Being American and Being Obama

Obama AmericanismAs we approach the election, Americans are faced with a choice more fundamental than in past elections.  The choice this year is not just about policy.  The choice this year is about who will embrace America in order to save America.

After watching the new movie by Dinesh D’Souza: 2016 Obama’s America, I came to the conclusion that Barack Obama is missing certain qualities critical to the job.

I concluded that Barack Obama is not American.

Here’s what I mean…

I couldn’t help but compare my version of being an American with what I now consider to be Obama’s.

As I write this, my big brown hound dog is asleep at my feet. My expectant wife is laying on the couch studying a list of baby names. My mind turned to this blog after I finished an important proposal for a prospective client. I just finished my work day, and it’s 11:00 at night.

Running a small business is hard.

And through the course of my life beginning long before this night, I have had 40 years of being American.

Quintessentially American, like the vast majority of others in this country - natural born and immigrant alike. Heck, I’m only a generation away from being an immigrant myself.

My earliest memories, I suppose, are from when I was about 3. I remember my Mom wrapping Christmas presents on the living room floor. I remember getting a pair of six shooters and a Lone Ranger doll with a plastic Silver that year. I think I also got the matching Tonto doll and his trusted Paint horse, Scout.

"Hau."

I remember being about five or six years old, when a favorite pastime was sliding down the slope of my front lawn with Danny, the kid who lived across the street. During that same time period I remember riding a large spring-loaded horse, while my Grampa played the William Tell Overture on an old record player.

This was about the time of our bicentennial. I remember a flag with a “76” on it. I also remember telling my little friends Danny and Kristen, “My parents are voting for Ford,” though I didn’t really know what that meant.

I remember the older, high school boys knocking on the back door to our house to ask Mom if they could play football in our backyard - she always said yes.

We moved and lived in a neighborhood with lots of kids. My Dad - now “Papou” - still lives in that house. Growing up, life was one day after another of kickball in the cal-du-sac, building tree forts in the woods with Billy, Jean-Luc, Pat, Brian, the “other” Billy, and riding our BMX bikes.

We spent endless days down at the creek catching frogs and crayfish and building dams. Other days were spent fishing at Fox Lake (we snuck on to the private land).

One day when I was about 11, my buddy brought over a hack saw, and we cut the lock on my dad’s foot locker from when he was in the Army some 30 years prior. We got hold of his fatigues and belts and played war in the woods for the next two weeks.

In sixth grade I remember having a “boy-girl” party. Looking back it was so funny. We played spin-the-bottle. I think we wore out the record player with songs from Chicago, John Cougar and Michael Jackson.

Summers were spent at the pool, on the swim team. I remember standing there in my suit, hand over my heart, as the National Anthem played over a crackly PA system. To this day, I can’t listen to the Anthem without getting choked up. My Mom told me, “Always win with grace and lose with grace,” and made sure I always shook the hand of the kid in the lane next to me, win or lose.

Thanksgiving was usually spent at my Uncle’s house, just across the street from Valley Forge, PA. After watching Aunt Peggy and Aunt Rene cook all morning, the kids got the small table. We all held hands, while one of the grown-ups said grace. At the time it seemed like a pain.

After dinner, we walked the fields of Valley Forge.

And so it was… throughout my childhood, I learned about my family:

- How my Papou - a greek immigrant - parlayed a job in a local store into owning that store.

- About how my uncles fought the Nazi’s in Europe and the Japanese in the Pacific.

- My Dad telling me about how his mother - my Nana - would from time to time feed dinner to out-of-work men (he called them “hobos”). They ate their plate of food on the back stoop.

- One uncle built a company that eventually turned him into a millionaire.

- How my Mom lived in a “3 room bungalow” with her 5 brothers and sisters when she was a kid.

My American heritage goes on and on…

Off-Summer season was school, fitting in, getting in some trouble here and there and playing outside. I remember how big a deal it was to get a “Members Only” jacket and two years later, getting a “Levi’s Jean Jacket.”

My Mom taught me how to drive. At 13 years old she let me drive the old Lincoln - a 1966 baby blue Continental - to the other end of the neighborhood. My first car ended up being Mom’s worn out 1979 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon, complete with woody sides.

High School was fun. Maybe too much fun. I did a one year stint at Bishop O’Connell High in order to get my grades up, so that I could get into college. My Mom and Dad always supported me, no matter what I got into. I knew when I screwed up, but I also had unconditional love, and I knew that too.

I’ve got a shoebox in my closet full of the many letters Mom wrote me during college. I wish I knew then what I know now about what a parent really thinks and feels.

Sales jobs took me through my first few years out of college. I was in the Internet business and life was good. In 2000-2001 I got laid off 3 times. I kept right on going. In 2009 I got laid off again.

That was the last time I will ever get laid off.

After losing my job that July day in 2009, I went for a jog. Lumbering down the Washington & Old Dominion trail in Vienna, VA, I made up my mind: I was starting my own business.

And I did just that.

The last three years have been TOUGH. With a new wife and two babies at home, launching a business from scratch was a risky decision.

But it is part of my DNA.

Figuring out what products to sell, how to sell them, writing my own contracts, finding outsource providers, servicing clients, getting paid…

Every month, bills come due and I MUST produce.

This year, I grouped up with another company and pooled our resources to form a larger company. We’re still small and there are only 3 partners, but we’re doing it.

We’re really doing it. We’re growing.

We talk a lot about how to hire another sales person, an account manager, how to handle the new customers, how to scale, how we’re going to get paid more, how we can all become hugely successful and do it with the least risk. For three years, I have been working more hours and for much less than I could earn in the corporate world.

My partner has taken a line of credit that he personally collateralized to help manage the company cash flow.

All this to say, this is an American life.

I was not handed anything per se. My Mom was always there for my three sisters and me. My Dad worked tirelessly to provide for us. They taught us to work, to strive for achievement, to be good people, how to love one another. They taught us the power of self-reliance and the power of family.

Now each of us is teaching our children the same lessons.

We are Americans.

This all flashes through my mind in a patriotic blur. Then I consider the life experiences of Barack Obama and what his American experience was and is, and what his parents taught him.

Obama grew up with a communist mother and experienced childhood in Indonesia. He was always surrounded by communists, marxists and radicals as his mentors, teachers and role models, all at the bidding of his Mother. And of course the unseen force of his revolutionary father guiding his ideals and principles, which were all the exact opposite of the ideals and principles I was brought up with.

The documentary 2016 crystallized what it really means to be American, at least as it relates to considering our current President.

Being American cannot be described in a sentence about the Constitution or the founding fathers, or even about liberty. Being American is a collection of life experiences that are unique. Experiences that are only possible when the government exists solely to protect the freedoms granted to us by God.

This is what makes us exceptional.

Beyond the $1.5 trillion in deficits, beyond the $16 trillion debt, beyond the regulatory over-reach, beyond the 8.3% unemployment, beyond the $3.80 gas…

Beyond all of those failures, I am against Barack Obama because, regardless of his citizenship, I don’t consider him to be American in a certain sense. I don’t believe he has the life experiences and consequently the ideals and philosophies that make one distinctly American.

