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November 7, 2012 Leave a comment
I received an email telling me “Never give up, we have to fight for America’s future!” And bragging about the “fresh new conservatives” we elected in 2010. Here is my reply:
What future? It would make me feel a lot better if someone could show me a possible decent future for America. All I see is the continued building of The Socialist Republic Of Obamanation. These fresh new conservatives that we elected to the house in 2010 have set idly by and let Obama decide that the laws that congress passed does not matter, he now makes the laws for America and they sit quietly by and watch him do it. He has armed both criminals in Mexico and our terrorist enemies in Libya and they have used those weapons to kill American citizens and other innocent people, yet congress has chosen to do nothing besides give a few press conferences to preen in front of the cameras. Congress can impeach a president for lying about a sexual tryst something probably at least half the men in America has done but they cannot impeach a president for committing crimes against our country and its constitution. The head of our Justice department has refused to prosecute crimes that should be prosecuted, sued to keep states from exercising their rights, lied to congress under oath, & too many other wrongs to even name them all yet our fresh new conservative congress allowed him to not only keep his job but to fade quietly into oblivion so that would not interfere with Obama’s successful campaign for reelection. And through it all John Boehner has remained strangely quiet. Please tell me what hope there is to be found in any of this? I am not trying to be pessimistic or disagreeable I just genuinely see nothing to give me faith in the house conservatives or hope for any kind of future for America that does not literally break my heart. American’s have let their children down in a big way because the majority of them were either too busy buying goodies for themselves on their children’s credit cards or simply too uninterested or busy with their own lives to worry about their children’s future. And our fresh new conservative congress has also let our children down in a big way, I would imagine so as not to upset the apple cart endangering their personal future wealth. When someone goes into a job making a modest income and within four years become stinking rich there is usually criminal activity going on and since that describes our senate & congress to a tee I would be willing to bet that is why nothing has been done because party no longer matters since they are all just covering each other’s back.
October 26, 2012 Leave a comment
People it is time to use the brains that God gave us…this administration has not made us safer…instead they have made us dramatically less safe!!! After 9/11/2001 the vast majority of the world stood with us because we were attacked simply because radical Muslims do not like us and they do not like us protecting innocent victims throughout the world…we did not apologize for our freedoms or for doing the right thing…we made it clear that we were attacked without just cause and received the worlds support…fast forward to 9/11/2012 and immediately after being attacked this administration comes out and excuses and apologizes to our attackers and tells them and the world that they had a reason (just cause) to attack Americans by blaming it on a stupid disgusting video made by one man not America and because of that we do not see the world standing with us or supporting us instead we saw attacks on Americans spreading throughout the world endangering even more American interests and American citizens!!!
The handling of these attacks is unbelievable and borders on treason due to this administration purposefully giving aid to our enemies!!! This administration did not show strength nor did it defend our country and the American way thus insuring that we WOULD be attacked again!!! Without a strong leader any country is destined to fall and this administration has never shown strength or leadership!!! I am glad that Osama Bin Laden is gone but at the same time I know that killing him was the easy way to do things and giving him the choice he would prefer, to die as a martyr rather than having to stand trial for his crimes!!! It also ended our chances of getting any information out of him that might prevent future attacks or lead to the capture of other Al Queda/Taliban leaders. So even in this administrations biggest accomplishment they chose the easy way out!!!
May 1, 2012 Leave a comment
July 30, 2010
By Ed Lasky
There are some folks who want to go back — who think we should return to the policies that helped to lead to this recession,” Obama said later in his comments honoring a new advanced battery factory being built by the company LG Chem. “Some made the political calculation that it’s better to obstruct than lend a hand. They said no to the tax cuts, they said no to small business loans, they said no to clean energy projects. It doesn’t stop them from coming to ribbon cuttings — but that’s OK.”
