Thursday, January 22, 2015

The IRS Digs In Its Heels Further

Several months after President Obama placed
John Koskinen into the position of IRS
Commissioner, allegedly to investigate the
agency's political targeting scandal. All he
has done since his appointment, however,
has been to pick up where now former IRS
official Lois Lerner left off, being recalcitrant,
obstreperous, obnoxious, and arrogant in
his refusal to cooperate with the congressional
investigation into the IRS' bullying of groups
and individual citizens daring to hold a
different political point of view than that of
the regime.

Earlier this month Koskinen put in an appearance
in Congress in which he dodged questions from
House investigators, threw verbal darts back at
them, and defended the illegal actions of the
least trusted and most feared governmental agency
in the United States. The former Fannie Mae
executive has not only placed himself in the
crosshairs of Capitol Hill Republicans, but has
drawn the ire of some Democrats there as well.
He refuses to even acknowledge that the agency
which he heads did anything wrong, let alone illegal.
He even denied that the IRS was targeting conser-
vative organizations such as various Tea Party groups!
The lying and the arrogance fueling it steals one's
breath! Under his leadership, this motley outfit
ignored congressional demands for documents and
witnesses, all the while claiming that the IRS
"lost" Lois Lerner's e-mail (Remember that dodge?
That one ranks up there with the child's excuse
for not having his completed homework assignment
for his teacher: "My dog ate it"!). He further stated
in testimony that there were no backup tapes for
the e-mails, but it was discovered that there are
at least 760 server drives that may contain copies
of same. And Koskinen nearly hit the ceiling when
congressional investigators asked why Lerner's
BlackBerry was wiped after(!) the investigation
was initiated. Would that Koskinen had shown
such indignation at Lois Lerner and the other IRS
employees who so disregarded and disrespected
the law and the rights of the people that they targeted!

It seems very likely that President Obama had chosen
John Koskinen to take charge at the IRS because he
would stonewall uncomfortable questions in a
congressional hearing. Remember, this is an admini-
stration which does not consider dissent to be patriotic;
better that dissent be shown to Republican admini-
strations, not to almighty, pedestal-occupying
Democrat ones! Don't you peasants DARE doubt or
question the great and all-knowing Democrats if
you know what's good for you is their attitude.
Why, that would be like a lowly mortal in ancient
Greece questioning the wisdom of the gods on Mount
Olympus! In the meantime, what has transpired here
so far is looking more and more like a cover-up by
Team Obama. The Justice Department announced that
it would conduct its own investigation, but then named
Barbara Bosserman, an Obama donor, to be its head.
Clever, but it gets better: Justice announced to Congress
that its Public Integrity Unit (no, really, the Justice Depart-
ment really does HAHAHAHA! have HEEHEEHEE! such
a HOHO! unit HAW!) would also be active in the investiga-
tion. The appointed head of that team, Jack Smith, worked
with Lerner in 2010 to look at possibly building cases
against 501(c)(4) nonprofits, conservative ones of course!
Smith's subordinate, Richard Pilger, worked with her to
obtain a huge database on those very organizations.
Nothing to see here, Justice inferred; move along now.

Given all this, it is as clear as Waterford crystal that
the regime is trying to stymie the progress of the IRS
probe conducted by Congress through 2016, when Obama
and Company will pack its bags and, so they hope,
hand over the keys to the White House to another Democrat.
These horrible people make President Nixon and his crew
look like choir boys in comparison. Watergate was disgrace-
ful, but for the IRS to serve as the hatchet men and women
for Obama and his cabal, going after anyone who doesn't
share their hope to change America into a putrid socialist
pit dwarfs having a few "plumbers" break into the opposition
party's campaign headquarters and erasing 18 1/2 minutes
of chatter about related matters from a White House tape.
Your concerned Peasant hopes that we can change the
course of our nation's government, and with it our nation,
in 2016.


MEM




Thursday, January 15, 2015

Philip Crane, R.I.P.

My apologies for not having posted anything
in the first week of 2015; due to the extreme
cold weather that has gripped Milwaukee (as
well as much of the country), I did not venture
out to my local library to post, or to do anything
else. I still have on my acquisition list a computer
so I won't have to head out to post on this blog,
take care of my e-mail or anything else online.
It's tough to attempt to go out in dangerously
cold winter weather, which is what much of the
country has been saddled with just after the start
of the new year, and that is why I have been
unable to get together with you, my great and
wonderful readers. So, without further delay,
here is my first posting of 2015.

It's a sad posting, however; your mournful Peasant
is reporting the passing of one of the heroes of the
New Right from the 1980s, longtime U.S. Repre-
sentative Philip Crane from Illinois, leaving this
world on November 8 of the old year. He was
84 years of age.

