Sunday, July 26, 2009

A Teachable Moment

Quiet, everyone. Professor Obama has once again deigned to share his supreme knowledge with us, the little people. Is there no end to this man's arrogance?

I'm referring, of course, to the incident with the Cambridge police and Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Well, this was indeed a "teachable moment" for me, but I suspect what I learned was not what Obama intended:

  • I learned who Robert Louis Gates, Jr. is. I had never heard of him before.
  • I learned that he has a big, fat chip on his shoulder, has racist attitudes about white police (possibly black police too), and is a perpetual victim, even though he lives a privileged life.
  • It became painfully obvious that not knowing the facts never stops Obama from making a decision and taking a stand on something.
  • I re-learned a lesson from childhood: when you're wrong, be strong enough to admit it and apologize, especially if you've insulted an individual or a group, as Obama did. Don't merely "calibrate" your language more carefully.
  • Our supreme leader is an expert at diverting attention away from his failing policies and falling poll numbers.

I suspect that Obama is so arrogant that he doesn't believe he has anything to learn. I beg to differ. Obama should learn that he should know the truth, the whole truth, before shooting off his mouth. It makes me wonder how much thought he gives to important domestic and foreign policy decisions before making pronouncements. And, with his automatically siding with the professor against the police, he unwittingly revealed more of his attitudes than he likely intended.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Coverage of George W. Bush

I received an e-mail from a friend today that had a link to a video by two Time Magazine photographers who covered President Bush for his eight-year administration. I was really surprised at the tone of the video and even more startled by my reaction to it.

As I watched it, to my dismay and embarrassment, I started crying. I've been very angry about Obama and his thugs and their ham-fisted methods, but watching this video made me cognizant of another emotion. Underneath the anger, I am profoundly sad that we have a president who doesn't seem to even like this country very much, a president who feels he has to apologize for the United States every time he sets foot on foreign soil. I'm still angry at the incredible arrogance of this man and his associates, but also sadly convinced that he won't protect our beloved country.

I don't even listen to Obama anymore. I have come to the realization that I don't believe anything he says, so why bother? I am, however, closely watching what he does and I will continue to do whatever I can to fight his dangerous agenda.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Little Known Facts of the Healthcare Bill

I heard an interesting and horrifying interview with Dr. Betsy McCaughey, a health policy expert and patient advocate who has actually read the entire Kennedy healthcare proposal.

As many already have realized, Barack Obama is not telling us the whole truth about the healthcare bill (yes, I realize there are several versions of the bill floating around at this time). Obama has repeatedly said that we won't have to give up our current medical plan or doctor if we're happy with them. What he's not telling us is that if we lose our current insurance or want to change our plan, we cannot get a new private plan. We must choose the government option.

According to Dr. McCaughey, there is a lot of "Washington double-talk" in the Kennedy bill. For example, "No individual shall be compelled to enroll in a 'qualified' health plan" (sec. 3101). BUT, when you file your tax return, you must provide the IRS with proof of your enrollment in a qualifying plan. If you fail to do so, the IRS, in coordination with the expanded federal office on electronic medical records and a new state bureaucracy called a Gateway, will track you down, notify you of your failure, and fine you. The size of the fine will be determined by the secretary of health and human services and will be substantial enough to ".....accomplish the goal of enhancing participation." Is Congress going to participate in this plan? Of course not - they've exempted themselves!

One of Obama's chief advisers on this is Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of chief of thugs Rahm Emanuel. Dr. Emanuel believes the Hippocratic Oath is responsible for "overuse" of medical care. He has bemoaned the fact that the Hippocratic Oath drives doctors to do everything they can for a patient, regardless of cost. Isn't that what we want and expect our physicians to do? The point is, how much is done (or not done) for a patient should be between the doctor and the patient - the government shouldn't have a say in it.

The new coordinator of health information technology is Dr. David Blumenthal, who believes that there should be limits on the amount of health care people can get. I don't shock easily, but I am appalled at how coldly Obama talks about end of life decisions. I have inferred from what he has said that he believes once you reach a certain age, you shouldn't really pursue medical treatment. You should just give up, go into a hospice and get out of the way as quickly as possible.

The implication seems to be that once you get old, develop infirmities or become handicapped your life is not of value anymore. How sad and frightening that our president apparently sees human beings as expendable once they lose their usefulness.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Peggy Noonan

I saw in the Wall Street Journal this morning that Peggy Noonan essentially says good riddance to Sarah Palin, claiming she was harmful to Republicans.

Peggy Noonan wrote some pretty good speeches for President Ronald Reagan and has claimed to be a conservative. However, she supported and presumably voted for Barack Obama in the last election. What the heck was she thinking?

Ms. Noonan claims that Sarah Palin is not a deep thinker, doesn't read much, and really is ignorant about world affairs. Does she have a valid point? Perhaps. I like Sarah Palin personally, but I don't think of her as a deep thinker. She does, however, have a rare commodity these days - common sense.

