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Obama's war

March 18, 2011

Prior to World War II, before the word “superpower” was invented, U.S. foreign policy leaned toward isolationism, but elephants can’t paint their toenails red and hide in a strawberry patch. Next time you’re tuned to Animal Planet, watch what happens when Mr. Pachyderm arrives at the water hole. Lions stop drinking and get nervous, crocodiles back off and stop skulking, even the ornery hippos become cautious. Everybody watches the elephant, because when the elephant makes a move nobody wants to be in his way.

Since World War II, every American president has taken his turn as the elephant and started some sort of war, and it’s revealing of their inner nature who that war was against and how it was waged:
Truman (1945-1953) finished off World War II by dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, kicked off the Cold War by taking a hard line against the Soviets, ordered the Berlin Airlift, and jumped into the Korean War without bothering to consult Congress. Busy times at the water hole.

Eisenhower (1953-1961), drunk on America’s new superpower status, instituted a series of CIA-led coups and assassinations of foreign leaders (something we’re still trying to live down), did the initial planning for the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, and sent the first 900 military advisors to Vietnam.

Kennedy (1961-1963) gave the go-ahead for the Bay of Pigs invasion, then withdrew air support and left the invaders helpless and pinned down on their beachhead… one of the most cowardly displays of leadership in modern history. Desperate to make up for the shame (so he could win reelection), he forcefully confronted the Soviet Union during the Cuban Missile Crisis and escalated American involvement in Vietnam by increasing Eisenhower’s 900 military advisors to 16,000.

Johnson (1963-1969) inherited Kennedy’s small problem in Vietnam and, with the help of exactly the sort of egghead Harvard nincompoops we see running the executive branch now, micromanaged the conflict into a giant quagmire with more than 500,000 American troops engaged… 60,000 of whom did not return alive.

Nixon (1969-1974) bombed the crap out of Cambodia in a vain attempt to avoid a sour ending to the Vietnam War. Then, worried about his personal legacy, he effectively turned his back on our allies in democratic Taiwan so he could recognize communist Red China. See where that’s gotten us.

Ford (1974-1977) evacuated Saigon, finally ending the Vietnam War, sent Marines to rescue a U.S. merchant ship from the Khmer Rouge, and flew bombers over the capital of North Korea as a warning after an incident in the DMZ (scaring North Korea enough to elicit that nation’s only public apology ever).

Carter (1977-1981) bungled the Iran situation, gave away the Panama Canal (see Bush 41), and broadcast a silly televised speech wearing a sweater (to dramatize saving oil by turning down the thermostat) in which he clenched his fist and declared “war” on the energy crisis. He also fought a rabbit… an incident strangely apropos for the Carter presidency.

Reagan (1981-1989) invaded Grenada to rescue American students and lobbed a couple bombs at Libya when Gaddafi got too rambunctious, but his claim to fame is winning the Cold War by calling the Soviet Union’s bluff on defense spending.

Bush 41 (1989-1993) invaded Panama to oust a president so corrupt he was using the presidency to sell drugs (thank you, Jimmy Carter), and then prosecuted the Persian Gulf War – “Desert Storm” – in response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait.

Clinton (1993-2001) fired cruise missiles into some Afghan hillsides and a Somali aspirin factory (killing an innocent night watchman) and then bombed the crap out of our Yugoslavian World War II allies in what many people suspect were “wag the dog” attempts to distract attention from sexual scandals.

Bush 43 (2001-2009) invaded Afghanistan and Iraq in response to the September 11, 2001, Islamic-terrorist attack on New York, and announced a worldwide “War on Terrorism” with Iran, Iraq, and North Korea labeled the “Axis of Evil.”
Which brings us to Obama.

Each president listed above had his signature conflict. Truman finished off World War II, but is better known for the Korean War. When people think of Kennedy they think of the Cuban Missile Crisis, not the Bay of Pigs fiasco. And Reagan is associated with the Cold War more than Grenada. In the same way, although he inherited conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, Barack Obama will be remembered for a different war…

Obama’s signature war is against us, his fellow Americans.

