|Posted by MLGoodell on December 5, 2013 at 9:35 AM||comments (0)|
In a hastily called press conference today, former CEO Jeff Bezos announced that Amazon.com would be merging with the U.S. government. “We really had no choice,” Bezos explained. “We needed to revamp our website, but we discovered all the top level programmers, the ‘A Team,’ you might say, were in Washington, improving healthcare.gov. Since our objective has always been to provide the sort of ‘private sector velocity and efficiency’ found in government run programs, it only made sense that we combine our vision with the expertise only government programmers can offer.”
Bezos went on to assure his customers that there would be no change to the Amazon shopping experience, “for the most part.” He did allow that there would be a few small “refinements to enhance your shopping experience. First, in order to maximize efficiency, we suggest that you limit ‘peak hour’ usage of the website. Really, there are incredible bargains at two a.m.,” he explained.
In addition, to prevent unexpected delays or shut downs, Bezos advised people to check their social security numbers. “If ‘the last four of your social’ end in an even number, you may visit Amazon.com on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If an odd number, you can go to the site on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The site will be closed on Sundays for maintenance.” When asked about those who don’t have social security numbers, Bezos said they are probably here illegally, living in the shadows. “If that’s the case, don’t worry. We’ll find you and deliver your books, DVD’s and hand towels free.”
Bezos admitted there were a few adjustments to make, especially in blending the corporate culture with that of the public trough, but they were outweighed by the benefits, namely the new federal mandate requiring every American to buy at least one book a month or pay a fine. “We’re particularly excited to learn that every man, woman and child in this country will be required to purchase a copy of ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting,’” Bezos concluded.
|Posted by MLGoodell on November 27, 2013 at 11:25 AM||comments (0)|
So begins our season of excess. On Thanksgiving Day, the fattest people in the history of the world gather together to express our gratitude to a suitably generic Deity. The ritual we depend upon? An orgy of unspeakable gluttony. Afterwards, glancing up, eyes glazed and chins still glistening with the grease of the bird and its gravy, we intone, “Must move quickly. Target’s opening soon.”
My skin crawls whenever I hear the term “Black Friday.” It is intoned with reverence by commentator and consumer alike. The ads get plastered across television, newspaper and internet, promising huge savings to the intrepid few willing to brave blustery winds, chilling cold and the lustful lunges of what we shall, in the interest of charity, call “the savvy, price-conscious consumer.” Underlying these clarion calls is an undercurrent of obligation. It is as if it is our sacred duty to indulge in the shopping ritual.
According to Wikipedia, the term “Black Friday,” originated in Philadelphia, some time before 1961, “where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving.” Over the years its meaning has shifted to suggest that heavy shopping the day after Thanksgiving allows retailers to become profitable, or to be in the black, for the year. When retailers embraced the ramped-up sales and conspired to induce the sort of frenzy by which the day is now defined, they helped our culture begin its descent into consumerist dementia.
Before long the term “Black Friday” became ubiquitous, mouthed by retailer, consumer and pop cultural gatekeeper alike, always with such a semi-religious, cultic reverence that a stranger plunked down in our midst would conclude that Black Friday is the holiest of holy days in America. And perhaps it is. Perhaps we have reached the point where blatant consumerism is all that is left of the American Spirit.
How ironic that a holiday called Thanksgiving should come to be defined by a massive outpouring of “I want.” Whenever I contemplate the fetishistic frenzy of Black Friday, spread now into the early evening of Thanksgiving Day itself, I give thanks that Barack Obama is our president, and wish him Godspeed in his drive to destroy the American culture.
|Posted by MLGoodell on November 15, 2013 at 2:30 PM||comments (0)|
Last weekend American diplomacy was dealt a setback in its latest bid to appease Iran, This was due to what the Wall Street Journal called “unforeseen developments” such as Israel’s opposition to what the French Foreign Minister called “a sucker’s deal.” American Secretary of State John Kerry reacted to the development by stating, “We are not blind, and I don’t think we’re stupid.”
What many people don’t realize is Kerry, as is characteristic of deeply nuanced and smartest-guy-in-room type guys, tends to have trouble with punctuation when he is flustered. Among the sorts of situations in which these guys get flustered is when they discover they “miscalculated” during appeasement sessions. I mean, who would have thought that the Israelis would get upset just because we’re basically telling Iran “go ahead and build a nuke, but for Allah’s sake, be discrete about it.” That’s like going to Munich without your umbrella.
