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Getting the shaft
The Hutchinson News

Wouldn’t it be neat if President Obama would grow a spine when dealing with third-rate thugs like Vladimir Putin or the mullahs in Iran? As it is, the only people getting the shaft by our fearless leader are American citizens and allies like Israel who have discovered through bitter experience how expendable they have become in the politically expedient world of Obama.

The burden of fear has been lifted from the shoulders of the Putins of the world as the administration retreats into the fantasy that stuff like climate change is as big a threat to humanity as Iran getting a nuke or Putin invading Ukraine.

If the Obama administration had spent as much effort working with Republicans as it does deceiving low-information voters or weaponizing the IRS to target political opponents, perhaps prosperity instead of angst would be the hallmark of this failed administration.

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President Obama’s inability to “man up” to the malfeasance connected with his administration, coupled with an inability to tell the truth, appears to be a pathological characteristic of his presidency.

“Hope and change” has been replaced with an ethos of cynicism and duplicity.

With the election of her husband, Michelle Obama said, “For the first time in my life, I am proud of my country.” After America has been repeatedly lied to by Obama, who falsely claimed that you could keep your doctor and your health insurance, is the first lady still proud?

Fortunately for the Obama family, they are exempt from Obamacare. Apparently the cook is too good to sit at the same table with the proletariat.

Republican attempts to remove the special carve-outs for Congress under Obamacare were blocked in a party-line vote by the Democratic majority at the time. Is there no limit to the hypocrisy of this president and the Democratic Party?

If you have employer-based insurance, get ready. The other shoe has yet to drop. When the employer mandate kicks in, millions more Americans will lose their coverage and be forced into the uncertainty of overpriced Obamacare exchanges.

After five years of experience with the empty rhetoric of this administration, can anyone seriously have confidence in anything its people say or do?

GREGORY H. BONTRAGER

IRS-Targeted Scandal Victims Will Not Be Silenced
(VIDEO)


Group targeted by Democrats gets attention from the
IRS and the FBI, OSHA, and the ATF

If Ronald Reagan had been elected in 2008, the recession of that year would be a receding memory. Instead of fleeing the country to escape unreasonable taxation and regulation, a renaissance would be sweeping American businesses. The national coffers would be overflowing with tax revenue from a booming economy. Unemployment would be a fading nuisance and our military would be second to none.

A Reagan administration would promote technologies like "fracking" and the Keystone Pipeline to make us energy independent. The Chinese would never attempt to hack Reagan White House computers and Iran and North Korea would be quivering under a rock.

Instead of Reagan's vision of a "shining city on the hill," we are being guided into a slum by a Pied Piper and a Democratic Party that knows no shame.

Does anybody ever look at Al Gore and think, "My God, this guy was almost elected president?" In five years, will anybody look at Barack Obama and think, "My God, this guy got elected president twice?"

U.S. liberal elitists
Kansas City Star

The intrusion into our lives by well-meaning progressives has become pervasive. Who would have believed that the mayor of a major U.S. city would try to mandate the size of soda you can buy or that an appointed 15-person panel in Washington, D.C., might impact the medical treatment you receive?

Progressive liberals have one thing in common. They know more about what’s better for you than you do.

They give us utopian promises backed by trillion-dollar deficits, crony capitalism and a stagnant economy. All they ask for in return for utopia is your freedom, while exempting themselves from the same rules the rest of us are mandated to live by.

Will President Barack Obama, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg or billionaire George Soros be placed on a waiting list to see the doctor or denied medical treatment? Will they be forced to walk down streets with guards who are not permitted to carry semi-automatic weapons?

Of course not. But these elitists expect this for you and your family.

GREGORY H. BONTRAGER

Appreciating Reagan
Topeka-Capital Journal

When we had a real President!

The foundation for our modern military and economic growth was established during the Reagan era. All the left-wing revisionism in the world can’t change that. President Ronald Reagan pulled the United States out of recession within the first two years of his administration and placed the nation on the road to unprecedented prosperity. He did this with sound economic policy and an ability to work with people of differing political views. That is an attribute profoundly lacking in the current administration.

Reagan navigated government shutdowns that were managed as painlessly as possible. That, too, is unlike the Obama administration, which uses every opportunity to treat the American people as if they are pawns to be played for maximum political effect.

