The President of Fantasyland


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“By almost every measure, we’re better off than we were when I took office. By almost every measure!” So said President Barack Obama recently on one of his latest fundraising trips, this one in Colorado.

Yet this is quite a strange statement, though conceited as it was and coming as it did on the heels of surveys that show his approval numbers in record-low territory, and a Quinnipiac poll that rated him the worst President since World War II. And rightly so, for one has only to look around to see there are problems aplenty.

Let’s start with the economy. How could the President even begin to imagine there’s been any meaningful recovery from the financial panic that struck as he took office? The numbers for the first quarter of 2014 show an economy that shrank by 3 percent. One more dismal quarter and we will officially be in a recession. But as any right-thinking economist will tell you, a true depression has been with us since 2008.

According to the latest stats, there are now more than 92 million Americans out of work, those who have given up looking for a job, even as the administration says the unemployment rate has fallen to 6.1 percent. How can they say such things? By not counting those 92 million unfortunate souls. By any measure the economy is a mess.

How about the porous (to put it mildly) southern border? As we speak, thousands of illegals from Mexico and Central America are flooding Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, overwhelming an already weakened border patrol. Some 70 percent of agents are now trying to house and process the torrent of illegals, not secure the border from further encroachments. And Obama will not call out the military to assist.

Since October of last year, some 60,000, many of them unaccompanied children, have reached American soil, and Washington is expecting tens of thousands more, with no end in sight. According to reports, some 95 percent of these illegals expected to receive “permisos” upon their arrival. Yet we hear from the administration that the “border is secure” and is more secure than it has ever been. Do they think we are that stupid? And do they think we have not figured out that this is Obama’s own doing? Continue reading

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Thad Cochran’s Flaws Not Just Fiscal


In a recent post I exposed Thad’s Cochran’s horrific fiscal record, a legacy of taxing and spending worthy of any good liberal, but sadly that’s not the only flaw he possesses.  His career does not reflect true conservative principles in the areas of national defense, the culture wars, active government, and the environment.

It simply cannot be said that Thad Cochran is supportive of all efforts to maintain a strong national defense and protect our borders.  In 1982 he voted for amnesty for illegals, and in 2005 against a small increase in funds for tighter border security.  Senator Cochran voted to cut $80 million from the Titan missile program in 1982 and voted against increases in the MX missile system and the new Midgetman missiles that President Reagan wanted as part of his defense buildup. Continue reading

Happy Birthday, Mr. Jefferson


On April 13, those of us who love liberty and value the ideals of the American Revolution should reflect on the 270th birthday of Thomas Jefferson, one of our greatest presidents.

After penning the words of the Declaration of Independence, and serving in a variety of public offices, Jefferson stood for election to the presidency in 1800. Americans were more than ready for a change after twelve years of Federalist rule, and as a result, Jefferson’s Republican Party swept into power by taking over both houses of Congress in addition to the Presidency.

Many historians erroneously claim that President Jefferson did not institute much change once he entered the White House.  This is wholly untrue.  Jefferson made monumental changes during his presidential tenure, beginning with his inaugural ceremony, completely altering the decorum of the presidency.  He wore simple clothing and walked to the Capitol rather than arrive in grand style.  Today newly inaugurated presidents walk part of the way up Pennsylvania Avenue as a tribute to Jefferson. Continue reading

The new Neville Chamberlain


On the 11th anniversary of September 11, 2001, the United States was again the victim of terrorism, as attacks on our embassies in Egypt and Libya, led by Al Qaeda, resulted to the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, including two former Navy Seals.  The upheaval then spread across the region and into Asia.

What has been our response?  To lie, grovel, and apologize, a reply led by President Obama, a graduate of the Neville Chamberlain School of Foreign Policy.

This has happened once before, under the presidency of James Earl Carter, another graduate, when in 1979 extremists in Tehran took control of the US embassy and held Americans hostage for more than 400 days. Carter showed himself to be impotent.  So has Obama. Continue reading

Are we still providing for the common defense?


In a report last week from national security expert Bill Gertz, a Russian Akula class nuclear attack submarine patrolled the waters of the Gulf of Mexico for a month over the summer.  The Akula’s job is to find and destroy US ballistic missile subs, known in Navy parlance as “boomers.”  It can also fire cruise missiles with a range of nearly 2,000 miles.

More troubling is that the Navy, whose job it is to detect enemy subs with satellites, ocean sensors and warning nets, and antisubmarine aircraft, had no idea the Akula was in the Gulf until after it was gone.  And with a major US boomer sub base at King’s Bay, Georgia, the report is all the more disturbing. Continue reading

Independence Forever!


On a warm summer afternoon, June 30, 1826, nearly fifty years to the day of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a small, informal delegation led by the Reverend George Whitney paid a visit to 90 year-old John Adams in his Quincy, Massachusetts home.  In four days the town would celebrate half a century of freedom from British rule.

Though the Founding Father was very old and feeble, and certainly unable to attend the ceremony, the delegation sought from him a toast to be read on his behalf.  Seated in his library, the former President gave them a simple phrase, “Independence forever!”  Astounded, the visitors asked if he might like to add something to his meager statement, to which Adams replied, “Not a word.”

What President Adams understood, that his visitors obviously did not, was that his toast was far from simple; it was a powerful declaration of American sovereignty.  Such a treasure was priceless and Adams had lived through the entire struggle to gain it.  He desired nothing more than to see the United States of America, a free and independent nation, endure throughout the ages. Continue reading

History Repeating Itself: Grover Cleveland and Modern American society


During Grover Cleveland’s eight years in the presidential chair, he confronted national problems nearly identical to those America faces today.  There are numerous issues with striking similarities, but the three major ones stand out above all others are – the economy, paternalism, and foreign affairs.

Painting of Grover Cleveland

Anders Zorn [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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