Interview 1243 – John Whitehead Dissects Obama’s Legacy

01/14/201720 Comments

John Whitehead, author of Battlefield America: The War on the American People and founder of The Rutherford Institute joins us to discuss his retrospective of the Obama administration, “We All Lose: Obama’s Legacy and What It Means for a Trump Presidency.”

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We All Lose: Obama’s Legacy and What It Means for a Trump Presidency

In 1995 Joe Biden Basically Wrote The PATRIOT Act

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  1. Dacajeweiah says:

    I think the study that he is referring to in 10:02 it’s this one:

    https://scholar.princeton.edu/sites/default/files/mgilens/files/gilens_and_page_2014_-testing_theories_of_american_politics.doc.pdf

    Although I’m not sure because he didn’t gave a lot of information about it(authors, title, etc), it is an interesting read nonetheless.

  2. whateverittakes2 says:

    Obama was hired by the Deep State. He was from Day One a prop for the Deep State Cabal. This started big time with the Reagan/Bush administration that had Poppy P. Bush running the show. This is how they operate. These non-people have no conscience. They lie with abandon; Obama was probably engineered into place because he demonstrated great facility doing straight-faced lies.

    I used to think the BO birth certificate controversy was absurd, but I’m not at all sure now. I have put into reserve everything I’ve heard from the MSM about BO. It’s been leaked out in later years that he had CIA connections, that his mother and grandfather were involved with the intelligence community…all of his academic records have been sealed. I want to say: This is one phony guy — but a constant absence of proof is how the Deep State and their intelligence agencies work. They want us to keep on guessing, and hopefully exhaust our will in the process.

    And I want to add this: I live in Honolulu where helicopters fly over the city — at times more openly/obviously than at others. I have had moments of wondering, especially once when a helicopter came over Waikiki and appeared to be heading straight for my lanai. I had been writing stuff like this on my computer. Just the slightest edge of suspicion rose that there might be a connection (Hawaii is after all one of our most militarized states).

    I’ve become more aware now; have noticed other such strange “coincidences,” have heard other people talk of this kind of intimidation so I don’t discount anything.

    I hate these people. I hate what they’ve done to this country…

    Here’s another link to another Anonymous podcast on the Deep State; it ends with the message: “You have to get madder than hell.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PObZzr2tGA8

  3. tgmolitor says:

    National Defense Authorization Act (2012).

    This is a budgetary authorization with scary civil liberty violating subsections: 1021–1022 of Title X, Subtitle D, entitled “Counter-Terrorism”, authorizing the indefinite military detention of persons the government suspects of involvement in terrorism, including U.S. citizens arrested on American soil.

  4. mike jay says:

    John Whitehead helped open my eyes a few years back. His excellent books and The Rutherford Institute caused me to rethink my entire worldview. His was the first non-mainstream media that captured me.

    —-

    I noticed this about Trump’s Pentagon nominee…

    Mattis says civilian control of military will prevail…
    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/james-mattis-confirmation-hearing-233527

    -quote:
    “Current law prohibits retired military officers from serving as the civilian head of the Pentagon for at least seven years after they leave service.

    Since Mattis retired from the Marine Corps in 2013, he will require a special waiver passed by both houses of Congress.

    The only exception made since the establishment of the Department of Defense in 1947 was for retired Gen. George Marshall in 1950.

    Mattis’ nomination and the separate waiver are expected to garner bipartisan support in the Senate and House.”
    -unquote

    Unusual has become a unstable concept but do others find this a bit spooky? In practical terms I suppose there will be no difference but it’s just the idea of the waiver that seems troubling.

    And of course, he is endorsing Russia as the US’s new best enemy.

    • wattscroft says:

      Mattis didn’t retire. He was “retired”. Obama’s civilian operatives tired of his habit of questioning whether they had thought through the consequences of their war plans. He was retired for entirely opposite characteristics of the “mad dog” nickname being blown up for scary effect.

      • mike jay says:

        Oh, I was not aware of this conflict. I do know many ranking military members are fully aware that the officials who make the war plans are incompetent. Or appear incompetent. I think the poor planning is often a willful strategy used to keep the wars going. Like, to achieve objectives that would not be possible without the sustained problems caused by “poor planning”.

        I was in the US Army for a decade and the majority of the military population thought the war plans were ludicrous. Military members or not, that is probably obvious to most. The consensus was that military leaders should be the planners. I disagree but there is point to be made for it. (Of course don’t get me wrong here. Ideally any planning would allow us to just stop having wars.)

        All that aside, the retirement circumstances of Mattis are not my point. I think the idea of the waiver in and of itself is part of a weakening of the ability to keep the military in check.

        • wattscroft says:

          Yes, realized your main point – but thought the fact that Mattis was pushed out for his traditional mission-focused mindset would be a plus. Trump’s security advisor Gen. Mike Flynn, also “retired” for being too competent in his military intelligence position and for having the inconvenient notion that intelligence should serve the overall mission objectives and not just narrowly focus on locating take out targets. Forced out by CIA. Decent Politico article: “How Mike Flynn Became America’s Angriest General”. I also remember that world view where this kind of waiver would cause me to take a second look at the situation. That was before the Homeland Security stateside stealth army and the intelligence network expansions came to the point that the DHS Director can issue, independent of not only congress – but even State legislatures – an “I Have Decided” Directive that extends his venue to all elections processes and locations. These more traditional alpha military types with their objective focused mindsets are natural hedges to Chaos = Power + Profit. And these two Generals have proven it by getting “retired”. I’m counting these two as opposing the dark side

          • mike jay says:

            Oh, I see.

