In case you missed it, a speech was delivered yesterday by a world leader that will join a list of oratories that define leadership. It will be added to Churchill’s – “We shall fight them on the beach …”, Thatcher’s – “autumn of understanding … winter of common sense”, Kennedy’s – “Ask not…”, and Reagan’s – “Tear down this wall …” offerings. It came from a battled hardened statesman and was presented to a grateful audience. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin (BiBi) Netanyahu delivered a primer on the icy truths of freedom, democracy, and love of country to the US Congress at a time when those sitting in the leather bound chairs could desperately use some remedial training on such subjects.
…… Barack Obama’s biggest political disappointment is that Justice David Souter didn’t retire from the Supreme Court a little sooner so that he could have taken credit for elevating Mrs. Clinton to Justice Clinton and therefore out his political hair – forever.
“Keep your friends close; keep your enemies closer”. Chinese general and philosopher Sun Tzu said it 2500 years ago and frankly, it’s pretty good advice. It’s a cousin of the Arabic proverb of “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”. In politics, these are like the words Moses heard from the burning bush. If you train your eye you can see this exercised at the highest level of our government. Reading the stitches on the Obama administration’s fastballs isn’t really that tough due in large part because they’ve thrown so many curveballs.
They display their audacity by thumbing their political noses at not only the Constitution and the legislative process, but their constituents as well. As President Obama stated in a recently televised interview he …“ doesn’t spend a lot of time worrying about what the procedural rules are in the House or Senate” The problem is Mr. President, the American people are spending a lot of time thinking about the procedural rules because that process is our protection, our check and balance, against a government that becomes blinded by its ideology.
The average ‘basic-man’ looks around these days and sees everything is upside down. He wonders what could possibly happen next. We know by now that the military will do everything it is asked to do and yield incredible results that most people will underestimate or fail to acknowledge. We know that Washington DC is a cesspool where the denizens that wear those fancy, prized lapel pins (tax payer purchased) have totally lost their sense of smell. But there are also a few good things ahead; day light savings time, the opening of spring training camp, and most importantly, a midterm election. Here are a few predictions on why it’s still ok to get up in the morning. Enjoy!
The post partisan presidency of Barack Obama has proven to be anything but. One can thank his inner circle and Obama’s own aggressive push for a Progressive ideology. Unfortunately, because of the overbearing emphasis during his 2008 campaign assigning historical significance to him becoming the first African-American president, every action he takes carries with it something no other president has had to contend with; the distinction of his skin color. As Obama’s poll numbers continue to sink one should expect that any criticism of his work will surely face not only partisan rebuttals but claims of racism as well. Liberal groups and the usual roster of professional race baiters will see to it. The candidate that ran on a pledge of being ‘post partisan’ and ‘post racial’ will end up being neither.
Imagine a city devastated by a natural disaster where unemployment and poverty reach such levels as to witness lines over a mile long to get meals from community soup kitchens. No imagination needed as it’s happening right now in the US and not just in one city but throughout a large region of one of our most resourced states; California. Years of drought in the Central Valley of the Golden State has produced just such a scenario. Known for its agricultural base it presents an incredible irony in that the silent people standing in these food lines are the same ones that in the recent past grew and harvested over 12% of the nations food and represented our country’s most prolific milk producers. But that was before the government and parochial environmentalists shut their irrigation water off. This is a story of good people versus do-gooders.
The UK political gathering and the European road show that followed were
shams for anyone thoughtful enough to get past world leader photo ops, incessant media fawning of the new kid on the block, and endless gushing at Michelle’s every move. On the other hand it was a wild rave for the fraternity of global street thugs that got their periodic G20 fix of mayhem. For the cavemen it was pure comedy and manna from Allah. An unexpected Eid.