GREGORY H. BONTRAGER



Obama's legacy will leave America bankrupt
The Topeka-Capital Journal

While America languishes, President Obama spends his time on the golf course or sunning on the beaches of Hawaii.

But then maybe the country would be in better shape if the commander in chief spent a little more time frolicking and doing a little less so-called "work."

After all, the welfare of the nation isn't really Mr. Obama's primary concern. It's appeasing billionaire miscreants like George Soros and union thugs like Richard Trumka. Saul Alinsky and Bill Ayers must be proud of their protege.

We travel down a road fraught with peril with a pretend president whose single-minded goal seems to be driving the United States into the history books of "once-great nations." As "Atlas Shrugged," the legacy of this bamboozler is a bankrupted, third-rate nation.

He couldn't care less as long as Air Force One has fuel enough to fly him to the next exotic junket at taxpayer expense.

GREGORY H. BONTRAGER

Obama re-election a national mistake
The Topeka-Capital Journal

With the re-election of Barack Obama, the United States has officially become a banana republic. From a nation that produced patriots like Ronald Reagan and John Kennedy, we have knowingly selected the lowest common denominator as our commander in chief.

From China to Iran, the enemies of freedom can now breathe a collective sigh of relief as the citizens of the United States have placed an empty suit at the helm of state. To think the American people would select Barack Obama over a man like Mitt Romney is a national embarrassment that we will not soon overcome.

Never in history has a nation so great fallen so far, so fast, as ours did on Nov. 6, 2012. Albert Einstein said, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Using this definition, anyone who expects anything different from Obama must surely be insane.

GREGORY H. BONTRAGER

Obama is no Reagan
Topeka-Capital Journal

If Ronald Reagan had been elected in 2008, the recession of that year would be a receding memory. Instead of fleeing the country to escape unreasonable taxation and regulation, a renaissance would be sweeping American businesses. The national coffers would be overflowing with tax revenue from a booming economy. Unemployment would be a fading nuisance and our military would be second to none.

A Reagan administration would promote technologies like “fracking” and the Keystone Pipeline to make us energy independent. The Chinese would never attempt to hack Reagan White House computers and Iran and North Korea would be quivering under a rock.

Instead of Reagan’s vision of a “shining city on the hill,” we are being guided into a slum by a Pied Piper and a Democratic Party that knows no shame.

Does anybody ever look at Al Gore and think, “My God, this guy was almost elected president?” In five years, will anybody look at Barack Obama and think, “My God, this guy got elected president twice?”

GREGORY H. BONTRAGER


Into the abyss

Topeka-Capital Journal

America is being held hostage by the most destructive force in modern history. This malignant force didn’t come from Russia or China, but the halls of Harvard and a cadre of ultra-left, America-hating higher educational organizations.

The end result of this education is Barack Obama, a confused, disorganized, incompetent mentality who can only survive in the fish bowl of the cloistered halls of some Ivy League world of make believe. We find ourselves spiraling into the abyss, led by a clueless narcissist who will stop at nothing to extend his failed regime without a wit of concern that he is dragging the rest of us down with him.

Merry Christmas, Jimmy Carter, your place as the most incompetent president in history has been taken by Obama.

GREGORY H. BONTRAGER

Letter: Bumpy road ahead
Topeka-Capital Journal

As the progressive left faces catastrophic defeat in November, we see unfolding the most divisive presidential campaign in American history. Once respected pundits like Chris Matthews and Lawrence O’Donnell, of MSNBC, have dispensed with all pretence of objectivity and have shamelessly become mouthpieces for President Obama’s progressive movement as they desperately seek to subvert mainstream American values.

An evil man once said, “The bigger the lie, the more it will be believed.” Thus this alien strain of progressive thought has infected the body politic of the once great Democratic Party.

The broad spectrum of the American people instinctively reject this reptilian vision hoisted upon them by Obama.

Are you better off than you were $4 trillion ago? Is anything better off with the ascendence of the Obama administration? I think not.

With the failure of the progressive agenda, the only hope for Obama to retain the presidency is to lie and lie big. It’s going to be a bumpy election this November.

GREGORY H. BONTRAGER

Obama demagogues
Topeka-Capital Journal

The Kansas Republican congressional delegation is trying to save the nation from the total mismanagement of our entitlement programs by President Barack Obama and his misguided supporters. Every reasonable approach taken by the Republicans to solve the entitlement problem is shamelessly demagogued as an attack on those most dependent on these programs. Unfortunately, instead of working with the Republicans, the Democrats are using scare tactics to advance their political agenda at the expense of those most in need.