Rep. Crane served in the House of Representatives
from 1969 until 2005. Crane succeeded Donald
Rumsfeld in a special election to fill the seat when
Rumsfeld accepted a position in the Nixon Adminis-
tration.

A staunch conservative, Crane challenged Ronald
Reagan for the Republican presidential nomination
in 1980, attempting to run to the former California
governor Reagan's right in order to brand himself as
the best conservative presidential hope for the GOP
to defeat incumbent Democrat Jimmy Carter.
Although he fell far short in his effort, Crane would
go on to be a dependable ally and friend of President
Reagan while Reagan served two terms in the White
House, assisting with guiding conservative legislation
through the Democrat-controlled House.

While in congress, Crane also founded the Republican
Study committee, a respected caucus still active today
in the House of representatives, was instrumental in
establishing the Heritage Foundation and served as
Chairman of the American Conservative Union.

Prior to serving in Congress, Crane was a professor
of History at Bradley University and was headmaster
of Chicago's Westminster Academy, as well as the
author of the book "The Democrat's Dilemma".
He established himself a a champion of reduced taxes,
and free trade, and advocated many other conservative
causes in his political career. He was able to work with,
get along with, and even be friends with staunch liberals
in the House, including archliberal Rep. Charlie Rangel
of New York.

Crane was also a man of great humor; he was famous on
Capitol Hill for his impressions of President Reagan, even
going so far as to speak to people on the phone in this
persona, his colleagues joyfully recall.

Another talent he had was, believe it or not, songwriting.
Crane wrote the song "Little Sandy Sleighfoot" a Christmas
season song recorded by Jimmy Dean in the late 1950s.

For years despairing of the Republicans ever being able to
win control of the House from the Democrats, the latter
having held that chamber since 1955, Crane was ecstatic
when the GOP won the elusive prize in the 1994 mid-term
elections. Crane was at last able to not just advocate for his
ideas, but to add them to the new majority's agenda and
get many of them into bills that would pass in both chambers,
as the GOP also took the Senate. Ten years later, Crane would
finally lose the House seat he held for over thirty years to
a Democrat, Melissa Bean.

Crane is survived by seven children, many more grandchildren,
his sister Judy and brothers David and Daniel. The latter brother
also served in Congress, representing an Indiana district. And
he is remembered fondly by those who worked with and for him,
and by many grateful constituents, as well as by his fellow
advocates of limited government and maximized liberty.
A job well done, and a life well lived. Rest in Peace.


MEM

Monday, December 29, 2014

A Happy New Year to All!

My friends, your beloved Peasant wishes all of you
a beautiful, blessed, prosperous, and happy new year!
In the meantime I shall take a few days off to enjoy
the interim between Christmas and New Year's Day
to get together with family and friends, as you all
will also be doing. When I return, we shall begin
2015 with a bang!

God Bless and Happy New Year!


MEM

Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas Everybody!

Your favorite Peasant wishes you, my dear
and wonderful readers and your families and
friends a very Merry Christmas and a joyful,
prosperous, Happy New Year!

Enjoy each other's company, have a big holiday
feast, watch some Christmas specials on TV
and if you get any snow where you live,
enjoy some sledding and tobogganing too!

And here's a fun idea: If you know anyone
who is either a member of the ACLU
(American Civil Liberties Union) or the
AUSCS (Americans United for Separation
of Church and State), or any other group
which has in mind the intention of abolishing
all public celebration of Christmas, including
to the point of saying "Happy holidays" to
people instead of "Merry Christmas",
walk right up to them, greet them warmly,
take their hand in yours to shake and tell
them "Merry Christmas"! If there is still time
to send off a Christmas card to them or to
the headquarters of any or all of these organizations,
do that as well! You will get their goat, so to
speak, while spreading Christmas cheer!
Also, you will be letting these scrooges know
that you will not be intimidated into silence
about your celebrating this holy day, and you
won't fall in line with their politically correct
strictures which prohibit you from publically
acknowledging and celebrating this day either.

We patriots must be warriors in defense of our
rights, our liberties, and our customs as Americans,
but we can do this with a smile and good cheer!

Merry Christmas from The Peasant! And a Happy
New Year as well!


MEM

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Good Riddance to Crooked, Racist Rubbish!

Something unexpected but quite wonderful
happened in the waning days of September:
Attorney General Eric Holder resigned.
Out of the blue, or so it seemed, Obama's
AG tendered his resignation to his boss and
long-time friend and political ally.

Holder's resignation drew gasps and sorrow
from congressional Democrats while evoking
cheers from the congressional GOP. Holder
and the latter had a tenuous, tumultuous
relationship over the six years that Holder was
the nation's top law enforcement agent (now that
fact makes your faithful Peasant gasp!).

