproves of President Barack Obama and his policies. But on his Monday radio program, he turned his critique to the American public for electing him in the first place.

At least one cat is out of the bag:

Obama's hot mike disaster.  Mitt Romney wasted no time in spotting and capitalizing on the mega-error by President Obama in telling the Russian president he'll have "more flexibility" after the election. ... Given his recent turn to the left both substantively and rhetorically, the "more flexibility" statement is going to be hard to live down.

Hot mic: Obama begs Russians for 'space' on missile defense talks.  Unaware that a microphone was recording him, President Obama asked outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Monday for breathing room until after Mr. Obama's re-election campaign to negotiate on missile defense.  "On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved, but it's important for him to give me space," Mr. Obama told Mr. Medvedev at the end of their 90-minute meeting, apparently referring to incoming Russian President Vladimir Putin.

President Obama Asks Medvedev for 'Space' on Missile Defense — 'After My Election I Have More Flexibility'.  At the tail end of his 90 minute meeting with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev Monday [3/26/2012], President Obama said that he would have "more flexibility" to deal with controversial issues such as missile defense, but incoming Russian President Vladimir Putin needs to give him "space."  The exchange was picked up by microphones as reporters were let into the room for remarks by the two leaders.

Will Voters Give Obama The Flexibility To Surrender?  The president tells his Russian counterpart to give him space until November when, if re-elected, he'll be able to give away missile defense and the rest of the store without political consequences.

What Will Obama Give Russia If He's Re-elected?  President Barack Obama would like to do some things for Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and President-elect Vladimir Putin that he does not want American voters to know about before they decide whether to re-elect him in November.  That was the intended-to-be-secret message Obama gave Medvedev in South Korea on Monday.

Krauthammer: Obama Admitted To Medvedev That Second Term Will Be Hard Left.  'This is my last election.'  That's his way of saying with a nod and a wink, 'Look, you guys have a free hand because you run a dictatorship, your elections are rigged.  Well, ours aren't rigged, but once I get passed my last election, I'm unleashed.  I can do anything I want.

What Will Obama Give Russia If He's Re-elected?  President Barack Obama would like to do some things for Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and President-elect Vladimir Putin that he does not want American voters to know about before they decide whether to re-elect him in November.  That was the intended-to-be-secret message Obama gave Medvedev in South Korea on Monday [3/26/2012].

Inside Savage's Visit To The White House.  On June 29, 2011, Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller visited the White House for the Obama administration's "Pride Reception."  There, Savage wore a pin reading "EVOLVE ALREADY" — an attempt to push President Obama into fully embracing gay marriage.  "I believe the president should evolve," Savage told the press pool.  "He says he's evolving.  I believe him.  I want to hurry him along."  Savage said Obama would embrace gay marriage in February 2013, after his re-election.

Obama: Supreme Court at stake in 2012 election.  President Obama rallied supporters last night by noting that he would likely get to appoint more Supreme Court justices in his second-term, which could have very long-term significance.

Electing a new president and a new Supreme Court majority.  The stakes in this year's election are higher than normal because the next president may have the unusual opportunity to impact the ideological direction of the Supreme Court, untypical of any one presidential term.

High Court Humpty Dumptys.  The next election will determine whether, for another generation, clear constitutional language will continue to be manipulated beyond recognition in defiance of the people — whether there will be three to five new justices who will finish the job of granting President Obama and his successors unlimited power to rule over the most minute details of the lives of the American people.  In no small measure, American freedom from Supreme Court-enabled authoritarian federal tyranny is what the next election is about.

Missile Mania.  Senior State Dept missile defense envoy declines to explain Obama's 'flexibility' promise to Moscow.

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