My opinion is that Obama’s life experiences are not just foreign to the American ideal, but are anathema to the ideal.

Think about your childhood. If you are a new immigrant, think about the reason you came to America. Think about why your parents or grandparents came to America. Think about your experiences growing up. Were you the protege of a communist radical? Did your parents obsess about colonialism and how America was robbing the rest of the world?

Is that what you learned as a child?

So as I sit here and look down at my big dumb dog and while I quietly admire my wife, I realize that my collection of life experiences, thoughts and ideas are what make me American. The freedom I have to conceive, develop and build my business makes me American.

And I realize that my collection of experiences is similar to most Americans.

Whether you grew up on a city block in Brooklyn, NY, or a small town in the midwest, or the suburbs of Washington DC, these experiences are similar. They are what bind us. They are also impossible to have without our brand of freedom.

Then I think about Barack Obama…

And I realize he does not share these experiences.

More than that, these experiences are unseemly to Obama. Because to Obama, all that I have, I have because my family stole it from some poorer family. And as Americans, we have these experiences only at the expense of others across the globe.

Not only does Barack Obama not share my American experience, but he holds it in disdain.

Forget about “being” American. Obama doesn’t know what it means to be American.

Is It Too Late? Is It EnevitableThat The Debt Will Crush The World Economy?

It has been a while since I have done a post on the economy and the debt bubble that has engulfed the United States and Europe and most of the world. In part this because the subject is so depressing. It is difficult for me, as I read more and more about the debt crisis, to see any way that the US or the world, for that matter, can work its way out from under the crushing weight of the debt they have incurred.

In the United States, we tend to focus on our $16 trillion national debt, which is horrendous and growing at over a trillion dollars per year. Some argue that we need only concern ourselves with the debt that is owed to the public or $11 trillion because the rest is inner-government debt and there is no legal obligation to pay it off. But, these same people never talk about the political price of not paying them off.  Other pundits would say these two numbers are but the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Let’s take a look at where the US is today.

Scott Powell, writing for the  Orange County Register, reminds us that it was just a year ago that America lost its AAA rating. He also reminds us that since that time our national debt has increased from $10 trillion to $16 trillion.  Here are a couple of excerpts from his article:

In fact, a debt-driven collapse of the U.S is closer than most Americans realize. Consider what has happened in Spain and Italy, respectively, the world’s 12th- and eighth-largest economies. Just ten months ago Spain and Italy carried AA ratings, but today their debt ratings have plummeted to near-junk levels, at Baa3 and Baa2, respectively, driving their 10-year bond yields above 6 percent.

Since the deficit-to-GDP ratio of the United States is worse than that of Spain and Italy, higher funding costs for U.S. debt may come sooner than Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke forecasts. Recession or war would further blow out the deficit and accelerate debt rating downgrades. Either crisis could cause U.S. debt service costs to sharply rise and potentially trigger a downward spiral ending in a failed U.S. Treasury auction and a subsequent liquidity crisis. As happened in Greece and more recently in Spain, the U.S. could face funding shortfalls only solved by money printing, which would likely trigger unacceptable inflation.

Not very encouraging, is it? If our bond interest rate was pushed to 6%, we would be done for. Our debt service cost would climb to nearly a trillion dollars annually. There are two reasons the US isn’t  in the same shape as Spain today: the dollar is the world’s reserve currency and Europe is in worse shape overall making US Bonds still the only safe heaven for investors to park their money. How long will that protect us? I can’t help but agree with Mr. Powell’s sentiment:

Sadly, things are worse today than they were a year ago when the U.S. lost its AAA rating from S&P. The national debt has grown by nearly 11 percent while the economy has grown by only 2 percent. And over the past four years of various government spending programs, debt has grown by 60 percent while GDP has grown 7.7 percent. So much for the benefits of Keynesian stimulus. Washington’s policies have left the country without shock absorbers or an effective insurance policy to counter another crisis.

Monty Pelerin, one of my favorites, writes that The Government Is Bankrupt and Will Destroy the Economy.

Most people don’t understand the unsolvable problem the U.S. government has created for itself and its citizens.  Sovereign default is beyond a likelihood; it is inevitable.

When and which (possibly all) obligations are defaulted on will be determined by panicked politicians under duress.  A complete financial and economic collapse appears unavoidable.  I hope that is the worst that will occur.

I urge you read Pelerin’s article; especially the part that talks about  The Glide Path, Treasury Obligations, and Unfunded Liabilities. He describes very well the iceberg mentioned earlier.

Estimates of the present value of these obligations range from $50 trillion to over $200 trillion, depending upon the actuarial assumptions made.  Gary North uses Laurence Kotlifkoff’s figures and explains the calculation (my italics):

The total obligation of the federal government to voters that is not funded at the present time is now $222 trillion. This does not mean that, over the entire life of the program, the government will be short $220 trillion. It means that the present value of the unfunded liability is $220 trillion. This means that the government would have to set aside $220 trillion immediately, invest this money in non-government projects that will pay a positive rate of return, and will therefore fund the amortization of this debt. I have written about the estimate here.

And, Pelerin concludes

The claimed debt of the federal government ($16 trillion) is enough to threaten its viability and that of the U.S. economy.  The current glide path of spending and revenues ensures that debt will increase.  Explicit and implicit Treasury guarantees will require additional debt to bail out failing public and private agencies.  The situation becomes hopeless when the unfunded liabilities are taken into account.

Buckle up for a very scary ride.

As I said at the beginning, trying to understand the debt crisis waiting for us and the world is very depressing. It is highly unlikely that even a Romney-Ryan administration would do enough, fast enough, to prevent the collapse of our economy. Please come back tomorrow. I will be dusting off my tin-foil-hat and will tell you what the banksters have in mind for us.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

President Obama Ignores Pleas to Lend 1K to Save His Sick Nephew

This is a stunning story, especially for those who think that Obama is still ‘a nice guy.’ He may be a good husband and father (from what we’ve heard), but no ‘nice guy’ acts this way towards his immediate family.

Via Powerlineblog from their story AN INSTANCE OF LIBERALS’ PREFERENCE FOR NARRATIVE OVER REALITY:

…We learned in a remarkable news story, a couple of days ago, that Barack Obama has an actual brother, not a figurative one, who is living in poverty in Africa. His name is George Obama. Barack has met his brother George, but has no ongoing contact with him. George Obama is in trouble: he has a young son who is sick and has been hospitalized, and George, a poor man, has no way to pay the hospital bill.

You would naturally assume that George Obama would reach out to his brother Barack for help. After all, Barack is a multimillionaire; not only that, he is the most powerful man in the world and has often spoken of the importance of being one’s brother’s keeper. So surely Barack would be happy to “keep” his real brother by paying his son’s–Barack’s nephew’s–hospital bill, right?

Wrong. What a silly idea! George Obama exists in the world of reality, not narrative. He is a real brother, not a fictitious “brother” who exists only as an excuse to raise someone else’s taxes. George apparently knew better than to call on his real brother, the President of the United States, in a time of need. So where did he turn? To Dinesh D’Souza.