As U.S. Attorney General, Holder was a busy bee.
He refused to investigate, let alone prosecute, the
Black Panthers in Philadelphia who were using
intimidation tactics to frighten away white, and likely
conservative, voters form the polls on Election Day
in 2012 when Obama was running for re-election.
He gave us the bedlam and confusion, along with the
shooting death of a U.S. Border Patrol officer, of
Operation Fast and Furious, which was allegedly
to show how guns were coming into our country via
the southern border and being used by criminals.
And part of that horrible plan was to let some guns from
the U.S. travel down to Mexico into the hands of criminals
there who would sell or bring the guns with them into our
country to commit crimes with said guns. Holder may well
have, at the very least, given his seal of approval to the IRS
and its unconstitutional persecution of conservative political
groups which dared to dissent over the president's policies.
And he has demanded federal investigations and related
meddling in the gun crimes in individual cities and towns,
i.e. Ferguson, Missouri, in which black criminals were
shot dead by white police while making not a peep about
black criminals fatally shooting white as well as black
victims. By the by, these are just a few of the "highlights"
of Holder's record as Attorney General.

While testifying before Congress on some matters, Holder
bristled and spouted off at Republicans accusing them of,
among other things, disrespecting Holder just for his skin
color (he's black), and doing the same to President Obama.
Sound familiar? That's the stale, tired, groundless charge
that the left-wingers make against us conservatives when
we state the facts and employ logic in our criticisms of
Obama and his presidential performance. We have the
facts, the logic, and the truth, and the lefties don't.
So they engage in childish name-calling and baseless
accusations. Holder is apparently no different.

The only people who will miss Eric Holder are his fellow
lefties, including his patron, President Obama. Let's hope
that Obama will not appoint anyone even worse than Holder to
take his place.


MEM




Thursday, December 11, 2014

Celebrating the Unconscionable

Planned Parenthood of Colorado gave an award to
their Aurora abortion facility for --- sit down with a
strong drink, my wonderful readers --- exceeding
abortion visits versus those of the previous year, so
say multiple news reports. This is proof, as if any
more such proof were needed, that PP is first and
foremost in the business of performing and encour-
aging abortions; their constant claims of being a
"women's health" resource is a flimsy smokescreen.

Establishing abortion quotas for its clinics, and handing
out awards for surpassing them, is unconscionable.
But then, we're talking about an organization that
devalues human life for the sake of convenience,
for a price. Gee, I wonder if the Ku Klux Klan
has, now or ever, handed out awards to its
chapters for lynching a certain number of black
people, or if Hitler's concentration camps vied
for a prize from Der Fuhrer himself for achieving
a goal of some number of Jews killed?

If we as a nation do not once again prize human
life, and work to eliminate human problems rather
than human beings, then our nation should lose its
right to call itself civilized. There is no point to your
saddened Peasant writing a long and plaintive essay
here, because we know what course we have to take
to make this happen. We must continue our efforts to
educate the public about what abortion really does,
and what its consequences are. And we must work
for the election of public officials who will work to
eradicate this gruesome practice and cast it upon the
dung heap of history alongside slavery.

Our nation has made mistakes along the way, some of
them truly awful. But it has always endeavored to make
amends, starting with deinstitutionalizing the practices
which begat these dark deeds. We dare not fall short
on abortion, or else we cease to guarantee life, liberty,
and the pursuit of happiness, for without the first of
these the second and third are irrelevant.


MEM


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Is The Constitution Still Relevant? (Part II)

Your faithful Peasant has had a remarkable stroke of luck,
with a cancellation of an important appointment by the
person I was to get together with today I have a windfall
of time, so I thought I'd use it to our advantage, my great
and wonderful readers. So without further delay, here are
my thoughts and observations on President Obama's
controversial Immigration Speech of November 20.

President Obama stated that our immigration system is
broken. Of course it is; he and his fellow Dems broke it.
They not only refused to continue to build the border
fence along the U.S.-Mexican border which was begun
under the presidency of his predecessor, President George
W. Bush, They placed restrictions on our border patrol
personnel and ICE (Immigration and Customs
Enforcement), lessening their latitude in effectively
carrying out their duties in policing our borders and
seeking out criminals who have illegally entered our
country, especially criminals involved in drug trafficking.
The president went on to say that the number of people
trying to illegally cross our borders is at the lowest
levels since the '70s, buttressing his words proclaiming
"Those are the facts!". Gee, since when has this president
ever gotten chummy with facts about anything? And
with so many people having crossed over to come here
just in the years he has been in office, resulting in five
million illegal residents (whom he re-terms "undocumented
aliens", another one of his politically correct euphemisms
which he employs to sugar-coat a great wrong!) residing
in our country, although your detail-minded Peasant does
not have statistics on hand at this time to prove or disprove
this assertion I have a strong feeling that once again our
president is playing fast and loose with the truth.