Nobody could have seen that coming, not even a deeply nuanced, smartest-guy-in-the-room type of guy. So, the deal gets scuttled, and Kerry figures he has to say something. Under stress he committed that rare gaffe. He told the truth. Fortunately for his credibility within the Beltway, he fumbled the punctuation. He forgot a period. What he actually meant to say, during that brief instant of lucidity was, “I don’t think. We’re stupid.”
Actually, this has been designated as the official motto of the Obama White House for the balance of his presidency. He and his party have proved themselves to be the sort of craven, self-deluding charlatans who ordinarily would not deserve to hold elective office. However, given the fact that they were elected by the same people who, after witnessing the first four years of the Obama cluster clown act said, “Yeah, gimme more a dat,” they are the ideal men and women to represent Americans.
They have spent the past five years perpetrating a fraud upon the American people. Actually, they have perpetrated a number of frauds, but the one I’m addressing today is health insurance “reform.” These mendicants created an framework which could only have been viewed as functional if its objective was to destroy American health care. After assembling such a monstrosity they were forced to lie about it when people like Paul Ryan tried to warn the public what was in the bill. Democrat Senators lied. Democrat Representatives lied, and the Democrat President lied.
I don’t think. We’re stupid.
Since it was passed and in the three years leading up to its implementation the President and his minions have continued to lie. They had three years to write code for their crucial website, but chose to do nothing until the last 11 months because they “didn’t want to give Romney ammunition” during last year’s campaign. They condemned the website to failure, for purely political purposes. Then, in the run up to the rollout, when experts warned the website wasn’t ready, the President lied and said it was. He lied to the people, and he lied to himself. It is as if he believes whatever he says must be true. How could he have allowed this fiasco to move forward?
I don’t think. We’re stupid.
Once the website was launched (cue video of toppling rockets during the early days of the space program) Obama lied again. First he lied about the website itself, claiming it was “too successful.” Then he lied about when he knew about it failing. The he lied about how it could be fixed. He lied, and his Democrat claque lied, and their lap dogs in the media lied as well.
After the website travesty came the wave of insurance cancellations. Millions of Americans learned their President had lied to them when he promised they could keep their insurance policies if they liked them. (Millions more, like me, weren’t upset when they lost their insurance policies and discovered their health care costs are going to double, because we’ve known for years it was going to happen. We knew all along the President was a liar).
Now, confronted with the betrayal of their trust, the American people have (finally) awakened. They are angry, and word of their response has reached even into the hallowed halls of Congress. Now these Democrat reprobates, having lied about the law and lied about its implementation and echoed the President’s lies to make sure they could all be reelected, are now lying about what is in the law which they wrote and passed. They are suddenly shocked, shocked! to learn that virtually every health insurance policy in the country will have to be changed. Most people will be paying more for less coverage. Millions of Middle Class Americans who are “too rich” for subsidies will have to do without health insurance because they won’t be able to afford it.
Now the President, belatedly discovering he is losing the politics on Obamacare, has decided he needs to tell us a few more lies. He didn’t lie when he promised we could keep our plans. He had been lied to himself. He didn’t understand what was in the bill., and he wants to make it better. He wants insurance companies to reinstate the policies they were forced to cancel, and to do it in a fortnight. If they don’t, it will be their fault that millions of Americans will see their health care costs doubled, and our President won’t hesitate to blame them for our plight. “I tried to fix it,” he’ll lie. “But the greedy insurance companies wouldn’t let me.”
Given who he’s dealing with, that ploy just might work. After all, as most Americans, if they can be troubled to glance up from the latest bout of celebrity voyeurism, will happily inform you, “I don’t think. We’re stupid.”
|Posted by MLGoodell on November 5, 2013 at 11:25 PM||comments (1)|
The other day a young friend, let's call her Julie, told me her health insurance policy had been cancelled.
Being one of the truly fortunate, she had managed to gain access to the justifiably maligned healthcare.gov, where she discovered in order to maintain her status as one of the insured, she would have to pay 50% more than she had under her previous plan.
