Daily Digest for Friday
March 28, 2014 Print

“It is necessary for every American, with becoming energy to endeavor to stop the dissemination of principles evidently destructive of the cause for which they have bled. It must be the combined virtue of the rulers and of the people to do this, and to rescue and save their civil and religious rights from the outstretched arm of tyranny, which may appear under any mode or form of government.” –Mercy Warren, History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution, 1805

Pope Meets President
Pope Francis and Barack Obama met for 52 minutes Thursday in an effort to warm relations between the U.S. and the Vatican. But there are more differences than similarities between the two leaders, and even their similarities aren’t really that. For example, while Francis has made caring for the poor a particular focus of his papacy, Obama uses “income inequality” to divide this nation along class lines for political gain. And then there’s the glaring differences on the meaning of marriage and ObamaCare’s contraception mandate, which has forced Catholic organizations like the Little Sisters of the Poor to sue the administration over religious liberty violations. In any case, less than an hour with the pope certainly won’t cover for the 20 years Obama spent as a disciple of hate in the racist “Reverend” Jeremiah Wright’s “church.”

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Putin’s Really a Conservative
“Casual indifference [to Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea] … would allow the old way of doing things to regain a foothold in this young century,” Barack Obama warned our European allies. By “old way” he means conservatism. In fact, he said, progressive “ideals have often been threatened by an older, more traditional view of power. … Often this alternative vision roots itself in the notion that by virtue of race or faith or ethnicity, some are inherently superior to others and that individual identity must be defined by us versus them.” It is leftists who incessantly engage in identity politics. Conservatives — at least the American brand he so despises — stand for Liberty and Rule of Law. Yes, those are age-old principles, and Obama’s arrogance doesn’t change their validity.

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Looming Immigration Action
Some immigration activists expect Barack Obama to act on his own if Congress doesn’t move by summer on reform. “The president made it clear that three months from now, if there is no legislative action, he will do more using executive authority,” says Lorella Praelli, the director of advocacy and policy for United We Dream, who recently met with the president. Indeed, that’s a signal Obama has been sending frequently. And as we wrote yesterday, the president has already granted de facto amnesty through selective deportation, so any further executive action would only be in character. As icing on the cake, here’s what Joe Biden had to say: “Eleven million people living in the shadows I believe are already American citizens. These people are just waiting, waiting for a chance to be able to contribute fully, and by that standard, 11 million undocumented aliens are already Americans in my view.”

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Lies About Lies
Harry Reid took to the Senate floor to lie about lying. He complained, “[T]he junior Senator from Wyoming has come to the floor several times recently talking about the fact that examples that he and other Republicans have given, dealing with ObamaCare, examples that they think are bad, I’ve called lies. Mr. President, that is simply untrue. I have never come to the floor, to my recollection, and I never said a word about any of the examples that Republicans have given regarding ObamaCare and how it’s not very good.” Unfortunately for Reid, there’s this funny thing called video and just one month ago, it captured him … calling these real-life cases “tales, stories made up from whole cloth, lies distorted by the Republicans.” Either Reid has severe short-term memory loss, or he’s a lying liar.

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‘Duck Dynasty’ Take Two
Willie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” was interviewed by CNN, and, naturally, the subject of his father Phil’s comments back in December came up. He said that GQ asked Phil questions until they got the controversial answer they wanted, and that his father’s answers “made Christmas very interesting for us.” Asked a similar question by CNN, Willie answered, “I believe what the Bible says. You have to read the Bible and make up your own mind. You have to decide, and God will ultimately decide then. We don’t profess to be God, and we certainly don’t profess to be perfect. Because we have our own sins that we deal with.” Simple and humble. His wife Korie added that “anybody who knows [Phil] … any gay, straight, black white, anybody who knows Phil knows that he is about love and his message is about God’s love, God’s grace and his forgiveness, ultimately.” That’s a message the Leftmedia all too often refuses to understand.

Another ObamaCare Delay, and Nobody’s Surprised

The Health and Human Services Department announced another delay to ObamaCare enrollment this week — number 38 for anyone keeping score. Of course, the Obama administration sure isn’t; they’re moving the goal post whenever it’s convenient to score political points.

