Kinchlow’s Inaccurate Accusations


I remember Ben Kinchlow as the co-host of the 700 Club in the early 80s, when I watched the show almost daily (I was then a very devout Christian). But now he’s a columnist who spouts all manner of ignorant nonsense at the Worldnutdaily every week. In his latest column, he compares the complaints against King George III in the Declaration of Independence to Obama’s actions.

Another of the least read, least recognized documents in American public life today (probably second only to the Bible) contains these words:

“He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

“He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

“He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

“He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation.

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent.”…

It is interesting to note that as we approach the millennium, we find ourselves in almost the exact condition that precipitated a revolution. Re-read the examples leading to their frustration and compare them with our status as a “free” people today.

Really? Almost the exact condition? Pray tell, Mr. Kinchlow, how has Obama “made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries”? Not only has he not done that, he can’t do that. Judges are appointed for life and Congress controls their salaries.

Please explain how Obama has “erected a multitude of New Offices.” Again, not only has he not done so, he can’t do so (other than advisory positions within the White House, an authority exercised by every president.

Please provide examples of how Obama has attempted to “render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.” I thought the complaint against him was that he was running roughshod over the military, forcing them to accept gay soldiers in some grand social experiment. Now suddenly he’s allowing the military to overrule civilian power?

How, precisely, has he subjugated the country “to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws.” What jurisdiction? Under the control of what entity?

Lastly, exactly what taxes has he imposed on us without our consent? The president cannot raise taxes, only Congress can. Some taxes have been raised on the wealthy, but only through legislation voted on by our representatives. Where does the “without our consent” part come in?

What’s that? You have no substantive answers to those questions? How terribly surprising. There are a great many things to legitimately criticize Obama for, but none of the things Kinchlow fantasizes about.

Comments

  1. wscott says

    He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

    You could arguably make a case for this one in terms of the War Powers Act, et. al. But of course, that’s hardly new with Obama. Funny how they only worry about Executive Power when there’s a Democrat in the White House.

  2. Chiroptera says

    He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

    Yeah, technically the NSA and other parts of the national security apparatus are civillian agencies, but I think we can give Kinchlow a pass on this one.

  3. Larry says

    #2

    but I think we can give Kinchlow a pass on this one.

    Not if he’s laying the blame solely on Obama. He needs to place Bush and Congress on the firing line as well. They initiated and continued the so-called Patriot Act. To my great disappointment, Obama is simply continuing it.

  4. eric says

    Reading that link made my head hurt, the sentence structure was so bad. I finally gave up trying to parse the actual sentences. Instead, I just assumed that he meant to imply modern conservative positions = american colonists and modern liberal positions = british government, regardless of how mixed up his actual words were.

  5. Randomfactor says

    I notice he skipped the one about King Obama III trying to limit immigration…

  6. says

    He reads the Declaration of Independence and sees whatever he wants to see in there, with no tether to facts or reality. I’m sure he does exactly the same thing with the Bible.

  7. kantalope says

    You forget how Obama has been trying to rile the indians against us on the frontier and his antipathy toward the french peoples!

  8. matty1 says

    He reads the Declaration of Independence and sees whatever he wants to see in there, with no tether to facts or reality. I’m sure he does exactly the same thing with the Bible.

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  9. says

    The “jurisdiction foreign to our constitution” is no doubt a reference to the UN, which in wingnutland holds superpowers rational observers see utterly no sign of.

  10. says

    Not if he’s laying the blame solely on Obama. He needs to place Bush and Congress on the firing line as well. They initiated and continued the so-called Patriot Act. To my great disappointment, Obama is simply continuing it.

    And if a republican were continuing these same policies, Kinchlow would be signing his praises and screeching accusations of TREASON! at any who disagreed. That’s why he doesn’t deserve a pass.

  11. says

    Lastly, exactly what taxes has he imposed on us without our consent? The president cannot raise taxes, only Congress can. Some taxes have been raised on the wealthy, but only through legislation voted on by our representatives. Where does the “without our consent” part come in?

    That’s easy. He’s imposing taxes on Republicans without Republican consent.

  12. coffeehound says

    How, precisely, has he subjugated the country “to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws.” What jurisdiction? Under the control of what entity?

    Pffft! Sharia, silly! Don’t you eggheads watch Fox?

  13. francesc says

    “probably second only to the Bible”
    It was foreseable, when you elected a muslim president, that Koran would be forced down your throats.
    I’m glad to know, though, that every american is now reading The Republik and Das Kapital in hostel’s rooms

  14. eric says

    Wingut Spex – see exactly what you want in any document.

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  15. Thumper; Atheist mate says

    Another of the least read, least recognized documents in American public life today (probably second only to the Bible)

    … He’s joking right? …Right?

  16. Thumper; Atheist mate says

    @eric #16

    Bob in Iowa says: “I used to think that the difference between Bush’s 36% income tax rate and Obama’s 39.5% income tax rate was 3.5%. Now I realize its the difference between a Free Proud America and Islamo-Atheistofascism.”

    Thread won.

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