"I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves…"
— Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Charles Jarvis, 1820
A recent Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee e-mail starts out, “We have two options to respond to the scare tactics from Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, and the rest of the right wing fringe.” The problem is the assumption of facts not in evidence. What the DCCC field director calls “the rest of the right wing fringe” (aka those not accepting the gospel according to the left) are in fact, according to the most recent Gallup polls, the majority of Americans. Go figure. . . .
Terence Jeffrey reports “Conservatives Now Outnumber Liberals in All 50 States, Says Gallup Poll.”
“In fact, while all 50 states are, to some degree, more conservative than liberal, Gallup's 2009 party ID results indicate that Democrats have significant party ID advantages in 30 states and Republicans in only 4,” said an analysis of the survey results published by Gallup.
In the wake of the dust-up over how collected data would be used, White House officials begrudgingly shut down an electronic tip (snitch) tool. The “flag” service was introduced Aug. 4, with a White House blog post and died a quick death in the wake of a storm of protest. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said, “We're not collecting names from those e-mails. Nobody is keeping anybody's names.” That was their story and they were trying to stick to it . . . until they didn’t.
The recently departed Robert Novak often said, “Always love your country — but never trust your government!” Regardless of race, creed, political affiliation, or any qualifier, all Americans have reason to distrust Big Brother regardless of race, creed, sex, partisan affiliation, or which NFL team they support.
Just recently, a fifth State Department worker was convicted of snooping into the passport files of famous Americans. Kevin Young, a 22-year veteran of the State Department, pleaded guilty to illegally accessing more than 125 confidential passport applications (including a politician's).
Barack H. Obama is charismatic. He is smart, charming, and struggles to maintain cool. Anyone foolish enough to write him off as a lucky neophyte might consider the strategic and tactical skills required to kill the Clinton machine. This president has an agenda and is intent on implementing it despite the overwhelming abundance of facts that contradict his preconceived opinions and prejudices.
Charles Krauthammer observed, “Obama has political skills comparable to Reagan and Clinton. . . . Pay no attention to what he SAYS; rather, watch what he DOES!” What he is doing is behaving like a petulant spoiled brat.
Obama folded after eviscerating press and public outrage over his plan to require veterans to carry private health insurance to save an estimated $540 million for injuries received during active duty tours. The president was reportedly “surprised” by the scope of opposition. Frankly, even allowing such a lousy idea to move off a desk reveals horrific judgment. Articulating surprise at the outrage is an amazing display of tone deafness and myopia.
That tone deafness is, I believe, a direct function of Obama core values, which are the antithesis of American core values. He sees moral equivalency in all cultures, and he is flat-out, big-time wrong. His gagging maggots apology tour in England and Germany demonstrated how he sees America, as arrogant and self-centered. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black (nothing racial stated or implied).
He has surrounded himself with mostly far-left academic types. Van Jones is just one example. Despite the feint of having run as a moderate, his insiders are far-left secular progressives. What Obama does (and does not do) is more important than glib rhetoric.
Any president is responsible for what his subordinates do and don't do. Attempts to say one thing and allow surrogates to do the opposite is a dog that won't hunt. “Leaders are responsible for the welfare, discipline, and tactical deployment of their troops.” OK, so that quote comes from FM22-100, an old Army field manual on leadership, and Obama may not have been exposed to it, but the intrinsic axiom still must have shown up in some graduate school leadership class.
To the date, the media has served as co-conspirator/enabler, giving Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi a pass because they embrace the same agenda. However, today's media is not your grandparents'. Eventually, as people come to realize the huge bailouts didn't work and trillion-dollar payoffs have consequences, Obama will be lonelier than Jimmy Carter at a Secret Service convention.
Meanwhile, the president is on vacation and doesn't want to be disturbed.
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