Show – February 8, 2012

Civil Disobedience. The “Rights of Conscience and Religious Liberty.” Dr. Michael Reber. Dr. Michael Reber, Member, Republicans Abroad Japan, author, consultant, professor and publisher of the “Bastiat Revival Blog,” speaks to RAradio from Tokyo, Japan. A self-proclaimed libertarian, Dr. Reber published in his blog on February 4th, a letter in support of “Catholic Civil Disobedience,” citing the First Amendment, Freedom of Religion. Dr. Reber speaks of the letter issued by the US Catholic Bishops in defiance of President Obama’s Health care mandate that religious institutions, (in this case, Catholic hospitals) be forced to provide contraceptives, abortion, the “day after pill,” in violation of the Church’s precepts and teachings! Dr. Reber speaks of the “Rights of Conscience Act” of 1973 and the Constitution, and points to the President’s attack on the First Amendment, “the right to freedom of religion,” with his healthcare mandate. He also mentions the latest efforts by Senators Rubio and Blunt to present HR 1179, reinforcing the “Rights of Conscience” Act. It is based on these actions by the President and his Administration that Dr. Reber calls for the impeachment of President Obama. For him, the President’s actions in forcing his HC mandate on institutions and people is much worse than what President Bill Clinton did-who, lest we forget, lied under oath. For Dr Reber, the President is “tearing up the Constitution and using veto power and so-called Executive Orders to tighten the hangman’s halter of socialism around our necks.”

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Judicial Watch. The case against Political Corruption. The guest, Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch did not have phone reception and therefore was not interviewed. C. Dillon, host of show, gave a short presentation of the mission of Judicial Watch, “a non partisan organization that seeks to promote transparency, integrity and accountability in government.” On its website it lists the 10 most corrupt politicians of the moment including the President of the United States, Barack Obama, and his Attorney General Eric Holder. Cases against the president are listed, for example: Solyndra,a company, “which filed for bankruptcy in September 2011, leaving 1,100 workers without jobs and American taxpayers on the hook for $535 million, thanks to Obama’s stimulous loan guaranty…”; ACORN, now re-named AHCOA (Affordable Housing Centers of America), an association to which”Obama funneled $730,000 …;CZARS, their appointment and their unlimited powers…; SS White House Visitor’s log-.Judicial Watch was successful in getting access to it;LABOR RELATIONS (AFL-CIO, SEIU, ACORN, NLRB (National Labor Relations Board that prevented Boeing from opening a 750 million non-union assembly line in SC) and last but not least, his “Chicago dealings,” with Tony Rezco, sentenced to jail and Gov. Blagojevitch, also sentenced to prison ( a mere 14 years). Interesting is the fact that “the FBI continues to withhold from JW documents of its historic interview of then Senator Obama about the Illinois corruption scandal..” Also on the website, 22 questions are asked of the Presidential candidates, including President Obama. For example, would the next president, ban the funding of ACORN; will the Justice Department continue with the investigation on voter registration fraud and misconduct by ACORN; will the US Military be used to secure the border with Mexico; will the documents pertaining to Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae be made public? etc.

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The Jewish Vote. New York. Marc Zell, Co Chairman, RA Israel. Co Chairman Marc Zell speaks about RA’s efforts to get out the vote in Israel, one of the largest communities of American expats. He also mentions his visit to the US and his meetings with different Republican leaders. He points to the successful campaign in New York, the seat won by Bob Turner, a Catholic who received the support of Orthodox Jews and former Mayor of NYC, Ed Koch. That “seat” was propelled into the news by the Democrat, Anthony Weiner, of twitter “exhibitionist” fame.

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Middle East turmoil. Israel. Marc Zell, Co Chairman, Israel Mr. Zell explains what it is like to be in the focus point of the ME, so near Iran… Iran’s highest religious figure, the Ayatollah Khameini, as recently as last week , proclaimed, “Israel is a cancerous tumor that should be cut and will be cut.” Mr. Zell explains that the situation in Israel is dire: a small country with only 6 million inhabitants cannot defend itself against a country that has the capability of using nuclear weapons/WMD! This Administration’s policies have not made things easier, quite the contrary… As published in several news sites, Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense, has exclaimed that Israel will attack Iran in April, May or June, sending, perhaps, mixed signals…as expressed by others, who insist that the Administration “is using the threat of Israeli military attack to influence Iranian behavior at the same time it positions itself to avoid any responsibility for an attack…the Dirty Harry of the Middle east!” (Frontpage)