George met D’Souza when Dinesh was in Africa, working on his blockbuster movie 2016, which is harshly critical of Barack Obama. D’Souza interviewed George Obama, and they spent a day together (here is the story)….

…This is, I think, one of the more stunning stories I have ever read, and if Barack Obama were a Republican, it would dominate the news. George Obama turned to a political opponent of his brother the President for help, because his brother Barack is useful only in the world of narrative, not in the world of reality. If you actually need a thousand bucks, and now, don’t go to a liberal: “brotherhood” goes only so far. Even in Africa, it apparently is understood that if you need real help in the real world, you should go to a conservative…

This is certainly a major news story and John is right- the fact that President Obama goes around the nation living it up on taxpayer money while hording his own personal income without helping out his family is a wrong.

Contrast this with Mitt Romney, who a couple years ago personally loaned money to a couple to buy a house even though they didn’t qualify for any loans under any government program. Or the story about how Mitt’s family in Michigan are some of his strongest supporters. Or any of the dozens of other stories about how when times are tough, Mitt doesn’t just appear to be a nice guy- he really is and really helps people out.

It is important that we know that Obama is not a nice guy- he is a power-seeking radical fascist from Chicago who voters took a gamble on in 2012. It was a bad gamble and in a couple months our nation will have an opportunity to correct the mistake. Mitt Romney is a nice guy, he has a long and well-known track record, and he has done a lot of good things in government. He won’t be the best President ever and I am sure he has some negatives and there is probably a policy or two you don’t like of his, but 4 to 8 years from now, you’ll be glad you voted for him instead of for Obama.

Original Post:  A Conservative Teacher

This Regulation Nation Will Explode Under An Obama Second Term

Americans are learning more about the “fiscal cliff” approaching at the beginning of next year, when tax rates for families and small businesses are set to spike and new taxes in President Obama’s health-care spending law take effect. But unless there’s real change in Washington, we’re also headed for a steep “regulatory cliff” that could compound the damage.

The above quote is a warning from Ron Portman in an opinion piece he wrote for the Wall Street Journal this past Thursday. This article is worth a read because he talks about a number of stifiling regulations that the Obama administration has put on the back burner until after the elections. You know _ when Obama will have more flexibility.

After three years of bureaucratic excess, the Obama administration has been quietly postponing several multibillion-dollar regulations until after the November election. Those delayed rules, together with more than 130 unfinished mandates under the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial law, could significantly increase the regulatory drag on our economy in 2013.

According to Senator Portman, the Labor Department has put off until after the elections plans for something called the Fiduciary Rule. A study by the Oliver Wyman Group found that this rule would seriously hurt middle-class people with  IRA accounts.

A study last year by the Oliver Wyman Group found that the Fiduciary Rule could result in higher retirement account minimums and cause 7.2 million individual retirement account (IRA) holders to lose access to investment advice. Even the Labor Department was unable to show that the rule’s illusory benefits outweigh its substantial costs.

The Senator goes on to tell us about the EPA and its planned Ozone Rule. He says it is “so strict that up to 85% of U.S. counties monitored by the EPA would be in violation.” The EPA itself estimates this rule will cost industry 90 billion dollars.  The EPA Portman tells us is also planning more controls on power plants that they estimate will cost one dollar every three cents in benefits. How insane is that?

And, not to be out done, the Transportation Department has plans to make cars more expensive.

Consumers can also look forward to a new Department of Transportation rule that will increase the costs of new cars and trucks by mandating expensive new technology. First proposed in 2010, the Rear-View Camera Rule would require that all cars and trucks be equipped with a rear-view camera and video display on the dashboard, at a cost of some $2.7 billion to auto makers and car buyers.

On top of all of this, we know that a tonne of new regulations yet to come from Obama’s Affordable Care Act and also from the results of the Dodd-Frank legislation. The insanity of the Obama administration can not be underestimated. Our economic growth, for the last two quarters has been barely positive. It won’t take much to send America back into recession just like the Euro Zone is today. The Obama administration seems hell-bent on putting the final nail in our economic coffin.

I share this information with you, dear readers,not because I think you need any more reason to want Obama out of office. I share this information on thee off chance that some may need more reason to set aside what ever occupies your time on the days leading up to the elections and I ask that you volunteer your time to your local Republican Party and/or your local Tea Party to help turn out the vote on election day.

I read an article other day that I unfortunately did not bookmark. But, the author made a compelling case that this election, contrary to the expert¡s opinions, will be decided more by the base of the parties than it will by the so-called independent voters. The point made by the author was that the party that can energize its base in the toss-up states to turn out the vote, will win.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

Original Post:  Conservatives on Fire

10 Million More in Poverty Under President Obama

In 2008, the last year of the last Republican President, the poverty rate in our nation was at 13.2%- in human terms this meant that 39.8 million individuals lived in poverty. In 2012, the last year of the current Democrat President, the poverty rate in our nation has risen to an estimated 15.7%- in human terms that means that 49.3 million individuals now live in poverty. Let’s not lose sight of this fact- after 4 years of President Obama as our Chief Executive, of which his party controlled the Senate the entire time and the House half of the time, the number of Americans living in poverty has gone up a stunning 9.5 million individuals.

Over the next coming months there is going to be a lot of fake controversies and the media and Obama is going to predict the worst possible results of Romney and Ryan’s policies. I wonder though- one doubts that even if Romney and Ryan were really really awful and their policies were an utter disaster that they would be able to increase the poverty rate in our nation as much as President Obama and the Democrats already have.

10 million more individuals in our nation now live in poverty as a result of Democratic policies which remove individual responsibility, discourage liberty and freedom, attack life, and do not respect private property rights. President Obama is promising to increase the size and scope of the national government, centralizing more decision making process and money in the far-distant capitol, where unelected bureaucrats who are bought off by special interests will play games with the fruits of your labor while you hope to someday get the scraps thrown back your way.

10 million more individuals in our nation now live in poverty as a result of President Obama and his policies- employers are discouraged from hiring employees, especially those who do not have experience or education, because of increased costs on employers for hiring people put in place by President Obama. Paperwork, healthcare, taxes, increased potential for litigation, regulations- President Obama and liberal Democrats have piled these on employers through poorly-conceived policies and now employers are being discouraged from hiring people, leaving more in poverty.

President Obama and liberal Democrats believe in collecting more wealth from individuals and businesses and then distributing it to those who are politically powerful and connected to them- this sort of perverse ‘trickle-down’ economics does not reach those at the bottom of the system and leaves many more in poverty than would otherwise be there if President Obama and his liberal Democrat allies in Congress were not passing any sort of laws at all.

Things were bad in 2008, and we added ‘Obama’ and ‘Democrat’ to the equation- and the result is 10 million more individuals living in poverty, struggling to put food on the table and shelter over their heads.

10 million more individuals are poor and hungry and weak and suffering because of President Obama.

Make a difference in 2012.

Original Post:  A Conservative Teacher

Andrew Klavan Compares Ryan Economic Plan to Obama’s

Andrew Klavan has a video comparing the Ryan Economic Plan to President Obama’s.

http://youtu.be/Jr9pAsH-1Ao

Well said, of course.  However, getting the government out of health care would make it far cheaper.

