Teleprompter-less Obama Was Far More Honest – In A Bad Way

October 4, 2012

By Steve Shute

In an episode that escaped any real notice by the mainstream media – surprise, surprise – President Barack Obama made a rather remarkable Freudian slip – or was it an admission? – in his closing statement at the first Presidential Debate last evening at the University of Denver:

“All those things are designed to make sure that the American people, their genius, their grit, their determination, is — is channeled and — and they have an opportunity to succeed. And everybody’s getting a fair shot. And everybody’s getting a fair share… err… everybody’s doing a fair share, and everybody’s playing by the rules.”

So, this is what you get when Barack Obama misplaces his teleprompter.

What you get, inevitably, is the REAL Obama.  The redistributionist, welfare-statist, huckster politician who wishes to encourage government dependency instead of attempting to stamp it out.  The “you didn’t build that,” “spread the wealth around,” “acted stupidly” Obama.

Unlike most of the chattering class out there – both on the left and the right – who wanted to grade last night’s debate as some sort of macabre boxing match (case in point:  the narrative today is that former Governor Mitt Romney “landed some serious blows, but there were no knockout punches,” whatever that means), yours truly watched with an eye on what each candidate was saying about their own plans, and not necessarily what they were saying about each other.

To be fair, given the bleak-to-terrible performance of the economy (by any statistical measure, even the federal government’s own “lipstick-on-a-pig” distorted figures), all Romney had to do to win was walk out on that stage, smile, look presidential, lay out the facts, and let Obama try to defend the indefensible – i.e., his dismal economic record.  In this respect, Romney did the job quite well (although I was rather dismayed by many of his own policy prescriptions, which were a moderate mishmash of public-private partnerships, bipartisan compromise, and way too much of the status-quo for my liking).

But, boy, did Obama step in it.  Many, many times.

For example, in the discussion on Obamacare (in which Obama said he’s “become fond of this term” – another insight into his narcissistic nature), just moments after going after Mitt Romney for protecting insurance companies and their obscene profits, he admitted that the Obamacare exchanges would deliver a captive marketplace for these same insurance companies and boost their profits.

Huh?  How can Romney be wrong about deregulating the marketplace because it would help insurance companies, but Obama’s idea of providing insurance companies with an unlimited, guaranteed revenue stream – and profit margins – simultaneously be right?

Another whopper came about 5 minutes later in the exchange about the role of government.  Shortly after a back-and-forth with Romney about the role of the federal government in public schools, Obama said this gem:

“You know, this is where budgets matter, because budgets reflect choices.”

If that were the case, Mr. President, then where is your budget?  We honestly don’t know, because although three have been proposed by you, they have been so out of touch with reality that not a single member of Congress – Republican OR Democrat – has supported them.  Instead, using a mix of Continuing Resolutions, Executive Orders, and accounting tricks, you have spent money in a way that would make a drunken sailor blush.  $787 billion in a failed “stimulus.”  $90 billion in so-called “green” energy initiatives (although the only ones who have seen “green” with that spending seem to have been your largest campaign contributors).  $1.6 trillion (and probably much, MUCH more) in largesse to foreign central banks, to prop up their failed socialist economies.

Government as “guarantor” or “savior?”


But I also believe that government has the capacity, the federal government has the capacity to help open up opportunity and create ladders of opportunity and to create frameworks where the American people can succeed.”

The federal government may have the “capacity,” but does it have the authority to do these things?  The Constitution of the United States (which Obama is supposedly well versed in, being a Constitutional Law professor and all) says, emphatically and unequivocally, “NO.”

I’m still astounded by this statement from Obama on the role of government in education:

“We use something called Race to the Top. Wasn’t a top-down approach, Governor. What we’ve said is to states, we’ll give you more money if you initiate reforms. And as a consequence, you had 46 states around the country who have made a real difference.”

States still matter – or they should, as long as the Tenth Amendment exists – and if federal control of state policies in the form of denying funds to states that don’t “toe the line” dictated from Washington, DC (or incentivizing those that do) is not “top-down,” then up is truly down, war is peace, and freedom is slavery.  (Oops, slipped into a little “1984” jingoism there.)

