Under the Hammer
Remember way back last fall when President of Syria Bashar al-Assad attacked his own people, killing men, women and children with chemical weapons?
Our President Barack Hussein Obama had drawn a line in the sand and told Assad that if he crossed that line and used chemical weapons he would have to pay. Assad crossed the line and Obama said the US would use military force to punish Assad, and that it would not be a “pin prick.” Then Obama backed off and decided not to use military force, so he was right – it was not a pin prick.
Obama decided to let Russia, one of Syria’s staunchest allies, handle the punishment. And so far Assad has given up less than 5 percent of his stockpile of chemical weapons. He still has over 95 percent of the chemical weapons that the world knows he has. No doubt he has 100 percent of the chemical weapons that the world doesn’t know about.
The United States is the laughing stock of the Middle East. The people in the Middle East have been fighting each other for several thousand years. They have seen great empires come and go. They know that great countries don’t issue idle threats, which is what Obama did.
No one in the Middle East, or the rest of the world, has any reason to listen to anything that Obama says he will do. They know that it’s likely he won’t.
Only two shipments of chemical weapons have been made. The deadline for removing all the chemical weapons from the country is March 1. That is less than a month away and they still have 95 percent to go.
It would appear that our president has been played. The question is, what will he do when the deadline is missed?
I hate to see Obama reduced to what the world saw at the State of the Union speech. Obama is supposed to be the leader of the free world – the most powerful man on the planet.
At the State of the Union speech, Obama appeared bored and like he wished he was somewhere else. To say the speech was lackluster would be far too complimentary.
This man, who was going to change politics in Washington, set as his goal for the coming year, his big achievement for 2014, to raise the minimum wage of federal contract employees. Wow, what an achievement.
He also once again promised to close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp. He promised that on inauguration day in 2009. It’s really great for Obama that the press has no memory of his actions because he can keep making the same old promises that he has made before and it is reported like it is new.
In rejecting the Keystone pipeline, Obama has talked about how detrimental the pipeline would be to the environment and how potentially harmful. In Greensboro we have two huge pipelines that go right through town. It doesn’t seem that it has harmed anything. Most people don’t even know when they cross over the pipelines and wouldn’t know about them at all except we have a tap on the pipeline and the result is a huge tank farm. But if we didn’t have a tap, if the pipeline just came through and people got gas and oil out of it somewhere else, would we even know it was there?
It’s ridiculous to hold up the Keystone pipeline for global warming. The oil that is produced in Canada is going to be burnt somewhere. The question is “where” not “if.”
It looks like the Republican leadership has been in Washington for far too long. It’s the “inside the Beltway” syndrome and the Republican leadership appears to have a really bad case of it. It could, in fact, be a terminal case because it looks like the Republican leadership is still considering letting Obama off the hook on Obamacare and giving the Democrats a huge baseball bat to beat Republicans with during the 2014 elections.
Virtually no conservatives live inside the Beltway. Conservatives elected to Congress have to work inside the Beltway, and for their own good they need to get outside the Beltway into the real America every chance they get.
For a conservative, working in Washington is a little bit like being a deep-sea diver – always working in an alien environment. It’s important to remember that most people don’t spend their lives under the ocean, and for conservatives in Congress it is important to get out of Washington and remember that the people who elected them to Congress are not leftists like the people who inhabit Washington.
Washington is not a real place. It is as much a make-believe world as Las Vegas or Disney World. Everyone who works in Washington works for the government in some capacity. Either they work for the government directly, they lobby the government, they consult for the government, or they sell things to people who work for the government. The industry in Washington is the federal government. When the federal government spends more money, everyone benefits. When the federal government spends less money, everyone suffers.
When people spend too much time in Washington they forget that everyone in the country is not a leftist who wants the government to grow.
It would appear that the Republican leadership needs to go spend a month in Dallas, Pensacola, Greenville or even Bismarck, but somewhere that isn’t Washington, DC. They could hang out in a diner or coffee shop and find out how many people think that giving amnesty to illegal immigrants is a great idea. Then they could go back to Washington and do something sensible.
The sensible thing for the Republicans to do is to make sure that nothing Obama wants to do is done. It’s not hard. The Republicans control the House. All they need is some party discipline.