Obama’s War on Biblically Based Faiths

It seems that the Obama Administration has been waging a war on religion.  However, it also seems that the war is being waged only on Biblically based religions.  Wallbuilders has a exhaustive collection…

1. Acts of hostility toward people of Biblical faith:

  • April 2008 – Obama speaks disrespectfully of Christians, saying they “cling to guns or religion” and have an “antipathy to people who aren’t like them.” 1
  • February 2009 – Obama announces plans to revoke conscience protection for health workers who refuse to participate in medical activities that go against their beliefs, and fully implements the plan in February 2011. 2 
  • April 2009 – When speaking at Georgetown University, Obama orders that a monogram symbolizing Jesus’ name be covered when he is making his speech. 3 
  • May 2009 – Obama declines to host services for the National Prayer Day (a day established by federal law) at the White House. 4 
  • April 2009 – In a deliberate act of disrespect, Obama nominated three pro-abortion ambassadors to the Vatican; of course, the pro-life Vatican rejected all three. 5 
  • October 19, 2010 – Obama begins deliberately omitting the phrase about “the Creator” when quoting the Declaration of Independence – an omission he has made on no less than seven occasions. 6 
  • November 2010 – Obama misquotes the National Motto, saying it is “E pluribus unum” rather than “In God We Trust” as established by federal law. 7 
  • January 2011 – After a federal law was passed to transfer a WWI Memorial in the Mojave Desert to private ownership, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that the cross in the memorial could continue to stand, but the Obama administration refused to allow the land to be transferred as required by law, and refused to allow the cross to be re-erected as ordered by the Court. 8 
  • February 2011 – Although he filled posts in the State Department, for more than two years Obama did not fill the post of religious freedom ambassador, an official that works against religious persecution across the world; he filled it only after heavy pressure from the public and from Congress. 9 
  • April 2011 – For the first time in American history, Obama urges passage of a non-discrimination law that does not contain hiring protections for religious groups, forcing religious organizations to hire according to federal mandates without regard to the dictates of their own faith, thus eliminating conscience protection in hiring. 10 
  • August 2011 – The Obama administration releases its new health care rules that override religious conscience protections for medical workers in the areas of abortion and contraception. 11 
  • November 2011 – Obama opposes inclusion of President Franklin Roosevelt’s famous D-Day Prayer in the WWII Memorial. 12 
  • November 2011 – Unlike previous presidents, Obama studiously avoids any religious references in his Thanksgiving speech. 13 
  • December 2011 – The Obama administration denigrates other countries’ religious beliefs as an obstacle to radical homosexual rights.14 
  • January 2012 – The Obama administration argues that the First Amendment provides no protection for churches and synagogues in hiring their pastors and rabbis. 15 
  • February 2012 – The Obama administration forgives student loans in exchange for public service, but announces it will no longer forgive student loans if the public service is related to religion. 16

As you can see, there is a great deal  of  animosity towards those the worship God, or his Son.  There is a great deal more at the linked page.  Take a look at the body of evidence, and ask yourself if it is not systematic and planned.  

H/T: Teresa’s America

Let’s Save America

If Paul Revere were alive today, he wouldn’t be warning us that the redcoats are coming — he’d be telling us they’re already here.  And these days, it’s not the crimson coats that identify the enemy — it’s their black totalitarian hearts.

One of this era’s night watchmen is Ulsterman’s White House Insider. WHI, apocryphal or not, has been accurately tolling the alarm bell for some time. Some excerpts from Ulsterman’s latest report:

“We Got One Last Chance Here To Make It Right”

[…] WHI: … I’ll say it to you again and again – Obama ain’t no Democrat. Never was. Never has been. He controls the party…people who think like him…people who placed him in power…they control the party…but they represent something far different than what the party was 20 odd years ago …these Obama people…they are different.  A whole other level.  Never seen anything like it …

… You got no f-cking idea how far these people will go to keep pushin’ this agenda of theirs.  Everything I told you was coming – now it’s here.   The dismantling of the American system.  The drones, the race riots, the promises to other countries…the open borders, the destruction of our domestic energy productions, the Obama government at war with the Catholic Church…the massive inflation that is just perched above us waiting to fall down on all our heads…so much sh-t they got ready to fire at us.  That second term…that’s their moment.  Obamacare, the deficit…cities going under…military cutbacks…I can’t keep track of it all it’s going on so damn fast now.  This election coming up – people better know…they ain’t messing around now.  This is the real f-cking deal right here.  Right now.

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UM:  Why haven’t more in the military – why haven’t they come out against this administration?  You’ve told me, the Old Man has told me…the Military Insider hinted at it – that they know this administration is doing wrong.  Why not come out against them?

WHI:  (Long Pause)  If they came out against the president…something like that – an openly public and deliberate move against the president…that would be a crisis.  A domestic crisis of epic f-cking proportions.  That’s now how these kinda things go down kid.   That’s Hollywood bullsh-t stuff – that’s not reality.

The Joint Chiefs…those guys are politicians as much as Obama.  And the ones right under them – they want that next step up, right?  And the administration, they play that card to the hilt.  Same thing with Congress.  I know for a fact there are Senators – Democrats…who are appalled at what the administration is doing.  Appalled at what they are hearing about the character and motivations of this so-called president.  But to come right out against him…Reid won’t have it.  I don’t know what kinda deal was struck between those two devils – Reid and Obama…but Reid has the Senate on lockdown.  And he’s got most of those Democrats in the Senate too damn afraid to say anything – while the rest of them are happy to support the administrationbecause they are cut from that same idiotic socialist progressive cloth as he is– and they think they will get a seat at the big table when all of this shakes out.

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You’re askin’ what it will take to defeat Obama?  Defeat the ones around him?  Jarrett?  Holder?  All of them?  It’s gonna take the American people to wake the f-ck up NOW.  It’s getting to be go time here.  August is when the real race is run…all the way to end … This IS the time to pay attention…tell everyone you know…everyone you care about…vote out Obama.  Vote the son-of-a-bitch out.  We got one last chance here to make it right.

… we gotta do this together.  All of us.  Every last one of us.  I need your readers help.  I need them to speak out to everyone they know.  Every last person they know.  For the love of God get people motivated to do what’s right this election.  None of us can afford to sit this one out.  None of us.

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I’ll promise you this…if Obama is defeated this election… If the American people send him on his way…there is gonna be a whole sh-t pile of information coming out on what was really going on inside that White House of his and Jarrett’s.  People will have the guts to speak out – openly.  And they won’t be alone.  They will be able to do it without the fear that hangs over them now – all of us…how scary sh-t is right now.

And when all that truth starts to come out…people…the ones willing to listen and understand…they are gonna realize just how close the country…how close we were to the darkness.  The future that was gonna be ripped away from their kids and grandkids.  And how their votes against Obama saved America. How they saved that future.  In the end…like I told you…in the end when the country is in real crisis – it always comes down to the American people to save it … let’s get to it.  Let’s save America.

