Thursday, November 20, 2014

Obama to Announce Immigration Reform

Obama to Announce Immigration Reform
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
November 20, 2014

“I’m president of the United States, not emperor of the United States.” – Barack Hussein Obama, February 14, 2013

Who is he trying to convince – we the people or himself?

“I cannot ignore the laws… I can’t suspend deportations,” – still the words of Obama, oft repeated to the toll of at least 25 times on national television, regarding the sweeping immigration reform he is presumably going to announce tonight.

Obama is going to ignore the will of the people, the overwhelming majority of whom oppose any form of amnesty for illegal aliens, and legalize upwards of five million illegals in the United States. This is the same will of the people who have ousted nearly 70 Democratic members of Congress during Obama’s tenure in the White House, most recently on the November 4th midterm elections with the issues of the Affordable Care Act a.k.a. Obamacare, and illegal immigration at the forefront of the voter’s minds.

This is a Constitutional crisis of epic proportions. So said both Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), a solid conservative, and George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, an avowed liberal. Obama is “defying the law and he is defying the Constitution,” said Cruz on Fox News Wednesday night.

Obama has no legal authority to grant legal status to people in the United States illegally, said Texas governor-elect Greg Abbott (R), currently the state’s attorney general. Abbott further cited two sections of the United States Constitution prohibiting Obama’s desires – Article I, Section 8 and Article II, Section 3.

I can see two parts of Article I, Section 8 that would apply to both barring illegals from entering this country and prohibiting any president from legalizing them. “The Congress shall have Power to…establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization…,” not the president.

“The Congress shall have Power to… provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions…” In this part, the insurrection is actually coming from Obama himself, demonstrative of his violations of the Constitution, and the invaders are the illegals, who have no legal right to be present in the United States.

Article II, Section 3, referring to the executive, avers that “…he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed…”

Clearly, it is the job of the United States Congress to pass the laws and for the president, all presidents, to enforce those laws, not unilaterally defy those laws for which he does not particularly care. This is precisely why the Founding Fathers employed a co-equal, three branch system of government with no branch outranking the others. This was clear when we learned it in grade school, it should certainly be clear to Obama, who supposedly taught Constitutional Law.
Therein lies the double-edged sword. If the separation of powers as designed by the Founders is not clear to Obama, he is too stupid to be president, although that has not stopped others who preceded him. If it is clear, then Obama is willfully guilty of violating the Constitution in both theory and practice, for which there is a remedy – impeachment, as outlined in Article II, Section 4. “The President… shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

“It is illegal for Obama to make illegals legal,” said Fox News fixture Judge Andrew Napolitano, also citing the impeachment power of Congress as part of the system of checks and balances designed by the Founders to ensure no one branch exerts more power than is prescribed by the Constitution. The document is in place for a reason – actually numerous reasons.

Obama has no legal authority to grant illegals any rights. It is the tyrannical despot who oversteps the boundaries of the law as outlined by the governing document, in this case the United States Constitution, in place long before Obama assumed the mantle of leadership, and G-d willing, long after he departs the office he currently occupies.

It is up to the Congress to deny the Chief Executive overreaching authority, in this case, granting legal status to illegals. Congress must rein in this Chief Executive and demonstrate the validity of the co-equal branches of government as outlined in the Constitution. Should Obama be allowed to succeed in overreaching, an irreversible precedent could be established forever altering the balance of powers between the three branches and set the United States down a path from which it separated itself from Great Britain in the first place in 1776. (See also the Declaration of Independence.)

This is not an attack on Obama the man, but on Obama the duly elected Chief Executive with the responsibility to act as such as outlined in the Constitution.

It is high time those people in this country illegally be denied the perks and incentives that more often than not, brought them here in the first place. The billions of dollars’ worth of so-called entitlements must be cut off to the point of discouraging illegals from remaining in the United States and future miscreants from arriving here sans legal permission. This also includes amending the 14th Amendment to the Constitution – the part granting citizenship to any and all persons born on American soil. This was designed to bestow citizenship on freed slaves. The anchor baby system of allowing the children of illegals to be automatic citizens should be halted. Those who are in the United States illegally should not be rewarded for their unlawful behavior.