By Ed Lasky
Calling America “lazy” last weekend was only the latest and broadest insult from President Obama. America has become accustomed to Obama’s lashing out at entire groups of people. What has been all too little appreciated is his seeming delight in bullying, if not demeaning, individuals face-to-face. He is protected from angry responses not just by the Secret Service, but by the reverence his victims have for the office he holds.
This is a level of respect for the institution of the presidency that Obama does not share or hold dear. For him, the bully pulpit has taken an entirely different — and disgraceful — meaning from the one given to it by Teddy Roosevelt. What does it say about Barack Obama that he indulges in personal insults? What does this mean for America?
Barack Obama first rose to national prominence when he gave his speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. The soaring rhetoric — there is no white America; there is no black America; there is no blue America or red America; there is the United States of America — established him as a person who could warm our hearts with promises of unity and not division. He seemed ever so likeable.
But the façade soon slipped when we began to hear the real Barack Obama — not the one reading so well from the teleprompter that fateful night in Boston. The pose could last for only so long.
The mask began to slip, of course, way back in April 2008, when we learned how Obama really felt about small-town Americans:
[T]hey get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
His handlers punished him with a gag order for the rest of the campaign. After pocketing the presidency, he has felt less restrained. Not only were the ego and the superego unleashed, but so was…well, a lot of bitterness towards people who are not like himself.
Hence, the attacks against policemen (stupid and probably racist for doing their job in Boston by apprehending a suspected criminal, that happened — too bad for them — to be a Friend of Barack); greedy doctors (for yanking out kids’ tonsils and lopping off legs of diabetic for fun and profit); “fat-cat” bankers; stupid Republicans (who needed Obama’s jobs bill legislation broken into bite-sized pieces because they couldn’t understand it all at once); and other numberless straw men whom Obama periodically sets up before he sets a match to them. Even his lame and rare attempt at poking fun at himself for being a poor bowler was tarnished by an insensitive comparison to Special Olympians.
Perhaps some of this can be chalked up to partisan campaigning. Obama is always in campaign mode — his favorite activity other than golfing; basketball; luxuriating away at estates in Martha’s Vineyard, Hawaii, and points around the world; and basking in the glow of worshipful supporters.
However, what does it say about Barack Obama the man when he “goes granular” and focuses his ire on individuals? Why bully a particular person or small group of people in front of others and in front of the nation? Why use the power of the presidency to insult and humiliate?
How hypocritical for Obama to deliver these lines at the memorial service for the victims of the Tucson shooting:
At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized, at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do,” he said, “it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.
He does not practice what he preaches, but then again, has he ever?
This attitude was most notably on display when Obama used the 2010 State of the Union address to chastise the members of the Supreme Court for their decision in the Citizens United case ( a decision that imperiled his own political prospects, as it has led to more fundraising targeting him personally). The assembled jurists do not have to attend the State of the Union speech; they attended as a sign of respect. How was that respect returned? Obama lashed out in a stinging personal rebuke, calling into question their intelligence and legal reasoning. The jurists have never responded, save for a reflexive “you’re wrong” wagging of the head by Justice Alito. Obama, constitutional lecturer or not, was wrong.
But there have been a litany of these types of personal attacks and ambushes. Lest we forget, Obama insulted Hillary Clinton during a 2008 debate by saying, “You’re likeable enough.” How gallant!
But it gets worse.
John McCain was trying to get a point across to president Obama regarding the process by which the health care bill was produced. Obama chose not to respond on the merits, but just to slap McCain down — letting him know his place — with the rejoinder “the election is over, John.” Surely McCain dealt with worse at the hands of the North Vietnamese, but why did Obama have to taunt him?
Obama revels in his victory, though, and instead of being gracious, he brandishes it with relish. Three days after his inauguration, when the nation was in the throes of financial panic, Congressman Eric Cantor brought a plan to the White House to help America. Obama dismissed it with the boast “Eric, I won.” One month later, at a “fiscal responsibility” (how ironic that looks almost three years and trillions of dollars later) summit, Obama singled out Cantor for particular opprobrium: “I’m going to keep on talking to Eric Cantor. Someday, sooner or later, he’s going to say, ‘Boy, Obama had a good idea.'”