This is no surprise. Twenty years in a pew listening to “Reverend” Wright’s black liberation theology, which is nothing more than anti-American communist claptrap disguised as Christianity – “God DAMN America!” shouted Mr. Wright from the pulpit – preceded by a childhood and educational history permeated with communist family members and mentors, then add marriage to a woman who publicly admits that she never in her life felt proud of America… c’mon, what did you expect? That he would magically transmogrify into a patriot after taking the oath as president?

As if there weren’t enough clues, we had Obama’s own words during the 2008 election campaign:
“You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest… they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” – April 12, 2008, in San Francisco

“Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket… because I’m capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, you know, natural gas, you name it… they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.” – January 17, 2008 interview with San Francisco Chronicle

“So, if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can — it’s just that it will bankrupt them, because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.” – January 17, 2008 interview with San Francisco Chronicle
There he was, exposed as a man who feels disdain for regular Americans, openly proclaiming his intention to make energy prices for those Americans skyrocket. And oh, by the way, if anybody tries to build a coal power plant to ease those energy prices, his intention is to stop them… by bankrupting them.

That’s a declaration of war, pure and simple.

When Obama moved into the White House, he barely had time to setup his new Blackberry and start building a basketball court on the South Lawn before signing two crucial executive orders: one reversed the policy against federal taxpayer money being used to pay for abortions overseas; the other opened the floodgates for Palestinian immigrants.

Not exactly issues germane to the welfare of Americans, but indicative of where the new president placed his priorities. Call those two executive orders a shot across our bows.

Then he was off on a worldwide apology tour. In London on April 2, 2009, he said the Bush administration had “lowered our standing in the world.” The next day, in Strasbourg, France, he announced that “America has shown arrogance and been dismissive…” In Cairo, Egypt, on June 4, while being broadcast on Al Jazeera TV to the whole Middle East, he made a point of listing American “mistakes.” On September 23 he addressed the United Nations and confessed that “…America has acted unilaterally, without regard for the interests of others. And this has fed an almost reflexive anti-Americanism…” In other words, people who don’t like us have darn good reasons.

They probably tape this crap on the walls of Bin Laden’s cave, to improve morale.

Four different times in 2009 our new president apologized in major speeches for “torture” in the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GITMO), promising the place would be closed within one year of his taking office. It’s now March of 2011, over two years later… GITMO isn’t closed and doesn’t even have plans to close, but the notion that Americans torture prisoners is now cemented into world opinion.

Notice the pattern: pro-abortion, pro-Palestinian immigration, worried about foreign opinion and the treatment of terrorists, not so happy with America.

On issue after issue, it’s been Barack Obama against America:

Healthcare legislation: Polls clearly showed that most Americans were – and still are – against it, and even with a large majority in the House and a super-majority in the Senate, Democrats couldn’t muster the votes to pass it. Most people don’t realize that Obamacare was never voted into law. Realizing they lacked sufficient votes, Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid invented a parliamentary trick whereby the final version was simply “deemed” as passed.

Voting rights: You would be hard-pressed to find anybody who thinks it’s a good idea for racists to stand outside a polling place with clubs and threaten voters, but Obama’s Justice Department vacated a court decision against the New Black Panthers for doing exactly that. Mind you, the punishment in such cases is nothing more than a simple injunction against doing the same thing in future elections, but even that innocuous penalty was too much, apparently. After all, the New Black Panthers are Obama supporters. Then, in another voting rights case, the same Justice Department lawyers blocked a change in the methodology for selecting the school board in Fairfield County, South Carolina. This is a majority-black county whose citizens voted for the change, so this time the Obama Administration was acting to thwart the desires of black people. Maybe Fairfield County didn’t provide enough votes for the Obama/Biden ticket in 2008 and needed a slap upside the head.

Federal government vs. state & local governments: The folks of Fairfield County aren’t the only ones under attack. The state of Arizona is being sued for passing a law requiring enforcement of federal immigration laws. Also in Arizona, the popular sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio, who happens to be the one guy in the whole country doing something to stem illegal immigration, is being sued. The city of New York is being sued because they flunked black and Hispanic firefighter applicants who scored too low on a written test – 90% of blacks and Hispanics passed the test just fine, thank you, but Obama thinks the city should hire minority applicants even when they score as low as 30%. (Why even have a test at that point? If they can sign their name, hire them!) In a similar vein, last week the Justice Department browbeat the city of Dayton, Ohio, into lowering the passing score for police applicants to 60% (from 70%), thus creating a pool of 748 eligible folks instead of only 490. Presumably there will be more minorities in the larger pool, though nobody knows for sure. (People who still don’t pass should head to New York and become firefighters… just a suggestion.)

