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Right Wing Leftovers - 9/18/13

  • NBC profiles Scott Lively and his role in passing anti-gay laws all over the world.
  • Pentagon officials recently met with Jerry Boykin, Sandy Rios, and other Religious Right activist to discuss supposed violations of the religious liberty of Christians in the military.
  • Speaking of Boykin, he seems to think that the Southern Poverty Law Center should be charged with a hate crime for supposedly inspiring Floyd Corkins to attack the Family Research Council.
  • Rick Perry will be heading to New Jersey to campaign with Steve Lonegan.
  • Finally, is anyone surprise that Glenn Beck is endorsing this crackpot effort to "shut down Washington, DC" for three days.

Hagee: Navy Yard Shooting Is A Sign Of The End Times

On this week's "Hagee Hotline," Matthew Hagee responded to a question from a viewer asking about signs of the End Times by saying that the warnings that Jesus gave in Matthew 24 were all being played out daily in the newspaper.

Possible military action against Syria, he warned, could lead to World War III, which is the fulfillment of Jesus' assertion that "you will hear of wars and rumors of wars" as the End Times approach. 

Jesus also warned of an increase in lawlessness, prompting Hagee to point to the mass shooting at the Navy Yard earlier this week as further proof that "before you know it, Jesus Christ is coming again":

Klingenschmitt: 'Obamacare Causes Cancer'

In addition to being an authority on gay exorcisms and all things demonic, it seems that "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt is also an expert on the topic of health care and has even made two separate appearances on MSNBC's "The Ed Show" debating the issue.

Following one of these appearances, "Dr. Chaps" said on his "Pray In Jesus Name" show today, he received an email from someone defending President Obama's health care reform legislation by telling the story of a friend who was unable to receive treatment for her cancer because she could not get insurance.

In response, "Dr. Chaps" said that Obamacare was not the answer but was, in fact, the cause of her death, saying "Obamacare is the one that killed this poor lady with cancer."

As "Dr. Chaps" sees it, Obamacare is actually causing people to lose their health insurance which means that "Obamacare causes cancer":

Bryan Fischer Literally Does Not Know What He Is Talking About

As we noted just last week, Bryan Fischer does not bother with things like having evidence or even knowing what he is talking about before going off on an rant on his radio program on some issue that he obviously does not understand.

Like Glenn Beck, Fischer too seized on a report that President Obama had waived prohibitions in the Arms Export Control Act so that the US can provide chemical weapons assistance to Syria and used it to raise the possibility of impeachment:

Don't miss the significance of this, ladies and gentlemen.  We have a president who is breaking the law.  He has no authority to waive this law. He can't do that.  Congress is responsible to pass laws; his job is the execute them, not to write them, not to amend them, not to modify them, not to ignore them. His job is to implement them, execute them.  That is why he heads up the Executive Branch.

Congress passes legislation and he's the one that implements it, he's the one that puts it into practice. He has no authority, no liberty, no moral right or constitutional right or legal right or ethical right to change the laws that are given to him by Congress ... I mean, ladies and gentlemen, I don't want you to miss the significance of this; we have a president that is breaking the law in order to aid and abet terrorists

The only problem is that Fischer's entire case is built on nothing but his own ignorance because, as we pointed out before, the legislation explicitly gives the president the power to waive certain prohibitions:

The President may waive the prohibitions contained in this section with respect to a specific transaction if (1) the President determines that the transaction is essential to the national security interests of the United States; and (2) not less than 15 days prior to the proposed transaction, the President

—(A) consults with the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate; and (B) submits to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate a report containing

—(i) the name of any country involved in the proposed transaction, the identity of any recipient of the items to be provided pursuant to the proposed transaction, and the anticipated use of those items; (ii) a description of the munitions items involved in the proposed transaction (including their market value) and the actual sale price at each step in the transaction (or if the items are transferred by other than sale, the manner in which they will be provided); (iii) the reasons why the proposed transaction is essential to the national security interests of the United States and the justification for such proposed transaction; (iv) the date on which the proposed transaction is expected to occur; and (v) the name of every United States Government department, agency, or other entity involved in the proposed transaction, every foreign government involved in the proposed transaction, and every private party with significant participation in the proposed transaction.