Yes, we know where your priorities truly lie, Mr. Obama, because without a teleprompter to hide behind, you begin to tell the truth.

And, although Romney isn’t the greatest shakes himself, it’s clear that Obama and his allies don’t have a clue about how our economy, or our system of government, work.  And that makes him – and them – truly dangerous.


Steve Shute is Executive Director of the Hope for America Coalition.  The opinions expressed by Mr. Shute are not necessarily those of the HFAC Governing Board or Executive Commitee.

We Need to Default – Let’s Just Get It Over With

July 25, 2011

Okay, that’s IT.

I’m through.

I’ve had enough.

Personally, I am sick and tired of the fear mongering, the “sky-is-falling” rhetoric, the doomsday scenarios being played out at nauseum by the so-called “mainstream” media, and the outright extortion tactics of the bankster class, who are, again, holding a gun at their own heads and threatening to pull the trigger unless we pay them a ransom – in this case, another multi-trillion dollar debt ceiling increase.

The leading ratings agencies, over the weekend, came out with statements that basically read that if the United States did not increase its self-imposed credit limit substantially from its current 14.3 trillion dollars (in other words, allow ourselves to borrow even MORE money from our kids and grandkids), they would lower our sovereign debt bond rating from AAA+ (which in and of itself is a joke at this point) to a lower rating, which will directly result in increases in interest rates across the board, including interest rates on United States treasury notes.  This will raise the cost that the US Treasury will have to pay to service our $14.5 trillion debt, which will serve to put us into even more debt.

Get the picture?

The same criminal ratings agencies that refused to downgrade Lehman Brothers until a week before their collapse – the same ones that looked the other way as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac lurched their way toward insolvency and a bailout that cost the American taxpayer hundreds of billions of dollars – now are trying to inflict the final coup de grace on this nation by forcing politicians into taking a so-called “deal” that will only serve to seal our fate as a permanently-diminished, second-rate banana republic.

Am I the only person who is seeing what is wrong here, or does anyone else see it?

Well, I, for one, am not buying it any longer.  As the ill-conceived and criminally mismanaged TARP “bailout” showed, none of these people can be trusted to say anything truthful.

I say, fool me once, shame on you – fool me twice, shame on me.

It’s time for you and me to call their bluff.

Let the nation default.

There, I’ve said it.

Do it now, while the repercussions are somewhat controllable.  And, while we’re at it, abolish the Federal Reserve System, hold the Chase/Goldman/CIT/BOA criminal bankster syndicate accountable for their blatantly destructive actions, and start over.

When the actual debt load (including unfunded future obligations) on every household in this nation stands in excess of $600,000.00 (as it does now), there is no way we will ever repay it, anyway.  So let’s bite the bullet, declare bankruptcy, and let our creditors (i.e., China and Japan) get what they can from us.

The United States of America, the greatest and most exceptional experiment in liberty that this world has ever known, has been very nearly killed – rotted from within by human greed and hubris.  And we “the People” are just as guilty as those who actually perpetrated the deed, because we have been co-conspirators, complicit in our ignorance and selfishness, willingly allowing it to happen with barely a whimper of protest, until it is almost too late.

The Founders Tried to Warn Us

When someone asked Benjamin Franklin, upon adjournment of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, what kind of government the delegates had created, he responded, “A republic – if you can keep it.”  Thomas Jefferson wrote, “…We are likely to preserve the liberty we have obtained only by unremitting labors and perils.

We have, sadly, shirked our duty to keep and preserve our Republic.  Those who hold public office in Washington, DC and elsewhere who have sworn a solemn oath to “support, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” have purposefully and actively worked to sabotage and shred that very document.  And, we are about the reap the terrible fruits of the efforts of those traitorous few who have engineered this disaster, because of our willing complicity.

I say, let it come.  Let’s take our medicine, swallow the bitter pill, and see if we can rebuild our credibility, over time, in the eyes of the rest of the world.

