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Once again it’s Ed Henry and Jonathon Hunt of FOX News who “dare” to ask the pertinent and tough questions of this President.
For the first time in eight months Mr. Obama took questions from the media in a press conference format. As expected, the usual suspects from the main stream press threw out the soft balls and allowed the POTUS to bloviate about how he’s going to “fix” our fiscal and immigration problems, all the while continuing to blame everyone but the WH Chef for those problems. And while the fiscal cliff and comprehensive immigration reform are certainly critical issues, I think everyone would agree the news of the day was the Petraeus scandal and Benghazi cover up.
Two things continue to stand out for me regarding this ever-growing nightmare, the first being what I see as a lack of outrage over the loss of one of our Ambassadors and three other American hero’s to a terrorist attack. This is made even more intolerable by the main stream press and their disgraceful behavior when it comes to uncovering the truth about the attack. The downright fawning over President Obama yesterday is something I have never witnessed, and it is sickening to watch. Secondly, it is just plain unacceptable that the “most powerful man in the world”, and the one who you would think should be able to answer a simple question like “what orders did you give to protect the American people”, basically has nothing to say.
I wrote recently that in my judgment, I felt Barack Obama was not suited nor qualified to do the job of the President, and that his ill-tempered and misguided response to this crisis in particular would be his undoing. I stand by that predication with one caveat, that being whether or not the pre-meditated and terrorist murder of four Americans in a foreign land means anything to America any longer…
My hat’s off today to Senator John McCain and others in Congress, and especially to Senator Lindsey Graham for his honest and forthright retort of the President after Mr. Obama’s “appearance” yesterday. We have reached those crossroads my fellow Americans, and it is going to take men of deep personal conviction, character and fortitude to pull us back from the clutches of cowardice and deceit. The families of those four brave souls who perished that horrible night back on “9/11”, deserve nothing short of the truth from the President of The United States.
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
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!
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…
It’s no secret there’s a segment of the voting public who tend to hide behind a veil of perceived utopia and coffee-house politics as they contemplate their vote. Acceptance among so-called like-minded friends is important in these circles but can get you into trouble. Sacrificing conviction and/or common sense for the sake of some glorified collectivism is never a good thing. Inevitably, you are often left more confused than when you started.
Peeling back the electoral layers of this year’s Presidential contest is important for many reasons, not the least of which is, an educated vote is truly our only hope. It always comes to pass at this juncture in the election cycle, that the few “undecided’s” make their voices heard. Regrettably, it always seems to be more about the process than the actual facts and circumstances on the ground. The issues are largely ignored in favor of a “personal” discussion over political mud-slinging. We simply don’t have that luxury this time around.
The truth of our economic predicament today, leaves us far more vulnerable as a nation than any populous division. The confusion over tax cuts vs. credits and deductions is always a glaring example. Many don’t realize or understand the government takes far more in taxes than it allows in deductions. So the choice is really about keeping more of your money at the point of earning it for your family and/or small business, as opposed to having the government cut you a check for less at tax time, making you feel as though they “gave you something”. It’s all in who you think is better at handling your money, you or Uncle Sam? One would think this is a no brainer, yet it invites an ideological battle the likes of which is made even more dramatic by the constant ringing of the 24 hour news cycle.
Now while I admit class-warfare as opposed to spirited dialogue is far less constructive, the notion our enemies see the latter as the lynchpin of our demise is questionable at best. To the contrary, robust debate of any issue, as well as individual thought and argument, are things fundamentalists seek to destroy in their own lands. Logic tells us then, our “process”, however fractious it may be at times, is most certainly a weapon in our arsenal, not theirs. This is not to say that “united” we won’t always stand stronger, but that strength is also derived from our “independence” and freedom which so many have died to defend. Ultimately, if unity evades us, it is because there are “forces within” our communities, that are slowly eroding the fundamental truths which have always bound us together. But this is a much broader argument for another day.
Look, I will not be the first to say the suggestion that Governor Romney was somehow complicit in the death of that man’s wife was outrageous and over the top. Nor will I be the first to say I’m sick of hearing the President is not an American citizen. However, when the slant is clearly to the Left within the ranks of the “main stream” media, and the (occupy) violence and lawlessness is ignored in favor of the (Tea Party) types “clinging to their guns and Bibles” as the lead story, well then that’s an argument over traditional American values and the direction of our country. It is about what that country will look like for my young son, and it is an argument I will not run from, (nor do I suspect the other side will either).
