The check’s in the mail

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By John Barnhart

    Last week, Rick Howell’s latest effort to demonize the NRA as Nazis sent me on a little Internet research expedition. In the Feb. 20 edition of the Liberal Agenda, Mr. Howell once again likened the NRA’s effort to defend our Constitutional rights to German Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels’ efforts on behalf of his master, Adolf Hitler.
    Mr. Howell wrote: “Goebbles once said that if you repeat a lie often enough, people will certainly believe it. And when the NRA says – for the one millionth time – that moderate gun restrictions equals gun confiscations, it’s lying. And it’s doing so knowingly and willingly.”
    I had always heard this attributed to Adolf Hitler, referring to the principles he used in his election campaigns prior to seizing power as a dictator. This is what prompted my research.
    It turns out that both Hitler and Goebbles made similar statements. However, they didn’t attribute this tactic to themselves. Hitler attributed it to Jews and Goebbles attributed it to Winston Churchill. This makes sense as no propagandist is going to publicly admit that he’s lying as he wants people to believe his propaganda.
    One could just as easily attribute the same tactics to Barack Obama and his campaign manager, David Axelrod, during last year’s presidential campaign. But, I wouldn’t do that because President Obama seems to be more into empty rhetoric, contradicting himself from time to time as his situation changes. For example he eloquently blasted the concept of raising the debt ceiling when he was a senator from Illinois and there was a Republican president in the White House. He voted against it. Now that he’s president, raising the national debt limit becomes essential and he eloquently defends it.
    I didn’t listen to President Obama’s State of the Union speech. I was in Bedford covering a city council meeting. It was nearly 9:30 p.m. when I got home and, as I got less than six hours of sleep the night before because I covered a public hearing on the county zoning ordinance, I was thinking more about going to bed than listening to President Obama. I’ve had a chance to read it, since then, and most of it is classic Barack Obaloney hot air.
    At one point, for example, he said, “Let me repeat – nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime.”
    He may be telling the truth, in a sense, because his proposals probably won’t add a single dime to the federal deficit. They will add trillions of dimes. His proposals include new spending initiatives at a time when there is a battle raging over how to rein in the trillion dollar deficits that have prevailed since President Obama took office. In four years, Barack Obama has added more to the national debt than George W. Bush, the previous king of deficit spending, did in eight.
    Last week I suggested that we are unhappy with both parties, and I recently read an article that reminded me that Barack Obama doesn’t have a monopoly on outrageously bad ideas. In the process of developing a bipartisan immigration reform bill in the Senate, the idea of a “Mark of the Beast” card has resurfaced. Prominent Republicans, including Senator John McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham have endorsed the idea of requiring all of us to carry a biometric ID card. They claim that the cards will only be used, when we apply for a job, to allow a prospective employer to verify that we are legally entitled to work in the U. S. The cards will never be used to track us when we go to airports, or to the hospital, or monitor other things we do. We can trust them not to trample on our freedom.
    Yeah, right. And, the check’s in the mail.