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Benghazi footnote…

I’m quite sure I don’t understand the comparison being drawn between the unfortunate and tragic deaths of brave security contractors in an Iraqi war zone, to the attack on our consulate in Benghazi Libya, an area the Obama Administration had all but called stable and “operationally secure”. Frankly, the notion that a coordinated al-Qaeda terrorist attack on an embassy compound resulting in the murder of a United States Ambassador and his attaché as well as two CIA special operators coming to their rescue, is somehow to be seen in the same light as an operation in a combat area, put in play to augment and/or replace a stressed U.S. military presence on the ground providing logistical security in that area, just tells me the effort to make Ambassador Steven’s murder go away continues at the highest levels. It also tells me that the idea this would be swept under the rug with the re-election of Barack Obama as President was not altogether bluster by those who knew better. What will be sickening to watch however, is how the politicians who originally championed this for what it was, will now run for political cover to save their own place in the game instead of fighting for what they know is right.

Tragically, the truth may be lost forever. And those who either dropped the ball, or worse yet purposefully manipulated the situation on the ground in Libya so as to not jeopardize this Liberal President’s failed ideological vision for “peace in that region”, may very well never face justice or have to explain their reasoning to the families of those lost.

I must admit, I am not disheartened by the election results so much as I am the disintegration of any remaining honor and integrity at the highest levels of our government under this President. Though, I did expect it…

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Reality Check 2012…

Even I thought I would have more time to check the reality of this election. Wrong… Now that the Liberal/Progressives have cemented their place within the future framework  of our country, it’s time to take stock of what that really means.

1. Moody’s has put the United States on notice that if a debt deal is not reached very soon they will downgrade our credit rating. They were also pointedly clear to the Fed, that any deal must not be a “kick the can down the road” application, but rather must contain “substantial and significant” measures, that would calm the fears of a watching world with regard to whether or not the U.S. will be a “worthy investment” moving forward. It is now painfully obvious that the simplistic and feel good “fair share” mentality, packaged and sold as the answer to our fiscal woes by this President and his supporters, will be nothing short of inadequate, and a shallow and fruitless approach to the goal of avoiding the fiscal chasm we face.

2. As anticipated, major corporations like Boeing are now preparing to cut staffing levels and work weeks, as well as substantially reduce their overhead (close area support operations), to offset the inevitable costs of “Obamacare”. The President’s signature law will, as predicted, result in skyrocketing healthcare costs to businesses large and small, and eventually diminish care for all Americans.

3. The Obama Administration, aided by a complacent and complicit main stream media, is now laying the foundation for a (major league) cover-up attempt surrounding the (bush league) handling of the Benghazi attack, which resulted in the murder of our Ambassador and three other American heroes. Moreover, the number of questions raised by the recent resignation of General David Patraeus only complicate the issue of any Administration transparency further. How this plays out over the next few months will be a significant measure as to where our nation is headed concerning the accountability of our elected officials. As of this moment, President Barack Obama’s Administration has set new and dangerous precedents along these lines, and appears to be re-writing our beloved Constitution.

As I watch all of this unfolding with lightning speed, and then add many of the pet causes of this now uninhibited ideological President, the words “elections have consequences” burn in my brain. I am also very curious to know how his supporters will react as the bottom ultimately falls away. Who will they blame? What solutions will they offer? Tax the rich some more? And what happens when they have no more to give?

For the first time in our history my fellow Americans, it is now indisputable fact that we will leave our children a lesser country than we inherited…

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.

“Sir Winston Churchill” 1874-1965

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Can’t stay away for long…

Ok folks, let’s be honest with ourselves. The Republicans didn’t lose because they oppose abortion or gay marriage, or because some politician has a foot in mouth problem. And they didn’t lose because they don’t work with Democrats, or because Chris Matthews says they are racist. The Republicans lost because their message didn’t include free stuff for those who don’t deserve it.

They lost because of the short-sightedness and selfishness of “Big Labor”, and because folks didn’t want to hear that the deterioration of the American family in our urban centers is the cancer eating away at our Republic. And also, they didn’t want to hear that racism and bigotry are being kept alive only in the ideologies of those who seek excuses, and/or power over an uneducated demographic, which in turn brings them electoral gains. (See Obama Phone video)

No my fellow Americans, this is much more simple than the talking heads tucked away in some obscure wing of one of our “esteemed” halls of academia would have you believe. The simple truth of the matter is, “the free ride” now trumps “freedom”. More Americans feel comfortable with the idea that government can and should provide for them. One need only look from county to county where the President did very well to see this unfolding before our eyes.