            Well, he obviously won’t cause me to stop advocating agorism anytime soon but he did openly acknowledge that intimidation (failing that, death and destruction) is one of the US’s main power…

            -Quote
            “America has two fundamental powers. One is the power of intimidation. I was part of it and America will defend herself and our idea, this experiment that we call America. And that’s all it is, is an experiment in democracy. But the other power I think that perhaps we have used less in recent years, last 20 years maybe, is the power of inspiration. And I think that the power of inspiration of America at times has got to be employed just as strongly.”
            -Unquote

            • wattscroft says:

              Yes, well, at this point I’m more worried about the DHS armed forces stationed among us with zero community or State accountability and answerable only to a Director who has an astonishing expanse of authority in civilian life and who can issue unilateral decisions to expand into more – and again, his own private military to back it up. Who on earth are they recruiting and issuing god knows what equipment to and stationing among us? We won’t have any quotes or interviews from those personnel or commanders anytime soon to fret over the fine points

  5. peace.froggs says:

    More John Whitehead please…

    When the fight is done in the courts it means we already lost and we are fighting an uphill battle. We need more John Whitehead’s explaining to us common folk the legalese terms our so called officials will try to push through Congress via bills or *executive order, so we can contact our local representatives to let them know they either need to vote for, block or amend the bill before it becomes law.

  6. Greg Bacon says:

    252 Ways President Obama Has Systematically Destroyed America

    1) Carried out military interventionism in Libya without Congressional approval

    In June 2011, U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) said that Obama had violated the Constitution when he launched military operations in Libyawithout Congressional approval.

    2) Gave a no-bid contract to Halliburton – just like Bush did

    In May 2010, it was reported that the Obama administration had selected KBR, a former subsidiary of Halliburton, for a no-bid contract worth as much as $568 million through 2011 for military support services in Iraq, just hours after the Justice Department had said it would pursue a lawsuit accusing the Houston-based company of taking kickbacks from two subcontractors on Iraq-related work.

    3) Has an administration full of lobbyists, after promising he wouldn’t have any

    http://ftmdaily.com/global-issues/big-brother-government-global-issues/252-ways-president-obama-has-systematically-destroyed-america/

    Goodbye and GOOD riddance to the WORST American president ever. Obama made GW Bush look presidential.

    • BuddhaForce says:

      Would have to respectfully disagree with the sentiment that G.W. Bush was ever presidential.

      Everything Obama was able to do was because the foundation had been laid by Bush before him, and even Bush just built on what was left by Presidents past. In fact, many items on the list you linked specifically mention things like:

      QUOTE
      Supported Bush’s unconstitutional Patriot Act

      Agrees with Bush’s support of unconstitutional, indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without filing any charges

      Defended Bush administration’s unconstitutional, unwarranted use of GPS device

      The list goes on. Not that I’m defending Barry, but the point is, it’s a pretty safe bet that EVERY President from here on out is going to be the WORST President in history, as the facade of the constitutional republic crumbles and the wheels come off…

      • mike jay says:

        Yep. There is no meaningful difference between one administration and the next. All of the policy examples listed and those like them are progressing as planned irregardless of who is president.

        • mike jay says:

          I want to add to my above post that my point is only my opinion. It’s not for me to minimize the opinion of others.

        • notify says:

          I would agree with you as well. Hating Bush or Obama is really nonsensical. The elections are just a show. No one makes it through the primaries without being groomed. They know what’s going on. Bush was a smart man; he knew exactly what those people were doing. H.W. and Prescott before him groomed their kids to be sociopaths.

          Obama talks elegantly and the left love him as he drones people to death, passes Romneycare, which only benefits the singly not entirely poor (the very poor were already covered by Medicade) and starts wars with .. wait who are we fighting again? Were we at war with Eurasia or Oceiana? I forget, but whoever it was, we were always at war with them.

          Obama and Bush are no worse than each other. Hillary was just as corrupt as Trump. They are figure heads to take all the hope or hate of a national and keep eyes off the 1% that really dictates policy.

          • mike jay says:

            Right.

            But it’s weird. I know this. And yet the illusion of power was so ingrained in me I slip back into those thought patterns even still today. I sometimes have to remind myself of new knowledge. Like that governmental power is a gang of thugs who took power arbitrarily.. And then further that all coercion, with good or bad intentions and/or outcomes, is still coercion and in and of itself immoral. I can’t always word all this correctly but you all get it.

            I try to live within the framework of a mini agorist philosophy but can’t get around MUCH of the governmental coercion. But at least I can recognize it and perhaps help pass on the recognition to the next generation.

      • mkey says:

        It’s the incremental changes, you see. People fail to realize they’re being shafted if on every following occasion you shaft them just a bit deeper. Ties in with the short attention span.

  7. stee says:

    the retrospective that is linked above in the show notes has this near the end:

    “I have spent a lot of time studying our Founders and people like Samuel Adams. What Adams and the Sons of Liberty did in Boston was spread the word about the abuses of the British. They had Committees of Correspondence that got the word out to the colonies”

    then there’s what frequent Corbett guest James Perloff has to say about this subject:

    https://jamesperloff.com/2014/12/09/the-american-revolution-part-i-the-secrets-buried-at-lexington-green/

  8. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Wed Jan 18th, 2017 …an unsettled feeling.
    I have an unsettled feeling.
    It seems like there is an acceleration in the Press with its fervent straining to demonize Trump. (I did not vote.)
    Roger Stone says he was poisoned with Polonium.
    Things seem almost more surreal than usual.

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