How ludicrous to hear our president speak of "fighting for the middle class" when the focus of his administration has been the advancement of his job-destroying progressive agenda.

The profound failure of the Democrats to resolve the nation's problems is a prelude to what will likely be the most negative presidential campaign in our history. Without a single domestic accomplishment, Obama's only hope of retaining the presidency will be by pitting class against class and race against race. Clearly the welfare of the nation is secondary to Obama's blind ambition for power and his allegiance to "think tank" progressive dogma.

GREGORY H. BONTRAGER

Who got bin Laden?
Topeka-Capital Journal

Did Obama kill Osama? No! If not for the groundwork of George Bush and Dick Cheney, Osama bin Laden could have been living in Trump Tower and the Obama administration wouldn't have had a clue.

Our brave Navy SEAL's, using information obtained from enhanced interrogation techniques and the policies of Bush/Cheney, led us to bin Laden, while the single greatest accomplishment of President Obama is to take credit for the work of someone else.

You can't have it both ways: If you're going to blame everything on "eight years of Bush," you have to give him credit for the demise of bin Laden too.

GREGORY H. BONTRAGER

Invasion grows
Topeka-Capital Journal
The Chicago Way: SEIU Thugs In Action

Not only are the citizens of Arizona being invaded from Mexico, it would seem the invasion also includes mercenaries bused in from neighboring states.

Evidently Arizona citizens aren't capable of handling their problems without help from George Soros of the Open Society Institute and his crowd. As left-wing fascism strikes at the heart of our nation, heroes like Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, stand firm in the face of provocation by radical left-wing organizations like the Service Employees International Union.

These barbarians are no longer at the gate. They have metastasized into the body politic of our sleeping nation.

With insidious deliberation, we are being devoured from within by forces alien to our Constitution who are replacing our beliefs with their distorted progressive dogma.

We must be aware, we must resist, or we will lose all that we value.

GREGORY H. BONTRAGER

U.S. energy flaws
Kansas City Star

Once again, the Obama administration has proved itself tone deaf to the energy needs of the American people by lacing his desire to appease the radicals of the eco-left ahead of the security and economic needs of the nation.

Clean, abundant coal with the thousands of jobs it created was the first casualty. Now the Keystone XL pipeline continues to be held hostage by the administration despite empirical evidence of the safety and viability of the project.

It would appear that on the food chain of political priorities, the welfare of the nation ranks behind a minority of environmental radicals who view us and our energy needs as an impediment to their extreme agenda. All it would take is the stroke of the president’s pen and Keystone with all its benefits would become a reality.

GREGORY H. BONTRAGER

Develop our own energy resources
The Topeka-Capital Journal

The United States sits on untapped oil reserves estimated up to 2.3 trillion barrels, three times the reserves of OPEC. We are also the world’s largest producer of natural gas and coal.

So why do we spend billions importing petroleum from hostile powers and enriching our enemies when we are literally the energy capital of the world? This energy can be obtained safely but we allow misguided politicians and eco-radicals to block our path to energy independence and the revitalization of our economy.

In the meantime, we sit on an untapped gold mine that could free us of debt from China and dependence on Middle East principalities that hate us. We should be reaping the reward of our own natural resources. Energy independence by 2020 is an easily obtainable goal. The alternative is bondage to foreign powers that gloat at our misfortune.

The presidential election this November will be decisive in determining if the United States remains a superpower or fades into the obscurity of history.

GREGORY H. BONTRAGER

Obama Zone
Wichita Eagle

"You unlock this door with the key of intellectual dishonesty. Beyond this door is another dimension - a dimension of lies, a dimension of deceit, a dimension of unparalleled failure. "You're moving into a land of both darkness and despair, of a downgraded credit rating and a $16 trillion deficit.

"You've crossed into a land where middle-class income dropped by 5 percent and the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression. "Congratulations; you've just crossed over into the Obama Zone!"

GREGORY H. BONTRAGER

Just show the ID
The Topeka-Capital Journal

We have to show a photo ID when we buy gas, cash a check and sometimes get into work. Are we disenfranchised? So, if you have nothing to hide, why is showing a photo ID a problem when you vote? When did it become an act of discrimination to safe guard our most important democratic duty?

Perhaps those who oppose the idea of providing verification of citizenship are counting on votes that may not be legitimate.

