This is sickening: Planned Parenthood affiliate gives award to clinic that increased the number of abortions it performed

In the final season of The West Wing, Matt Santos, the fictional Democratic Party presidential nominee, got into a contentious discussion about abortion with the spokesperson for the Women’s Choice Alliance, a pro-choice special interest group.

“‘Pro-choice,’” the spokesperson said, “means anyone can do what they want.”

“Yeah, but it shouldn’t mean that we’re proud of whatever they choose,” Santos replied. “Maybe all this chest-beating is the reason the Right can get away with [a negative ad on abortion], the reason why a leader of my church can exile me for not trying to impose my religion on the rest of the country.”

“And we’re surprised that there are people out there who think we’re for unlimited abortion. That there are actually voters, who are pro-choice, that think that we’re too extreme,” he added.

Seems reasonable, right? Even though abortion is legal, no one should be proud the controversial practice, which often involves women who are placed in a difficult situations where they feel they have to make such a life-changing decision.

Unfortunately, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains is allegedly handing out awards to local affiliates that exceed the number of abortions they performed compared to the previous year. Here’s a photo of the award provided by And Then There Were None via LifeSiteNews.com.

Wow. Just wow.

Today in Liberty: 288,000 jobs added in June, Obama’s new monarchy, federal “privacy” board not interested in privacy

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.” — Declaration of Independence.

— June jobs report: The economy added 288,000 jobs in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the unemployment rate dropped from 6.3 percent to 6.1 percent. Economists had projected 215,000 jobs and that the unemployment rate would hold steady. The labor participation rate — the percentage of Americans working or looking for work — was unchanged at 62.8 percent, maintaining a 35-year low.

Fighting for Liberty: Summer months give liberty activists their first taste of campaign life

Justin Amash Campaign

Several weeks ago, UL posted about the importance of grassroots conservatives having the necessary political training to combat the well-funded political Establishment. At the time, this author wrote:

[The Leadership Institute] hosts more than 40 types of trainings at their headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, and across the nation. Trainings range from basic grassroots activism to their four-day Campaign Manager School, which Brat’s campaign manager took last summer.

But LI isn’t the only right-of-center organization that trains conservative activists. American Majority is another organization that hosts trainings around the country. FreedomWorks also hosts activist summits at their headquarters in Washington, D.C. Americans for Prosperity routinely organizes for conservative causes.

It’s important to note that political technology — the nuts and bolts of winning elections — is totally nonpartisan. Tactics that work for Democrats also work for Republicans. So you shouldn’t limit yourself to just taking trainings hosted by conservative organizations.

It’s important to be equipped with the right tools to fight for liberty, but how do you become involved once you’ve taken a training? What’s the next step? For many, the next opportunity to become involved is to volunteer on a campaign.

Rand Paul vows to ‘Stand With Israel’ against U.S. taxpayer funding of Hamas terrorism

Three Murdered Israeli Teens

Earlier this week, the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers (one of whom held U.S. citizenship) were found in the West Bank. The teens had been missing for two weeks and were found shot to death “in a city called Halhul north of Hebron,” according to an adviser to Israel’s deputy defense minister. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Palestinian Authority-backed Hamas as the culprits and vowed retaliation.

In Washington, President Obama’s foreign policy agenda funnels hundreds of millions of dollars a year to the Palestinian Authority. At the end of April, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul introduced legislation to cease foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority.

Titled the “Stand With Israel Act,” Sen. Paul’s bill would only allow President Obama to send foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority if they have observed these seven objectives:

  1. Formally recognize the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state;
  2. Publicly recognize the state of Israel;
  3. Renounce terrorism;
  4. Purge all individuals with terrorist ties from security services;
  5. Terminate funding of anti-American and anti-Israel incitement;
  6. Publicly pledge to not engage in war with Israel, and;
  7. Honor previous diplomatic agreements.

On May 1, Sen. Paul gave a speech on the Senate floor about this bill. The bill currently has 17 co-sponsors.

It’s about time: There is an alliance emerging between the Right and the Left to defeat cronyism and end corporate welfare

 The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State

There many, many things on which Occupiers and Tea Partiers or progressives and libertarians disagree, but Ralph Nader says that there is an alliance forming between the left and the right against corporate welfare and crony capitalism.

Nader, a four-time presidential candidate, recently spoke at the Cato Institute about his most recent book, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State. He chatted with Caleb Brown about the premise of his book on the Cato Daily Podcast and, perhaps unintentionally, turned into a discussion about campaign finance law.

“Corporate power without government power would have to adhere to market disciplines,” said Nader. “With government power, they can overcome market disciplines. Wall Street damaging Main Street. Big Business damaging small business.”

“I’ve often said that half of what Washington does is an accounts receivable, shoveling out goodies on the backs of taxpayers to business interests,” he continued. “I think even good programs excrete waste. It’s the nature of bureaucracy. It’s, by the way, corporate bureaucracy as well as government bureaucracy.”