Obama went on to say that his program for immigration
reform would, among other things, give more resources
to our border guards to aid them in their duties. What
would help the border guards more would be if the
president would lift the restrictions on how they execute
their duties so they can round up more illegals as they
sneak over the border. He further stated that he would
make it easier for graduate students, entrepreneurs,
and highly-skilled immigrants to remain here and
"contribute to our economy". Obama sure hasn't made
it easier for our own entrepreneurs to build and maintain
their businesses with his outrageous taxes and red tape
either preventing new businesses and accompanying
jobs from being created or has choked off business
expansion. Would he give breaks of any kind to the
entrepreneurs from outside our country that he has
not (and likely would not) give ours? Moving on,
Obama stated that his program would "take steps
to deal 'responsibly' with the millions of undocumented
immigrants already here"; some of these steps we know
already, including putting them on a "fast track" to
attain citizenship, cutting out the costs and some of the
steps, such as physical check-ups complete with chest
x-rays to look for heart and respiratory diseases. The
check-ups have long been employed to ensure that we
would not be admitting anyone into our country that
could possibly spread disease, or at least be a burden
on our society, but apparently Obama thinks that
such measures are somehow discriminatory.

What was most galling about his speech was his
proclaiming that his program would ensure that our
immigration laws would be strengthened and better
upheld; that "we're a nation of laws."

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRGH!

I had to let that out; I know that you, my equally
exasperated readers, share this sentiment! This same
president who very recently claimed that he couldn't
wait for Congress to act by passing an immigration
bill of its own, that "I have a phone and a pen,"
meaning that he was ready to circumvent Congress
with an end-run around it and the Constitution in
order to get his act passed, sanctimoniously boasts
that ours is a nation of laws! This man is a dictator
wanna-be! He forced his rotten, unworkable, expensive
health care scheme upon us despite our demands that
he scrap his so-called Affordable Health Care Plan
and start over in drafting a truly affordable, workable,
and efficient plan that we could more easily participate
in, ignoring our will and wishes as if we were mere
peasants rather than the citizens that we in fact are,
and now he is taking the same tack with his awful
immigration bill, which has woefully little support
from the populace, who want for starters the closure
of our southern border. With a closed border, we
could more easily deal with the many illegal aliens
already here without having to face continuing waves
of more illegals entering our country, otherwise we
would have absolute chaos in trying to maintain our
country and its laws, And Obama wants to push ahead
with his program, which is essentially executive
amnesty. And we all have seen what comes of the
abuse of executive orders by a mendacious power-
monger for a president! Executive orders were never
meant to take the place of Congress and its function as
the legislative branch of our federal government; it is
solely for the expediting of bills signed into law by the
president, who represents the executive branch of
our federal government. This is spelled out in the
Constitution, that pesky piece of paper which the
president finds so irritating, so confining, so big of
a wet blanket to the statist partying and good-timing
that he wants to revel in. Obama scolded Congress
in his speech, demanding "Pass a bill, ... so the actions
I take will no longer be necessary." Heil, Obama!

Obama continued by saying that no deportations of
undocumented immigrants would take place. Fair
enough. It would take a super-monumental effort to
round up, bring into immigration court, and go through
the entire procedure to deport all of the five million
such immigrants already here, some having been here
since before Obama's ascendancy to the presidency.
But what would he do with those who engage in
criminal activity while here? And what of those who
came here to further carry out the illegal drug trade?

His Imperial Presidential Majesty made an amusing
comment when he then said that "Americans are tired
of gridlock." Is that why we elected a Republican
House in 2010 and a Republican Senate last month?
I think that the majority of the American people want
gridlock, so that Obama will be restricted in what all
he wants to ram down our throats during his remaining
time in the White House. He was elected in good faith,
but has since acted in bad faith toward us, so we have
sent Republican majorities to both chambers of Congress
to chaperone our wild-with-power president.

In closing, Obama really outdid himself with quoting a
line from Scripture: "We should not oppress a stranger,"
saying that we were strangers too (meaning our forefathers
who arrived here long ago). What laws were there, in those
days, that our ancestors violated in coming here, I wonder?
Then he finished with saying "God bless this country we
love." If President Barack Hussein Obama truly loves our
country, God help us if he should ever decide to hate it!
The sanctimony, the hypocrisy, and the arrogance was
neck-deep throughout his speech!

Now, let us contact our elected senators and representatives
in Congress and tell them to stop this self-styled autocrat,
and to act with alacrity, if our republic, the Constitution,
and constitutional rule of law is to continue to mean
anything.



MEM