GREGORY H. BONTRAGER

Mexico abuses citizens
The Topeka-Capital Journal

If the Mexican government spent as much time and energy protecting its citizens from human traffickers and drug dealers as it does race-baiting the United States, maybe a lot of suffering could be avoided. If you are worried about the Mexican people, ask the Mexican government what it is doing to protect its citizens? Zero.

The fact is the Mexican government is pimping its citizens out for cold hard U.S. cash. That's it in a nutshell: money! Mexican men, woman and children abused, degraded and murdered by fellow Mexicans, all done with the complicity of the Calderon administration.

What are the words to that old song? "I ain't got no-body." It's not American guns or drug-users or evil corporations driving up the body count in Mexico, it's greed for U.S. currency and an overriding disregard for the welfare of its own citizens, driven by the oldest motivator in the world: money.

GREGORY H. BONTRAGER

Abused orders
The Topeka-Capital Journal

Protection from abuse orders were put in place to address a serious problem. Unfortunately, they have become a tool used by dishonest attorneys or vengeful spouses to extort money or seek revenge on hapless spouses.

By the thousands, Kansans are labeled "abusers" by those who have a vested interest in misrepresenting the truth. Unscrupulous attorneys shamelessly manipulate protection from abuse rules for financial gain while masquerading under the color of law.

Even more disturbing is that our judiciary will stand idly by as false claims of abuse are taken at face value. With a wink and a nod, the reputations of Kansans are being destroyed in a quasi-legal process with standards akin to the Salem witch hunts.

Why is this disgrace allowed to continue? Because most legislators are attorneys, guaranteeing themselves continued profits at the expense of honest folks in what has become a corrupt money making scam called "divorce."

GREGORY H. BONTRAGER


Kansas Supreme Court order ouster of controversial Judge Richard Rome

With the retirement of District court Judge Richard Rome an era in Reno County will come to an end. Unfortunately for many who had the misfortune of appearing before his court the damage may never heal.

That such an individual could find his way into a position of power is a stark reminder of how fragile our system of justice can be.

Hopefully the 27th district will never find itself in such a place again.

Letter: Obama succeeding at incompetence
Topeka-Capital Journal

If incompetence were an Olympic event, President Barack Obama would win the gold. Across the board and in every category, this Harvard-educated community organizer has set a new standard in how to mess things up.

If there is a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, just stand back and let Barack be Barack. From the South China Sea to the finest health care system in the world, calamity follows in the wake of this clueless left-winger whose primary skill is standing in front of a teleprompter telling one lie after another.

Does Obama really care about the plight of the American people? Ask former Defense Secretary Robert Gates. or the 5.6 million innocent Americans who have been unceremoniously kicked off their health insurance plans.

The United States has a problem, for sure. It’s the “ends justify the means” philosophy of progressive liberals like Obama and the academic elitists like Zeke Emanuel. These folks know what’s better for you than you do, and think nothing of using the coercive power of the state to force you into submission.

GREGORY H. BONTRAGER

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Grow a spine
Wichita Eagle

Wouldn’t it be neat if President Obama would grow a spine when dealing with thugs like Vladimir Putin or the mullahs in Iran? As it is, the only people quaking are American citizens and allies like Israel, who have discovered how expendable they have become in the politically expedient world of Obama.

The burden of fear has been lifted from the Putins of the world as the administration retreats into the fantasy that stuff like climate change is as big a threat to humanity as Iran getting a nuke or Putin invading Ukraine.

If the Obama administration had spent as much effort working with Republicans as it does deceiving low-information voters or weaponizing the IRS to target political opponents, perhaps prosperity instead of angst would be the hallmark of this failed administration.

GREGORY H. BONTRAGER

Poor U.S. leaders
Kansas City Star

When progressive liberals, including the president, are confronted with opposing points of view, they often resort to unfounded accusations or name-calling of the crudest sort. Bigotry and prejudice are unpardonable, except when they do it.

Progressives feel justified in their own hypocrisy, which is why we have Internal Revenue Service-type scandals. Progressives consider themselves morally superior to the rest of us, so normal rules of conduct don’t apply to them.

Domestic and international policies are formulated in stumbling ad hoc leaps resulting in fiascoes like Syria and Obamacare. To progressives, success is determined by ideology rather than what is in the best interest of the people.