Ted Cruz releases report on the 20 times the Supreme Court unanimously slapped down an Obama power grab

President Obama’s frequent referrals to executive orders may not materialize as often as they have in other stances in history, but his thirst for presidential overreach has caused enough concern amongst defenders of the Constitution.

What puts President Obama at the top of the list of statesmen who happen to have shown disposition in seeking more power than what is given to them is not only related to executive orders. Obama’s appointed officials, who are hand-picked by the president to run powerful cabinet offices and often bypass Senate confirmation, are also great examples of how Obama can use his presidency to stretch the power of the executive, creating thus menacing precedents.

According to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), the Supreme Court has rejected at least 20 cases involving personal freedom. In order to ensure the public is aware of the many instances President Obama’s opinion was reportedly struck down, Cruz released reports on the administration’s efforts to expand federal government.

His latest, and fifth, report covers most of everything.

According to Cruz, the consequences that would have taken place in case President Obama’s arguments had passed could result in substantial changes to the U.S. law system. Cruz’s team has released a report on the matter, and it carries a list of power overreach stories.

While the Supreme Court has rejected Obama’s arguments, which could have been easily used against you and me if he had had his way, the release offers a look into what the U.S. could like in the future if the rulings had been different.

Republican-controlled House Ethics Committee quietly changes lobbyist-paid travel reporting requirements for lawmakers

The Republican-controlled House Ethics Committee has removed a requirement that lawmakers report trips paid for by lobbyists on their annual financial disclosures, according to National Journal, making it easier for them to hide which special interest groups are paying for them to travel:

The move, made behind closed doors and without a public announcement by the House Ethics Committee, reverses more than three decades of precedent. Gifts of free travel to lawmakers have appeared on the yearly financial form dating back its creation in the late 1970s, after the Watergate scandal. National Journal uncovered the deleted disclosure requirement when analyzing the most recent batch of yearly filings.

“This is such an obvious effort to avoid accountability,” said Melanie Sloan, executive director of the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “There’s no legitimate reason. There’s no good reason for it.”

Free trips paid for by private groups must still be reported separately to the House’s Office of the Clerk and disclosed there. But they will now be absent from the chief document that reporters, watchdogs, and members of the public have used for decades to scrutinize lawmakers’ finances.

“The more you can hide, the less accountable you can be,” Sloan said of lawmakers. “It’s clear these forms are useful for reporters and watchdogs, and obviously a little too useful.”

Arrogant Obama asks cabinet members to come up with even more “creative” ways to get around the Constitution

President Barack Obama is doubling down on his use of executive power. He met with his cabinet yesterday and asked them to come up with “creative” ways to get around Congress to enact the administration’s agenda:

“You’ve already seen the power of some of our executive actions making a real difference for ordinary families,” Obama said at a White House meting. “We’re going to have to be creative about how we can make real progress.”

The president is increasingly relying on executive orders and regulatory moves to move his agenda, despite opposition from House Republicans, who have threatened to sue him over his executive actions, and the Supreme Court, which ruled last week that Obama’s recess appointments were unconstitutional.
[…]
He cast his actions as a response to voters who elected him in 2012.

“The people who sent us here, they just don’t feel as if anybody is fighting for them or working them,” he said. “We’re not always going to be able to get things through Congress … but we sure as heck can make sure that the folks back home know that we are pushing their agenda and that we’re working hard on their behalf.”

And there it is. That last point. President Obama seems to believe that he was the only person on the ballot in 2012 and, because he beat Mitt Romney, deserves anything and everything he wants. Nevermind that voters also elected a Republican majority in the House of Representatives, thereby endorsing a divided government.

Decades of failed big government regulations and crony capitalism led to the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby decision

Hobby Lobby

Monday’s response on social media to the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (read SCOTUSblog’s coverage here) was absolutely hysterical and largely misdirected.

There’s really no need to re-live the experience in this post, but it is important that — once the hysteria and hyperbole has died down — we examine the facts of the case and the decades of government intervention that ultimately led to this decision.

The fact of the matter is Hobby Lobby provides 16 of the 20 forms of preventative contraceptives mandated by Obamacare. Furthermore, Hobby Lobby employees who wish to have access to the other four forms of birth control could conceivably get it through Obamacare

Calmly explaining the ruling through Monday’s cacophony of misinformation, TIME’s Kate Pickert writes:

Today in Liberty: Americans say Obama is the worst president in 70 years, Senate Dems push for vote on crony Ex-Im Bank

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.” — William Pitt

— Obama is the worst president since World War II: But George W. Bush isn’t far behind, according to a new survey from Quinnipiac University. “President Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II, 33 percent of American voters say in a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today,” Quinnipiac notes. “Another 28 percent pick President George W. Bush.” Richard Nixon was a distant third, with 13 percent. Ronald Reagan was the top-choice for best president over the same timeframe, followed by Bill Clinton and John F. Kennedy. It’s worth noting that Obama finished fourth on that list, while Bush 43 was tied for last place. Also worth noting is that Americans believe that the country would be better off if Mitt Romney had won the 2012 presidential election.

 


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