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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Musings After Midnight--With All of THIS Going On, It's Enough to Make a Normal Person Become a Conspiracy Theorist

Good evening, my friends, and here we are again for another evening of Musings After Midnight. Welcome.

This evening I thought I would present some thoughts for your consideration that may well bother you, and, to be frank, that bother me. Nonetheless, there is a certain price to be paid for being fully awake and aware, cognizant of the dangers we face in this age, and in full possession of the facts.

An old professor of mine used to say, "The price of a real education, and the realism it entails, is a certain measure of existential angst."

And another person I knew, a psychiatrist with whom I worked closely in mental health chaplaincy, once told me, "In a certain sense, the depressed person is the one who is fully aware and fully realistic. They have looked into the abyss of modern existence and come to the honest conclusion that things don't look very good."

While I do not consider myself to be totally cynical or perpetually hopeless, there are those times when I admit that the present situation in the country, and in the world, does not look good and lends itself to a certain degree of healthy skepticism, which can lead me at times to suffer for a few days in my "existential angst."

But, being a Christian I cannot allow myself to stay there for long. I do believe that things can change even when they appear insurmountably hopeless. So, there is hope. I am the first to admit, however, that such hope is at times very difficult to come by except for that hope that comes from the promises of God, many of which are not fulfilled in this life but the next.

Be that as it may, my assessment at present is that the situation in America and the world is dire. That is just the plain truth, and I would be derelict in my duty if I did not tell you this truth, and I would be lying to myself if I did not admit it.

Several events over the past few weeks have been for me such a disappointment, and frankly, such an unexpected twist, that I have considered things that before now I would not allow myself to entertain in my mind. I have never considered myself to be a conspiracy theorist nor adhered to what I consider to be the more outlandish of these theories, which to me push the envelope of sanity.

And while I still find some of these conspiracy theories to be beyond the pale, I have been forced of late to take a new look at the subject of political conspiracy from the standpoint of the current climate in the U.S. today and some of the behaviors and statements of people that I thought knew better but for some reason have thrown their weight behind the ideology of the present leadership structure in Washington as represented by the current occupant of the White House and the Democratic leadership in the U.S. Senate.

First, in spite of the overwhelming opposition of the American people, a laughably bumbling defense before the Supreme Court by Administration attorneys, and the near unanimous consensus among conservatives and Constitutional originalists that ObamaCare is not only unconstitutional but a horrid joke, the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, who claims to be an originalist, ruled in favor of the law against all odds and in the face of simple logic and rationality. Not only did he damage the reputation of the Court but he probably permanently damaged his own reputation as a jurist by making such a flimsy argument in favor of the healthcare law.

Roberts stated that it is not up to him to correct the political choices of the electorate. While there is some modicum of truth to that statement, it IS his responsibility to decide if the laws passed by the "political choices of the electorate" pass the constitutional muster.

But I have already written extensively about the Roberts ruling and its indefensible disregard for the Constitution, mainly in that although the Chief Justice says the Commerce Clause cannot be used to force citizens to make purchases, that is precisely what he decided that Congress has the power to do. It does not matter that Roberts reached into thin air to call it a tax. The fact is, Commerce Clause or not, Congress now has the power to force Americans to make purchases against their will, and if they don't they can be punished by the IRS.

This is the type of doublespeak we have come to expect from the Obama Administration. Keep this in mind as we go forward.

Second, although the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly with bipartisan support to repeal ObamaCare, the House leadership stated last week that it intends to fully fund the healthcare initiative. This they have done without input from the members, the rank and file Republicans who form the majority.

Here again, doublespeak and a vast disconnect. One day the House leadership supports the repeal of ObamaCare. The next day the House leadership says it will fully fund ObamaCare although they just voted to repeal it.

What the hell gives here?

And to be specific, here I am talking about the House leadership only and not most Republicans in the House. This means specifically Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy.

If the vote in the House was to repeal ObamaCare, then wouldn't it naturally follow that the ones who voted in favor of the repeal would also vote against funding the very law they abhor?

Odd. Very odd.

Third, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia wades into the gun control controversy by suggesting in an interview on Fox with Chris Wallace that the Court may well issue restrictions on the gun rights of citizens. Only days before, Barack Obama stated that he wants to ban so-called "assault weapons" by quipping that "AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers and not criminals," no matter that soldiers do not use AK-47s and the overwhelming majority of citizens who own them are not criminals. If criminals have them, they got them illegally off the street since it is illegal for criminals to have them.

So why would a conservative Supreme Court justice offer commentary on the issue in the aftermath of the Colorado shooting only days after Obama calls for more gun control and a gun ban?