If we don’t – if we, instead, do as we always done, and kick this can down the road further, and allow ourselves to be deceived and deluded into believing that we, somehow, have a “handle” on all this – then the fall will only be less controllable, more painful, and possibly fatal to our very existance as a shining “city on a hill.”

No more debt ceiling increases.  Let’s just default.  Get it over with.

National collapse, and the prospect of plunging not just us but the entire world into interminable darkness, would be so much worse.

Steve Shute is the Executive Director of the Hope for America Coalition.

KC Metro Hope for America Coalition Meeting – “Meet the HFAPAC-Endorsed Candidates”

October 26, 2010

Johnson County Library – Shawnee Branch
13811 Johnson Drive (NOTE THE VENUE CHANGE!)
Shawnee, KS (map and directions)

Meet & Greet:  6:30pm
The meeting will begin promptly at 7:00pm
Refreshments will be provided.

Come out to our next Hope for America Coalition meeting and meet and talk with our Hope for America PAC-endorsed candidates!

We will be meeting at the Shawnee Branch of the Johnson County Library this evening, starting at 7:00pm. Among the candidates that have agreed to appear are Kelly Meigs (KS Rep-17), Jeff Caldwell (KS Rep-19), Greg Smith (KS Rep-22), Brett Hildabrand (KS Rep-23), Jason Osterhaus (JoCo BOCC-4), and Michael Ashcraft (JoCo BOCC-5). We’re waiting for confirmation from Amanda Grosserode (KS Rep-16), John Rubin (KS Rep-18), and Bob McElwain (KS Rep-21).

We will also be discussing the Union of Patriots project to find and fully fund worthy Constitutional candidates in 2012.

Please RSVP for the meeting by sending an E-mail to

For a full list of Hope for America PAC’s endorsed candidates, click here.

Come on out to the Johnson County Library – Shawnee Branch this evening, and bring a friend!

Hope for America PAC Releases 2010 General Election Endorsements

October 26, 2010

LENEXA, KS (October 25, 2010) – Today, the Hope for America Political Action Committee (HFAPAC) endorsed several candidates in contested general election races in Kansas and the Third Congressional District. These candidates met the required two-thirds majority approval in a ballot of HFAPAC’s membership.

“These men and women meet the high standard of following and supporting the United States Constitution, and the Hope for America PAC is proud to stand behind these individuals who are carrying on the fight to support, protect, and defend our freedoms and liberties,” HFAPAC Chairman Steve Shute said. “In this critical election season, where the future course of this nation hangs in the balance, it is especially crucial that we have people in office that will stand in the gap to resist statist tyranny in any form. We are confident that these individuals will answer the call.”


Federal Races

US Senate                         NO ENDORSEMENT
US House District 1      TIM HUELSKAMP

US House District 2      NO ENDORSEMENT
US House District 3      NO ENDORSEMENT
US House District 4      MIKE POMPEO

Statewide Races

Kansas Governor                    NO ENDORSEMENT
KS Secretary of State            KRIS KOBACH
KS Attyorney General          NO ENDORSEMENT
KS State Treasurer                 RON ESTES
KS Insurance Comm.            NO ENDORSEMENT

Kansas Legislature

Senate-7             NO ENDORSEMENT
House-14            LANCE KINZER *
House-15           ARLEN SIEGFRIED *
House-16           AMANDA GROSSERODE
House-17           KELLY MEIGS
House-18            JOHN RUBIN
House-19           JEFFREY CALDWELL
House-20            NO ENDORSEMENT
House-21           ROBERT McELWAIN
House-22           GREG SMITH
House-23           BRETT HILDABRAND
House-24           NO ENDORSEMENT
House-25           NO ENDORSEMENT +
House-26           ROB OLSON *
House-27           RAY MERRICK *
House-28           NO ENDORSEMENT +
House-29           NO ENDORSEMENT
House-30           NO ENDORSEMENT +
House-38           ANTHONY BROWN *
House-39           OWEN DONOHOE *
House-43           S. MIKE KIEGERL *
House-48           MARVIN KLEEB *
House-49           SCOTT SCHWAB *