Obama enjoys ambushing people. He invites them to events just to humiliate them in front of an audience.
President Obama invited freshman Republican Congressman Aaron Schock to fly on Air Force One with him for a visit to a Caterpillar plant in Schock’s district. Schock was thrilled to hitch a ride — who wouldn’t be? But it was a ruse. Obama was drumming up support for his stimulus bill and wondered out loud if Schock would measure up to the two men who had the seat before him.
Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times gives us a flavor of this treatment:
Said Obama at the plant, “I want to thank Peoria’s own Ray LaHood, who is doing outstanding work as my Transportation secretary. You know, Ray comes from a long line of Republicans I love, starting with Bob Michel and — you know, they’re just — I think there’s a common-sense, Midwestern, can-do, bipartisan attitude that Ray represents. And I am so pleased that he’s in my Cabinet.
“Now, his successor, Congressman Schock — where is he? He’s back here. He’s right here. Stand up, Aaron. This is — Aaron’s still trying to make up his mind about our recovery package. … So, you know, he has a chance to be in the mold of Bob Michel and Ray LaHood.”
Schock is the youngest member of Congress. How courteous was it for the president to lure him into a joint appearance at the plant, merely to put him on the spot like that in front of the assembled employees (and voters) at the plant? Cordial in private, but arm-twisting in public. There is a name for someone like that, and it should not be “President.”
People should be wary of appearing at these plant visits by Obama. They are Obama’s happy hunting grounds. He meted out the same Schockian treatment to then-Congressman Pete Hoekstra of Michigan, who was running for governor at the time. Obama was attending the groundbreaking of yet another advanced car battery factory in Michigan — a Japanese-owned plant that received stimulus dollars. Hoekstra opposed the stimulus bill but was there for the event. Hoekstra was sitting in the front row. Obama saw an easy — and cheap — shot, and he took it.
Scott Johnson of Powerline picked up the story that somehow major media outlets missed (italics in original):
For reasons that remain mysterious to me, Obama seized the opportunity to attack Hoekstra:
There are some folks who want to go back — who think we should return to the policies that helped to lead to this recession,” Obama said later in his comments honoring a new advanced battery factory being built by the company LG Chem. “Some made the political calculation that it’s better to obstruct than lend a hand. They said no to the tax cuts, they said no to small business loans, they said no to clean energy projects. It doesn’t stop them from coming to ribbon cuttings — but that’s OK.
The president’s remarks were both classless and petty. Hoekstra aptly commented: “It demeans the office of the president. It’s disappointing. It is unpresidential.” Hoekstra added: “This is my home district. These people are paying the taxes that he’s handing out today. I’m here to respect the office of the president, and I don’t think he reciprocated.” Video of Obama’s attack and Hoekstra’s response is accessible here.
Hoekstra was respecting the office of the president. Were Obama to do the same, he might find that he can gain allies across the aisle — as did President Clinton.
Instead, Obama seems to delight in ridiculing Republicans in front of America.
Congressman Paul Ryan has earned the respect of millions of Americans for his hard work on the budget and for developing his plan for dealing with the fiscal and debt challenges facing the nation. Earlier this year, Ryan and a few other Republican leaders were specifically invited by Obama to attend one of his speeches. Ryan was given pride of place in the front row. Ryan said that he and others were hopeful that Obama was signaling a shift and a willingness to work with them in the spirit of bipartisanship that Obama preached in 2008. The congressman should have learned that hope was just a four-letter campaign slogan:
However, to Ryan’s amazement what he got from Obama, publicly, was not an olive branch at all but Obama poisoning the well! In front of the whole audience Obama lashed out specifically at Rep. Ryan! It was like watching a strict school teacher chastising a wayward school boy in front of the class.