We are a first-class nation with third-rate leaders who have made us the laughingstock of the world.

GREGORY H. BONTRAGER

Thomas pegs Obama
Topeka-Capital Journal

Once again, syndicated columnist Cal Thomas was on the mark. His insight, expressed in a recent column, into Obama's belief that a good press release or putting on a good show in front of a teleprompter makes for sound policy is so true.

The fact is, Obama is all fluff and very little substance. It's unfortunate that some liberals in this country swoon every time they see his face and fail to realize it's backed by a head filled with tried and failed left-wing policies as old as Karl Heinrich Marx.

Down the road to oblivion we travel, with the belief that Obama's pretty face and glib syntax are going to save us from something.

GREGORY H. BONTRAGER

Letter:Fox News holds
administration accountable

The Topeka-Capital Journal

When we watch the media’s coverage of President Obama, are we viewing professional journalism or another episode of American Idol? The tough, relentless questioning that follows congressional Republicans vanishes when the media is covering the Democratic/Obama left.

From Benghazi to the “fiscal cliff,” the Obama regime has been given a softball pass by NBC, ABC and CBS. These once great news organizations have become grotesque caricatures as they shill for the “most transparent administration in history.”

The only light in this dark room has been provided by Fox News. On critical issues, Fox is routinely excluded from White house briefings. According to White House adviser David Axelrod, “Fox is not a real news organization.” Could it be that Fox tells the American people the uncomfortable truth instead of the administration spin?

As twilight descends on objective Journalism in America, the only firewall between the American people and the complete subjugation of the press by the progressive/Obama left has been Fox News.

GREGORY H. BONTRAGE

Letter: Holder beholden
to wrong cause

The Topeka-Capital Journal

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder won’t be fired or resign because he is invaluable to President Barack Obama’s plans for America. Holder can be counted on to do the bidding of his master without question. Throughout history, it has been impossible for leaders like Obama to operate without functionaries like Holder.

Holder’s allegiance is not to the Constitution but to his political philosophy, which benevolently masquerades behind the iron fists of such agencies as the Internal Revenue Service.

With disregard for the law, this administration has shown a willingness to use government agencies in a chilling attempt to silence its political opponents. Using executive orders, Obama has shown contempt for constitutional authority by imposing his will on a population that has already spoken.

GREGORY H. BONTRAGER

Sharpton, Jackson racially
profiled Zimmerman

Topeka-Capital Journal

Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson aren’t interested in truth or justice. They are just making a living doing what they do best, race-baiting an innocent man.

Without a wit of concern that George Zimmerman was defending himself from a violent assault by a stranger in the darkness, these men of God profiled Zimmerman based on his racial ethnicity because he dared to defend himself from an African-American assailant.

These self-proclaimed leaders of the civil rights movement chose a course of high-profile demagoguery by appealing to the base instincts of the mob.

We have come to know the shenanigans of Sharpton and Jackson all too well. We can only hope more rational leaders among the African-American community will have the courage to step up and provide an alternative to the antics of these two cynical opportunists.



Trayvon Tragedy: Manufactured Racism?
How NBC Edited Racism Into the George Zimmerman 911 Call

GREGORY H. BONTRAGER

Seal the border
The Hutchinson News


When Texas district attorney Mike McLelland and Kaufman County, Texas, prosecutor Mark Hasse were brazenly gunned down earlier this year, a chill colder than jagged steel tore through the heart of the American law enforcement community.

It was widely believed that these demonic murders were retaliation for the recent convictions of upper-echelon Aryan Brotherhood gang members and that the killings bore a striking similarity to Mexican drug cartel assassinations.

A disgraced Kaufman County magistrate appears to have been the perpetrator of the murders. The disturbing thing is that, with the porous southern border, these assassinations could easily have been carried out by Mexican murder squads that could have walked across the border in broad daylight. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has reported that Mexican cartels are currently setting up shop in American cities, controlling wholesale drug distribution across the nation.

The question is: When will these Mexican narco terrorists, many of whom were trained by U.S. special forces, bring their grisly brand of violence to the main streets of America, and will we deal with this threat in the same corrupt, spineless way as the Mexican government?

Sealing this porous southern border with Mexico should be our first priority in safeguarding the American people from terrorist threats from Mexico and around the world. With a fraction of the money and effort expended in the Afghan war, this would be an easily obtainable goal. The question is: Do U.S. leaders have the political will to safeguard their citizens from terror by closing this wide-open border with Mexico? My hunch is they don't.