I shrugged. She said, "I can't afford to pay this."
I was unmoved. "You voted for him, twice," I said. "I really don't care about your problems."
"How can you be so cruel?"
"I'm not being cruel," I replied. "When I tried to explain to you what a disaster Obamacare was, when I told you they were lying to you, when I told you they were going to destroy American health care and drive the nation even further into debt without even addressing the one issue which needed to be addressed, you called me a Teabagger. You said I was filled with hate. You even called me a racist, suggesting I wouldn't be opposed to Obamacare if Obama weren't black."
"Okay, maybe I got carried away," she conceded. "But I really thought he was a force for good. I honestly believed Obamacare was going to reform health care."
"Then you were an idiot," I replied. Then, rethinking my approach, I began again. "You didn't think Obamacare was health reform, you thought Obamacare was going to cut your costs. You thought you would take advantage of others, like me, who would have to pay more to subsidize your health care. You thought you were going to be one of the takers. Never in your wildest dreams did you think you were going to be forced to be one of the givers.
"You elevated him to the status of a God, and refused to listen to the little boy who pointed out that the Emperor was naked. You chose to believe he could give you the benefits you desired and refused to listen to those, like me, who pointed out the impossibility of giving free health care to 30 million people without forcing somebody, which is to say everybody else to pay for it. You wanted to believe you could take; you never dreamed that it was you who would be asked to give."
Whereas it is a fact, what the Lord giveth, the Lord can take away.
|Posted by MLGoodell on October 8, 2013 at 2:15 PM||comments (1)|
I’m With Stupid
by Michael Goodell
The bad news for the Obama Administration is the Obamacare rollout is every bit the train wreck Max Baucus said it would be. The good news is nobody knows about it, except for the millions who have lost their insurance thanks to Obamacare reforms.
Everyone else is distracted by the Republican-led government shutdown. The GOP has thrown away a tremendous political advantage. Coming after the historic Republican gains in 2010, the Democrats’ insistence on forcing an unworkable, progressively unpopular program down the American people’s throats almost guaranteed a further shellacking in 2014..
Not even a compliant media could have spun this one in Obama favor. The people wouldn’t need NBC Nightly News to tell them how bad things were going. They would have had the evidence of their own experience to inform them. The next year would have been a steadily unfolding disaster, a platform on which to build a powerful run for power. Republicans could have benefitted from an increasingly frustrated, ever more discombobulated President insisting that failure was actually success, that he never lied to them, that war is peace and work makes you free.
All Republicans had to do was allow the thing they couldn’t stop to unfold. Unfortunately, there is a certain brand of zealotry which will not tolerate success. Unable to stop Obamacare’s launch, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz pulled the stupidest Republican stunt since Larry Craig tap danced in a Minnesota toilet stall. He took a wide stance on his principles. Like William Wallace before him, or at least Mel Gibson’s interpretation of the willful Scot, Cruz announced, “Every man dies, but not every man has the chance to read Dr. Suess for 21 hours on the Senate floor.”
It was so utterly predictable. How could they think they would not be blamed? From the moment they floated the defunding option, media wonks triggered the shutdown countdown. Obama, staring disaster in the face, didn’t even have to call on Putin. He didn’t need to launch cruise missiles, his salvation was on Cruz control. Obama immediately announced he would not negotiate something as sacred as a budget. Never in the history of the world had anyone ever had the temerity to negotiate a budget. It just wasn’t done. Of course it was a lie, but if a truth falls in the presser and there is nobody around to report it, does it count a lie? Apparently not.
Conservative pundits pounded out article after article praising Cruz and the Gang for their strategic brilliance. It wouldn’t be the Republicans shutting down the government, they noted, it would be Obama, or Senate Democrats. The Republicans had cleverly forced the Democrats into a corner where they would either have to agree to defund Obamacare, or they would vote to shut down the government.
How could anyone have imagined this would work? You cannot outmaneuver master manipulators, especially when they own those who tell the people what is happening. From the beginning Republicanshutdown was a compound noun. Didn’t anyone think to study what happened back in 1996, the last time “Republicans shut down the government?” Did they recall that twice Republicans passed budgets (this was back in the day when Congress actually negotiated and passed budgets) which Bill Clinton vetoed? Twice. He vetoed the budget twice. The government shut down, and Republicans got the blame.