This is not an emotional case, but one of the rule of law. There are laws in place that are not being followed by the illegal aliens, and they need to be penalized for their behavior – behavior they chose willingly. By the same design, Obama also needs to be held accountable for his actions – legal and illegal. If he chooses the course of action many Americans are expecting, the Congress must do its job – media be damned. The fourth estate has carried Obama’s water since he emerged on the national scene in 2004, and there will be shrieks of racism should impeachment hearings be conducted, but once again, this is about the rule of law, and not emotion.

The Congress must have the spine needed to do its job should Obama behave as expected.  Do not allow a trench to be dug too deeply it sets a precedent that permanently shifts power to one person in a manner that lead to the American Revolution, for a second one could render the United States indistinguishable from itself. The state of the world is ill-prepared and too fragile to swallow such a turn of events.


Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Obamacare Architect Built House of Cards

Obamacare Architect Built House of Cards
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
November 14, 2014

Democrats are running away from Jonathan Gruber faster than they ran away from Barack Obama during the midterm election campaigns. The MIT economist and architect of Obamacare is so toxic, he may as well have Ebola and Leprosy.

Gruber, who disingenuously claimed he was speaking off the cuff and not thinking about his words, has not only lied about that, but lied to the American people about the credibility of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. At least four videotapes have surfaced, as of this writing, where Gruber so arrogantly called the American voters stupid and that said stupidity is what is needed to shove Obamacare down the people’s throats. These videos defy Gruber’s claim he was speaking extemporaneously.

While most of the American citizens opposed and still oppose Obamacare, demonstrating their intelligence, as opposed to stupidity, it must be the Congressional Democrats who supported Obamacare that are the stupid ones. But then again, this is the same monstrosity House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said had to be passed before they could find out what was in that 2,000-plus page behemoth of a bill.

The only way this, the Affordable Care Act, will succeed is by preying on the stupidity of the American voters, said Gruber in 2009. He doubled down by later saying the “stupidity of the American voter is critical” in getting this passed. Additionally, Gruber said the “exploitation of a lack of knowledge of the American voter” is necessary. Reports have been produced proving Gruber actually told Obama it is necessary to hoodwink and lie to the American people in an effort to get them to swallow the bitter and expensive pill that has become Obamacare. While Obama has denied that Gruber was a part of his administration, there is a record of the rogue economist having visited the White House 19 times.

Former Montana Senator Max Baucus (D) called Gruber “an outside expert,” while soon to be Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) called him “one of the most respected economists in the world.”

Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer called this display “liberal arrogance.”

And in a moment of lucidity, Howard Dean, a doctor and former DNC chairman said, “Obamacare was written by elitists who don’t fundamentally understand the American people.” Yet Dean was an early supporter of Obamacare, attending a number of town hall meetings during those early days to help explain it to people. (I attended one such meeting in Reston, VA, hosted by US Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) where Dean did most of the talking.)

Dean is not the only one to put distance between himself and Gruber. Pelosi, just three days ago, claimed not to know who Gruber is in an episode of selective amnesia, when there is video evidence she not only knows who he is, but praising him for his work in November 2009.

Even the media has balked at reporting this story – the major networks and newspapers such as The Washington Post and New York Times. Fox News has been on top of this story. Dr. Marc Siegel, a Fox News contributor, said, “This is a cancer,” about Obamacare. Siegel went on to remind people that in 2015 the individual mandate will more than triple, from $95 to $325, or two percent of their income, whichever is higher.

For his lies and insults, Gruber was paid about $400,000 in 2009 by the Obama administration – Health and Human Services, which has been eerily silent on this matter. On the other hand, Obama’s silence, tantamount to support of Gruber, should come as no surprise. This cloak of opaqueness and belief in the stupidity of the American people is an indictment of the Obama administration and how they really feel about the American people. Gruber should be required to return this money – plus interest – call it a stupid tax.

This fraud perpetrated on the American people should be cause enough to invalidate Obamacare, or the Supreme Court decision making it the law of the land. As said several years ago when Obamacare was thrust upon the nation, the American people should not be forced to purchase a product they may not want. Freedom of choice seems to be a Democrat Party mantra, but only on abortion. On all other decisions, Democrats and Obama believe government is best to make them for the people – because like Gruber, they think we the people are stupid.

Call, write, and/or e-mail your member of Congress and demand Obamacare either be invalidated, defunded, or returned to the Supreme Court now that the light of day has been shone upon it. It’s up to the people to take action and have our voices be heard. Act now!