If the Republicans pass an immigration reform bill that grants amnesty in some form or fashion to people who came to this country illegally and have broken numerous US laws to stay here and work, then the Republicans may have found a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in 2014.
If the Republicans do nothing they are going to win big in 2014. But if Republicans try to do something really stupid like solve the illegal immigration problem then they have the ability to hand the election to the Democrats.
Some people just can’t deal with success. The Republicans are going to make big gains in the House and should take control of the Senate. All they have to do is not mess up between now and November, but it appears that might be too hard for them.
I was watching Rep. Nancy Pelosi being interviewed recently. It should be at least unusual that someone as dimwitted as she is could have ever been speaker of the House, but unfortunately the dimwitted are not limited to Democrats. We are not sending our best and brightest to Congress.
But Pelosi talked about how the Republicans blocked everything the Democrats tried to do and they couldn’t get anything done because the Republicans wouldn’t agree to do what the Democrats wanted.
Absurd statements like that are just allowed to hang there. Of course, the opposite is true. The Republicans in the House can’t get anything done because the Democrats block everything they try to do.
You have to have some sense of reality. It’s not the Democrats blocking the Republicans or the Republicans blocking the Democrats, but both. To get a bill through Congress with a Republican House and a Democratic Senate, there has to be some give and take. Both sides claim that the other won’t compromise. The truth is that the Democrats and the Republicans are so far apart that it is hard to compromise. Obama doesn’t help by saying that he won’t compromise. But even without Obama causing problems it is still difficult.
Part of the problem is the minority-majority districts required by the Justice Department. When you create a district solely to elect a black Democrat, then you are going to create white Republican districts also. The election for far too many districts is in the primary, not in the general election.
Look at Greensboro. We have two congressional districts. One white Republican district and one black Democratic district. The election for the 6th District is in the Republican primary and the election for the 12th District is in the Democratic primary. Voters in Republican primaries are more conservative then the regular Republican Party and voters in Democratic primaries are more liberal than the mainstream party.
So in Greensboro we are going to elect a Republican from the right wing of the party and a Democrat from the left wing of the party. But what is worse is that the Republican has very few black voters in his district; so when he is representing his constituents he is not representing the majority of the blacks who live in the area because they aren’t in his district.
By the same token, the 12th District representative has a disproportionate number of blacks in his district and far fewer whites than in the general population. Representing his constituents, he will be far more concerned with issues that concern black voters and not concerned with white voters because so few are his constituents.
It’s a bad system. We would all be better off if the election of our congressmen was done in a general election rather than in the primaries, but the law won’t allow it.
“But I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I’m going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time; never. These allegations are false. And I need to go back to work for the American people. Thank you.”
We all know that President William Jefferson Blythe Clinton was lying when he said that he “did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” And it seems a given that the second part of the quote is a lie also, that he never told anybody to lie. If he didn’t tell people to lie about him having sex with Miss Lewinsky then he is stupid. And although Clinton has been accused of many crimes, no one has ever accused him of being stupid. He told everyone to lie and they did.
If it hadn’t been for the blue dress then Clinton would have gotten away with it. No one actually saw them having sex, so how could she prove it when the president of the United States said it wasn’t true? However, even Clinton couldn’t find a way to lie his way past DNA evidence.
And now that Hillary Clinton is once again the Democratic heir apparent, it seems reasonable to mention that she said the whole Lewinsky thing was a vast right-wing conspiracy. And the Democrats think someone that dishonest should be president? Obviously. Clinton doesn’t have an honest bone in his body. There is no reason to think that Hillary Clinton, whose job as the first lady was to lie for her husband, is suddenly going to start telling the truth.
It’s kind of fascinating that the Clintons are trying this again. In 2008, before a single vote was cast, Hillary Clinton had already been selected by the Democratic hierarchy, which includes the mainstream media, as the next president. But Hillary Clinton is going to run into the same problem in Iowa that she ran into in 2008 – she’s not very nice. People don’t like Hillary Clinton. She is not pleasant to be around and she thinks that she should be treated like a queen.
She went to Iowa in 2008 so the people of Iowa could meet the next president, and the people of Iowa overwhelmingly decided that they didn’t like her. People forget that Hillary Clinton didn’t come in a close second to Obama in Iowa in 2008. She came in a close third to John Edwards.