So my message to those of the Constitutional persuasion is straight forward today. Do not be tricked into thinking some mindless idiot who needs vindication at the local Starbucks is smarter than they really are. They are simply caught up in the social glamour of this President and wish to be seen with the “in crowd”. These folks are the sheep who would have voted for Obama in spite of the glaring truth. And don’t be fooled by those who would have you “mold” your belief system to accommodate that which you know in your heart to be wrong. And don’t compromise your principles on the premise that somehow, we may be able to spend our way out of this fiscal calamity. It will not happen. Oh, and don’t be tricked into thinking the revolting pictures you saw on the news of the “Occupy” crowd were somehow doctored by the “evil Tea-Party”. No my friends, this is simple socio-economics 101, and the balance of electoral strength now favors the takers.

Now go and read your history books to see how this always turns out…

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Election 2012…

Let me begin my (2012 Election) analysis with a couple of questions for my fellow Rhode Islanders. What does it say about the state of the electorate in our beloved Little Rhody, when voters return a man like David Cicilline to Congress for a second term? Moreover, what does it say to men like Brendan Doherty, who give so much of themselves to make a difference, when they are turned back by someone so disingenuous and morally bankrupt as Congressman Cicilline? I would truly like to know…

Ok, America voted yesterday. The majority of those votes were cast for national debt, budget deficits and entitlements. They were cast for free phones, food stamps and welfare checks. They were cast for higher taxes and lower take home pay, for small business crushing regulations and skyrocketing healthcare costs. They were cast for the “new modern family” where human life is no longer precious, and accountability is viewed as “extreme”. They were cast against religion and for racism and class warfare, and for a diminished America in the eyes of the rest of the world. And they were cast, in many ways, by a majority of folks who’ve lost sight of the exceptionalism and prosperity that freedom and self-reliance brings.

This was a pivotal election as I knew it would be. It also ended pretty much as I feared it would. And yes, it did tell us much about the “condition” of our nation, in terms of how many people have elected to blame away their failures and laziness. As I said, I didn’t stay up late as I was pretty certain of the outcome, but after listening to excerpts from the President’s acceptance speech this morning, I was struck by how much it sounded like one of Mitt Romney’s campaign speeches. Regrettably, I believe Mr. Obama’s extreme ideological beliefs will stifle much of that bluster long before it ever becomes meaningful legislation.

For my part I will take a bit of a respite from my political writing and ponder my own future for the next four years. There will be “change”. That you can be sure of. Much of that change however, will be a very difficult and even painful pill for the American people to swallow. That too, you can be sure of…

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Enough said!!! Now go and vote your conscience!!!

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My prediction???

I have been asked over and over to predict the outcome of Tuesday’s Presidential Election. Some of my political foes have tried desperately to engage me along these lines, so they might enjoy some post-election “I told ya so” benefit if the President is re-elected. Not interested…

The problem for me is I know this election is less about the candidates than about our country, and our children’s country in an even broader sense. After the most divisive and bitter campaign in U.S. history, I think we can all agree we’ve reached a crossroads in America. The direction we take will determine whether we keep the promise of our forefathers, one of rewards for hard work and individual achievement, or go the way of dependency and collectivism, carefully packaged in such a way as to “suggest” fairness while embracing the rhetoric of class warfare.

With that thought in mind, I will not bore you with another diatribe centered on the differences between President Obama and Governor Romney specifically, mainly because I’ve come to the conclusion they mean very little. Far too many on the Left will go to the polls next week and vote against the hard reality of economic calamity for the sake of a purely partisan victory, and it is unlikely anything would change their minds. No, this is more about a fight to one side, and history to the other.

All I have ever asked is for Liberal/Progressives to admit that our Founder’s United States is not a nation they support. I can respect a truthful advisory. But as most “Left Wingers” continue to disguise their contempt for the God-given and unalienable rights which have provided for their freedom of speech, I can only reiterate my own positions for the sake of debate.

It is simply impossible to espouse entitlement without means to support it, and sound off like a champion of the “American Dream” at the same time. Nowhere in that dream were there any handouts without responsibility, or aid without accountability. And the words which gave “birth” to it all, included the guarantee of (life) as well as “Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”. Moreover, the denial of faith in favor of “truth” managed by a vain humanity, has shown us beyond doubt that our current course is a perilous one, fraught with the pitfalls of fractured families and a compromised moral foundation.

In the end, we must answer a couple of very basic questions in the voting booth on Tuesday. Firstly, how much of our grandfathers country are we willing to generationally steal from our children, because he is not here to tell us we are selfish jackasses? And second, how far is beyond the point of no return for America?

Come on people, you know the score. Is this the direction you want for your children? Are you okay with the nearly $60,000.00 in debt born to every child in the United States today? Are you comfortable with someone else’s private lifestyle being thrust upon you in a state of forced acceptance in order to somehow legitimize the personal behavior of others, all in the name of perceived equality? And will you stand by while someone tells you your country is not and should not be exceptional, rather than defend the greatness of a body politic which fought against all odds and changed the world for the better?