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Friday, November 7, 2014

GOP Aced Midterms; Now Must Govern

GOP Aced Midterms; Now Must Govern
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
November 7, 2014

How good of a good night was election night for the Republican Party? As midterms go, the GOP aced theirs.

Republican governors were elected in dark blue Illinois (Bruce Rauner), Maryland (Larry Hogan), and Massachusetts (Charlie Baker); re-elected in blue Michigan (Rick Snyder), New Mexico (Susana Martinez), Wisconsin (Scott Walker), and purple Florida (Rick Scott). The GOP has taken the Senate by storm and added more than a dozen House seats to their lead – their largest majority since before WWII. In addition to Martinez, a Hispanic, South Carolina and Oklahoma reelected Nikki Haley and Mary Fallin respectively – all Republican women. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, the first Hispanic elected statewide – a Republican, won reelection.

In the Senate, the GOP successfully defended 15 seats – two of which will complete terms due to a retirement and an appointment, as well as flipping seven Democrat seats. In Oklahoma, James Lankford won election to replace retiring Senator Tom Coburn, and in South Carolina, Tim Scott won the seat to which he was appointed in 2013 following the retirement of Jim DeMint, currently president of The Heritage Foundation. Scott became the first black candidate to win statewide office since Reconstruction – again, a Republican.

Other new Republican faces include Tom Cotton from Arkansas, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, Cory Gardner from Colorado, who moves over from the House, David Perdue from Georgia, the former CEO of Dollar General and Reebok, Joni Ernst from Iowa, a veteran of the war in Iraq and the first woman from the Hawkeye State to win election to either house – again, a Republican. Montana voters are sending Steve Daines to the Senate, and Nebraskans voted in Ben Sasse. In North Carolina, state house speaker Thom Tillis won election, as did former South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds. In West Virginia, US Rep. Shelley Moore Capito will move across the Capitol to become the first female Senator to represent the Mountaineer State – again, a Republican.

Back on the House side of the Capitol, the GOP can boast the youngest member-elect in Elise Stefanik (NY-21) at age 30. Also, member-elect Mia Love (UT-4) will become the first black, female Republican to serve in the House as well as the first Haitian-American.

The Republican Party, thanks to a maligning so-called mainstream media, finds itself on the defensive regarding the nature of its candidates, which is unfortunate because this is not the America Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. envisioned – that people should be judged on the content of their character, not the color of their skin. As more and more Americans come to truly understand and embrace that notion it will become unnecessary to cubbyhole people.

All that said, it is time for the GOP to lead and govern or 2016 will be a repudiation which could start at the top of the ticket with the election of another Democrat president and a loss of the Congressional majorities. While “no” is sometimes the right answer, the GOP must put forth as aggressive an agenda possible to not only right the wrongs of the Obama administration and the Democratic led Senate, but also to return the United States to a position as global leader.

With appreciation to John McLaughlin, “Issue One:” Repeal Obamacare. If there are salvageable aspects of the law, keep them – such as pre-existing conditions will not be penalized. Eliminate the tax on medical devices and allow for health insurance to be procured across state lines, just as other insurances can be accessed. If repeal is not possible, and it is; at the very least, Congress must unfund as much as possible to weaken the program. It should no longer be law of the land – a purchase not all people want, mandated by government. Back to the Supreme Court it must go. For those who want to remain on Obamacare, to paraphrase Obama, if you like your Obamacare, you may keep your Obamacare.

Repealing Obamacare will have a positive effect on the economy. No more limiting employees to 29 hours per week in order to not be required to provide them the evils of Obamacare. No more capping employment totals at 49, again, to avoid providing workers with Obamacare. Eliminate any policy covering birth control or abortions. An employer’s religious freedoms are sacrosanct and should be respected. With these amendments, employers will have more freedom to hire more workers for a greater number of hours. This will boost confidence in the economy spurring greater demand for goods and services as well increasing production, thus putting more people back to work, and removing them from government rolls.

Issue Two: Immigration Reform. Obama continues to threaten executive action to ensure immigration reform actually becomes a massive amnesty, just like the one seen in 1986 that failed so miserably. As long as foreigners have incentives to sneak across the borders into the United States with few if any actual ramifications, they will continue to do so. Foreigners must be disincentivized to first, keep them in their countries of origin, and second, to encourage as many who are here illegally, to repatriate themselves to their native lands.

