Monday, May 18, 2015


Weekly Opinion Editorial
by Steve Fair

     George Stephanopoulos is the well-known anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America and the host of This Week with George Stephanopoulos.  Many Americans may not remember that before he became the chief political anchor for ABC, George was one of President Bill Clinton’s top advisors.  Stephanopoulos was the 1992 communication director for Slick Willie’s first presidential campaign.  He, along with James Carville is prominently featured in the 1992 Clinton campaign documentary, The War Room.  After Clinton was elected president, Stephanopoulos was given the title of Senior Advisor and given the office right next to the Oval Office.  When he left the Clinton administration to become a broadcaster, he was replaced by Rahm Emanuel.  Stephanopoulos is a graduate of Columbia with a BS in political science.  He also has a Masters in Theology from Baliol College, a part of Oxford University.   George is the son of a Greek Orthodox priest, Robert Stephanopoulos, who reportedly wanted his son to follow him into the priesthood, which is probably why George studied theology.   
     George left the Clinton administration shortly after Clinton was re-elected and joined ABC in early 1996.  Roone Arledge, President of ABC said at the time: “Stephanopoulos is one of the best known and most articulate presidential advisers this country has ever seen.  His vast knowledge of Washington politics and policy will be an enormous asset to ABC News.”  ABC initially said he would not be used as an analyst and not report news or question guests. Because he was viewed as a partisan at that time, ABC said he would never question guests or report on politics. Stephanopoulos’ role was to be nothing but a commentator, but after nearly twenty years, George’s role changed at ABC.  He became the face of the network and the chief political anchor. 
     On January 7, 2012, Stephanopoulos and Diane Sawyer co-moderated a Republican primary debate at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H.  There were six GOP candidates on the stage and during the debate; Stephanopoulos repeatedly asked Mitt Romney whether the former Massachusetts governor believed the U.S. Supreme Court should have overturned a 1965 ruling that a constitutional right to privacy bars states from banning contraception.  Stephanopoulos would not accept Romney’s answer that it was ‘state’s rights’ issue and asked Romney nine questions on the issue.  Romney finally said the question was, ‘preposterous.’ During the fall general election campaign, the Obama campaign used the question and Romney’s answer to imply Republicans were waging a ‘War on Women’ and wanted to ban contraception.
     Last week it was revealed that George has given $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation during the time he was supposed to be a ‘nonpartisan’ at ABC.  When it was discovered, George went on the air and apologized.  “Over the last several years, I’ve made substantial donations to dozens of charities, including the Clinton Foundation. Those donations were a matter of public record, but I should have made additional disclosures on air when we covered the foundation,” Stephanopoulos said.  What he didn’t reveal is that he not only gave the Clinton Foundation money, but he participated in three panel discussions sponsored by the Clintons- all while presenting himself as a neutral party in politics. 
     It has been reported that Stephanopoulos was pulled as moderator for a scheduled GOP debate in New Hampshire next year because of his ties to the Clintons, but that is simply not true.  Reince Priebus said, “George Stephanopoulos was never going to moderate a Republican debate anyway. I’ve made it very clear, and I’ve made public statements about this, that the issue for me, even more so than the donation, was the fact that he worked for Bill and Hillary Clinton.”  
     The RNC has taken control of the Republican primary debate process.  The days of using liberal moderators in Republican debates, whose sole goal is to embarrass GOP candidates and further the liberal cause are gone.  There will be nine(9) sanctioned debates in the 2016 GOP primary with three other possible debates.  The first debate is in August 2015 in Ohio and Gorgeous George will not be moderating any of them.    
     Stephanopoulos’ memoir is, “All too Human: A Political Education.  The title most likely is a nod to Friedrich Nietzsche’s, “All too Human.”  Nietzsche was a German philosopher in the late 1800s whose best known quote is that, “God is Dead.”  But Nietzsche IS dead and most certainly rejected that philosphy shortly after breathing his last breath.  Much of Nietzsche’s work is reveled in liberal circles.  In his book, Stephanopoulos says , “ Í came to see how Clinton’s shamelessness is a key to his political success, how his capacity for denial is tied to the optimism that is his greatest political strength.  He exploits the weaknesses of himself and those around him masterfully, but the taps his and their talents as well.” He loves the Clintons.  Bill is his mentor. 
    Fact is, George Stephanopoulos is nothing short of a Hillary Clinton surrogate and a political hack.  As long as ABC allows him to masquerade as an objective journalist, host political news shows and interview candidates, their creditability is questionable.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

What is Jade Helm 15?

Weekly Opinion Editorial
by Steve Fair
      Jade Helm 15 is a large military exercise planned for this summer in seven(7) western states, including Texas.  According to the U.S. Army website, Jade Helm is a multi-state training exercise taking place July 15 through Sept. 15 with members of U.S. Army Special Operations Command and service members from the military’s four branches. While the exercise is taking place across seven states, the Special Operations Forces are only training in five states: Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado.
     The exercise has caused many to become concerned that President Obama is planning to declare martial law and use the military to keep the more conservative areas of the country in line.  Social media and the internet is full of those who say the mere size of the exercise should be questioned.  Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered the Texas State Guard to monitor Jade Helm.  “During the training operation, it is important that Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed,” Abbott said.  The Pentagon has acknowledged this is the largest exercise of this type they have conducted.  Some parts of the operational details have been disclosed, including the fact that there will be 1,200 troops participating, and according to CNN, "mainly Army Green Berets, but also a small group of Navy SEALS and Air Force special operations troops as well as conventional Army infantry." At a town hall meeting in Bastrop, Texas,  Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria, said the exercises will helps soldiers adapt to unfamiliar territory, but critics say if the exercise were about the war in the Middle East, they would be conducted in the desert, not near populated areas. 
     After Wal-Mart shuttled three Supercenters, including one in Tulsa and one in Texas, there was speculation the stores were going to be used in the military exercise, perhaps as FEMA processing centers after martial law is declared. Wal-Mart has denied that is the case.
     Martial law is the imposition of the highest-ranking military officer as the military governor or as the head of the government thus removing all power from the previous executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government.   It is usually imposed temporarily when the government or civilian authorities fail to function effectively (e.g., maintain order and security, or provide essential services).  If President Obama declared martial law, he could theoretically suspend the constitutional rights of Americans until ‘order is restored.’
     Walker Texas Ranger star Chuck Norris supports Abbott’s concern about Jade Helm 15.  Norris said, “Concerned Texans and Americans are in no way calling into question our brave and courageous men and women in uniform. They are merely following orders.  What’s under question are those who are pulling the strings at the top of Jade Helm 15 back in Washington. The U.S. government says, “It’s just a training exercise.” But I’m not sure the term “just” has any reference to reality when the government uses it.”
     While it is unlikely that Obama will declare martial law and attempt to stay in office when his second term expires, the mere size, scope and objectives of Jade Helm 15 should concern Americans.  It is certain that individual property rights are going to be violated.  At the town hall meeting, Col. Lastoria said the exercise would be conducted on public and ‘private’ land with no compensation to land owners.  That might be a little risky in Texas, even for heavily armed military types. Texans- or Oklahomans- don’t take too kindly to being told the government is going to use your land without your permission.   
     There are more questions than answers about the Jade Helm 15 exercise.  Why is it so large?  Why is it being conducted in specific geographic areas?  What are the military Special Forces training for?  The lack of information on the large scale operation fuels wild theories- or maybe not so wild theories?  President Obama has proven he has little or no regard for the Constitution and the rule of law.  That makes the conspiracy theorists not so unbelievable.  At the very least, the public should have answers to these simple questions before Jade Helm 15 proceeds.