Hamstringing the best and bravest: Along the border, where Border Patrol agents confront violent criminals, they’re arming the poor guys with bean bags instead of bullets. On December 14, 2010, Border Patrol agent Brian Terry tried to defend himself with bean bag ammo and was shot dead by an irritated Mexican with an AK-47 he bought from Obama’s Justice Department, which has been selling guns to Mexican crime gangs in a Bizarro World attempt to bolster Obama’s anti-gun agenda. (Some of this stuff is unbelievable, isn’t it?) Meanwhile, over in Afghanistan our soldiers are not allowed to return fire when attacked until they know that civilians are not present anywhere nearby, and when they capture Taliban or Al Qaeda terrorists they are required to read them Miranda rights like TV cops on CSI: Miami.

Internet: Americans love the freedom of the Internet. Obama’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is making its second try at bringing the Internet under federal government control. The first time they were thwarted by a court ruling.

Energy: After the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf last year, Obama ended offshore oil drilling everywhere, in spite of two court rulings telling him he can’t do that, and in spite of an angry lecture from a federal judge threatening to place Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in contempt of court. Less noticed, Salazar sharply curtailed most drilling on land, too, setting up absolutely-100%-certain future shortfalls in oil output. On top of all that, the EPA is moving ahead with backdoor cap ‘n’ trade regulations which will also create sharp prices rises in energy costs, ostensibly to stop global warming. Remember Obama’s statement about wanting to make energy prices skyrocket?

Social issues: Most Americans thought the military’s Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell (DADT) policy for homosexuals was a pretty good compromise, as did most people in the military – especially the guys doing the actual fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama ended DADT and is now forcing front-line soldiers to sit in their foxholes and undergo gay sensitivity training. Most Americans also support the traditional definition of marriage, but Obama decided to stop fighting court challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which exempts states with traditional marriage laws from having to accept marriages from states with homosexual marriage laws. DADT and DOMA: Americans said yes, Obama says no.

Wisconsin: On February 18, President Obama took the unusual step of summoning a local television station from Milwaukee to the White House so he could attack Wisconsin’s Republican Governor, Scott Walker, who is desperately trying to balance the state’s budget. “Some of what I've heard coming out of Wisconsin, where they're just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally, seems like more of an assault on unions,” he said. He had to know he was throwing gasoline on a fire. Since then, Obama’s political campaign committee, Organizing for America, has actively arranged for protestors and union thugs from around the country to be trucked into Wisconsin, and also into Indiana and Ohio, where they use threats, intimidation, and economic disruption to foment trouble. No other president has ever acted like this. This is outright warfare against American taxpayers by a sitting president.

The silly part is that what Scott Walker proposed for public unions in Wisconsin – limited collective bargaining – is more than federal government employees can do. Federal employees work for President Obama. Federal employees cannot collectively bargain at all. And oh, by the way, federal employees contribute to their own pension and health insurance, which is exactly what Wisconsin wants from its schoolteachers.

The president complaining about the governor’s treatment of unions was like a skunk complaining that something stinks.

Obama supporters have two uncomfortable choices: either the man is too stupid to know that federal employees are not allowed to collectively bargain, or he summoned that Milwaukee television station to lie-like-a-rug... hoping to cause trouble in Wisconsin. Take your pick.

Meanwhile, brace yourself for the next attack. Who knows where the man will strike next?

Nobody is safe when the elephant makes a move.



From Reno, Nevada, USA

March 19, 2011 - People say I'm crazy when I tell them Obama is purposely trying to hurt the country, but I stand by it. If you sat in the White House and had the goal of destroying the country you couldn't come up with more effective shit than Obama's policies. Keep up the good work. Maybe somebody will listen to you. - Randy L., Nevada



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