This latest delay places an indefinite hold in the termination date to encourage people to sign up for the program. All anyone has to do now is check a box on the website that states they had trouble signing up in the past. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) praised the move because he believes that “people are not educated on how to use the Internet.” In reality, the problem has more to do with the fact that the White House doesn’t know how to build a website for a lousy and overpriced product. That shouldn’t matter though, because if HHS is to be believed, all the exchange website glitches have been fixed. There really should be no need for this hardship delay. Fortunately, as HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius explained, “This is not an extension of open enrollment. It’s actually a very logical way to make sure people get through the system.” Well okay then.

But Sebelius told Congress two weeks ago that there would be “no delay beyond March 31.” Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokeswoman Julie Bataille went further, saying, “[I]n fact, we don’t actually have the statutory authority to extend the open enrollment period in 2014.” Not that a lack of legal authority stopped them the previous 37 times they’ve changed the law.

The administration is desperate to reach seven million signups for ObamaCare’s first year. After that arbitrary threshold is reached, they can declare victory and move on. It is unclear why this number is so magical, and it may prove utterly meaningless in the end anyway. Seven million signups doesn’t mean that there are seven million insured. In fact, roughly 80% of the six million who have signed up thus far have paid their first month’s premium, meaning they’re enrolled. There is also no hard data on how many of these people were previously uninsured or were just kicked off their perfectly good private insurance plans and pushed into the ObamaCare pool. Basically, a signup is defined as someone who has merely visited the site and put a plan in their virtual shopping cart.

The folly of all these delays is that ObamaCare is now further encouraging people to wait to sign up for insurance only after they get sick. The deadlines have become meaningless. The administration will push them back as many times as necessary to reduce the pain for Democrats in the coming midterms. As with all things in the Obama White House, this is not about the law, it’s about politics.

For Once, an Energy Pivot in the Right Direction

To the surprise of many, the Obama administration seems to be taking a positive look at exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) to European nations, particularly Ukraine, in an effort to cut Russian influence in the region. “The situation in Ukraine proves the need to reinforce energy security in Europe and we are considering new collaborative efforts to achieve this goal. We welcome the prospect of U.S. LNG exports in the future since additional global supplies will benefit Europe and other strategic partners,” said the administration in a release.

For more, visit Right Analysis.

Charles Krauthammer: Obama vs. Putin: The Mismatch
Mona Charen: Obama and Nuclear Terrorism
Jonah Goldberg: Don’t Assume Liberals Always Put Principles Before Profits
L. Brent Bozell & Tim Graham: Obama and the ‘Hipster Elite’
Joe Bastardi: Skepticism on Skeptics
For more, visit Right Opinion.

Columnist Charles Krauthammer: “Asked whether he’d misjudged Russia, whether it really is our greatest geopolitical foe, [Obama] disdainfully replied that Russia is nothing but ‘a regional power’ acting ‘out of weakness.’ Where does one begin? Hitler’s Germany and Tojo’s Japan were also regional powers, yet managed to leave behind at least 50 million dead. … Russia has run rings around America, from the attempted ingratiation of the ‘reset’ to America’s empty threats of ‘consequences’ were Russia to annex Crimea. Annex Crimea it did. For which the ‘consequences’ have been risible. Numberless 19th- and 20th-century European soldiers died for Crimea. Putin conquered it in a swift and stealthy campaign that took three weeks and cost his forces not a sprained ankle. That’s ‘weakness’? indeed, Obama’s dismissal of Russia as a regional power makes his own leadership of the one superpower all the more embarrassing.”

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American minister Jonathan Mayhew (1720-1766): “To say that subjects in general are not proper judges (of the law) when their governors oppress them and play the tyrant, and when they defend their rights … is as great a treason as ever a man uttered.”

Meteorologist Joe Bastardi: “I am just as skeptical about some mythical idea that we are winning the global warming debate as global warming itself. Why? Because the side that we are ‘debating’ could care less about what the climate is actually doing. That is not their goal, and the so called scientific debate is merely a useful side issue to them. While Rome is burning, Nero is fiddling (with science).”

Comedian Conan O’Brien: “The first lady is in China. During her trip, Michelle Obama fed panda bears. Like most people the first lady feeds, the bears politely ate the bamboo and then had a cheeseburger the minute she left.”

Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis!
Nate Jackson for The Patriot Post Editorial Team

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