How could they think it wouldn’t happen this time? The smart thing would have been to pass a “clean” continuing resolution, along with a resolution authorizing the President to delay the individual mandate for a year. The resolution could have spelled out all the problems inherent in the rollout, including the woefully under-powered, incompetently designed healthcare.gov, as justification for the delay. It wouldn’t have survived the Senate, and if it had, Obama would have vetoed it. In other words, the Republicans could have forced Obama and the Democrats to take ownership of what is in fact theirs. They could have spent the next year calling for action to improve or salvage the program, all the while reminding people that they tried to delay implementation.
Opportunity lost, to be sure. No, worse than lost, actively thrown away. These clever Republicans have managed to maneuver themselves into a corner They make Obama’s whimpering over Syria look statesmanlike. The vast majority of Americans blame the GOP for shutting down the government. They blame them for barricaded parking lots, rest areas and open air monuments. The truth has nothing to do with it, and that’s something they should have been smart enough to realize from the start.
They weren’t, which is why next November, while they may not lose the House--thanks to gerrymandering--they won’t regain the Senate. And every vote they do receive will be cast by someone holding his nose and muttering, “I’m with stupid.”
|Posted by MLGoodell on October 3, 2013 at 11:05 AM||comments (0)|
The wise folks who stuffed Obamacare down my throat decided I wasn’t capable of choosing my own insurance plan. Ever attentive to my needs, they established the Health Insurance Marketplace where I could go and find a federally approved plan. The last three days I have gone to the only place I am allowed to buy health insurance only to see this:
“We have a lot of visitors on the site right now. Please stay on this page. We're working to make the experience better, and we don’t want you to lose your place in line. We’ll send you to the login page as soon as we can. Thanks for your patience!”
This, we need to understand, is one of the parts of government which hasn’t been shut down. This is part of the government which is supposed to be working. It’s hard to understand who threw up these barriers to participation, unless the White House heard a bunch of World War II veterans were trying to access the site.
Actually, the white House, and HHS Secretary Sebelius, have spent the past few months denying reports that the official Obamacare website, healthcare.gov, was underpowered, poorly designed, and jam-packed with more bugs than Chelsea deManning’s prison cell. Which is typical behavior for this self-styled ubercompetent administration incapable of confessing to a single error, whether it be slandering the Cambridge, Massachusetts police department or ignoring the assassination of a US Ambassador.
However, even this collection of guinea hens (I can’t call them peacocks, my younger brother tells me that’s a racist term) had to realize they had a train wreck on their hands. They had to realize they weren’t ready for their closeup. They had to be praying for a life line. They had to be searching for someone to bail them out.
Enter Texas Senator Ted Cruz and his band of irregulars, offering a funding resolution to keep the government functioning. All they asked in exchange was a one-year delay of the Individual Mandate. This should have been manna from heaven for our beleaguered President. However, instead of grasping the safety line this most partisan of Presidents chose to continue to founder in the sea of incompetence. Better to continue denying anything is wrong than to accept help from a <gasp> Republican.
So we sit here today, with millions of Americans facing the prospect of losing their health insurance with no way of replacing it, with half the government shut down, a credit default crisis looming, the world economy teetering in the balance, and our hapless President saying, “Where’s Putin? Why isn’t he bailing me out, the way he did with Syria?”
|Posted by MLGoodell on September 27, 2013 at 12:25 AM||comments (0)|
So basically what happened is this. Iran’s new president, the supposedly moderate Hasan Rouhani, watched Russia and Syria play our President, his Secretary of State and the entire American National Security apparatus for the spineless, egotistical fools that they are, and he said, “Hey, I got to get me some of that.”
And so the slow dance of ignominy began. First, friendly words, in response to our president’s congratulatory note upon Rouhani’s election. (It went something along the lines of “Congratulations on getting elected without having to torture, rape or kill too many of your citizens”). Then some enlightened words about how Iran must never, ever, have or even want to build nuclear weapons.
Thus the stage was set for the Grand Rapprochement at the United Nations. “Wall Street Journal” headlines help tell the story. Last Thursday it was “Obama Weighs Talks With Iran at U.N.,” followed by Tuesday’s “Iran Icebreaker Set at U.N.” Things were looking rosy. First Obama and Kerry solved the Syria conflict, and now, coup de force, they were going to reestablish relations with Iran. Like to see Bush manage something like that!