GREGORY H. BONTRAGER

Mexican Drug Cartels In The U.S.

The presence of Mexican drug cartels in U.S. cities is expanding. Mexican cartels have long had links to marijuana-growing farms in California, and are widening their reach into the Pacific Northwest and the Eastern United States. They also are involved in producing methamphetamines in the United States. The FBI has reported that the Mexican cartels deal only in wholesale distribution in the U.S. -- and farm out street sales to various U.S. gangs. This map shows locations of cartel activity in the United States.

George Soros:
the happiest year of my life, that year of german occupation...

No friend to America
hutchnews.com

Godfather of the progressive movement, billionaire George Soros of The Open Society Institute is silently trying to destabilize the American democracy. Hiding behind well-financed front organizations, this Judas, who as a youth during World War II assisted in confiscating property of fellow Jews (as revealed in a 1998 "60 Minutes" interview), hides his nefarious financial empire offshore to avoid the scrutiny of U.S. financial regulators. He will use any means necessary to reshape the world in his own twisted, left-wing image.

With billions of dollars and insidious fifth-column maneuverings, Soros is attempting to encircle independent media outlets and replace the truth with his progressive "one world" dogma. What happens to those who stray from Soros' path? Ask Juan Williams, formerly of National Public Radio.

Using mouthpieces like the Huffington Post, Soros is relentlessly moving toward the destruction of our core American values.

Unfortunately, Mr. Soros has run into a problem; fearlessly, Glenn Beck of Fox News is exposing this elitist socialist in his insidious plot to reshape our nation and the world in his own distorted, godless image. If Mr. Soros is successful in his endeavor, hopefully we will receive better treatment than he gave his fellow Hungarian Jews 65 years ago.

GREGORY H. BONTRAGER

Use our drones against druggies
Topeka-Capital Journal

We have used Predator drones effectively to eradicate anti-American terrorists throughout the world. Maybe it's time to target Mexican drug cartels in the same manner.

Give the Mexican government an ultimatum: Take care of business or the United States will solve the problem for you. Let drug cartel members, from top to bottom, look to the uncertain skies with dread.


GREGORY H. BONTRAGER

The Obama disaster
Topeka-Capital Journal

Within a year the full weight of the Obama disaster has become apparent. The democratic mantra of "the stimulus saved the economy" is a lie. The "stimulus" is nothing more than years of pent-up pork barrel spending financed on a sea of barrowed Chinese cash.

While schools close and unemployment lines swell, does our "new left" savior acknowledge his mistake? No, in true demagogic fashion he blames others for his failure and seeks to expand his disastrous policies with the claim "we haven't gone far enough." The health care plan is going to lower the deficit - like unemployment won't go above 8 percent, right?

Our government is in the hands of ne'er-do-wells who haven't got a clue beyond a youth spent in Ivy League classrooms that reek of half-baked socialist theory, educated idiots who couldn't organize a trip to the outhouse; cocktail party liberals like Barack Obama who seek to take from those who succeed and redistribute to those who don't.

Their indoctrination into left-wing dogma is complete, what Fidel Castro or Chairman Mao couldn't do "out of the barrel of a gun" our schools and universities have done in masterful fashion. These "angels of light" have hijacked our "shining city on the hill" and are transforming it into another bankrupt people's dog pile.

GREGORY H. BONTRAGER

Glenn Beck of Fox News is a brilliant entertainer who overstates the truth the way truth is supposed to be overstated. The left is wilted by his blistering, hard-hitting persona and they just can't stand it.

With his impromptu style, Mr. Beck makes the toes of the neo-Marxist Obama administration curl like the Wicked Witch of the East in Munchkin Land. The closest thing the left can muster is Keith Olbermann of MSNBC. If he's the best you can do, all hands abandon ship. Um ... is that Barney Frank boarding that life boat?

Remember, if you repeat the truth over and over again someone will believe it. This is why the Obama administration hates Mr. Beck and Fox News with a passion.

GREGORY H. BONTRAGER

Stealing technology
The Topeka-Capital Journal

While the United States slumbers, an insidious assault is being perpetrated against our nation by the People's
Republic of China. As reported by Peter Brookes of the Heritage Foundation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk
iPQ-sJE
), the United States has become a virtual supermarket of unabated theft of military and commercial technology.

