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As Americans celebrate their national independence, Mark Steyn praises the spirit of independence that has characterized the individuals of which the nation is composed.

Does it still characterize them? Their present collectivist-minded president is doing his damnedest to make sure it doesn’t.

Mark Steyn writes at Investor’s Business Daily:

In America, “Independence” seemed as much a statement about the character of a people as a designation of jurisdictional status. The first Americans were British subjects who had outgrown a British king as benign and enlightened as any ruler on the planet.

They demanded “independence” not from foreign rulers of another ethnicity but from their own compatriots with whom they had a disagreement about the nature of government.

Long before the Revolutionary War, small New England townships governed themselves to a degree no old England towns did. “Independence” is not about the replacement of a king in London with a president in Washington but about the republican virtues of a self-reliant citizenry free to exploit its own potential.

Please, no snickering. The self-reliant citizen? In the damning formulation of contemporary American vernacular, he’s history — as in over and done with, fuhgeddabouttim.

What’s left of that founding vision on this less-than-Glorious Fourth of July 2011 in the Brokest Nation in History? “You go talk to your constituents,” President Obama taunted Republicans on Wednesday, “and ask them are they willing to compromise their kids’ safety so that some corporate jet owner continues to get a tax break?”

In the Republic of Brokistan, that’s the choice, is it? Give me safe kids or give me corporate jets! No corporate aviation without safe kiddification!

Fact is, Obama himself introduced a tax break for corporate jets:

In his bizarre press conference last Wednesday, Obama made no fewer than six references to corporate jet owners. Just for the record, the tax break for corporate jets was part of the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009” — i.e., the stimulus.

The Obama stimulus. The Obama-Pelosi-Reid stimulus. The Obama-Pelosi-Reid-Democratic Party stimulus that every single Republican House member and all but three Republican senators voted against. The Obama-Corporate Jet stimulus that some guy called Obama ostentatiously signed into law in Denver after jetting in to host an “economic forum.”

By trying to shame jet owners, Obama is of course stirring up his far-left constituency, whose political viewpoint is chiefly shaped by envy.

Would taking away the jet-owners’ tax break help the economy?

Charles Krauthammer did the math. If you eliminate the Obama-Pelosi-Reid Corporate Jet Tax Break, you would save so much dough that, after 5,000 years, you would have clawed back enough money to cover one year of Obama’s debt. Five thousand years is the year 7,011. Boy, our kids’ll really be safe by then. …

When Obama himself jets about, tax-payers foot the bill – even when he takes his wife to an intimate dinner in New York (in a small jet, followed by two other small jets). But it’s no new discovery that Obama is a hypocrite.

Speaking of corporate jets, did the president fly commercial to Denver [for an ‘economic forum”]? Oh, but that’s different! He’s in “public service.” A couple of weeks before he flew Air Force One to Denver, he flew Air Force One to Williamsburg, Va. From the White House (well, via Andrews Air Force Base). That’s 150 miles, a 30-minute flight. He took a 747, a wide-bodied jet designed to carry 500 people to the other side of the planet, for a puddle-jump across the Potomac.

Oh, but it was for another “economic forum.” This time with House Democrats — the ones who voted for the Obama Corporate Jet Tax Break. …

Aside from the Sultan of Brunei and one or two similar potentates, no other head of state goes around like this. In a self-governing republic, it ought to be unbecoming. But in the Brokest Nation in History it’s ridiculous. And the least the beneficiary of such decadence could do is not condescendingly lecture those who pay for their own transportation.

Remember how Nancy Pelosi abused her privilege as speaker of the House to fly in air force jets?

Judicial Watch reported:

Nancy Pelosi continued to use the United States Air Force as her own personal travel agency right up until her final days as House Speaker according to documents we uncovered from the Air Force.

According to these new documents, which we obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Pelosi used Air Force aircraft for 43 flights from January 1 to October 1, 2010. By comparison, Nancy Pelosi logged 47 flights in the previous nine-month period, April 1, 2009, to January 1, 2010, according to previous documents we uncovered. …

Here are two quick highlights:

Pelosi used Air Force aircraft for a total of 43 trips, covering 90,155 miles, from January 1 through October 1, 2010. The Air Force documented in-flight expenses for 22 of these flights totaling $1,821.33. The Air Force did not provide expense information for the remaining 21 flights.