Anybody who’s ever served time in a combat zone in any era has a first hand familiarity with deadly incompetence and lethal stupidity — most of which emanates from the politicians who sent them there in the first place. Yes-men in uniform are even more common than their civilian counterparts, given their training in blind obedience to orders even if issued by criminals and buffoons.  Historically, American officers have not been particularly susceptible to felonious obsequiousness of this sort, but after nearly four years of rule by Barack Obama, an ominous sea change seems to have taken place in American military thought:

Army Colonel Ignites Firestorm With Article On Crushing A ‘Tea Party Insurgency’

[…] The report describes how the Army will respond to threats “at home and abroad” in the coming two decades and in doing so has made clear that a monumental cultural shift has occurred in the thinking of those at the top levels of military command. This shift has some government watchdogs worried, particularly given that Benson is using the platform provided at Fort Leavenworth to indoctrinate soldiers in his vision of the nature of modern warfare in America. According to the vision articulated by Benson, future warfare will be conducted on our own soil. The military will use its full force against our own citizens. The enemy will be average citizens whose values resonate with those articulated by the tea party.

… Several items of interest are to be noted in the scenario the Army uses to describe the tea party activists — “right wing,” “extremists,” “insurrectionists,” all of whom are lumped together with militias and organizations that are considered “racist” and “anti-immigration.” By contrast, those who oppose the tea party are referred to as “mainstream.”

… repeatedly since the election of Barack Obama in 2009, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has referred to the tea party as “potential homegrown terrorists.”

Why? Not a shred of evidence remotely suggests that the tea party has any connection whatsoever with terrorists. Yet some of President Obama’s closest longtime friends have not only been associated with terrorism but actively participated in it, such as Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, who as members of the Weathermen from the 1960s and 70s bombed federal buildings that resulted in the deaths of police officers … if one listens to the rhetoric emanating from the White House, DHS, and now the U.S. military, one gets the impression that none of the president’s friends ever posed a threat to the country but hundreds of thousands of tea party activists are ticking time bombs lying in wait to unleash a nuke on an American city at the drop of a hat.

The brainwashing against conservatives by this administration has had a definite impact on the military. One analyst who works for retired U.S. Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely told this reporter that now over half of Pentagon personnel are solidly in Obama’s corner and share his values and world view.

Someone should remind the uniformed Obamunists of the fate of another group that blindly obeyed the diktats of their Leader: the war criminals who mounted the gallows in Nuremberg in 1945.

See also:

Bringing the War Back Home. “Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland”

Obama’s Red Heads

Independence Day 2012

Original Post:  Be Sure You’re Right, Then go Ahead

Did the Obama Administration Tell Local Authorities to Take it Easy on the Occupods?

We know that the occupods caused millions of dollars in damages, committed multiple rapes,  and generally made a nuisance of themselves, local governments had difficulty with assigning the necessary resources in order to protect life and property.  However, it appears that the Obama Administration was very helpful, and gave wise advise…

The Obama administration told law enforcement authorities to go easy on Occupy Wall Street protesters, even though they were violating local laws, according to documents obtained by watchdog group Judicial Watch.

Emails from the General Services Administration show that the federal agency, acting on orders from the White House, told federal law enforcement authorities in Portland, Ore., not to enforce curfews on protesters camped out on federal property…

“They have chained themselves to a large drum filled with concrete,” reads an email from Department of Homeland Security/National Protection and Programs Directorate Chief of Staff Caitlin Durkovich to GSA Public Buildings Service Commissioner Robert Peck. “GSA controls the permits and has asked FPS [Federal Protective Services] not to enforce the curfew at park and the prohibition on overnight encampments…

Peck — who later resigned amid revelations his agency held lavish junkets at taxpayers’ expense — replied: “Caitlin: yes, that is our position; it’s been vetted with our administrator and Michael Robertson, our chief of staff, and we have communicated with the WH [White House], which has afforded us the discretion to fashion our approach to Occupy issues…The arrests last week were carried out despite our request that the protesters be allowed to remain and to camp overnight…”

Well, it seems that there is a big difference between the Tea Party…

No rapes

No murders

No vandalism (in fact, they often left the place they visited cleaner than it was before)

But, my friends, that same Obama Administration declared the Tea Parties “Dangerous Terrorists!”  And then, to top it off?  The administration sends letters to local governments telling them to not arrest the occupods!

H/T:  The Daily Caller

Funny and Truthful Ad by American Crossroads

This is a great advertisement from American Crossroads because it exposes fairly clearly that Obama is a big fat dishonest liar about very important statements that he has made regarding his views and policy positions. And it’s darn funny too. Enjoy!

http://youtu.be/bWsnzZMIXGU

Original Post:  A Conservative Teacher

Obama’s ‘You Didn’t Build That Speech’ Reveals Bad Logic and Lies?

After going over the transcript from President Barack Obama’s campaign event in Roanoke, Virginia on July 13, 2012- the know famous ‘you didn’t build that’ speech- there are a couple further points I would like to make. Picking up midway through his speech…

President Obama says- “We’ve already made a trillion dollars’ worth of cuts. We can make another trillion or trillion-two, and what we then do is ask for the wealthy to pay a little bit more.”

It is common knowledge that under President Obama the amount of money that the federal government spends each year (outlays) has gone up by quite a bit. Under big spending Bush, the federal government spent $2-$3 trillion- but under Obama outlays have gone up to between $3-$4 trillion. In fact, in 2011 the federal government spent more money than at any time in history. If President Obama were telling the truth and cuts to federal spending had been made, spending under Obama would be less than under Bush- but not only is this not the case, spending is up dramatically versus spending under Bush. So not only is Obama not telling the truth about cutting spending to balance the budget- which was the point he was trying to make in his speech- he in fact has done the opposite of this and increased spending.

Obama’s point here is that government made cuts to spending and is willing to make more cuts, and so it is now fair to make the wealthy pay a bit more. But if government has not made any cuts and President Obama himself is the biggest barrier to making further cuts, it then follows that it would not be fair to make the wealthy pay a bit more.

But in reality President’s Obama’s lies and bad logic mean nothing at all unless he establishes a valid reason why the wealthy should pay a little bit more. So let’s read the logic behind why the wealthy should pay a little more…

President Obama says- “There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t…”

Did you all catch the phrasing here? ‘Give something back.’ Wealthy, successful Americans- small business owners, those who have risen to the top of their industries through their hard work, farmers working the family farm, etc- these people need to give the federal government wealth ‘back’- as if the wealth that they earned was not earned fairly in the private marketplace by providing goods and services that people needed and desired or by working their tail off and putting in long hours. Their wealth- from their personal labor- is their own, and not something that they ‘took’ from anyone, much less something that they need to ‘give back to the government.’

Further, Obama suggests that as the deficits have skyrocketed under Obama and our nation has sucked down debt that our grandchildren are going to pay for that the rich haven’t ‘given back’ anything. According to a recent CBO report, over the last several years wealthy Americans’ earnings fell 37 percent. And their share of the tax burden has been steadily rising for years, yet more evidence that they have been ‘giving back’ more of the fruits of their labor to an Obama administration that is increasingly hostile to success and prosperity.

President Obama says “- look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own.”