“What came to my mind was: Why did he invite us?” Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) said in an interview Thursday. “It’s just a wasted opportunity.”
The situation was all the more perplexing because Obama has to work with these guys: Camp is chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, responsible for trade, taxes and urgent legislation to raise the legal limit on government borrowing. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (Tex.) chairs the House Republican Conference. And Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is House Budget Committee chairman and the author of the spending blueprint Obama lacerated as “deeply pessimistic” during his 44-minute address.
At a time when the parties risk economic catastrophe unless they can come together to raise the debt limit, Obama’s partisan tone made no sense, Republicans across Capitol Hill said Thursday. Even some Obama allies wondered whether the president had made a tactical error.
Ryan said he should have suspected that something was afoot when he did not see the White House budget director or the secretary of the treasurer at a speech billed as the rollout for Obama’s budget plan. (As has been true of so many anticipated Obama plans, what Obama introduced as his budget plan in this case was “vaporware.”) Whom did he see? David Plouffe, Obama’s senior political adviser.
Obama had again lured Republicans into an ambush. (Memo to the GOP: Priam and his people learned their lesson about accepting gifts when they took in the Trojan Horse. Beware of invitations from Obama.) In his quest to score cheap political points or vent his rage at those who resist his plans, Obama again put partisanship above country. What was needed was comity and maturity, not political ambushes. Washington works best when leaders grease the gears of government by at least being cordial to each other — but this is a lesson Obama has failed to learn.
Perhaps Barack Obama needs a remedial course from Miss Manners. Not only is his behavior affecting his ability on the domestic front, but it is not helping on the international front, either.
What does it say about a president who insults foreign leaders? The personal insults have multiplied as time goes on. He stalked off for “dinner with the First Lady” when he had differences with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He made a crack about the looks of French President Nicolas Sarkozy to his face. He brushed off a meeting with the leader of our closest ally, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, that elicited a great deal of negative coverage across the pond and, for good measure, returned a bust of Winston Churchill to England. Even Good old Winnie gets the treatment. Obama never has liked colonialist nations, after all.
Barack Obama does not reserve his spite just for the high and mighty. He is an equal-opportunity abuser. He takes on everybody — protected by the shield of the presidency.
Obama sarcastically suggested that a journalist who asked him a question was “the spokesman for Mitt Romney.” He had a temper-tantrum when answering questions from a Texas television reporter who apparently was not giving Obama enough time to answer questions. Even his own secretary of energy, Stephen Chu, saw his rudeness on display. Chu was trying to explain the complexities of the BP oil spill to Obama when, after a mere six slides of Chu’s PowerPoint presentation, Obama simply stood up; said, “Steve, I’m done“; and strode out of the room.
If that is how Obama treats friends, it’s no wonder that so many people are leaving his administration. Do not be surprised if, once Obama leaves office, the memoirs that follow are filled with stories of ungracious behavior on the part of our president.
Partisan and non-partisan, high and low, domestic and international — Obama feels entitled to insult a broad swath of people. He has taken the trash-talking appropriate for the basketball court — if not a schoolyard playground — and brought it into the public arena.
Presidents are supposed to be above insults. They have a stable of attack dogs to deliver the partisan attacks. Nixon had his Agnew, for example. There is a surfeit of people Obama can rely upon to smear Republicans. Joe Biden is too congenial to be the messenger, but certainly Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid can assume these roles, as can DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who happily attacks Republicans when given the microphone. But despite claims that he outsources the “dirty work” to others, this seems to be the one type of “work” that Obama enjoys doing himself.