No my friends, this election is not about Obama or Romney, it’s about you! For this reason I will not make a prediction, but rather an observation. The United States of America has either lost or forfeited its soul. A soul, brave men and women have died to protect. On November 6th 2012, it will be up to you to find, recover or discard that soul. But I will predict this, we will  not have long to wait before we see the results of any wrong decision on the part of the electorate. Sadly though, “the new norm” may already have chosen for us… See you all on the other side…

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Crisis “Standard”…

I’m actually not sure how to read Mayor Bloomberg’s rebuff of President Obama’s request to tour the city. Frankly, I remain skeptical of any of the Mayor’s intentions or sensibilities. Nonetheless, it does make sense because initial damage reports are still coming in and folks are basically stunned at this point. Taxing already strained resources to secure a Presidential overture is not something which should be high on the priority list.

The question of November 6th is inevitable however, and both candidates must walk a fine line as they return to the last few days of a very bitter and divisive campaign. It is noteworthy that at a time when there has been so much talk about what divides us, the President must somehow bring the country back to its most basic of principles, “united we stand”. On the other side, Governor Romney must bite his tongue as he watches a President who has trumpeted so loudly, the differences between Americans, now attempt to morph into a champion of all the people.

I have watched Barack Obama talk out of both sides of his mouth from the day he was sworn in. I have listened intently as he spoke of working together, but then took the most partisan policy line of any President in U.S. history. And I waited patiently for the “hope and change” promised, but received only the rhetoric of redistribution and American arrogance.

So please forgive me as I hold out little hope the Presidents talk of decisive action during time of crisis will receive much praise other than for the opportunistic and tailored photo-op. For as we watched the POTUS make his stand in the situation room during Sandy’s wrath, some of us were left to wonder why we did not see the same pictures when Americans were under fire in Libya. Where was this decisive leadership while our diplomats were dying?

God please bless all those affected by this devastating natural disaster named Sandy. But as for the President, I think he is full of it…

 

 

 

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Charles Woods deserves to know how and why his son died…

I was taken back when I heard the father of Special Operator Woods’ father commenting on Benghazi and the death of his hero son, Tyrone. Charles Woods is a soft spoken man but his pain and sorrow were evident. As someone who has seen his fair share of tragedy, I assure you I’m taking that pain into account as I write this post.

Nonetheless, Mr. Woods went a long way to making my point the other night about the major news outlets stuffing the Benghazi story until the President is re-elected. And given the latest revelations from high level sources on the ground in Libya during the attack, which detail the horrific battle that was raging there, the scandal continues to grow larger and more sinister with each passing day.

I must tell you, the Administration’s attempts to stonewall the truth about what happened in Libya have now become the story. Pandora’s box is open and there are now a host of new questions regarding everything from the Obama foreign policy, to military preparedness and operational questions. And Mr. Obama’s decision to haunt the Hollywood talk shows instead of holding a press conference to clarify all of this “intelligence” he supposedly received, might just cost him his job. At the end of the day, if the President can’t provide the American people with an explanation, then who do we go to? “We the People” look to the POTUS as the leader of the free world. He was elected on the promise of “Hope and Change”, “transparency” and a new way forward. Therefore, he is either inept and not up to the job, or he is lying.

The actions of S/O Woods, and S/O Doherty on the night of September 11th in Benghazi, were nothing short of selfless and morally courageous. They readily stepped up and gave their own lives to save their comrades in harm’s way. I Implore the Commander-in-Chief to fulfill his responsibility to their families, the families of Ambassador Stevens and Attaché Sean Smith, as well as the American people, and hold a press conference today to explain just what the hell happened over there, what he knew and when he knew it.

The anguish of Mr. Woods and the other family members is only magnified when they don’t have a clear picture of how their love ones were lost. Moreover, the ridiculous but initially adamant claims by Secretary of State Clinton, Ambassador Rice and Jay Carney, that these events were somehow related to a foolish and inconsequential video made in a free country, should be fully investigated by an oversight committee with appropriate sanctions leveled if needed. These people answer to us damn it, and Charles Woods deserves to know how and “why” his son died, Mr. President.

As a side note: If we are to believe Mr. Woods claims, (and we have no reason not to), regarding the remark made to him by VP Biden as his sons casket was being loaded into a hearse concerning the size of his sons “balls” in relation to those of “cue balls”, then President Obama should pull that jackass aside and explain the merits of his immediate retirement from public service. What a disgrace!

 

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Look to Rhode Island and see where we are headed…

Rhode Island’s local internet news outlet “golocalprov.com” is reporting today that at least one in five Rhode Islanders are receiving some sort of public assistance. (Ouch!) Ironically, it is only a somewhat different demographic breakdown which separates this figure from the national average of one in three Americans receiving assistance, (Double ouch!) But I’m gonna stay local for the most part today.