The phrase ‘you didn’t get there on your own’ was repeated twice, to emphasize the point that if you’ve been successful- if you have made money, done well, worked hard, built a business, sold a product, invented something, invested wisely, saved, or acquired wealth- then you didn’t do these things on your own and you owe someone else for your success. And it is no mystery who you owe if you’re successful- you owe the government your wealth, because the government let you make money, the government owns your labor, and you are simply a serf working the lords fields and anything that the lord lets you keep is a gift.

President Obama says- “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet. The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.”

As evidence that ‘you didn’t become successful through your own hard work and initiative but rather because somebody helped you along’ the President offers several pieces of evidence. The first is that ‘a great teacher’ helped you- but these teachers are paid to help all students, and we teachers help every student and try to leave no student behind, creating a great equal pool of talent and intelligence through our hard work. So this does not explain why some people are successful and others are not- a single great teacher somewhere along the line is not evidence that a person’s success is not their own. Obama offers further evidence as ‘American system’- but this line is simply rhetoric that actually has very little intelligence in it. His third reason is ‘roads and bridges’, and this is actually his best piece of evidence- but these were not ‘given as help’ to people by a benevolent government so that people could be successful- these were paid for by taxes by successful people who through their own hard work and intelligence became successful and so were able to give the government money to build roads and bridges. Obama’s last piece of evidence is ‘the Internet’- but this point is just totally laughable and simplistic (and utterly ripped apart here in the WSJ), as the federal government might have put some money into something that somehow eventually became a part of the world wide web, but in reality internet commerce was built by smart and hard-working people without the government meddling at all.

Let me remind you again of the whole point of this rhetoric- President Obama is attempting to lay out an argument why rich people should pay more in taxes. And yet as I read his speech and look over his logic, I am struck by the lies contained in it, the false premises, the bad logic, and the stunningly simple-minded lack of understanding about economics and our nation that are displayed in it.

Look- don’t take my word for it, read the speech yourself and arrive at your own conclusions. Romney doesn’t need to spend a lot of money in this campaign- simply take President Obama’s words and replay them to intelligent, thinking, tax-paying, liberty-loving adults, and he’ll win in a landslide in 2012.

Original Post:  A Conservative Teacher

Let’s Ban Doctors, Cars, and Knives before We Ban AK-47s

Suddenly, Barack Obama wants to ban AK-47 “assault” weapons because they belong only on “the battlefield of war,” even though the LEGAL AK-47s in the U.S. are dressed-up 22-caliber semi-automatic rifles NOT used in war. New York’s Nanny Mayor Mike Bloomberg wants America’s police to go on strike until the federal government adopts stricter gun laws, although I would expect that if his own security police went on strike he’d become a little nervous. Lanny Davis, former special counsel to Bill Clinton, told Sean Hannity on the radio Tuesday that the federal government should be tracking the purchase of weapons and ammunition to identify “disturbing trends” … you know, like being prepared for the country to fall apart or Barack Obama to join the UN in trying to ban weapons.

Let’s look at some facts about gun deaths in this country, facts the left-wing gun-grabbing fascists among us don’t include in their narrative — because facts don’t fit what they hope to achieve.

Let’s start with James Holmes, who murdered 12 people and wounded 58 others during a shooting last Friday in Aurora, Colorado. James Holmes did not use an AK-47, Mr. President. He murdered and injured people using an AR-15 with a 100-round drum, a shotgun, and a semi-automatic pistol. The AR-15 Holmes used was legal; it was not an “assault” weapon because it was not fully automatic; it was a semi-automatic rifle. Obama would have Americans believe that any AK-47 or AR-15 stored at home in their gun cabinets is an illegal weapon; they’re not. The Clinton-era ban on “assault’ style weapons in this country sunset in 2004, but it is still illegal to own an AK-47 or AR-15 that has been modified to fully automatic fire. So any time Obama or anyone else on the left rants about “assault weapons” used on the “field of battle” roaming “the streets of this country” all by themselves, remember this: The semi-automatic weapons in this country are glorified .22s. You can fire off rounds from a semi-automatic “assault” style weapon just as quickly as you can a semi-automatic Glock handgun: BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO PULL THE TRIGGER EACH TIME YOU WANT THE WEAPON TO FIRE.

Here’s another fact the disingenuous left doesn’t want you to know about. Only about 1 percent, yes ONE PERCENT, of the gun deaths in this country can be attributed to the use of ALL TYPES of rifles and shotguns, let alone semi-automatic rifles, which the lapdog media and the fascist left will always refer to as “assault” weapons because the word gets stuck in your conscience.

You can see for yourself here among FBI statistics from 2006-2010.

While we’re on the subject of the numbers of gun deaths in this country. There were 12,996 homicides in 2010 that occurred when someone used a firearm to do the killing; 831 of those deaths occurred from the bullets fired from rifles and shotguns. Furthermore, murderers use “assault” style weapons so infrequently to kill  people, the FBI doesn’t even track them in a category separate from “rifles.” In comparison, 1,704 people were killed in 2010 with knives, and 745 people were killed when someone beat them to death.

I guess that means that the police should go on strike until the federal government bans all kitchen knives, hands, fists, and feet. Can somebody please tell Mayor Nanny Bloomberg that the Supreme Court ruled 7 years ago that the police aren’t even required to protect people?

Let’s get further into the left’s hypocrisy. In 1976, Washington, D.C., passed a total ban on guns within the limits of the District of Criminals, presumably to protect Curroptocrats from American gun owners fed-up with their raping of this country; 14 years later, murders in D.C. had skyrocketed. Naturally, after the gun ban was lifted in 2008, murder rates dropped 25 percent.

You won’t hear that in the left’s narrative. And I don’t even need to go into the left ignoring murder rates in Obama’s Chicago backyard, where some of the strictest gun controls in the nation violate the 2nd Amendment. All you need to do is watch the nightly news.

I also won’t go into the number of illegal guns used to commit most murders (estimates indicated about 80 percent); all you need to do is read anything about Fast and Furious and the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Yes. The federal government did build that.

So let’s get to the heart of what really kills far more Americans every year than any nutcase wielding any type of gun. Numerous medical organizations estimate thatmedical mistakes kill nearly 300,000 people every year, though that figure may be closer to 500,000. Meanwhile, 32,310 people died on the highways last year (you know, the roads Obama built so your small business could become successful) in motorcycle and automobile accidents — almost 20,000 more people than those dying at the hands of a murderer firing a gun.

All of which means, I would be far safer if I never went to the doctor or drove to work. So, Mr. President, I’ll be keeping my AK-47 until you come for it. And Nanny Bloomberg? When you pry my weapon from cold dead hand, make sure you don’t spill the Big Gulp in my other hand.

Also posted at Pat Dollard.

Original Post:  Feed Your ADHD

Flub-A-Dub Obama Channels The VC … And More

A President is Known by the Weapons He Chooses..