What needs to stop is the issuance of drivers’ licenses under the guise of safety. Supporters of this ridiculous notion are convinced that if illegals secure drivers’ licenses, they will be required to purchase auto insurance. This leap does not pass muster. Illegals already broke the law by entering the United States sans permission. What makes people think that illegals will suddenly decide to follow the law and pony up for insurance? Already criminals, the illegals will have a valid form of identification which will permit them to break more laws, such as register and actually vote – thus committing voter fraud, apply for and receive government assistance such as welfare, food stamps, and Medicare/Medicaid.

In order to stem the tide of illegal immigration, all incentives must be removed. In addition to the above, illegals must not be permitted to attend public, private, parochial schools, or colleges and universities. No admittance to hospitals or medical treatment for non-citizens or illegal immigrants.

Amend the 14th Amendment to the Constitution that in essence allows for anchor babies to become automatic citizens. As with the concept of fruit from the poisonous tree preventing evidence from a bad/illegal search being admitted into a legal proceeding, so too should children born to illegals not be granted citizenship. That was not the purpose of the amendment when it was ratified in 1868. (Amendments 13-15 pertained to ending slavery, granting citizenship to former slaves, as well as voting rights to male former slaves.)

Stricter background checks must be conducted prior to approving any application for legal admittance into the United States or before granting citizenship to legal immigrants. On the other hand, with technology as advanced as it is, speed up the process to grant admittance or citizenship quicker in an effort to encourage more legal immigration. Return to the days of health exams and quarantine or return to ones country of origin.

Preventing any amnesty is vital. Obama’s first obligation is to the American people – period. If necessary, a writ of mandamus was suggested by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, also a former federal attorney. “A writ of mandamus is an order from a court to an inferior government official ordering the government official to properly fulfill their official duties or correct an abuse of discretion.” (www.law.cornell.edu/wex/mandamus) Short of that, the Congress must have the temerity to impeach Obama.

Issue Three: Prevent Iran from EVER obtaining nuclear capabilities – for any purpose – under any circumstance. The United States should conduct no business with Iran, impose economic sanctions against this parasite until it chooses to comport itself as an appropriate member of the community of nations.

Former Israeli Ambassador Dan Gillerman said Iran will not just go after Israel, but also the Arab world, Saudi Arabia, the Sunnis, and are a threat to civilization as a whole. Iran repeatedly refers to Israel as the “Little Satan,” and the United States as the “Great Satan,” and has demonstrated its repeated lack of trustworthiness. Iran has denied the Holocaust, while simultaneously aiming for a second one.

Issue Four: Keystone Pipeline. This should have been a no-brainer in the first place. More than 20,000 immediate jobs would be created, with more further down the road. This pipeline would reduce American dependency on Arab oil; reduce the prices of fuel in the United States, opening up more purchasing power for consumers and ultimately more jobs for Americans outside of the pipeline business. People will drive more, take more local and domestic vacations, be able to afford more larger purchases again, such as automobiles, additions on homes, as well as be able to contribute more to charity.

Obama, in his typical stubbornness, rejected the pipeline out of hand because he fell prey to the green, environmental, and ecology lobbies. Yet, unions, one of Obama’s strongest groups of supporters, endorsed and still endorse the Keystone project and were summarily rebuffed by Obama.

Issue Five: Fix the VA. Calling it scandalous and disgraceful that even one military veteran should be shunned, treated with disregard and disrespect while his or her health – mental and/or physical, deteriorates awaiting treatment while illegals receive red carpet treatment at any hospital is beyond offensive and objectionable.

Dozens of veterans have died awaiting proper treatment that the American people have become aware of, while how many countless others are still unbeknownst to Veterans Administration officials. The men and women who wear and have worn the uniform of the United States military deserve better, and for each person complaining the money is not there, see Issue Two above.

Issue Six: Grow the Military. Return the military to its former level of heightened awareness and preparedness. Grow its size to numbers amenable to requirements as outlined by the generals, commanders, and leaders of the various branches – they know best, Obama and Congress should listen to them. The military must be prepared to fight ISIS and any other terrorist operations impacting the American way of life. President Ronald Reagan knew what he was talking about when he called for “peace through strength.”