Kansas State Board of Education

District 3            JOHN BACON *

Johnson County Board of County Commissioners

BOCC Chair              NO ENDORSEMENT
BOCC District 1      NO ENDORSEMENT +

(*)  incumbent            (+)  2/3 of membership selected “none of the above” to endorse

Special HFAC Screening Event: “Don’t Tread On Me” Tuesday, July 20, 2010

July 15, 2010

At our next KC Metro Hope for America Coalition meeting, we have something special planned that you won’t want to miss. Filmmaker, screenwriter and director William Lewis will be in attendance to conduct a screening of the film, “Don’t Tread On Me: the Rise of the Republic,” just for the Hope for America Coalition. This is the only major Kansas City area screening planned to date.

We will be meeting at our usual meeting location at the Johnson County Library – Antioch Branch, 8700 W. Shawnee Mission Parkway (NW corner of Shawnee Mission and Antioch Road – map and directions).

From the Tea Party Movement to State Legislators, the American people are drawing a line in the sand. On what side of it will you stand? Has the government our Founders created been forgotten by Washington, DC? Is a Patriot Uprising ready to capture the spirit of 1776? “Don’t Tread On Me: Rise of the Republic” gives the viewer a look into the movements, mindset, and legislation that will catapult the “Great Restoration” into households across America.

William Lewis will also conduct a Q&A session afterwards, and we are lining up other people featured in the movie to participate and give their thoughts on the long-term direction of the “Freedom Movement” in this country.

Meet & Greet: 6:00pm
The screening will start promptly at 6:30, so don’t be late!

Please RSVP your attendance to, or at the event’s Facebook page.

We hope to see you there!

Hope for America PAC Issues 2010 Primary Election Endorsements

July 13, 2010

LENEXA, KS (July 13, 2010) – The Hope for America Political Action Committee (HFAPAC) today endorsed several candidates in contested intraparty races in Kansas and the Third Congressional District.  These candidates met the required two-thirds majority approval in a ballot of HFAPAC’s membership.

“These candidates meet the high standard of consistently following and supporting the United States Constitution, in both statements and deeds, and the Hope for America PAC is proud to stand behind these worthy men and women who are carrying on the fight to support, protect, and defend our freedoms and liberties,” HFAPAC Chairman Steve Shute said.  “In this critical election season, where the future course of this nation hangs in the balance, it is especially crucial that we have people in office that will stand in the gap to resist tyranny in any form.  We are confident that these 12 individuals will answer the call and lead in actions as well as words.”


Federal Races

US Senate                            TODD TIAHRT
US House District 1               TIM HUELSKAMP
US House District 2               DENNIS PYLE
US House District 3               DANIEL GILYEAT
US House District 4               JIM ANDERSON

Statewide Races

Kansas Governor                   NO ENDORSEMENT
KS Secretary of State            NO ENDORSEMENT
KS Attorney General              NO ENDORSEMENT
KS Insurance Comm.             DAVID POWELL

Kansas Legislature

Senate District 7                   DAVID HARVEY
House District 17                   KELLY MEIGS                                         House District 19                  JAMES A WALKER
House District 20                   NO ENDORSEMENT
House District 29                   RICHARD DOWNING

Johnson County Board of County Commissioners

BOCC Chair                            JOHN TOPLIKAR
BOCC District 4                      JASON OSTERHAUS

The Hope for America Political Action Committee (HFAPAC) is an organization dedicated to supporting, protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States by recruiting and supporting candidates that will stand behind our nation’s founding document.  You can find out more about Hope for America by visiting us on the Web at


When Congressmen Attack – a.k.a. “Pols Gone Wild”

June 14, 2010

You’ve got to see this video to believe it.   It’s definitive proof that the “ruling class” in Washington is beginning to lose it.

North Carolina 2nd District Representative Bob Etheridge, in response to an innocent question about whether he supported the Obama agenda, decided that it was a fine time to strike back at the student – literally – and commit a felony assault in the process.

Obviously, this “representative” doesn’t realize that it is them who work for us, and not the other way around.

We wonder just how much publicity that this little episode will get in the “mainstream” media.  We are not holding our breaths.