Talk about a gaffe and a tell, “AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals.” said President Obama. To the millions of American veterans who have faced multiple enemies around the globe who were armed with the AK 47, this is such a huge admission of where the sympathies of our supposed commander-in-chief lie as to make one want to choke. The President of the United States of America just identified what he believes to be the weapon of choice for military forces and guess what? It is in fact the weapon of choice of America’s enemies … You liberals can deny, tap dance and attempt to explain away until the cows come home, but this cow has come into the barn. This political cow, our president, is a far leftist in whose mind the weapon of choice is the AK 47, a veritable symbol of violent revolutionary communism around the world.As a Vietnam veteran, I’m telling you, Barack Obama might as well have raised a red star communist flag. Those of us who know weaponry know that a man is known by the weapons he prefers and chooses. Barack Obama chose the most symbolic weapon of America’s enemies.

Obama’s “RED” Is Showing!!!

If there was the slightest doubt about Obama’s Marxism, his “put down” of the American capitalist system last weekend should have swept it completely away.What all America saw was the REAL Obama — the statist, the collectivist, the socialist, the Marxist Obama.

… Obama has introduced the seduction of socialism into the American consciousness.  My generation has no problem defining socialism.  We know it for what it is.  Many of us old veterans were even trained to fight it on the battlefield.

However, “Modern America” is largely bereft of that real-world experience and they are the worst educated generation this country has ever produced  –  so far. These conditions make them perfect dupes, and easy targets for socialist con men like Obama and his minions.

Modern Americans have been set-up to FAIL — and to FALL for socialism — by the American public education system. By 2008, the only thing needed for them to fall head over heels into the socialist cesspool was a socialist snake oil salesman.  Obama filled the bill for that post.   He had been groomed for many years for his role in “fundamentally changing” America.

… America is now at the tipping point. The country is very close to being equally divided between socialists and capitalist.  That should frighten you … Mr. Obama, by showing us his true Marxist self, last weekend, also unmasked the political left in America. They have been doing business as democrats when, in  fact, they have been socialist and Marxists all along.

The gathering storm clouds over America are dark and violent. They are filled with turbulence and tribulation much as the last time Americans went to war with each other. But this time there will be no Mason-Dixon line dividing enemies.  This time your enemy will be next door, across the street, or in the room down the hall …

You Didn’t Build It…Because I Didn’t Earn It

It isn’t socialism that explains Obama’s dismissive “you didn’t build that” remark toward people of talent and individual initiative; it’s the culture of affirmative action. As I listened to Obama’s silly, if not pathetic, comments, I was reminded of nothing so much as the comments and attitudes of people like him: the so-called “multicultural” affirmative-action students one encounters in colleges and universities.

These are people who, like Obama, earned little except a greased skid because of the color of their skin. They knew that by any competitive standard of merit, they were undeserving. The faculty and other students knew it. And the affirmative action students knew that everyone knew it.

Obama knows he didn’t have what it took to get into Columbia, and he didn’t have what it took to get into Harvard Law. Let’s face an inescapable reality. If Obama had great grades, his transcripts would be in a full-page ad in the New York Times.

All Hands on Deck as the Silver-Tongued President Continues Clarifying ‘You Didn’t Build That’

Years ago, our own Dan McLaughlin defined ”swiftboating” as “Accurately quoting a Democratic politician’s own words.”

By that definition, President Obama is being swiftboated up a creek without a paddle right now, as constant repetition of his own words has the campaigner-in-chief and every attack dog he can muster working day and night to “clarify” his remarks on small business … Obama’s July 13 “you didn’t build that” comment was the second remark in seven days that required extensive clarification (the first being the July 7 claim that “the private sector is doing fine” …

http://youtu.be/bWsnzZMIXGU

President Obama Is A Radical

[..] As president, Obama has selected individuals who are, or identify with, socialist, Marxist, communist ideologies and other obtuse thinking. Some of these people include Anita Dunn, Ron Bloom, Van Jones, Carol Browner, Harold Koh, Sonia Sotomayor, John Holdren, Kevin Jennings, Mark Lloyd, Chai Feldblum and Valerie Jarrett, to name a few.

Valerie Jarrett is Obama’s closest adviser and confidant. Jarrett was ecstatic when announcing the addition of Van Jones (a communist) to Obama’s team. Jarrett’s father-in law was member of the Illinois Communist Party and friend of Obama’s communist mentor Frank Marshall Davis. It’s hard to deny that Obama’s early communist influence has come all the way to the Oval Office.

… Democrats, your party is being used by the far, far left. The Social Democrats’ website declares a “Party Within a Party” and states “The Socialist Party, USA, in 1956, chose to stop running candidates of its own, except on rare occasion. During the 1960s, we began to work in the Democratic Party.” Support for Obama from socialists, Marxists and communists is really quite stunning. Leftists know who Barack Obama is. Do you?

The People v. The Democratic Party

In the latest in a series of 48-page broadsides from Encounter Books, writer Michael Walsh puts the Democratic Party on trial and presents the case for abolishing what is nothing more than “a criminal organization masquerading as a political party.”

“From the inception of the Republic, the Democratic Party has been a public enemy – an organization antithetical to our nation’s traditions, civic virtues, and moral values.” In fact, “the party of slavery, segregation, secularism, and sedition has always been in the forefront of everything inimical to the United States of America.”

Original Post:  Be Sure You’re Right, Them go Ahead

How to Safely Observe Obama

The Kingdom of redistribution is at hand!

It is a presidential election year in America where the candidates for the Democratic and Republican parties fan out across our great country giving speeches to the public.  But with the speeches comes a disturbing phenomenon.

All throughout 2008 there were reports of a rapturous populous collapsing during Obama’s speeches.  And with the recent fainting of 20 at an Obama speech in Roanoke, Virginia it seems history is repeating itself in 2012.

Concerned for the well-being of Americans and not wishing anyone to be inconvenienced at an Obama campaign event I have devised the following fool-proof way to avoid fainting in the presence of our President.

Do not stare directly at Obama!

Be forewarned that President Obama’s dazzling brilliancy is dangerous for mere mortals. Just one fraction of one second of exposure to the undiluted Obama can sear your eye’s retina irreparably and lead to a fainting spell.  Staring directly at the Obama is dangerous without approved Obama safety equipment.

So practice “Safe Obama.”  Never look directly at him.  Not with your eyes.  Not with binoculars and certainly not with your heart and soul.

The image of Obama can be treacherous for the inexperienced.  During an Obama speech his rhetoric of hope and change will physically create a bright ring (”annulus“) around the President that is most dangerous. Your eye will be fooled by the relative darkness of President Obama’s profile but this dangerous “annulus” will appear and before you know it you are swooning from his hope-filled rhetoric and fainting will ensue.

How can I safely view Obama?

If you are planning on going to an Obama campaign rally you may be asking yourself “How can I safely view my President without fainting?”  What is the proper optical viewing material?

  • Obama Glasses

Obama glasses are specially marketed for the express purpose of safe Obama viewing and can be bought online or at a neighborhood convenience store.  As this photoview-solar-eclipse.jpg taken during a recent Obama campaign event shows, wearing Obama glasses will enable one to look directly at Obama without fainting.

  • Create a pinhole camera 

Most of us at one time or another in grade school have created a pinhole camera as a science project.  A pinhole camera a pinhole camera such as this will help one view the Obama safelyis an excellent way to view the Obama without risk of fainting. Simply use a cardboard box with aluminum tape, punch a tiny hole in the box and you will be able to view Obama for hours on end.

