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Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

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April 11, 2014

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Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

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Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

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Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

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Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

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Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

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April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

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April 2, 2014

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Jewish World Review June 28, 2010 / 16 Tamuz 5770

A Trifecta of Progressive Corruption

By Arnold Ahlert

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Once again it is Sunday, and once again I am trying to decide what the most important topic is I can address for a column that will appear tomorrow. I've already made two starts, but something is missing, and I think I've finally figured out what it is: there is so much progressive corruption occurring at the same time that focusing one subject becomes next to impossible. So here's my "trifecta," because none of these stories can be ignored:

The Gulf oil spill is no longer about federal incompetence. There's an over-arching theme emerging here which is impossible to ignore: government incompetence has become government corruption. Oil is still gushing, and the Jones Act is still in effect. It is no longer possible to believe that preventing as many non-American ships from assisting in the cleanup is anything other than the Obama administration protecting maritime unions--at the gut-wrenching expense of everyone else. George W. Bush waived the Jones Act in order to facilitate the cleanup following Hurricane Katrina, three days after that disaster occurred. We're now seventy days into this much bigger disaster and the president is still sitting on his hands.

How much of this catastrophe could have been mitigated by a rational response from the government? How much agony could still be prevented? As long the same in-the-tank mainstream media which excoriated Bush for his "uncaring attitude" and his "racism" with respect to Katrina keeps giving the Golfer-in-Chief a pass, we'll never really know.

What we do know however, is this: by "sheer coincidence," our Democratically-controlled Congress has decided it's time to put cap-and-trade at the top of their agenda. This job-killing energy bill--which won't do a single thing to combat Democrats' much-touted concern with climate change--is yet another federal grab for control over yet another huge slab of private enterprise. Like everything progressives do, government control is their core ambition. Everything else is political window-dressing for the hopey-changey dim bulbs for whom personal freedom and personal responsibility are "so yesterday."

The stunning revelations surrounding the resignation of U.S. Justice Department attorney, J. Christian Adams. Mr. Adams resigned due to the Justice Department's decision to drop the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panthers. During the 2008 presidential election, armed members of that organization were videotaped harassing voters in Philadelphia. DOJ attorneys obtained an "entry of default" against the defendants--meaning the Panthers refused to show up in court to defend themselves. Despite this, the Justice Department inexplicably dismissed the case.

In a column for the Washington Times, Mr. Adams characterized this case as "the simplest and most obvious violation of federal law I saw in my Justice Department career. Because of the corrupt nature of the dismissal, statements falsely characterizing the case and, most of all, indefensible orders for the career attorneys not to comply with lawful subpoenas investigating the dismissal, this month I resigned my position as a Department of Justice (DOJ) attorney."

Read that last sentence again. What Mr. Adams is referring to is an investigation by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which issued subpoenas to attorneys involved in the case. Incredibly, Eric Holder's Justice Department ordered those attorneys to ignore legally-issued subpoenas.

In what Constitutional universe is such behavior even remotely acceptable?

But it actually gets worse. According to Adams, "(S)ome of my co-workers argued that the law should not be used against black wrongdoers because of the long history of slavery and segregation. Less charitable individuals called it 'payback time.' Incredibly, after the case was dismissed, instructions were given that no more cases against racial minorities like the Black Panther case would be brought by the Voting Section."

Is this the progressive version of "equal protection under the law?" It's time Mr. Holder himself was subpoenaed to testify. If he refuses, he should be fired. If there's even the slightest indication that Mr. Holder was taking his marching orders from the president, then impeachment proceedings should be initiated against Barack Obama.

I do not make such a recommendation lightly. As we learned during the Clinton years, impeachment proceedings are drawn out, politically-charged affairs. Yet despite all the media/liberal obfuscation surrounding that saga, the former president was fined $90,000 for perjury and forfeited his law license. Liberals were enraged because it was "all about sex." If there is a case here, it's all about a double-standard regarding "the rule of law." Is that serious enough for progressives?

A Cape Cod School Board's decision to make condoms available to elementary school children--without parental knowledge. How corrupt are the people involved? School Committee Chairman Peter Grosso: "I think it's a great policy to begin with. I can't believe the reaction it's getting." Grosso also said he would not approve a plan which limits the condom give-away to grades 7-12. "Not at all," he said. (The policy would) "have to go lower than that, because we all know kids are sexually active before high school."

One wonders if Grosso and liberals like him ever "connect the dots." If kids as young as eleven or twelve are sexually active, it's precisely because of the liberal excess which produced the hyper-sexualized, garbage of a popular culture most Americans now endure. And rather than attempt to re-institute anything resembling moral structure in the lives of children, these people choose to pile on even more soul-destroying corruption.

Without parental knowledge.

That last point is key. Those who would purposefully undermine the parent-child relationship in pursuit of a political ideology should be called exactly what they are: despicable human beings. These are the very same people who would howl in protest if anything resembling conservative values were inflicted on their children without their knowledge. Imagine telling their children that abortion is flat out wrong, or that man-made global warming is a complete fraud. But they can tell your kid where the nearest abortion clinic is, or make them watch "An Inconvenient Truth" even though the movie was discredited by a British court. And now, they can give your kids condoms.

Juan Martinez, spokesman for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick: "The governor has spoken to the superintendent and expressed his belief that they should revise the policy to make it consistent with practices in other communities. While he knows it is a local decision, the governor is very concerned about Provincetown's program. It is simply not age appropriate to have a program in place for such young children, not to mention not having parents of such young children involved."

Ya think?

The kicker? Make the policy "consistent with practices in other communities." Translation: the moral corruption of giving condoms to students without parental knowledge has been firmly established. Let's haggle over the age limit.

The common thread here? The bankruptcy of progressive ideology. It is an ideology dedicated to the destruction of America using ever-expanding government to enforce its mandates. Only progressives would exploit an ecological disaster to promote an energy agenda, establish a racially-tinged, "two-tier" system of justice as "payback," or attempt to sexually "educate" grade school kids behind their parents' backs. There is nothing here that even minimally represents the interests of most Americans--something progressives have made increasingly clear is an irrelevant consideration. It's their way of the highway.

Let's put as many of them on the road as we can in November.

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