Issue Seven: Lower Corporate Taxes. The United States needs to be more business friendly in order to keep corporations headquartered in this country, paying more taxes because of higher incomes, not because of higher tax rates. When tax rates are reduced, more money stays with the business, and in turn, that business can hire more people, make greater investments in materials, construction, research, and development. As the businesses grow, they will pay more money in taxes, not because of higher tax rates which limit growth, but because the lower rates encourage growth.

There’s plenty to keep the GOP busy once the new members are inaugurated. In the interim they need to prepare for the 114th Congress in order to hit the ground running January 5th. During the lame duck session, the Republicans, while still in the minority in the Senate, should do their level best to ensure the Democratic majority does not instill further damage upon the American people on their way out the door.

Get busy. No time to rest on the laurels. Roll up your sleeves and get to work. And get to work does not mean capitulating or surrendering to the Democrats or Obama. Saying “no” is not obstructionist as Obama would have people believe, but instead, protecting the people as the legislative branch is forcing the executive branch to adhere to the Constitution. We the people are watching.


Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Joy in Happy Valley - for the Terps

Joy in Happy Valley – for the Terps
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
November 3, 2014

To paraphrase former President Gerald Ford after taking office on August 9, 1974, our long gridiron nightmare is over. (Seems appropriate as Ford played center at the University of Michigan.)

For the first time in my lifetime our University of Maryland Terrapins defeated Penn State University in football – vanquishing the Nittany Lions 20-19 on the strength of Brad Craddock’s 43-yard field goal with but 51 seconds remaining in the game Saturday – and they did it on the road in Happy Valley.

Fifty-three years. Not since 1961, when the Terps earned their heretofore only other victory versus Penn State, could they muster another win.

In 1961, John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as the first, and to date, only, Roman Catholic president – 48 years removed from the inauguration of the nation’s first black president – Barack Obama, born that very year – 1961. This was three years prior to the Civil Rights Act being signed and four years before the Voting Rights Act would be signed.

Vietnam was, for the most part, and unheard of far off Asian locale, not a hot spot for a Cold War era conflagration. The Peace Corps was established in 1961 and the 23rd Amendment to the Constitution was ratified that year, allowing the District of Columbia the right to choose electors for president and vice president. The Bay of Pigs invasion was an abject failure in 1961, and the Berlin Wall was erected that year. On April 12 the Soviets put the first man in space.

In 1961 Roger Maris of the New York Yankees set the standard for his 61 home runs that season, breaking the record of 60 held by Babe Ruth since 1927, on the way to winning the World Series in five games against the Cincinnati Reds. Cost of a ticket to the series was between $10 and $11.

Zip codes did not yet exist in 1961 and cost of a postage stamp was a mere four cents. Eggs cost 30 cents a dozen and a gallon of gasoline cost 27 cents. The average automobile cost $2,850, but that was a hefty price considering the average income that year was $5,315.

Our University of Maryland, still one year from integrating the football team, was a founding member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), which included Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wake Forest.

Other football information from 1961 included two leagues – the NFL and the AFL, and a sport six years removed from the first Super Bowl, sans Roman Numerals – which expected such poor ratings it was televised on two networks! The NFL was composed of 14 teams and did not yet include the Boston Patriots (now New England), Buffalo Bills, Dallas Texans (now Kansas City Chiefs), Denver Broncos, Houston Oilers (now Tennessee Titans), Los Angeles Chargers (now San Diego), New York Titans (now NY Jets), and the Oakland Raiders – all born in 1960.

While this was a very good victory for the University of Maryland, and made the team bowl eligible in the first season in the Big Ten, the team marred the effort with its pre-game unsportsmanlike antics. Nobody dislikes Penn State as much as my generation of Terps. During my four years in College Park, Maryland lost those four games by a combined 10 points.

This victory was, to say the least, satisfying; accomplishing something Randy White, Boomer Esiason, Frank Reich, EJ and Erin Henderson, Lamont Jordan, Bruce Perry, Vernon Davis, Darrius Heyward-Bey, and hundreds of others did not. But to shun the pre-game handshake is inexcusable. These are fellow collegiate athletes – not Nazis or ISIS. The penalty received was a penalty deserved.

Actions speak louder than words. Shake hands, then go out and defeat them on the field. Be the bigger players. More importantly, be the bigger men. Learn the lesson, move on, and best wishes for the remainder of the season.


Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN. He is a Class of 1988 graduate of the University of Maryland, a member of the Alumni Association, the Terrapin Club, and the Rebounders.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Netanyahu Deserves Better from Obama

“There is a triple standard when it comes to Israel. There is a standard for dictatorships, there is a standard for democracies, and there is still a third standard for the democracy called Israel. Why is that the case? Because old traditions die hard, and anti-Semitism is a very old tradition.” – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, 10/25/14

Netanyahu Deserves Better from Obama
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
November 1, 2014

It matters not who made the most disrespectful statements toward and about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Atlantic magazine article penned by Jeffrey Goldberg. To call him a coward and a chicken-shit anonymously is typical of the vainglorious behavior of a member of the Obama administration as well as indicative of the long standing anti-Israel opinions held by Obama himself and his minions.

The only reason it might matter to identify this insolent oaf is to have this coward exposed to the public and fired. Either way, he or she is the bigger coward and chicken-shit for hiding behind the cloak of anonymity. And, according to the State Department, there will not be an investigation to unearth the uncouth speaker, which is tantamount to approval from Obama himself, despite a milquetoast apology from Secretary of State John Kerry.

This is a most hypocritical statement coming from THIS administration. Netanyahu shows restraint every time THIS administration demands it of him, and he fights every war with respect for human life – including those of his enemies – that is not chicken-shit. 

The chicken-shit label should be firmly ensconced upon Obama and his acolytes who don't have the "stones" to do what is right regarding Benghazi, the IRS, the Keystone Pipeline, Ebola, illegal immigration, ISIS, and Obamacare. Obama has been feckless, reckless, and gutless regarding these issues and scandals. There has also been a complete lack of transparency during his two terms – the antithesis of what he promised during the 2008 campaign.

Obama has been a coward for not calling for a travel ban from West Africa during this Ebola scare, in spite of the fact that 30 African countries issued such a ban.

Obama has been a coward for not going after ISIS with the vim and vigor needed to destroy the terrorist group. This after being foolishly wrong calling them the “JV team.”

Obama has been a coward for not approving the construction of the Keystone Pipeline that would help the United States become less reliant upon Arab oil – even with support of unions – major backers of Obama.

Obama has been a coward for not calling out the IRS and their ubiquitous bias against conservatives – dwarfing Richard Nixon’s enemies list by leaps and bounds.

Obama has been a coward for not demanding a deeper investigation to why former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton abandoned, and ultimately allowed to be murdered, Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty.

Obama has been a coward for not admitting Obamacare has been an abject failure since the launching of the dud of a website, the attempts to force religious organizations to violate their precepts, and the deleterious effects it is having on the economy by coercing many businesses to cut their labor force pushing people to find several part time jobs with no insurance instead of keeping one fulltime job with meaningful health coverage containing options versus a government plan costing more with fewer options.

Obama, and for that matter, both sides of the aisle have been cowards for not appropriately dealing with illegal immigration for reasons too numerous to address here. See: http://sanfordspeaksout.blogspot.com/2014/06/what-southern-border.html  and: http://sanfordspeaksout.blogspot.com/2014/01/illegal-alien-granted-law-license.html And further proving his cowardice, Obama is expected to take executive action on immigration after Election Day.

It is epic hypocrisy for Obama to support the calling of Netanyahu a coward and a chicken-shit considering the military careers of the two men. Netanyahu graduated high school in 1967, served in the Israeli Defense Forces from 1967-73, earning the rank of Captain, fighting in the War of Attrition (1969-70), was wounded in combat, and fought in the Yom Kippur War (1973). By 1977 Netanyahu had earned two degrees from MIT in the United States. The true coward, Obama, on the other hand, has no military service and during his high school years and beyond spent time smoking pot and snorting cocaine, as he admits in his book Dreams From My Father. Seems Obama has been giving America nightmares since arriving in the public arena.

Obama personally owes Netanyahu an apology, although I wouldn’t hold my breath awaiting one.


Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Friday, October 24, 2014

PC Obama Wrong on Ebola

PC Obama Wrong on Ebola
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
October 24, 2014

Once again, Barack Obama’s myopic fecklessness has put Americans in harm’s way. This is not a race issue. This is not a public relations issue. Instead this is a health issue that knows no bounds, does not discriminate amongst the races or genders, and has no cure.