And there you have it readers.  Remember, hope and change rhetoric may be powerful but in its undiluted form will dazzle and obscure our mere mortal senses, leading to fainting and/or blindness.  By following the steps that I have provided you should be able to enjoy your hope and change.

Happy Obama viewing everyone!

Original Post:  Manhattan Infidel

Three Ways in which President Obama is like President Roosevelt

History repeats itself, and when the economy crashed in 2008 there was a great opportunity for President Barack Hussein Obama (BHO) to play the role of former US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR). And as time has gone on, the comparisons between these two Presidents and their actions has become more clear. Following are Three Ways in which President Obama is like President Roosevelt:

1. Both candidates ran for election the first time as moderates but have governed from the start as radicals.

In 1932, FDR ran for election on a platform promising less spending, less government, and vague policies and promises designed to appeal to a broad range of voters. Hoover attacked Roosevelt as a capitalist president who would only make the Depression worse by decreasing taxes, reducing government intervention in the economy, promoting “trade [with] the world”, and cutting “Government—Federal and State and local”.

In 2008, BHO ran for election on a platform that promised a balanced budget, more efficient government, and vague rhetoric and promises designed to appeal to a broad range of voters. Both won on these moderate platforms- but after winning both instead pushed for radical policies and betrayed voters by not doing anything that they promised to do.

FDR did not lower spending- he increased it. FDR did not deliver less government and less socialism- he expanded government and pushed for more socialism by government. FDR did not govern in a way that would appeal to a broad range of voters- he capitalized on crisis and wars to maintain power for too long while governing in a radical way. Hoover proved to be exactly wrong in his attacks on FDR- although FDR ran on a particular platform, he proved to govern in the opposite manner.

BHO also did not balance the budget and cut the deficit in half like he promised, instead doing the exact opposite by pushing for budgets that produced the largest deficits in history and drastically raised the amount of debt that America was forced to borrow from China and other nations. BHO has not even tried to create more efficient, smarter, faster, and responsive government, instead working hard to massively expand the size and scope of government bureaucracy and insulate it from any accountability or oversight. And Obama has not governed in a nonpartisan way that bridges the gaps between red and blue voters, instead actively promoting divisiveness and spewing forth bitterly partisan rhetoric and now presently engaging in the most relentlessly negative campaign in the history of our nation.

2. Both candidates inherited a bad recession and responded to it by turning the recession into a long and lingering depression.

In 1932, FDR did inherit a recession- after the economy collapsed in 1929 Hoover had responded to it by doing everything wrong, expanding the size of the national government, restricting free trade, increasing taxes on the wealthy, and having the government meddle in markets. The response to this liberal intervention by Hoover was predictable- the economy did not bounce back as it had from earlier recessions and instead lingered and got worse.

In 2008, BHO also inherited a recession- major companies were bankrupted by union policies, bad debts and investments caught up to banks and investors, and the housing market collapsed because government policies and community activists had encouraged and supported risky and unsustainable actions. This sharp recession hit in the later part of 2008 and likely would have lingered until 2009, after which the bottom would have been hit, bad investments written off, bankrupt companies gone under, and businesses and consumers adjusting the economic recession. But both FDR and BHO took these recessions and made them into depressions.

FDR responded to the recession by killing off economic activity by raising taxes and regulations, made investors and businesses nervous by rapidly changing the rules of the game and acting in an arbitrary manner, and soaking up excess capital by pushing for more government spending that turned out to simply be giveaways to political friends and allies. The economy did not improve- the Great Depression continued, the economy sank into another depression, and it wasn’t until after FDR’s death that the economy once again recovered to where it had been before his presidency.

BHO also responded to the recession by working to kill off the recovery and choke off economic recovery. During his entire administration he has pushed for increased taxes, in particular increased taxes on small businesses, investors, and ‘the rich’, making small businesses, investors, and the rich nervous about their income and become anxious to protect it from predatory government policies promoted by Obama. BHO has soaked up excess capital and money that should have been available for lending to consumers by instead borrowing massive amounts of money, turning money that could have built new businesses and fueled new investments into slush funds given to political allies and bad investments in green energy and other outlandish schemes. Efforts to reform businesses and labor were met with hostility by the Obama administration, which seized private companies that showed signs of economic distress by dividing them in half between themselves and labor, and working to punish companies that attempted to become leaner and more efficient through labor reforms. Even attempts to build new thriving and profitable industries in energy were met with hostility by Obama, which has worked tirelessly to kill off this economic activity and prolong the recession and deepen it so that the short recession turns instead into a severe depression.

3. Both inherited an unstable world situation and have through their policy actions made the world more unstable.

In 1932, Japan invaded Manchuria, unemployment was rising in Germany, Stalin’s continued to implement disastrous centralization programs in the Soviet Union, there were political upheavals in Brazil and Mexico, and there was instability in the Middle East.

But during the course of FDR’s administration, events around the world spiralled out of control, culminating in a World War. To be fair, at this time in history the United States had far less influence on world events and it is debatable whether or not actions by the United States might have been able to stop the Jewish Genocide, the Japanese invasion of China and the related atrocities there, the outbreak of a massive World War, the horrible results of Stalin’s government policies which resulted in the murder of millions, or any of the any other many bad results around the world. But it is also fair to say that these things all occurred under FDR, mostly as he stood by and watched- or even in some cases supported them.

BHO also inherited an unstable world situation- Afghanistan still was dealing with terrorism, dictatorships in the Middle East were facing efforts to replace and reform them, and China was exploring whether or not it could begin to seriously challenge the US in a range of areas.

And yet, only a short 4 years later, the world has not responded to Obama’s policies by becoming a safer, more stable, more humane world. The entire Middle East has now been engulfed a confusing and bloody uprising that President Obama has alternately and seemingly randomly supported and acted to suppress, highlighted by radical terrorists becoming more powerful in Egypt, a deadly civil war in Libya, continued oppression and atrocities in Syria, and instability in surrounding regions. Perhaps the only area that appears to be improving in Iraq- and Obama spent most of his life being critical of our actions there. Iran has moved steadily closer to obtaining nuclear weapons, captured one of our drones, fired on our troops, and continued to support terrorists around the world. Afghanistan has gotten worse, and Obama has responded by firing generals who supposedly disrespect him in tabloid magazines. Russia and China have filled the void in world leadership that Obama represents, mocking him as the weakling that he is and laughing as they routinely outmaneuver Obama and damage US interests around the world.

These are only three examples of how President Obama has governed like President Roosevelt- there are many more out there. Here is one article that does so- Comparing the Great Depression to the Great Recession. This is not good- FDR’s leadership was characterized by the Great Depression and World War Two, and although many people think that these are positives and that FDR is to be applauded for being a leader during a massive economic depression and a horrible world war, in my opinion it is much preferable to have a President like Reagan who presided over an economic boom and increased world stability. We can only hope that President Obama does not serve any more terms of office and that we get a nice moderate after him (like how Eisenhower eventually followed FDR) to restore the good times to America.

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