Then came the big event. The president waiting in the wings, as eager as a blushing bride, ready to take the epic step onto the stage of history. It was for this moment they so presciently awarded him the Nobel Peace Prize so long ago. Rouhani approached. A nation trembled in anticipation. Obama’s acolytes and sycophants stood with cameras and microphones at the ready. But let’s let the Journal tell the rest.
Under the headline “Iran Applies Brakes to U.S. Mideast Plans,” we learned “Iranian President Hasan Rouhani’s decision against meeting Mr. Obama–or even exchanging a handshake–at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday soured what American and European officials had hoped would mark an advancement in efforts to wind down tensions.”
How Putin must have howled. The Chinese, being Chinese, no doubt smiled inscrutably, and continued to redraw the lines on their version of the world map. Iranian nuclear physicists told themselves, “Oh well, back to work,” while the Ayatollah’s henchmen polished their truncheons and oiled their zippers.
The president got played, again, and it was so utterly predictable. Our foes and potential foes have taken their measure of this man, and it is only our allies who tremble. He is a coward, the only man in history capable of making Jimmy Carter look robust. Simultaneously, he has the character of a three-year-old, so craven is his need for adulation. Iran’s leaders realized they could slap this wraith’s face and then, with a few well-placed words, draw him back for more.
The worst part of this latest fiasco is not that the handshake was ignored, but that it was offered in the first place. There was a time when an American President would not deign to shake hands with the world’s leading supporter of terrorism. He would not want to legitimate the representative of a nation still at war with us, sworn to the destruction of our allies and committed to genocide. He would refuse to acknowledge a regime unrepentantly stained by the blood of thousands of American soldiers. There was a time when an American President would acknowledge such a man, if he were to acknowledge him at all, with disdain.
Unfortunately, that time is not now. Today is the age in which our President whimpers, “Play Me Again, Imam.”
|Posted by MLGoodell on September 16, 2013 at 3:25 PM||comments (0)|
After watching last week’s events unfold, I have three comments to make about the remarkably nimble performance put in by president Barack Obama’s foreign policy team.
1) Over the years I have been known to criticize our president. Many have suspected that there was nothing he could do that would please me. Which is untrue. I can and will praise him when his actions are praiseworthy.
In the case of Syria, I admit I was wrong about our president and his impressive team of foreign policy experts. There has never been a finer example of the judicious use of “soft power” as has been on display during this crisis. Obama has proved himself to be an accomplished poker player. Clearly, he has been posturing all along as a diplomatic naif. He masqueraded as a coward and incompetent, tabbing anonymous aides to issue such embarrassing characterizations of his strategy as “leading from behind,” or acting “just strong enough not to be mocked.”
I was taken in by this subtle misdirection. I often asked whether Obama was actually that stupid, that naive, that incompetent, or were his policies in fact designed to destroy American power and influence in the world?
Now we have the answer. None of the above. His clever ruse, evidence of a long term view, was to lull our enemies into a state of complacency, to adopt a diplomatic “rope-a-dope” strategy, if you will, and then to strike with steel and force. So it was in Syria. The mere fact that this man, who had seemed so feeble and cowardly to all who took the time to observe him, acted with such vigor, sent shock waves of terror through the hearts of all our enemies.
The Russians, realizing they were about to lose their only client state in the Middle East, were at a loss to respond. Bashar Assad, the chinless dictator, trembled in his very boots. The world teetered at the brink of disaster. I thought this was the result of our foolish president’s abysmal ignorance of the way the world worked. I was wrong. He did this on purpose because, having taken the measure of his opponents, he knew they would blink.
Now we have the happy situation where Syria will identify all their chemical weapons and surrender them to the international community. Having been seduced into thinking he actually came up with this proposal, the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, is now personally tied to this proposal. Because his credibility is at stake, we can be confident that he will do everything in his power to make Syria comply with the terms of the agreement.
And finally, having induced the United Nations to administer the deal, we have achieved a situation where the international community endorses our policy. If you recall where we stood in the world at the end of George Bush’s presidency, this is incredible progress, an achievement only Obama could have made possible.