I know that Scalia has suggested in the past that he believes there are "reasonable restrictions' on the Second Amendment--a statement with which I strongly disagree. But the fact is he WAS one of the YES votes over the past few years when the Supreme Court affirmed the individual right to own guns, including handguns, and when the Court struck down gun control laws in D.C.

I simply find it odd that he would insert himself into this issue at the present time. Why now? What does he know that's coming down the pike which suggests that Americans should brace themselves for more gun control, in spite of the fact that literally hundreds of laws already on the books restrict the scope of the Second Amendment?

In my view there has been a most disturbing trend over the past four years among the opposition to the current Administration to roll over and play dead in the face of the most overt, barefaced onslaught against our liberties in the history of this Republic. The Republican leadership in the House has been wimpy at best. The Supreme Court has seemingly bent over backwards, almost breaking their weak spines, in order to avoid doing anything at all to raise the ire of the bully in the Oval Office.


It is almost as if somebody, somewhere, is holding something over their heads. But what? And who?

Is our government being held hostage by someone or a group of someones?

I can tell you that those that I would think would have been much more ferocious in their condemnation of this regime have acted strangely. It's out of character. It's almost incredible to me.

Why else would Speaker John Boehner call out a member of his own Party, Michelle Bachmann, for simply stating the TRUTH about a freakin' Democrat, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has known ties to organizations that have been implicated in terrorism? A chorus of Republican voices quickly came to Bachmann's defense in the wake of such a despicable tongue lashing on Boehner's part. For this I was most gratified.

But the more important issue is why would Boehner do such a thing to begin with? What the hell is he afraid of? It is as if someone, somewhere behind the scenes has the major power brokers in this government by the gonads, daring them to make one move that could put radical Islam, or George Soros, or SEIU, or any of the progressive sacred cows in a negative light.

And all of this has occurred against the backdrop of a treaty at the U.N. that would directly threaten the Second Amendment rights of average citizens. Although that treaty appears to be doomed to failure, Senate Democrats moved quickly to insert a gun control amendment into a cybersecurity bill--an amendment that would place restrictions on citizens, ban certain weapons, and limit ammunition purchases.

In the midst of all of this, Scalia opens his mouth and strikes fear in the minds of ALL conservatives who value their freedoms when it comes to firearms rights.

These factors have led me to stop dead in my tracks and ask myself, "What the hell is going on? What are these people doing? What in God's name is happening to this country right before our very eyes, by the day? And why are some of those on our side rolling over and playing dead, essentially allowing the dismantling of the Republic?"

Now, spare me the nutcase conspiracies, please. Israel and its bankers are not behind it. I consider those who hold that view to be freaks, nutcases, lunatics. I feel the same way about the so-called 9/11 truthers who believe that the 9/11 attacks were "an inside job." Take your loony 'toons crap elsewhere. If you try to post that stuff here, I will delete it immediately.

But just because I summarily reject most of the more outlandish conspiracy theories does not mean I am not capable of recognizing a conspiracy when there IS one! And in this case, the circumstances at the very least suggest that something is terribly amiss.

My friends, I know that people in both political parties are culpable in this period of distress. I have regularly taken to task the RINOS as much as I have the Democrats. And I have castigated George W. Bush for his excesses as well.

But let me be absolutely clear about this so that no one misunderstands me. Bush is the Angel Gabriel when compared to Barack Obama. And as much as I detest a lot of what Boehner has done as Speaker of the House, he is the prophet Elijah when compared to former Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

In order to change the situation we have to send packing the worst offenders first. Thus, our first order of business is to get rid of Barack Obama in November and make sure the Democrats no longer control the Senate or the House.

Now, no matter what that means for you in terms of who you vote for, there is one thing on which we can ALL agree--we need to send Obama packing and we need to rid Congress of his enablers, most of whom are Democrats.

This cannot go on as it stands now.

If in getting rid of Obama, Reid, and company we also get rid of a few RINOS as well, replacing them with solid conservatives, then great. But beware. Do not assume that just because we may defeat Scott Brown in Massachusetts we will get someone better. In fact, if you have been following that Senate race up there then you know the alternative is much worse, a bona fide nutcase.

If you want to vote for Libertarian candidates, then have at it, but I will also remind you that I have seen some Libertarians that I would no more support than I would Jerry Brown, another bona fide nutcase.

The issue is not the Party. The issue is the candidate and the broader issue of getting rid of the current leadership structure that is dominated by Democrats.

This has to be the starting point.

And don't ever forget, my friends, that if Obama wins again, hold onto your gonads because if you think the current Supreme Court is bad, just wait till Obama appoints two or three more justices. We may as well pack it up and haul it in as soon as he is elected in November. It will be time to bury the United States of America which we will have killed with our deplorable political choices.


Lara said...

