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Naghmeh Abedini spoke at CPAC to testify about the importance of Religious Liberty. Abedini is the wife of Saeed Abedini, the Christian pastor who has been imprisoned since the summer of 2012 by the Islamic Republic of Iran for his religious beliefs and apostasy from Shia Islam.
Mrs. Abedini’s speech comes as the Obama Administration has been contorting itself to achieve any nuclear deal with the government in Tehran, thus forsaking any leverage to achieve a good will gesture of freeing this pastor who is an American citizen.
Mrs. Abedini’s testimony of why she is proud to be an American stands against many of the moves of the Obama Administration to minimize our First Amendment Freedom of Religion (e.g. Obamacare’s Contraception Mandate, imposing Same-Sex marriage, considering traditional believers as prospective terror groups etc.)
During the lame duck session of the 112th Congress, House Republicans fully funded FY 2015 budget, with the exception of Department of Homeland Security, in which a short term continuing resolution was applied to allow for a rider which would not Congressionally fund President Obama’s Executive Action on illegal immigration.
In the new 113th Congress, Senate Democrats refused to allow cloture to debate the DHS bill, lest the funding bill pass on majority terms. The Obama White House and lackeys in the Lamestream Media and Senate Democrats are striving to frame Republicans for being obstructionists for not rubber stamping Mr. Obama’s extra-constitutional effective amnesty.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has suggested bifurcating the Executive Amnesty issue from DHS funding. But this legislative legerdemain was acceptable to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) only if House Speaker John Boehner acceded to Obama’s will. So far, Speaker Boehner holds the attitude that Senate Democrats ought to “get off their asses” and vote on the House bill.
So now the Obama Administration’s tact has shifted to hardball politics. During a townhall meeting telecast on MSNBC and Telemundo, President Obama dared the Republicans to pass the House bill, which would merit another Obama veto.
May the majorities in Congress stick to their principles and not quickly fold to a passive aggressive bully chief executive.
As he vetoed the Keystone XL Pipeline, President Barack Obama purported that: “[T]his act of Congress conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest — including our security, safety, and environment — it has earned my veto.”
Funny that Mr. Obama is worried about conflicted with established separation of powers procedures yet is trying to scare Congress from asserting its constitutional power of the purse regarding homeland security funding.
Another laughable point from the White House Keystone XL veto statement is that the Executive nullification was done to protect America’s safety and environment. Last week, the Washington Post reported that in 2012, trains carried 40 times more oil than they did in 2008, which increased the potential for hazardous spills and wrath of God accidents like the eastern Ontario CSX fireball crash in July 2013 which killed 47 people.
h/t: Gary Varvel
Flemming Rose is the editor of the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, who created controversy in 2005 by publishing cartoons of the prophet Mohammed which caused unrest worldwide amongst some offended Islamists. Rose wrote a book recounting some of his concerns for free speech in Tyranny of Silence (2014) and summarized his thoughts about free speech in a globalized world during the 2014 Oslo Freedom Forum.
Flemming Rose’s fear of the tyranny of silence may be heightened in America by the FCC’s usurpation of the internet through Title II regulations said to address net neutrality issues, but may end up with a politically correct and highly regulated product which could be called “Obamanet”.
The Reverend Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam in America, took umbrage at Rudy Giuliani’s assessment of Barack Obama’s formative years. In response, Farrakhan launched into a pejorative racial ad hominem attack on America’s Mayor as well as all Americans of European descent.
This invective is rather ironic as President Obama’s lineage does not include ancestry of slavery.
Rudy Giuliani could point to Barack Obama’s two autobiographies, which chronicle how the future President was raised in Indonesia during formative years in which the love of country tended to be instilled.
Where was Louis Farrakhan drawing for his assessments?
Over the last four years, Republicans have been painted as obstructionists as House bills have been passed and died in the Democrat controlled Senate because Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) as Senate Majority Leader did not want votes which would embarrass the President and force a veto. In the six years of the Obama Administration, the Senate only passed a budget from regular orders once, the rest being Continuing Resolutions.
In the 113th Congress, the House passed a budget early in the cycle, but which contained a rider which prohibits the Department of Homeland Security from expending funds from the Obama Administration’s extra legal Executive Amnesty program. Senate Democrats refuse to allow debate on the budget, much less block a final vote, as they hope to pressure the Republican Majority to cave in order to avoid an entire shutdown of DHS at the end of February . Of course, most of DHS are essential workers so a hypothetical shutdown would just involve 33,000 administrative workers.
Judging from the tough talk from Speaker Boehner, the House majority won’t back down. But the Lamestream Media will still find a way to frame Republicans as being dangerous obstructionists.