Obama could have done the right thing – the same thing that 30 African nations did; the same thing that countless other countries did – ban travel to the United States from West Africa, the home of the latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.

With the latest revelation that Dr. Craig Spencer, working with Doctors Without Borders, returned to the United States and had been wandering around the Hamilton Heights section of New York City in recent days is the latest victim of Ebola, now more than ever it is incumbent upon Obama to take action – real action.

Spencer had been treating Ebola patients in Guinea. Make no mistake, Spencer is selfless for his actions as a doctor, putting others before himself, but as a doctor he should have known better than to return to the United States and inflict himself among the general population of this nation’s largest city – or anywhere else for that matter.

Spencer is now the fourth person in the United States to contract the deadly virus, putting potentially hundreds of thousands, if not more in a precarious health situation. This could have been prevented had Obama not taken the politically correct path – a path well worn out by now, and shut the doors to all those traveling to the United States from West Africa.

Obama should have taken the advice of US Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) who wisely suggested, on the heels of Obama’s refusal to institute the travel ban, that those traveling to the United States from countries such as Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone be automatically quarantined for the 21 day period prescribed by the CDC. People exhibiting symptoms of the virus would either get better or die – a short menu when there is no cure. This is precisely what happened to Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan. “Ebola symptoms can take up to 21 days to appear — a dormancy period that allowed Duncan to enter the U.S. undetected. Ebola patients are not contagious until symptoms arise.” (www.thehill.com 10/09/14)

Calls for travel bans are bi-partisan, reaching across the aisle as among those speaking out include two Democrats from Florida. Senator Bill Nelson and US Rep. Dennis Ross both called for travel bans.

"My constituents and I do not want to begin the venture of quarantining those living in our country. Unfortunately, by allowing travel to and from countries that have been infected with this deadly virus, we could be heading in that direction. This is the only way to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the United States and its citizens is preserved," Ross said. (www.thehill.com 10/09/14)

Obama initially said it is “unlikely anyone with Ebola will reach our shores,” on September 16. A month later his sentiments were echoed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who after Spencer was identified as an Ebola carrier, said, “There’s no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed.” Yet the bowling alley Spencer patronized this week has been shut down.

There is a difference between being “cautiously optimistic,” as Obama declared himself, versus simply being blinded by political correctness and not wanting to offend the African nations in question. At one point the Obama administration determined the economic cost to the African countries would be too great were a travel ban imposed. If it’s a choice between their money or our lives, there is no contest. (It’s the latter, Mr. Obama, in case you needed a hint.)

Wake up, Mr. Obama, this is a life and death situation and if 30 African countries can impose travel restrictions, so can the United States – a nation that should be leading, not following. But this is a typically tepid Obama reaction. Reactive, once again, not proactive. This is not leading from behind, as Obama famously likes to claim, it is simply being behind. Obama is not leader of the world, in spite of what he and his genuflecting acolytes like to believe. He is supposed to be leader of the United States and looking out for what is best for the American people.

Lead by leading, Mr. Obama. Impose the travel ban. Require all those exhibiting symptoms of Ebola be quarantined for the 21 day period as recommended by the CDC and demonstrate that you give a damn about the American people – for once.


Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Holder: For Obama, Against the People

Holder: For Obama, Against the People
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
October 2, 2014

The strategy behind the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder is about as dangerous as the six-year tenure we the people have endured with him on the job in the first place.

From Fast and Furious to voter fraud/ID issues to the New Black Panther Party to constantly injecting race into virtually every issue flying anywhere close to his radar, Holder should have been out of his job almost as soon as his swearing in. Fortunately, the United States Constitution has deeper roots than the resolve of Holder and Barack Obama combined.

Ironically, it was Holder’s supposed “independence” that Obama touted as a reason for nominating him for the post of attorney general in the first place. Yet Holder remained steadfastly loyal to Obama – even when the Constitution took a back seat. This in an administration determined to be the most transparent in history, yet has been anything but.

Holder and Obama have worked in unison to impede virtually all legislation that would help secure the borders or pertain to limiting the “rights” of illegal aliens, who should have no rights in the US in the first place. Holder called any attempts to curtail illegal immigration “racial profiling.” In getting involved with state matters such as illegal immigration, as he did in the Arizona SB 1070 case, Holder violated the 10th Amendment of the US Constitution.