I believe the Chicago mafia is involved and possibly threatening House Republican leaders as well as members of the Supreme Court. Remember, the Teamsters Union has already put its full support behind Obama, and it is headed by Jimmy Hoffa, Jr.

jumpingbilly said...

You're getting very close, Mr. Martin. You must ask yourself, If some unknown and unseen power can apparently hold key members of our government effectively hostage, such that their behavior defies logic and the Constitution, what would that power not be capable of doing to manipulate events? Your musings beg the question regarding that which you still wish to dismiss - the sad but irrefutably logical conclusion.

Welshman said...

No sir. There are all sorts of nations and entities in today's world that can pose such a threat. Thus, your attempt at "going there" without really going there is a fairly clever way of getting me to "go there," but I won't. Your conspiracy theories do not form the only logical conclusion. And that is all I will say about this, and any further comments on that subject will be ignored and will NOT be posted.

Lee Thompson said...

I'm not so much worried about Obama getting re-elected -- I don't think he will be -- but what the congress and Obama will do between election day and inauguration day.

Jason Tanis said...

Let's remember our history. Hitler burned down the Reichstag and blamed it on terrorists(communists). Hitler enabling act of 1939 created a police state under the SS and SA(akaTSA)(NDAA). He nationalized health care(Obamacare). He disarmed the citizens(UN does'nt have a 2nd amendment). He forcably moved the jews to the ghettos. Then he sent them by train to the death camps. Conspiracy's happen, we are witnessing one. Scared yet, you should be.

jumpingbilly said...

No nation can do what you suggest - cause so much damage to the fabric of our Nation - and go undetected by the "good guys." None. But I do not mean to upset you. I very much enjoyed your musings. Peace.

Welshman said...

No prob, Billy.

But BTW, a nation can indeed cause such damage when working in tandem under the radar with other entities.

Pilgrimsarbour said...

I can think of another reason besides economic collapse that our government is preparing to declare martial law; if Obama loses the election in November. This is how dictatorships begin. In any case, I think our country and its citizens are screwed.

J Wha said...

There are only 2 things that motivate politicians. gold and lead. Yeah i know power is a factor but essentialy they want power to get the gold. So roberts, Boehner and others who act out of character are either imposters or they have been gotten to. Who is the bigger puppet master Soros or the Saudi Royal Family. I say the latter since they can pump money just like the Fed can print it. Obama's Harvard education was funded by them. They own him. Soros is a front for the UK royal family and the rothshields. So either way it is ultra wealthy people manipulating whore politicians.

blondenfun1 said...

HI Anthony, my husband agreed with the article. He said finally someone didn't blame it all on the Jews. (he is Jewish). I don't think he knows about AIPAC yet.
Great article! (blondenfun1)

Welshman said...

Blonde, thanks for telling me that. I have lots of Jewish friends. There is a very good reason why I blame neither the Jews nor Israel--they are not to blame!

It is important that we get it right and not buy into the propaganda of modern day neo-Nazis.

Wendy said...

I liked your article, esp. the intro and quote about the educated. Funny thing it is, though, the Educated today are primarily Left-leaning. I suggest you better describe your definition for this purpose.

No, the REAL Jews aren't to blame, you're right. (so close, yet so far away)

You're a Christian, so let's start there: If one is to boil down the 10 Commandments, what is the major one that leads to the others? "Thou shalt not covet." But covet what? What is coveted most in this world?

MONEY. The key here is money.

One of my college professors talked about how, if you wanted to understand virtually anything in history (no, he wasn't a history teacher), racism, politics, news, basic human behavior (besides Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs), etc., ALL ONE NEEDS TO DO IS FOLLOW THE MONEY.

Works every time.

Now what you need to do is to start asking some very, very basic questions like I did: Who owns all of the media outlets in the US? In the world? Next: Who are in the top 1% in the world Elite? What do they control?

Then take a break. You'll need it at this point. Take some time to do some relaxing reading like Major General Smedley Butler's "War is a Racket":
Do a bit of research on this Marine patriot, the only one to have won the Congressional Medal of Honor, TWICE.

Take another break. Some leisurely skiing perhaps.

Now start asking questions like who today, makes the most money from those sort of things today?

Again, it all involves FOLLOWING THE MONEY, as well as understanding basic as well as evil human behavior. Truly reading the writings of the Founders themselves will also help.

What you will find will make you mad, sad, happy, and a mix of those. It did me. Watching #1 Brandon Raub's case and #2 the attack on the mission in Benghazi as they both happened on the web in real time... It changed my life, anyway.

As a result, as a lover of research, knowledge, and learning, I asked more questions, and continue to do so. I encourage you to do the very same thing.

