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What I'll say today at 1st Tea Party Convention
Posted By Joseph Farah On 02/05/2010 @ 12:00 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled
Here’s a sneak peak at what I will be talking about in my keynote address to the first National Tea Party Convention in Nashville tonight. I wish you could all be there, but it’s a sellout:
Way back in 2003, I wrote a book that literally prophesied this movement that you created. It was called “Taking America Back,” and that’s exactly what you are doing. That’s the mission. That’s the goal. It’s the most exciting development in American politics in my lifetime.
I got even more specific about what was coming in America in a book I wrote in 2008, called “None of the Above.” In that book I explained why neither presidential candidate would change the failed course America was on economically, socially. The only difference between the two candidates was the speed at which they would drive the country to the brink of bankruptcy and disillusionment.
But, more to the point, I explained what would happen if Barack Obama were elected. I explained that the freight train he was driving would result in a major grass-roots rebellion. Ordinary, hard-working Americans who never marched in a protest or attended a rally were going to get off their behinds and fill the streets.
You fulfilled that prediction in dramatic and powerful ways, and you did it in numbers and with speed I couldn’t have imagined.
But our work is only beginning – and that’s why we’re here this weekend.
I have a dream.
My dream is that IF Barack Obama even seeks re-election as president in 2012, he won’t be able to go to any city, any town, any hamlet in America without seeing signs that ask, “Where’s the birth certificate?”
It’s a simple question.
The rest of the media think it’s ridiculous, which makes me certain it’s one of the most important questions we can be asking. It really hits the target. Polls now show 33 percent of Californians either believe Obama was born outside the country or have doubts about his alleged Hawaiian birth. Nationwide it’s closer to 50 percent. Even significant numbers of Democrats have doubts.
But the media and the politicians keep pretending it’s all been settled.
I say if it’s been settled, show us the birth certificate.
I don’t know if you saw the hit piece on me in the Los Angeles Times last week. It focused on my obsession about the constitutional eligibility issue. I admit it, I am obsessed with the Constitution. I think every American should be. I think every officeholder who takes an oath to uphold it should be. I think every journalist who practices his profession under the Constitution’s protections should be.
Does the Constitution mean what it says? Does it actually limit what Congress and the federal government can do?
Or can Congress constitutionally require Americans to buy medical insurance?
Does Obama have the constitutional power to appoint unaccountable “czars” to rule over virtually every aspect of our lives?
Does Congress have the power to kill or inhibit the freedom of speech of talk-radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh?
Do we have a right to bear arms or not?
What’s wrong with being obsessed about upholding the Constitution?
Without it, America ceases to be America.
Some people say it’s not important where Barack Obama was born. Some think the Constitution is just an archaic old document – or worse, that it’s a “living document,” one that changes meaning over time.
To those people I say there is a process for amending the Constitution. But the Constitution is the basis for all our laws. It’s the glue that holds us together, that binds us as a people, as a nation-state, and we abrogate it and abuse it at our great peril.
And I take seriously its eligibility requirements for presidents.
Let me talk more about the tactics of our enemies – because this is an area I have studied over more years than I care to remember.
The question has been asked many times in the last year: What is Obama doing? Surely he is not dumb. Why is he doing what he is doing knowing that these policies have never worked in the past, are not working now and could never work in the future?
The shocking answer is that they are not supposed to work – at least not in the sense that you and I would have them work. In fact, the purpose of the policies is, for the most part, to increase misery and to create crises.
It’s an old trick really. It was actually codified by a Marxist Columbia University professor and his research assistant in an article in The Nation May 2, 1966 – when Barack Obama was only 4 years old. (Or at least we think he was about 4 years old. Without that birth certificate, we just don’t really know.) The professor of social work was Richard A. Cloward, and his research assistant was Frances Fox Piven. What they authored became known as “the Cloward-Piven Strategy of Orchestrated Crisis.”
Cloward and Piven specifically calculated their strategy as a way to end poverty by bringing the capitalist system to collapse through a series of escalating demands that could never be met.
One of their principal demands was the establishment of a “guaranteed annual income.” Just six years later, this demand became a part of the platform of the 1972 Democratic National Convention and the presidential nominee that year, George McGovern.
But Cloward and Piven didn’t just argue that such ideas should become political demands. They argued that action needed to be taken by like-minded fellow travelers to wreak havoc on the system. One way that was to be accomplished, they explained in their treatise, was for social workers to sign up the poor in existing social programs at such levels as to tax the system to the breaking point.
When these entitlements were no longer able to be covered by government agencies, the new dependent class would riot and rebel and create chaos that would create a real crisis for the system.
An example of the way this Cloward-Piven strategy worked quickly followed when it was actually implemented by George Wiley, the founder of the National Welfare Reform Organization. In the early 1970s, Wiley’s NWRO hired “social workers” with the express purpose of expanding the welfare rolls as fast as possible. The strategy was so effective that welfare recipients went from 4.3 million nationally to 10.8 million by the middle of the decade. In New York City, there was soon one welfare recipient for every two residents working in the city’s private sector.