Early in his tenure at the helm of the Justice Department, Holder loudly decried, that on the issue of race, America was, and is, a nation of cowards. However, once the racial missile was launched, any response would have been viewed as defensive (for good reason) and racially insensitive. The present day politically correct environment disallows honest discussion or debate and lends credence to Holder’s accusation, making it a self-fulfilling prophecy.

If Holder actually wants to have the race conversation, fine, but it should be conducted sans recriminations where people can opine at will without fear or threat of the loss of career, reputation, or garnering the label of racist. We are not a nation of cowards when the mere mention of race as an issue is so volatile and divisive that it provokes a hair-trigger response rich with venom and an unwillingness to listen.

Announcing he typically did not trust police officers, Holder often came down on the wrong side of issues involving law enforcement. He did not serve the best interest of the American people, and was too often an activist attorney general.

At every turn Holder thwarted the employment of photo identification requirements pertaining to voting. Yet, he remained silent when myriad events featuring government officials and particular Democrat candidates required ID of those wishing to attend. Photo ID would be vilified and castigated by Holder as a racist tool of the GOP or conservatives to stunt the vote of ethnic minorities. In reality, requiring photo ID to vote protects the sanctity of all votes and voters, preventing voter fraud by not diluting the power and value of any singular vote cast by legal voters.

Holder also came down on the wrong side of another voter issue – voter intimidation by the New Black Panther Party in Philadelphia in 2008. Wielding nightsticks and baseball bats, members of the New Black Panther Party scared, exclusively potential white voters, from several polling places. This was wrong when whites did the same thing to potential black voters in the 1950s and 1960s in numerous southern precincts, and it is just as wrong in the 21st Century.

Tit for tat, and all that, does not work in the justice system and revenge justice is neither justice nor does it right the wrongs of prior injustice. Holder should have done his job and prosecuted the New Black Panther Party members as well as all who have committed voter fraud.

Fast and Furious, the failed program that literally put American guns in the hands of Mexican drug lords under the foolhardy machinations of capturing said drug lords, only made the border crisis more dangerous and the borders themselves more porous and welcoming to illegals. Add to that failure, the tragic murder of border patrol agent Brian Terry in December 2010. Failure by Holder to produce documents demanded by Congress made him the first sitting cabinet member to be hold in contempt of Congress – June 2012.

Mere grumblings of an attempt to remove Holder from office were met with resistance and cries of racism. The Obama administration plays the race card with such regularity and ease, yet this is the same so-called racist nation that elected a black president – twice.

But it is the behavior – the actions – of Holder and his Justice Department that are under scrutiny, not the color of his skin. Holder and the DOJ behaved questionably with regard to spying on Fox News reporter James Rosen and other members of the press, under the guise that they violated the Espionage Act. This scandal did not receive the full measure of attention it required as the actions by the Justice Department were egregious at best, illegal at worst, and an attempt by the Obama administration to hamper an otherwise free press.

Military activities and the methods of terrorists notwithstanding, a free press should be sacrosanct.

“Our liberty depends on the freedom of press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” – Thomas Jefferson

Jefferson adroitly prioritized the press above the government: “…were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”

With the Barack Obamas and the Eric Holders in charge of the nation and its laws, a free press may be civilization’s last line of defense against the tyranny of our own government.

And as for the strategy behind Holder’s departure, tyranny should be on the minds of the rank and file. Holder has agreed to remain on the job until Obama nominates a replacement. Obama will no doubt attempt to nominate a candidate prior to the November 4 midterm election and have this nominee approved by the lame duck Senate before a potential Republican majority Senate convenes January 5, 2015. While this is bad enough, worse yet, is what will become of Holder once he leaves the Justice Department behind.

With two years remaining in his term, Obama would sacrifice a kidney for the crack at putting another of his acolytes on the Supreme Court – a lifetime appointment. Out goes octogenarian Ruth Bader Ginsburg who will finally retire, paving the way for Holder to rise to the High Court. Thus a greater imperative for the GOP to claim the Senate. Obama’s AG appointee will only serve two years maximum, while Holder, at 63, could serve upwards of a quarter century.

Keep the power in the hands of the people by electing Republicans to the Senate from Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Dakota, and West Virginia – pivotal states to a GOP majority. Simultaneously the Republicans must hold the states where there is little to no Democratic threat. Let’s ensure Holder’s retirement is permanent.


Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.