2) A happy result of this crisis, and possibly, the key objective behind all Obama and Kerry’s moves, is Russia’s return to the community of responsible nations. You may recall that the unilateralist Bush, under the sway of the Neocons, had marginalized Russia in the Middle East. Yes, they still had their client state, but they had no true power or influence in the region whatsoever. This was quite a fall from grace in just forty years.
Being the sole diplomatic or military force in the region demanded a huge price, both in blood and in dollars, from the United States. Especially given Obama’s shrewd and timely policy shift to Asia, the much-ballyhooed Pivot to the East, it was going to be impossible for us to continue to devote as much time and as many resources to the Middle East.
Now that Russia has been drawn into the region, we can depart, confident that Putin will keep Syria under control, and even more significantly, he will be able to pressure Iran to stop its nuclear weapons programs. No doubt Russian influence will have the same beneficial impact on Iran as it is already having in Syria. Again, this happy turn of events is due entirely to the geopolitical sophistication of the Obama/Kerry/Rice team. In fact, we now have the answer to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s famous question, “What difference does it make?” This is what difference it makes, the difference between a region in flames and a world in which the tides of war are truly receding.
3) My final observation on this matter is that Mylie Cyrus’s enormous talents as a singer and dancer are exceeded only by her good taste and classy judgment.
|Posted by MLGoodell on September 7, 2013 at 12:50 AM||comments (1)|
Perhaps the best indication of our nation’s decay was a recent Rasmussen Poll in which 47% of Americans gave Barack Obama good to excellent marks on foreign policy. This despite the fact that this man, as close to a pacifist as we have ever had in the White House, has, by a path more crooked than his Attorney General, brought us to the point of World War III.
We stand on the brink because this self-absorbed peacock, who doesn’t understand that his much vaunted “international community” won’t give him the same kitchen pass as his besotted media-based courtiers, declared the use of chemical weapons in Syria to be “a red line.” Why did he say that? Because it made him sound tough? Certainly, and not just thuggish Texas Cowboy tough, but wise, nuanced, Harvard intellectual tough. This was not just any red line, this was a red line which would alter his “calculus.” As he heard the words spill magically out of his mouth, he must have thought, “Wow, I sound almost Kerry-esque.”
Had he understood that what he said had meaning, he might have ordered up contingency plans, in case the chinless dictator actually crossed that line. But he didn’t. He went on to the next big thing, which was pivoting back to the economy, or blaming Republicans for the Obamacare train wreck, or pivoting back to renewable fuel sources, or blaming Republicans for the deficit, or pivoting back to the economy, or whichever other butterfly flitted past this intellectual waif’s play pen.
When Assad crossed the red line the first time, months ago, this man, as close to a stoner as we have ever had in the White House, dithered and dallied, and repeated, “If in fact he did use these weapons, we will have to do something, I’m sure.” He repeated it so often that when proof came through, he felt he had to something. There was talk of punitive strikes, no fly zones, or arming the rebels.
One by one the options were dismissed. The most delicious came when the man in charge of the world’s most powerful military air force allowed his beribboned minions to declare that Syria’s “sophisticated air defense system” was impenetrable. Mere hours later, Israeli jets destroyed a shipment of Russian missiles in Damascus. Which act essentially posits, if our enemies don’t respect us, why should our allies?
After the red line was first breached we announced, finally, we would send arms to the rebels, or suicide vests, whichever they preferred, and then our president went golfing, or pivoted back to the economy, or banned the use of coal, or something. Strangely, our muscular reaction failed to deter Assad, and he used chemical weapons again, and again, until finally he killed so many people that even the Ostrich in Chief had to admit it.
He still had plan to act, yet act he must, because, it seems, even his fawning acolytes found this transgression too difficult to ignore. His credibility was as stake. He needed to figure out how ”to act just muscular enough not to get mocked,”as one aide put it. He wanted to “send a shot across the bow,” not realizing to send a shot across the bow and then go home, is worse than doing nothing at all;. you are putting our soldiers in harm’s way solely to save face.