I used to see Peggy Noonan on TV back when she was writing speeches for President Reagan. I realize I don't know her, but I never liked her. She struck me as phony; a pseudointellectual trying to impress upon us, the commoners, how superior she was.

I think Noonan's support of Obama shows her true colors. As for me, I'll take good old common sense over intellectualism any day.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Sinister Overtones

I'm not one who puts a lot of stock into conspiracy theories. However, over the last few months, the thought has crossed my mind several times that perhaps Barack Obama doesn't really want our economy to get better.

Today on the radio I heard something that prompted me to do a little research. What I found is very troubling and makes me believe that maybe my feeling about Obama is right on the mark.

Have you ever heard of the Cloward-Piven Strategy? I hadn't either, but Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven were sociologists at Columbia University. Back in the mid-1960s, they formulated their strategy, much of which came from Saul Alinsky, Chicago's notorious Marxist community organizer (where have I heard this term before?). Their goal: bring about the fall of capitalism by overloading and undermining government bureaucracy.

According to an editorial in October, 2008 in The Washington Times referencing Cloward-Piven, "Its supporting tactics include flooding government with impossible demands until it slowly cranks to a stop; overloading electoral systems with successive tidal waves of new voters, many of them bogus; shaking down banks, politicians in Congress, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development for affirmative-action borrowing; and, now, pulling down the national financial system by demanding exotic, subprime mortgages for low-income Americans with little hope of repaying their loans. These toxic mortgages are an important source of the foul smell engulfing the entire financial bailout." I'd urge you to read the entire editorial; it's really quite chilling.

I once thought Obama didn't know what he was doing with regard to the economy. Now I'm beginning to think that he knows precisely what he's doing, knowing full well that it will destroy our economy.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Rest In Peace

No, I'm not talking about Michael Jackson. Let's get some clarity here; Michael Jackson was enormously talented and I enjoyed watching him perform back in the days of his album, Thriller. However, he wasn't a hero, he was very strange and I believe his life was very sad in many ways.

Yet, President Obama takes the time to write a note to the Jackson family, Jesse Jackson, Jr. asks for a moment of silence in Congress and, I'm told, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee wants to memoralize him as a "humanitarian".

We have lost several soldiers in the last few days in Afghanistan. Did Obama take note of their deaths? Did Congress have a moment of silence to remember them? Does Jackson Lee make any public statements about their courage and sacrifice?

The answer, of course, is a resounding "no". This country has become profoundly ridiculous in its fascination with celebrities. There was a time when the idea of an Al Franken running for the Senate would be laughed at; it was simply unthinkable. Yet, today we have "Senator" Al Franken. If you stopped 100 people on the street, I'd bet that more of them could tell you about American Idol than could tell you who their senators and representatives in the House are.

So, for those soldiers who have died fighting for democracy - rest in peace. Our soldiers who are still fighting are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Belated Happy Birthday, America!

I'm a day late, but I want to wish this great country of ours Happy Birthday!

The United States is truly the greatest country on the face of the earth, bar none, and I am unabashedly proud to be an American! It's disgusting to me that we have a president who seems to feel the need to constantly apologize for this country. Have we done things in the past that we should be ashamed of? Absolutely, but for the most part, we have adhered to the ideals of our forefathers. America has done more to help other countries and promote freedom than any other nation on earth and Americans are the most generous people you'll find.

We are truly unique, both in our origins and in our "can do" spirit. I fear we're losing that spirit, but I believe it still exists in the majority of Americans. Let's not lose sight of what made us great - the ideals and principles upon which this country was founded. Happy Birthday, America - and I wish you many more!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Act for America

I went to a presentation last night by Brigitte Gabriel, founder of Act for America. She has appeared on several occasions on the Fox News Channel, and has addressed audiences at the FBI, the U.S. Special Operations Command, members of Congress, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs and the British Parliament's House of Commons, as well as other prominent groups. She herself is a victim of terrorism, having lost her home in Lebanon at the age of 10 to terrorists, subsequently living in a bomb shelter until she was 17, when she and her family escaped to Israel.

Her speech was compelling and she convinced me that it is IMPERATIVE that we put pressure on the government to drop political correctness and seriously address this issue. The drug cartels in Mexico are being paid by Al Qaeda to smuggle terrorists and weapons across the border, and these terrorists live among us, quietly training right under our noses to destroy us. There are 35 known training compounds in the United States, many of them in states surrounding Washington, D.C., but also as far flung as my home state of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Colorado, California, and Washington state, and still our government does not effectively enforce border security.

The executive director of Act for America also spoke briefly. He said if Americans knew even 1/10 of what he knows about terrorists in this country, we'd forget the economy and focus on this as the #1 problem in America.

National security has to be priority #1. We could have the best economy in history, yet if we are not secure from attack from within and without, it could all be destroyed in the blink of an eye. Please visit Act for America's web site and take action to help protect us from this enormous internal threat. Just as the NRA has successfully fought gun control with a large membership that donates small amounts, Act for America is trying to follow their example in their fight against radical Islam. Please do whatever you can to help their efforts.