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Grab the NoDoz. Barack Obama, a man closing in quickly on the last year of his tenure as “leader of the not so free as it used to be world” begins his farewell tour with an interview to be aired on NPR this week. In a lengthy, and heavy on foreign policy, exchange between the Prom King and Steve Inskeep, some true delusions are keeping the blogs and online news community busy today. To wit:
But it is also important for us to keep things in perspective, and [ISIS] is not an organization that can destroy the United States. This is not a huge industrial power that can pose great risks to us institutionally or in a systematic way. But they can hurt us, and they can hurt our people and our families. And so I understand why people are worried.
And this is why you, Occupier of the Oval Office want to let tens of thousands of “refugees,” some of whom could very well be warriors for Allah, into the country. After all, those are the people you admit can hurt us. And keeping us out here on the fruited plain from worrying, at least less so for you doing your job, isn’t part of your “other duties as assigned”? We the people disagree, but what do we know?
Now on our side, I think that there is a legitimate criticism of what I’ve been doing and our administration has been doing in the sense that we haven’t, you know, on a regular basis I think described all the work that we’ve been doing for more than a year now to defeat ISIL.
So far as most thinking Americans can tell, you, Barack Obama, are not taking any solid steps to defeat the terrorist group for fear of civilian casualties, and maybe some other reasons of a Manchurian nature. Contrary to the assertions given in the interview that you, and the people of the White House, are working WITH Pentagon officials as stated to Mr. Inskeep, members of the military, intelligence communities, etc., against ISIS (yes, we get that ISIL includes Israel) escapees from the asylum you’ve created tell the world exactly the opposite. The third of your four Secretaries of Defense said that very thing just in the last week. And we are to believe you?
But what I would say to my successor is that it is important not just to shoot but to aim, and it is important in this seat to make sure that you are making your best judgments based on data, intelligence, the information that’s coming from your commanders and folks on the ground, and you’re not being swayed by politics.
Please, continue, dear reader, when you are done rolling on the floor laughing. This man doesn’t do anything war-like without considering the politics. Too bad he has no acumen in that arena.
So one of the things that I will be arguing over the course of the next year is to make sure that Democrats run an issue-based campaign on the things that we believe in and care about, and I think we’ve got a great track record of real progress on a whole range of fronts.
Yes, Mr. Obama, every time socialists in disguise win government offices at the highest levels, there is a definite track record on all fronts. Since such people have been at the top of the pyramid, and have passed socialist ideals into law, the middle class has not only lost its buying power, and clout, but it has seriously started to look like it will not exist much longer. And what do you say about the middle class who are suffering due to your policies?
But I do think that when you combine that demographic change with all the economic stresses that people have been going through because of the financial crisis, because of technology, because of globalization, the fact that wages and incomes have been flatlining for some time, and that particularly blue-collar men have had a lot of trouble in this new economy, where they are no longer getting the same bargain that they got when they were going to a factory and able to support their families on a single paycheck, you combine those things and it means that there is going to be potential anger, frustration, fear. Some of it justified but just misdirected. I think somebody like Mr. Trump is taking advantage of that. That’s what he’s exploiting during the course of his campaign.
The only thing he didn’t say was “blame Bush.” No, this mess of an economy did not happen overnight, but the O-man has had his hand on the tiller for seven years, and far from turning around for the Middle Class, the economic outlook still has us seeing falling standards of living. That’s not the American Dream.
That’s at the center of the American experience. You pick any year or any decade in American history, and this question has been wrestled with. Sometimes it pops up a little more prominently, sometimes it gets tamped down a little bit, but this has been true since the founding and the central question of slavery and who is a citizen and who is not.
It was a debate that took place when, you know, there were signs on the doors saying “no Irish need apply.” It was a debate that happened during Japanese internment in World War II. It was obviously a debate in the South for most of our history and during the civil rights movement. And it’s been a debate that we’ve been having around issues of the LGBT community for at least most of my adult life.
So I don’t think there’s anything new about it. I do think that the country is inexorably changing, I believe in all kinds of positive ways. I think we are — when I talk to my daughters and their friends, I think they are more tolerant, more welcoming of people who are different than them, more sophisticated about different cultures and what’s happening around the world.
There’s that “citizen of the world” crap and apologetics for accepting immorality into society by force. Equating that to completely unrelated moral quagmires that truly were atrocities in their own way…did this guy ever take philosophy or logic? For all of Obama’s supposed sophisticated (soph- is the Greek root for “wise” or “wisdom”) elegance that was so extolled by the willfully deceived, the connections that he tries to make on the flowchart of American history are just not melding. Gay marriage is nowhere close to the moral right that freeing slaves was, nor was its legal unsanctification anywhere close to rounding up American citizens of Japanese descent when that country attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941.
As for tolerance, there is nothing more intolerant than those “tolerant” of different cultures. These are the sorts of people who apologize for American culture and are embarrassed by its success. Under Barack Obama, that pastime of learning why and reminding ourselves of why America is great and how we got there accelerated away from celebration, and has taken on the air of the crepe hanging of mourning.
Barack Obama now begins his final push to shape his legacy. He is, according to the NPR interview, optimistic that his successor will continue along the same path he has forged. For the sake of the entire world, let’s hope not. One Barack Obama in the White House has been more than enough.