It is true this election will most likely be remembered as the most vitriolic in American political history. There are very real and troubling reasons for this, and they cannot be ignored because there are those who choose to wrap their true political leanings in the soft and fancy paper of a Starbucks coffee and pastry combo. History tells us time and again, complacency in the face of adversity is the seed of national destruction. It also tells us our way of life is unique and necessary in the world, and that way of life must at times be defended by people of strong character and Constitutional conviction. It is therefore the “responsibility” of “We the People” to do our homework while we wade through the political semantics, and do what we know in our hearts and minds to be right for our children. It is also our responsibility not to set aside critical decisions because we lack the moral courage and fortitude to stand up for what makes us exceptional. As someone who chooses to inject himself into the political debate, I ask only that you consider this and vote your conscience… We will soon see where we are headed…
Demonize your opponent and keep it small and petty. Now the “Left Wing Blogosphere” is attacking Romney for his debate characterization of how he sought out women for high level positions within his administration, “Bindergate”. Lost in the mix is the ratio of women to men in Romney’s cabinet was the highest in the country during his time as Massachusetts Governor. Thankfully, women are coming to his defense, including those who worked for the Governor.
More and more I find myself hoping Americans see beyond the desperation of not only a failing presidential campaign, but a divisive Liberal/Progressive ideology of class warfare and hate. And I hope everyone will see this type of rhetoric for what it is, and understand that it ascends to the highest levels of the Democratic party elite in ways that would make JFK and Truman cringe with disgust.
In the face of legitimate questions regarding the overseas deaths of Americans in service to their country, and a domestic policy approach which has brought our nation to the precipice of European style economic ruin, the ideological platform and application of the 2012 Democratic Presidential Campaign, is simply to smear your opponent while simultaneously engaging in cheap office cubical tactics. Heck, if the POTUS can keep this type of soap opera politics out front, he may never have to talk about his own vision for the future of the United States. (That’s the idea!)
Just a couple of observations. (If) we are to believe the polls, Governor Romney did exactly what he needed to do and took the fight to the President. He was on message, articulate and described what is the most basic but important part of this election, “the vivid contrast” between two visions for America. And while the President did seem a bit disinterested and smug, that actually didn’t surprise me one bit.
Now I won’t get into why I feel the POTUS is not necessarily the “likable” guy many folks seem to think he is. I might just let the recently revealed tapes of a couple of very divisive speeches he made before he was elected speak for themselves on that matter. Consequently, I definitely got the feeling the Obama camp was trying mightily not to appear outside of that “likability” comfort zone. Let’s face it, Romney pretty much showed that’s really all they have. Arguably however, this is only the first debate. And judging from the “Shame Stream Media” response thus far, they will be out in full force today to spin this to the President’s advantage as best they can.
The simple truth is that in November, “We the People” will in fact have to do exactly what Governor Romney said last night, and choose between two very different ideological directions for our country. One thing is for certain after watching last night’s contest though, and that is neither of the candidates attempted to hide theirs. Using only this as a benchmark, I score the night a tie.
The more I see of this Administration’s “foreign policy”, the more I believe it is in fact armature hour at the WH and the State Department. As we watch thousands die in Syria, Bashar al-Assad is now moving his chemical weapons around, apparently in defiance of our President’s “imaginary red line”. Even more concerning is the now much clearer timeline of events before, during and after the attack on our consulate in Benghazi. When I watched it all pieced together, the incompetence and frankly the Administration’s obstinance in the face of overwhelming information, contradicting their ridiculous assertion that some dolts half assed movie was responsible for Ambassador’s Stevens’ assassination, left me wondering when the next hostage crisis will happen.
I have been confused to say the least when I hear folks talking about this President’s international prowess. I’m simply not sure what world they’re looking at. Putin thinks our days are numbered, Ahmadinejad is at the U.N. calling us devils, the Middle East is on fire, and the POTUS will barely take a call from our one true ally in the region, opting instead for Letterman or “The View”. I mean, I know this is an election year, but does Iran have to test a nuke on the WH lawn to get his attention?