James Simpson, a former White House staff economist and budget analyst, says “the vast expansion of welfare in New York City that came from NWRO’s Cloward-Piven strategy sent the city into bankruptcy in 1975.”
Remember the famous New York Daily News headline? “Ford to City: Drop Dead.” President Gerald Ford was between a rock and a hard place because of the Cloward-Piven strategy and the organizational activities of George Wiley.
But that was hardly the greatest claim for Cloward and Piven.
While George Wiley was a disciple of Cloward and Piven, Wade Rathke was a disciple of Wiley. In 1970, after working for NWRO, he formed a new organization – the Arkansas Community Organizations for Reform Now. It became known as ACORN. The name was later changed to Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, but the acronym remained.
This was the organization Barack Obama would serve as an attorney and as a trainer of its leadership.
ACORN wasn’t just about registering Democratic voters. It was about registering so many that it created a crisis in the system – the same way Wiley created a crisis in the welfare rolls. Fraudulent voters were just as good as legitimate voters.
Where did the money come from for such abuses? ACORN was heavily funded by George Soros’ Open Society Institute.
Did it work?
You bet. The idea behind ACORN’s voter registration campaign, which continues to this day, even benefiting now from direct federal taxpayer support, was to register as many Democratic voters as possible, legal or not, and assist them in voting – the more times the merrier. The system had to be overwhelmed with registrations, multiple entries, dead voters, random names, contrived names. When it all became impossible to police, the lobbying for minimal identification standards for voters would begin.
And that’s where we are today with legislation being crafted in Congress right now for universal voting. Everybody votes. Nobody can be denied.
Just 18 years ago, Obama headed the Chicago operations of Project Vote!, an ACORN affiliate. Obama boasts in his autobiography about how successful he was at registering voters on Chicago’s South Side.
He was so successful, he was elected president in 2008 – legitimately or illegitimately remains to be seen.
Today, Obama is still employing the Cloward-Piven strategy, but not as a community organizer. Today he is the Community Organizer in Chief.
He’s still creating crises as a means of empowerment.
Think about it: With Obama, everything is a crisis – carbon dioxide levels, the banking industry, the automobile industry, the health-care system and especially the economy.
He’s going to fix them all, he promises.
By turning make-believe crises into real crises.
The goal remains the same as when it was first outlined in 1966. It is, as the Marxists of the 1960s and early 1970s explained, to “heighten the contradictions of capitalism,” bring the system to its knees and, ultimately, collapse.
Do I exaggerate?
I don’t think so.
It’s the only paradigm that makes sense given the policies of the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress. They are following a deliberate course to destroy the American free-enterprise system, your freedom and the American way of life.
Americans tend to be too comfortable with and too trusting of government. And it’s understandable, because, once upon a time, the U.S. government was the envy of the whole world. It presided over the greatest freedom the world had ever known.
But as Washington’s power and reach grew well beyond its constitutional restrictions, something happened.
It started to supplant God. It became an idol. It became a source of worship. Did you ever wonder why the U.S. government has become less and less friendly to God?
It’s obvious to me now.
The U.S. government doesn’t want any competition. It doesn’t want it from auto companies. It doesn’t want it from health insurance companies. It doesn’t want it from banks. It doesn’t want it from private businesses of any kind. In fact, it doesn’t even want it from self-governing individual Americans.
In other words, government wants to be your god – your one and only god.
And the God of the Bible – the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God who led the chosen people out of Egypt and the God who led them back into Israel in the last century – represents real competition.
After all, the God of the Christians and Jews says: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
That’s His first commandment. And His second doesn’t make Him any easier to swallow: Don’t worship idols.
That’s pretty much what the U.S. government has become for many Americans.
And God says: “Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.”
You see, it’s kind of a mutual aversion situation.
The impact is already being felt in America today, as government becomes godlike in the lives of so many citizens. We’re paying a price for it – and will continue to pay a bigger price for it for generations.
Even many Christians don’t see this yet. Most don’t have their own priorities in life straight – not putting God first in their own lives. Too many Christians and Jews believe they are not to question government – wrongly thinking it is somehow unbiblical.
They fail to understand the day is coming when not only individuals will be judged by God, but nations as well – even rulers.
Psalm 110 spells it out in pretty graphic terms: “The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.”
No, that’s not going to be a pretty sight. And if America were judged by that standard, it wouldn’t fare well.
Unless, of course, we as a people change our ways.
The answer is simple.
You can find it in 2 Chronicles 7:14:
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Do you think we are capable of recognizing we are headed in the wrong direction?
It’s not just a matter of electing the right leaders. Our leaders are a judgment on us. We’ve got to get our spiritual priorities straight. We’ve got to recognize that our government is either a blessing or a curse on us.
Americans were blessed with some great leaders in the past – when our citizens understood the limitations of government and the fact that our all-just, almighty Creator has no limitations on his power.
Do you think we can find our way home before it’s too late?
Don’t wait for someone to lead you. Don’t allow any politician or demagogue to hijack this beautiful movement.
Let’s start taking America back right now.
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