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Below are the two final essays to be posted on Allegiance and Duty Betrayed. The first one is written by a friend -- screen name 'Euro-American Scum' -- who, over the past four years, has been the most faithful essayist here. He has written about everything from his pilgrimage to Normandy in 2004 to take part in the 60th–year commemoration of the invasion, to his memories of his tour in Vietnam. His dedication to America’s founding principles ... and those who have sacrificed to preserve them over the past 200+ years ... is unequaled. Thank you, E-A-S. It has been a privilege to include your writing here, and it is a privilege to call you my friend.

The second essay is my own farewell. And with it I thank all of the many regular visitors, and those who may have only dropped in occasionally, for coming here. I hope you learned something. I hope a seed or two was planted. But, even if not, I thank you for stopping by ... 25 March, 2010


The Cat's Out


First_Salute, a good friend and frequent contributor, posted a link to an essay under a recent entry here. The essay, in part, refutes one of my own essays, entitled ‘Come November’. Despite the fact that the author mildly disagrees with my opinion about the danger -- to both our republic in general, and the republican party in specific -- of continuing to vote for the lesser of two evils, his essay is well worth reading at this point in the election process. November is eight months away -- and, during those eight months, despite the media’s attempts to paint Barack Obama as a young American patriot with a vision, determined to cleanse Washington of its decades of corruption and pandering to special interests, the truth may well find its way through the determined and subjective media filters.

The truth took a giant leap forward last week after Obama’s victory in the Wisconsin primary. And the dispenser of truth was none other than the candidate himself. The media must be aghast at the fact that the ugliness they have been feverishly attempting to disguise was brought into full view by the very person they have been trying to camouflage.

This next election may well determine whether America continues to exist as a free and sovereign republic. Although I am still determined to stand my ground against a republican party that has consistently betrayed its proud patriot foundations and its membership base, I urge all readers here to seriously consider the essay below. The author makes some profound and well-considered points that all Americans must take into the voting booth with them, come November. The only area in which I disagree (if you can call it that) with the author is that I believe the list of ‘promises’ he would extract from John McCain are nothing more than a patriot’s pipe dream. His list is impressive -- and it reflects the deep concerns voiced here and elsewhere by informed American patriots -- but the chances of McCain agreeing to all of the author’s terms are virtually nonexistent. With that said, below is J.R. Dieckmann’s brilliant article in its entirety -- thanks, First_Salute (link provided below the text):

Obama Changed My Mind About McCain

by J. R. Dieckmann

On Tuesday night, Feb. 19, 2008, Barack Obama let the cat out of the bag for the first time, when he gave a 45 minute, off the cuff speech after his victory in Wisconsin. For the first time in his campaign, he talked to some extent on substance, rather than in just empty platitudes and feel good rhetoric. For the first time he talked of more than just “hope for change” and “change for hope” and leave the rest to the fantasies of his supporters‘ imaginations. What he was proposing was pure socialism, correction - communism, straight out of the teachings of Saul Alinsky and Karl Marx. It all centered around government control over everything from the energy industry, to home mortgages subsidized with our tax money, to government run healthcare. Some will say it was just extreme left wing liberalism but I call it what it is - communism. Take money from the rich and give it to the poor, not only within America but internationally, all in the interest of global equality, paid for by the American taxpayers.

Clinton's speech wasn't much different but she was cut off when Obama took the stage. Americans need to realize that what these two charlatans are trying to do is to lead America straight into communism. And they are no longer being subtle about it. Whenever questioned about it, they dance around it and divert the subject to something else, never answering the question, or giving two completely opposite answers in the same statement. Only liberal politicians being interviewed by the liberal media can get away with this. It’s like having a conversation with an automated phone tree.

The communist threat to America has been brewing for decades right here in our own country and now it’s coming to a head. It is now trying to take over the highest office in the land. It’s time we started calling it exactly what it is and stop this political correctness that has us referring to communism as simply “progressive” or harmless “liberalism.” Some call it American socialism but it has it’s roots in pure communism.

Clinton and Obama don't have a clue what America is all about. Their idea of America is everyone living on welfare with their lives supervised by government social workers, and all business regulated by a government that can’t even regulate itself in compliance with the Constitution. They see big government as the solution to America’s problems when, in fact, in most cases the government is the cause of them. When has the government ever solved a problem without creating three more, or solved a problem for one group by taking away the rights of another?

In Oxnard, California we now have 14 year old Brandon McInerney on trial not only for the murder of 15-year-old Lawrence King, but is also being punished for “wrong thinking.” Since King was gay, McInerney has had “hate crime” added to his charges. This is not the first time an American citizen has been charged with “wrong thinking.”