Now everyone knows what a complete and utter scumbag Edwards is, and the people of Iowa – who got a chance to know the candidates – liked Edwards better than Hillary Clinton.
And Hillary Clinton lost the nomination in Iowa before the race even started, because her whole campaign was based on the fact that she was the front-runner and no one else could win. Once she wasn’t the front-runner there was no reason for anyone to vote for her except they thought she would win, and that wasn’t enough. Obama, for all his faults as a president, connects with people out on the campaign trail and they love him.
The Super Bowl interview of Obama by Bill O’Reilly was wonderful. It would have been even more wonderful if O’Reilly had been given 60 minutes instead of 10 minutes. Maybe someone from the White House Press Corps was watching and taking notes. “Ask questions about topics the president doesn’t want to talk about. Follow up when he refuses to answer. Follow up again when he refuses to answer again.” But it is unlikely the White House Press Corps will behave with anything but adoration for Obama. Those have sold their souls.
But it was entertaining to see Obama facing someone who actually asked questions and expected to get answers. O’Reilly also did a good job of not letting Obama just ramble on about anything for 10 minutes.
We did find out that Obama is not firing Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius because he doesn’t like to look back at mistakes. Wouldn’t it be great if we all had bosses like that? You could completely and utterly blow a job, and your boss is only looking at the future, not at the mess you have made.
Obama also said that the website was fixed. It’s good news because some people are still having a lot of problems with it and security experts say that it lacks the most rudimentary security measures. But Obama said that it was fixed so it must be.
It is shocking, appalling, disturbing and down right scary that Obama says he didn’t know that the website was going to be a disaster. What does he do all day? This was his signature piece of legislation. He cares very much about his place in history and this debacle assured him that he is going to be closer to Jimmy Carter than to Abraham Lincoln. In fact, what healthcare.gov assured Obama is that he is going to be listed along with Carter, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, Warren Harding and Herbert Hoover. It appears that Obama is angling for a spot below all of them.
When Obama was asked about Benghazi, O’Reilly didn’t ask the follow-up that was begging to be asked. Obama talked about how they were more concerned with helping the people under attack at the time rather than determining whether the attack was by terrorists. Obama did admit, unlike The New York Times, that some of the attackers were associated with terrorists organizations. But what did Obama do to help anybody? He didn’t send the troops available. He didn’t order aircraft to provide air support. He didn’t send a kid with a slingshot.
We have been told that Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, in his regular briefing with Obama, told him the consulate was under attack in the afternoon, and then there was no further communication with Obama about the attack until the next morning. So while Americans were under attack and dying, Obama was so unconcerned that he didn’t even bother to check to see how they were doing, or do anything to help them.
O’Reilly evidently was not expecting the answer from Obama that he was doing all he could to help them, when in fact he was doing nothing. But you can’t always ask the right follow up. To get Obama to admit that there were attackers associated with terrorists groups was huge.
What does The New York Times write now – that the president was wrong in his assessment of the situation because the attack was caused by a video? It’s going to be tough, now that the president has left The New York Times out to dry.
Wouldn’t it be great if the president, whoever the president is, were required to do a 30-minute interview on a revolving basis with one of the networks every week? Obama would get a couple of weeks of softballs but then he would have to deal with Fox.
It’s incredible that Obama even bothered to complain about Fox. Obama gets the best news coverage of any president ever, with the possible exception of John Kennedy. The press covered up for Kennedy. But then again the press covered up for Franklin Roosevelt. The American people didn’t know he couldn’t walk. Imagine if we discovered that Obama was really confined to a wheelchair.
No wonder the American people don’t believe what they are told by the press or that some people believe that Obama was born in Kenya. The press has utterly lied to the American people before about Democratic presidents. It seems to make sense that they might do it again.
I recently read Losing Mum and Pup by Christopher Buckley. It got me interested in reading some of William F. Buckley’s old columns. It’s kind of amazing what the left has done to political discussion. Columnists are forced to be so politically correct today that you really can’t write about anything. Just the language that Buckley was using 20 years ago is much more straightforward. He had much more freedom to write what he thought 20 and 30 years ago than writers are given today.
It’s an amazing feat by the left to change the rules.
BY John Hammer
February 6, 2014
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