Friday, January 9, 2015

Republicans Now Have Cover to Fund the Homeland Security Gestapo

With Mitch McConnell and John Boehner having now been officially crowned as leaders of the new Republican majority in Congress it is time to begin to do away with all of those pesky promises. The most bothersome to the corrupt establishment is the threatening to withhold funds from the Department of Homeland Security. Back when the pork stuffed abomination that was the “Cromnibus” was rammed through, the GOP leadership effectively punted on challenging Emperor Obama’s decree granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.The argument at the time being that funding the government – and doling out graft – was too important to be held up over taking a principled stand against Obama's executive order. So it was put off until early 2015 when the funding of DHS could serve as a bargaining chip. This was always a loser and the reason why was very predictable because fear sells in America as is now evident in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attack.

That the defunding of  any portion of the all-encompassing big government monstrosity that is DHS was ever considered a political possibility shows the idiocy of the political class. There was always going to be an excuse to protect what is the exoskeleton for full blown American fascism. That is so because in today’s world with the constant episodes of radical Islamists murdering people there would be an ample supply of bad-assed bogeymen to justify it's existence. So now with the assassination of twelve people at the headquarters of a satirical French newspaper the excuse has arrived just behind the 2015 New Years baby.

According to a story from The Hill entitled “Security chairman: Paris attack shows DHS must stay funded” House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul issues a warning:

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) says the attack in Paris on Wednesday highlights the need to keep the Department of Homeland Security open through the battle over immigration.

Republicans are in the midst of figuring out a strategy to fight President Obama's executive action on immigration. Under the spending bill passed last year, funding for the Department of Homeland Security expires in February, allowing Republicans to revisit the immigration battle.

"Our leadership and I just got out of the meeting and had discussions about how to proceed," McCaul said on CNN's "Situation Room" Wednesday night. "We want to stop this executive action, but I think the responsible individuals like myself have no desire to shut down this department. It's too important to the national security interest of the United States."

"I think this incident today highlights why that's necessary," he later added, referring to the attack by masked gunmen on Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper in Paris, that killed 12 people.

Asked if a deal will be worked out to keep the Department of Homeland Security open, McCaul replied, "Yes."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also said the department will stay open, though it is unclear what a deal would look like at this point.

"It’s an important piece of legislation, and we’ll decide in February how to handle it, but at the end of the day, we’re going to fund the department, obviously," McConnell said at a press conference earlier on Wednesday.

The Charlie Hebdo attacks were like a gift from the heavens for good ole Mitch McConnell who despite his rhetoric to the contrary will sell out to Obama at the drop of a hat. Now he has political cover as does the resilient Boehner who just swatted down a challenge to his leadership. And the more fascistic Republicans who have always been backers of a gargantuan surveillance and police state have Mitch’s back. Most notably Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

The Palmetto State princess is always sought out by the media for his strident defense of hard-core authoritarian big government which he defends in his best honey-soaked Gomer Pyle style drawl. According to a story from CNN’s website entitled “Paris attack quickly becomes Washington funding fight” Graham warns of using DHS funding as a way to derail Obama’s immigration policy:

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, told CNN after the Paris attack Wednesday that the party should rethink those plans -- or at least make sure they're narrowly tailored.
"I hope that we could challenge the executive action of the President in a mature fashion," he said. "I've never been for shutting down Homeland Security."

The Homeland Security Department's funding is due to expire Feb. 27 -- a date chosen by Republicans in December, as they hashed out a deal to keep the rest of the government up and running through much of 2015, specifically to force Obama into a confrontation over immigration.

Americans ceded their civil liberties to the federal government in the aftermath of 9/11 with nary a whimper and have been rewarded with a doomsday machine that could be used by a charismatic tyrant to carry out purges that Stalin or Hitler could only dream of. The Department of Homeland Security is a threat to every American and should be completely dismantled given the potential to be weaponized and turned against domestic political dissidents, journalists and government critics. Now that the case is being made to back down from using it as a bargaining chip and giving Obama his first big win after the voters demanded change in the mid-terms. Is it just me or does November 4, 2014 now seem like ancient history?

With scum like Graham working the media to feed their propaganda into the national dispersal system it will be politically impossible to even think about touching DHS funding. The star-spangled sheep, never ones to engage in critical thinking are being scared shitless by saturation coverage of the murder of twelve people that didn’t even occur on freaking American soil and the cynical Obama will soon join in by preaching from the bully pulpit.

We are one step further down the road to fascism, a place where elections don’t matter and the power of an ever metastasizing anti-Constitutional cancer continues to eat away at what was once a free country.
More proof that elections don't matter when the entire system is rotten.