You can now go to jail for your thoughts if you have a problem with one of the left’s pet minority groups. I am not advocating the killing of gays, but what about our American right to freedom of thought and speech? The politically correct, socialists/communists have now taken that away and will punish you for your thoughts. Right thinking will be rewarded, wrong thinking will be punished. The ideal communist plan.

For the first time in my life I realized that as much as I dislike John McCain, I will have to vote for him in November. There has been much discussion between myself and my fellow writers and publishers over this as I contended that a vote for McCain would violate my principles and values, and validate the left turn of the Republican party. But the platforms of both Obama and Clinton make McCain almost look like a conservative. They are even worse than I had thought, once you get past the platitudes and rhetoric. Not that I would ever have considered voting for either one of them, but neither would I have considered voting for McCain.

Tuesday night I realized that nothing, not even McCain, could be as harmful to our country as those two "Democrats" still in the race for president, and perhaps even worse, their respective spouses. I use the term "Democrats" loosely for they are Democrats only in party registration. Philosophically, they are both communists. Obama is a "Chicago Union Mafia" communist while Clinton is a Soviet Marxist communist. Both would destroy American liberty and the free enterprise system, and laugh about it.

When have either of these two candidates ever spoken favorably about the free market, entrepreneurship, or American business and industry? When have they ever paid due respect to the U.S. Constitution, or praised it? To them, these institutions are evil and must be eradicated. All we ever hear from them is how poor Americans really are and how much they need government assistance from Democrats. Aren’t we all getting a little sick of hearing these isolated stories of the misery of the downtrodden, of how Americans are living hand to mouth and unable to pay for both food and medicine, and how they’re losing their homes (that they couldn‘t afford to buy in the first place)?

Do you know anyone who fits these descriptions? I don’t. They attempt to create a false picture of America, then offer their socialist solutions for it. It’s the same old propaganda game of creating a false premise, then a solution to fix it. The only people who relate to this hysteria are the people who show up at Obama and Clinton rallies simply because they have no place better to be, like at a job. In the case of Obama, he seems to be advocating for only the poor black community without actually saying so, but that is where you find the conditions he describes. His solution to the problem is to keep them dependent on big government with the taxpayers’ money and somehow, that will lead them to the American dream.

The fact is that there are some poor people in America. We call them “the homeless.” These people that the Democrats are talking about would be considered middle class in most other countries, even rich in some. In America they are called “poor” because they have only one large screen color TV, one car per family instead of two, perhaps one computer with a dial-up connection to the Internet in their two bedroom household, and their cellphones are not the latest model that include the Internet. They are poor only when compared to the living standards of the Obamas and the Clintons, but they are far from digging in dumpsters for their next meal.

I understand that it’s hard to raise 3 or 4 children on the wages of one unskilled single mother, but who created that problem in the first place? It wasn’t the average American taxpayer. So why should they have to pay for the excesses and indulgences of others so that they can live a lifestyle beyond their means without taking personal responsibility for their own actions and the lives of their own children? People who want to live in America need to learn what it means to be an American, and accept that responsibility, if they want the benefits America offers. There is no “free lunch” in America and the hard working citizens shouldn’t have to pay for it.

On National Defense, Obama proposes the immediate withdrawal of troops from the “war on terror” (which is also improperly named due to political correctness - is actually the “war against Islamic aggression” or the “war on Islamofascism“). He would replace the fight against Islamic terrorist organizations and their sponsors in Iran with “negotiations” and “diplomacy.” He is so ignorant on foreign policy and affairs that he doesn’t even understand that the enemy we face today has no interest in, and nothing to gain from, negotiating with the U.S. other than the forestallment of their own demise.

Negotiations will produce no advantage for the U.S. but only give the enemy more time to conquer us which is their only real interest and objective in this war. What is there to negotiate over? Will Obama offer them one million detached heads instead of 300 million? Will he approve of Iran building nuclear weapons in exchange for their word not to use them on us? Will he sell out Iraq to al Qaeda in exchange for no more threatening videos from bin Laden?

I do not make the decision to poke the hole (or “pull the lever” in some states) next to McCain’s name lightly. I would rather poke him in the eye. At least McCain is not a communist, and fighting this war against communism in America is just as important as fighting the war against Islamofascism.

