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Thursday, June 13, 2013

A Reprise of Controversies

Of all the scandals that are now public knowledge (with more to come, to be sure), which disturbs you the most?

1. Fast and Furious
The Obama Administration directs the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to engage in a program of allowing thousands of firearms to be sold to Mexican drug cartels for the purpose of increasing the numbers of American-purchased firearms being used in crimes in Mexico to justify more restrictive firearms control legislation - resulting in the deaths of two US agents and hundreds of Mexicans.
2. IRS targets conservatives
The Obama Administration directs the Federal Bureau of Internal Revenue to halt or slow approval of the formation of companies tax-exempt status (501 (c) (3) based solely on their political affiliation. At the same time that same bureau begins to target political and financial supporters of Mitt Romney, President Obama's opponent in the last presidential election, using intimidation, endless audits, etc. to dissuade them. 
3. EPA targets conservatives
The Obama Administration directs the Environmental Protection Agency to step up enforcement against Republican Party donors such as Gibson Guitar, while ignoring their business competition who are Democratic Party donors.
4. Justice Department vs the Press
The Obama Administration takes unprecedented strokes to find out who is speaking to the Associated Press, Fox News' James Rosen and CBS News' Sharyl Attkisson through issuing search warrants for their telecommunication information. And then Attorney General Eric Holder lies about it to Congress. 
5. Benghazi
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a problem. She screwed up and if the nature of her behavior were to become public, she'd never be president. And she really wants to be the next President.  She sends Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens to the US Consulate, Benghazi, site of previous attacks, to meet with people and try to "pull her fat out of the fire". The Ambassador, he aid, Sean Smith and two CIA protective officers, Tyrone Woods and Glenn Dougherty are murdered by terrorists. In order to keep secrets buried, Clinton and the Obama Administration engage in a concerted cover up that is still going on to hide the terrible truth.
6. NSA domestic collection
The Obama Administration expands a collection program that began under President Bush pursuant to the Patriot Act and its codicils, wherein all personal and private telephone calls and e-mail sent from and within the United States is collected and stored forever by the National Security Agency. 
7. Black Panther Voter Intimidation
The US Department of Justice engages in an active cover-up to cancel the investigation of and prosecution of members of the New Black Panther Party in Philadelphia who undertook a program of voter intimidation against conservatives. The DOJ actions are apparently based on a black attorney general's reluctance to prosecute fellow blacks.
8. DHS Scandal
The Department of Homeland Security changes the training that it conducts from operations that would tend to focus on radical Islamic groups and instead, shifts its counterterrorism efforts to "Sovereign Citizens". Sovereign Citizens are generally characterized as pro-life, pro-firearm, pro-conservative and those who feel that the Internal Revenue Service is "activist" in nature.

This won't be a scientific poll, but I'm curious how you feel about this.

A Presidential Blog

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It would be refreshing to have a leader who was able to blog about the things that concerned him -- honestly. 

If Obama Blogged you'd see those rat claw hands dancing across the keyboard, composing a hateful rant against various and sundry political enemies including all of those illiterate mouth-breathers who live in fly-over country, insensibly clinging to God and guns.

But it won't happen. There will be no presidential blogs for history mull over.

Mr. Obama may be having some thoughts on the legacy, and the treatment that he'll receive from history. Will he end up as so many have suggested as the only president who turned out to be worse than Jimmy Carter? The half-black man who "spied on America" and brought us a vastly expensive healthcare system that won't work, who turned the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency against his political adversaries?

Liberals don't talk much about President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize because it, as with so much that he's done, is a sick joke. Despite the hope that he'd focus on real and poignant issues that face black people in America, he didn't do much to help resolve problems. Buying black votes with welfare and handouts only breeds dependency and deepen the issues that the inner cities face.

Chicago made Obama. It's one of the most desperate, divided, dangerous and corrupt cities in America. A little over half of all children who enter high school, graduate. Almost of all of Obama's inner circle have been from Chicago: Valerie Jarrett, Tom Daley, Eric Holder, David Axelrod, Jessie Jackson Jr. (who will spend most of Mr. Obama's second term in prison), Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers, Susan Rice (famous for lying), Cass Sunstein and his wife, Samantha Power (both from the University of Chicago), etc. These are the people whose liberal ideas have built the Chicago that we see today. They brought that failed model of corruption, hatred and decay to the White House. Some of that has unfolded in scandals in the Second Term. There will be more.

Immigration reform has been snatched from Mr. Obama's grasp by Sen. Rubio (R-FL) who is front and center. The White House was refused photo ops with the so-called Gang of Eight. Gun control measures have all but died in this term as the US Senate and its Democratic Party majority wasn't able to get the measure out of that house of Congress and to the House of Representatives where it would have also met defeat.

Mr. Obama's legacy is likewise tainted by his Secretary of State, Hillary (What does it matter?) Clinton and the Benghazi Scandal that all but eclipsed the US Navy SEALs who killed Osama bin Laden on Obama's watch as President. The Arab Spring has turned into a goblet of hemlock instead of a toast to the victory of Barack's foreign policy.

At the same time, he will be known as the president who failed to seriously take on the problems caused by radical Islam. We know that he was raised by a Muslim step-father and attended the madras in Indonesia. He entered office thinking that Islam would love him in return but that didn't happen.

And one day the college transcripts will come out. Will he be revealed to have been a foreign student, openly declaring himself as Islamic? Did he ever actually attend any classes at Columbia University? No professors or students remember seeing him. As Hillary would say, "What does it matter?" Apparently it didn't matter to enough of the electorate, but it might matter to historians who try and paste together the Obama Years for the purpose of lessons learned.