Many might be tempted to say that this reflects Obama’s outsized ego. He has been coddled, and his path to success to a great extent paved, by others who mentored him. But perhaps there is another dynamic at work. Obama’s political career was made in the Democratic stronghold of Cook County. He never had to cut deals across the aisle. Any success he had when he served in Springfield was due to bill-jacking; the hard work across the aisle was done by others, but Obama’s political mentor, State Senate President Emil Jones, schemed to have Obama’s name attached to the bills so he could make a United States senator out of his protégé. Obama never learned to deal with Republicans, and so he takes personal umbrage when he has to exert himself to work with them (see also my earlier article on Obama’s work ethic). Compromise is not in his nature — nor, apparently, are manners.
In short, Obama personalizes policy disputes and thereby puts himself, and his ego, before the needs of the nation.
Ed Lasky is news editor of American Thinker.
By Ed Lasky
Barack Obama has had one passion that has been consistent over the years: himself. His healthy self-regard is well-known by now. From the omnipresent posters of his jutting face to the spectacle of the Democratic National Convention with Styrofoam Greek columns to the disgraceful alteration of the official presidential seal during the 2008 campaign to his constant presence on our airwaves (Really, do we care about his sports commentary? Or his brackets in the NCAA tournaments?), we know that this is a man with a hunger for the spotlight.
But Obama’s ego needs more than the worship of others. His ego also needs the boost that comes from insulting and denigrating others and rubbing in their faces how well he has fared compared to them. The latest example is culled from the upcoming hagiography of him from the writer David Maraniss:
Will Burns, who worked for Obama when he was a state senator, recalls walking the precincts of their district in the fall of 1997, rounding up petition signatures for Obama’s first reelection campaign. “Obama was even competitive about getting signatures,” said Burns, now a Chicago alderman. “We would go to someone’s door and he would say afterwards, ‘See how smooth that was. See how good I am at this. I got a full sheet! You only got a half sheet.’ And I would think, ‘Well, you’re the [expletive] candidate, of course you got a full sheet!’ That was him.”
Other examples of the Ego in the Oval Office:
I think I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters.
I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors.
And this boast from 2004 before his breakout speech at the Democratic National Convention:
I’m Lebron, baby. I can play on this level. I got game.
Hillary Clinton was just “likeable enough” — ah, the back-handed “compliment” that is actually an insult. Obama doesn’t deliver his putdowns with the humor of Don Rickles. He truly is the Insulter-in-Chief, who has a mean streak that flourishes when he abuses and demeans other people.
But for what purpose does he use putdowns? Why does he seemingly need to trash-talk people on a regular basis?
His belief in how own superiority is clear. We certainly know how disdainful he is of small-town people based on his view of them as bitter clingers to guns and God who fear foreigners. Lest we forget, though, he later smeared all Americans by blaming weak economic growth under his reign on Americans who have grown “soft.” Americans have been “a bit lazy,” too.
Nor are African-Americans spared his putdowns. He spoke back in 2011 to an African-American group and told them to stop criticizing him and get to work on his re-election. He exhorted them to:
Take off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching shoes. Shake it off. Stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying.
Black groups complained that such language was racially tinged. Imagine if a white president had used such language toward an African-American group, accusing them of always demanding more and being lazy to boot.
But there is always more when it comes to Barack Obama.
There is this grandiose claim made to a Democrat House member who was wavering over casting a vote in favor of ObamaCare because he might face voter problems in his next campaign for office — especially since HillaryCare went down in flames in 1994:
Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.
However, Obama’s ego needs more than his own high self-regard and the worship of millions of besotted followers. He delights in delivering insults and reminders of his own success.
President are normally gracious in victory. Victory speeches are usually filled with praise for the defeated opponent. Bygones are bygones. Presidents are the most powerful people in the world, after all. They can be magnanimous without reveling in the defeat of others. Not this particular president, however.
When Republicans expressed differences with Barack Obama’s tax plan, President Obama dismissed their concerns and ideas with the reminder that “I won.” That bipartisanship he peddled to his dreamy and dewy-eyed supporters was tossed under the bus on Election Day. But he upped the insult level when he refused to address legitimate concerns expressed by Senator John McCain during the 2010 “health care summit” and instead responded with the retort that “we’re not campaigning anymore. The election is over.” McCain deadpanned that “I’m reminded of that every day.”