But in exchange for my vote for McCain, I want something in return. I want McCain's solemn oath to the American people that if elected, he will:

    1. Never sign any legislation that grants amnesty, or anything like it, to illegal aliens. That he will not only secure the borders and crack down on employers who would consider employing illegals, but also conduct serious efforts with DHS and ICE to eliminate the illegals already living in our country. That he would support the cutting off of federal funds to "sanctuary cities" for illegals. America has 17 legal guest worker programs that can be used instead of employing illegal aliens. We don’t need them in our country in spite of the pro illegal propaganda some people are promoting.

    2. Get his head on straight about "global warming" and learn the facts that disprove the myths he believes in. That he will work toward energy independence for America and promote domestic oil, coal, and nuclear development as a major priority, including drilling in ANWR, and put a stop to this insane biofuel subsidizing with our money. Recognize that corn is needed food, not fuel. We can become energy independent within a decade if we can only find the political will to do it. We have the resources right here in our own country. We need only to exploit them and use them. McCain must not allow the environmental organization to dictate our energy policies and hamper American energy independence. McCain must denounce the socialist “global warming” swindle and expose it for what it is.

    3. Work with Republicans in Congress as hard as he has been working with Democrats over the past decade. In one of his victory speeches after "super Tuesday," he said he would reach out to work with Democrats. I want to hear him say he will reach out to work with Republicans. If he doesn’t want to do that, then I would suggest he switch parties right now and run against Obama and the Clintons in the Democrat primaries, and open up the field for a real Republican candidate.

    4. Not try to micromanage the Islamic War and let the Pentagon and the Joint Chiefs of Staff do their jobs. Allow intelligence interrogators to do what is necessary to protect the country from terrorism, including waterboarding, and keep captured terrorists away from our country and out of our civilian courts. Acknowledge that Guantánamo Bay is the best place to keep them and is necessary for the defense of America.

    5. Keep his campaign promise to veto any and all pork barrel legislation that may come out of Congress, cut government waste and unconstitutional spending programs, and significantly reduce the size of the federal government. Don’t wait until his second term to find his veto pen as Bush did. He may not get a second term.
These are the conditions I want from McCain in exchange for my vote. Will I get them? Of course not. But these are the things all conservatives should demand from McCain before we enter the voting booth in November if he wants to win the election. Otherwise he risks many of us not showing up at the polls at all.

As I sit here on election night next November watching the election returns come in, there will be no excitement, no anticipation, no pulling for my candidate for president, only a sick and sorrowful feeling in the pit of my stomach. If the Democrat candidate should win, it will be a great loss for the for the country and for Republican party, but they asked for it. If the Republican candidate, John McCain, wins, it will only validate the "big tent" Republicans strategy of moving the party to the left, and will be a great loss to conservatives for years to come. Either way we lose.

If McCain should manage to pull off a win, we can, at least, take comfort in knowing that the road to Communism will have some bumps in it and the fight against Islamofascism will continue rather than end in surrender. I will hold my nose and cast a vote for McCain, but not as a vote “for” McCain, but rather as a vote against communism. It’s time the rest of us who love this country do the same, not only in this election, but in all elections to come because if the country keeps moving in the direction it has been, it won’t be too long before elections will mean nothing at all and, in fact, may no longer exist in America.

With the dissatisfaction that exists today with the candidates on both sides of the aisle, rather than asking whom did you vote for in the election, we will soon be asking each other, “Whom did you vote against?” We can only hope that in the next election, we will have someone to vote “for.”

link to article

~ joanie


Martin Raskin said...

I take it that the only thing you and Dieckmann disagree on is whether you will be voting for McCain in November. I haven't decided what I'm going to do. Like you said, it's 8 months away. This is a great article with lots of food for thought.

Anonymous said...

What he was proposing was pure socialism, correction - communism, straight out of the teachings of Saul Alinsky and Karl Marx. It all centered around government control over everything from the energy industry, to home mortgages subsidized with our tax money, to government run healthcare. Some will say it was just extreme left wing liberalism but I call it what it is - communism. Take money from the rich and give it to the poor, not only within America but internationally, all in the interest of global equality, paid for by the American taxpayers.

That says it all.

Anonymous said...

Here is a recent post from Free Republic that says what you have been saying Joanie, and what the author of this article says too. But it seems like he is more willing to compromise. This post hits the nail on the head:

First of all, it is very condensending to challenge folks who don’t want to vote for a man who has helped bilk seniors out of their life savings from his potion in the Senate of the United States.

It is even more condesending to challenge them for not wanting to vote for a man who advocated that the MIA issue be laid to rest, so trade with Hanoi could commence.