Contrary to Fischer's bold and repeated assertions that President Obama has "no authority to waive this law," he most certainly does as the law itself gives him that authority.

It never fails to amaze us just how willing right-wing commentators like Fischer are to publicly rant and rave in this manner about topics that they literally do not understand.

Understanding Glenn Beck's Nonsensical Call For Impeachment

As we noted yesterday, Glenn Beck is now demanding President Obama's impeachment because, Beck claims, Obama has waived prohibitions contained in the Arms Export Control Act so that he can supposedly supply weapons to al Qaeda in Syria.

It is nonsense, of course, since what is really happening is that the US is simply providing "non-lethal" equipment to "experts monitoring the removal and destruction of chemical weapons under an agreement reached by the United States and Russia," as the White House explained yesterday:

Today, the President signed a Presidential Determination exercising his authority to waive certain restrictions under the Arms Export Control Act.  This action will allow the U.S. Government to provide or license, where appropriate, certain non-lethal assistance inside or related to Syria.  This includes:  1) chemical weapons-related personal protective equipment to international organizations, including the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, for the conduct of their operations; 2) chemical weapons-related life-saving assistance for organizations implementing Department of State or U.S. Agency for International Development programs to strengthen local Syrian health care providers’ ability to prepare for and respond to any use of chemical weapons; and 3) defensive chemical weapons-related training and personal protective equipment to select vetted members of the Syrian opposition, including the Supreme Military Council, to protect against the use of chemical weapons.  This action is part of longstanding and ongoing efforts to provide life-saving chemical weapons-related assistance to people in need in Syria.

But Beck doesn't care that his entire premise is wrong or that he doesn't even understand the applicable law, as he spent a good portion of last night's programming accusing Obama of treason because he "goes around Congress and goes around the laws by waiving a federal regarding let's not arm any known terrorists":

Beck has a staff of hundreds, but apparently nobody has access to Google because, if they did, they could look up the law for themselves and discover that Section 40(g) gives the President the power to waive certain prohibitions provided that he keeps Congress informed:

The President may waive the prohibitions contained in this section with respect to a specific transaction if (1) the President determines that the transaction is essential to the national security interests of the United States; and (2) not less than 15 days prior to the proposed transaction, the President

—(A) consults with the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate; and (B) submits to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate a report containing

—(i) the name of any country involved in the proposed transaction, the identity of any recipient of the items to be provided pursuant to the proposed transaction, and the anticipated use of those items; (ii) a description of the munitions items involved in the proposed transaction (including their market value) and the actual sale price at each step in the transaction (or if the items are transferred by other than sale, the manner in which they will be provided); (iii) the reasons why the proposed transaction is essential to the national security interests of the United States and the justification for such proposed transaction; (iv) the date on which the proposed transaction is expected to occur; and (v) the name of every United States Government department, agency, or other entity involved in the proposed transaction, every foreign government involved in the proposed transaction, and every private party with significant participation in the proposed transaction.

President Obama is not going around Congress or ignoring the law; he is, in fact, doing exactly the opposite.

And for doing exactly what the law allows and requires, Glenn Beck is demanding Obama's impeachment.

Right Wing Round-Up - 9/17/13

Right Wing Leftovers - 9/17/13

  • We can now add Richard Nixon to the all-encompassing list of people whom Glenn Beck believes to be "progressives."
  • Jim DeMint says President Obama has nothing but disdain for the Constitution.
  • Scott Lively has penned an open "Letter to the British People," calling upon them to turn back to God.
  • It is amazing to watch Bryan Fischer go off about President Obama's effort to send non-lethal aid to Syria despite the fact that he quite obviously understands absolutely nothing about it.
  • Finally, Fischer had Peter LaBarbera on his radio program today for two segments.  Take one guess what they spent the entire time talking about.

