Follow the Yellow Brick Road — T.F. Stern

By T.F. Stern,


The Obama administration has been following an agenda, one which many American citizens refuse to accept as even possible, the destruction of our economy and way of life. It hardly seems possible one of our own, much less our president would actively seek to ruin the most powerful industrial nation ever; but evidence is mounting. At first this article was to be named, Wrecking the Economy One Oil Rig at a Time; but for some reason, Follow the Yellow Brick Road won out.

Not too long ago Obama put a drilling moratorium in place based on fraud and deceit; there would be no (American Based Oil Companies) drilling in the Gulf of Mexico until angels from on-high proclaimed it perfectly safe. Okay, so maybe it wasn’t worded exactly like that; the important part was drilling in the Gulf was halted.

Judge Martin Feldman overturned the moratorium and some folks thought things might return to normal; not so. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement has made it nearly impossible for oil companies to get past the bureaucratic nightmare put in place; dare I say, … to prevent anyone from drilling?

“The Obama administration has appealed a judge’s order requiring regulators to act on seven drilling permit applications.”


“The documents say the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement may not have enough time to help operators meet regulatory requirements to have the permits approved by the deadline.”

Did you get that, “help operators meet regulatory requirements”; yea, we’re from the government and we’re here to help. It’s okay for other countries, like Cuba to drill in the Gulf , just not American companies or countries sympathetic to our free market system.

“Follow the yellow brick road, follow the yellow brick road, follow, follow, follow, follow, follow the yellow brick road.”

If you listen to the rhetoric, evil U.S. Oil companies are ruining the Gulf while making a fortune. We are all victims of corporate greed; our hero, Obama, will put them in their place. Is Obama our hero or is he something else?

“While finding oil in commercially viable amounts will be transformative for Cuba in the coming years, the challenges facing the U.S. begin as soon as the first drill bit penetrates the sea bed in the Gulf,” said Sarah Stephens, CDA’s executive director. “After living through the BP spill, we can’t maintain the illusion that the embargo will stop Cuba from drilling and must instead adopt policies that protect U.S. economic, environmental, and foreign policy interests.” (emphasis added)

The Obama embargo is nothing more than an illusion; fooling our “environmental consciousness” into believing accidents will never happen ever again because we have tougher rules and regulations; accidents are no longer possible, pure rubbish.

Yes, it’s important to protect the environment; but it’s also important to reject the notion others who drill for oil will do so in a manner which meets the already stringent levels adhered to by American based oil companies. In the larger picture, our nation is being intentionally thwarted from achieving success in the market place. Ultimately the decline will trigger massive demands for change. That “change” will be to socialism and a complete turnover of the oil industry to the federal government.

You remember the sentiments of that idiot; forgive my choice of words, the honorable Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, during the questioning of oil company executives?

“And guess what this liberal would be all about. This liberal will be about socializing … uh, um. … Would be about, basically, taking over, and the government running all of your companies…”

“Follow the yellow brick road…”; or in this case, the “red” brick road, under the flag of socialism. Most of Obama’s close advisers have Marxist leanings; why would we expect Obama to favor free market capitalism?

It’s not hard to imagine Obama as the Wicked Witch of the East addressing the oil industry as he tries to lay hold of the prize; remember, as long as freedom is alive he can’t lay hold of it.

“I can’t attend to you here and now as I’d like, but just try to stay out of my way… I’ll get you, my pretty – and your little dog, too! Ah-hah-hah-hah-hah-hah!”

The Wizard of Oz movie makes it easier to contrast good from evil; beware those who call evil good and good evil; isn’t that the biblical warning ? The Munchkins wanted to help Dorothy find the Emerald City (Utopia), that place where everything is perfect.

“Follow the yellow brick road, follow the yellow brick road, follow, follow, follow, follow, follow the yellow brick road.”

We have the Obama administration attempting to dismantle the free market system “brick by brick”; isn’t that fascinating? The only way to implement total socialism is to do away with our Republican Constitutional form of government. Defying the rule of law backs up the assertion; Obama has no intention of following the rule of law; he’ll have the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement hold up any and all drilling permits until the evil oil companies just up and leave.

Speaking of oil companies “up and leaving”…; there’s a story by Brett Clanton, Noble rig leaves U.S. Gulf for Brazil , which puts another nail in our coffin.

“Noble Corp. in January announced plans to move one of its deep-water drilling rigs out of the Gulf of Mexico amid a spill-related slowdown in activity. This week, the Swiss-based driller made good on its promise.”

“It loaded the Noble Clyde Boudreaux, an ultra-deepwater semisubmersible, on a ship in Pascagoula, Miss., that will carry the rig 5,000 miles to Brazil, where it has a contract with Shell.”

It’s not reasonable to expect oil companies to sit around watching expensive machinery rust; they’re going to go where they can be put to use.  Specialized workers will leave for better waters; talk about out sourcing of jobs, this would kill off our own oil industry.

If you think about it, Obama is making sure other countries cash in on our bad decisions. He promised billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars to help Brazil’s oil industry . The problem with oil companies going to Brazil; we can’t buy that oil, it’s all promised to other countries like China, or am I mistaken.

“The U.S. is going to lend billions of dollars to Brazil’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras, to finance exploration of the huge offshore discovery in Brazil’s Tupi oil field in the Santos Basin near Rio de Janeiro. Brazil’s planning minister confirmed that White House National Security Adviser James Jones met this month with Brazilian officials to talk about the loan.”

If we can’t see what is going on, we must be “toto-ly” out of our minds. The Yellow Brick Road which leads to the Emerald City, socialism’s Utopia if you will, has to be paid for by sacrificing individual liberties, gifts from our Creator. For America to succeed we need to stick with “ what brung us here”, capitalism and our Republican Constitutional form of government.

The Moral Lib­eral asso­ciate edi­tor, T.F. Stern, is a retired City of Hous­ton police offi­cer, self-employed lock­smith, and gifted polit­i­cal and social com­men­ta­tor. His pop­u­lar and insight­ful blog, T.F. Sterns Rant­i­ngs, has been up and at it since Jan­u­ary of 2005.