With our preoccupation with the war on terror, this looming superpower - more powerful and deadly than the former Soviet Union - is aggressively seeking to supplant the United States as the preeminent military and economic power on the globe.

Following a policy of appeasement, the Obama administration has abysmally failed to protect the American people from the Chinese. Why design for yourself when you can steal the best. And steal they do, from nuclear warheads to toaster ovens. According to Brooks, the PRC has 3,500 front companies in the U.S. whose sole purpose is the theft of our technology.

While Red China plays military and economic hardball, the Obama administration remains oblivious, exposing America to what may be the greatest threat to our national survival in modern history.

GREGORY H. BONTRAGER

Don’t worry, be happy
The Topeka-Capital Journal

Potential presidential candidate Donald Trump has finally had the nerve to use the "C" word. You know that 800-pound gorilla in the room that everyone seems to ignore. They steal our technology with impunity; they have implanted malware in our power grid.

They have a specially designed ballistic missile just waiting to take out our carrier battle groups; they manipulate their currency to take unfair advantage of us and we owe them tons of money. But I guess we don't have anything to worry about, do we? They are our friends.

GREGORY H. BONTRAGER

Marriage game
The Topeka-Capital Journal

As the market in marriage fraud grows unabated, Kansans are increasingly targeted by dishonest foreign nationals who marry American citizens to gain entry into the United States. Primarily from Asian, Latin and Eastern European countries these people will use any means necessary to escape abject poverty and social deprivation, including the destruction of your reputation and financial well-being.

Aided and abetted by attorneys who specialize in calculated character assassination and myriad well-intentioned church and social organizations, a silent atrocity is being perpetrated against innocent Americans who have naively married a foreign national.

Without hesitation, your home, job and standing in the community will be sacrificed in order to maintain their visa status. Your rights as an American citizen have become secondary in the new world order of political correctness.
Are all such marriages fraudulent? Of course not, but if you are marrying a foreign national beware, you are placing yourself in a high-risk category.

GREGORY BONTRAGER

Law filled with loopholes
hutchnews.com 

Under our Constitution the first responsibility of the government is to protect its citizens. When it comes to marriage fraud, the United States government has failed and in many instances will collaborate with perpetrators.

Because of the Violence Against Woman Act, a foreign national, man or woman, can claim they were abused, verbally or physically, by their American spouse and they may be granted a visa. The standards of proof held by the immigration service under VAWA are so low they are nonexistent.

The American spouse of the foreigner has no right to know of claims made against them unless a criminal charge is filed. In effect, the foreigner can say anything, and you, a citizen of the United States, have no right to defend yourself, no matter how scurrilous the lies may be.

Keep in mind the foreigner making the claim of abuse has a vested interest in making you sound as bad as possible and will be represented by an attorney who specializes in doing whatever it takes, no matter how unethical, to destroy your good name.

Who is there to defend this citizen? No one; you are at the mercy of whatever distortion a high paid lawyer can conjure, all done in darkness, behind closed doors - a government turning against its own citizens.

On the surface, VAWA sounds great; how can anyone be against violence against woman? But with any legislation, the devil is always in the details.

VAWA has opened loopholes in the law big enough to drive a bus through. And many predatory foreigners armed with foreknowledge of these loopholes and ready lists of attorneys are boarding that bus for a free trip to the U.S. at the expense and welfare of an American citizen.

GREGORY H. BONTRAGER

Letter: Threat from within
The Topeka-Capital Journal

Americans live in a world of many threats from abroad. One of the least understood or talked about is marriage fraud. Foreign nationals will marry American citizens solely to gain entry into the United States.

Thanks to the Violence Against Women Act, safeguards that once protected U.S. citizens from this type of fraud have been largely swept away.

There are Web sites that instruct foreigners how to circumvent U.S. law by using VAWA and an abundance of attorneys who specialize in distorting the well-meaning intent of this law.

While we wage war in Afghanistan and Iraq to combat terrorism, this insidious form of terrorism is taking its toll on American citizens inside our own borders.

Don't count on help from your government or elected officials, you will be met with indifference or open hostility. Chief among this group is Sen. Sam Brownback. Only Ted Kennedy has a more liberal voting record on this issue.

This elitist group has turned a blind eye to fraud perpetrated against their own honest, hard-working citizens, while claiming to do so in the name of justice and fair play.

GREGORY H. BONTRAGER


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