Obama is not man enough, is not a gentleman enough, to let bygones be bygones. He must rub his success and his superiority in other people’s faces. But sometimes his sense of superiority escapes all sensible bounds.
There is his Dominion Over the Earth, when he challenged the Almighty for dominance over our world. During his 2008 celebratory speech on becoming the Democratic nominee for president, he said future generations would remember:
This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.
The narcissism of Barack Obama is beyond belief. His excessive use of the personal pronoun “I” is yet one more example. President George H.W. Bush had his speechwriters search through and delete as many instances of the word I as they could in his own speeches — such a contrast to the current occupier of the Oval Office. But Obama’s Obama Obsession goes beyond just his own well-developed self-regard. He is not happy unless he can pair it with denigrating others — for instance, saying Republicans opposed his boondoggle and politically generated “jobs bill” because they could not understand it, so he would have to break it into bite-sized pieces so they could understand the bill. Yet there were Democrats who admitted they did not understand ObamaCare when they voted for it — including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Did Obama ridicule them?
He said that Republicans want to build moats around America and fill them with alligators to eat illegal immigrants coming into America. Is that even remotely funny? Is that the great presidential rhetoric we were supposed to be hearing from the greatest orator since Pericles?
Then there is Obama’s penchant to personalize political differences and demean others in doing so. There are “fat cat” bankers responsible for all our problems, the ever-present George Bush to use as a punching bag, greedy doctors who yank out tonsils for fun and profit, stupid cops, Republicans who have to sit in the back of the bus, and inevitably, Fox News.
Whoever makes straw should be doing quite well, because Obama makes straw men on an assembly line.
The list of people Obama looks down upon is ever-growing.
Then there are his moral equals — apparently. His wife, Michelle, who said America was a “mean” country which she gained some modicum of respect for only when her husband became the Democratic nominee for president. There is Attorney General Eric Holder, who calls us a “nation of cowards” when it comes to race. His “moral compass” and “mentor” Jeremiah Wright, who was happy to see America’s chickens come to roost on 9/11 and views white people as the source of black people’s problems. Muslims, who can commit no wrong — where was his call for American Muslims to search their souls when one of them went on a shooting spree, wounding and killing many soldiers down in Texas? Or when many others have tried to commit terror attacks in America — where is the call for soul-searching by President Obama? Do they get some sort of exemption?
Presidents are supposed to be role models. Remember the cliché “I want to grow up to be president”? Presidents are supposed to inspire us to do great things — to think of something greater than ourselves. Ronald Reagan dismissed praise of himself as being a Great Communicator. He said in his parting speech as president, “I wasn’t a great communicator, but I communicated great things.”
What “great things” has President Obama communicated over the last few years?
Ed Lasky is news editor of American Thinker.
September 28, 2011 Leave a comment
Has anyone ever heard of FutureMe.org?
Well in Nov. of 2005 I ran across their site and wrote myself a letter. Sometime after I wrote the letter I received an email from them asking permission to anonymously include my letter in a book that a publishing company wanted to publish. I figured that they were sending the email to everyone that had written a letter just to get people to buy the book so I did not buy the book even after they sent another letter asking me to sign giving them the right to use my letter. Well yesterday I was ordering something from Amazon and saw the book there for $1.56 so I went ahead and ordered it. They chose 234 letters out of about 400,000 letters to put in the book and I am shocked to report they did indeed publish my letter on page 21 of the book “Dear Future Me”…though I am not sure why because it was not a good letter. Maybe they printed it because the dims had just taken over the house and senate when I received my letter a year after having written it. Anyway the point of this story is…BEWARE WHAT YOU WISH FOR!!!!! LOL