Former Speaker Pelosi received chocolate-covered strawberries as a birthday surprise on a March 26, 2010, flight. According to one internal Air Force email sent on March 25, 2010: “The speaker’s office is requesting egg salad sandwiches on wheat toast with fruit (watermelon, etc) for desert (sic). It’s the speaker’s B-Day tomorrow so we’re also asking for something like chocolate covered strawberries (dark chocolate preferred)…” The immediate response to the email from another member of the Air Force staff: “Copy all. We’ll plan something for the birthday and take care of the meal.”

According to previous documents uncovered by Judicial Watch, Pelosi’s military travel cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59 over one two-year period — $101,429.14 of which was for in-flight expenses, including food and alcohol.

So that is how the leaders of the Left, perpetually engaged in the class warfare of their imagination, serve the interests of the underdog.

Posted under Commentary, liberty, United States by Jillian Becker on Sunday, July 3, 2011

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  • Ben

    Great American Democracy have saved the modern world and after communism`s collapse have turned the country  into the only super power thus strengthening imperial tendences of the big government and so on.Leftists have used this tendencies for the socialist state mainteinance. Today the American world obligations must not be used for the socialist American empire,that will bury the free producers` hopes.

    • George

      How right you are Ben.   As I have stated before , it is going to be CONSERVATIVE atheists who are going to bring about respect , dignity and more true tollerance to secular freethought.  I’m very serious on this.  The left-wing secular LIBERALS are the ones who have tarnished the image of secular freethought.  Most people in America ( who are overwhelmingly Christians ) automatically believe that to be an atheist , one has to be a liberal left wing socialist/communist , Democrat Party supporting pinko “political correctness”  neo-Marxist “puppet”.
                             America  is the last beacon of hope for the free world. America is the land of opportunity, freedom, justice, equality, liberty and the highest standard of living anywhere. People who desire liberty and freedom long to come here. The liberal Democrats are the modern day –” Fifth Column” and are trying to aid and abet our enemies in destroying us from within.  The liberal left here in America are more dangerous because you know where our open enemies stand , but it’s the internal enemy posing as patriotic and claiming to bring  about a better “CHANGE”  via lies and deceit via of their “Trojan Horse ” political stealth tactics that are the really slick , cunning , and a mega-dangerous threat. 

  • George

    This  article proves beyond any doubt that the typical   American blindly believes whatever the deceitful and manipulative mainstream media feeds them without question  and adamantly refuse to do independent research on their own to verify or substantiate what they are being told. Of course this is absolutely no surprise whatsoever considering that the average person in our society believes blindly in some imaginary supernatural invisible man up in the sky as their savior and  leader.  
                    It is commonplace in our society that people simply follow the crowd or engage in group think indoctrination  and associate themselves being engulfed in a “jump on my belief bandwagon”  ( or jump on my media source )  without question.  One would think that simple good sense would illustrate that what the Obama Administration is doing is not only IMHO illegal using taxpayer supported transportation for non essential disguised American interest  business trips but to preach to the citizenry to conserve and then they engage in such blatant hypocrisy themselves is the epitome of arrogance.
                           This also proves beyond any doubt what profound dumba##es  and  “suckers”   the typical citizen is that voted for this guy in the first place.   It looks like the Obama supoporters got CHANGE after all—–a  CHANGE for the worse , or rather nothing but  CHANGE left in their pockets.  We are seeing more and more former Obama supporters and Obama voters  having voters remorse.    The problem is that people are now trying to close the barn door now that the horse has run out.  
                          Hopefully in the next election we’ll get a real patriotic leader in the White House who will turn this mess around and clean up and correct the disaster that Obama has caused  before it’s too late. 

  • Ralph

    One of the foundations of American liberalism is Christian altruism. It can only be sustained by lies and hypocrisy.

  • George

    Let’s see if  Americans have come to their senses and have the good sense to vote this Marxist  a##hole  out of office before he destroys  America completely.    Michelle  Obummer  just flew to Africa on  AIRFARCE  TWO   ( no typo ).  Oh but we are suppose to be so thrifty and conserve energy and resources.  I wonder if both AIRFARCE  ONE and AIRFARCE  TWO  run on green energy.     I wonder if  Obummer and his government funded AIRFARCE  transportation runs on corn squeezins’  or ethanol .  Maybe his jets don’t really run on JET A liquid fuel at all but another source of fuel.  Oh ,  I know.  Their jets run on a more natural fuel by human recycling  which is why the military funded and owned jets will be renamed   AIRFARTS ONE  and AIRFARTS TWO .  Now that’s natural gas and  it’s also recycling human expelled natural gas !  Yeah baby——- right on  !!!!