It is amazingly condescending to challenge folks for not wanting to vote for a man who was stupid enough to co-sponsor (with his own name on it, no less), the McCain/Feingold bill, a bitch slap to the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

It is incredible to me, to see anyone challenge folks for not wanting to vote for a man who wanted to reward criminality as it applies to between 25 and 35 million foreign nationals on our soil in the United States. These folks are bleeding this nation dry, and John McCain cared so little about it that he actually reasoned that changing their illegal status to a legal status would ‘FIX EVERYTHING’. The man is a complete idiot on this issue.

It got so bad that John McCain hired a former staffer to the President of Mexico to advise him on U.S./Mexican relations, and help him devise policy. This person immediately came up with what he called “a Mexico First” policy, and when challenged on this fact, McCain actually defended the guy.

When our President was trying to face down the democrats over judicial appointments, John McCain short-circuited the effort by joining with the gang of fourteen. This adversely affected appointments to the ranks of federal judges across this nation.

This doesn’t even touch on the fact that for the last decade John McCain practically lived on the sets of Sunday morning talking head shows short-circuiting every Republican initiative he possibly could. from the postition that he knew better than anyone on every single issue. He was the poster boy “conservative” on those shows, insulting us anew with each embarassing performance.

Today John delivers speeches that are riddled with liberal buzzwords. For instance, his big policy speech from April 2007 on his energy goals wavered into liberal territory nine times addressing 24 catch phrase words or terms on 28 separate instances. Terms like carbon capture, carbon trades, greenhouse gases, global warming... these are the terms of John McCain, not Barak Obama. McCain essentially buys off on the Kyoto Protocals and wants to implement as much of it as he can, while smart enough not to do it officially (at least I think).

Despite all this, you can’t see any other reason why some of us would refuse to back McCain and ask others to do so, other than that it’s an ego trip for us, we need to have others join us to help buttress our fragile mental faculties or some other equally insulting nonsense.

What do you call folks who recognize the character of those who help defraud Seniors, and trash them for it? Mentally unstable? Insecure? In need of an attitude adjustment?

What do you call folks who recognize the character of those who pass laws that infringe on our Constitutional Amendments, and trash them for it? Irrational? Unreasonable? Sanctamoneous?

What do you call folks who recognize the character of those who advocated for the MIA issue being laid to rest, and trash them for it? UnAmerican? Anti-Military? Myopic?

I could go right down the line on these issues and you would agree with me in every instance that people are not wrong to oppose any of the things John McCain has done that I just listed. And then you’d turn right around and tell me that it’s just wrong not to vote for him.

You folks are incredibly irrational on this matter.

When confronted on the issue of who will advocate for conservatism if John is president you folks don’t have an answer. When John reaches out to the democrats they won’t oppose him. Enough in his own party won’t opposed him to block his desires. And then there’s John himself. He and the Republican party leadership will be trashing conservatives in the exact same manner you have here. “You folks are fringe wing-nuts.” It is appauling that any person who calls themself a conservative could decide that being a part of this would be a great day for conservatism. And that being the case, how in the sam hell could it be a good day for the nation we supposedly love.

We have come to the place where we can watch a man disect Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and then advocate for him to be President. And then turn our backs on loyal nation loving citizens who dispise what the man stands for, and insult them to their faces.

Tell me Bob, if running against a democrat for the office of the president, what single thing could a person do that John McCain hasn’t done, for you to be unable to vote for them? Haven’t you become the exact model of a Clinton supporter, only from the almighty (R) side of the isle? And then you come here to denigrate us.

There is a sickness in the land...

For four years under a John McCain presidency, the democrats will slander conservatives at will, even saying that they won’t even agree with one of their own, when John pulls what he will. During that time many Republicans will do the same thing, advocating for John. The Republican Party will trash them. John McCain will trash them. The media will trash them.

Sounds like an eventuality I can’t help to put in place. I oppose this scenario with every fiber of my being.

I will not be a part of surrendering to the leftist love fest that is certain to follow a McCain victory.

I would rather have an enemy to focus on and oppose, than an enemy that many of my team want to serve. I will not become a Clinton groupie!

If this turns into a place where “McCain, Day in Pictures” thread are fequent, “Pray for McCain” threads vs “Pray for our Nation” threads... it will have proven my point.

If John McCain wins the Presidency, it will be the end of movement conservatism, and the dawn of the age of the theory of conservatism, for it will not longer be an operating ideology in practice here in the homeland.

Anonymous said...

I was surprised how open Obama was in that speech. He wasn't hiding anything. I actually don't get it. Does he really think the people want all the socialist programs he outlined?

marcus aurelius said...