And yes Joe, I will give the President credit for pushing the go button on President Bush’s’ kill order for bin-Laden. Sadly though, you guys botched the leaks and damage control so badly, it most likely cost American Special Operators their lives because of your incompetence.
This is real Mr. President. And while I wouldn’t run to Biden in a crisis either, David Letterman sure as hell shouldn’t be your (go to guy) when there’s a “bump in the road”…
Listening to talk radio has its draw backs. It can frustrate you to the point of “calling in”, which would be the ultimate objective of the broadcast station I suppose. Nonetheless it does give you some insight into what “We the People” are thinking and saying.
I heard a Rhode Island pundit opining on the recent turmoil in Libya and elsewhere yesterday. He offered up that he was not prepared to place blame at the feet of the President or his administration just yet. He went on to say there was too much information out there, and that 4 days was simply not enough time to decipher the ever changing ramblings of the 24 hour news cycle. On its face, I am inclined to support his hypothesis. Having said that, let’s look at what we do know…
1. In 08, then Candidate Barack Obama and his Left Wing Brigade of college educated but grossly inexperienced upstarts, made no secret of their disdain for the “cowboy diplomacy” of the Bush Administration, as well as how they felt it ultimately left us less safe and hated by the rest of the world, (sort of like now). Ironic just the same, this coming from the drone wielding gunslingers who lit up an America citizen and his 15 year old son without the basic due process afforded them Constitutionally. Now we can certainly have a discussion about the line one may cross and become an enemy combatant, however I’m merely pointing out what appears to be some serious hypocrisy coming from the Obama propaganda machine.
2. The now (President Obama) continues that line of thinking and has even gone so far as to “tour” some of the more consequential nations of the broader Middle East during his term, and offer an outstretched hand in “friendship and cooperation”, along with an “improved diplomatic style” of international debate and conflict negotiation, (BS). And this comes on the heels of numerous speeches abroad which seemed anything but a show of American strength and/or consistency.
3. President Obama has snubbed and alienated our one true ally in the region Israel, while quietly bringing up the rear as nations like Egypt and Libya shook off the bonds of tyranny, only to allow them to fall prey to the bloodthirsty influence of the Islamofascists.
4. Iranian sanctions have only served to inflame the anti-American sentiment of a populous that at one point actually turned to our country for support in the face of the murderous mullahs’. Moreover, Iran is now almost 4 years closer to a nuclear weapon, a fact that will change the dynamic of this argument in ways we cannot even begin to imagine.
5. Tens of thousands, many of them innocents, are dying in the streets of Syria as am I writing this post today, and the President of the United States is content to stand by and abandon a legacy of American moral courage and obligation on behalf of human kind everywhere. A legacy carved out by his processors, the likes of which include John Kennedy and Harry Truman.
So, in view of just these facts alone, (and there are plenty more), I would like to ask some very simple questions.
1. If the POTUS’s “theory” regarding some twisted atonement for perceived “American sin” is to be deemed credible, then why is the Middle East now erupting into violence the likes of which we haven’t seen since Jimmy Carter’s imitation of a presidency in the late 1970’s?
2. Considering the political climate in that troubled part of the world which has been anything but one of peace and reconciliation, why then was our Ambassador Stevens, whose words are from the President’s mouth to the host nations leaders ears, not better protected?
3. And if it is true that Islam is truly a religion of peace, as promoted by the Secretary of State’s office and the President himself, then where are the mass protests of outrage by the so called “majority of Muslims” who are not of the radical persuasion in Egypt, Libya, Pakistan, (the U.S.) etc, condemning the acts of those who are supposedly misrepresenting their religion?
4. Did Obama and Biden “spiking the ball” on the whole (Osama thing) every other day enrage an already pissed off Islamist world and inspire revenge attacks on our interests on 9/11?
5. Has our hand of “friendship and cooperation” been rejected because it was never sought after in the first place by an evil doctrine of hate and violence, so perverted and manipulated by “Godless” criminals, that it is beyond any response but violence in return?
6. And finally today, has this President’s callous and “campaign oriented” approach to overseas crisis’ ultimately cost American lives?
I think we know enough to draw a few conclusions here, wouldn’t you say??