Good luck and God bless the last vestige of the Real America, which lies in what's left of the Second Amendment! That's right, the other nine have all ceased to exist, as far as what the gov't now has the legal power to do... Start looking into that mess of what all the govt now has the power to do which are in DIRECT VIOLATION of the Constitution, your rights and mine. Start with the 2012 NDAA; that's what started me looking anyway...

L.A. Brown said...

This is obviously an old post, since Obama is already our 'president' again - although I don't believe he was actually elected fairly at all. However, I have to say that I agree with what you've said here and I've wondered the same thing. There have been Oversight Committee reports that outright accuse the 'president' of breaking the law and lay out how he's done it and nothing happens! When I see people like the Clintons, who thought Obama was a slime, suddenly do a 180 and work for him and campaign for him, I have to wonder why. Yes, they belong to the same political party, but you don't just suddenly become great friends with someone that you disparage and thoroughly dislike, simply because he's in the same party as you are. I, too, wondered what the heck was going on when it came to Robert's decision on Obamacare. I've wondered if it can be the mafia and unions, making threats to kill political figures our their families? There was a report I read way back when, where a woman who said she worked for the Clinton 2008 campaign, said that Obama's henchman had made death threats against Chelsea. I have no idea if it was true in any way, but with all of the other things that have happened, I have to wonder. Could it be the Islamists? They certainly have enough money and don't fear killing or dying for their cause. There WAS that 6 million dollar gift to Harvard given by a Saudi Prince the first year that Obama started there... Or, could it be the communists? Could this be the culmination of 30 years of work to overthrow the U.S. from the inside out? Heaven knows, Progressive is just another word for Socialist and Socialist is one degree removed from Communism. I don't know. All I know is that something smells about all of this.

Amanda Schaefer said...

Hello! I am surprised there are no recent postings since the Sandy Hook tragedy .... No disrespect, but doesn't it strike any one odd just HOW MANY mass shootings have occurred since you wrote this article? You do not believe the conspiracies, I understand; however when you piece them together and look at the big picture, it's truly shocking how it makes you feel. Just a thought, would love to know what others think as of today, February 1 2013

WarIsARacketbySmedleyButler said...

Your own questions beg the investigation of the same theories you dismiss. False flags are fact of history sir. The NSA admitted that the Gulf of Tonkin incident never happened. It was staged, a hoax. Another example, the Iran-Contra affair, government officials went to jail for, wait for it, Conspiracy! Then there's the absolute FACT that the Obama administration is arming Al Queda in Syria. Then there's the absolute FACT that Hilary Clinton is on camera saying that the people who did 9/11 were funded by the US government. Then there's the Historical FACT that that Osama bin Laden was on the CIA payroll. Then there's the historical FACT ADMITTED BY OUR GOVERNMENT that the CIA gave Saddam Hussein the chemical weapons he used on Iranians and the Kurds. Then there's the scientific evidence that proves 9/11 is a cover up. 2 planes can't cause 3 steel highrise skyscrapers to collapse, sorry. If you want to choose to live in your fantasy world that's fine as you have that right. To release that something is wrong in this country and imply by your very own wording that there is a shadow element operating behind the scenes controlling what the government is doing and then to dismiss and mislead people from looking in to this any further is irresponsible and naive. To delete this post would raise concerns about your sincerity and credibility as everything I have mentioned is historical fact.

WarIsARacketbySmedleyButler said...

If you can't see something wrong with the fairy tale that is 9/11 then you have mental issues. The government's fairy tale defies logic and science. 2 planes can't cause 3 buildings to collapse especially when 1 of them collapses 7+ hours after the first 2. The government would have you believe that furniture fires led to the collapse of World Trade Center 7 at freefall due to 1 steel column failing on 1 floor. Impossible. The government ADMITS the Gulf of Tonkin didn't happen and that was there excuse for sending over 58,000 Americans to their deaths in Vietnam. Because of the Iran-Contra affair government officials went to jail for, wait for it, Conspiracy! False flags are a fact of history. Hilary Clinton is on camera saying that before 9/11 the US funded Al Queda to fight the Russians. Osama bin Laden was on the CIA payroll. The government ADMITS that the CIA gave Saddam the chemical weapons he used to kill thousands of Iranians and Kurds. These are historical facts. By raising the questions of a possible shadow element behind our government pulling their strings and then striking down the very same notion that these types of conspiracies could be true is both misleading and irresponsible. To not question any further gives me serious concerns about your credibility and insight.

Welshman said...

OK, War, I let you have your say. But I have already made it abundantly clear as to what I think about the specific conspiracy theories you mentioned, and thus, I am not going to respond to them. I have already done so, many times. I made an exception by allowing you to put these two comments here, but that is all I am willing to do. Any more delving into that stuff will result in your comments being deleted. There are enough legitimate conspiracies to be addressed to have our time and energy needlessly depleted by hashing and rehashing wild theories that cannot be proved.