What Has Caused Glenn Beck To Officially Demand President Obama's Impeachment?

One of the central ironies of Glenn Beck's self-designated role as a resolute truth-teller is his constant beseeching of his audience not to just blindly trust the things that he says on air but to actually do their own homework and verify it for themselves because, if his listeners actually did that, his reputation for truth-telling would quickly evaporate.

Take his rant today when he claimed (falsely) that he had never before called for President Obama to be impeached but is doing so now because Obama has supposedly waived a law so that he can supply weapons to al Qaeda in Syria.

The story originated from The Washington Examiner which reported that:

President Obama waived a provision of federal law designed to prevent the supply of arms to terrorist groups to clear the way for the U.S. to provide military assistance to "vetted" opposition groups fighting Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.

Some elements of the Syrian opposition are associated with radical Islamic terrorist groups, including al Qaeda, which was responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., in 2001. Assad's regime is backed by Iran and Hezbollah.

The president, citing his authority under the Arms Export Control Act, announced today that he would "waive the prohibitions in sections 40 and 40A of the AECA related to such a transaction."

Apparently doing no research of its own, Beck's The Blaze simply repeated these claims as fact as did Beck himself, citing them to accuse Obama of treason and demand his impeachment:

President Obama did, in fact, issue such a waiver ... for the purpose of providing "non-lethal" defensive assistance to help protect against any possible future chemical weapons attacks:

Today, the President signed a Presidential Determination exercising his authority to waive certain restrictions under the Arms Export Control Act.  This action will allow the U.S. Government to provide or license, where appropriate, certain non-lethal assistance inside or related to Syria.  This includes:  1) chemical weapons-related personal protective equipment to international organizations, including the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, for the conduct of their operations; 2) chemical weapons-related life-saving assistance for organizations implementing Department of State or U.S. Agency for International Development programs to strengthen local Syrian health care providers’ ability to prepare for and respond to any use of chemical weapons; and 3) defensive chemical weapons-related training and personal protective equipment to select vetted members of the Syrian opposition, including the Supreme Military Council, to protect against the use of chemical weapons.  This action is part of longstanding and ongoing efforts to provide life-saving chemical weapons-related assistance to people in need in Syria.

It seems that, for Glenn Beck, legally providing assistance and equipment designed to help protect and respond to the use of chemical weapons in Syria is now an impeachable offense.

An Exercise In Projection: Horowitz Says Liberals See Conservatives As 'The Party Of Satan'

We are quite used to hearing right-wing activists assert that just about every aspect of the liberal political and cultural agenda is literally Satanic in nature ... so it was a little confusing to hear David Horowitz tells the hosts over at American Family Radio yesterday that liberals think that conservatives are the party of Satan.

Horowitz declared that progressives believe that they can create the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, which means that not only are they willing to commit any crime and tell any lie, they also look at those who oppose them "as the Devil's party."

"People who are called liberals," Horowitz stated, "people who call themselves progressives, or leftists, or socialists see themselves as an Army of the Saints redeeming the world. They don't believe in a divine redemption; they believe in a redemption on this earth created by them.  Therefore they see anybody who doubts or opposes their program as the party of Satan":

Beck: 'We Have Come Unhinged'

Glenn Beck began his television program last night with coverage of yesterday's mass shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC, citing it along with the record flooding happening in Colorado as evidence that we are living in the End Times.

"It seems like a lot of things that are going on in today's world," Beck said, "can't really be explained any other way. We have come unhinged."

But perhaps it is simply Beck who has become unhinged, as later in the program he did a segment asking why various federal agencies, such as the IRS and the EPA, have armed officers using assault weapons, suggesting not-quite-rhetorically that they were going to be used to kill American citizens:

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