We are known by the company we keep:

Obama's Afro-Centric, America-Hating Church

Anonymous said...

Obama is a dangerous threat to the sovereignity of this nation and the life, health, and safety of every working man and woman in this country.

SharonGold said...

This is an excellent article. I am in my early 50's and this is going to be the most difficult vote I have ever cast in my life. Thank you for the information and opinions on this site. They will help me very much to decide what to do between now and November.

d_o'connor said...

Obama is a pro-black, anti-American, big government communist. God help us if he wins. I can't stand McCain either, but he's a hell of a lot better than an avowed communist.

Luis said...

The link below from today's London Times may be of interest

Barack Obama embarrassed by billionaire link to home deal


Barack Obama embarrassed by billionaire link to home deal

A British-Iraqi billionaire lent millions of dollars to Barack Obama's fundraiser just weeks before an imprudent land deal that has returned to haunt the presidential contender, an investigation by The Times discloses.

The money transfer raises the question of whether funds from Nadhmi Auchi, one of Britain’s wealthiest men, helped Mr Obama buy his mock Georgian mansion in Chicago.

robmaroni said...

The Latest on the Three Stooges:

Obama Ahead of Clinton 14% in Texas, Up 8% in Ohio; McCain Comfortable


robmaroni said...

Here's a quick link to Luis's London Times article:

Barack Obama Embarrassed by Billionaire Link to Home Deal

It's a good article that we all need to read and spread the word.

Anonymous said...

FWIW, from democraticunderground.com:

Allow me to introduce you to Nadhmi Auchi. He was charged in the 1950s with being an accomplice of Saddam Hussein, when the future tyrant was acquiring his taste for blood. He was investigated in the 1980s for his part in alleged bribes to the fabulously corrupt leaders of post-war Italy. In the 1990s, the Belgium Ambassador to Luxembourg claimed that Auchi's bank held money Saddam and Colonel Gadaffi had stolen from their luckless peoples. In 2002, officers from the Serious Fraud Squad raided the offices of one of Auchi's drug companies as part of an investigation of what is alleged to be the biggest swindle ever of the NHS. With allegations, albeit unproven, like these hanging over him, wouldn't you think that British MPs would have the sense to stay away?

Perhaps you would, but I forgot to add a final fact about Mr Auchi: he is the thirteenth-richest man in Britain, and he has been able to collect British politicians the way other people collect stamps.

Luis said...

thank you robmaroni.

I just sent a note to Joanie saying I was having trouble posting the complete link for some reason.

However you were very quick off the mark helping me out !

Much appreciated.

robmaroni said...

Luis, it looks like when you're copying the url you're not getting the entire thing. One this one, the "ece" at the end was left out.

No matter though. It's a great find. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I just did a Google search on "Auchi Obama" and there is absolutely nothing in the American mainstream media about this. All that is carrying it is the blogs.

Surprise surprise.

Joanie, we need to get this out.

Luis said...

Yes sounds like he is "influential" with a lot of British politicians but I guess it's time for him to move onto a bigger prize. What better way than bank rolling America's would be "new young charismatic president" ?

Found this summary of prior activities using Google in the UK. The search formula it uses may vary according to the country ?

"Auchi's extraordinary career began in the in the back streets of Baghdad in a post-war world of coup plots, intrigue and murder. Iraqi court transcripts from 1959 show that the man who would later hire British politicians Lord David Steel, Lord Norman Lamont and Keith Vaz to work for him, once stood trial with Saddam Hussein for conspiring to assassinate Iraq's Prime Minister Abdul Karim Qasim.

Qasim's car was riddled with bullets from machine-guns wielded by activists from the banned Ba'ath Party that Saddam would later come to dominate. The assassination attempt and Saddam's escape on horseback to Syria later became part of the mythology of the Iraqi dicatator's rise to power. In the 1980s an Iraqi state film, The Long Days, was made about the attack and the bullet-riddled car is still exhibited in one of Saddam's palaces.

Auchi admitted that the Baathist plotters had collected a machine gun from his house a week before the attack, but said he had not used the weapon and played no part in the conspiracy. Court records from the show trial that followed, show the name 'Nadhmi Shakir Auchi' in the list of dozens of accused along with the full name of the man who would become the feared leader of Iraq 'Saddam Hussein al-Tikriti'. It is not known if Auchi was ever convicted."

John Cooper said...

One should never get married hoping to change one's spouse.

John Cooper said...

Why is it that in America, people say the president "runs the country"? In Spain, they say (more properly) that the president "runs the government".

The president doesn't run me. How about you?