This is my message to Rhode Islanders who have either been hoodwinked by our current Washington Delegation, or who simply choose to ignore their pathetic record. “Wake up!” You are compromising your children, grand children and even your great grand children. If you don’t know, go look and you will see. Medicare is going bankrupt. Social Security will begin going bankrupt in 2013, we are borrowing nearly $4 billion dollars a day (mostly from China) to pay the interest on our debt, and the new health care law is in the red right out of the gate, with folks average premiums up over $2000.00 in real time. Now let me help you some more. Despite what conniving liars like David Cicilline, Sheldon Whitehouse and Jim Langevin are telling you, Seniors today have absolutely nothing to fear from any Republican budget plan. That is of course if Mitt Romney is actually elected and returns the over $700 billion dollars President Obama raided from the Medicare program to make his health care law doable on paper. Additionally, Governor Romney has pledged not to raise taxes on the middle class. Now I know everyone wants to know how he will pay for this, and the answer is simple. He will do much like President Reagan did by reaching across party lines and finding the necessary combination of tax cuts and code revisions to make it happen, all while finally removing the doubt which has chained small business to the side lines for four years now. And we should rightfully hold him to those promises. But also, to the claim of our own Rhode Island Congressional Delegation, that the President “lowered taxes” over three thousand dollars for the “middle class”, well, He did! And the median income for that same tax bracket fell by more than four thousand dollars in the same period because of his economic policies. (WT-X) Consequently, in very few areas of this nation are the effects of this disastrous “recovery” more evident than in Rhode Island. Please tell me what the heck the elected officials we’ve sent to Washington have done to address these monumental, and defining issues of our time. The answer is simple. Nothing!

Look, all I’m asking is that the Democratic Party “lever pullers” in my home state stop kidding themselves and look around. The evidence of ideological failure in Rhode Island is everywhere. Doesn’t it then make sense we turn to our representatives to answer for this, especially when they enjoyed the greatest concentration of political power in recent memory when this President was elected, and did nothing with it except add to our unborn children’s crippling debt? This is a truly contemptuous and disgraceful bunch.

Wake up Rhode Island and focus on the records of these individuals, and not the thirty second T.V. spot where they highlight some poor soul they “may” have helped while thousands of others go belly up. Where is their legislative record of accomplishments on our behalf. Oh, and do not be fooled by the Pell Grant BS being spouted by Senator Whitehouse, as Congressman Ryan’s proposal was just that a proposal. Governor Romney has actually pledged to expand the program in the third debate.

Enough is enough. “I’m gonna fight for you” is getting old without tangible results. The bottom line is if you keep sending these lying charlatans back to Washington without accountability, the days of our downfall will soon be at hand. The well has run dry people! We either fix this problem or we’re all screwed! Please give someone else a chance, for my son’s sake…

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Let the battle begin…

I did my level best to keep an open mind during last night’s debate, which is more than I can say for some of my email detractors. You folks really need to consider anger management classes. With that said, I think not many minds were changed by this last meeting of President Obama and Governor Romney. I did feel the President sounded more like the challenger rather than the incumbent. But overall, the stark contrasts between the two men and their ideologies was only reinforced.

I have framed this election for the last four years as a battle for the soul of this country. I stand by that assessment even more steadfastly today. In the end, folks will have to do a great deal of gut checking when they go into the voting booth. And while there will always be the party loyalists who vote their emotions instead of on the basis of truth, this election will ultimately be decided when clear-headed individuals make a conscious choice in terms of where they see our country in twenty years.

With the debates now over, I cannot remember a more divided America. Sadly, this is our own doing and not that of some political boogie man conjured up by either side. We have failed in so many ways to safeguard that which was entrusted to us, and are therefore left to fight over what the founders had intended to be so much more clear. Our value system is in chaos and the minority has paralyzed an entire culture, because so many have chosen apathy and political correctness over the time-tested principles of individual liberty and accountability. Dependency is now revered and success is demonized. Revisionist history is the norm and few of our children are learning the greatness of America or of those who gave their futures to keep it that way.

Nonetheless and in the simplest of terms, for Governor Romney to become President there must be enough voters out there who understand, our current direction will erode and eventually erase the exceptionalism which has made The United States the greatest arrangement for mankind in all of human history. And for President Obama to remain President, there must be enough voters who have become comfortable with a globalist, big government, big debt and “live in the moment” application. On November 6, 2012, the world will know whether “We the People” shall rise up from adversity once again, and unite to leave our children a better future as we have done for generations, or whether we will simply be another political punch-line, remembered only for the missed opportunity of having learned the lessons of history. Please put any ill-conceived or resentment filled rhetoric in its proper place and vote your conscience this November…There is much at stake…

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