This is wrong. This is abhorrent. This is the sort of behavior which seriously self-indulgent psychopaths engage in. What he is proposing is essentially a drive by shooting. This is what happens in places like Chicago when somebody feels disrespected. He goes home and gets his gun and drives by the offender’s house, or a house that looks like the house where the offender lives, and empties a magazine. If a little five-year-old girl playing with her dolls on the porch takes a bullet in the head, no problem. Life is cheap in the hood, and you have restored your manhood.
Having pushed us to the brink, however, Obama blinked. Suddenly he realized this wasn’t a game of golf. He couldn’t improve his lie, he had to play it as it lay. He began looking for a way out. Then the British Parliament threw him a line. They denied Prime Minister David Cameron’s appeal to act. So after repeatedly claiming he didn’t need Congressional approval, he decided to seek it. Then he went golfing again, and unleashed his political attack dogs to warn the Republicans not to play politics with national security.
Win or lose, he can’t lose. After all, as he announced in Sweden, he never drew that red line. Somebody else did. It’s not his credibility at stake, he said. It’s somebody else’s. “It’s America’s credibility at stake.” How passing strange it is to have a president who believes his actions can destroy America’s credibility yet not harm him. How is this possible?
It is a terrible place our Gangbanger in Chief has placed us, where the only people willing to support us are the French. Once action is threatened, having declared an attack is imminent, it is very difficult to back down without looking feckless at best, more likely foolish, frail and falling to pieces. Yet how can one justify a drive-by shooting? This is not how Great Powers act. This is not how Great Leaders act. When they misbehave this badly and nearly half the country thinks they’re doing a great job, then, truly, our day is done.
Bring on le deluge.
|Posted by MLGoodell on July 10, 2013 at 5:05 PM||comments (0)|
Reading about the sixty-four people arrested in Raleigh, North Carolina during the latest “Moral Monday” rally, a number of thoughts occurred to me. The first came when I looked at the picture of one of those arrested, a man dressed in an Uncle Sam costume. Samuel Johnson’s famous aphorism concerning patriotism sprang immediately to mind, along with the thought that there could be no better illustration of the point.
The second pertained to the frequent references to civil disobedience in the article. In case you didn’t know it, the “Moral Monday” rallies are a joint venture between various race-based pressure groups and various feminist and pro fetus murder groups; a bid to intimidate the North Carolina legislature.
You see, last year the people of that state had the temerity to elect a majority of Republican state legislators, for the first time in more than a century. That they voted so just four years after voting for the democrat candidate for US president (Hosni Mubarack Obama, D-Chi), was a shocking development for one man, one vote, one time democrats. They believe once enlightened, a state’s population must never descend back into the state of slothful ignorance of conservatism.
We have seen this tactic repeated throughout the country, from Wisconsin to Austin, from Michigan, and now to North Carolina. Having failed to have their way in the voting booth, leftists seek to prevent legislators from passing laws which reflect the views of the majority who elected them. This is not civil disobedience but quite the opposite. Disrupting the legislative process through violence or the threat thereof is most uncivil behavior. It is not nonviolent protest, it is insurrection. It does not strengthen or sustain democracy, but threatens to undercut it at its foundation. Only the bitterly partisan, the ideologically rigid, the antidemocratic, can support such antisocial behavior.
My third thought was the monumental audacity of those engaged in insurrection to label their attacks “Moral Mondays.” What arrogant aggrandizement to assume the mantle of morality from those seeking justice for pregnant women and their unborn children. The bill which inspired these so-called moral zealots to storm the floor of the legislature would have required abortion clinics to adhere to the same standards of cleanliness and safety required of other drop in clinics where basic outpatient surgical procedures are performed. Because only one abortion clinic in the entire state is maintained at even this minimal standard, various feminist and abortion rights groups described the law as a bid to limit access to abortion.
How is it possible that those campaigning to deny pregnant women the most basic rights to safety and security can describe themselves at “moral?” Surely the moral position is on the opposite side of that barricade. But this is reflective of a larger philosophical shift in our fragmented society. Suddenly, and it did occur breathtakingly fast, cultural arbiters now deride those who seek to defend traditional values, traditional culture, and basic human dignity as immoral, or in the words of Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent in United States v. Windsor, “enemies of the human race.”
How on earth did the standards and values which made this nation great become the object of contempt for the chattering classes and the ideological elite? Did we willing cede the right to call ourselves American, or was it stolen from us in the night? Can we get that right back, or is it too late?